Samsung S27B970 WQHD LED Monitor

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This monitor uses a new technology called Super PLS (Plane to Line Switching), Samsung's twist on the IPS panel technology mostly produced by LG, said to offer geat viewing angles and good color gamut. The 970 offers a substantial jump in resolution for the current 1920 x 1080 defacto standard for 24" monitors. This is the same 2560 x 1440 WQHD resolution as the Apple Thunderbolt 27" and other high end 27" displays from NEC, Dell, ASUS, and HP. Samsung has at least one other WQHD on offer, another 27" LED monitor model S27A850D with a somewhat different mix of features.

The factory pre-calibration is unusual in a consumer monitor, but not unique for professional monitors. Samsung provides a data sheet with the calibration data unique to each monitor. To extract maximum marketing value, Samsung has even created an official video of the SB970 calibration process. (Link to YouTube video)

The S27B970D comes in quite a large carton for a flat panel monitor, partly because it comes fully assembled.

Accessories box includes three video input connectors, a USB hub cable, a 65W 14V AC/DC adapter of class "V" efficiency and individual factory calibration test report for this sample.

The S27B970D in my living room, reflecting the couch. The base looks like aluminum, the perimeter of the main screen frame is aluminum, and the glass surface extend outs to the very edge, like an infinity pool.

The integral stand allows 10cm vertical up/down sliding adjustment on the post, and tilts -2° ~ 13°. The back panel feels like anodized brushed aluminum, right down to the tactile feel of fine grooves similar to that caused by the brushing process, but I suspect it is a clever plastic facimile. This is probably true of the metallic-looking surface of the circular base. Perhaps only the silver portion of the vertical post is really metal.

The main I/O panel is on the back of the base: A USB 2.0 hub jack, DisplayPort, DVI, HDMI, and DC power in. On the right side are two USB 2.0 ports.

This top-down shot shows off the sleek thin screen.

The touch sensitive on-screen menu buttons are above the main power button on the curved portion of the rear post where it meets the circular base. They light up when the PC is powered up or brought out of sleep, and fade to black when not used... until you touch any of them. Very nice.

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