Summary: Unfortunately, Samsung has chosen to use substandard Chinese capacitors which last just slightly longer than the warranty period, and this creates wild flickering problems followed by complete monitor failure. There is a fix if you are mechanically inclined, and it is well documented online, but it involves sourcing seven higher quality electolytic capacitors (total cost about $6) and soldering them in place and being careful about the high voltages inside.
Summary: I'm on my second Samsung SyncMaster 204B and experiencing the same problems as the first. Whenever you put your computer into sleep mode or switch off the monitor, a problem develops: When you switch it back on, the picture becomes gradually dimmer with a noticeable flicker over time. My first one eventually died altogether within warranty, and Samsung sent me a replacement. It's been maybe six months and the same thing is happening.
Summary: The Samsung SyncMaster 204b is alright for any normal computer. If you use 1280x1024 resolution however, you will be really pissed off. Don;t buy if your looking for a gaming monitor. Bad for graphic designers too. Good for use in normal family computer needs despite it's 1600x1200x32 problem.
Summary: Pros: It lights up and displays stuff. Cons: Tested on two different PCs, it has poor gamma and gray-scale tracking. Near-whites are clipped into white. The MagicTune software can mostly correct these issues, but it is a pain to use. I use this monitor with my laptop, and whenever I use the laptop's own internal display, MagicTune forgets all about the monitor settings when I reconnect the 204B.
Summary: Most folks report good things about this monitor and I don't doubt them but my experience has so far been very different. I bought this unit in late August. The unit arrived in perfect working order and with NO dead pixels. The monitor was truly beautiful with great color depth and high contrast and like all LCDs - no reflections. Very easy to use and watch.
Summary: For the money this Monitor is great, especially if you are using it just for surfing or word-processing! It has some of the best specs out there such as very fast response and natural looking colors. HOWEVER, its not the right choice for pro-level graphic design or photo editing. The viewing angle is so limited that there is a major vertical shift in brightness of the screen. No matter how I adjust, the top of the screen remains significantly darker than the bottom.