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Samsung SyncMaster 204B

Samsung SyncMaster 204B
alaScore 86

858 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 858 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the reliability and size. The usability and design are also appreciated.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Monitors the Samsung SyncMaster 204B is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Samsung SyncMaster 204B


This SyncMaster 204B's attractive, basic design features a 0.5-inch bezel and a well-labeled control panel. Unlike the Envision EN2028 and the Sony SDM-S205FB , the SyncMaster 204B has all of the adjustability features we look for in a 20-inch LCD: the...

Ample adjustability options; easily accessible image presets; impressive DVD and gaming performance.

Expensive; subpar screen uniformity; minimal cable management system.

The Samsung SyncMaster 204B can handle productivity and entertainment tasks, but there are less expensive alternatives that offer comparable image quality and superior features.

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HardwareCentral - Samsung SyncMaster 204B Review.


The 204B measures roughly 18 by 17 by 8 inches and weighs 17 pounds, which makes it relatively easy to move from desk to desk (it would be easier if it had a carrying handle). Samsung earns points for incorporating both analog and digital inputs, and...

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First Look Review: Samsung SyncMaster 204B


Highly recommended 20.1 LCD monitor offers excellent display, fastresponse time, good design, all at a decent price

The Samsung SyncMaster 204B monitor is currently available at retail locations and through Samsung's distribution channel, with an estimated street price of $629.99. With its excellent on-screen display, good design, fast response time and moderate...


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Samsung SyncMaster 204B TFT-LCD Monitor Review


Our culture thrives on entertainment and this ideology can certainly be associated with the computer gaming generation. We have witnessed an explosive growth in the video game market ranging from console boxes to personal PC's. Quite often this growth...

Good picture quality ; Three year warranty support ; Aesthetically pleasing design ; Easy to navigate on screen display menu ; Dual monitor support ; Adjustable stand and excellent pivot features ; Bundled application software Natural Color, Magic Tune...

Missing DVI-D cable ; VESA Wall Mounting Kit must be purchased separately

In a highly competitive consumer market, Samsung Electronics continues to revitalize its product line with a wide array of LCD-TFT based monitors to cater to different applications and environments. The 204B is certainly not the first 20.1" monitor in...

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Samsung Review


There is not a monitor out there, especially in the economical price range, which can beat the Samsung SyncMaster 204B-it is fast. This "TopTenREVIEWS Bronze Award" winner touts a response time of 5ms. For gamers, this monitor is perfect; for gamers on...

For gamers on a budget, this is the best 20.1-inch flat panel LCD available. It is fast and has a decent display, a high level of display adjustability and it can move. For less than $500, this is an excellent monitor for games.

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"dead screens"


In my office we purchased 14 of these screens. After 2 years 4 are gone. The famous flikering problem. They start blinking at the start up and after 3 weeks they are dead.

Good colors, nice shape...

Dead screens

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dead screens


In my office we purchased 14 of these screens. After 2 years 4 are gone. The famous flikering problem. They start blinking at the start up and after 3 weeks they are dead. We are trying to have some money back from Samsung.... DON'T BUY THESE SCREENS

Good colors, nice shape

Dead screens

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Warning: Only buy if you know how to solder


Samsung's decision to save a few fractions of a cent to use cheaper capacitors is outrageous and expensive to us consumers. I bought 4 of these monitors (1 at first, then 3 more to set up a dual display for both my and my wife's desk). The first is...

For the short time the product works, it's an absolutely beautiful product

The monitor WILL die after a few months to maybe a year of use. Samsung switched to a cheap Chinese capacitor supplier (CapXom) who has terrible quality control and whose capacitor rupture over time

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died after a little over a year was good prior to that


I would not buy onew again I replaced it with a LG

the adjustment for the monitor worked great. screen was good

Died way to early - stop workign after 16 months

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BEWARE:Samsung 204Bs DEFECTIVE - Known Flicker Problem


SAMSUNG knows about this problem and has not issued a recall. One person posted details on how to fix this problem by replacing the capacitors. Buy another monitor or get extended warranty protection. Otherwise, your monitor will eventually fail and...

I bought this monitor in Sept. 2006 and thought it was wonderful. Later bought two Samsung TVs. But after 2 years, it developed a constant flicker problem (Google Samsung 204B flicker problem for yourself) and it would not stop

The flicker problem is caused by 3 defective capacitors in the power supply. CHEAP chinese capacitors cause the monitor to flicker constantly and eventually QUIT. I was lucky, mine was in the last 2 months of the warranty. DONT BUY IT - ITS JUNK

Product Specifications

Imagine the advantages of going big without slowing down. Samsung's 20" 204BW monitors combine wide aspect ratios with fast pixel response times, for bigger images, more room to work and crisp motion. In addition, Samsung's exclusive MagicBright2, MagicColor and MagicTune technologies help deliver the ideal image in every situation, while the sleek, narrow bezel and adjustable stand delivers style just the way you want it. With the Samsung 204BW widescreen analog/digital LCD monitor, it's not hard to imagine.

Audio Output

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Color Support:24-bit (16.7 million colors)/Up to 16.2 million colors
Color Support:24-bit (16.7 million colors)/Up to 16.2 million colors
Diagonal Size:20.1in/20in
Diagonal Size (metric):50.8cm/51.1cm
Dot Pitch / Pixel Pitch:0.255mm/0.26mm/0.285mm
Form Factor:Desktop
Image Brightness:250cd/m2/300cd/m2
Image Contrast Ratio:1000:1/700:1/800:1
Image Max H-View Angle:160/170
Image Max V-View Angle:160/170
Interface:DVI / VGA (HD-15)
Max Resolution:1600 x 1200/1680 x 1050
Response Time:16ms/5ms/6ms
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/Mac / PC / Unix/PC
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Samsung SyncMaster

Input Device

Type: None


Compliant Standards:CE / DDC-2B / ISO 13406-2 / NUTEK / Plug and Play / TCO '03 / TUV GS/CE / DDC-2B / ISO 13406-2 / NUTEK / Plug and Play / TCO '03 / TUV GS / TCO 03/CE / ISO 13406-2 / NUTEK / TCO '03 / TUV GS / TCO 03/DDC-2B / TCO '99 / TCO 99/Energy 2000 / TCO '03 / VESA DPMS / TCO 03/TCO '03 / TCO 03
Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista/Works with Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista/Works with Windows Vista

Service & Support

Type:3 years warranty

Video Input

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