Samsung LN22B650 Specifications
Display: 21.5″ TFT LCD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Pixel Format: 1366 x 768
Contrast Ratio: 15000:1 (dynamic)
Response Time: 5ms
Sound: 3W x2
Connectivity: HDMI, Composite, Component, VGA
21.3 x 14.3 x 15.9″ (w/stand)
21.3 x 13.8 x 2.5″ (w/o stand)
Weight: 11.2lbs (w/stand), 10.6lbs (w/o stand)
Price: MSRP US$469.99
Nice Design Samsung‘s LN22B650 is a 22″ LCD TV. The actual size of the TFT LCD is 21.5″ and it sports a 1366 x 768 pixel format good for 720p HD content–not 1080p. The response time is an average at 5ms. The high 15000:1 dynamic contrast ratio does not mean much since it doesn’t have a LED backlight with local dimming. Static contrast ratio is what you should look for but it isn’t stated on Samsung’s site. In terms of external styling, the LN22B650 looks quite nice with its Touch of Color design theme. In this case the color is black.
Motion Blur Frequency is the normal 60Hz and that means there isn’t any motion blur busting technology on board. If you’re glued to ESPN I would strongly recommend getting a LCD TV with 120Hz or better yet get a plasma TV. Just be warned that plasma TV’s future outlook doesn’t look so bright. Connectivity is poor with just a single HDMI port. You do get a VGA port to hook up your PC and there are one composite and one component connections.
Modern Kitchen The LN22B650 will most likely not be used as a main TV for most of you. It will probably be in your child’s (who won’t mind not having 1080p or having to deal with motion blur) bedroom or on the kitchen counter. If that’s the case, then the LN22B650 looks to fit in quite nicely. You won’t need 120Hz to look up recipes and you certainly don’t need the higher 1920 x 1080 pixel format; 720p will make dinner look nice enough.
Not Cheap The MSRP on the LN22B650 is US$469.99–not cheap at all. Amazon is selling the 21.5-incher from Samsung for a bit less at $399.49. Spec-wise the LN22B650 isn’t much of a performer and the price seems to be about $100 too much. I would recommend looking at Samsung’s T220HD that has a bit more pixels (1680 x 1050) and a slightly lower price.