Our typical reviews of monitors cover products from different brands that have the same size of the screen and fall into the same price category but this review is special. It is dedicated to monitors from only one brand and even limited to only one series. Although new, this series already includes quite a lot of models.
It is called Samsung Touch of Color or ToC. You can find official info about this series in the appropriate section of the Samsung website. The monitors themselves are marked traditionally as Samsung SyncMaster. Well, the exterior design is one of the most remarkable things about the new series as you will see shortly.
The models covered in this review share the same exterior, so I will first describe their appearance, ergonomics and onscreen menu and then test each of them individually.
Every ToC series model has a name beginning with the letter T: SyncMaster T190, T220, etc. The basic models do not have any suffix. The suffix P is currently used in the name of the T220P model to indicate its increased native resolution. The suffix G (T190G, T200G, etc) means a glossy matrix instead of a matte one. The suffix HD (T220HD, T240HD, etc) denotes an integrated TV-tuner.
Samsung SyncMaster Touch of Color Series
I will discuss the basic models of the ToC series with matte matrixes in this review with the addition of the T220P model.
Use the following link for a description of our testing methodology, the equipment we use, and for a brief explanation of what the specified and tested parameters of LCD monitors mean: X-bit Labs Presents: LCD Monitors Testing Methodology In Depth. If you feel overwhelmed with the numbers and terms this article abounds in, check out an appropriate section of the mentioned article for an explanation.
You can also view all previous monitor reviews in our Monitors section.