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Samsung SyncMaster 226BW

July 16th, 2007 at 5:45 PM (10 years ago) by Matt Freedman

Samsung SyncMaster 226BWI got a new Monitor on Saturday! I got the Samsung SyncMaster 226BW. It’s about time I got rid of my old 17″ CRT Monitor (although, it still worked well). πŸ˜›

The Samsung SyncMaster 226BW is a 22 inch, LCD, Widescreen High Definition Monitor. It’s got a 2ms response time, HDCP, 16.7 Million colours and DVI (Digital) input. It’s high gloss black, with a silver “bezel”. It also has regular D-Sub (VGA) input; but who wants to use that? Not to mention that it’s Windows Vista Premium Certified (not quite sure what that means πŸ˜› ).

This monitor is freaking awesome! The colours are perfect, it’s huge, no backlight bleeding (that I can see right now, at least) and it’s just… awesome! Brilliant, awesome, words hardly describe how great it is!

The colours on this Monitor are great. I’d recommend setting MagicBright to “Intelligent” for really vibrant colours. It’s also a nice clean, clear and crisp picture.

There’s actually quite a bit of “controversy” around this Monitor. Back when the Monitor originally came out, it was using a Samsung LCD Panel. Which is a great panel. Which all of the reviews from back then are based off of, the Samsung Panel. But, it was such a great Monitor that there started to be a shortage of them, and Samsung couldn’t keep up with demand. So, they decided to outsource some of the Panels to two different companies. One of them was AU Optronics and the other one was Chi Mei Optoelectronics. Thus, making the A, C and S panel. The A panel bring made by AU Optronics, the C by Chi Mei Optoelectronics and the S (the original Panel) by Samsung. Now, all these different Panels are not equal. Although, they were given specific instructions by Samsung. Both the A and C panels have different problems. The biggest ones are that the A has a noticeable Blue Dominance and that the C has bad backlight bleeding. The S is basically perfect. Now, they may have fixed these Problems by now, they’ve had 6 months.

I was lucky enough to get an S Panel. The first one we bought was a C, but we returned that and picked up another one, at another store, and got and S Panel.

The way to tell which panel is which, is that on the back of the Monitor (behind the plate that hides the inputs) there’s a sticker. That sticker has the model number, serial number, etc. Right after the model number (226BW), there’s a letter, either A, C or S. There’s your Panel type.

I didn’t think this Monitor would look this great. I mean, it looked good in the store, but once I got it home, and plugged it in, it looked awesome. Really good colour. I guess because of the lighting in the store and since I’m using DVI.

Overall, this is a great Monitor!

(yes, I did take that picture of it in the top-left πŸ˜› )

13 Responses to “Samsung SyncMaster 226BW”

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  2. Jay
    Jay says:

    The syncmaster 226bw is awesome. I can’t seem to get a full page with my internet though. When I open the browser the page is displayed to the left hand side or centered very small. How do I fix this problem. Beside that, everything works well!!!

    Jay

  3. Matt Freedman
    Matt Freedman says:

    Jay: Either move your mouse to the edge of your Browser’s window till you see the cursor change to a double-arrow and click and drag to resize, or click the little rectangle in the top-right of the window just to the left of the close (X) button.

  4. Matt’s Blog » Blog Archive » Differences Between the Samsung SyncMaster 226BW, 226CW and 226NW
    Matt’s Blog » Blog Archive » Differences Between the Samsung SyncMaster 226BW, 226CW and 226NW says:

    […] 226BW or 226CW. Between those two, it’s hard to say… I’m not sure if the whole controversy with the 226BW is still going on, nor if all 226CW’s have Samsung panels in them. However, I would go with […]

  5. davids83
    davids83 says:

    Well, I have read many forums, and I find a page, where u can compare some type of monitors.. I was unhappy, because the BW had better colors after calibration.. so the CW has only S-panels, but u can’t set the correct colors.. :(
    I don’t know what to do, shall I buy BW or CW?
    David

  6. Matt Freedman
    Matt Freedman says:

    davids83: Have you read this post?

    http://mattsblog.ca/2008/03/09/differences-between-the-samsung-syncmaster-226bw-226cw-and-226nw/

    Technically speaking, the 226CW has a wider colour gamut and higher static contrast ratio, so it’d be better to go with that. However, I’ve only ever used the 226BW, so I can’t personally vouch for the CW. I would go with the 226CW, though, because it is technically better.

  7. davids83
    davids83 says:

    Yes I have, but it’s OK!
    I wrote an e-mail to Samsung, and they said, that the wide gamut doesn’t match with the color correction!
    So I gave this link in the mail:
    http://www.digitalversus.com/duels.php?ty=6&ma1=36&mo1=224&p1=2104&ma2=36&mo2=265&p2=2507&ph=1
    Here is the option of “Colors after calibration”! It’s a bit strange!
    So the answer was from Samsung: they don’t know in what kind of circumstances was made these tests, so they don’t say anything…
    Well, I know about a webshop, they’ll do a 226CW test within some weeks, so I think I’m gonna wait with the purchase! :)

  8. Matt Freedman
    Matt Freedman says:

    That’s interesting. So, the 226CW doesn’t have any colour correction (I’m assuming you mean the colour stuff in the OSD menu)?

    Interestingly, the 226CW is no longer listed on Samsung’s site, nor does the direct link to it work anymore:

    http://www.samsung.com/ca/consumer/detail/features.do?group=computersaccessories&type=monitors&subtype=lcd&model_cd=LS22MEXSFV/XAA

    I’ve sent them an email asking if it’s been discontinued.

    Anyways, go with the 226BW, I own one, and it’s an awesome monitor. I have an S panel, for what it’s worth (not sure if the whole panel thing is still going on).

  9. davids83
    davids83 says:

    Hm, really interesting.. Maybe they know now the color-calibraton problem! :)
    Well, I live in Hungary, and on the hungarian site is still there:
    http://www.samsung.com/hu/consumer/detail/detail.do?group=monitorsstoredevices&type=monitors&subtype=lcdmonitors&model_cd=LS22MEXSFV/EDC
    I don’t know why?
    My problem with 226BW is in Hungary noboby know the type of the panel.. so I’m not sure, that I receive it with S-panel.. :(

  10. Matt Freedman
    Matt Freedman says:

    Well, just buy the 226BW from a retailer with a good return policy. πŸ˜› If you’re happy with it (you’ll probably never know what panel it is, since Samsung has removed all signs of it, without physically taking it apart), keep it, if you’re not, return it, and try another retailer. πŸ˜›

  11. Tony Fleming
    Tony Fleming says:

    Hi there
    I have just purchased one of these monitors and it was manufactured in September 2007. Can you tell me if it is an A, C or S? The “Model:” just says: “226BW” at the top and the “Type No.: is “GH22WS”

    Thanks
    Tony.

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  13. Mathew
    Mathew says:

    Hi there
    I have just purchased one of these monitors and it was manufactured in September 2007. Can you tell me if it is an A, C or S? The “Model:” just says: “226BW” at the top and the “Type No.: is “GH22WS”

    Thanks
    Tony.

    You’re in luck. the screen on your monitor was not outsourced.

    there should not be any a c or s

    cheers
    mat

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