Samsung SyncMaster T27B750ND review: Samsung SyncMaster T27B750ND

Movies: I tested the T27B750 using the Blu-ray version of "Avatar." Using the Entertain mode with the aforementioned settings (contrast at 88, color temp set to Standard). With HDMI black level set to low, movies look more cinematic.

It's really difficult to not directly compare the monitor's movie prowess with last year's models, which sported glossy screens and Samsung's Ultra Clear Panel tech. These two features really pumped up the perceived contrast, allowing colors to pop, whites to stay bright, and black levels to remain low. Without those technological advantages, the T27B750 is still pretty good with movies, but never approaches very good or great, unfortunately. Blacks are muted and the screen has a greenish hue that couldn't be exorcised. Still, the picture was sharp and most dark detail could be seen. It's not bad, just not great in comparison to its predecessors.

Games: Personally, I prefer monitors that display games with vibrant color and highly contrasted blacks and whites. When colors also pop with fullness and depth, games will usually look great. Dragon Age II is a game that can look pretty drab at times, but definitely benefits from rich, bright, but still accurate colors. I looked at the game in the Entertain preset with the aforementioned settings. The game looked colorful (or as colorful as Dragon Age II can look) with a high and satisfying vibrancy. While adjusting the HDMI black level to low dramatically increased the contrast, too much dark detail gets crushed as a result, unfortunately. I prefer keeping the setting at normal and adjusting the brightness setting to about 50-55. There is a slight green tone here as well that I wasn't able to completely obliterate.

To test refresh rate, I used DisplayMate's motion graphics test which moves a box of colored blocks around the screen at various, user-controlled speeds. Each block leaves an impression of itself behind it as it flies across the screen. The longer the streak left by the blocks, the more image blurring you'll likely see when making quick movements, i.e., turning in a first-person shooter. The effect can be subtle, but noticeable to those really looking for it.

In this case, the the T27B750 displayed short streaks, shorter than even the PX2370. Indicating a fast monitor that shouldn't give you ghosting problems in fast-moving games.

The curvaceous power of the T27B750's humptastic curves. Josh Miller/CNET

Photos: Faces were clear, but there was a noticeable green tint compared with the PX2370 that I couldn't shake with the included settings.

Viewing angle: The optimal viewing angle for a monitor is usually directly in front, about a third of the screen's distance down from the top. At this angle, you're viewing colors as the manufacturer intended. Most monitors aren't designed to be viewed at any other angle. Depending on a monitor's panel type, picture quality at any other angle suffers.

The vast majority of monitors use TN panels, which get overly bright or overly dark in parts of the screen when not viewed from optimal angles. The T27B750 uses an TN panel, so when viewed from the sides it loses some clarity and the colors don't look as rich.

When viewing the screen while standing or dramatically slouching (the gamer posture; it's OK, I can say that. I'm a gamer.), Magic Angle adjusts the display's gamma setting so text is much more legible and details in movies and games don't appear wreathed in shadow.

The antiglare coating succeeds at blocking out most reflections and unlike with glossier screens, direct sunlight only has a minimal detrimental effect on picture quality.

Power consumption: The Samsung SyncMaster T27B750's power consumption earned a rating of Poor, with a Default/On power draw of 47.2 watts, compared with the Samsung SyncMaster T27A950's 50.8 watts in the same test.

In our Sleep/Standby test, the T27B750 drew 25.6 watts and the T27A950 pulled a much lower 1.3 watts. Based on our formula, the T27A950 would cost $31.90 per year, whereas the would cost $22.08 per year.

Performance
(Longer bars indicate better performance)

Juice box
Samsung SyncMaster T27B750 Average watts per hour
On (default luminance) 47.2
On (max luminance) 47.2
On (min luminance) 19.9
Sleep 25.6
Calibrated (200 cd/m2) 38.2
Annual power consumption cost $31.90
Score Poor

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Service and support
Samsung backs the SyncMaster T27B750 with a three-year parts-and-labor warranty that covers the backlight. This matches the best monitor warranties out there, like Dell's. It also offers support through a 24-7 toll-free number, as well as 24- to 48-hour turnaround e-mail and Web chat support.

Conclusion
The T27B750 excels in looks, offers plenty of connections, and the Smart Hub and MHL support are very welcome additions. I miss having a DisplayPort or DVI connection and although overall performance is good, I'd expect more from a $500 monitor, even given its huge collection of features.

If you can live with good, but not great performance and a lack of pure PC connections, the T27B750 offers a lot of bang for your buck. If you're expecting to watch awesome-looking movies, I'd recommend attempting to find last year's models on the cheap. They're still the best monitors out there for movie-watching.

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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.