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Samsung 215TW

Samsung 215TW
alaScore 86

147 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 147 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the usability. The size also gets good comments, whereas many are less positive about the value for money.

design, size, usability

value for money

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Monitors the Samsung 215TW is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 147 reviews)

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SyncMaster 215TW


Big, Bright Widescreen Display

Great color and brightness. Extensive input options. Instant input switching ; Weak speaker. Display modes seem a bit gimmicky

Weak speaker. Display modes seem a bit gimmicky

The SyncMaster 215TW should be on your short list if you plan to upgrade from a smaller desktop display.

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Samsung 215TW 21-inch monitor reviewed


We know you've been fretting the Vista-mandated upgrade to an HDCP monitor (haven't you'), but according to this review of Samsung's new 21-inch widescreen addition to the prolific Syncmaster series, the transition shouldn't be that tough. At 1680 x...

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Samsung SyncMaster 215TW LCD Review


It is not every day you find a monitor that's larger than average with great ergonomics, tons of features, and every input imaginable.


Consumer review by:

Good value, service


Great picture for business apps and gaming, great value, crappy sound, but really--does anyone expect integrated speakers to sound like anything other than garbage? Rotating the display works flawlessly, but the base feels a little flimsy during the...

Great service and support, clean picture

Rotation feels a bit flimsy, lame speakers

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This monitor is terrible.


Turned the monitor on and spent several hours trying to get the colors just right. The monitor has too much red by default and blues tend to fade into violents/purple at times. I had the monitor hooked up for a few hours and a blue vertical line now...

The monitor came with a DVI cable and a power cable

blue vertical line, too much red, blues not always blue

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Samsung SyncMaster 215TW (black)


This is a great monitor. It has a great picture quality, many adjustable options. It has component, VGA, DVI, S-Video, RCA (AV)Inputs and I haven't seen one with at least one dead pixel. Excellent Monitor works great with Windows Vista, Xbox 360 and...

Multiples Inputs, Excellent Picture Quality, PIP

None. 0 none

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exellent quality and performance


It took me a long time to find the right monitor for my specific uses; this monitor also doubles as a TV for my satellite system, and monitor for game console. Images are sharp and bright. It is a little bit on the expensive side, but considering the...

audio visual plug ins, bright sharp screen

can not say anything negative about this monitor

Consumer review by:

Best widescreen LCD computer monitor under $500


After cruising numerous stores and viewing many LCD computer monitors in the 20 to 22 inch size, it was apparent that the most value was to be had with the Samsung SyncMaster 215TW. While there were some 22 and 23 inch widescreen monitors that matched...

HD-like DVD movie playback, crystal clear text, stunning color rendition, wide viewing angle

MagicTune software is not available for the Mac OS

Consumer review by:

Has been working great for almost 6 months


I think I got one of the very first of these units the week they appeared in Best Buy. I use it as a computer monitor on my mac, but right after I got it, I also hooked up my DVD player to test it, and it looked great for playing DVDs too. I'd...

Great video quality, Just about every video input type available, DVI input has HDCP even

Component video input is limited to 480p

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Great monitor for gaming and video


Now that I own a widescreen, I will never go back to 4:3. The 1680x1050 resolution is less taxing than 1900x1200 on my system, every game looks and runs great. I'm not an expert, this is my first LCD, but this monitor blows my 9 year old 21" hitachi...

Huge, no ghosting, wide screen format is great for gaming. Built in speakers are decent for TV. It has plenty of inputs for different components. HDCP compliant

It isn't a 30" widescreen

Product Specifications

The Samsung SyncMaster 215TW is a pivoting 21" Wide analog/digital LCD display that offers a 1000: 1 contrast ratio, 1680x1050 resolution, pixel pitch of 0.270mm H/V, Xtrawide 178

Audio Output


Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Color Support:24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Color Support:24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Diagonal Size:21in
Diagonal Size (metric):53.3cm
Dot Pitch / Pixel Pitch:0.27mm
Form Factor:Desktop
Image Brightness:300cd/m2
Image Contrast Ratio:1000:1
Image Max H-View Angle:178
Image Max V-View Angle:178
Interface:DVI / VGA (HD-15)
Max Resolution:1680 x 1050
Response Time:8ms
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes
EPEAT Compliant: Yes
EPEAT Level:EPEAT Silver


Compatibility:Mac / PC
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Samsung SyncMaster

Input Device

Type: None


Compliant Standards:DDC-2B / Plug and Play / TCO '03 / TCO 03
Microsoft Certification:Works with Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Works with Windows Vista

Service & Support

Type:3 years warranty

Video Input

Digital Video Standard:Digital Visual Interface (DVI)
TV Tuner Presence: No