Summary: I have had this monitor for about a year and it was fine at first but let me tell you some of the main flaws. The stand is terrible. The Samsung monitor will jiggle around your desk with the slightest touch. My first one broke off of its stand because of this. When I went to have it manufacture replaced, they took FOREVER. Glad I had a back-up monitor lying around because it took ~1 month to fix and ship back.
Summary: This is an attractive and well functioning monitor. Other reviews cover the video and operating aspects adequately, and other reviews have mentioned the weakness of the stand. In my case the stand broke out of the monitor (the plastic cracked at the screws). It was not subjected to abuse; it just sits on my desk. I don't even adjust it very often. It was loose and floppy from day one, and today it just broke off and fell on the desk!
Summary: Minus 1 star ONLY because there is an occasional creak when trying to move or tilt the monitor, which is rare. Otherwise, Pixel Performance for sure. Watch out, no HDMI Port in case you console gamers were wondering, you might need an adapter or an HDMI to VGA / DVI cable. Super bright with a brilliant contrast ratio. I couldn't be happier. It's too bad now though, I bought it when the price was still around $189. Even so, it's still worth its current price-tag.
Summary: I bought this monitor for my wife to replace the 21" CRT monitor that was starting to go out. She has been disappointed in the wide-screen format. The height of the display is her major disappointment. What has happened to the standard screen format? Not everyone wants a monitor that is suitable for watching 16:9 format movies/videos. A standard screen format is what many tech geeks want for working on programming and day to day work.
Summary: I had a 19" Acer that was dead 2 months after the warranty. I was not going to reward them with more business. Especially since I have a 2002 17" Samsung being used by one of my engineers as a second monitor every day. I have had great luck with both LG and Samsung flat panel TVs so I shopped those brands hard. LG seemed to have better deals on larger monitors and bigger budgets (but I love them!), but I had to stay at $200.
Summary: When I unboxed it and set it up on the provided stand, the monitor droops forward noticeably. It's unusable sitting on an ordinary desk - I'd have to slouch a good six inches to see it. I can't comment on the technical aspects; it may be a good choice if you don't plan on using the included stand.