22-inch 3D Vision LCD Monitor Showdown - Samsung vs. Viewsonic


3D Gaming Showdown!

3D movies and gaming were almost unspoken of in the early 1990s but fast forward a couple of decades later to the current timeline and they are becoming the next hottest thing on the technology block. While 3D capabilities have not exactly been in the mainstream yet, some LCD monitors have come equipped with the right stuff made for 3D gaming - namely, the ViewSonic VX2268WM and Samsung SyncMaster 2233RZ - and as long as you have the accompanying accessories such as the NVIDIA GeForce 3D Vision Kit, a suitable NVIDIA graphics card, Windows Vista or 7, and you are ready to go.

If you haven't seen our original coverage of the NVIDIA GeForce 3D Vision kit and what it can do for you, we highly recommend reading it to get a better appreciation of these 3D monitors we're evaluating today. Both 3D monitors we're evaluating are actually standard monitors that have the capability to refresh at 120Hz, thus providing each eye with at least 60 frames per second for a flicker-free 3D experience when viewing the output through the active shutter glasses that comes with the NVIDIA kit.

Viewsonic VX2268WM (left) and the Samsung SyncMaster 2233RZ (right). Note the Viewsonic's longer neck stand, thus making it seemingly larger than it really is.

While there may be a few other 3D capable monitors in the market, for this region, the Samsung and Viewsonic models we've obtained are more easily attainable. Coincidentally, both are 22-inch screen sizes that have a maximum resolution of 1680 x 1050 pixels. While 3D gaming capabilities are mostly handled by the NVIDIA ecosystem, the two monitors we've evaluating today should excel in both standard usage (which is how you'll spend most time with it) and in 3D gaming scenarios. With our criteria highlighted, let's dive in to assess both in detail against other standard monitors of their size.

Specifications Compared
Monitor ViewSonic VX2268WM Samsung SyncMaster 2233RZ
Screen Size:
  • 22-inch Wide
  • 22-inch Wide
Brightness (Typical):
  • 300 nits
  • 300 nits
Contrast Ratio (Typical):
  • 1000:1 (Dynamic Contrast 20,000:1)
  • 1000:1 (Dynamic Contrast 20,000:1)


  • 1680x1050
  • 1680x1050
Response Time(Typical):
  • GTG 3ms (3D) / 5ms (2D)
  • GTG 3ms (3D) / 5ms (2D)
Viewing Angle
  • 170/170 degrees (CR>10)
  • 170/160 degrees (CR>10)
Color Support:
  • 16.7 Million
  • 16.7 Million
  • DVI (SingleLink, DualLink), VGA
  • DVI (SingleLink, DualLink)
Power Consumption:
  • 47W
  • 50W
  • Built-in Speakers / Audio Jack
  • Built-in Speakers / Audio Jack
  • 3D Ready, 120 FPS Support, Dynamic Contrast
  • 3D Ready, 120 FPS Support, MagicBright3

(With Stand, WxHxD):

  • 509 x 441 x 203 mm
  • 516.8 x 421.3 x 208.7 mm
  • 5.8 kg
  • 5.2 kg
  • S$479
  • S$429