Samsung SyncMaster P2770FH review:

Samsung SyncMaster P2770FH

Viewing angle: The optimal viewing angle for a monitor is usually directly in front of it, about a quarter of the screen's distance down from the top. At this angle, you're viewing the colors as they were intended. Most monitors are not made to be viewed at any other angle. Depending on the monitor's panel type, picture quality at nonoptimal angles varies. Most monitors use TN panels, which get overly bright or overly dark in parts of the screen when viewed from nonoptimal angles. The Samsung SyncMaster P2770FH uses a TN panel, and when viewed from the side or bottom, we perceived the screen as darkening about 6 inches off from center. Of course, when viewing from the optimal angle, we had no problems.

Recommended settings and use: When playing games we preferred the game preset. While not as vibrant as the PX2370, it still delivered a suitably vibrant image, albeit with a noticeable green tint. Ah, yes, the bane of the P2770FH's performance, the green tint, also rears its sickly head when we viewed movies and photos. To be clear, most people won't notice this. Most people also don't sit in a dark room staring at monitors for imperfections with a comparison monitor delivering ideal performance right next to it. Now, the fact that I do this willingly (and frequently) may go toward explaining my current level of sanity; it also means that I'm more likely to see imperfections like the ones I've detailed so far in this review.

After experimenting for quite some time with the color settings and presets, we got the P2770FH to display an image that we feel would satisfy most, while watching movies, viewing photos, or performing general tasks. These same settings can be used for games if the preset is changed to Games.

Preset Standard
Color preset Custom
Red 46
Green 37
Blue 81

If precise color values are something you require, an IPS monitor like the excellent but much more expensive Dell UltraSharp U2711 is much more appropriate.

Power consumption
The Samsung SyncMaster P2770FH showed poor power consumption, with a Default/On power draw of 46.8 watts, compared with the Asus VE276Q's 52.17 watts in the same test. In our Sleep/Standby test, the P2770FH cost 0.85 watts and the VE276Q pulled a higher 1.1 watts. Based on our formula, the P2770FH would cost $14.55 per year to run, compared with the VE276Q's $16.33 per year.

Juice box
Samsung SyncMaster P2770FH Average watts per hour
On (default luminance) 46.8
On (max luminance) 46.8
On (min luminance) 17
Sleep 0.85
Calibrated (200 cd/m2) 38.5
Annual power consumption cost $14.55
Score Poor

Brightness (in cd/m2)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)

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DisplayMate tests
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Service and support
Samsung backs the SyncMaster P2770FH with a three-year parts-and-labor warranty that covers the backlight. 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. Documentation and support software for the P2370FH was easily accessible on Samsung's Web site.

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