You might be asking yourself right now, why on earth is Mark talking about a monitor when he should be talking about Unified Communications. If this is the conversation going on in your head then let me refer you to the 'Unified Communications Devices Coming to a PC near you' post I made a while back and read on.
One of the lesser discussed features of OCS and Communicator is the ability to do video chats with people inside and outside of the organisation. Now for some reason, video is one of those things that has never taken off as much as voice and presence and so I sat down and had a think about it. This is what I came up with
Pros of using video chat over voice chat
So why doesn't everyone do it then?
This is really where the Samsung 225UW comes into its own!
I received a sample unit a few months back from Samsung and after forklifting it onto my desk (its 22inches of widescreen loveliness) I plugged it into my laptop via the monitor cable and plugged connected it up via USB and after a short 'Installing drivers...' I was done.
What I like about it?
Would I change anything?
Apart from that minor suggestion, its quite hard to fault the Samsung 2225UW to be honest. It's easy on the eyes and exceeds expectations. If our office at Microsoft wasn't open plan or if I had a house big enough to have a 'home office' I would seriously consider having this as my only device on the desk most of the time. Even though my environment is neither of those, I would still recommend buying this over a 'normal' monitor as it will enable us to have a webcam on 'every desk in every office' .... heard that one before?