Reviews and Problems with Samsung SyncMaster 204BW
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30 October 2013
Summary: I paid about $600 for one of these a few yrs back and unfortunately they stopped making them. Currently I have an ASUS 248QE. I didn't really want to have three different monitors for a triple monitor setup so I found this on ebay and it works great. I have the ASUS as a standard widescreen gaming monitor with a 204BW on each side in a portrait configuration. Let me say these monitors at 1200x1600 (portrait) makes web viewing SOOO much better.
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.
Summary: I received this monitor as part of a Dell system. When I opened the box I discovered a small dent in the upper right portion of the enclosure. Despite my gut feeling about returning it immediately I began using the monitor and had 5 months of faultless performance. At that time the unit would not power up. I contacted Samsung customer support and was mailed a replacement that arrived within 1 week. However, the refurbished monitor I received also would not work.
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.
OK but made in China so will die in couple of years.
Steve C, Amazon
22 November 2010
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 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: 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: Pros: Solid image quality. Great adjustable stand. DVI and VGA inputs. 16x10 display is great for movies. 1680x1050 resolution. Cons: The black levels aren't that great. Not as bright as I would like (especially compared to my macbook pro). The viewing angle is pretty bad. The cable management system is a joke (the clip does not do much). Overall, it is a solid monitor for the price.