"Warning: Only buy if you know how to solder"0.5 starson by Sar_Castro
Pros: For the short time the product works, it's an absolutely beautiful product.
Cons: The monitor WILL die after a few months to maybe a year of use. Samsung switched to a cheap Chinese capacitor supplier (CapXom) who has terrible quality control and whose capacitor rupture over time.
Summary: Samsung's decision to save a few fractions of a cent to use cheaper capacitors is outrageous and expensive to us consumers.
I bought 4 of these monitors (1 at first, then 3 more to set up a dual display for both my and my wife's desk). The first is still working (it's the oldest, and pre-Samsung switching to CapXom). The other 3, newer, monitors all stopped functioning after a few months/a year+.
I did some research and found out that this is a VERY common issue with Samsung monitors (not just this model). After a short time, the CapXom capacitors become useless, stopping the LCD from being able to show an image.
Fortunately I know how to disassemble a LCD monitor and solder, so I ordered my 9 new capacitors (enough for my 3 broken monitors) for just a few dollars- total (the cheapest one was 9 cents, the most expensive was about 18 cents)! You can imagine how cheap these things are when bought by the millions- well under a penny each. So, Samsung saves a fraction of a cent per monitor, but we end up with a worthless monitor after a few months. Seems fair to me.
If you don't know how to disassemble a LCD screen and remove 3 leaking capacitors and resolder on matching spec'd ones, I HIGHLY recommend avoiding Samsung. Even if you do know how to solder, unless you enjoy that type of project, you'd be best server simply avoiding Samsung like the plague.
I fortunately stopped my father in time from buying Samsung for his beautiful new 3D HDTV. That was almost a $6000 mistake- I just won't ever trust Samsung again with anything LCD related.