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. Excellent colour right out of the box, good viewing angles, an incredible response time and high value make this a great choice for the every day user and PC gamer. The 206BW is a very nice looking monitor with a beautiful piano black finish and subtle accents to top it all off.
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-scaling ability, A very good value
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.
Excerpt: In keeping with the prevailing aesthetic of this category, Samsung’s 206BW is fancily clad in black plastic and brushed aluminum, much like ViewSonic’s VX2035wm. And as with that model, you can tilt the screen only forward and back. The height stays put. A circular base serves as a lazy Susan of sorts for swivel functions.
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. If you can live with a limited viewing angle and a relatively inflexible design, and without a lot of extra features, the Samsung SyncMaster 206BW could be a fine choice if you're looking for a medium-sized display on a small budget.