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Samsung P2250 LCD Monitor
Samsung is a big name in LCD displays, be it for swanky HDTVs or the more functional and personal PC monitors. Today we have a 22 incher by Samsung called the Samsung P2250, so let’s see what’s in store.
Design and features
At the risk of sounding like an ad voiceover, I have to say that all Samsung monitors now come with Samsung’s Touch of Color red accents - a red streak visible on the bottom panel. The bezel of this model too is as usual glossy black, with a transparent, hard plastic layer married on to the top. This layer sticks out a bit from the sides, thus giving the front view transparent borders, which look pretty cool. The bottom panel has touch sensitive controls on its right half, while the Samsung Logo is printed at the center - overall it looks very neat and sober. These buttons light up, with red illuminated text below them, once any of them is touched. This last design aspect is the icing on the cake, thus the aesthetics get high marks for a nifty feature like this.
The monitor is fairly well built, with tilting capabilities, but not swiveling, plus the joint between the stand and panel is quite firm, with just a little wobble. We were disappointed with the connector section as there is no HDMi, only DVI-D (with HDCP) and VGA . There are no other bells and whistles in the monitor: no speakers, no headphone outs, no cameras etc.
As for rated specs, The panel is a TN panel, with viewing angles of 170/160 degrees. Panel contrast is 1000:1 (native), and brightness is rated at 300 cd/m2. The resolution is 1920 x 1080, a pure 16:9 aspect ratio. The exact size is 21.5 inches diagonal. Response time is rated at 2 ms.
The first thing that impressed us was the UI, it's quite well designed and easily navigable. The touch sensitive buttons are also well responsive, except for a few instances where they ignored our delicate touches. There are presets like Text, Movie, Game, Dynamic Contrast, game etc., but still it's ritual for us to use to the Custom setting, and start with the ever handy Display Mate test software suite.
First we only check grayscale, which in our case, yielded not such a pleasing result. At least in darker extremes, as blacks were weak. Our blackest shades of grey did not show up, they all got merged into one another, thus the test fails. If we raise the brightness too high then things get faded as usual, thus we have to say that the contrast is not so spectacular.
The colors on the other hand were much more appreciable, at least in their saturation level wise. It's not bang on target, for graphics work, but very much in balance to not make things look cartoony. There was not much blooming of whites also, even on highest contrast rating.
In areas of detail and sharpness, we were impressed again, as text and minute images look extremely accurate. We played Wolverine and Prototype on this monitor to see motion. Here too there was not too much to complain or nitpick about. The occasional moiring and jaggies were not absent, but tolerable for us.
The monitor cost is slightly high, at s. 11,500. Comparatively, 22 incher TN panels come for around 10K, plus this does not have HDMI or any other candy, thus we feel it’s a tad pricey. The Blacks are weak, but color accuracy is good. Sharpness and motion also impress, but most of all, if it matters really, it is the external aesthetics that make a killing here. The monitor is really sexy looking. Thus if the aforementioned buffet appeals to you, you can go for it, especially if one gets it at a bargain.