Samsung Lapfit LD220Z review

Reviews 26 Apr, 2010

We review Samsung's Lapfit LD220Z to see if touch capabilities are really fit for business.

3
Price: 
£300
ex VAT
Verdict: 
The value of touch for business users remains to be seen and we have some ergonomic questions about the way you’d set the Lapfit up. But if you want a second screen with touch and the option of multiple USB-connected monitors that sit conveniently next to a laptop PC, this is A vivid and high-quality display with responsive touch capabilities.

Gartner is predicting that by 2015 10 per cent of business desktop and notebook PCs will have touch screens, and that more than half of PCs for younger consumers will have touch capabilities too. If you want to add touch to your laptop by adding a second screen - rather than buying one of the small number of touch-enabled models - Samsung offers a multitouch model in its Lapfit range.

These are designed to complement notebook PCs by resting directly on the desk, with a tilting stand at the back, so that they’re at roughly the same level as the screen of your laptop. So how well does that work for a touch screen?

The Lapfit LD220Z will look good next to most laptops. The case and bezel are glossy black and nice looking. The screen is also glossy but we found it clearly visible even in direct sunlight. The large size will dwarf many laptops though. The control buttons are literally hidden on the front of the display. Press near the power button and they light up (as menu, up, down, select and auto).

On the one hand this is certainly less distracting than having the buttons glowing in the corner all the time, while on the other hand you're playing blind man's bluff every time you want to use the controls. Hidden touch buttons look sleek but physical buttons would be more practical. Indeed, though you might expect it, you can't actually touch the screen to control the control menu, instead you have to use the up, down and select buttons on the front.

The screen itself is clear and bright. We found the colour space quite different from many laptops, which is as much a comment about the laptop displays as the Lapfit. Choosing the MagicBright option and running the auto adjustment creates a pleasant image that’s good to work with for documents but also shows off video well.

Specifications: 

Display: TFT TN active matrix

Screen Size: 21.5in widescreen

Resolution: 1920 (H) x 1080 (V)

Brightness: 250cd/m²

Dot Pitch/Pixel Pitch: 0.248 mm

Max Sync Rate (V x H): 60 Hz x 75 kHz

Contrast Ratio: 1000:1 (70,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio)

Response time: 5ms

Colour Supported: 16.7M

Interface: VGA D-Sub / HDMI, USB

Power Consumption: 38W (1W standby)

Features: Multimedia Speakers 3W stereo

Headphone: jack yes

Accessories: USB cable, VGA cable, cleaning cloth, stylus

Special Features: Multitouch, MagicBright function with 7 preset modes: Text, internet, Sports, Movies, Games, Dynamic Contrast and Custom

USB powered hub 2 ports

Mac compatibility: Yes (not touch)

Wall-Mount: No

Adjustment: Tilt

Colour: High Glossy Black

Dimensions; (WxDxH) 51.7 cm x 8.4 cm x 35.3 cm

Weight: 5.5 kg