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Samsung SyncMaster S27B970 First Take: Beautiful and thoughtless

The Samsung SyncMaster S27B970 is Samsung's answer to Apple's Thunderbolt Display, but can it match that display's high design quality?

The S27B970 hides a dark, dark secret. Josh Miller/CNET

Thanks to the fine folks over at Samsung, this week I got the chance to check out the Samsung SyncMaster S27B970 in pre-production form.

As you can see from the picture above, the monitor is quite striking in looks and while this is a preproduction model, performance (aside from a few bugs) is also really impressive.

There is one thing that scorches my giblets though. Someone at Samsung (at least for this preproduction model) really didn't consider that a user may want to, I dont know, remove the DisplayPort connection from the monitor without also damaging the cable at the time? I'm being a bit cryptic, but it's best to see it in action for yourself.

For my full first impressions of the SyncMaster S27B970, the First Take is sitting just a click away waiting to inform you of things. Possibly, important things.

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