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Brand new ($900) Samsung S27A850D 27" ... is this backlight bleed normal?

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Is this normal or should I exchange it for another one? I bought it local so not hard to swap at MicroCenter.

I'm just curious if this level of backlight bleed is normal for a monitor like this as I'd hate to swap it and then get one that's even worse and then have to swap it again. LOL ...

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Otherwise, the monitor looks freakishly good. Spectacular, in fact ... but in movies or any other times when (mostly) the bottom area is all black, that one little bit at the bottom left really bugs the hell out of me.

Seems at nearly a 1000 dollars, I'd be justified in raising cain until I got a monitor that's perfect but not too sure how the backlight issues with these are in general. It's a PLS panel (Samsung's answer to IPS) and it's definitely not the typical PLS/IPS glow that is natural to the whole screen.

I know my 200 dollar 22.5" Samsung cheapo panel has *zero* backlight and so I'm a bit agitated.

Any comments would be appreciated ...

.joel
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I don't think that's normal. I have the exact same monitor I use for my home server/storage build in my basement and I don't notice nearly as much backlight bleeding as your photo shows. It might just be the lighting in my basement or the lighting in your photo but mine looks pretty normal. I'd definitely exchange/return it if I were you though.
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That would bother the heck out of me, especially for $1000ish price tag. Even if the monitor was $200, it would still bother me.

I'd keep trying to get a good one until your happy. Hopefully you bought it locally so the exchange process is painless.
    
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Thanks for the replies . .. I'm returning the monitor today.

And strangely, I think I'm going to just stick with my 200 dollar 23.5" Samsung...

Backlight bleed notwithstanding...for the life of me, I just couldn't get used to the retina seering brightness of that LED PLS (basically, IPS) panel. No matter what brightness level I had it at, it still hurt my eyes for some reason. Also, the overall white haze/glow that seems inherent to IPS displays was bothersome...

Putting my current/previous monitor back on my desk was physically a genuine relief to my eyes. It's a non LED, TN panel,, a Syncmaster P2350. Come to think of it, seems I remember using a previous LED panel and found it bothersome as well in regards to uncomfortable brightness at any setting. I think I might just be a LCD guy or something ...

Anyway, for what it's worth...I'm going to also try the Dell U2711 today when I return/swap the Samsung as it's an LCD panel and might offer a bit of relief.

Do any of you know of any non-IPS, 2560 x 1440 monitors? Seems they might be cheaper and easier on (at least my) the eyes to boot.

Thanks again for the comments...
    
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So I took the Samsung 27" PLS monitor back and exchanged it for a new one today ...

And, believe it or not ... this one has a panel that is 100% bleed free.

Overall, the entire thing looks better, too ... contrast, colors, everything. I honestly think the previous one was properly defective or something...

But the absolute lack of *any* backlight bleed is enough to sell me on it now that I've discovered the ECO function which all but eliminates the retina searing brightness.

Dang pimpin' monitor if you can get one with a good panel.

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