The Good PLS proves itself as a viable alternative to IPS. Incredibly thin. Good blacks. Power-saving features. Energy frugal. Incredible height adjustment. Allows 90-degree vertical rotation.
The Bad Pricey compared to the competition. Some banding and discolouration in gradients. HDMI port doesn't cope well with interlaced content or judder.
The Bottom Line Samsung's SyncMaster S27A850T is an incredibly pretty, thin monitor, which proves that PLS is a viable IPS alternative. We did find some banding in gradients, and the HDMI movie performance isn't great, but for beautiful sharp imagery and high-level computer use, it's incredibly appealing.
Samsung Series 8 SyncMaster S27A850T
Samsung is definitely providing something different with the S27A850T. For a start, it's a Plane to Line Switching (PLS) panel — not IPS, not TN, not VA. Samsung claimed way back in 2010 that PLS is an evolution of IPS, offering better viewing angles and screen brightness. The specs speak to identical viewing angles as IPS, but with slightly different panel behaviour. We've asked Samsung for more information on how PLS works, but have yet to hear back.
The screen itself is semi-matte, and some readers will be happy to know that it doesn't sparkle anywhere near as much as Dell's anti-glare coating.
The panel housing is also exceptionally thin for a monitor of this size, going from approximately 2cm at its thinnest to 4cm at its thickest. It helps that the power supply has been broken out into its own brick, but even this isn't imposing. If you're so inclined, you can attach the brick to the back of the panel, or leave it free hanging.
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