Samsung SyncMaster 2263DX 22in + 7in LCD Monitor Review - Samsung SyncMaster 2263DX Review

The speakers are underpowered as always, with an almost total absence of bass and somewhat tinny treble. However, they are fine for simple voice communication. For music, movies and games there is the headphone socket tucked out of the way at the monitor’s back, as well as a microphone jack in the unlikely event your monitor’s integrated dual-array model isn’t up to the job. Like on the 225uw, the audio and webcam video signals run over a single USB cable, except here that is in addition to the DisplayLink video data for the UbiSync 7.

Which brings us on to the smaller of the SyncMaster 2263DX’s monitors. The 7in 800 x 480 UbiSync 7 is of course not the first DisplayLink monitor Samsung has made. Back in October, Riyad took an enthusiastic look at Samsung’s 19in UbiSync SM940UX, and at what DisplayLink represents for the future. Basically, DisplayLink lets you hook up a screen digitally to almost ”any” computer over USB, running Windows or Linux. Forget about DVI or VGA ports, this will work with a system that has no video outputs whatsoever.

In the case of the UbiSync 7, you will need two USB ports, as the screen is fully USB-powered; that’s right, no socket needed! This really extends the possible applications for this unit: imagine doubling your old Eee PC’s screen real estate, or actually being able to use the full screen of your 15.4in laptop to work while video-conferencing on the 7in one. The possible uses are many and varied, but unless Samsung decides to sell the UbiSync 7 separately, you’re stuck with getting the 22in monitor as part of the deal.

It must be said that the two screens are perfectly styled to complement each other. The UbiSync is simple yet elegant. It’s piano black to match the 2263UW, and features a very clean bezel. The model name is subtly inscribed in unobtrusive grey on the top left, while the power symbol and brightness controls are visible on the top right. These are, of course, touch-sensitive, which is fine in this case since they leave the bezel unbroken and there are only three of them. Also, they work well and best of all, don’t beep. In this case the power symbol doesn’t light up, but a very clear blue LED beside it does. Overall, the UbiSync 7 is a success in the looks department.

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