Samsung SyncMaster T220 review

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This 22in Samsung is the third dearest monitor here, but one look at those glorious curves is enough to put that to the back of your mind. It bears the same rose-red infusion as Samsung’s latest laptops, giving the T220 a level of desirability more on a par with high-end TVs than dull black computer displays.

Samsung SyncMaster T220 review

The usual choice of side control buttons makes for awkward adjustments, but we barely had to use them while setting up. Out of the box, we tweaked the colours slightly to reduce the warmth – saturation is the order of the day.

Our technical tests told the story: superb contrast and strong brightness, along with perfect gradients, an evenly distributed backlight and beautifully reproduced colours. The only minor blip was a small framing of backlight bleed at the edges, but lowering the brightness a little can lessen this considerably.

The real-world tests highlighted the Samsung’s main draw – its warmth of colour that brings bright films and games alive in a way the more clinical LG couldn’t manage. Sharpness was as good as you’d expect, and the 5ms response time handled motion with ease.

Admittedly, you could argue that style-over-substance is the order of the day: the T220 lacks extras such as HDMI, speakers and flexible stands; omissions that we’ve criticised other monitors for here. But that styling is so superior that it goes some way to compensate, and the addition of a three-year on-site warranty, paired with Samsung’s win in our 2008 Reliability & Service Awards, makes that price just about palatable.

It won’t be for everyone – it is, after all, more than £45 dearer than the Labs-winning BenQ – but if you have £200 to spend and want the most gorgeous monitor in terms of both image quality and design, the T220 is as strong a purchase as you’ll find.


Image quality 6

Main specifications

Screen size 22.0in
Aspect ratio 16:10
Resolution 1680 x 1050
Screen brightness 300cd/m2
Pixel response time 5ms
Contrast ratio 1,000:1
Dynamic contrast ratio 20,000:1
Pixel pitch 0.028mm
Horizontal viewing angle 170 degrees
Vertical viewing angle 160 degrees
Speaker type N/A
Speaker power ouput N/A
TV tuner no
TV tuner type N/A


DVI inputs 1
VGA inputs 1
HDMI inputs 0
DisplayPort inputs 0
Scart inputs 0
HDCP support yes
Upstream USB ports 0
USB ports (downstream) 0
3.5mm audio input jacks 0
Headphone output no
Other audio connectors none

Accessories supplied

Other cables supplied VGA
Internal power supply yes

Power consumption

Peak power consumption 45W

Image adjustments

Brightness control? yes
Contrast control? yes
Colour temperature settings Cool, normal, warm, custom, MagicColor
Extra adjustments Sharpness, gamma, OSD language, position, transparency, time-out, source, reset, info


Forward tilt angle 0 degrees
Backward tilt angle 20 degrees
Swivel angle 0 degrees
Height adjustment 0mm
Pivot (portrait) mode? no
Bezel width 22mm


Dimensions 520 x 215 x 442mm (WDH)
Weight 5.800kg

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