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Samsung SyncMaster P2770FHThe Samsung SyncMaster P2770FH's disappointing performance and lack of features make it a distant choice among 27-inchers.
Let's say you're in the market for an affordable new car. Within the range of prices you're looking at, there's most expensive model that also offers the most bells and whistles. There's a cheaper option that skimps on a few features and then maybe there's this weird third option that hits in the middle of those two in price, but offers the least in features. You know, the option, no wonder the right mind would actually choose. Hi, I'm Eric Franklin from CNET and the Samsung SyncMaster P2770FH is the weird third option for monitors, not cars. Now, saying that no one in the right mind would actually choose the FH maybe a bit hyperbolic, but compared to both the lower price Asus VE276Q and Samsung's own more expensive P2770HD, the FH just doesn't offer enough for its price, but I'm getting ahead of myself. To be fair, let's see what the FH does offer. The FH is a 27H monitor, so right off the batch that's more screen real estate than some smaller monitors for the same price, a definite win for the FH. Also, it includes both swivel and tilt HDMI and DVI connections. Not to mention, both optical audio and analog audio out ports. Also, the OSD offers a lot in terms of options including individual color controls and 7 different presets. Lastly, it's well pretty. I mean, it's a design we've seen several times before from Samsung, but it still holds up. Now, all this probably sounds great. That's just me leading you to the twists lackluster performance. Specifically, the FH's proclivity to fire green gamma rays directly into my eyes is making me more and more angry. Even though, I've told the monitor over and over again, it wouldn't like me when I'm angry. Yes, the FH has a green push, which means there's an over abundance of green on the screen for most of the time. This would all be forgivable if there won't clearly better options like the aforementioned Asus and the P2770HD available. Not that their performance is much better, but from a total package standpoint, they do offer more. We were able to diminish that green effect by adjusting the color controls, but at the end of the day the FH couldn't measure up to a reference monitor, the Samsung PX2370. Meaning, that among $300 to $350 of 27-inch monitors, the FH is a third choice. It's like the Ross Perot of monitors, which you know, all things considered isn't the worst thing in the world. Once again, I'm Eric Franklin and this has been a first look at the Samsung SyncMaster P2770FH.