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Samsung SyncMaster 205BW
4.8 out of 10

Samsung SyncMaster 205BW

Samsung 205BW 20“ LCD monitor is a simple display offering good Read more

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Reviews and Problems with Samsung SyncMaster 205BW

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Overall 6
6.0

Great monitor with one glaring issue

Joseph C. Antone, Amazon
7 February 2007
  • Summary: First off, the pros, This is a really cost-effective, clear, clean monitor with great colors and and good response time for all my games. Comes with vga and DVI inputs and is just a good, solid monitor all around.
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Overall 6
6.0

Decent monitor but has quality issues.

D. Stith, Amazon
7 February 2007
  • Summary: This is a pretty good monitor and gave good service until the capacitors inside went bad. Manufactured in 2006, lasted until mid-2010. Good 4 years of service. Typically, with computer hardware mainly involving capacitors and/or moving parts, 3 years is usually given to the lifespan of the...
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Overall 6
6.0

Stuck pixels aside, a beautiful 20" widescreen.

Randolph Smith, Amazon
7 February 2007
  • Summary: This monitor has an incredible picture, though the darks do suffer from lack of detail sometimes. Perfect for gaming, office work, programming, maybe not so much for hi-def movies.
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Overall 6
6.0

The stand is terrible

Shih-Kang Chang, Amazon
7 February 2007
  • Summary: I bought mine in 2006, and now my monitor is tilt down, too. Indeed, the stand is terribly designed not to be able to hold the weight of the monitor. Otherwise, it's a great monitor.
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Overall 6
6.0

User Review

Anonymous, Newegg
21 December 2006
  • Summary: After a month of ownership, a few minor problems occurred. Once or twice the monitor's backlight would fail to fire up when the monitor was turned back on from a low power state in Windows XP and Vista.
  • Pros: Crisp display, great color, sleek design and minimal bevel clutter.
  • Cons: A combination of minor backlight bleed (not so prominent in the current hardware revision) and the 700:1 contrast ratio means that blacks are always, at best, "dark gray". Acceptable viewing angle, but colors shift within a very narrow viewing angle, so much so that solid blocks of a single color...
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Overall 6
6.0

Poorly engineered stand

Ann W., Newegg
24 November 2006
  • Pros: Very crisp display, lots of options for tweaking colors and display properties. The screen really does look good. No ghosting at all, high resolution nice for gaming.
  • Cons: I don't understand how the engineer that designed this stand has a job. The weight of the display is being held by a small piece of plastic. Over time that plastic becomes weak and eventually breaks, which makes the screen sag. After calling Samsung and faxing in reciept, they're replacing 1-2 mo...
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Overall 6
6.0

too many dead pixels

Randall M., Newegg
24 November 2006
  • Summary: I would have rather gone with a slightly more expensive model than to have to RMA mine to get more RMA monitors.
  • Pros: good price nice specs.
  • Cons: I ordered 5 of these monitors every one of them had 1-4 dead pixels. I RMA the ones that had dead pixels in the middle of the screen to get back new monitors with more dead pixels.
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Overall 6
6.0

Tilt Hinge Broke

Anonymous, Newegg
18 October 2006
  • Summary: I bought 2 of these monitors. I immediately noticed that one of them had a more neutral hinge position than the other. This didn't bother me, it was barely noticable at first. Somehow the condition got worse and worse until the problem monitor could no longer hold itself upright at all.
  • Pros: Fantastic monitor when it doesn't break.
  • Cons: Tilt hinge can break easily apparently.
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Overall 6
6.0

Good monitor if worked

Vitaliy M., Newegg
9 October 2006
  • Pros: Good monitor/ good price / easy install / easy setup
  • Cons: Got the monitor, the pixels are fine but i get white lines all over the monitor. Called Samsung they dint know how to fix it, so going to return it today.
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Overall 6
6.0

Within 24 hours the monitor completely died.

Jason H., Newegg
28 September 2006
  • Summary: I wouldn't exactly say my situation is one worth just saying pass on this monitor, but if you're looking for a sub $xxx 20" wide screen this seems like a good choice. The Dell 2005fpw is still an awesome monitor if you can find it for the same price you need to bite on it, but otherwise go with this...
  • Pros: Adjustable stand is nice. The price was $xxx shipped which was nice. The monitor looks good though, not amazing like I had hoped but seems about the level of the Dell 2005fpw. Really REALLY bright. Amazingly bright actually. Great monitor for gaming, but for photoshop look elsewhere.
  • Cons: Came with a stuck pixel (which is fine. I can deal with one stuck pixel because chances are I can reactivate it by using a simple program that shoots different colors of light at that pixel.) So here we go. As soon as it came in I hooked up the moitor, installed the drivers, and the latest driver...
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