I’ve finally retired my last CRT monitor. Today I picked up three of Samsung’s new line of widescreen LCD monitors, the 20-inch 206BW. With a native a resolution of 1680×1050, a response time of 2ms and a dynamic contrast ratio of 3000:1, these monitors are perfect for graphic design and gaming. They’re also bright as hell — I had to turn the brightness way down to keep them from searing my eyes. The sharpness is incredible, and the on-screen controls are easy to navigate and adjust (unlike the ones on those crappy Sceptre monitors I was using before).
Samsung also stands behind their products — there’s a 3-year warranty included, three times longer than on my previous monitors (one of which started to exhibit contrast problems shortly after its warranty expired).
The new panels fit quite nicely on my desk, and the combined width of them is only about two inches greater than my previous setup. Since I don’t have the huge bulk of a CRT anymore, I can also set them further back on the desk so I don’t go blind at an early age. Of course, since these are for my work, the whole purchase is a tax write-off. Win.
Don’t mind the GTO key on the desk. I was staging a picture to send Pooch in response to his email about how huge the Ford Fusion keyfob is. What’s with gigantic car keys lately, anyhow?