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DisplayMate also highlighted a distinct green tinge in the greyscale tests. To be fair this is a common problem with TFT monitors and even the superb 215TW suffered in this area, although to a lesser degree. The Colour Scales test wasn’t quite as good as it could be either, with some of the colours dropping off one bar too early. Of course the important thing to remember about DisplayMate is that it is there to highlight weaknesses in monitors and often you will not notice these issues in everyday use.
But talking of everyday use, I have to say that given the choice I’d take the 215TW over the 205BW every time – where the 205BW is competent in pretty much every area, the 215TW excels in pretty much every area. But in this case at least, the old adage that you get what you pay for rings very true indeed, because the 205BW is considerably cheaper than the 215TW. Even when you consider that the 215TW is now available for £398.99 compared to £469.98 when I originally reviewed it, the 205BW will only set you back £255. But even taking the price difference into account, I’d probably still save a bit harder and go for the 215TW, it really is that much better.
The 205BW has a lot going for it. The vertical height adjustment is a great bonus considering that no other 20in widescreen display has exhibited such a feature. The design is stylish and the price is truly impressive. Unfortunately the image quality isn’t as good as I would have liked, especially when compared to the Samsung 215TW.
If you’re looking for a 20in widescreen monitor primarily for gaming and you’re on a tight budget, the 205BW is a shrewd buy. But if you’re looking for a great all rounder, for gaming, general desktop work and image editing, then you really should try to stretch to the 215TW. The price differential may be large, but the pivot and pan adjustment, component video input and generally superb image quality make it worth the extra cash.
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