The Present I Bought Myself! – Samsung 226BW 22″ Widescreen LCD

I’ve been wanting to get rid of my monitor for quite some time, heading towards a decent sized LCD, I was struck with the Viewsonic 2025 20″ Widescreen for a long time, but it didn’t even excite me enough to rush out and buy it.

I have been using a 19″ CTX Pro grade monitor with a Sony Trinitron CRT tube for about 5 years.

CTX

I had noticed 22″ prices had been dropping a lot too, so I started looking at those, surfing endless reviews…going around shops and testing them.

And I do a lot of high resolution picture editing now, so stuff like backlight bleed and tonal range (especially greyscale for B&W conversion) is important.

The Samsung 225BW was pretty nice, but not nice enough, the Acer also ok, the Dell ok…the Viewsonic 22″ models were surprisingly bad.

Then my prayers were answered, Samsung released an updated model with the problems fixed, the 226BW! I rushed off to Low Yat to buy one, only to find Samsung distributor has a stock shortage.

I stopped myself from buying an inferior model I knew I wouldn’t forgive myself for…and waited.

I was thinking about it again, two days before my Birthday I called my favourite computer shop in SS2 – Computer War, and they had stock! At a fantastic price, a clear 100RM cheaper than Low Yat…and Digital Mall, don’t even mention that place.

What a beautiful sight!

Samsung 226BW LCD

I unpacked it, it’s a work of art!

Samsung 226BW LCD

My room looks so much bigger now and 1680×1050 resolution rocks, I took it for a quick ride on Call of Duty 2, fantastic!

Samsung 226BW 22

Bargain of the year if you ask me, get down to SS2 and grab one while you can!

I think 22″ LCD is about the best price per pixel you can get now.

P.S – If you do want to buy one, make sure you get the S panel from Samsung not the A panel from AUO

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29 Responses to The Present I Bought Myself! – Samsung 226BW 22″ Widescreen LCD

  1. Jason March 23, 2007 at 2:51 am #

    Wah lau~! How much did you pay for that? Didn’t mention the price also. To think that I bought my 15″ LCD that time was RM1.2k. Tsk!

  2. Mama BoK March 23, 2007 at 4:00 am #

    I can get it for 450 canadian dollars. How much did you pay for it. My price is retailer’s price.

  3. Paul Tan March 23, 2007 at 8:00 am #

    i just got a viewsonic 22″ last week as well.

  4. marina March 23, 2007 at 9:37 am #

    Your room looks really clean. I’m impressed!

  5. moons March 23, 2007 at 10:15 am #

    appears that the shop is offering it for RM1,198 at the site, prolly could be cheaper if bargaining is allowed i think.

  6. Kurt March 23, 2007 at 11:08 am #

    Great post–my current monitor’s backlight is starting to crap out and I’ve been looking for a decent replacement. Any nitpicks since you started using it?

  7. terenceg March 23, 2007 at 11:26 am #

    RM 100 short from RM 54000 ? how much is it

  8. bengodomon March 23, 2007 at 1:16 pm #

    From Computerwar’s website it says RM1,198.

  9. Dabido (Teflon) March 23, 2007 at 3:31 pm #

    Nice B’Day present. 🙂

  10. Elise March 23, 2007 at 5:51 pm #

    Nice… Mine only 17″ Dell but somehow it feels so much larger than IBM’s but damn… 22″ ?!! I used a 19″ before & to me it was huge.. but awesome, of course… ;p

    Poor Patrick & the penguin relegated to the side.. haha

  11. ShaolinTiger March 23, 2007 at 6:26 pm #

    Jason: Price is on Computer War site pricelist 🙂 RM1198

    Mama BoK: You can calculate from RM1200 which is 402CAD.

    Paul Tan: 2245? I tried both the Viewsonics, didn’t like em.

    marina: Wei I’m a tidy person, not all men are pigs!

    moons: Their price is usually best price give or take, they don’t bother with marking up then bargaining down.

    Kurt: Only that the stand is not adjustable (no tilt or height adjustment) so I might invest another RM100 or so in an ergo stand. The monitor has standard VESA mounting too so it’s cool! And the blinking blue light on the front when the monitor has no signal is a bit annoying if you have it in the same room you sleep, but I don’t so its ok. If you are into graphics it’d be worth calibrating it with a Spyder2Pro or something aswell (that goes for just about any monitor though).

    Elise: Yah can’t put anything on the top, and it’s too slick for the webcam, it keeps sliding down.

  12. Nicholas March 23, 2007 at 11:50 pm #

    Sweet… now all you have to do is get a second one and have a dual mon setup XD

  13. Chapree Da Grande March 24, 2007 at 1:19 am #

    RM 1200!! It’s not that expensive after all! I’ve got to consider this baby…

  14. Adam March 24, 2007 at 9:12 am #

    That’s so damn cheap. I terribly miss Malaysia and the computer in my office. Over here in the UK you can’t even get a 15″ LCD monitor at that price.

  15. KY March 24, 2007 at 10:49 am #

    i think my laptop won’t be able to support this resolution. lol.

  16. Crunk Juice March 24, 2007 at 12:45 pm #

    Nice monitor!

    I play Call of Duty (1) on the [FS] server almost everyday.

  17. Kuzco March 24, 2007 at 8:49 pm #

    I got myself a 19″ BenQ two weeks ago for abt 600++!

    w00t!

  18. FISHINGKAKI March 24, 2007 at 9:45 pm #

    Wow,if only they come with detachable stand and you could just hang it on the wall to save further space!

  19. Boss Stewie March 25, 2007 at 11:10 am #

    SONOFA….. And all I work from is a tiny laptop screen

  20. ShaolinTiger March 27, 2007 at 12:19 pm #

    Nicholas: Yah I did consider that…but it’s a bit overkill haha..one for editing image close up and the other screen for actual size preview with portrait/landscape swivel for the orientation, awesome!

    Chapree Da Grande: Seriously, it’s a real bargain!

    Adam: It’s not much difference in price dude, dunno where you get your info from 😛 The Samsung happens to be quite a bit more in UK, due to it being a new product, but you can get some good 22″ deals like this.

    KY: I think you’re right heh.

    Crunk Juice: Never tried it multiplayer.

    Kuzco: Nice! Bargain.

    FISHINGKAKI: The stand is detachable and it has standard VESA fittings on the back so you can wall mount it easily.

    Boss Stewie: Tiny…Mac screen costs more than a HUGE non-Mac screen ok.

  21. ront March 31, 2007 at 4:41 am #

    i use a TV as a monitor…viewsonic..NW3260…resolution not as high though….1366×768 only…and i had it wall mounted.

  22. Crunk Juice March 31, 2007 at 9:15 am #

    CoD multiplayer is amazing….

    I played the game version, then stumbled on the multiplayer……3 years later and i’m still playin’ nearly daily.

    keep up the gangsta-ass blog\english style

  23. Kurt March 31, 2007 at 8:57 pm #

    Hey, I just picked one up today at CompWar on your recommendation. Strangely, the stock they had wasn’t the “S” panel or even the “A” — instead I got a “C”. WTF is a “C”? Chi Mei? I hope to God not.

    I don’t know how an “S” performs, but mine has noticable bleed on the top and bottom on a black screen, and a blue cast. How’s yours like?

    Dennis gave me a week to test it and return it if it’s a dud, and so far, it is. How many boxes did they have to open to get you the “S”? 😛

  24. ShaolinTiger April 1, 2007 at 2:26 am #

    ront: Good plan!

    Crunk Juice: Sounds dangerous..to productivity

    Kurt: That’s really odd, even after a quick Google I can’t find anything about a C panel…mine was S, first one I opened was S! It has some bleed at the top and bottom with a dark screen, but it’s not overwhelming and there’s no colour cast at all, colour is great and punchy with no weird tones. The reds seem a little pinker than they did on my previous monitor, but that’s about it. Just need to borrow a Spyder off someone and calibrate it to make sure.

  25. ront April 1, 2007 at 3:08 am #

    i had a serious problem with samsung LCD product…in the end..they acknowledged it and i had it refunded…now i have a philips.

  26. Kurt April 4, 2007 at 3:39 pm #

    I did the same — nothing on “C”. There were a few stuck pixels anyway, so I returned it for a new one. The fresh batch comes in Friday, so we’ll see what I get then. Cheers mate.

  27. ShaolinTiger April 5, 2007 at 1:05 pm #

    ront: I don’t tend to form an opnion of a whole brand because of one incident.

    Kurt: Good luck on the new batch.

  28. Ront April 5, 2007 at 2:33 pm #

    its only the lcd product i am talking abt…..

    and its a known problem across the globe…i mean it has been discussed in forums by owners from many countries.