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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on June 22, 2011
I bought this monitor to replace my failing Acer LCD monitor.

What I don't like:

1) Glossy black bezel... why is everything glossy black nowadays?
2) No height adjustment.
3) Driver disk insists on using IE instead of Firefox... to install a driver?

What I like:

1) Ooo la la, nice price!
2) Easy to assemble and use.
3) Most important: *Gorgeous image quality*! The image quality is absolutely superb. I don't know if I was just lucky or what, but I had no bad pixels. PLUS the colors are rich, and text is nice and clear.
4) If you don't mind the glossy black, and the "no height adjustment possible".... it's a very nice looking monitor. Very stylish. One oval foot. It has one very discreet blue light in front that is dim and not annoying. Generally it is modern and modest looking.
5) SAMSUNG. They have a very high, very good reputation, both for quality and for customer support.
6) The screen itself is matte, and no-glare.
7) Has both DVI and VGA ~ports AND connectors~.
8) Energy-efficent
9) Lightweight (in a good way)

Over all, a very good value.

EDIT: Some other reviewers warned about using this monitor with Nvidia cards, but I have an Nvidia GTS 250, and had no problems or issues whatsoever.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
on May 7, 2010
I recently purchased the Samsung B2230 to replace an old 19 inch Samsung monitor. I thought the older monitor looked great but this one is fantastic. The colors are more vibrant and it is a 16:9 aspect ratio compared to the older 16:10. This means that most widescreen movies no longer have the black bars on the top and bottom.
The controls are touch sensitive and took a while for me to get used to but are easy to get used to. The older model I had to reach underneath to hit the buttons and for the B2230 I have to use my finger on the labeled menu itself right below the Samsung logo. The monitor is gorgeous with its all black design with 1 blue light to show that its on. The monitor can reach full 1080p with a 1920 x 1080 native resolution. It does lack a HDMI input and only has a DVI and VGA input but for $170.00 this 21.5" monitor is a steal I am very happy with this purchase.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon May 20, 2010
I bought this for my 80yo father as a gift - replacing his tiny 15" monitor. It was a radical difference and he is very thankful for the extra room. He really likes the ability to have 2 windows open side-by-side with the ability to see them both at the same time. The picture is very crisp and clear, and the setup was a snap. I have an Acer in the same size, and the Samsung actually seemed a little sharper. Definitely recommend!
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45 of 54 people found the following review helpful
on May 31, 2010
This is my third Samsung PC LCD, owning both a 22" 1680x1050 226BW for over three years and a 25.5" 1920x1200 T260 for a year (had a bad 22" and got it replaced - the 226BW reviewed here January 19, 2008). Anyway, I bought the B2230 for a 3-LCD gaming rig setup. If it could be done over, I'd have bought another monitor, specifically the P2250, which I'll buy for the 3rd LCD to complete the setup.

First, the pixel pitch on this monitor is about the same as the 22" and 25.5" (.28xxx mm - the P2250 has .24xxx pixel density - more pixel density = better display quality). I was hoping for a little sharper clarity for a 1920x1080 resolution monitor in this size, especially considering the 25.5" shares nearly the same pixel density over 4" more of screen real estate. The 25.5" is as clear as the 21.5" in website text and the holy grail of display quality for me: cockpit instrument readability in Microsoft Flight Simulator X. There is of course a sharpness option on the menu, but it just doesn't help much for what I was expecting.

With that said, it's still an okay monitor for the average user. It's a few pounds lighter than the 22" and runs very cool. The touch menu options and feel are pretty standard for Samsung. People new to Samsung's PC LCDs may find the front bezel touch "buttons" awkward and hard to work with, but it sure beats trying to deal with Samsung's buttons on the side and bottom of my other two monitors blindly. Similarly, the gloss bezel may be a put-off to some and definitely is a dust and fingerprint magnet. But I like the gloss - it appears to be the norm these days from manufacturers and matches everything else in the house TV/monitor wise. No red "touch of color" here to match the gorgeous T260, but it still looks good on the desk. The mount does allow for tilt, but as so typical in this price range, no height adjustment.

Finally, the brightness of this monitor needs to be toned way down out of the box, to less than 60%. You will be spending some time calibrating this to your liking. All in all for those who want a run-of-the-mill 21.5" LCD that's 1080p capable, this is an acceptable monitor, but as mentioned, not recommended for those who appreciate higher pixel density output. Think of this LCD as the Enterprise rental Buick of 1080p Samsung monitors: it serves the purpose and grandpa thinks it's awesome, but not something to brag about to friends.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on May 31, 2010
Pros: Beautiful monitor. The exterior appearance is among the more attractive of Samsung's variants (see hideous 2233sw). Amazing picture. Deeper colors and detail than my 40" Samsung 120hz 1080p LCD TV (LN40A650). No blur or artifacts here.

Cons: Horrible touch-sensitive buttons! You can never see them, whether day or night. Also, the high gloss leads to glare from my overhead room lights, despite their low output. This thing will reflect your blackberry more than you can probably stand. Finally, the firmware for the picture adjustment is terribly designed, with non-intuitive controls and convoluted submenus. I feel the need to pull out the instruction manual every time i want to make the screen a bit brighter, and lets just say I am not the type to even keep instruction manuals after the first hour of ownership.

Overall, this screen is in line with what I have come to expect from Samsung, regardless of size - a dazzling image that cannot be duplicated, along with awful ergonomics seemingly designed for the 12-year-old, all-things-spaceage loving kid in all of us.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2011
For anyone that reads a review that it doesn't tilt....please click on the link that says "COMMENTS" at the end of that review and you will see that in every case the original reviewer has amended their review and agrees that IT CAN TILT. You just need to have a firm hand to make it tilt and I for one, think this is a good thing since I know the monitor won't wobble if I touch it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 30, 2010
I bought three of these and only had one partially dead pixel on one of them, that's not very noticeable. They're bright, provide good contrast, and good color. The pixel density at 1920X1080 provides a very sharp picture. I'm very happy with these monitors, particularly for the price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 30, 2011
Recently purchased the Samsung B2230 for a new rig I'd ordered. It would be my first HD monitor and the first time I'd have a chance to see much of anything in 1920x1080. Arrived safely, was a breeze to setup and my old PC accepted it just fine.

Brightness level is ridiculously high when first starting up so lots of adjustments are needed to get it to your comfort level but the colors are bright and sharp. No dead pixels although I had what I can only call a "lazy" one when it first came on. It was green but soon disappeared and has not returned. No issues whatsoever with the monitor.

My only complaint, and it most likely is simply just me, was that the instruction sheet made no mention that the controls are touch sensitive. Stupid me, I kept trying to "press" and of course it wouldn't work. A quick call to customer service and I felt like a fool but it worked. They were very polite and didn't make me feel silly but that one was on me.

Fully recommend the monitor to anyone looking for a sleek looking addition to their setup. Can't wait to see how it'll look with my new PC. May do a followup on this at that time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 12, 2011
I purchased this monitor after viewing it at a store. It had the best image by far in it's price range.The people who are complaining about it not working with NVIDIA cards must have either old cards or old drivers. I hooked it up to my GT9800, turned on the computer and everything came up perfectly. The resolution was automatically set to 1920X1080 and the picture was bright and gorgeous. As for the tilt issue, IT DOES TILT. You just have to push on the top of the monitor. I thought it was odd that it had a downward slant to it, but when I looked closely at the bottom of the monitor, you can plainly see that the part of the mount that is attached to the screen will move. There is no swivel, but you can tilt it. I left all the electronic trickery turned off and have a great picture. I have watched shows on HBO GO and Hulu in high def and they look great,and my photos and web pages look great. I also use my computer for second life and it has never looked as good as it does now. The detail is awesome and the colors POP.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2011
I have been using this monitor for approximately one day as a second monitor for my home editing setup -- I'm running Final Cut and Pro Tools on a Mac Pro and my current primary monitor is the CinemaView CV24. I was able to set up and calibrate the B2230 very quickly and I must say it's a super sharp display with nice color reproduction and great contrast, easy on the eyes and very easy to calibrate with the Mac's internal calibration system in Preferences. Worked right away on my DVI-I input on the GeForce GT120 card. Awesome for everyday actions like web browsing and emails, and also works seamlessly as a second display in Final Cut for Digital Cinema Desktop previews. My biggest (and really only) complaint which keeps me from giving the display five stars is it's quite a bit more wobbly on its stand than I was expecting -- right now as I'm typing this review it's very sensitive even to the vibrations of me typing on my desktop. I'm not sure whether I will eventually get used to it with more usage or whether it will eventually drive me up the wall -- but if possible I may have to figure out a different mounting solution for it. the good news is, it's a super-affordable, super good-looking, and super user-friendly display with great onboard touch controls, not quite as easy on the eyes as my CinemaView, but still a pleasure to use. Now, Samsung, update the stand and we'll be all set!
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