Samsung S27B970 WQHD LED Monitor

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Samsung S27B970D 27" LED Monitor
Series 9 LED Monitor S27B970D
Street Price

When monitors were last reviewed at SPCR several years ago, we noted that they generally make very little noise, which is why we tend not to cover them often. The incidence of electronic whine at less than 100% brightness remains an audible problem with at least some LCD monitors; this has been a topic of ongoing forum discussion for years, but there is less concern in the tech community at large. Of course, that last comment extends to virtually everything related to noise and computers: SPCR has always attracted the most noise-sensitive folks.

Samsung markets most of its monitors to the consumer and office market, offering a wide array of models at many price points. They have also made professional image processing models for quite some time. The SyncMaster XL20 reviewed here five years ago fell into that category. It was Samsung first LED display, remarkably accurate with a very wide color gamut. It is still in the Samsung catalog, although no one other than an imaging pro would be interested, given its modest 20" size and 1680 x 1200 resolution, austere style, and dearth of connectivity.

The Samsung Series 9 LED Monitor S27B970D is a different animal. It offers 2560x1440 Wide Quad HD resolution, PLS (Plane to Line Switching) LED screen (an IPS derivative), individual precalibration at the factory, built-in color calbration engine, 100% sRGB color gamut, and a fully adjustable integated stand. Stylistically, it's also one of the most stunning monitors around.

The 27" Series 9 at around $1,000 market price, is under the price range of monitors for image professionals dominated by NEC and EIZO, but it is meant to appeal to a much broader consumer audience, like that targeted by the $999 Apple Thunderbolt 27" display.

The photo below is a vanity shot from Samsung. It's hard to take photos of monitors with all their shiny reflective surfaces unless you have a serious photo studio... or want to spend lots of time in Photoshop.

The Series 9 model S27B970D looks like a modern classic.

Samsung Series 9 27" LED Monitor Specifications
Panel Size
Aspect Ratio
2560 x 1440 (Wide Quad-HD)
285 cd/m² (High Bright ) or 220 cd/m² (Standard )
Contrast Ratio
Mega 8 DCR (Static 1000 : 1) on High Bright / Cinema Mode
View Angle
178° / 178°
Response Time
5 ms (GTG)
Panel Type
53W typical, 63W max, 0.5W sleep
HDMI (1.4 Ver) x 1
Dual Link DVI x 1
DisplayPort (v1.1) x 1
Speaker 7W x 2 ch
USB Hub (v2.0 - 1 Up, 2 Down)
Energy Star 5.0, TCO 5.0, Environment Mark
-2° back, +13° front (measured)
Verticle Lift
100 mm
VESA Mount
In the Box
65W AC/DC Adapter
DisplayPort cable
MHL cable (HDMI to micro 5pin)
DVI-Dual-Link cable
USB 2.0 Cable
Install CD
Quick Setup Guide
Natural Color Expert Data Sheet
Dimensions (WxDxH)
645 x 467-567 x 247 mm w/ Stand
645 x 402 x 23.2(29.2) mm w/o Stand
7.9 kg w/ Stand
5.7 kg w/o Stand
10.7 kg Package

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