Offering a high resolution of 1680x1050 at 60hz this 20" flat screen TFT monitor offers a lot at a relatively inexpensive price.
When comparing this monitor with others in the same price range it trumps others easily. Firstly, it offers support for DVI and HDMI interfaces, both offering much improved performance over VGA.
Being a 'gamer' I needed a screen with a high resolution and fast response time, this TFT offers both. Response time here is 2ms, which is extremely fast when compared to monitors in the same price range.
The monitor also offers a wide range of options and calibration settings allowing you to explore and change them to suit your environment. The monitor, like all does not switch off when you turn off your PC rather it goes into standby mode and a blue light flashes at the bottom to indicate this. This was in fact a gripe for me as this blue light proved very annoying at night in my bedroom, thought, there is a physical switch and you are able to completely switch it off it would have been nice if this option could be achieved automatically.
The screen is finished in Samsung's signature piano black gloss effect. The buttons are all hidden behind a clear strip of plastic at the bottom, all in all it looks very sleek and professional, defiantly doesn't look cheap like some on the market.
The base incorporates a swivel but isn't overly useful and could be improved.
Overall, a well put together product, nice visual appeal good resolution and response time with a wide range of features, all at a good price.
When looking at monitors for high performance computing such as gaming and video editing, you cant get much better than this offering from samsung.
I have two of these in a dual monitor setup at work and i was so impressed that i bought one for my home pc as well!
It is not the biggest you can get, but 20" is more than enough and when it looks as beautiful as this you wont even notice. The contrast ratio is fantastic, making for bright and vibrant colours. The low 2ms responce rate means that i have never experienced any ghosting problems.
There are only two small downsides to this screen. The first is that the stand is not adjustable. I have to stand it on 2 thick books on my home desk to get it at a comfortable hight to use. The second is that the controls such as power are awkardly positioned under the bottom of the screen behind a plastic shield making it tricky to press them