Samsung's 2233RZ is a 3D monitor with potential

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Samsung's 2233RZ is a 3D monitor with potential

To make 3D work on the current generation of LCDs, you need a monitor capable of 120Hz minimum, as opposed to the 60Hz displays that we're used to. You also need a suitable graphics card (Nvidia GeForce 9600 or better) and GeForce Vision 3D goggles.

Out of the box, the SyncMaster 2233RZ still works as a 2D monitor, and at a faster refresh rate. That fast refresh rate provides good overall picture quality: vivid colours and good contrast. But it's the 3D results we're after.

3D effects are good in games - when it works. There's a list of games that do work in 3D here.

When the 3D is working, which takes a little bit of adjustment of chair and monitor, it's immense fun and 3D gaming in particular is excellent.

If you're already a fan of the Samsung look, you'll love the 2233RZ. It features the same large plastic bezel with the soft circular edge at the bottom and subtle blue light Samsung is known for.

The build quality is decent if not outstanding, but the stand is frustrating. A small piece of plastic holds the monitor in place, and not only is it a pain to affix, it makes the screen feel unstable.

Adding to this, one of the more disappointing aspects is the 2233RZ's lack of connections. It's almost as if Samsung wants to make sure you've got DVI, because that's all this has: DVI and a power socket.

It's a shame, because without additional connectivity, the 3D effects become the monitor's only trick.

As it is, the 2233RZ is one of the only 3D-capable monitors available in Australia, making it one of the "must-have" devices if you want to jump onto the 3D bandwagon now. Samsung gives the 2233RZ an RRP of $599, but be careful when searching for this monitor online.

The official model name - despite the box labelling it only as the "2233" - is the 2233RZ, which is different from the older, not-3D capable 2233SW, which is nearly two hundred dollars cheaper.

Samsung 2233RZ
5 6
Verdict
With 3D monitors poised to become popular, Samsung have produced one of the first in Australia - the Samsung Syncmaster 2233RZ, a 22-inch 120Hz monitor capable of running in three-dimensions.
Performance
Features & Design
Value for money
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Specs
$424
• Price: 424 • Viewable screen size: 22in • Native resolution: 1680 x 1050
This review appeared in the February, 2010 issue of PC & Tech Authority Magazine
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