Samsung LD220Z Lapfit Touch review

Does adding multi-touch make Samsung's laptop-focussed screen worth the money?

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Samsung ld220z lapfit touch

Part of Samsung's portable-friendly Lapfit range, the LD220Z Lapfit Touch sits directly on the desktop, supported by a flip-out arm on the rear. Thus, the LD220Z's screen is approximately the same level as your laptop's display.

Ergonomically, it works well enough and it's certainly a slick-looking screen thanks to the minimalist design and glossy black bezel. Of course, the real show stopper is full touchscreen functionality. Exactly how well it works is difficult to judge. Although the initial setup is a breeze, the Windows 7 touch interface suffers from poor responsiveness and jerky animations. The Windows 7 GUI is poorly optimised for touch, too.

To be clear, none of this is Samsung's fault. But given that Windows 7 is the most prevalent touch-controlled OS, it does make this screen's touch functionality somewhat moot.

As for the quality of the display itself, the Samsung LD220Z Lapfit Touch qualifies as a good but not great TN panel. With a native resolution of 1,920 x 1,080, there's plenty of desktop real estate. However, there's also quite a bit of backlit bleed along the top and bottom edges of the panel. Black levels are likewise nothing special and the viewing angles are typical of TN technology.

It's also worth noting that the Samsung LD220Z Lapfit Touch has an HDMI port but no DVI connection. That can lead to image centring issues when connected to some PCs via a DVI-to-HDMI adapter. Unless your PC natively supports HDMI, we'd recommend testing this monitor before purchase if at all possible.

We liked

This is a sexy-looking screen that suffers little from the added touchscreen functionality save for price. It's extremely well built, offers a decent if not spectacular TN panel and Full HD visuals. The picture-frame stand also works well when used as intended with portable PCs.

We disliked

Multi-touch is all the rage right now, but the harsh truth is that the Windows 7 implementation is utterly half baked. In fact, it's bad enough to be disregarded as a pointless gimmick. With that in mind, paying a premium for the ordinary visuals served up by this pricey 22-inch panel doesn't really make sense.