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Samsung SB970 S27B970D 27-Inch Screen LED-Lit Monitor

by Samsung
3.9 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews
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  • 27" (16:9) Screen Size
  • 178°/178° Viewing Angle (Horizontal/Vertical)
  • 16.7M Color Support
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Product Description

Finely Tuned

Each manually calibrated Series 9 Monitor undergoes an expert, hour-long adjustment process before it reaches your home or office ensuring you get the highest-quality images right out of the box. And once it's yours the built-in calibration engine enables in-home adjustments for the perfect picture every time.
The slim profile and sleek design of the Series 9 Monitor boasts a sophisticated frame in front and a shimmering panel in back. The slim bezel and crystal-clear glass hidden-panel display create a stunning look, while the solid metal frame adds an elegant touch. Even when it's switched off, Series 9 is sure to be the focal point of the room.

Samsung's Accurate Color Presentation technology delivers rich images with lively, amazingly precise colors. Through cutting-edge innovations, the Series 9 Monitor achieves the entire SRGB spectrum ensuring you experience the full picture. Partner that with the monitor's stunningly high resolution and you get an incredible visual experience.

Samsung's newly developed LED-backlit PLS panel delivers stunning image performance with no color or image degradation — even when viewed at off-angles. There's no debate. It simply produces the most accurate colors of any panel type, no matter how you look at it.


  • 27" Screen Size, 16:9 Aspect Ratio
  • 2560 x 1440 Resolution
  • Brightness: 285 cd/m²
  • Contrast Ratio: 1000:1
  • Dynamic Contrast Ratio: Mega ∞ DCR
  • Viewing Angle (Horizontal/Vertical): 178˚/178˚ (CR>10)
  • Response Time: 5 ms


  • Power Consumption (Max): 63 W Max
  • Max Stand By Power (DPMS): 0.5 W Max

With a resolution of 2560 x 1440 the Wide Quad HD of the Series 9 Monitor gives you four times the resolution of 720p HDTV. It's the ideal solution for those who want the best picture quality.

Easily transfer content from MHL-enabled smart phones and tablets to your Series 9. Enjoy the benefit of richly displayed images and compelling audio from Series 9's stereo speakers. Even browse on your attached devices while they charge simultaneously. Seamless integration has never been so beautiful.

  • Eco Saving, Multi Screen S/W, Samsung MagicAngle, Samsung MagicBright3, Samsung MagicColor, Off Timer, MagicTune, Customized Key, Image Size, Embedded Speakers, Mobile High Definition Link (MHL), 2xUSB 2.0


  • Product Dimensions with Stand: 25.4" (W) x 18.4" (H) x 9.7" (D)
  • Product Dimensions without Stand: 25.4" (W) x 15.8" (H) x 0.9" (D)
  • Shipping Dimensions: 29.2" (W) x 22.2" (H) x 12.3" (D)


  • Product weight with stand: 18.04 lbs.
  • Shipping weight: 24.2 lbs.

Product Information

Technical Details

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
Screen Size 27 inches
Max Screen Resolution 2560x1440 pixels
Brand Name Samsung
Item model number S27B970D
Item Weight 17.3 pounds
Product Dimensions 9.7 x 25.4 x 18.4 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 9.7 x 25.4 x 18.4 inches
Color High Glossy Black / Metal Silver

Additional Information

Customer Reviews
3.9 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #23,061 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
#1,610 in Computers & Accessories > Monitors
Shipping Weight 23.9 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Date First Available March 6, 2012

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Was using a Apple cinema 30" for some time running 2560/1600 resolution and it was a very good monitor for many years. I used the Apple for gaming primarily. The Samsung is a bit smaller but you would never know the difference after having it on for an hour. I'm running the native 2560/1440 resolution and its simply the most amazing looking monitor I've ever seen. I was debating going with the Dell 30" but once I saw this it wasn't close.
The PLS technology used in this monitor is something special. Buy this monitor for high end gaming rig or any thing else you can throw at it. At this review time I'm using Nvidia GTX 680's in SLI.
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I bought this monitor to replace my old Cinema Display which had developed a red tint after using it for many years. I considered buying another Cinema Display (the non-Thunderbolt model) but Apple hasn't updated it in over 2 years so I figured for $200 more, I could get this. I have it hooked up to an early 2009 Mac Pro via a mini-DisplayPort to DisplayPort cable (note, the monitor doesn't come with one of these so if you have a Mac, make sure to buy one separately).

The picture is fantastic and I'm loving the really high resolution. Text is crisp and colors look great. I hooked it up at night and haven't seen it during the day but so far the reflection in minimal (I don't have a direct light source behind me).

I've read some complaints about a lack of ergonomic settings. You can adjust the height and the tilt of the monitor but you cannot pan it from the base. Panning ins't a requirement for me (it's just sitting on my desk in a static place) so I really don't care about not being able to do that and my old Cinema Display couldn't do it either.

So far the only annoyance that I've had is with the software. I made the mistake of installing Samsung's Natural Color Expert v2 which came on a CD that shipped with the monitor. Maybe it was the $1200 price tag that made me expect more but I should have known better than to install their software. Once the installation was done, I had to restart my computer. When the computer started again it booted at 800x600! After changing the settings back to 2560x1440 I then ran Natural Color Expert v2, didn't change anything, and then quit the software. It immediately changed my color profile and washed out the screen (it set the monitor to color calibration mode).
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I want to start with thanking the awesome customer service of Amazon - I've had very few returns and exchanges over the years, and they've always been quick to respond and hassle-free to deal with, including with this monitor. The upshot of my review is that the back light bleed is so bad and uneven that I'm exchanging it for what I hope is an improved unit. But more on that later. Let's start with more positive attributes of the monitor.

First Impressions
Out of the box, this is a good looking monitor. From the base to the frame, this think looks sleek. The base is stable, as well, and when I tried to slide the monitor back on my desk I was surprised to feel that it resisted strongly - it grips the desk well and certainly won't slide on its own. The monitor can wobble a bit if I intentionally shake my desk, but as I have a very stable desk the monitory sits motion free during normal activities, such as typing and playing games. The monitor can easily be elevated or lowered, and tilted back, but don't expect much range in terms of tilting it forward.

Once set up, I plugged in the cords (using a DVI cable in lieu of HDMI) into the ports, which are a bit cramped in the back, but nothing I found too difficult to accomplish, and powered on my computer. After touting the benefit of PLS providing better off angle viewing, I was caught off guard by a frankly washed out screen from where I was standing. The horizontal viewing angles look better than other monitors, but the vertical angle actually turns out to have a very narrow sweet spot. So narrow, in fact, that even just sitting down in front if it, looking at it straight on, I can see color shifts between the top of the monitor and the bottom.
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I researched this monitor for quite a while, and agonized over the expense before I purchased. I am NOT saying that the pricing was out of line with the product value or performance, just that it a large expense (kept checking back and took advantage of a sale - $899.99). Further, it is said that if you have no regrets after a purchase and after using the item extensively, you chose well. That is my feeling about this monitor. It replaced a venerable Viewsonic P815 professional 21" graphics CRT ($1200 in 1997 - top rated monitor four years in a row). I have the same feeling about the SB970 that I did about the P815 sixteen years ago.

I have chosen to leave the SB970 in the factory calibrated mode (with DVI input, driven by dual GTX 460's in SLI, Win 7). Using subjective judgment, have not observed any backlight bleeding, uneven brightness issues, dust under display glass, pixel irregularities of any kind, or any of the issues occasionally mentioned in some reviews. I do feel a bit guilty about how much I'm enjoying working with this display. For example: I'm experiencing some of the signs of aging (62) such as requiring separate glasses for reading and working with the computer. The old P815 used to be razor sharp (at 1600x1200), but I've been squinting for a couple of years. Granted the default text size on the new SB970 seems nearly half that size, but it's significantly clearer. On the web, clicking the Zoom to 150% (bottom screen, right-side) makes fine text amazingly clear.

I putter around with some video, photos (Photoshop), and a few PC games. I really enjoyed launching Mass Effect 3 and having it automatically detect and display in the SB970's native 2560x1440 with all the specs max'd out.
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