Samsung SyncMaster 2233SW review: Samsung SyncMaster 2233SW

The 2233SW achieved a brightness score of 231 candelas per square meter--much lower than the XL2370's 344 cd/m2, and the Dell SP2309W's 297 cd/m2. The difference between the monitors is readily apparent, as the 2233SW's screen looks noticeably darker in comparison. When we set the brightness of the 2233SW and XL2370 to 100 and 75 respectively, we found that when looking at the same image, the XL's whites were noticeably brighter without compromising the dark detail and deep blacks of the image. The 2233SW displayed whites that were noticeably darker than the XL2370's and took on a bluish tint.

We used the 2233SW's Movie preset to check out "Kill Bill: Vol. 1" on DVD and a number of 1080p movie files from Microsoft's WMV HD Showcase. Other than the red push in the movie preset, the 2233SW exhibited deep blacks and decent color when playing movies.

We looked at World of Warcraft and Unreal Tournament 3 on the monitor and noticed no signs of input lag, streaking, or ghosting during fast movement. We tested both games in the display's Game preset and while we were able to play the games with no problems, the overall presentation was darker than what we prefer and spots in the game that were indented to be overly brightly didn't look as bright as they did on the Samsung XL2370. The Samsung's colors in games just didn't have the same pop as the XL2370 did, thanks to its relatively low brightness.

The optimal viewing angle for a monitor is usually directly in front, about a quarter of the screen's distance down from the top. At this angle, you're viewing the colors and gamma correction as they were intended. Most monitors are not made to be viewed at any other angle. Depending on its panel type, picture quality at nonoptimal angles varies. Most monitors use TN panels that get overly bright or overly dark in parts of the screen when viewed from nonoptimal angles. The Samsung SyncMaster 2233SW uses a TN panel, and when it is viewed from the sides or bottom, we perceived the screen to darken about five inches off from center and we noticed that from the left, right, and top, the display darkened and colors at the same pace as the SyncMaster XL2370. Of course, when viewed from the optimal angle, we had no problems.

Juice box
Samsung SyncMaster 2233SW Average watts per hour
On (default luminance) 37.31
On (max luminance) 37.31
On (min luminance) 15.8
Sleep 0.52
Calibrated (200 cd/m2) 32.2
Annual power consumption cost $11.49
Score Fair

In our power consumption tests, the Samsung SyncMaster 2233SW had a high On/Default power draw of 37.31 watts. Its standby power is a fairly low 0.52 watts. Based on our formula, the 2233SWEco would cost $11.49 per year to run, compared with the XL2370's $9.96 per year and the SP2309W's $12.98 per year cost.

Brightness (in cd/m2)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Dell SP2309W
297 
Dell S2409W
242 
Samsung SyncMaster 2233SW
231 
Dell G2410
234 

Contrast ratio
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Dell S2409W
1,001:1 
Dell G2410
948:1 
Samsung SyncMaster 2233SW
869:1 
Dell SP2309W
648:1 

DisplayMate tests
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Dell G2410
97 
Samsung SyncMaster 2233SW
96 

Find out more about how we test LCD monitors.

Service and support
Samsung backs the SyncMaster 2233SW with a three-year parts and labor warranty that covers its backlight. It also offers support through a 24-7 toll-free number, as well as 24- to 48-hour turnaround e-mail and Web chat support. Documentation and support software for the 2233SW were not yet available on Samsung's Web site at the time this review was published.

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Where to Buy

Samsung SyncMaster 2233SW

Part Number: 2233SW

MSRP: $190.00

See manufacturer website for availability.