Setting Up The Base
The stand for the Samsung SyncMaster 2232GW is unlike most other stands that you'll find for LCD monitors, especially ones that are larger than 20-inches across the diagonal. The base is actually a separate piece from the part that connects to the bottom of the LCD panel.
Fitting the stand portion into the base plate was a piece of cake, but getting the knob at the top of the stand to connect into the provided slot in the bottom of the monitor was a different matter. As you can see in the picture above, the knob has two protrusions that fit into the slot in the monitor, but they don't just snap in as easy as one would think. It takes a fair bit of brute force to shove the knob in there, so much so that you're afraid to break something in the process. I would have really liked if Samsung used a different mechanism.
It should also be noted that this design does not allow for any horizontal swiveling whatsoever, so don't expect to rotate your monitor at all. It does provide for some vertical tilt adjustment, but I would have really liked some horizontal adjustment as well. And yes, the entire thing is a dust-and-fingerprint-attracting piano black finish.
Connectivity and Usability
On the underside of the SyncMaster 2232GW, you will find only three ports: power, DVI, and VGA. This makes setup an absolute breeze and I definitely appreciate that Samsung is including a connection for both DVI and VGA cables. Not everyone has taken the plunge into digital just yet, especially if you plan on using this monitor in tandem with a budget-level laptop with integrated graphics.
Around the front is a single power button (which glows a brilliant blue), as well as the controls for the OSD menu. From the menu, you can change basic things like brightness, contrast, and so forth. It's all very easy to use and very simple. One major feature missing from this otherwise great-looking monitor is the availability of additional USB ports. I guess Samsung wanted to keep things simple.
The raw specs on the Samsung SyncMaster 2232GW 22-inch LCD monitor place it somewhere near the bottom to middle of Samsung's range. You get a reported 2ms response time and a contrast ratio of 3000:1. This is perfectly adequate for most users, whether you're surfing the web or watching a movie. It should be able to handle most gaming applications as well, but this is no high-end rig.
Image quality was very good, as should be expected from Samsung, but the glossy display was a bit of nuisance in a well-lit room. It reflects just about everything, so I would either opt for the non-glossy display or stick to rooms that don't have too much lighting. Color reproduction was top notch and the picture was about as crisp as it gets.
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