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  Product:     Samsung SyncMaster 225BW TFT-LCD Monitor  
  Price:     $480 (CAN) / $432 (U.S) 
  Supplied By:     Samsung Canada
  Author:     Hi-TEK
  Date:     October 23rd, 2006
  Rating:     star star star star star star star star

MODTHEBOX would like to thank Samsung Canada for sending the SyncMaster 225BW TFT-LCD Monitor for review.

Samsung Canada

Introduction:

The pursuit of expanding desktop space has forced many consumers to look for alternatives when assembling their own personal computer systems. With the latest price reductions for LCD based monitors; multi-monitor configurations are no longer a thing of the past. Consumers can now pair two monitors together with multi-GPU video card solutions to experience the best of both worlds using day to day applications or gaming. In order to capitalize on the growing trend, Samsung Electronics has recently released a series of stylish TFT-LCD based monitors which offer multiple functions built into an all-in-one solution. Today in the MTB Labs, we will be evaluating the Samsung SyncMaster 225BW, a mid-range 22" LCD-TFT monitor that offers a low response time of 5ms.

Specifications:

The 225BW TFT-LCD Monitor is one of many available LCD based monitors available from Samsung Canada. This product is part of the popular SyncMaster series and incorporates a thin bezel, circular base and sleek design. Here are some features and specifications taken directly from the Samsung Canada website:

Samsung SyncMaster 225BW TFT-LCD Monitor - Features
Viewable Image Size: 22" Brightness (Typical): 280 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio: 700:1 Viewing Angle (H/V): 160/160 (degrees)
Interface: 15-pin d-sub dvi-d (digital) Horiz. Frequency: 31-81
Max/Native Resolution: 1680 x 1050 Emissions Standard: TCO '99
Available Color(s): Black

Samsung SyncMaster 225BW TFT-LCD Monitor - Key Specifications
Panel Type: a-si TFT/TN
Size: 22"
Pixel Pitch (mm): 0.282mm
Brightness (cd/m2): 300 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio: 700:1
Viewing Angle: 160 / 160
Interface: 15-pin d-sub dvi-d (digital)
Frequency Horiz. Rate (Analog): 31-81
Horiz. Rate (Digital): n/a
Vertical Rate: 50-75
Response Time: 5 ms
Resolution Maximum (Analog): 1600 x 1050
Maximum (Digital): n/a
Native: 1680 x 1050
Color Maximum: 16.7 M
Signal Input Input Video Signal: Analog RGB, DVI Digital Link
Video Level (Analog): Analog : 0.7VP-P, Digital: TMDS tm
Video Level (Digital): n/a
Sync Type: Separate H/V, Composite H/V, SOG
Input Connectors: 15pin D-sub, DVI-D
Plug & Play DDC: DDC 2B
Power 55 watts (max.), <2 watts (DPMS mode)
Wall Mount VESA 100mm (optional)
Regulations Safety: UL1950, CE, CSA, TUV, IEC950, HEMKO, NOM, SEMKO, CE, PCMC, EZW, SIQ, MEEI, GOST, CCIB, PSB, EIAJ
EMI/Emissions: FCC, DOC-B, CISPR22, VCCI, CE
Emission Standard: TCO'03
Cabinet Color Front/Back: Black
Dimensions Physical: 19.9"(W) x 16.1"(H) x 8.7"(D) (w/stand)
Weight Net(Physical): 15.2lbs
Features MagicBright w/ asset managment, Magictune, and MagicColor
Included Power Cord, 15pin D-sub, DVI-D cables
Warranty Parts/Labor/Backlight: 3 / 3 / 3
Compatability Operating Systems: Windows and Macintosh

SyncMaster 225BW TFT-LCD Monitor
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SyncMaster 225BW TFT-LCD Monitor
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The Samsung SyncMaster 225BW TFT-LCD Monitor ships in a double wall cardboard box. A product shot is showcased on the top and side panels, along with a complete list of specifications and features. Inside the package the SyncMaster 225BW was packed between two formed pieces of polystyrene and enclosed in a sealed protective plastic bag.

SyncMaster 225BW TFT-LCD Monitor
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SyncMaster 225BW TFT-LCD Monitor
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The Samsung SyncMaster 225BW TFT-LCD Monitor is bundled with one standard 15-pin D-sub VGA cable, DVI Digital Link cable, and a power cable. Additional accessories include an application CD that contains the TFT-LCD monitor user guide, installation drivers and a suite of Samsung branded utilities (Natural Color and Magic Tune). The Natural Color application software allows you to manually adjust display optimization, colour adjustment and colour preference settings all from your desktop. Magic Tune is essentially the software equivalent of the On Screen Display Menu which allows you to customize monitor settings from your desktop.

SyncMaster 225BW TFT-LCD Monitor
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SyncMaster 225BW TFT-LCD Monitor
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Out of the box, the Samsung SyncMaster 225BW TFT-LCD monitor looks aesthetically pleasing and features a very simplistic design. The SyncMaster 224BW measures approximately 19.9"(W) x 16.1"(H) x 8.7"(D) with the stand and has a maximum resolution of 1680 x 1050. The LCD has a total viewable image 22 inches wide with a pixel pitch of 0.282 mm and contrast ratio of 700:1. For consumers worried about monitor height adjustment, the 225BW has a re-tractable base that can be raised or lowered 2-3 feet above the desktop level. The Samsung SyncMaster 225BW TFT-LCD includes a very low response time of 5ms (Gray-to-Gray) is perfect for day to day applications or gaming. At the base of the unit is a series of small external black buttons which allow the adjustment of the monitor settings. The buttons offer simple monitor functions including Power ON/OFF, Auto Adjustment, Onscreen Menu, and Brightness/Contrast options.

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