Design and Ergonomics
The monitor has a black glossy plastic case with a minimum of right angles and flat surfaces. Samsung has been using this design with some variations for a long time already and the monitor does look attractive. The pretty exterior makes up for the lack of expediency: glossy plastic is known to get dirty quickly and to be not very tolerant to small scratches. The bottom of the case is adorned with a narrow strip of transparent plastic. It covers the control buttons in the 53 series but is a pure decoration in the 33 series.
The monitor is not very slim, yet looks elegant thanks to the smooth outline. The stand matches the overall design perfectly but only allows to adjust the tilt of the screen – and even that in a rather small range.
The fastening mechanism is yet another drawback of this stand: it is secured in a rubberized hole by the force of friction. To assemble the monitor, you must place the stand on a desk and force the case down on it. To detach the stand, you put the monitor down on some soft surface and pull the stand while holding the case with your other hand. Both procedures are simple but require so much effort that I even had a fear of breaking the stand in the process.
It is good that the stand can be replaced with a VESA-compatible mount using the fasteners at the back panel. It means you can wall-mount your 2233RZ or use a more functional stand for it.
As mentioned above, the monitor is equipped with a dual-link DVI-D input only. You cannot connect it to an analog source of video signal whatever adapters you use. And you will need a KVM switch to share this monitor between two computers.
The control buttons are placed on the right panel of the case. It is easy to find them thanks to their large size and convex shape but you can’t normally see their labels if you are sitting in front of the monitor.
This problem was solved by Samsung in such an obvious way that it is odd that no one had thought about it before. When you press any button, there appear labels on the screen, each label being exactly opposite the corresponding button. So, it is quite easy to use the controls without having to guess or remember their respective positions by heart.
The only thing the designers have forgotten to do is to place the Power button separately or make it a different shape, e.g. concave.
But one of the most exciting ideas in the design of this monitor is its Power indicator. The developers have to make it conspicuous (for some reason, no one makes indicators that would shine only when the monitor is in sleep mode, like in TV-sets), yet not distracting. Well, sometimes the latter requirement is forgotten and the user gets a super-bright LED right in the bottom center of the front panel.
You don’t even see the LED proper with the SyncMaster 2233RZ. It is hidden in the case and highlights a small section of the decorative acryl strip going along the bottom of the front panel. It is best visible in the reflection on the black gloss of the stand.
I think this is one of the most beautiful and handy implementations of a Power indicator I have ever seen.
The indicator begins to blink when the monitor switches into sleep mode, but this is not a problem because of the low intensity of its light.