Samsung SyncMaster LD220 monitor review

If you want to add another monitor to your desk but have run out of video ports, this DisplayLink powered Samsung could be the answer.

Looks wise, the LD220 is up to Samsung's high aesthetic standards, with a glossy black bezel with rounded edges. The bezel is clear of any ugly buttons, save for an indented power button at the bottom right.

The three on-screen display (OSD) buttons appear when you touch the bezel to left of the power button. The OSD itself appears discreetly at the bottom right rather than bang in the middle, which is welcome although the direct brightness controls do appear right in the centre.

The downside of the glossy finish is that fingerprints quickly build up, which can spoil the look and necessitates a regular wipe down.

When you plug the Samsung in for the first time, you'll need to install the supplied drivers. Out test machine was running the Windows 7 Release Candidate, and we discovered that the Vista drivers supplied would not work at all under Windows 7 the first device we've found where existing Vista drivers were not good enough.

However, we did manage to get it to work to an extent by downloading beta drivers directly from the DisplayLink web site. However, performance was unacceptably poor, with Windows dragging and jerking to the extreme as we moved them across the display.

Instead we rebooted into Windows Vista and installed from there. Initially, we were concerned that the drivers would not work under Vista either as the install routine seemed to restart several times. However, after a rather overlong 15 minute wait it did complete.

Rather pleasingly, this left us with three screens running at once the laptop display, a 22in display connected via VGA and the Samsung via USB. An icon sits in the system tray enabling you to setup your display and choose between extending and mirroring the desktop though essentially this just copies the options available to you in Windows itself.

Featured Resources

How to scale your organisation in the cloud

How to overcome common scaling challenges and choose the right scalable cloud service

Download now

The people factor: A critical ingredient for intelligent communications

How to improve communication within your business

Download now

Future of video conferencing

Optimising video conferencing features to achieve business goals

Download now

Improving cyber security for remote working

13 recommendations for security from any location

Download now

Most Popular

How to connect one, two or more monitors to your laptop
Laptops

How to connect one, two or more monitors to your laptop

25 Feb 2021
How to find RAM speed, size and type
Laptops

How to find RAM speed, size and type

26 Feb 2021
Ransomware operators are exploiting VMware ESXi flaws
ransomware

Ransomware operators are exploiting VMware ESXi flaws

1 Mar 2021