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The Official Samsung SM226BW Thread!

Discussion in 'Monitors' started by Gun9, Feb 6, 2007.

  1. Tejstar

    Hitman

    Joined: May 30, 2007

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    Location: London

    The bleed that I have (with a light patch in the middle) certainly seems to correspond with the 'C' panel.
     
  2. F4LL3N W4RR10R

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    I have just got a C panel and tbh, I’m very happy. Ive had a gander through the posts and didn’t really come to anything regarding a definitive difference between the A S and C panels.

    I haven’t really had a major look, but my monitor looked fine. Didn’t even know anything about backlight bleed and all that.

    What is the C panel all about anyway? Is it good or bad?

    I’m really not that bothered, however the only thing I would have liked would be the glossy look that you sometimes fine on laptop screens, crystal X or something like that. That makes everything look even better and I have it on my Ferrari laptop.

    Other than that I only changed one setting really and that was the magic colour. Looks good now. Maybe ill investigate and have a gander regarding how I can get the most out of it…
     
  3. Trox

    Mobster

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 2,845

    Location: Fife, Scotland

    If they are ditching A and C panels now, why didnt they just keep the S markings and leave the hidden panel alone.

    sounds like they got paid to say... ;)
     
  4. Black Dog

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Reading, England

    Agreed, they have no intension of having `S' only panels.
     
  5. firstblooduk

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    yes and its saying no signal or cable disconnected :( graphics?
     
  6. Guru

    Soldato

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    Have you tried both slots on your graphics card?

    It might have done the old switcheroo on you and be outputting to the wrong one?
     
  7. Black Dog

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 26, 2002

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    Location: Reading, England

    mmmm....maybe.

    Have you tried another cable or trying it with the DVI or VGA connector? (not sure what your using at the moment)

    You'll need to change the source button at the bottom of the monitor.

    I had no signal with my new sammy as it defaulted to VGA mode, I had to switch to DVI.
     
  8. F4LL3N W4RR10R

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    just checked it in more detail on my C panel and there is no back light bleed that i can detect. Also no ghost like objects behind any images.

    I checked and the version number is: M-ME22W0BDA-1003
     
  9. Guru

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    Check it again when its dark ;)
     
  10. Euro_Hunter

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    Location: Lincolnshire

    Why does it matter what panel we have :confused: as long as the monitor works acceptably which most seem to whatever panel type, as you have found out for yourself.
     
  11. Nullvoid

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  12. Euro_Hunter

    Wise Guy

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    I am well aware of the hype concerning the 3 panel types but all 3 give excellent picture quality when correctly adjusted (yes even some S panels needed tweeking)

    Do yourself a favour mate ignore the hype & buy a 226bw and try it for yourself chances are you will love it :)
     
  13. david25

    Hitman

    Joined: Mar 15, 2005

    Posts: 849

    I finally found a S panel version, after trying the A and C versions. I would comment:

    - Nice not to have to load .net and the MS colour calibrator util
    - S out of the box has a nice colour balance, not too blue
    - No ghosting with RTA on (can be turned off on A/C but its hassle if you power down)

    Overall I'm keeping this one, on balance it is better than A/C.

    For everyone else wait for the 245bw reviews... probably the only way to
    guarantee a samsung panel now the 226bw has no markings or service menu
    confirmation. I've seen one review and it has the 'legendary' S marking on the
    rear sticker.
     
  14. F4LL3N W4RR10R

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    LOL see what ya mean now. Quite bad really. However I have tested it in Dark Areas on games and tbh i cant tell the difference. All looks cool to me.

    Alot of debate regarding this monitor. Its a bloody good monitor full stop. I'm happy with my C panel and I think in all fairness, it doesn't make that much of a difference.

    I suppose if your coming form a particular monitor, you may want it to have the same colours.
     
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2007
  15. Black Dog

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    It doesn't matter, I'm just saying that no-one knows what panel they have which seems to bother some people.

    I personally don't care, my screen seems fine to me.
     
  16. Nullvoid

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    Try actually reading their C panel review instead of just brushing it off as hype. Their conclusions in comparison to the S panel are that it:

    has more bleeding.
    has considerably more ghosting.
    cannot be calibrated to the same standard of colour quality.

    As I've said before, noone would have issues if it was only S and A panels, but the presence of the clearly inferior C panels just takes the ****.
     
  17. Gun9

    Gangster

    Joined: Aug 17, 2005

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    Location: north east

    Edit out the swear word unless you want a holiday :D
     
  18. 2Drunk2Funk

    Gangster

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

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    Location: In my own little world

    Just got back to mine after 2 days away with work.
    The backlight bleed is pretty bad, blank background looks like huge cloud in the centre.. so much white coming through, also the edges show a fair amount as well.

    Also noticed the MS wincolor util is not setting the colour profile on startup, so I have to manually go into it every day.
    Even with tweaked profiles my old L90D+ tft alongside in dual mod looks far better in terms of colour and sharpness :/
     
  19. Bry

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    Joined: Jul 24, 2005

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    Well i have just ordered a Spyder2 express calibrater for £60. As my tft is giving me massiveheaches and is really hurting ym eyes. I dunno why.

    Im hoping if i calibrate it it will sort this out and hopefulyl give me better colours.
     
  20. bobsparkle

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    Joined: Jun 20, 2007

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    Hey, well im new to this forum and i have pretty much all of this thread reagarding this monitor. Before reading this thread i was really looking forward to getting this monitor but now i am not so sure. I am what you would call a novice, i dont really know much about monitors and certainly dont know anything about getting all the correct colour settings. I was just hoping for plug and play. So alas im not so sure anymore. I have been looking at the LG L226WTQ. It seems to be similar to the Samsung. So a bit stuck as to what to do. Should i go with the LG or stick with the Samsung even with its flaws?