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    225BW vs 226BW

    Okay been asked to ask this but which would you guys recommend

    A 225BW or 226BW

    The 225bw is slightly cheaper, but the 226bw is better but the 226 also has the dodgy different panel types..

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    I haven't seen the 225bw, but I've just bought a 226bw with the A panel and am extremely pleased with it. The colours are slightly off (bluish tint) but that's easily corrected by either downloading the Windows colour profile or manually with the OSD controls. No backlight bleeding or dead pixels on mine.

    I paid £225 from PC World.

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    226BW, I've got one and it's very very good.
    $ cd /pub
    $ more beer

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    I think the only thing that would give me pause is the panel lottery you seem to have to go through.

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    ive found somewhere that seems to guarantee S panels so...

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    Where's that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcvs View Post
    ive found somewhere that seems to guarantee S panels so...
    If it was play, they are no longer guaranteeing 'S' panels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tejstar View Post
    If it was play, they are no longer guaranteeing 'S' panels.
    That's because Samsung have started putting S lables on all their panels.

    Seriously, with all the BS lawsuits in the US, why has no-one taken Samsung to court over this crap?

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    Because all the evidence seems to be that it's exactly the same panel, just not as well configured out of the factory?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kalniel View Post
    Because all the evidence seems to be that it's exactly the same panel, just not as well configured out of the factory?
    Pretty sure a comprehensive review has shown there are differences. The backlight not being as even, colour accuracy not being as close. Things that are inferior even after calibration.

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    http://www.behardware.com/articles/6...e-verdict.html

    "Standard rendering on the A version is poor, but this isn’t the end. The proof is that once it’s calibrated (with a probe), it has colors just as true as the S"

    re: brightness uniformity
    "Finally, the average difference by area is 5.8 % for the A versus 6.1% for the S. If we take all points where measurements were taken and compared them to the average brightness, the maximum gaps for the A version is from -9% to +12% or the 21 % max from above.

    On the S version, we go from a more extreme -13% to +17% or a max variation of 30%. This result is consistent with other screens, but not as good as the “A” s results. "

    re: backlight
    "The two screens have the same defect of a little white halo-very subtle-that you may notice on black images. If we wanted to split hairs, we could say that that of the A is slightly more visible. For us the existence of this little halo is overshadowed by this screen’s nice depth in black."
    Last edited by kalniel; 07-06-2007 at 03:43 PM.

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    I stand corrected

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    'C' version looks crap though

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    Quote Originally Posted by kalniel View Post
    'C' version looks crap though
    Which is what I think I have.

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    225BW is, I believe, a 16.2 million colour panel - which means it is actually only capable of showing 262,000 colours, it dithers to them to be able to claim 16.2 million.

    Other screens, such as the 226BW, are true colour 16.7 million colour panels.

    So bearing in mind that the rest of your kit and games can render all these colours and shades for detail in games, I'd suggest not buying the 225BW since it can only show 1.6% of them!

    DM

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