Date: August 7th, 2009
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Samsung Canada
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL & WALKTHROUGH
Let's take a virtual walk around your potential new purchase.
Starting off at the bottom and moving up, the base serves merely as a stand for the monitor and nothing more. There is a slight rear tilt feature allowed in the main ball and socket mount in the rear to tilt the monitor back, but that is all the adjustments you will be allowed. There is no ability to rotate the monitor for landscape viewing, no height adjustment and no mechanism to rotate the monitor side to side. But to be realistic, most of the missing features I have yet to take advantage of when a monitor actually had them. So can I state that not having them is a disadvantage? Not really.
The bottom right outside portion of the bezel houses the power and control bottoms which have the following functionality.
Menu - Allows access to your configuration menu for changing your color, contrast and signal input configuration.
Navigation Up / Down Keys - Allows you to navigate through the menu and also enables the brightness and preset contrast controls when the menu command is not enabled.
Source - Allows you to change the signal input source from the various connections available on the rear and side panels.
Auto - Auto-configuration button to allow the monitor to configure and align itself while using an analog VGA connection. (Not available while using a DVI cable)
When you press the MagicBright button you will be able to change the display contrast and brightness to your liking. You can experiment to find out what works for you. I personally like a bright display so the Game setting is what I usually use on a MagicBright equipped monitor. But the 2233SW has an additional characteristic. This monitor is equipped with an automatic contrast control called Dynamic Contrast. This feature which is located at the bottom of the list in the photo above, will automatically adjust the contrast to optimal levels. For example, when the screen becomes dark or overly bright, it will adjust the contrast accordingly without any input from the computer user. This works flawlessly and in my mind is one of the best additional features I have seen on a LCD monitor.
Although this monitor is technically only 21.5 inches, the 20mm (3/4 inch) bezel gives the impression that the monitor is bigger than it actually is. But keep in mind that with the glossy finish you will have to clean it from time to time seeing it is a fingerprint magnet.