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The Samsung SyncMaster S27B970 monitor in its testing environment (pictures)

We caught the Samsung SyncMaster S27B970 monitor in its natural habitat: in the monitor test lab.

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Eric Franklin
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A fire rises

The Samsung SyncMaster S27B970 nails it in performance and looks, but asks a hefty price. If you're OK with that price, you won't be disappointed.
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Plain back

Samsung keeps things simple and clean.
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Profile

Not the thinnest profile, but I wouldn't call it fat, either. But, that's mostly because of the monitor's low self-esteem.
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Saucer section

The saucer section -- I mean, the foot stand is pretty unique-looking.
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OSD array

The OSD array features small, but pretty buttons.
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The ports

The ports from left: USB upstream, DisplayPort, DVI, and HDMI. Plugging DisplayPort in isn't a problem. It's when attempting to remove the cable that the real fun begins.
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:(

This. This is why we can't have nice things. The space between the DisplayPort release button and the monitor is too narrow for a finger to get in. So, for this poor DisplayPort cable, we had to get a little rough.
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USB times two

Two USB downstream ports on the side of the foot stand. Convenient.

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