Demand for LCD displays has risen steadily over the years and this demand has been met by a number of manufacturers. Samsung have, over the years managed to bring in a whole variety of displays. One of the interesting areas of the market is the 22-inch and 24-inch models. 22-inch models today support the same native resolution of 1920x1080 and there’s also a decent price difference between 22-inch and 24-inch models. Samsung has a LED-backlit display called the S22A350H that has been priced under the Rs.10,000 price bracket.
On video: Samsung SyncMaster S22A350H
The Samsung S22A350H is a 1920x1080 (full HD) display, which uses a LED-backlit panel. It’s a 21.5-inch panel to be exact, with a 16:9 aspect ratio panel. Samsung, while claiming a 2ms response time for the panel, rates the display at having a power consumption of 23W and this number drops to 0.3W on idle. As far as the connectivity features go, the display has a D-Sub and HDMI port, but no DVI ports. The D-Sub enables older PCs and notebooks to be connected to the display, while the HDMI is handy for newer devices as well as gaming consoles and DTH set top boxes. A D-Sub cable is bundled with the package.
Touch controls along the edge of the display
The user interface is also very easy to use. The display has touch buttons lined up along the bottom right of the display. We noticed that the buttons are slow to respond at times. However, the menus are very neatly categorized and are self- explanatory. In terms of features as well, there are features, such as MagicAngle claim to improve viewing angles of the display, depending from where you’re viewing the screen. There are a bunch of modes, but they appear to be presets for brightness and contrast. Overall however, even without the feature in use, viewing angles appeared to be decent. the user interface also has provision for RGB controls, so calibrating and tweaking it becomes simple.
Design and build quality
In terms of design and size, yes, it looks a lot smaller than a 24-inch display would. The display itself is not very slim, so it’s not very sleek, either. The connectors for the display are positioned at the rear of the panel, pointing backwards. Most monitors have them pointing downwards, so they aren’t an obstruction, if you were to wallmount the display. However, few people choose to do that and this odd layout isn’t an issue. The display has a red border that runs along the bottom - this can be seen through the transparent plastic panel. This sort of design is common to many other Samsung displays, including their TVs.
Slim design, but a solid build quality
The frame of the display itself is sturdy and doesn’t flex much under pressure. In that aspect, it’s better than most other affordable displays, which we reviewed in the past year or so. The stand on the display is also moulded to be elegant. The stand doesn’t offer any special features or flexibility as such. The screen can be tilted back and forth, but the display height can’t be adjusted or swivelled.
In terms of visual quality, there is decent detail, but it’s not as impressive, as say some of the 24-inch panels that we’ve seen recently. Colours appeared a little gaudy at first, but once we calibrated it using the Spyder 3 Elite colorimeter, colours appeared more natural. Detail still didn’t appear too good. HD videos, for example, on a large 42-inch sized TV, despite lower pixel density appears sharper than it does on the S22A350H. For text however, things are clearer and there’s no detail loss there. Images look fine, too.
Only a D-Sub and HDMI connector at the rear
DisplayMate shows clear, distinct blocks in the black to white shade gradient test. Even colour bands appear distinctly, except for the red and pink colours, wherein adjoining shades on the bright side appear merged. Text on different colours also appear fine - we noticed no issues reading coloured text against contrasting backgrounds.
Backlighting issues aren’t present. The background seems lit up in general, but there are no bright patches on any particular region of the screen. This is also visible in movies as the screen appears to be well lit up.
Good mix of design and performance
The Samsung S22A350H is a decent display - it’s slim, solId and the interface is simple to use. We would’ve liked more connectivity options and a slightly better panel. At a maximum retail price of Rs.9,400, it’s a tad more expensive than the other full HD 22-inch displays. However, if you find the model for closer to the Rs.8,500 mark in the market, it makes a very good buy.
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|Resolution (Pixels)||1920 x 1080|
|Dynamic Contrast Ratio||1000:1|
|Viewing Angle (Horizontal/Vertical)||170/160 Degree|
|Plug & Play||Yes, DDC2B|
|Dimensions (W x D x H)||523.9 x 239.6 x 406.9 mm|
|Other Features||Eco Saving|#|Multi Screen S / W|#|Samsung MagicAngle|#|Samsung MagicBright3|#|Samsung MagicColour|#|Off Timer|#|MagicTune|#|Customised Key|#|Image Size|
After Sales Service
|Warranty Period||3 Years|
|Warranty Period||3 Years|
Published Date: Mar 12, 2012 04:26 pm | Updated Date: Mar 12, 2012 04:26 pm