Date: September 7th, 2007
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Samsung Canada
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PRODUCT WALKTHROUGH & PICTORIAL
Although this monitor is being touted as being stylish, it is also very simply design as well. If one word could sum up this monitor, it would be minimalist. Nothing fancy, just elegant simplicity.
Starting from the bottom and moving up, the base houses not rotational mechanism so if you need to rotate the monitor, the whole unit will have to rotate as well. For a monitor is this price, I would have liked to have been able to have a rotating base. To most, this shouldn't be a concern seeing how many times does the average user turn the monitor at all.
The lower bezel is 2.25 inches wide at it widest center point and narrows down to one inch on either side which is the width of the other three sides of the monitor bezel. Incorporated in the lower bezel is the menu and setup control buttons and the main power button in the bottom photo.
The menu button's functions are as follows:
Menu - Allows access to your configuration menu for changing your color, contrast and signal input configuration.
Navigation Up (Brightness) / Down (MagicBright) Keys - Allows you to navigate through the menu and also enables the brightness and preset contrast controls (Magicbright) when the menu command is not enabled.
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 2232GW has an ace up its sleeve. 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 ever.
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)
Moving from the front to the rear, the monitor is still following the simple design you saw when viewing the front of the monitor. There is no fancy rotational mechanism or elaborate cooling grill. All that is seen is the connections and the small horizontal ventilation grill at the top.
The connections are just as simple as the aesthetics.You have one power and the choice of two different types of video connection you can make. It is simply plug and play. Just make sure after you start up, you install the appropriate drivers, set your resolution to its native setting of 1680x1050 and if you are on a digital connection, you should be good to go. If you are on an analog VGA connection, press the far right "Auto" front menu button and the monitor will then calibrate and set itself up for perfect clarity.