A Samsung Monitor
Unpacking the Samsung S27C750P revealed two separate units consists of a rectangular metallic silver base stand and the display unit with a permanently attached support pole. Both units are reassuringly weighty giving a solid appearance to the product. Connecting the display to the stand base is straightforward as you slot the two items together and tighten a single screw. Arranged on the rear of the display unit are connection options for mains power, standard D-Sub, 3,5mm jack socket for headphones and two HDMI ports. In order to create a more tidy appearance, any leads can be fed through the bottom of the support pole and attached to the relevant connection.
As mentioned this monitor can be set up in either landscape or portrait mode. This is a simple operation of just turning the screen to either the left or right. However this ability does mean you are unable to adjust the height at which the screen sits. You do have the ability to adjust the tilt of the screen to suit your working environment as you take advantage of the screen’s 178 degree viewing angle.
Normally when I check out a new monitor, I make use of a power lead that is already plugged into a power socket to save me the bother of crawling around under my work desk in search of a vacant power socket. However, with this monitor, despite the power lead having a plug of the correct size, this approach failed to provide power to the monitor. By switching to the power lead supplied with the product I was able to power up the monitor.
It was immediately noticeable that there was something not quite right with the display being delivered to the monitor by my Windows 7 Professional operating system. It took a few seconds before I realised that my task bar was just about peeping out at the bottom of the screen. Allowing the monitor to carry out its own automatic screen set-up routine failed to bring the task bar into a more visible position. Fortunately all that was required was to restart the computer and the task bar reclaimed its rightful position fully visible across the bottom of my desktop.
Samsung has opted for a black lacquered bezel running around the 27-inch screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 @ 60Hz. Personally I would have preferred a matte bezel as I find the mirror effect of the lacquered effect to be distracting plus the finger smears that appear in the right corner. The reason for the positioning of the smears is that this is the area where various controls are located.
Depending upon the current task, these buttons’ functions will vary. They can be used to navigate through menu options and make selections. Using the SAMSUNG MAGIC Bright feature you can customise the contrast and brightness, select from various picture quality levels to suit the current task, apply upscaling, change the image size and HDMI Black Level amongst others. There are also options to change the horizontal and vertical position of the image, configure the red, green and blue tint plus implement features such as Eco mode and a timer setting.
Included in the box is a CD which contains a version of the User Guide in PDF format plus various software items. MagicTune is a utility that allows you to make adjustments to the monitor using the keyboard and mouse rather than the control buttons on the monitor. It also helps deflect my criticism regarding finger smears. As its title implies, the MultiScreen utility allows you to partition the screen into different sections. A third utility, which requires Windows 7 or Windows 8, will rotate the operating system when the screen is rotated. In all cases, a system restart will be required before using these software offerings.
This Samsung monitor delivers a bright clear image which I certainly found appealing. I shall be sad to say goodbye to the unit when Samsung reclaim their property in the near future. Not surprisingly, with the quality of this monitor, you should expect to pay in the region of £320 for this model.
|add to del.icio.us||Digg this review|