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Samsung releases two new monitors

Samsung releases two new monitors

"Oooh, puuurrdy." - The new Samsung monitors could be a welcome addition to the company's mid-range line.

Samsung has made what are arguably some of the best displays in the business. One doesn't have to look very far to find someone preaching the quality of the displays, myself included. My 215TW is probably one of the best investments I've ever made in computer equipment.

Of course, not everyone really wants to blow £250 / US$400 on only 21" of screen real estate, no matter what the quality. And others just want, well, bigger - 24" seems to be a new favourite amongst readers, for example. So it's a good thing that Samsung has now augmented its mid-range lineup with today's announcement of two new monitors.

The first new kid on the block is a 24" BW series display (model 245BW), which is Samsung's flagship mid-range part. It sports a 1000:1 contrast ratio (3000:1 'dynamic') and 400 cd/m² brightness and only a 5ms response time. Plus of course a 1080p-tastic 1920 x 1200 resolution. Overall, it looks to be a well-built display and a nice addition to the popular BW lineup - and retailing at only around US$550, it's a sure fit into anyone's budget that's looking for 24" of screen.

You can preorder it over at scan for only £367. UK stock doesn't arrive until next week but this will be the first 24" monitor under £400!

Also added to the lineup is the new 226CW, which one could argue is more 'gamer' focused. The 22" display features a 1000:1 contrast ratio, 1680 x 1050 resolution and 300 cd/m² brightness on a super-quick 2ms grey-to-grey response time. Whether the 2ms response really makes that much of a difference is often a subject of debate, but it is a nice number to see on the packaging. The screen retails for US$380. UK pricing was not available at the time of publication.

Do you have a thought on the new releases? How about the fabled "millisecond myth"? Tell us about it in our forums.


Left - the 245BW 24" monitor; Right - The 226CW 22" monitor.

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lamboman 12th July 2007, 23:24 Quote
This is great news, Samsungs products are normally fairly high end, and expensive. Extra beer money!
Neogumbercules 12th July 2007, 23:40 Quote
What are the main differences between a 226BW and a 226CW? No "dynamic" 3000:1 CR and lower brightness, at the cost of a better gaming monitor? I have a 226BW S model and it's fantastic at gaming. Wait, are these monitors wide gamut?
cosmic 12th July 2007, 23:42 Quote
Interesting, but not much information on the colour gamut covered; is it likely to be similar to the new 24 inch Dell which covers most of the AdobeRGB colour space - probably not at this price which seems quite amazing for a 24 inch display
DXR_13KE 13th July 2007, 00:10 Quote
i like these, but i would like to see the new led powered screens.
will. 13th July 2007, 01:42 Quote
I like Samsung.. or more specifically, I like whoever is designing Samsung's products. They look purdy :D
Da_Rude_Baboon 13th July 2007, 08:46 Quote
The 'Discuss' link the at the top of the page is dead.
Jamie 13th July 2007, 08:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by Da_Rude_Baboon
The 'Discuss' link the at the top of the page is dead.
Thanks for pointing that out, forgot to update the forum url in the config.
specofdust 13th July 2007, 09:18 Quote
When bringing news on and reviewing monitors can you guys make sure you mention the native resolutions of those monitors at least once? Personally as important a factor as size, and a more important factor than any single quality measurement is the resolution that a monitor will do.

edit: And for anyone wondering, us Brits pay £110 or $220 more for this monitor than our American friends. Feel that stretching folks.
p3n 13th July 2007, 09:19 Quote
I love my SM-206BW with 2ms repsonse, they're some sweet monitors for gaming - kinda confused why the BW looks different to mine and the CW the same.
BioSniper 13th July 2007, 09:33 Quote
These look rather nice, though the plastic surround on the right one doesn't do it for me, loving the one on the left though :)
specofdust 13th July 2007, 09:38 Quote
Indeed. I'd be very tempted by the 24 if it cost £250. At £360 though it's about £110 too steep.
Buzzons 13th July 2007, 11:39 Quote
"UK was not available at the time of publication." Where did the UK go?!!??!?!?! Should it not say "UK pricing was not..." not as it does say that the entire UK has disappeared! :(
cosmic 13th July 2007, 12:03 Quote
Its available for pre-order from Overclockers at £388
Samsung 245B
specofdust 13th July 2007, 12:07 Quote
It's available somewhere decent (scan) for £365.
Da Dego 13th July 2007, 13:06 Quote
Sorry guys, a couple of these issues were my fault. I'm used to thinking of the monitors as 20-22" == 1680x1050, etc. so I didn't include the resolutions in my original draft - I was more highlighting the differences vs. other monitors in the same field. Also, UK pricing was totally absent from the release earlier yesterday and I saw a direct conversion as well, useless because we all know how rip-off Britain got its name. Glad to know that Scan has it on pre-order though! I guess they had everything ready, as the monitors were "shipping immediately" but that doesn't mean to consumers - more like from the place of manufacture using the slowest boat imaginable. :)

I'm sorry about the confusion!!
cosmic 13th July 2007, 13:46 Quote
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Originally Posted by specofdust
It's available somewhere decent (scan) for £365.

Thats an excellent deal from Scan
specofdust 13th July 2007, 13:56 Quote
While it may be a good deal for the UK, not being familiar with what LCD monitors are expected to cost in the UK I am rather disgusted that we pay such inflated prices compared with the US. I would be highly interested to hear any justifications for why this must be from companies such as Scan, and Samsung.
DXR_13KE 13th July 2007, 15:49 Quote
and those inflated prices also affect € countries.....
cosmic 13th July 2007, 21:36 Quote
Is it because we now pay an EU duty of 14% on larger monitor imports, then of course there is another 17.5% on top of that for the UK government - or is the EU tax still to come into effect?
The_Beast 13th July 2007, 22:12 Quote
sweet looking monitor
vegettoxp 14th July 2007, 00:37 Quote
Well I am glad that these new monitors came out before I bought the Samsung 22" BW. Now I can look at the CW and see what makes it special. How long before we start to see reviews on the Samsung 22" CW Model?
proxess 17th July 2007, 21:23 Quote
looking really cool... but i guess i'll have to do with what i've got so far
namakan 21st July 2007, 10:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by vegettoxp
Well I am glad that these new monitors came out before I bought the Samsung 22" BW. Now I can look at the CW and see what makes it special. How long before we start to see reviews on the Samsung 22" CW Model?

^ My thoughts exactly. Any chance of a review in the coming months? I love the 226bw but hey, if it gets even better I'm game - literally.
Dna14 21st July 2007, 20:52 Quote
I like the look of the 22" samsung, seems very popular at the moment.
johnnyboy700 30th July 2007, 20:17 Quote
The spec on the 24" seems very impressive, I was going to buy the BenQ 24" but if this one gets good reviews I'll save myself the £70 odd quid and spend a bit more on the graphics card to drive it.
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