Date: March 27th, 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 from the top and moving down you are first met with the integrated 3.0 Megapixel webcam and microphone. Both worked flawlessly out of the box and all that is needed to get the webcam operational is to install the drivers and then plug the provided USB cable from the computer to the back of the monitor. Just make sure you install the drivers BEFORE you plug in the USB cable. Also you will note the thin and glossy monitor surround that most monitor manufacturers are using today. Keep the provided cleaning rag handy seeing it is a huge finger magnet. In the bottom of this photo you will also see that Samsung used a matte finish for the screen in order to cut down on glare and reflection. This does lead to a much more comfortable viewing experience in well lit rooms with lots of ambient light.
The bottom right portion of the bezel houses the touch sensitive 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 2263UW 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.
Finishing off at the bottom, this monitor has a base which allows for a full 360 degrees of movement along with being able to tilt forward and back about 20 degrees. There is no height adjustment.