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  1. #1

    Member Since
    Nov 16, 2006
    Sheffield, UK
    MacBook 2.0Ghz Core 2 Duo
    Samsung Synchmaster 226BW 22" Widescreen - /Drool

    I went out and bought the above monitor today...

    I'm running it off my Macbook with the DVI adapter at 1680x1050 and I think I'm in love!!!

    Here's the review that helped me make the decision:

    Just thought I'd share that with you

    Josh (UK)
    Fairly Recent Switcher

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    Martin.'s Avatar
    Member Since
    Feb 19, 2007
    Calgary, Canada
    wow, what a nice monitor.

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    mac57's Avatar
    Member Since
    Apr 29, 2006
    St. Somewhere
    iMac 27" 3.4 GHz, 256 GB SSD, 2 TB HDD, 8 GB RAM
    Looks great - nice monitor!

    This post inspired me to look up a few monitors for comparison. Here are a few key specs:

    Samsung 226 BW (the subject of this thread):
    - Brightness: 300 cd/m2
    - Contrast: 1000:1
    - Response Time: 2 ms
    - Resolution: 1680x1050

    Viewsonic VP2130b (my current monitor):
    - Brightness: 300 cd/m2
    - Contrast: 1000:1
    - Response Time: 8 ms
    - Resolution: 1600x1200

    Apple Cinema, 23":
    - Brightness: 400 cd/m2
    - Contrast: 700:1
    - Response Time: 14 ms
    - Resolution: 1920x1200

    What do I conclude from this? Well, two things. From this small sample, I would have to say that the new Samsung is the standard bearer - that 2 ms response time is excellent! Second, Apple REALLY needs to update the Cinema line - it is starting to look "long in the tooth".
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    Member Since
    Mar 09, 2004
    Aluminium Macbook 2.4 Ghz 4GB RAM, SSD 24" Samsung Display, iPhone 4, iPad 2
    I have the Syncmaster 206BW.. it's identical spec wise, but only has 20" opposed to 22".

    It's a pretty nice monitor... it's nearer to the 20" Apple display though - both in price and resolution...

    One thing though: I think Apple's displays have better colour calibration out of the box, I spent quite a while messing around with this one to get the colour's to look natural...

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    Member Since
    Apr 12, 2009
    I have just switched to a Mac Mini and cannot get the Samsung SM226 to work with it properly and get 1680 x 1050 resolution. Can anyone suggest what I can do to get it working OK - the utility SwitchRes doesn't seem to help.

    MQ Stubbs

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    Jan 04, 2005
    Modesto, Ca.
    iMac 2010 27" QuadI7, iMac 2008 10.10.5, Macbook2007 10.7.5, Mac Mini 10.7.5, iPhone 3GS Note 8!
    What resolution is showing up? Open Displays in System Preferences.

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