"The Best Value"4.5 starson by Brian
Pros: 4ms response, 1440x900 resolution, simple design, under 10 lbs.
Cons: Not the wow factor in the more expensive monitors
Summary: The Samsung SyncMaster 940BW is a very good choice and the best value for the money.
For under $300 bucks, I found an outstanding value.
I spent an entire day researching on several websites to narrow my selection to this monitor.
No monitor (currently) comes with an HDTV tuner, so why purchase a monitor with an analog tuner when it will be phased out in 2/2009???
You can purchase an HDTV tuner card for your PC and enjoy HDTV on any monitor, so I decided to narrow my choices to the best monitor that has no built-in tuner or speakers.
My primary concern was how much money I would save on my monthly energy bill.
This monitor uses very low wattage (42 Watts max, according to the official website).
I can finally watch DVD movies on in a very realistic setting and feel that I could never go back to a standard size monitor for personal use.
To get the most from this monitor, I purchased a new HDMI DVD player as well as the Monster cable (very expensive, very high quality) and connected it.
Everything worked out of the box and you can switch from PC to DVD with the push of a button.
This monitor powers on/off extremely fast. Other monitors make you wait a few seconds, but this one is instant.
The brightness is so bright, I manually lowered the brightness.
While the HDMI input is great, the more expensive TV monitors are indeed better.
This monitor weighs less than 10 pounds, making it very easy to connect to a wall mount or a desk mount.
For the cost, the value of this monitor (plus the cost of the wattage savings on my energy bill) make this monitor the best value.
The correction is about the price.
I originally stated that this monitor was under $300 bucks, but I paid even less.
I paid $199.99 for the Samsung SyncMaster 940BW and I am even happier now that I've reviewed the receipt.