Reviews and Problems with Samsung SyncMaster 204BW
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I would recommend this monitor
5 February 2012
Summary: I got this refurbished 20" monitor for my granddaughters birthday. She was very happy with it. This is the 3rd. refurbished monitor I, have got from e-bay. I own two of them. I have had mine for 5yrs now and no problems. I will buy again when I need a new coumputer monitor.
OK but made in China so will die in couple of years.
Steve C, Amazon
2 February 2011
Summary: This monitor has a beautiful picture when it works but it's made in China so expect it to die in just a couple years. I picked up one at Goodwill for $15 that looked to be in good shape but it wouldn't turn on and the power button blinked all the time like it was in power saving mode. Upon taking it apart I found that all the capacitors in the power supply were bad which is something that also happens with motherboards, PC power supplies and other devices made in China.
Summary: I purchased this product in early 2009, and was extraordinarly happy with it. I had upgraded from a 15" CRT so of course a 20.1 inch LCD was a drastic improvement. I did get a lot of compliments on the quality of the monitor as well. And then, all the sudden, about 8 months in, it started flickering a lot, and then when it would shut off, I'd have to hit power several times before it would turn on.
Summary: I bought the monitor in "used / very good" condition, but when it arrived and I plugged it in there was a small black line across the screen. The seller accepted the return without any problems, which is all anyone can ask. I really appreciated not having the headache of having to fight for a return credit.
Summary: If I have personally gleaned anything from ownership of this monitor and perusal of the reviews for it and another model, the syncmaster 204b, it would be that I am clearly less discriminating than many other users. My primary use of the monitor is for WP and other productivity related office applications and in the 18 months I've owned it I haven't noticed anything that would qualify as a significant issue or complaint with performance.
Pros: The screen itself is great, no problems whatsoever. My brother & I have the same model, and they both had 1 messed-up pixel when we got them.
Cons: Something is faulty with the stand that holds the monitor up - this happened to both me & my brother, so on 2 monitors. The metal pieces connecting the stand to the monitor bent and the monitor now permanently leans forward/down. It is not fixable.
Summary: The monitor itself works great. There was 1 pixel missing when I opened the product however. Over time, the metal pieces connecting the monitor to the stand have allowed gravity to take its toll - the pieces bent so that the monitor now looks down. I have it set really high on something and it is still kind of awkward. It is not able to be fixed either. This happened to both me & my brother, who also has the same monitor.