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Samsung SyncMaster 205BW / 225BW / 245BW

Samsung SyncMaster 205BW / 225BW / 245BW
alaScore 88

1252 reviews

Nov, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1252 reviews of Samsung SyncMaster 205BW / 225BW / 245BW. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Monitors for all reviews. Comments about the reliability and size are generally positive. The design and usability also get good comments.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Monitors the Samsung SyncMaster 205BW / 225BW / 245BW is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Samsung SyncMaster 205BW / 225BW / 245BW from The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Monitors on Comments about the size and design are on the whole positive. The price and usability also get good views. Some have doubts about the reliability.

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67% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Samsung Syncmaster SM225BW 22" Widescreen 5ms Silver LCD TFT Monitor with DVI 700:1

Nov, 2015

Consumer review by: ( review summary for Samsung SyncMaster 205BW / 225BW / 245BW


alaTest has collected and analyzed 163 user reviews of Samsung SyncMaster 205BW / 225BW / 245BW from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Monitors on Views about the size and design are on the whole positive. The usability and price also get good views. Views are divided on the reliability.

price, usability, design, size

87% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung SyncMaster 225BW 22-Inch LCD Monitor24in TFT LCD 1920x1200 1000:1 5(ms)Samsung SyncMaster 225BW 22" LCD Monitor

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: John R. Delaney (

Samsung SyncMaster 225BW


The rated viewing-angle specification is also important, especially for users who want to watch movies, or coworkers who need to share what's on their screens. Measured from the center of the screen, the viewing angle is supposed to be the maximum...

Fast pixel-response rating. Good small-text performance. HDCP support. Three-year warranty

Slightly weak analog performance. Lacks pivot adjustment and additional A/V ports

Solid performance and a reasonable price make Samsung's 225BW a worthy addition to the company's SyncMaster line of LCD monitors.

Oct, 2006

Golden Tachometer Award

Expert review by: Ronald Tibbetts (

Samsung SyncMaster 245BW Widescreen LCD Monitor


We have spent a lot of time at Benchmark Reviews talking about video cards recently - and with good reason. The discrete graphics segment of the market is currently afire with many outstanding price-to-performance options. When we looked at the...

Affordable 24" Widescreen ; MagicTuneTM and MagicBright Software allow calibration control within Windows ; Accurate Colors ; 4-way Adjustable Stand (5-way including disabled pivot feature) ; No-Frills ; Attractive Cabinet & Stand ; Zero Dead Pixels ;...

Inaccurate Advertised Contrast Ratio ; High-Gloss Finish Reflects Images ; Backlight Bleed ; Inaccurate/Poor Viewing Angles ; Pivot Feature is Disabled

The retail package is typical for a consumer brand, and is little more than a box that displays minimal content or images of the product within and could easily be confused with other SAMSUNG products. The included MagicBright and MagicTuneTM software...

Apr, 2008

Expert review by: Consumer Guide (

Samsung SyncMaster 225BW 22-Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor Review and Prices


The Samsung SyncMaster 225BW's most prominent characteristic is an unusual 22-inch widescreen format, but it also has some impressive features for a monitor in this price range.

Slightly enlarged pixels make viewing easier on weaker eyes, good image quality, adjustable stand, HDCP-compliant DVI input ensures that copy-protected HD videos will display without a problem

Limited inputs and no USB ports, no pivot option for rotating between landscape and portrait modes

Apr, 2007

Expert review by:  Jacob Lumetta (

Samsung SyncMaster 205BW Black 20" LCD Monitor

Mar, 2007

Expert review by: Hi-TEK (

Samsung SyncMaster 225BW TFT-LCD Monitor Review


The pursuit of expanding desktop space has forced many consumers to look for alternatives when assembling their own personal computer systems. With the latest price reductions for LCD based monitors; multi-monitor configurations are no longer a thing...

Good picture quality ; Three year warranty support ; Easy to navigate on screen display menu ; Dual monitor support ; Adjustable stand ; Bundled application software Natural Color and Magic Tune ; Low response time of 5ms ; Low profile

No pivot features ; Black light bleeding issue ; No cable management options ; VESA Wall Mounting Kit must be purchased separately

Samsung Electronics continues to provide a wide selection of affordable TFT-LCD monitors suitable for all types of different computing environments. The 225BW is certainly not the largest monitor in Samsung's product line with the latest announcement...

Oct, 2006

Expert review by: Mike D. (

Samsung SyncMaster 225BW LCD Review


Short-Media looks at this 22-inch value-priced monitor. Is it finally affordable to trade in that huge CRT?

Sep, 2006

Expert review by: Sandesh M. (

Samsung SyncMaster 205BW


Samsung has always been a major competitor in the LCD monitor market. It has a monitor in every size, shape, and colour, for every possible purpose. The SyncMaster series is Samsung's long serving line of monitors, and today I'm taking a look at the...

Aug, 2006

Expert review by: Benjamin "Zeus" Heide (

Samsung 225BW 22 inch LCD


Widescreen LCD's have taken the world by storm over the past few months. I even jumped on the bandwagon back in March with a 21" 8ms 1680x1050 Gateway display - which I love (Thanks Tia!!). Today you can buy 19" widescreen units cheaper than 19"...

Fast 5ms response time in 22" LCD ; 22" 16:10 LCD @ 1680x1050 ; Height adjustable stand ; Narrow bezel around screen ; DVI & Analog Inputs

Unevenly lit at top left ; Display is quite "blue" until you tweak it down ; I don't get to keep it

Samsung's button-less LCDs have not impressed me lately due to their Operating System requirements, and thankfully the Samsung SyncMaster 225BW has some buttons and brings new life to widescreen on the desktop. This unit is very clear for text use,...

Jul, 2006

Expert review by: Eric Grevstad (

HardwareCentral - Samsung SyncMaster 205BW Review.


While its 1,680 by 1,050 pixels make it suitable for extra-wide spreadsheets, letterboxed DVD movies, and side-by-side application windows, the black-framed 205BW lacks one feature of its predecessor -- it can't pivot between landscape and portrait...

One menu setting, dubbed MagicColor, cranks up hue and saturation to make colors noticeably if not spectacularly more vivid -- there's a split-screen demo option if you'd like to study the difference. If your family portraits don't agree with...

Feb, 2006

Expert review by: Steve (

Samsung SyncMaster 225BW Widescreen LCD Monitor


In the past we've looked at one other widescreen LCD display from Samsung. That display proved to be a great product, however I found the 19" widescreen to be a bit lacking with the smaller vertical resolution. Samsung has now gone even bigger with...

Massive screen size ; Fast response time ; Analog and DVI interfacing ; HDCP support adds large compatibility field ; Integrated power supply ; Great overall performance

I've seen higher contrast ratio's from Samsung (but raising this would do the same to the price)

In the end, I came up with a simple conclusion: I want one. We've reviewed a ton of Samsung LCD's in the past, and I honestly try very hard with every one to find at least a few things I dislike, but it seems a hard thing to do! The 225BW, although...

Product Specifications

The Samsung SyncMaster 205BW is a 20-inch wide TFT LCD delivering a 600: 1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 1680 x 1050 resolution, 160 degree viewing angle and scanning frequency of 30-81kHz horizontal and 56-75Hz vertical. It is also HDTV Ready with DVI input with HDCP support. MagicBright2 is a powerful feature that provides the best viewing environment based on the images with six viewing modes provided, Documents, Internet, Games, Sports, Movies, and Customized. Samsung's OSD solution MagicTune provides simple and convenient adjustment to the best image quality. MagicTune is ideal for experts like photographers, designers, and multimedia artists, by providing the most user-friendly and customized color adjustment function. Samsung's technology, it's magic itself. MagicColor Engine realizes rich and clear colors and best picture quality.

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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/22in/24in
Diagonal Size (metric):50.8cm/51.1cm/55.9cm/61cm
Dot Pitch / Pixel Pitch:0.258mm/0.27mm/0.282mm
Form Factor:Desktop
Image Brightness:280cd/m2/300cd/m2/400cd/m2
Image Contrast Ratio:1000:1/600:1/700:1
Image Max H-View Angle:160
Image Max V-View Angle:160
Interface:DVI / VGA (HD-15)
Max Resolution:1680 x 1050/1920 x 1200
Response Time: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/PC
Model:205BW/205BW-Black/225BW/225BW SB/225BW-Black/245BW
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Samsung SyncMaster

Input Device

Type: None


Color:Black/High-gloss black/Silver
Compliant Standards:DDC-2B/DDC-2B / Energy 2000 / Plug and Play / TCO '03 / VESA DPMS / TCO 03/DDC-2B / ISO 13406-2 / NUTEK / Plug and Play / TCO '03/DDC-2B / ISO 13406-2 / NUTEK / Plug and Play / TCO '03 / TCO 03/DDC-2B / Plug and Play / TCO '03/DDC-2B / Plug and Play / TCO '03 / TCO 03/DDC-2B / TCO '03 / TCO 03/DDC-2B / TCO '03 / VESA DPMS / TCO 03/TCO '99 / TCO 99
Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Service & Support

Type:3 years warranty

Video Input

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