Author Topic: [Frontpage News]Checking Your Samsung 226BW Mystery Monitor  (Read 92839 times)

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Checking Your Samsung 226BW Mystery Monitor

Nicao has posted up an article that is a must read for those of you wanting to buy a new LCD and are eying the very affordable 22" wide screen units.  He's taken apart a Samsung 226BW to find out what panel it's using.  Not all 226BW's are created equal, and he shows you how to tell what model you've got.  Take a look and make sure you buy the right one when you go shopping!


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So you've just bought a shiny new Samsung 226BW that was supposed to be the latest greatest killer LCD on the market.  There's only one problem,  it doesn't look quite the way that it should.  You look online to see if there is anything special about adjusting the colors or contrast and you find out some shocking facts.  There are actually 3 different LCD panels that are marketed under the 226BW model umbrella.

Please post your thoughts, comments and questions right here!
« Last Edit: July 07, 2007, 08:14:27 am by Zeus »

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Re: [Frontpage News]Checking Your Samsung 226BW Mystery Monitor
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2007, 11:30:15 am »
I was wondering if there was an S on your monitor back sticker Daniel.  Therefore the letter on the back of your panel is equivalent to the panel you found inside?

I have a C on my back sticker, and I will be looking inside to check.

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Re: [Frontpage News]Checking Your Samsung 226BW Mystery Monitor
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2007, 12:20:57 pm »
Yes there was an S on the monitor sticker on the back, however there was no panel type in the service menu.  After I opened the monitor it did turn out to be an "S" panel inside.

Good luck
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Re: [Frontpage News]Checking Your Samsung 226BW Mystery Monitor
« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2007, 10:34:00 pm »
I purchased the Samsung 226BW July 12, 2007. My identification results!!

Tag manufactured date: May 2007

(NO "S", "A", "C" panel shown, just blank after model number)

Back cover taken off tag: M220EW01, AU OPTRONICS (the REAL panel identification!)

Thus, the "A" panel!!
« Last Edit: July 13, 2007, 08:20:19 am by dig1860 »

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Re: [Frontpage News]Checking Your Samsung 226BW Mystery Monitor
« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2007, 07:40:19 am »
You can always try the service menu.

- Set contrast and brightness to 0
- Press the « Menu » button
- Press the « Source » button for 5 seconds (the second one on the right)

Although it sounds like you've got an "A" panel.

I purchased the Samsung 226BW July 12, 2007. My identification results!!

Tag manufactured date: May 2007

(NO "S", "A", "C" panel shown, just blank after model number)

Back cover taken off tag: M220EW01, AU OPTRONICS (the real panel identification!)

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Re: [Frontpage News]Checking Your Samsung 226BW Mystery Monitor
« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2007, 07:42:13 am »
We've sent a letter to Samsung that hopefully will generate a response and eventually help the consumer.

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Over the past few months, it’s come to our attention that Samsung uses different series’ of panels in some of its products.  There have been some articles published by BeHardware that have brought this to our attention – namely one of our reviewers.

http://www.behardware.com/articles/667-1/samsung-226bw-a-and-s-series-the-verdict.html
http://www.behardware.com/articles/673-1/samsung-syncmaster-226bw-c.html

I’ve had concerns about this in the past as I’ve reviewed a specific LCD and thought it was great, then later a reader expresses concerns over their unit as the quality seems quite different than what I’ve talked about.  We’ve recently published an article titled “Checking Your Samsung 226BW Mystery Monitor” that has gotten a bit of press as well as some reader feedback.

http://www.bcchardware.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4259&Itemid=40

We’ve posted this article to inform our readers what to check for when purchasing a 226BW.  Unfortunately, you have to pull it out of the box in order to check, and many stores won’t let you do this.

I have no problem with Samsung using different panels in their displays, but the customer should know what they are getting.  Instead of purchasing a 226BW and hoping for “a good one” (S Panel).  My suggestion is this, to provide a different sub-model number that corresponds with the panel inside the unit.  For example – 226BWs could be the one sporting a Samsung panel.  226BWa could signify the AU Optronics panel.  226BWc could state the presence of a CMO panel.

I don’t think customers would mind paying a bit of a price premium for better panels, as you could charge more for the “S” panel and less for the “A” and “C” panels.

As always BCCHardware is committed to the community and wants to help consumers make informed decisions in regards to product purchases.  We are concerned that they may be purchasing something less that they are expecting when they purchase a 226BW with a different panel than they read about on press sites.

Please let me know what can be done to better inform customers so they are completely satisfied with their Samsung purchase.

Kind Regards,

Benjamin "Zeus" Heide


We'll post the response once/if we get it!

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Re: [Frontpage News]Checking Your Samsung 226BW Mystery Monitor
« Reply #6 on: July 13, 2007, 09:26:10 am »
That's curious that you got an "A" panel inside.  Samsung has been telling people that the unmarked monitors are all "S" inside.  I guess they just decided that if we didn't know then we would be more happy.  How is the quality on your 226BW, are you happy with it?
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Re: [Frontpage News]Checking Your Samsung 226BW Mystery Monitor
« Reply #7 on: July 13, 2007, 01:01:38 pm »
I've got an email back from our Samsung rep and they are forwarding this issue along to the appropriate people.  We'll follow up and see what's being done.

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Thanks Ben.
I was reading that article which was published at your site couple of days ago. Mr. Park and I were talking about that. Thanks you send me an e-mail. I am going to forward your e-mail to the person who is in charge of Monitor.
Thanks for your support.


Hopefully they do something like we suggested.  Only time will tell.

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Re: [Frontpage News]Checking Your Samsung 226BW Mystery Monitor
« Reply #8 on: July 13, 2007, 01:35:27 pm »
I've got mine 226BW a few weeks back. Have been reading about the difference in the panels but was not able to determine how to check till I found the BCCHardware article.

It turns out that mine has a "C" on the label under the back cover. I did the service menu display and it shows "CMO". I did not remove the panel to check though. 2 out of 3 is good enough of an edvidence that I've a "C" panel. I have not noticed anything bad about the monitor though*fingers-crossed*. But I do not use this monitor for gaming just office use.

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Re: [Frontpage News]Checking Your Samsung 226BW Mystery Monitor
« Reply #9 on: July 15, 2007, 02:15:42 am »
Hello. I buy the same monitor this day, but here in Mexico (SAMEX, made in tijuana). No indication of what panel it's anywhere (S,A,C?). Service menu opcion dont display either. I figure that it's a new one. Anyway, panel a part, can you check the heat and the top. I notes too much heat between the superior panel and the bevel.

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Re: [Frontpage News]Checking Your Samsung 226BW Mystery Monitor
« Reply #10 on: July 15, 2007, 03:58:04 am »
I purchased the Samsung 226BW July 12, 2007. My identification results!!

Tag manufactured date: May 2007

(NO "S", "A", "C" panel shown, just blank after model number)

Back cover taken off tag: M220EW01, AU OPTRONICS (the REAL panel identification!)

Thus, the "A" panel!!

Is it possible for you to post a photo of your service menu? I'm trying to see if the version number can help in identifying the panel, since the panel info has been removed. I have seen a monitor in the shops that has the same version number as the article for checking your mystery monitor. If yours differs, and you say you have an A panel, then Ill assume the shop has an S panel like the one taken apart in the article.

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Re: [Frontpage News]Checking Your Samsung 226BW Mystery Monitor
« Reply #11 on: July 15, 2007, 02:26:52 pm »
Service Menu will not open! Probably a "new" Samsung thing?!

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Re: [Frontpage News]Checking Your Samsung 226BW Mystery Monitor
« Reply #12 on: July 19, 2007, 10:11:06 pm »
I bought this monitor and quickly found it was a c panel. I rang samsung and they admitted it had a floor and i was able to replace it at the store... for another c panel. I rang samsung again and requested a replacement s panel. After a couple of weeks it arrived and i had the good fortune to have both new and old screens side by side before they took the old one away. There is a remarkable difference, mainly in colour - at factory settings, the c panel is a dull grey/blue colour while the new screen is quite vibrant.
People have talked about moving the Custom Colours window in mspaint around the screen. This created artifacts but on both screens. More noticeably on the old one but it still happens as a result of the rta (response time accelerator) a software trick samsung use to get the 2ms response time from a 5ms panel.
I'm not sure if this is in all cases but my new screen is a centimetre higher than the old one.
I am very happy with the replacement. Great screen but i still had to work for it

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Re: [Frontpage News]Checking Your Samsung 226BW Mystery Monitor
« Reply #13 on: July 20, 2007, 02:45:25 am »
Howdy folks,

the article at http://www.bcchardware.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4259&Itemid=40 says "You can look up your model number on the web to find out who made it." where do you do that and how? Made a serach with the LTM220M1-L01 number and just got a bunch of hits with a bunch of asian characters, made no sense to me.

Anyone know?
« Last Edit: July 20, 2007, 02:46:01 am by kobo2000 »

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Re: [Frontpage News]Checking Your Samsung 226BW Mystery Monitor
« Reply #14 on: July 20, 2007, 08:40:02 am »
Sometimes you have to look around a bit to find the manufacturer, but in your case that's fairly easy.  The LTM220M1 is made by samsung themselves.  They have this panel posted on their website. This is an S panel.

More Info here.
« Last Edit: July 20, 2007, 09:27:49 am by Zeus »
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