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Review of the Samsung 22" LCD SyncMaster Monitor 2232BW

Updated on January 13, 2009

 Samsung has always been my top choice company when it comes to sexy high end electronics, without the un-attractive high end prices. Don't get me wrong though, Samsung can sport a pretty wallet sulking price tag at times, but sometimes you come across a pretty decent deal that you cannot walk away from.

I personally was in the market a few months ago for a new monitor. I was sick of my clunky space hogging old school monitor, that seemed to flip my eyes out. I also had recently purchased a Samsung HDTV, a slim sexy thing it was, however my monitor, it didn't match the new upgrade my bedroom took on with the new HDTV.

I didn't go out seeking Samsung though when it came to a new monitor. I simply wanted a slim, sleek black LCD monitor. I didn't want to spend any more than $300, so I figured Samsung would be out of the picture.

After browsing all of the available monitors though at a local Best Buy, I actually went with a Samsung due to it's sleek design, and near match to my HDTV. I liked the screen, I liked the sleek black frame, and I liked how slim it was.

The particular model I went with was the Samsung 22 inch, LCY SyncMaster 2232BW.

The monitor looked fantastic next to all of the other monitors the store had on display.

The screen was sharp, crystal clear, bright and easy on my eyes. I suffer from eye fatigue at times from looking at monitors all day long while working on my PC, and I figured this one would offer some relief.

The 2232BW came to only $269.99 at the time, and it felt like a good deal, especially considering its nice large size, and gorgeous appearance.

One thing though that I was not thrilled with though was the ugly white text logo Samsung Syncmaster located on the far upper right hand corner of the monitor. It seemed tacky, and I would have liked if it came without it.

The Samsung logo is also located on the bottom middle of the monitors frame. This logo I don't mind, but with all of the other additional texts on the frame, I was not all that thrilled. Although I wasn't overly fond of the 'over kill logos', I still went ahead with my purchase, because it didn''t bother me all that much... just a little.

The screen itself is a full 22 inches with a 1680x1050 resolution. To better put it- the screens image is sharp. No dead pixels, and full of rich color.

My eyes were in heaven.

Setting the Samsung Syncmaster 2232BW up was a cinch. The monitor comes with a DVI chord, and a power chord. It also comes with a based that easily snaps and locks into place. Once in place the monitor can be moved back and forth to adjust the viewing area. It however cannot be rotated to the left or the right. Rotation would have been nice, but not having a rotating monitor is not a big deal. It was odd though that Samsung chose to allow you to move the monitor up and and down slightly, but not left to right for angle adjustments.

Another issue I came across while setting up the monitor was the fact that the DVI and power chord placements are located at the very back of the monitor. The plugs plug up into it, which allows the chords to easily slip out. While moving the monitor around, I had the DVI cable slip out a few times, which was very annoying. I had to make sure I really had the cable tightened otherwise it would just fall right out.

With the small issues aside though, the Samsung LCD SyncMaster 2232BW Monitor is a beauty. It only weighs in at 11 pounds, and is very slim. Adjusting the colors, tones, and clarity are located by pressing the small navigation buttons on the lower left hand side of the monitor.

When you power on the monitor a very cool colored ice blue ring surrounds the monitors on button. It's nice, and fitting with the Samsung company, and is not distracting to the eyes.

All in all, for the price I paid, I really love the monitor. It does have it's quirks as I mentioned, but is a very decent sized monitor, and has a lovely crisp screen.


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      Ron 5 years ago

      Very interesting topic, thank you for posting. Great hub!

      Ron from Fitness

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      Filthy Fernandez 7 years ago

      For those with a 226BW (and possibly other LCD monitors) with the flickering/flashing problem after sleep/startup, the problem is faulty, substandard capacitors on the power supply board.

      Here's a youtube video on it: and here's a link to another forum where I posted the capacitors/part numbers:

      It's not that difficult of a fix and most people should be able to handle it in under 1 hour.

      Good luck.

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      guest 7 years ago

      My Samsung 932BW has also started flashing out of sleep mode. THe monitor is about 2 years old. From what I am reading here, this seems to be a problem across many Samsung models. Has anyone received an explanation from Samsung?

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      George 7 years ago

      My 226bw has been flashing for longer and longer after start-up or wake-up. This started about one month ago. I have had the monitor for 3 years with no problems prior. This is the kind of effect that can trigger seizures. I am hoping for a solution because I can never remember to wake my machine up 5 minutes before I have to start working.

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      Ben 7 years ago

      I bought a Samsung SyncMaster 22" monitor 2 yrs ago and it recently started flashing after coming out of sleep mode. At first it was just a few flashes till coming alive and as time went on it took longer and longer, so I disabled sleep mode and it worked fine, but lost the power savings associated with this feature. I even upgraded my video card and switched from Vista64 to Win7 - still flashes out of sleep mode.

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      victimOFflashing 7 years ago

      My 226BW also started doing the flashing thing on startup and on wakeup 2 weeks ago. I've had it for at least 2 years now, but this is not acceptable.

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      seizure flash 7 years ago

      my samsung 226bw just started the out of sleep flickering this week - consistently does it every morning. fortunately it lasts for 5 minutes then comes on super bright and just kind of glows - at least it stops flashing. Fortunately i got about 3 years of use from it before it started doing this... looks like LED might be my next try.

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      FlashingMonitor 8 years ago

      Well about 6 months ago mine that I have had since 6/08 has been flashing whenever it wakes up so I set it to never sleep twice now today it has gone black on me the blue on/off button is flashing, it took 20 min to get it awake and not flashing both times, I guess I will start looking for a new monitor.

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      NotThrilled 8 years ago

      I got the Samsung SyncMaster 2232BW as a Christmas present on December 2009, ONLY 4 months later in April 2010, the screen flickers for a minute or so after coming off sleep mode. I have not contacted Samsung or BestBuy yet, I hope I am able to exchange it.

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      MellasViews 8 years ago from Earth

      Its about a year and some odd months old now on my end. It is working just as fine as day 1. I really hope it does not pop out on me though. I did have an odd purple screen once, but that was caused by the lose wire I had attached to the desktop. It works fine after a quick tighten.

      Sriam, I dont know why yours is doing that, perhaps a faulty wire, or perhaps the laptop is not completely still, it would cause an interuption in the connection. Try not moving the laptop around all too much. Also if you sent it back twice, demmand a brand new one, refurb products are horrible, and have a high probability of breaking again easily.

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      Bruce 8 years ago

      Had my 2232BW for two years. It just started flashing on startup and on wakeup. Appears, It will die one day! Samsung has been my choice ovsr the recent years. Guess I'll need a new brand?

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      Sriram 8 years ago

      I have a small question: I bought this monitor (samsung 2232bwplus) since last thanksgiving. Ever since, I had this monitor, shaky lines appear on the monitor whenever I connect it to my laptop. I sent it twice and got it refurbished twice but had the same problem. Is there any permanent problem to solve this shaky lines problem?

      Please let me know. It would be really helpful

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      Sriram 8 years ago

      Hi Everyone,

      I have a small question

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      kattlin 8 years ago

      i have the same problem as you brent, i called up samsung but their office closed about an hour ago so i will try again tomorrow. hope i can find the receipt...

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      MellasViews 9 years ago from Earth

      That sucks... I have had no issues with my model. I have heard though that there were a few returns due to dead pixels. Mine has been holding up pretty well for a few months now, and hopefully it stays that way. I think it may just be an issue with your particular model... or the cable that came with it. Ive been pretty loyal to Samsung though, and have yet to have an issue with them. Any issues though and Ill switch to Sony brand. : ) ty for stopping in.

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      Brent 9 years ago

      I have had this monitor since the middle of 2008...the thing died on me. It started by first flashing whenever it came out of sleep mode for a few seconds. As time went on, it flashed for minutes before stablizing. Now, the blue "On" button has been flashing for a little over 20 hours and the screen is still it doesn't even come on anymore.

      For the price paid at BestBuy, I would've liked for it to have lasted a lot longer than it did. I don't know if it was my particular monitor, but although the screen is a beautiful color,...the current color of BLACK doesn't appeal to me. Watch out but hopefully it's just my model and not the brand.

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      MellasViews 9 years ago from Earth

      Ty ; )

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      Lgali 9 years ago

      good review


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