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We're in a digital age where convergence continues to play an important role. A lot of this is understandably about saving cost and space, and where could both of these be more applicable than with the displays we use? Televisions and computer monitors are some of the biggest and often most expensive items in the digital home, and - especially where entertainment is concerned - often fulfil similar duties. So, if you don't have the room or the budget for both, why not get something that combines the two? Today we're looking at what might well be the ideal candidate; Samsung's SyncMaster T220HD.
This isn't the only LCD TV/monitor we've looked at. For instance, LG's Flatron M2294D was a stunning recent example, while Hyundai's BlueH HM22D offered decent value despite its disappointing design. Actually, it's not even the first TV/monitor from Samsung's recent 'Touch of Colour' range that we've reviewed, as Andy looked at its 24in cousin, the Samsung SyncMaster T240HD, only a while ago. The T240HD did fairly well, so let's see if its smaller sibling can hold up.
Typically, the move down to 22 inches also sees a drop in resolution to 1,680 x 1,050, but 22in models sporting 1,920 x 1,200 are starting to trickle out (we have a review of one coming soon). Unfortunately, this means the T220HD won't be able to display Full HD signals without down-scaling. On the up-side, it should be significantly cheaper.
In the box, you get DVI, audio, VGA and power cables, in addition to a soft cleaning cloth. The notable omission here is an HDMI cable, which more and more manufacturers are including where their monitors support it. The monitor itself, like all Samsung's recent models, comes in three main parts. You get the display itself with separate parts for the neck and base. These click together fairly easily, but unfortunately allow for very little adjustability: all you get here is tilt. While this might be acceptable on a TV, it's a major disappointment on any PC monitor. However, it's not fair to criticise Samsung too much over this, as we've yet to see a combi-screen with anything more than tilt - not even height adjustment.
Things look up considerably when it comes to aesthetics and connectivity. Unlike the T200, which was a tad small to really make the most of the hint of rose-red colouring in the bezel against the piano black, the T220HD, by virtue of its bigger size, has a little more impact. In fact, there's just a hint of red on all the bezel's edges, with the bottom sporting a more obvious streak which, as before, subtly integrates with the red power LED. Basically, this styling is also mirrored in Samsung's SyncMaster T240HD where a transparent plastic overlay gives the bezel that glass-like finish.