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Today I am reviewing Samsung's answer to the competition, the SA850 (S27A850D). Not only does it support 2560x1440, it also has a couple advantages over the other options you might be considering. The first is the utilization of Samsung's new PLS Matrix (Plane to Line Switching) technology which promises better colour reproduction and much better viewing angles over the standard LCD technology used today. Add in an integrated USB 3.0 hub, carry handle and the old school ability to rotate the screen 90 degrees to take advantage of some portrait viewing, and you have quite a complete package.

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I like it!

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Edited by _GTech - 2/17/12 at 6:34am
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Review looks good, however the monitor you link doesn't seem to be the same one. When I google the monitor from the review I get results for upwards of $400
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You are correct, I revised my original post, thanks...


Even for $400, that's one very nice monitor, it may come down in price though, *crosses fingers*!
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I'm still waiting on a less subjective review from TFTcentral.co.uk or Prad.de. This review doesn't really have a baseline for comparison other than his experience with some other un-named monitors. The poor backlight uniformity has me worried though.
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You are correct, I revised my original post, thanks...


Even for $400, that's one very nice monitor, it may come down in price though, *crosses fingers*!


You wish is $400. The 1080p at 27" is already at $600. This monitor will price near $850-1000.

 

I bought my ACD for $990 and the Dell U2711 hover around $750-900.

 
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You wish is $400. The 1080p at 27" is already at $600. This monitor will price near $850-1000.

I bought my ACD for $990 and the Dell U2711 hover around $750-900.
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You are correct, I revised my original post, thanks...
Even for $400, that's one very nice monitor, it may come down in price though, *crosses fingers*!

A quick search reveals this monitor to be in the $850-900 range. This monitor is supposed to be a direct competitor to the H-IPS monitors in this market segment. I don't expect the price to drop anytime soon considering this is an in-house panel and R&D costs need to be covered.
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This thing is for sale for 799.99 on sale at a local shop. I wouldn't spend that much on a monitor. Better to use that money to buy a really good 24"(16:10) panel and upgrade something else in your system.
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I use this monitor and I love it. I tried the Dell u3011 and hated it because the antiglare coating is easily 3x thicker than what practically every other monitor on the market uses - it is so thick that it makes anything with a white background appear "grainy". In short, most of the 2011 model IPS panels use the same LG screen with horribly thick antiglare coating -- I like antiglare coating however these panels use *too much*. The samsung in this review uses a light coating, which is what most monitors use.

Anyway long story short the S27A850D has a better image than the u2711/3011 with the same IPS/PLS quality, great viewing angles/colors. Very happy with it. Only downside was the price, which was about 850$.

To anyone mentioning price, yes it is steep however it is a 2560 resolution monitor using a similar technology to IPS that produces better viewing angles and more accurate color reproduction - so it isn't cheap. It is intended for the professional market. That said, it is perfect for anyone sporting 1000$+ in GPU's, I still don't understand why one would spend 600$+ on a GPU yet pair it with a cheap trashy 400$ TN panel? High end GPU's should really be paired with good monitors thumb.gif
Edited by xoleras - 2/17/12 at 7:51am
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I'm still waiting on a less subjective review from TFTcentral.co.uk or Prad.de. This review doesn't really have a baseline for comparison other than his experience with some other un-named monitors. The poor backlight uniformity has me worried though.

I haven't had any issues with backlight bleed, however one thing I should mention is that all edgelit CCFL IPS panels have something called "IPS" glow, and various vendors do different things to combat it. LG has used a super thick AG coating to hide it somewhat, but the downside is that anything with a white background has relatively poor image quality (it will appear "grainy" on white backgrounds) Anyway long story short, the unit I received had no backlight bleeding issues. As with *any* 700$+ monitor though, be sure to buy from a place with a good return policy - all monitors can suffer from slight defects due to shipping.
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I just bought 3 of the 24" models. I must say it is an amazing monitor. The colour and image quality is just incredible.
I ran some online monitor calibration tests, and found everything was perfect out of the box. Absolutely no tweaking was necessary for the best picture. I ran the same tests on several other older monitors, and did not get anywhere near such good results.
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