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There's much banter of late regarding which is the best 22" display.

I know, cause I've been reading OCN for the last few weeks. Folks are discussing Acer vs. Samsung and Samsung vs. HP and HP vs. Scepter ...

I mean, it's really sort of a train wreck.

That said, and since I just watched Spielberg's "Munich" on my own Samsung 226BW (an "S" panel, btw) ...

I thought I'd post some pics shot during the film, each taken while watching in my completely dark room.

Not to over-glorify or anything, but kudos belong where they belong ... I mean, this monitor simply PWNS!

Let the following images bear witness...

No backlight bleed, no washed out colors, totally sharp and respectable contrast for an LCD.



The following shots are totally unaffected photos, cropped and resized (to 700px width), taken with a Canon Powershot S2 IS while I was watching the movie.

Enjoy.

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I mean ... c'mon ... regarding color, backlight bleed, saturation ... it just doesn't get much better than that.

A small disclaimer is in order, though ... this is a highly calibrated and tweaked scenario.

I have used both Samsung's Magic Tune software (see sig) as well as Nvidia's Pure Video settings to achieve the above represented output.

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Pretty good for a budget LCD!

    
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Should of just taken screen shots. Yeah that monitor is very nice, but I think the 216 is a better deal because its 21.6" and like $60 cheaper all the same specs except the .4" size difference.
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Originally Posted by noahmateen1234 View Post
Should of just taken screen shots


Thats a great way to show how high quality his monitor is
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I mean ... c'mon ... regarding color, backlight bleed, saturation ... it just doesn't get much better than that.

A small disclaimer is in order, though ... this is a highly calibrated and tweaked scenario.
If you're looking to improve your picture, reset all of your settings and use Avia Video Essentials Unless it's in the recording, your coloring is off. Look at the flesh tone on his face, it looks far from real. Video Essentials comes with color gels to fix this
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Should of just taken screen shots. Yeah that monitor is very nice, but I think the 216 is a better deal because its 21.6" and like $60 cheaper all the same specs except the .4" size difference.
The camera is supposed to approximate the eye ...

Something screenshots aren't too good at because they are dependent on the particular video subsystem of any given system. It's not really an external view of the outputted media ...

    
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The flesh tone in the face is accurate. It's the Film Stock that was used on Munich.

And the 226BW outputs the best visual quality for monitors lacking in external inputs such as Component, Composite, S-Video at this price range.

I just bought two for a computer I sold, every time I look at them I have to tsk tsk to myself. If Samsung would've only added the extras, I'd have one to replace my Gateway 22".
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Do0ds. 226BW FTW!!!! OMG IT pwnz. I was watching The Departed in 720p a couple weeks ago on it!!! it was niiiiiice
    
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Look at the flesh tone on his face, it looks far from real.
Depends on what shot your talking about.

Some of the above are warm and rich in the flesh tones ... and some are rather stark and colorless ... but the latter are byproducts of the production as opposed to the monitor.

Look at all the 'face shots' above and you'll see what I mean ...

(unless it's a shortcoming of your own display making *all* of the above look 'far from real" ...)

    
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Actually, I take that back: no I wouldn't, because samsung's DCDI (dunno why I put HDCP) decoding is inferior to the Gateway's.

xD

But 226BW is still kick-ass as an alternative.
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Actually, I take that back: no I wouldn't, because samsung's DCDI (dunno why I put HDCP) decoding is inferior to the Gateway's.

xD

But 226BW is still kick-ass as an alternative.


I wouldn't know the difference ....

(have yet to watch a HD movie on this monitor)

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Otherwise ... Spielberg is just the Shiz, man!

Every shot of that film, never mind your personal preference regarding Isreal vs. Palestine, was shot near perfectly.

Just a joy to watch.

    
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