Summary: I purchased this monitor at the end of April 2012 and it arrived, as promised, on May 1, 2012. I integrated it into my system and it worked just fine - until tonight, May 30, 2012 - one month later. The monitor no longer functions and I am now out of $112.00. I have now learned my lesson four times. The first three times with eBay, and now the fourth time with Lencio, who is represented by Amazon. NEVER BUY USED COMPUTER EQUIPMENT!
Summary: Well, the last one has died. I purchased six of these monitors in the 2007-2008 time frame for dual-monitor office use. All six have now died on me. When they were still under warranty, I replaced two of them when they died, so really eight of them uniformly failed. They all died in the same way. They would take longer and longer to "warm-up" after being powered up, then eventually, they would just not come on at all. I assume it is some sort of power supply problem.
Pros: For the short time the product works, it's an absolutely beautiful product.
Cons: The monitor WILL die after a few months to maybe a year of use. Samsung switched to a cheap Chinese capacitor supplier (CapXom) who has terrible quality control and whose capacitor rupture over time.
"BEWARE:Samsung 204Bs DEFECTIVE - Known Flicker Problem"
7 July 2009
Pros: I bought this monitor in Sept. 2006 and thought it was wonderful. Later bought two Samsung TVs. But after 2 years, it developed a constant flicker problem (Google Samsung 204B flicker problem for yourself) and it would not stop.
Cons: The flicker problem is caused by 3 defective capacitors in the power supply. CHEAP chinese capacitors cause the monitor to flicker constantly and eventually QUIT. I was lucky, mine was in the last 2 months of the warranty. DONT BUY IT - ITS JUNK!
Manufacturing Defects will have you wasting your time
15 January 2007
Summary: It takes something really great or really annoying to get me to write a review, so here's a warning to anyone considering buying this monitor. I am now awaiting my SECOND REPLACEMENT monitor from Samsung after two in a row have an extremely problematic defect of the screen flickering to black while in use. Sometimes it shuts to black for a minute or more, making it completely unusable.
Summary: DO NOT BUY THIS MONITOR! We made a big mistake by buying 15 of these monitors for our office. 9 of them turned out to be defected. When monitors are connected through DVI, the screen blacks-out every few minutes. We've also had a terrible experience with Samsung's tech support. They've sent us refurbished replacements instead of new ones. 4 out of those 9 replacements were also defective. What's worse?
Summary: I am now on my third one of these, and all have had the same horrible defect: when using the digital (DVI) input, the image randomly flickers off and on at unpredictable times. It is incredibly annoying, and gives me a headache as well as interferes with my work. Many others on the internet have had this exact problem with versions of this monitor manufactured in China from August 2006 to date.