Summary: The Samsung Syncmaster S27B970D 27" LED Monitor is very much a high end product, but rather than appeal to just imaging professionals, Samsung has targeted a broader market: The well-heeled tech consumer who is into digital photography, all the umpteen video entertainment that streams into computers these days, and/or gaming as well. The sleek modern style has broad appeal, and the beauty is much more than skin deep; its overall performance is excellent.
Samsung SyncMaster S27B970D 27" Series 9 Super PLS LED Monitor Review
12 November 2012
Conclusion: This is an interesting review. You must take all of the comments I made from start to finish and form your own conclusions that suits your own personal preferences. When compared to the Series 8 S27A850D, it has the same type of Super PLS technology on board, however, it comes in a completely different package than the sexy Series 9 S27B970D. I believe it comes down to whether you prefer form over function, or if you prefer function over form.
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Conclusion: Looks fantastic but it’s also quite expensive. The stand doesn’t rotate into a portrait orientation and the display isn’t quite as good a quality as the price tag demands. There can be some issues with the glass front causing reflections, but the consistency of the display is admirable. The styling is rich consumer or plush-studio orientated and it will do a great job in either of those environments, if you can afford it.
Pros: Superb styling; brushed metal stand; tidy use of wires; good refresh rate; high resolution; lots of interfaces; good colour consistency; built-in 7w speakers; PLS screen
Cons: Some light leak; expensive; glossy screen hinders viewing on bright days; average brightness and contrast
Conclusion: The Samsung S27B970D was a very enjoyable screen to test really, a whole range of new features and aspects to test from this relatively new panel technology. Our first impressions of the screen remain even after many hours of use, those being that it is one of the most attractive screens we have had the pleasure to test. The design is sleek and clean, the materials of a very high standard and the glossy coating really gives it a premium feel.
Pros: Very attractive premium design and aesthetics, Good factory calibration and reliable OSD presets and settings, Excellent all round performance from PLS panel
Cons: Limited hardware calibration features and support, Difficult to achieve accurate sRGB coverage without crushing contrast ratios or affecting colour accuracy, High price point relative to mainstream models
Excerpt: Ultra-high-resolution PC monitors aimed at professionals are few and far between, and ones with an attractive design are even rarer. Mac users are catered for by Apple’s Cinema display, but until now, anyone using Windows has had to choose between one or two models such as Hazro's HZ27WC. Samsung looks set to change that with the Series 9, an incredibly stylish 2,560x1,440 monitor that comes pre-calibrated from the factory.