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Does this model have what it takes to lead the pack? You’ve got the right speakers, but you’re looking for the right screen for your desktop. Is the 21.5-inch Samsung P2250 LCD monitor the right one for you?

tech reviews Updated: Oct 05, 2009 20:09 IST

Does this model have what it takes to lead the pack?

You’ve got the right speakers, but you’re looking for the right screen for your desktop. Is the 21.5-inch Samsung P2250 LCD monitor the right one for you?

Design
Along with a glossy black bezel, the monitor has a transparent, hard plastic layer that protrudes a bit from the sides. This looks a bit like a transparent border, which is pretty cool.

The bottom panel has touch sensitive controls on the right, which light up with red illuminated text below them, once touched. The monitor gets full marks for aesthetics. The monitor can tilt, but not swivel. The joint between the stand and panel is quite firm.

Connectivity
We were disappointed to find nothing more than DVI-D (with HDCP) and VGA. There is no HDMi, and no other bells and whistles in the monitor like speakers, headphone outs, camera etc.
The TN panel has a viewing angle of 170/160 degrees, 1000:1 contrast (native), with 1920 x 1080 resolution, and a pure 16:9 aspect ratio.

Performance
The first thing that impressed us was the UI — it’s well designed and easily navigable. The touch sensitive buttons respond well, but don’t get too delicate on them. There are presets like Text, Movie, Game, Dynamic Contrast, game.

Grayscale didn’t yield too pleasing a result. In darker extremes the blacks were weak. The blackest shades of grey merged into one another. The contrast is not too spectacular either. The colours are not bang on target but are in balance so things don’t look too cartoony. There wasn’t much blooming of whites even on highest contrast rating.

Detail and sharpness are impressive, as text and minute images look accurate. Wolverine and Prototype looked like a dream. The occasional moiring was not absent, but it is
tolerable.

Verdict
The monitor costs Rs 11,500, which is higher than other 22-incher TN panels that cost around 10K. It doesn’t have HDMi or other bells and whistles. The blacks are weak, but colour accuracy, sharpness and motion are good.
— SB, http://tech2.in.com/go/87912