Samsung SyncMaster S27A850D

The Good The Samsung SyncMaster S27A850D delivers great overall performance, and has a useful assortment of connections, including three USB 3.0 ports. The monitor's stylish but practical design provides many ergonomic options.

The Bad Compared with other professional monitors, the S27A850D lacks a few OSD configuration details. Also, HDMI would have been useful.

The Bottom Line The Samsung SyncMaster S27A850D is a well-designed, stylish, professional monitor with great options and performance.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 9.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 8.0
  • Support 8.0
8.0 Overall

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Review

Samsung SyncMaster S27A850D

Oct 2011

For those of us without disposable incomes, spending more than a couple hundred dollars on a monitor requires a little justification. When it comes to expensive monitors, there's usually a professional justification, as professional graphics artists require precise image clarity. The S27A850D is decently priced for a professional monitor of its size, but does it offer enough in performance and features to really make for a good investment? Keep reading to find out.

Design and features
The Samsung SyncMaster S27A850D is a 27-inch monitor meant for professional graphic artists, with its high, full-HD resolution of 2,560x1,440 pixels. The S27A850D is the first Samsung monitor to employ the company's Plane Line Switching (PLS) panel technology. The panel tech is a lot like the In-Plane Switching (IPS) tech seen in many current monitors, but according to Samsung PLS is capable of even higher brightness at a lower cost in power consumption. Check the power consumption section below to see how true that is.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $1,246
  • Brand Samsung
  • Color Category black
  • Diagonal Size 27 in
  • Native Resolution 2560 x 1440
  • Interface DVI, DisplayPort
  • Weight 15.21 lbs
  • Image Contrast Ratio 1000:1
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