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Samsung 2233rz review - FlatpanelsHD

Samsung 2233rz review


By Rasmus Larsen (@flatpanels)
18 Nov 2009




Introduction

Samsung is 2233rz the next generation in gaming and the first of its kind. Instead of reproducing and receiving signals at 60 Hz as traditional flat panel PC displays, Samsung 2233rz has the ability to receive and update at 120 Hz, thereby reducing trailing and improving response time while delivering a smoother picture.

We have received Samsung 2233rz and will test its gaming performance to see if it really delivers the next generation of gaming on LCD monitors. Read on to find out.

Samsung 2233rz can also reproduce imitated 3D using GeForce 3D shutter glasses. We will not look into the 3D performance in this test.

This review has been translated from Danish and contains the introduction, measurements, pictures and a conclusion. Some sections have been excluded from the translation but the conclusion is based on the full Danish review on www.flatpanels.dk (Samsung 2233rz review). Future reviews will be fully translated.

Panel size: 22"
Resolution: 1680x1050
Response time: 3 ms (g2g)
Overdrive:
Contrast ratio: 1000:1
Brightness: 300 cd/m²
Colour reproduction: Up to 16.2 million colours
Colour gamut: 72 % of NTSC
Viewing angles (H/V): 170°/160° (contrast 10:1)
Pane type: TN
VGA
DVI
DisplayPort
HDMI

Price and retailer:

US retailerUK retailer


Our first impressions

Samsung 2233rz has a black frame in shiny plastic and with a transparent plastic line at the bottom.

Samsung 2233rz


The screen has soft, rounded edges, complemented by the oval feet.

Samsung 2233rz


The stand allows tilt adjustment.

Samsung 2233rz


All inputs are connected on the back.

Samsung 2233rz


The OSD menu offers the following options: brightness, contrast, profiles, colour temperature, RGB (red, green, blue) settings, gamma and sharpness.

Test tools


Our TV signal is DVB-S (satellite) from Canal Digital and DVB-T (terrestrial). We also have an analogue TV connection.

Testing is done with the DVE (digital video essentials) and Peter Finzel test DVD. Testing is also done with DVD, TV, Blu-Ray and Mediacenter/PC.

We also use our own monitorTest . The software supports some of the traditional test patterns used to evaluate displays as well as some new and unique test patterns developed by the people here on Flatpanels.

Sony PlayStation 3 is our Blu-Ray player.

Picture quality

This section has been abridged when translated. The graphs, pictures and tables have been kept in order to show the results from our tests. After this section you can find the conclusion which has been fully translated and extended. Future reviews will be fully translated.

I took a preliminary measurement of on Samsung 2233rz below.

Samsung 2233rz


The graph says this:

The number on the left is the delta value. Delta is a difference between two factors; here it’s the difference between the measured colour on the panel and the actual colour that is our target.

  • A delta value lower that 2 results in a visible deviation from the actual colour.
  • A delta value over 4 or 5 results in wrong colours.
  • A delta value between 1 and 2 results in precise but not perfect colours.
  • A delta value lower than one results in almost perfect colours. The target is 0.
  • Everything between 0 and 1 is barely visible to the human eye.

    I now made a calibration of Samsung 2233rz to improve picture quality and colour reproduction.

    Samsung 2233rz



    Below you find my calibrated settings that you can use on your 2233rz as well:


    After calibration
    Brightness: 23
    Contrast: 75
    RGB: Manuel
    • R: 48
    • G: 35
    • B: 41



    We have measured contrast and black level reproduction below. The contrast ratio is the ratio between brightness and the black level.
    NB: This is the static contrast and no dynamic contrast has been measured.

    Out-of-Box After calibration
    Black level 0,28 cd/m2 0,12 cd/m2
    Brightness 266 cd/m2 103 cd/m2
    Contrast ratio950:1858:1
    Contrast ratio +/-50



    I have also examined the monitors in a completely dark room in order to reveal any clouding issues.

    Samsung 2233rz


    Samsung 2233rz has some minor clouding in bottom of the screen.

    Response time and games


    In this section we will examine Samsung 2233rz and its performance in gaming together with the 120 Hz system. Please note that in order to utilize 120 Hz you need a graphic card with dual-link DVI output capability.

    Hertz is used in many different contexts and indicates how often “something” is been updated per second. 120 Hz tell us that Samsung 2233rz updates the picture 120 times per second.

    For many years flat panels monitors have been running at 60 Hz; 60 image updates per second. But with 2233rz we are allowed to transmit 120 Hz images from the graphics card to the display for the first time.

    The 120 Hz refresh rate on Samsung 2233rz should not be confused with the interpolating 100/120 and 200/240 Hz technologies on TVs. TVs interpolate new images but still receive the same amount of pictures per second, for example 24 Hz for Blu-Ray, or 50/60 Hz for TV broadcasts. Samsung 120 Hz is capable of actually receiving 120 pictures per second, thus running at 120 Hz.

    But how does 2233rz perform in practice. The verdict?

    Well, Samsung 2233rz certainly delivers something I have not experienced on previous monitors. It's not a huge revolution in flat panel displays, but the 120 Hz does contribute to make Samsung the fastest monitor we have ever tested (and we have tested most gaming monitors since 2004 on our Danish media).

    The reason is simple. 120 Hz contributes to smoother reproduction of images and blur is reduced to a minimum due to a fast panel and a 120 Hz that reduces some of the sample-and-hold effect. Trailing has not been eliminated but due to a pretty good Overdrive controller with no serious white halos and low response time, Samsung 2233rz provides a very nice gaming experience.

    Input lag on Samsung 2233rz is also very low. We measured input lag to max 10 fps. You can use our inputlagTest software here to evaluate input lag on all monitors and TVs.

    The gaming experience finally benefits form a smoother motion picture on Samsung 2233rz due the 120 Hz.

    All in all, Samsung 2233rz lives up to our expectations. It is the next generation of gamer monitors, and even though it does not eliminate trailing Samsung 2233rz is the new King of gaming

    Movies and viewing angles

    I have taken pictures of the viewing angles below

    Samsung 2233rz


    Samsung 2233rz



    And from the bottom:

    Samsung 2233rz



    Conclusion

    Samsung 2233rz is the new King of gaming monitors. Its performance in games is not yet perfect but the gaming experience on Samsung 2233rz is very smooth and trailing has been reduced to a minimum. We found no serious Overdrive trailing and input lag was not an issue.

    This makes Samsung 2233rz the ideal companion for gamers playing fast FPS shooters such as Quake or Counter Strike on the PC. We miss an HDMI input, though. This would be a nice feature for console gaming even thought the 120 Hz only works with PCs.

    With 2233rz Samsung has not paid much attention to accurate picture reproduction and colour accuracy, though, disqualifying 2233rz for graphic and photographic work. This is also a consequence of the fact that Samsung 2233rz uses a TN panel. Baclk reproduction is good, however.

    Even though picture quality is not top notch, I have to say and underline that Samsung 2233rz is the new King of gaming monitors because of the 120 Hz system and a very low response time. And at a low price point it seems like a bargain.
    I will henceforth use Samsung 2233rz as a reference for the gaming performance. FlatpanelsHD also award Samsung 2233rz our Top Recommendation Award for its performance in games.


    Press the award logo to learn more.



    Please note that in order to use 120 Hz you require a graphic card with dual-link DVI output.

    Pros ConsTarget group
    120 Hz and response time No HDMI Gamers
    Gaming experience Viewing angles Allround
    Black reproduction Inaccurate picture reproduction Office
    Minor clouding


    Price and retailer:

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    For questions and comments please visits this thread in our forums: http://www.flatpanelshd.com/flatforums/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=380




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