Samsung SyncMaster 2232bw review

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The 2232bw is no stranger to PC Pro’s awards, having sat proudly on the A List for several months now, and it performed as well as you might expect in its first full Labs workout.

Samsung SyncMaster 2232bw review

The familiar TV-style Pebble design remains eye-catching, and more than a few visitors to the Labs grew wide-eyed as they passed it. You’re limited to DVI or VGA inputs, and there are no speakers integrated, but elsewhere it’s luxury all the way, with touch-sensitive control buttons, and a menu system that’s as well-designed as it is easy to use.

Not that it needed much adjusting out of the box: the stunning backlight was crisp and even, and colours were neutral too. It even has some preset colour modes worth looking at, not the usual once-tried-forever-forgotten settings we see on most monitors.

Our technical tests backed up this impression of quality. The black level test showed minor bleeding at the foot of the screen, but this was tempered by the blinding white level. The 3,000:1 dynamic contrast produced excellent gradient ramps, and made for fantastic videos and games – our clip of Cars was by far the most vibrant of the group, and photos showed strong detail, even in shadowy areas.

The desktop is bright and clear, and avoids the ludicrously oversaturated look of other TFTs. The 1,680 x 1,050 resolution is plenty for two documents side by side. It’s also a great showcase for how good Crysis can look, provided you have a graphics card to match.

So why did it miss out on the Labs Winner award this month? Two reasons: first, the odd stand-insertion design makes adjusting it a bit wobbly, and there’s no scope to alter the height; second, the lack of USB ports and other touches stands out, making it less of an all-rounder than some. But, at just £190 for such a high quality panel, the Samsung SyncMaster 2232bw remains a great choice, and is the best 22in model this month.


Image quality6

Main specifications

Screen size22.0in
Aspect ratio16:10
Resolution1680 x 1050
Screen brightness300cd/m2
Pixel response time2ms
Contrast ratio1,000:1
Dynamic contrast ratio3,000:1
Pixel pitch0.282mm
Horizontal viewing angle170 degrees
Vertical viewing angle170 degrees
Speaker typeN/A
Speaker power ouputN/A
TV tunerno
TV tuner typeN/A


DVI inputs1
VGA inputs1
HDMI inputs0
DisplayPort inputs0
Scart inputs0
HDCP supportyes
Upstream USB ports0
USB ports (downstream)0
3.5mm audio input jacks0
Headphone outputno
Other audio connectorsnone

Accessories supplied

Other cables suppliedVGA
Internal power supplyyes

Power consumption

Peak power consumption50W
Idle power consumption1W

Image adjustments

Brightness control?yes
Contrast control?yes
Colour temperature settingsCool, normal, warm, custom, MagiColor
Extra adjustmentsGamma, coarse, fine, sharpness, OSD language, position, transparency, timeout, source, reset, info, LED brightness


Forward tilt angle0 degrees
Backward tilt angle20 degrees
Swivel angleN/A
Height adjustmentN/A
Pivot (portrait) mode?no
Bezel width20mm


Dimensions517 x 419 x 210mm (WDH)

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