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SAMSUNG S27A850D Matt Black 27
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Pros: Very sharp and bright. Contrast is decent. Colours look plenty saturated. Games are a lot nicer on a bigger screen, also. TF2 and Portal 2 ran great and looked wonderful. The power hookup was a bit new to me, since my old monitors had the power supply built in, and these use a "line lump" that clips into the back securely. I like this, since the line lumps won't take up desk space and won't easily get unplugged or mixed up.

Cons: The power bricks run warm, a bit warmer than I'd like. Also, I can really notice "Haidinger's Brush" on this monitor, but it appears to be the brightness and is not really a fault of the monitor. (*-Haidinger's Brush is a phenomena where the human eye can weakly see polarization of light) I might be a bit sensitive to this effect, since my friend said he couldn't see it at all.

Other Thoughts: Overall I'm pretty impressed with the build and video quality. I bought two of them for my desktop setup. The transition from dual DVI to dual Displayport was a bit bumpy and isn't really the fault of the monitors. Since it's very related, Here's the problems I ran into:

1) turning the monitors off via the buttons on the front (not the power bricks) would result in them disappearing from windows' view which caused issues with windows moving from one monitor to the other.

The fix: I got a program to turn off the monitors at will through windows itself, as if the power management kicked in. This has the dual benefit of turning multiple monitors off and you don't have to reach for the buttons. The program I used (free) was called "Monoff".

2) When I hooked the monitors up and started the PC, sound quit working.

The fix: these monitors have audio outputs on them, which usurped the computer's sound. This was simple to fix by disabling them for audio output in the windows control panel.

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Display Name: Kevin H.

Date Joined: 06/16/03

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