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Samsung SyncMaster T200 20in LCD Monitor review

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Samsung SyncMaster T200 20in LCD Monitor
  • Samsung SyncMaster T200 20in LCD Monitor
  • Samsung SyncMaster T200 20in LCD Monitor
  • Samsung SyncMaster T200 20in LCD Monitor
  • Samsung SyncMaster T200 20in LCD Monitor
  • Samsung SyncMaster T200 20in LCD Monitor
  • Samsung SyncMaster T200 20in LCD Monitor

Summary

Our Score:

7

Taste is very much a personal thing, as popular machines like the Asus Eee PC 901 and Inspiron 1525 (sequel to the impressive Dell Inspiron 1520) prove by being customisable in a large range of colours - I'll have pink please. But seriously, apart from shape, colour is one of the more important factors that has influenced design throughout the ages. The most gorgeously-shaped object can be ruined, for example, by a sickly-green matte finish. Conversely even a brick of a machine can be made more attractive by a glossy black coating, or something a little more creative.

In the technology market, certain ‘in' colours tend to dominate, and in the past few years most ‘cool' gear has come in black, silver or combinations of the two. Doubtlessly inspired by TrustedReviews, orange seems to be on the rise - especially in the gaming sector - and can be found in everything from Asus' XG station to Acer's new Predator Gaming PC. Like black though, red is a colour that never seems to lose its appeal, being the de-facto colour of Ferraris. And though some dislike it for being too in-your-face and garish, those are certainly not accusations that can be levelled at Samsung's latest "Touch of Colour" (ToC) range of designer televisions and monitors, with their subtle hint of red swirled into a black chassis.

Today we're looking at the cheapest way to get a touch of colour into your home, the 20in SyncMaster T200 monitor, which can be had for around £200. Its crystal "black rose" design is not the only thing up its red-tinged sleeve, however, as Samsung doubles the already far-fetched contrast ratio of the LG Flatron W2252TQ with a claimed figure of 20,000:1. What's even more unlikely is that this would give it a better contrast rating than Samsung's own LE32A656 TOC 32in LCD TV. But apart from that, we have the expected specifications for a 20in monitor, with the usual 1,680 x 1,050 resolution and 2ms response time.

Unlike most previous Samsung monitors, which came in two parts, the T200 actually comes in five. First of course we have the display itself, with a back-plate that you click in to hide the connectors once all cables are attached. Then comes a stand in two parts, which once set-up looks remarkably similar to the one on the SyncMaster Pebble 2232BW - but thankfully eschews that model's nightmarish ‘ball-hinge' for a simple click-in system. Finally there is a tidy little cable clip, which cannot be attached to the monitor but can keep up to four cables together and out of the way.

Xiphias

June 27, 2008, 5:52 am

"Auto will occasionally stretch the image, but usually offers true 1:1 (which is helped by excellent interpolation)"





1:1 that's helped by excellent interpolation? That doesn't make sense.

TechVegan

June 27, 2008, 2:12 pm

Well spotted, afraid I had the bit in brackets in the wrong place.


It was meant to read: "but usually offers true 1:1, while Wide just fills the screen (which is helped by excellent interpolation)".


Thanks, and apologies for the confusion.

Randy

June 27, 2008, 5:43 pm

That means i can't hope anymore for T260 review? Damn, i really waited for this one.. :) You don't review more than one lcd from the lineup, right? Thanks anyway.

Andy Vandervell

June 27, 2008, 6:43 pm

No, no, that's not the case at all. I'll be asking for one of the T260s when they're available.

Randy

June 27, 2008, 7:41 pm

My suggestion - ask for those tuner-equipped HD version. I think many people is looking forward for this review. In today's day, huge affordable monitor with built-in tuner is very interesting option, and this site is all about introducing such stuff.

Andy Vandervell

June 27, 2008, 7:56 pm

That was my intent. :)

knotty150

October 6, 2010, 10:02 pm

Avoid this monitor like the plague. It does not support windows 7 and as a result, the best resolution you can achieve is 1280x1024. Unless you want to downgrade back to XP and miss everything that comes with win 7 (directx 11 etc...) go for something that supports win 7.

Ed

October 7, 2010, 12:12 am

@knotty150: What? How can a monitor not support an operating system? The two are independent. Me thinks you may have an issue with your computer, most likely its graphics card.

knotty150

October 7, 2010, 12:00 pm

@Ed. I used the wrong word there. The monitor is not compatible windows 7. I'm using a new rig with a gtx 460, have updated drivers for everything etc. Phoned samsung and they actually confirmed its not compatible with windows 7. This thing cost me £140 in March 09, how much you reckon it's worth now?!

Ian Lockley

March 15, 2013, 4:53 pm

I agree with you Ed. I'm using the SyncMaster T200 as I type this plugged in to a rig running Win7. No problems at all.

jimjam

May 21, 2013, 8:04 pm

Nonsense. I have a T200 with Win7 and USING THE DVI connector it is recognised & works at full resolution.

Rob

March 26, 2014, 2:55 pm

I've had this monitor for years and never had any problems with it. It does the job and does it well. Though it isnt 1080o it serves me as a nice secondary monitor. The colours are vibrant and clear and with the right brightness/contrast shows even better. Best monitor I've ever had. Reliable and robust.

Id say the only problem with it is that it colllects a lot of dust but all monitors do

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