Samsung SyncMaster T200 20in LCD Monitor Review - SyncMaster T200 Review


After the flimsy-feeling Samsung 225uw, it’s also a relief to find the T200 not lacking in solidity, with none of the creaking that marred the 225uw in evidence. Connectivity-wise, there’s nothing out of the ordinary, with one HDCP-enabled DVI and an analogue VGA port, with cables provided for both. Unfortunately, adjustability is limited to tilt, a trend that many monitor manufacturers have employed on their budget displays. Sure, it makes a monitor cheaper to manufacture and potentially better looking, but the simple fact is that for many users (including myself) it will sit either too high or too low on the desk, which in turn will cause ergonomic discomfort. Not to mention pivot being very handy when reading long pages in word or on the web.

Of course, much as with the BenQ V2400W, the highlight of this monitor is supposed to be its design, but at first glance I was mildly disappointed, since having seen Samsung’s “touch of colour” implementation in its LCD televisions (like the gorgeous Samsung LE46A656 46in LCD TV), I was expecting more, well, red. The main difference being that, where the televisions had strong lines of red in both the upper and lower parts of the bezel, the T-series monitors only feature one towards the bottom. But never fear, there are still subtle hints of red everywhere that the frame meets the panel, and the slightest trace on the surround’s external edge.

Though the stand is just the common glossy piano-black finish, the bezel on the T200 is given added depth by an extra layer of clear plastic, which extends beyond the monitor’s frame to form a clear see-through outer strip. I’m not completely convinced by this aspect, but it certainly shows off the ‘touch of colour’ to its best effect and helps lend the monitor a unique look. As with most Samsung monitors, a decent cleaning cloth is included to keep your display as glossy as when it first arrived.

Unfortunately the T200’s response time and contrast ratio join the familiar model number and Samsung logo on the bezel, but at least they’re a light grey colour that doesn’t draw the attention. And the monitor’s clean lines are not broken by buttons or LEDs either: the power switch is an unobtrusive, touch sensitive icon, while the restrained red LED is perfectly integrated with the stripe of colour. In fact, in a well-lit room it can be difficult to see whether this display is turned on when in standby.

In terms of looks the T200 is undeniably attractive, just don’t expect the crystal design to have quite the same impact as it did with Samsung’s televisions. Whether you prefer it to other stylish displays really depends on your personal taste, but if it’s the red (rose black) colour that’s putting you off, you’ll be glad to know that Samsung is intending to add emerald black and sapphire black to the T-range.

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