Top critical review
Average at best
on 30 June 2014
The low to mid range monitor market has become a mess. It's getting difficult to find a decent monitor at a decent price. After a previous Samsung monitor I owned had decided to stop sending power to the screen (common problem with Samsung LCD monitors caused by the very cheap Chinese capacitors on the power board exploding prematurely), I was in need of a monitor urgently. In my haste, and reading the reviews on here combined with the "award" this monitor was given, I ordered it. I was not expecting too much. But this is disappointing even for the price (£108.00 at time of purchase). The big problem is the very (and I mean very) uneven LED lighting. The edges of the screen are far too bright. Almost any colour at either edge of the screen has a high whitishness to it. It's particularly bad when viewing white pages (the majority of internet pages). It makes the middle of the screen look grey. Of course it's not grey, it's the shade it should be, but because the edges are so bright white it makes the middle of the screen look "wrong". If you look towards the extreme top right of the screen, you can actually see a set of LED lights peering out from beyond the bezel. That's poor. These "edges" that are being referred to are a good inch from either side of the screen. That's a lot on a 21.5 inch screen. The top and bottom edges are also uneven, but within an acceptable level. The other problem with this monitor is random stuck pixels. Every so often, a pixel will randomly get stuck on a certain colour at random areas of the screen. Giving said area a quick flick or tap gets rid of it, but it happens. Again, not good enough.
The pre-set colours are way out, but that happens with all monitors with the brightness and contrast set way too high. After adjusting, the picture quality itself is not too bad, about what you'd expect at this price, and perfectly fine for web browsing and general office work. But the lighting is just too poor and no amount of adjusting is going to solve that problem. The previous monitor that I had was much older. The picture on that wasn't perfect, but it was far better than this. It's just a shame that a low end monitor these days regardless of brand, really is bottom of the barrel low. Avoid it.
This did come with a surprising amount of cables. UK power, Euro power, VGA and DVI.