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SAMSUNG Series 9 S27B970D High Gloss Black/Brushed Aluminum 27
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This review is primarily in response to another review that rated the monitor as 1 star given the fact that he couldn't get it to work with a VGA cable. (see other Thoughts)

First off, this monitor is great.

The color reproduction is top tier with no discernible color cast across the screen. The fact that the monitor is able to store calibration data is also a huge plus.

Calibration is very easy and doesn't require software to load a profile to achieve calibration, the monitor is able to handle that itself - provided you use a compatible colorimeter. Samsung appears to be increasing the compatibility. I say this given the fact that when I bought it my Spyders weren't a supported device, but an update very quickly remedied that.

On the gaming and media side of things, I've yet to notice any ghosting whatsoever in Skyrim, ACIII, Metro, BF3, etc. So that seems to be a definite advantage to the PLS panel over traditional IPS.

Aesthetically, the pictures adequately represent the monitor. It is sleek and clean. The only thing that threw me a bit was the actual size of the base, which is larger than I thought it would be. But, this isn't a con seeing as it adds to stability.

Cons: The viewing angle could be better, but I'm just hoping for the impossible. Over-all it's quite good though.

There is some back-light bleed, which is unavoidable it seems. But it is no worse than what I've seen on a Cinema Display, so this is just the norm. Nothing to take an egg away from given that it's the nature of the beast.

Personally, I don't like the way the cables hook to the monitor. All of the connections are at the back of the base, but the recessed space for them is minor. This means that the cables, especially the DVI, protrude a good bit from the back to where they're pushing against the wall once I get the monitor positioned to my liking. This isn't a big deal though, just something that has irked me and most likely wouldn't bother that many people.

Also, there's no mounting options. I knew this before purchasing the monitor - but it is something people should be aware of.

All in all, none of these cons are severe enough to detract from the monitor enough to warrant the loss of an egg.

Other Thoughts: Now, as to the person who rated the monitor one egg because they couldn't connect it via VGA - Here is a bit of information for those who might be in the same situation.

To properly drive a monitor at 2560x1440 you need a Dual-Link DVI or Display Port. This monitor doesn't include a VGA connection because it would be pointless to do so.

Also, there is a difference between DVI and Dual-Link DVI. DVI is only supposed to properly carry a signal of up to 1920x1080, whereas Dual-Link can handle up to 2048x1536 due to increased bandwidth. This also means that under no circumstances would a VGA to DVI adapter work properly.

So to properly use this as a computer monitor, you have to have Dual-Link DVI or Display Port.

This means that if you're just using some off the shelf computer, there is a good chance you would have to install a video card that is able to properly handle this monitor.

If you're in doubt, you can always look up the supported resolutions of your video adapter.

But if you're like that reviewer and weren't sure about the requirements to handle this, now you know.

Also, none of this is a negative against this monitor. All monitors like this are this way. The details page clearly states the available input connections.

And though HDMI, is listed, it is not a connection you want to use as the primary connection for computing seeing as the monitor won't be at its native resolution (HDMI is limited to 1920x1200). This is provided in case you want to hook an xbox or something up to the monitor.

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SAMSUNG LN-S2641D Black/Silver 26
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: I don't own this particular TV, but my monitors and other TVs are Samsung, and I am waiting on this one to arrive.

Cons: None that I can list

Other Thoughts: My purpose for writing this review is to state that contrary to what a previous reviewer wrote, this TV does in fact have two DVI connections. When you buy a TV usually they never have a straight DVI input, but instead have HDMI that way you can hook up a wider variety of devices to the slot. The solution for a pc is to simply buy an DVI to HDMI cable... looks like a regular monitor cable but is DVI on one end and HDMI on the other. They cost about ten bucks.

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Nicholas C.'s Profile

Display Name: Nicholas C.

Date Joined: 07/25/05

  • Reviews: 2
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 01/21/07
  • Last Review: 08/02/13
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