Conclusion: The 206BW is a very good monitor for the price. Although it has some weaknesses like some gradient banding and an unimpressive stand, the positive aspects of the monitor greatly outweigh these.
Pros: Great colour reproduction without any adjustment, Very fast response time—great for gaming, Beautiful glossy piano black bezel and great overall styling, Good viewing angles, Very bright with good black reproduction, HDCP support—for future multimedia compatibility, Sharp picture and good up-scal...
Cons: Gradient banding—not too bad, but still visible in synthetic testing, Unimpressive stand—tilt/swivel only
Excerpt: If you are in the market for an excellent widescreen monitor that is practically great at everything related to computer use, I would bet hard earned money that you will be happy with this monitor reviewed today.
Summary: The Samsung SyncMaster 206BW is a very good widescreen desktop display. It is competitively priced and, once calibrated, performed very well in our text and colour tests. But, of course, you get what you pay for.