Summary: The monitor arrived DOA. If I could rate the monitor as a zero I would have, but Amazon insists on at least a rating of one. The Samsung technical assistance was prompt, polite, and unable to do anything other than offer to have me send them the monitor for repair. I have elected to return it to Amazon as they should pay for the return postage, something that Samsung would not do. I will look elsewhere for a monitor.
Summary: The photo shows speaker bar between rectangular screen and oval stand. This is not included and does not exist as an accessory for purchase. Otherwise this is a fine monitor. The latest browser releases are starting to support all element page scaling, but less dense DPI of the 275T (compared to 30" panels) assures more distant viewing of all applications. You won't have to resort to reading glasses. DUAL link DVI is not required.
Summary: So far I have been happy with the monitor. I had a 22" and going to 27" has been great. I originally looked at 30" but went with the 27" because of cost. If I would have a waited until now I could get a 30" for the same price. I have experienced some issues where the display will randomly just turn some weird colors. This has happened on startup also. I just restart the computer again and the issue goes away.
Summary: The Samsung SyncMaster275T Plus has been the best monitor I have ever had for computer use. It is sharp, clear, and very bright. Text is very readable, even at a distance. I have used the DVI and VGA connections to the computers. I also watch HDTV movies via the HDMI and they are good as well. The video on the DVI connection appears a bit washed out (lower contrast, dimmer) compared to the HDMI. There are many adjustment options which I have not experimented with yet.
Summary: The vital consideration for a monitor is the relation between diagonal measurement of size and the number of pixels on the screen--neither one alone is enough. I've found this 27-inch monitor to be perfect for 1920 x 1200 (from a ThinkPad T61p with digital connection). A display this size needs to be further away from the eyes to see everything; I find about 30 inches from my face to be comfortable.
Summary: Samsung's 275t+ paired with a Mac Pro makes for the perfect professional desktop workstation. I am a professional in the graphic arts field. Generally, I will have at least 5 programs open and many windows visible or accessible at all times. I needed a very large monitor with excellent color. This 27" monitor gives me the space I need and has exceptional color with the best built-in calibration tools that I have ever seen on a monitor.
Summary: I love this monitor. I bought it as an upgrade from a Gateway FPD2275W (same resolution), and I must say it was worth every penny. While this may be an expensive monitor given its resolution, you have to keep in mind that text is extremely crisp and easy to read from a distance. I didn't feel that higher dot pitch (.303) created a problem whatsoever.