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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 18, 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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    Aptmunich's Avatar
    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...

  5. #5

    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 OSX10.11, iMac 2008 OSX10.11, MBP Late2011OSX10.11 , iPad Air, iPhone 3GS
    What resolution is showing up? Open Displays in System Preferences.

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