A funny thing, the color gamuts of the SyncMaster 223BW and the above-discussed LG L222WS (which has a 21.6” matrix, too) are identical and differ slightly from those of most other monitors: they coincide with the sRGB space in reds rather than in blues. These two models from different brands seem to be based on the same matrix.
The average white brightness uniformity is 5.3% with a maximum deflection of 18.7%. The average and maximum uniformity of black brightness are 9.7% and 27.5%, respectively. This result is worse than average. The pictures above show that the monitor has brighter areas along the top and bottom of the screen, especially on the right.
The gamma curves are good at the default settings except that the blue curve is somewhat higher than the others.
The curves all get lower at the reduced settings, and color reproduction improves as the consequence. The curves are now closer to the theoretical one.
The monitor is slow as it doesn’t have Response Time Compensation. Its response average is 12.7 milliseconds (GtG) with a maximum of about 22 milliseconds.
The color temperature setup is most inaccurate. The image is cold in every mode and there is a few thousand degrees of difference between the different levels of gray.
The monitor’s max brightness and contrast ratio are normal.
As mentioned above, the SyncMaster 223BW features MagicBright technology, a set of five combinations of settings you can switch between quickly by pressing a single button.
These preset modes are set up adequately enough for the intended applications. The Text mode is indeed bright enough for working with text, and Movie is suitable for watching movies. None of the modes leads to color distortions.
Besides, the same button enables the dynamic contrast mode but it is not mentioned in the table. Obviously, our testing method is unsuitable for making any measurements in such a mode.
- Appealing exterior design
- Appropriate setup of MagicBright modes
- Non-uniform brightness
- Inaccurate color reproduction setup
- Slow matrix
- Text-based applications (documents, spreadsheets, Internet)
- Movies and games that don’t require a fast matrix