Samsung S22D300H 54.61 cm (21.5 inch) LED Monitor (VGA, HDMI) Review
The Samsung S22D300H LED monitor is best used as a computer monitor because of its high quality images, design, weight, and of course—price. We will review the S22D300H in terms of price, quality, and performance.
I use the Samsung S22D300H for the home office because my 13.5’’ laptop screen is a little too small. As always, the screen came well packaged and was delivered on time. Installation was easy – simply combine two parts and mount the screen on the foot with a single screw and you are good to go. I think the menu buttons on the screen are great, as they are touch buttons and you do not have to worry about accumulation of dust and dirt.
Samsung S22D300H Standard Features & Specifications
- Resolution: 1,920 x 1,080 pixels
- Response time: 5ms; Connectors: HDMI, D-Sub
- Brightness 200 cd / m²; Contrast (dynamic) Mega Contrast
- Contents: Samsung S22D300H 54.61 cm (22 inch) LED monitor black gloss, D-Sub Signal Cable, Power Cable, Power Supply
The monitor is pretty ok for its price. It is very light in weight, unlike similar TVs. This eases transportation and lends itself well to movement during rearrangement of the house.
The TV stand is easy and fast to install – you simply tilt it up to 3 degrees forward and 20 degrees towards the rear. For the first installation, you will have to apply some extra force when tilting the monitor but this is expected when the product is new. Any subsequent attempts become progressively easier.
The Samsung S22D300H TV has a response time of 5ms and is absolutely ghosting and streaking-free. However, you will have to do some calibration as this response time is not set to the specified value on unboxing. For Windows 8, you can download and install the driver from the Samsung page.
All other picture settings were set at a very good value initially so you will not need to do any adjustments to these. In the case of colour representation, the different skin tones have gamma values that vary slightly in mode 3. The colour temperature should be normal and widely spread with no detectable difference. I noticed that the white shines a little better in the Samsung S22D300H TV as compared to other models as it is not in any way milky.
The focus should be set at no more than 51 otherwise you will start seeing a ghosting effect at settings higher than that. I like the shiny black monitor and the simple design that looks good even from the back.
There is a game mode which is slightly brighter than the normal TV image. The Samsung S22D300H TV has soft touch keys that respond to the slightest touch and this is a welcome change from the hard keys that we have become accustomed to over the years.
There are two ways of connecting the TV – either through the HDMI or VGA ports. Also worth mentioning is that the monitor has an external power supply that comes with a 2 pin power plug. Blue LED lights show the status of the device, though I would have preferred it if the lights were a little darker (my old TV had a fainter LED status indicator which I found pleasant) – not a big problem though. An ECO power saving setting is available and you can choose between a PC and AV mode as well as a configurable turn-off time.
Colours are good and with the Samsung Magic Angle that allows viewing from different angles, the picture quality is just perfect. There are two settings – freestanding picture mode and group viewing mode. The Samsung Magic Bright can vary the contrast from Dynamic Contrast to even Custom settings.
With Samsung Magic Upscale, you can change content which is not in the native resolution of Full HD (1920x1080) and upgrade it to this level. One would not want to go any further if the monitor is for entirely PC use as the smaller settings will suffice.
If the monitor is not on full screen, the AMD graphics card should deliver and so the overscan can be turned off in the settings. This is a good gaming monitor and is especially beginner-friendly – the price is much lower than that of the ASUS at similar or even better quality. There is really very need for calibration but that is a subjectively matter altogether.
For a TN panel the Samsung S22D300H colours are absolutely ok. For someone who needs more possibly for image processing they are better off with an IPS panel (which still comes with its strengths as well as weaknesses).
The monitor has preset modes, with the default being Dynamic setting which adjusts the brightness according to the background of the image, movie or game. The monitor also has film and game optimization mode and the response times can be changed from anywhere between 2ms and 6ms.
If you are looking for a new 24-inch monitor for use exclusively on PC, the Samsung S22D300H is just the right choice. The monitor is detected immediately on Windows but if that does not happen then the drivers included in the CD can easily be installed.
For best image quality, the monitor is connected via the HDMI interface. Unfortunately, the HDMI interface does not come with a cable included. However, the VGA interface option does come with a cable included.
Picture quality of the Samsung S22D300H TV is really excellent with the black being black and not dark grey. Additionally, the colour palette includes a fantastic array of colour. This TV gives a really fantastic picture at this price point.
With a 2ms response time, the monitor is able to handle fast-paced games such as shooting/ car racing without any streaking at the highest resolution. Another feature that is worth mentioning is the piano lacquer finish and easy to use functional elements which respond to light touch immediately and intuitively.
The Samsung S22D300H monitor is highly recommended for the following reasons:
- Great value for money
- 2ms response time
- 250 cd/m2 brightness at this price point is unbeatable
- Low energy consumption (Class A)
- Very light weight (about 3Kg)
- Beautiful appearance and outstanding image quality
- Nice menu
On the negative side, the monitor does not come with a HDMI cable (only VGA) and it is not height adjustable. Another con is that the monitor does not come with speakers.