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  Product:     Samsung SyncMaster 204B TFT-LCD Monitor  
  Price:     $576 (CAN) / $496 (U.S) 
  Supplied By:     Samsung Canada
  Author:     Hi-TEK
  Date:     April 6th, 2006
  Rating:     star star star star star star star star star

MODTHEBOX would like to thank Eileen from Samsung Canada for sending the SyncMaster 204B TFT-LCD Monitor for review.

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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 can influence our purchasing habits and as games become more advanced, so does the demand to have the latest and greatest computer hardware. In order to succeed in any high octane PC FPS type game requires good reflexes and the right equipment. Banking on this theory is Samsung Electronics with the introduction of the latest SyncMaster branded LCD-TFT monitors to hit the market. Today in the MTB Labs, we will be evaluating the Samsung SyncMaster 204B, a mid-range LCD-TFT 20" monitor that offers a low response time of 5ms.


The 204B TFT-LCD Monitor is one of many available LCD based monitors available from Samsung Canada. This product is part of the popular SyncMaster series and incorporates a thin bezel, circular base and two colour design. Here are some features and specifications taken directly from the Samsung Canada website:

Samsung SyncMaster 204B TFT-LCD Monitor - Features
Viewable Image Size: 20.1" Brightness (Typical): 300 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio: 800:1 Viewing Angle (H/V): 160/160 (degrees)
Interface: 15-pin d-sub dvi-d (digital) Horiz. Frequency: 31-81
Max/Native Resolution: 1600 x 1200 Emissions Standard: TCO '99
Available Color(s): Silver/Black

Samsung SyncMaster 204B TFT-LCD Monitor - Key Specifications
Panel Type: a-si TFT/TN
Size: 20.1"
Pixel Pitch (mm): 0.255
Brightness (cd/m2): 300 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio: 800:1
Viewing Angle: 160 / 160
Interface: 15-pin d-sub dvi-d (digital)
Frequency Horiz. Rate (Analog): 31-81
Horiz. Rate (Digital): n/a
Vertical Rate: 50-75
Response Time: 5 ms
Resolution Maximum (Analog): 1600 x 1200
Maximum (Digital): n/a
Native: 1600 x 1200
Color Maximum: 16.2 M
Signal Input Input Video Signal: Analog RGB, DVI Digital Link
Video Level (Analog): Analog : 0.7VP-P, Digital: TMDS tm
Video Level (Digital): n/a
Sync Type: Separate H/V, Composite H/V, SOG
Input Connectors: 15pin D-sub, DVI-D
Plug & Play DDC: DDC 2B
Power 36 watts (max.), <2 watts (DPMS mode)
Wall Mount VESA 100mm (optional)
EMI/Emissions: FCC, DOC-B, CISPR22, VCCI, CE
Emission Standard: TCO'03
Cabinet Color Front/Back: Silver/Black
Dimensions Physical: 17.5" x 16.9" x 7.9" (with stand)
Weight Net(Physical): 17lbs
Features Built-in power, a narrow bezel with MagicColor, MagicTune and MagicRotation Technology
Included Power Cord, 15pin D-sub, DVI-D cables
Warranty Parts/Labor/Backlight: 3 / 3 / 3
Compatability Operating Systems: Windows, Macintosh, Sun Microsystems, UNIX

SyncMaster 204B TFT-LCD Monitor
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SyncMaster 204B TFT-LCD Monitor
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The Samsung SyncMaster 204B TFT-LCD Monitor ships in a double wall cardboard box with a plastic carry-on handle positioned on the top. A product shot is showcased on the top and side panels, along with a complete list of specifications and features. Inside the package the SyncMaster 204B was packed between two formed pieces of polystyrene and enclosed in a sealed protective plastic bag.

SyncMaster 204B TFT-LCD Monitor
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SyncMaster 204B TFT-LCD Monitor
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The Samsung SyncMaster 204B TFT-LCD Monitor is bundled with one standard 15-pin D-sub VGA cable and a power cable. While the product specifications state that the 204B supports DVI-D, no DVI cable was included in the package. Also missing from the package was a VESA 100mm Wall Mounting Kit which Samsung lists as a separate add-on that must be purchased for those consumers who wish to wall mount this unit.

The SyncMaster 204B TFT-LCD Monitor also includes a smaller plastic bag which contains an assortment of items. The included CD contains the TFT-LCD monitor user guide, installation drivers and an assortment of application software. The application software includes Natural Color, Magic Tune and Magic Rotation. The Natural Color application software allows you to manually adjust display optimization, colour adjustment and colour preference settings all from your desktop. Magic Tune is essentially the software equivalent of the On Screen Display Menu which allows you to customize monitor settings from your desktop. Magic Rotation replaces the previously bundled Pivot Pro software from Portrait Displays, Inc. and allows you adjust the rotation of the screen (0, 90, 180, 270 orientation) automatically using a simple point and click of your mouse. A four page quick set-up guide covers the driver installation for different O/S platforms ranging from all flavours of Windows to Linux.

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