The Samsung LD220G is a versatile monitor that can be used as a stand-alone monitor or in combination with the laptop as a companion monitor. The $ 230 monitor has a USB-video connection, bypassing the connection with the video card. Unfortunately, the display has lackluster configuration options, terrible game performance over USB, and it has a very clear backlight that appears on a dark display. If you’re looking for a shared companion monitor, the LD220G’s sleek design and simple USB connectivity make it a good choice, as long as you’re not a gamer. If you want a standalone 22 inch monitor we recommend AOC V22 Verfino or Asus VH235H. Both monitors perform better, have more features, and are priced at or below the LD220G.
Design and features
The 22-inch Samsung LD220G has a glossy black bezel and an equally sleek screen. The panel is 0.9 inches deep; however, the back of the display – which houses the backlight, connectivity options and the ventilation system – expands by 1.6 inches, bringing the full-screen depth to about 2.5 inches. The panel measures 20.3 inches wide. The bezels measure 0.75 inches long on the top, right, and left edges, and 1.6 inches at the bottom. The kickstand, located on the back of the display, resembles a more stand-alone stand, keeping the display upright. The stand includes small thin wheels at the bottom that allow the user to slide the stand smoothly, so the monitor can be tilted back up to 25 degrees.
The monitor can be used as a standalone monitor and as a companion monitor for laptops. Monitors can be connected to the computer via the VGA port or by using DisplayLink technology via USB. When used as a companion monitor, it can easily be set to expand or mirror (mirror) mode via the DisplayLink toolbar. When sitting on a desk, the bottom of the screen is nearly perfect with our Lenovo ThinkPad T60. However, that may not always be perfect, depending on the size and design of the laptop you plan to use with it.
The row of on-screen buttons, located in the lower-right side of the bezel, remains hidden until touched. Each OSD button option – Menu, UP, Down, and Auto – lights up orange when displayed. Samsung uses a simple and limited OSD for the interface of the LD220G. It has no contrast or color controls; However, brightness control is available as the only configuration option. There are five presets including: Custom, Laptop, Internet, Movie, and Dynamic contrast. However, switching between preset modes changes only the brightness level associated with each of the five options.
The 16: 9 aspect ratio screen of the Samsung LD220G has a native resolution of 1,920×1,080 pixels. The trend of 16: 9 monitors currently spreading in the market has brought many smaller monitors with higher resolutions than the capabilities of 16:10 aspect ratio. The 22-inch model with a 16: 9 aspect ratio now has a native, high-resolution potential resolution of 1,920×1,080 (1080p) pixels instead of 1,680×1,050 pixels.
Pixel response speed: 5ms
Contrast Ratio: 1,000: 1 (static), 30,000: 1 (dynamic)
Brightness: 300cd / m2
Connectivity: VGA, USB
HDCP compliance? Are not
Video cable included? VGA, USB
Backlight type: CCFL
Panel Type: TN
Aspect ratio: 16: 9
We tested the Samsung LD220G with its USB connection at the Custom preset (default). Display posted 87 aggregate score on CNET Labs’ Performance testing based on DisplayMate. The screen scored high on its color and font tests sharp; however, it struggled in our Screen Consistency tests. In our Dark Screen test, there was clear backlight flowing out from both the top and bottom edges of the screen. In the High Contrast Streak and Shade tests, looking for shadows or shadows that follow a still image in areas with a large variation in contrast, the streak effect was visible light in the center of the screen. Also, the Samsung LD220G has trouble rendering it dark – and not even too dark – gray.
The Samsung LD220G achieves a brightness score of 235 candelas per square meter (cd / m2), a lot less than Samsung’s maximum 300 cd / m2.
In the Samsung LD220G movie preset, we watched “Kill Bill Vol. 1” on DVD and some 1080p movie files from Microsoft Presentation of WMV HD. The film on the Samsung display looks good and renders colors accurate, but the display’s relatively low brightness produces a matte display with faint colors that lack standout.
Unreal Tournament 3 and World of Warcraft both look good at 1,920×1,080 pixels with no signs of ghosting; however, its video performance when displayed via USB was extremely sluggish and jerky. While playing Unreal, there was a clear input lag, which was not an issue when switching over to VGA.