Date: June 28th, 2006
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Samsung Canada
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SAMSUNG SYNCMASTER 204B INTRODUCTION
So I pose a possible future situation for you. You are in the market to finally buy that LCD monitor that you have been wanting to get for some time and now that prices have dropped so much, now is the time to take the visual plunge. As you are faced with the never ending list of monitors from several different manufacturers who are each offering different sizes and features, you have to ask yourself, which one do I chose?
Readers often ask me what size to buy and why. I first ask them what their daily computing is comprised of and how fast their computer is and you will see why I ask this later on in the review. For most people, the practical starting off size is indeed 17 inches seeing nothing more is needed for day to day email, word processing and internet surfing. For the gamer, this should be bumped up to 19 inches as a starting point to take advantage of 1280x1024 gaming and for the enthusiast, 20 inches should be the bare minimum you should be shooting for. Now why should the enthusiast go for a 20 inch, well, this is because of one important reason. You always run monitors at their highest resolution and refresh rate possible for the best picture. Anything less is not exactly sharp or clear. This comes true when gaming as well seeing if you don't game at a monitor's highest native resolution, gaming will be absolutely disgusting. Now seeing most 20 inch monitors have a native resolution of 1600x1200, you better have one fast computer to take advantage of gaming at those higher resolutions.
So keep that in mind if you are thinking of a 20 inch monitor and reading more as this review unfolds. Now if you are not going to game, this monitor will work perfectly, but for you gamers, don't buy this monitor if your system is not up to the resolution, you will be sorry. This doesn't apply to only this monitor, it applies for all 20 inch model regardless of manufacturer or model.
SAMSUNG CORPORATE INFORMATION
Head Office Corporate Information
Samsung delivers management reform through New Management to maintain high international competitiveness. SAMSUNG is dedicated to contributing to mankind's quality of life. The year 2000 will be declared as the First year of Samsung Digital Management to speed up the digitization of all areas of management with an ultimate objective to become a leader in the digital age of the 21st century. Samsung has continuously improved its financial structure by increasing profits, reducing costs, and enhancing brand image. SAMSUNG's stability and development potential are universally recognized.
Canadian Corporate Information
After only a decade of growth since first entering the Canadian market in 1987, Samsung Canada, headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, has emerged as the market leader. We are growing in Canada by about 20% per year and continue to build a strong presence in every market we enter. Operating as part of Samsung's Americas group, our Canadian operations gain considerable competitive advantage from Samsung's local Americas R&D, manufacturing, and technical support. Samsung Electronics in Canada focuses on consumer electronics and information systems products. Consumer electronics began in Canada in 1987, followed by IS in 1992. The information sales division has grown 61% since 1992. Samsung has introduced a wide range of IS products into the Canadian market, which include hard disk drives, CD-ROM drives, printers, fax machines and monitors enforcing its leading market position and fast year-over-year growth with a strong local presence and reseller network to serve Canadian consumers from coast to coast. Samsung is building a strong presence in Canada as it has all over the world.
What can TFT LCD Technology do for me?
Below is just a small list of what TFT LCD technology can do for your small business or home environment.
1.) Radiation - TFT LCD technology virtually eliminates radiation which is emitted from normal CRT monitor and can promote a healthier computing environment for your children at home and/or your work environment.
2.) Low Power Consumption - LCD monitors have a power consumption of about half of the equivalent CRT monitors.
3.) Colour - Colours on LCD's are much more vibrant that CRT monitors.
4.) Physical Size - One of the main advantages is the size difference. LCD monitors cover about 30% of the desk area than a standard CRT.
5.) Viewable Area - Now here is the kicker, if you buy a 17" CRT monitor, it's safe to say that you will have an actual viewing area of about ~16". Now, when a TFT LCD is said to be 17", the viewable area IS 17", which is a far more honest approach to marketing.