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Samsung SyncMaster 226BW - Samsung SyncMaster 226BW

By Benny Har-Even



  • Recommended by TR
Samsung SyncMaster 226BW


Our Score:


For gaming I fired up a favourite game - Trackmania Nations. It only really gets to come out for monitor testing but it’s fun, with plenty of motion and lots of colour, though mainly green. It looked great with the smooth images and good colour and high native resolution making for a great experience. To see how a twitch game would fare I used Counter-Strike: Source, and that too was fine.

Some displays tend to struggle with shadow areas but the contrast ratio and the adjustable gamma curve option on this monitor means that you won’t have a problem, whatever the ambient light conditions.

In our DisplayMate test, the 226BW put in a very good performance; so long as the extreme Dynamic Contrast mode wasn’t used. Colours were vivid without being overdone and colour fading was excellent. There was a hint of banding in the 256 Intensity Level Colour Ramp test but it was only really evident with the Dynamic Contrast mode.

Suffice to say then that with the looks, features and performance, the Samsung 226BW is definitely our pick of the 22in bunch. However, as another Samsung’s display that gives it the most competition in the form of the 215TW.

This is still our benchmark for widescreen monitor quality and it also has the advantage of Component and S-video inputs, which makes it much more flexible, especially for use with consoles. Of course, you lose an inch to the 226BW and it costs more and for that matter isn’t quite as stylish, so the choice is there. In the end it’s still our favourite widescreen display but if you don’t need the extra connectivity and want the larger size then the 226BW comes recommended.


The Samsung SyncMaster 226BW combines a stylish housing, and great features such as HDCP compatibility on its DVI port, with very impressive image quality. It’s a combination that means that it wins an award and makes it the pick of the 22in bunch.

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Value 9
  • Image Quality 9


August 5, 2014, 5:56 am

Samsung 226BW. Mine came with an HDCP sticker on it BUT it's not really. Don't be fooled.


February 22, 2015, 4:19 am

I bought this SS-226BW in 2007 and it still runs like new (2015). I don't care what HDCP is until its something I need on a PC monitor for Office and light gaming. It also survived crossing the Earth and handled a few earthquakes admirably.


January 10, 2016, 2:45 pm

Crazy all this is coming back around.

I've had mine since 2006... still excellent, if a bit dim compared to the much brighter screens available today. The HDCP compliance was a great hidden gem -- Netflix, iTunes and all the others require HDCP monitors if you're driving it off a laptop like I do, for example.

I'll be looking for some thing bigger soon, I just hope whatever I find is as reliable as this old dog has been.

Slawomir Kortas

April 2, 2016, 5:10 pm

Have had mine since 2007, that's 9 years ago and I still use it every day. Found this thread as I was looking for VESA mount dimensions. 100mm it is. Gonna hang it in my home office soon.

Mine does have a small flaw, however. Some time ago the monitor wouldn't turn on. I had to physically unplug it from the power strip, and plug it back in for it to power on. Now, it will "die" every few days like that. Usually it will just respond to the power button, but every other week or so, I have to switch off and on the power strip for the monitor to work. I have of course exchanged the strip already, and the power cord itself, too. It's the monitor for sure. Doesn't bother me much, 9 years of service is a good track record.


July 19, 2016, 6:39 pm

Same! Though I had to replace capacitors in its power supply. Maybe take yours apart to see if they are blown as well?

Slawomir Kortas

July 25, 2016, 2:53 pm

Alright, you talked me into it Alvar. Got my SyncMaster apart and waiting for all new capacitors. No visually blown caps, but we'll see if new ones help.

Matt Allen

September 11, 2016, 1:02 am

I have had mine since 2007, and it has been fantastic! Very reliable, excellent picture quality, and quick response time of 2ms so no ghosting, well ahead of it's time and I'm still using it today, I too had to replace the capacitors which you would expect for a 9 year old piece of hardware, but it's running great again now. Infact I have ordered another off ebay to have a dual monitor setup!

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