|Screen Size||27 inches|
|Max Screen Resolution||2560 x 1440|
Samsung S27A850D 27-Inch Screen LED-Lit Monitor
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- DVI-D + DisplayPort
- 7ms ray-to-Gray Response Time
- 97.1% Coverage of AdobeRGB C
- 178° Viewing Angle
- 300cd/m² Brightness
- 1000:1 Contrast Ratio; 2560 x 1440
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The anti-reflective treatment on this monitor is absolutely perfect (at least to my eyes) --- text is razor sharp with no fuzziness....yet no reflectivity from room lights that I can detect. I thought my 214T AR coat was good.....but now it looks grainy by comparison. Not sure what Samsung did here...but WOW. I have read some comments about other competing monitors, some more expensive, that have annoying artifacts induced by their screen treatments.
As far as configuration, I just set it for "Magic Brightness" and setup "Dynamic Contrast" mode...and let the monitor figure out things. Left everything else stock settings. Depending on what is on the screen..the brightness and contrast modulates. Generally, these changes are helpful. I wouldn't use this mode for watching movies critically, but it seems to make sense for typical working applications.Read more ›
Also because of this monitor using LED, it is much lighter to mount on a Ergotron arm and place on the desk because of it's much lighter weight. LED also means much less power consumption.
As far as back light bleeding, I don't notice anything serious, even from watching movies with dark scenes in a dark room and it's definitely not a concern for daily use.
Another reviewer mentioned that there is problem with viewing angles. Personally, I find it great and it's no better yet no worse than an IPS monitor (as I said, I am coming from a Dell U2711).
I do observe with my naked eyes that the Dell U2711 can generate slightly richer(more) color (and technically it has more color coverage, if you search for detailed reviews). But because of the stated AG coating problem, this Samsung monitor is probably your best bet for a 27" 2560 X 1440 resolution monitor up to date (3/28/2012).
Oh, if you use the stand, it is very good and flexible for height adjustment.
Update on 10/12/2012: The model number for this monitor is S27A850D for your convenience as it's not listed in the description.
The Samsung variant on IPS is very good but comparing it with an iPad 2 and other IPS screens, it does show a color shift at the widest edges along with backlight bleed-through in the lower corners. This is with my head stationary in the horizontal center of the screen, 3/4 up on the vertical. It is a pretty minor issue and is not noticeable with normal photographs but is evident with internet browsing and file management. It wouldn't be much of an issue if Samsung didn't make such strong claims for its "PLS" variation on the IPS display. I'm keeping it and reveling in viewing my photos again in such wonderful color and resolution.
Suggestion: If you buy from Amazon Marketplace, be sure to check the company's return policy. I bought an HP LP2475w through the marketplace that had a horrible color cast - green on the left to pink on the right. I had to fight for an RMA, took 2 weeks and threats, and am still waiting (over a month now) for credit as they have to have it "inspected." When I buy through amazon.com, I've not had problems with returns.
- Rotatable display allows portrait or landscape orientation
- Low gloss finish reduces light reflection in the display
- The color and image quality is nowhere near as good as the Apple Thunderbolt display. I've adjusted the settings repeatedly, and even tried using Samsung's `auto' settings, but the color quality just isn't there.
- Not plug-and-play for 2560 x 1440 resolution. To achieve the 2560 x 1440 resolution on the A850 I had to buy an Apple Mini-DVI to Dual-link DVI adapter ($100). This adapter has a Mini-DVI/Thunderbolt male + USB male on one side, and female DVI + USB on the other side. You need to connect both the DVI cables and the USB cables between the Mac and the A850's USB3 input port. Any other configuration causes the A850 to run at less than 2560 x 1440 resolution.
- Menu on the display is awkward to use
- I'm also getting an issue with the SA850 where, occasionally after waking the Mac, the A850 display is all "snow" (the Thunderbolt display is fine). Switching the display on & off a few times will get rid of the "snow", but it is annoying to have to do this.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
While this monitor would be an excellent office monitor, and it's great for viewing Word, Excel and Visio documents (they do look so much better on a high-resolution monitor), the... Read morePublished on March 9, 2014 by Bob
I like this monitor most.
When I compared with normal computer monitor,it's very very gorgeous quality & function. Read more
I've had this monitor for a little over a year now and almost have nothing bad to say about it. "Almost", because I dislike how it handles the power cord. Read morePublished on October 29, 2013 by Sam
I've been using this monitor now for about 10 months. I use it both with a MacBook Pro from Thundebolt to Display Port, and with a Windows 7 based PC through dual-link display... Read morePublished on September 15, 2013 by TechPicky
Have 2 of these hooked up at work via display port. it is miracle if they get detected after i un-dock my laptop. Read morePublished on September 5, 2013 by pete
This is a great monitor. Make sure you are using a dual-link cable (one comes with it). I made the mistake of using my existing monitor cable and it took a while to figure why I... Read morePublished on May 30, 2013 by David Amiot
As a photo and graphics editor, color and detail are most important to me. I have two of these next to each other that simply make my job easier. Read morePublished on May 9, 2013 by mellowlove
This is a pretty expensive monitor, but it is worth it. It is sharp and bright and elegant. I bought one, and liked it so much, I bought another.Published on March 3, 2013 by pachella
I'm not by any means an expert in monitors, but I've been using Apple monitors for years now, so those are my reference in terms of quality. Read morePublished on December 1, 2012 by Robert Taylor
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