Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Samsung SyncMaster 2233RZ

Samsung SyncMaster 2233RZThe Samsung SyncMaster 2233RZ is one of only two 120Hz LCD monitors to support Nvidia's 3D Vision Kit and probably the better of the two. The 2233RZ has a ton of cool features and a good spec sheet to go along with it.

The screen is limited on height adjustment and rotation having only a 25 degree backward tilt. The monitor itself sits about 3.75 inches off of your desk and the glossy bezel 0.75 inches on the sides and 0.8 inches on the top. The oval base of the 2233RZ measures about 10 inches wide and 8.5 inches deep and is all around pretty stable. The 2233RZ's panel measures roughly 1 inch deep with an added 1.5 inches behind that to house the ventilation system, backlight and connection options. Width wise the 2233RZ measures 20.3 inches and is 22 inches diagonal.

Onscreen display buttons are located in the bottom right side of the monitor and includes five different buttons positioned vertically. The five buttons mentioned are composed of Menu, Up, Down, Enter and Back with the power button located below. The Up and Down buttons double as contrast and brightness tweakers when needed. The Menu button brings up the OSD menu with controls for brightness, contrast and OSD menu options. The menu comes with many presets including Text, Game, Movies, Internet, Sports and Dynamic Contrast. One negative aspect about the 2233RZ is that it does not have in built-in speakers so any sound output will have to be through attached speakers.

This monitor includes a DVI connection but is without both HDMI and VGA connections. The 2233RZ is HDCP compatible allowing HD content though the DVI port is tucked away on the monitor which makes it a little tricky to access sometimes. The monitor has a resolution of 1,680x1,050 pixels as well as a 3ms pixel response rate. The contrast ratio comes in at 1,000:1 and brightness is 300cd/m2 with a 6:10 aspect ratio.

Overall, the Samsung SyncMaster 2233RZ is better than the other Nvidia 3D Vision Kit compliant ViewSonic FuHzion vx2265wm. The specs are better and performance seems to better all around. The 2233RZ, depending on where you buy it from, will run you anywhere from $270.75 to $399.99. One thing to keep in mind though is that the SyncMaster 2233RZ is only available right now bundled with the Nvidia GeForce 3D Vision Kit. If you are interested in buying this without the 3D Vision Kit then you are going to have to wait until late April.

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