Samsung 27inch Panel/TV
The Samsung C24B750X measures 63.5x47x20cm. The base is integrated so cannot be removed, that does however give a nice stylish sweep to it.
The viewable screen is 60x33cm giving the notional diagonal imperial measurement of 27inches, the normal 1920x1080 in PC mode.
My initial tests were conducted using it as a panel as the all important remote control was not in the box, it is a perfectly usable PC monitor with connection being made by VGA or HDMI, it should also be possible to view your Smart Phone or Android tablet on the PC screen via the second HDMI slot on the back of the panel.
If you are viewing from below it has a feature especially designed for such a situation that gives a normal effect the screen would otherwise look somewhat dark. While this works in PC mode in TV use it really shines.
The forty nine key remote allows easy switching between TV and PC this can be done by the touch buttons at the bottom right of the screen but it requires practice to achieve what you want without the odd expletive being used.
The Smart Hub is accessed by the multi coloured cube in the centre of the remote. You can work either with a wired or wireless network to use the multitude of extra services available. From the Hub home screen you have an image of the last TV channel you were watching in the top left corner and a Search area to its right. Other icons on the top line are ITV Player, BBC iPlayer, LoveFilm, BBC Sport and Net Flix. The next line has Samsung Appsd, Your Video, Family Story, Fitness, Kids and Social TV the latter is Facebook Twitter and Google Talk.
The next line is Channel, Guide, Web Browser, Schedule Manager, Source, Rightmove, Berliner Philarmonic, Skype, Teletext Holidays and YouTube. The last line is AllShare Play, Daily Motion, Twitter, Facebook, This Day In History, MUZY.TV, Picture Box, NatGeo Images, Vimeo and Fitness VOD, some require a subscription.
The line of connections at the rear of the unit are all towards the right side with two USB ports on the edge together with an optional module socket. VGA, headphones and HDMI make the top line; under this are USB in, Ethernet, Digital and HDMI. The last line has a SCART, Aerial in and DC input to complete the connections.
In a small lounge it could be a unit to do everything, you will need a keyboard for any serious data entry but nothing else that is not supplied. In an office it can mean you can catch up on TV either live or via IPlayer etc.
Image quality was excellent and for a good part of the time I ran it on a portable aerial – review to follow – in a place where it would be difficult to run a roof/loft aerial to.
My only real failing is with connection to Smartphones via the special HDMI socket these have always been iffy for me, maybe its just the range of units I have tried with various panels and certainly not just this Samsung offering.
If it passes the lounge police then in a flat it can be ideal especially if the HDMI output from smartphones works for you. Certainly a nice unit and the price point from the first link below may make it an even better purchase.
I found the Samsung C27B750X from Amazon for £381.64 including free delivery.
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