Samsung SyncMaster T27B750ND review: Samsung SyncMaster T27B750ND

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.0
  • Design: 7.0
  • Features: 8.0
  • Performance: 6.0
  • Service and support: 8.0
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The Good The Samsung SyncMaster T27B750 has a beautiful and practical design, sports tons of connections, and includes useful features like Smart Hub and MHL support.

The Bad The monitor doesn't match the movies and games performance of last year's models. There's no DVI or DisplayPort connection. $500 feels about $50-$75 too expensive

The Bottom Line The Samsung SyncMaster T27B750 offers a giant coffer's worth of features and sports a beautiful design, but its performance was underwhelming.

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The T27B750 offers a lot for the money. At $500 you get tons of connections, MHL compatibility, Smart Hub, and a beautiful design.

However, even at a price nearly half of what its closest cousin, the $1,000 T27A950 is going for, I can't help but be disappointed with the TB750's performance.

Sure, it's cheaper and the performance isn't bad by any stretch, but the glossy, ultraclear panel featured on last year's Samsung's monitors is sorely missed here.

Design and features
The T27B750 looks a lot like the T27A950 I reviewed in 2011. However, instead of a mostly flat, angular, silver body, the T27B750 sports a mostly white, much more curvaceous body. Corners are smoother and the design sports an overall streamlined look. The foot stand is humped, with a Plexiglass casing over its white plastic chassis.

The panel attaches to the foot stand on the right side and can be tilted back about 25 degrees, but no other ergonomic options are included. The panel is 25 inches wide, with a 0.7-inch-wide bezel and a panel depth of 0.7 inch. The bezel is glossy piano black and extends down to the lower right where the onscreen display (OSD) array resides. The array consists of six, non-tactile buttons: source, menu, volume up and down, and channel up and down, with the power button on the far right.

On the back, in the lower left corner, is a collection of rear-facing (thank you, Samsung!) connections you can see below. What you can't see from the picture below are the two USB ports hidden around the left corner.

Most of these connections are pretty self-explanatory. Notice the top HDMI input, which doubles as an MHL interface. Josh Miller/CNET

OSD (short for onscreen display, but I'm sure you already knew that) The OSD can be called up via the Menu button on the display or the included remote control and while using the OSD array to navigate works fine, the remote works much better. When connected via the HDMI (DVI) input, only two presets are available: Entertain and Standard. Standard is too dark by default and I much preferred using Entertain, thanks to its more vibrant and accurate colors (but that's a tale for the Performance section).

Typical picture options are included: backlight (brightness control), contrast (white level adjustment), brightness (black level), and sharpness (well, sharpness). Other standout picture options include color temperature presets and two HDMI black-level preset settings.

The T27B750's typical OSD settings. Josh Miller/CNET

The built-in speakers get five different presets, each apropos to different tasks like playing music, watching a movie, or listening to a podcast or audio book. You can directly connect the monitor to a wireless (wired is included as well) network, or configure the All Share settings.

Smart Hub looks to be identical to what CNET TV editors, David Katzmaier and Ty Pendlebury have seen on Samsung TVs this year. It's shockingly still a media portal for Samsung apps, video streaming, All Share devices, as well as Facebook, Twitter, and other apps. I agree with the TV guys that the interface is a bit cluttered and could stand to be streamlined a bit. However, with the amount of useful apps available, Smart Hub makes a pretty good case for getting all your Internetting needs met without ever having to attach a PC.

Design and feature highlights
Connectivity HDMI (PC), HDMI (TV), Component, Composite
Ergonomic options 20-degree back tilt
Resolution 1,920x1,080 pixels
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Audio Built-in speakers, headphone jack, audio in. digital audio out
VESA wall-mount support No
Included video cables HDMI
Backlight W-LED
Panel type TN
Screen film Matte w/AG coating
Number of presets 2 (PC), 5 (TV)
Overdrive No
Picture options Backlight, Brightness, Contrast, Sharpness
Color controls Color temperature: Cool, Standard, Warm1, Warm2, Red/Green tint (TV), Color saturation (TV)
Gamma control No
Additional features USBx2, MHL

Performance
I tested the T27B750 through its HDMI (DVI) input, connected to a Windows Vista PC, using the included HDMI cable. The display posted a composite score of 93 in CNET Labs' DisplayMate-based performance tests.

DisplayMate: In the Entertain preset with the contrast adjusted to 88, the T27B750 displayed light gray up to level 254 (pure white is 255); the highest level possible. At the lower end of the grayscale, with the same settings, I could barely make out the level four dark gray (black is 0). Not the lowest black level in the world, but this was the best it could do while also keeping the white nice and bright. With the contrast any lower, the dark gray was more visible, but the white began looking more like light gray.

In Color Tracking, I noticed a green hue in the grayscale using the Standard color temperature. Switching the temp to Warm 1, mitigated the green tint a bit however.

When viewing DisplayMate's Dark Screen test, which consists of a plain black screen, clouding was noticeable along the lower left side and a bit at the top left edge, but nothing egregious and nothing that was noticeable when watching movies or performing any other tasks.

The Smart Hub interface offers some useful features, but could use some streamlining. Josh Miller/CNET

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  • Display Type LED-backlit LCD monitor / TFT active matrix
  • Interface VGA (HD-15)
  • Diagonal Size 27 in
  • Image Contrast Ratio 1000:1
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Eric Franklin is a section editor covering how to and tablets. He's also co-host of CNET's do-it-yourself and how-to show, The Fix and is a 20-year tech industry veteran.