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Well i received my 226BW yesterday, after being scared to death after reading all the horrid reviews regarding anything that isn't a prove-able "S" panel.

Well i looked at the back, theres no letter at all.

I went into the "Secret Menu"...no panel info there either.

No idea what i received, but this is my first LCD monitor..ever...and 22" to boot. And i gotta say, im VERY impressed nonetheless.

I recommend, although i would like to see what some visual freaks have to say about it, i cannot consider myself one..
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Crazy that there's no indication on either the back label or the 'secret menu'.

Must mean that Samsung was getting freaked by all the controversy and so they removed all indicators of panel type.

But if your happy ... then who cares?

I know I love mine.

    
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Apparently S panels are worse for gaming but better for movies. If that's the case.. I hope I don't have an S panel.
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Originally Posted by bigvaL View Post
Apparently S panels are worse for gaming but better for movies. If that's the case.. I hope I don't have an S panel.
So A panels would be better for gaming? Because that's what I have. I guarantee you I wouldn't notice either way though.

All I really know is that this monitor blows away my old dell 17" crt, while it can't even compare to the picture quality of my brother's 34" hd crt.
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Originally Posted by bigvaL View Post
Apparently S panels are worse for gaming but better for movies. If that's the case.. I hope I don't have an S panel.
From what I've read ... the only difference is a bit of a blue shift in the non-S panel displays ... haven't read anything about gaming/movies ...

Interesting comment, though.

The best article I've found discussing the merits or lack thereof of any of the three panel types is here: http://www.behardware.com/articles/6...e-verdict.html

It also includes some custom profiles to correct the discrepancies in the non-S panels ...

Thought you all might like to read more about it ...

    
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theres also a slight backlight bleed around the edges, but only when the monitor is completely black (really only happens when the BIOS is posting)
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theres also a slight backlight bleed around the edges, but only when the monitor is completely black (really only happens when the BIOS is posting)
Mine has that too, and I'm pretty sure it's all the time but it's only noticeable when the screen's totally black. The only setting that I've found helps with that is the "dynamic contrast" setting.

Since Dynamic Contrast makes the screen too bright IMO, you can find one of those screen optimizing programs (I'd link you, but I don't remember the program. I think I found it at widescreengaming.com) you could set it up so your screen is darker.
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