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Samsung MD230X3 Review

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samkiller42 20th May 2011, 08:16 Quote
Looks to be a pretty good idea on the face of it, but poorly executed by Samsung.

Sam
ev1lm1nd666 20th May 2011, 08:39 Quote
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itrush07 20th May 2011, 08:52 Quote
Actually, it looks very useful to me.. Haven't used one of these but planning to have one for my next project..
docodine 20th May 2011, 09:11 Quote
Not one picture of them in use!?
mi1ez 20th May 2011, 09:14 Quote
Looks like the ultimate multi-tasking display, to use their own terminology. If I worked in graphics, I'd be sold!
Aracos 20th May 2011, 09:17 Quote
But the suggested U2311H's are 6-bit+FRC, that makes me cry.
matiss 20th May 2011, 09:30 Quote
The Idea is good. But not the price...a full eyefinity setup with 3 ISP screens (23" 16:9) and a card like the 6950 comes in around 1000€ which is about the half of this monitor.
x5pilot 20th May 2011, 09:30 Quote
would they work with Nvidia (GTX5x0) Cards or what else would I need to also buy?
heir flick 20th May 2011, 10:26 Quote
Waste of money, i bought 3 23" led monitors for well under £600, no ghosting or input lag
mongpong 20th May 2011, 10:27 Quote
Is it not possible for them to get rid of (or make then very thin) the black screen borders where screen edges meet to make it more seamless? Obviously you can't do that when buying three individual screens but this has been especially designed.

If there is a reason why this couldn't be done?
TFSakon 20th May 2011, 10:31 Quote
I'm on 2 25" atm and they work beautiful, borrowed my mates to test if a third would work and it works like a charm so I concur with heir flick, just get some good monitor. Though above 23" I've never found a mount (please say if you have) but mounts are overrated if you've got a desk big enough just put it there less assembly and you keep the £200 in your pocket.
SpAceman 20th May 2011, 10:35 Quote
Wow was reading through this review and had a real sense of deja-vu. Then I realised it was the same review word for word (well slightly edited) as in the latest issue of Atomic (an Australian magazine). Initially was a bit of a WTF?! moment.

Then I noticed the initials "CW" at the end of the article in my magazine. All good.
vampalan 20th May 2011, 11:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by heir flick
Waste of money, i bought 3 23" led monitors for well under £600, no ghosting or input lag

Yeah that.. just what I thought.
the_kille4 20th May 2011, 11:06 Quote
hey but the U2311H makes three screen eyefinity affordable... because I am thinking of getting some
Xir 20th May 2011, 11:34 Quote
Did you make those pictures?

The "Rear" picture has at least the Input-cables clipped, and the USB and Power daisy chining aren't visible? ;)
Lizard 20th May 2011, 11:44 Quote
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Originally Posted by Xir
Did you make those pictures?

The "Rear" picture has at least the Input-cables clipped, and the USB and Power daisy chining aren't visible? ;)

Just a bit of aggressive clipping in Photostop is all - since Bindi left we haven't accidentally dremeled anything to destruction :)
Paradigm Shifter 20th May 2011, 12:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by storm20200
But the suggested U2311H's are 6-bit+FRC, that makes me cry.

That explains why I can't seem to get the colours right on my U2311H. It just doesn't hold a candle to the colour on my 2405s (years old) or U2410.

Pro grade panel that's 6-bit? Colour me unimpressed.
Bungletron 20th May 2011, 13:13 Quote
I thought the review looked familiar too, wasn't this in Custom PC months ago?

Useful for an Eyefinity setup maybe, but where you do very commonly see these setups are in City investment banks and stockbrokers packed full of financial information and price tickers, to an IT procurement officer this screen must make a lot of sense, get it all bought and implemented in one go, picture quality far less of an issue. For the enthusiasiast certainly getting 3 better quality vesa mount monitors and a suitable stand would accomplish the same goals but at a much better result and cheaper too.
Cei 20th May 2011, 13:55 Quote
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Originally Posted by Paradigm Shifter
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Originally Posted by storm20200
But the suggested U2311H's are 6-bit+FRC, that makes me cry.

That explains why I can't seem to get the colours right on my U2311H. It just doesn't hold a candle to the colour on my 2405s (years old) or U2410.

Pro grade panel that's 6-bit? Colour me unimpressed.

Pro-grade for just over £200? Err, no. The U2311H is trying to bring IPS to the masses by cutting a few corners, and hence price.
Denis_iii 20th May 2011, 13:56 Quote
thanks Bit-tech, i would have bought Samsung's 3x1 product (if had the cash) if not for your advice.
legoyoda 20th May 2011, 14:36 Quote
Aimed at professional use but runs with a 16:9 (over a 16:10) ratio screen? Yeah..... I'll pass on that 1200 is the MINIMUM vertical resolution any monitor should have. if you want only 1080p use a TV.....
PureSilver 20th May 2011, 15:44 Quote
I tend not to use multiscreen for gaming - for me, merely peripheral vision isn't worth the vast increase in power usage, cost and demand for multi-GPU setups - and for general office work, I've always found three landscape screens a waste of time - few programs demand a whole landscape screen, and I always get the sense I'm wasting money and power for no real gain. I prefer one big landscape, and one or two smaller portraits for reading A4 pages, etc.

Just out of interest, what's the current lottery-win screen? My budget 2009W TN is fine for gaming, but I could use a nice Full HD screen for films and the like. No need for it to be more than 22-24" - I sit quite close to it.

What's the current dream screen?
knyghtryda 20th May 2011, 19:36 Quote
the U2311H is one of the best buys right now for a IPS monitor. Its not quite as color accurate as an S-IPS monitor such as a U2410 (and after reading the above about it being 6-bit+FRC I can now see why) but its also much cheaper and you still get the view angles that an IPS panel provided. I'm actually quite disappointed that it e-ips is a 6-bit panel, but you then have to balance the price/performance ratio for what you want. Maybe I should look into moving all my photo work back to the old 2001fp...
Goty 20th May 2011, 23:56 Quote
I used one of these at a local electronics retailer (has a 6870 CF setup running BLOPS) and I didn't notice any ghosting or input lag at all, so I'm not sure what the deal is with your review unit or the display at the store.
LordPyrinc 21st May 2011, 07:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by legoyoda
Aimed at professional use but runs with a 16:9 (over a 16:10) ratio screen? Yeah..... I'll pass on that 1200 is the MINIMUM vertical resolution any monitor should have. if you want only 1080p use a TV.....

The 16:9 ratio makes logical sense. Since a large portion of TV shows and many movies are being released at that ratio, owning a 16:9 monitor is preferable in my opinion. Most of the modern games I've purchased support the 16:9 ratio. I agree that the current height of 1080 does suck compared to 1200, but that will not always be the case. Remember, we are just talking about ratios here when it comes to monitor sizes. Enevitably 1080 will become 2160 and so on. There needs to be a standard and from what I've seen, the 16:10 ratio is being phased out by the manufactures.

I do like Samsung products, but I agree with the points made in the article. Personally though, I think multi-monitor solutions, are for a select few consumers. I'll stick with my single screens for now.

PC: Samsung 23" LED 16:9 1080p
TV: Samsung 40" LCD 16:9 1080p
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