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Samsung S27A850
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Samsung S27A850 PC Monitor

CNET.com Editor's Choice Trusted Reviews Recommended Expert Reviews Ultimate pcauthority.com.au Recommended uk.hardware.info Silver
27" Mega Contrast LED 642.5mm Oct 2012
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We re very impressed by the detail and image performance of the new PLS panel, the screen's ecology features and the design of the anti-glare finish The Samsung SA850 Monitor showcases an... More
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Samsung S27A850D Review Part 1
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13 Reasons For

Twelve Industry Awards

This PC display has received twelve awards from flatpanel monitor experts.

This PC screen was given a "Recommended" award by Trusted Reviews, Pcauthority.com.au, Modsynergy.com, Dreamwarecomputers.com and Alphr.com all of whom concluded that this Samsung PC screen was good.

Three other expert review sites all decided that this medium monitor was great. Bcchardware.com and Uk.hardware.info both gave this PC display a "Silver" award and Hardware.info gave it a "Silver Award".

The reviewers at CNET.com and CNET.com.au both said that this Samsung PC screen was outstanding and gave it their "Editor's Choice" award.

The writers at two other expert review sites both thought that this PC screen was good. Expert Reviews gave this LCD screen an "Ultimate" award and Extrahardware.cz gave it a "Smart Buy" award.

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Good Expert Reviews

Based on twelve expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, Trusted Reviews, Expert Reviews and Techradar this medium monitor has an average expert rating of 85%. This puts this flatpanel monitor in the top 20% of all the PC screens of this spec and age when ranked by average expert review score.

Mega Contrast Dynamic Contrast Ratio Marketing Name

The dynamic contrast ratio marketing name of this PC display is Mega Contrast, which is typical of many flatpanel monitors of a similar age and type to it.

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Samsung PC Monitors Have Good Reviews

Samsung medium monitors have good reviews on average and across all flatpanel monitors Samsung is one of the better rated manufacturers.

LED Display Type

This LCD screen has an LED display type, which is typical of many flatpanel monitors of a comparable type and age to it.

We compared all the other PC displays that have an LED Display to this PC display and we think because of it's better review score, the AOC I2757F[plb_1402268_price] is also worth considering.

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Fairly Wide Vertical Viewing Angle

The narrowest vertical viewing angle of flatpanel monitors of a comparable spec and age to the S27A850 is 50°, the widest is 180°, and the average vertical viewing angle is 170°. With a vertical viewing angle of 178 degrees, the S27A850 has a fairly wide vertical viewing angle compared to most of the other flatpanel monitors of this spec and age.

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Two DVI-D Ports

The Samsung S27A850 is a two DVI-D port PC screen. Most of the other similar spec flatpanel monitors that were released more than two years ago have between 1 and 10 DVI-D ports.

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Quite High Maximum Height Adjustment

The maximum height adjustments of PC monitors of a comparable age and spec to the S27A850 range from 13mm to 850mm, and the average maximum height adjustment is 130mm. With a maximum height adjustment of 150 millimeters, the S27A850 has one of the higher maximum height adjustments amongst comparable spec LCD screens of this age.

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2560 X 1600 (WQXGA) Graphics Resolution

The highest resolution of the S27A850 is 2560 x 1600 (WQXGA). That's 98% more resolution than the most frequently found graphics resolution of 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080). Across all medium monitors that have been around for around the same time as the S27A850 the worst resolution is 640 x 350 and the best is 3840 x 2160.

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Fairly Big Display Diagonal

The Samsung S27A850 has a fairly big display diagonal (68.6 centimeters) compared to most of the other flatpanel monitors of a comparable spec and age to the S27A850. Across all the medium monitors that have been around for around the same time as the S27A850 the screen sizes range from 50cm to 770cm, and the average display diagonal is 66cm.

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Fairly Bright Display Brightness

Across all the PC screens of this age and spec the display brightness range from 30 cd/m² to 1,700 cd/m². At 300 candellas per square meter, the S27A850 has a fairly bright display brightness compared to most of the other LCD screens that have been around for around the same time as the S27A850.

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Supports One Placement

The Samsung S27A850 has a greater number of placements than most medium monitors that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This Samsung PC monitor supports a Horizontal placement, which is the most frequently supported placement supported by medium monitors that have been around for more than two years.

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Very Shallow

With a depth of only 40.5 millimeters, the S27A850 is one of the shallower medium monitors that are a similar age to the S27A850 amongst medium monitors of this age. The depths of LCD screens of a similar type and age to the S27A850 range from 6.1mm to 810mm, and the average depth is 110mm.

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Only One USB Type-A Downstream Port

The S27A850 is a one USB Type-A downstream port flatpanel monitor. Most of the other PC displays that have been around for around the same time as the S27A850 have between one and five USB Type-A downstream ports.

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Only Mega Contrast Dynamic Contrast Ratio

This PC screen has a Mega Contrast dynamic contrast ratio, which is the most commonly found dynamic contrast ratio on PC monitors of this type and age.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Speaker

Most PC displays of this spec and age do not have a built-in speaker. The Samsung S27A850 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in speaker.

We think you might also be interested in other LCD screens which also have a built-in speaker including the iiyama XB2483HSU[plb_1611035_price] which is also higher rated.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most PC monitors of this age and type are not 3D compatible. The S27A850 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

If you would prefer a flatpanel monitor that is 3D compatible then you might want to consider the Asus VG23AH[plb_1411330_price].

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Does Not Have a Built-In Camera

Most medium monitors that have been available for more than two years do not have a built-in camera. The S27A850 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in camera.

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Does Not Have an Integrated Card Reader

Like most of the other LCD screens of this age and spec, the Samsung S27A850 does not have an integrated card reader.

We think you might also be interested in other LCD screens which also have an integrated card reader including the DELL U2413[plb_1565290_price], or the Asus PA279[plb_1588541_price] which is also higher rated.

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Only HD HD Type

This LCD screen has a Full HD HD type, which is typical of many medium monitors that are a comparable age to it.

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Only One USB 2.0 Port

Most medium monitors that have been around for more than two years have between one and five USB 2.0 ports, including the S27A850 which has one USB 2.0 port.

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Only Has One Cable Included

The number of cables included found on the S27A850 is more than most PC monitors of a similar age and type to it. The most commonly found cable included is AC, but this cable included is not found on this PC display. The cables included DisplayPort are also found on this LCD screen.

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Heavy

The average weight of medium monitors that have been on the market for a similar time to the S27A850 is 4.9kg, and the weights range from 3g to 39kg. At 6.6 kilograms, the S27A850 is fairly heavy compared to most of the other flatpanel monitors that were released more than two years ago.

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1 Other reason to consider the Samsung S27A850

Released Over Four Years Ago

Samsung released the S27A850 over four years ago.

Specification

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12 Awards

CNET.com Editor's Choice Trusted Reviews Recommended Expert Reviews Ultimate pcauthority.com.au Recommended uk.hardware.info Silver Bcchardware.com Silver modsynergy.com Recommended CNET.com.au Editor's Choice dreamwarecomputers.com Recommended alphr.com Recommended hardware.info Silver Award extrahardware.cz Smart Buy

Expert Reviews

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19 August 2013

Most IT product categories tend to evolve rapidly, but developments in computer monitors have been decidedly slower. Although larger screens are slowly becoming more affordable, the most common... Read more…

19 April 2012

Pcauthority.com.au

The SyncMaster S27A850D is the first of a new breed, and marks the début of Samsung's Plane to Line Switching, or PLS, panel technology. The physical differences are evident from the off. Where... Read more…

5 April 2012

There is probably a lot more we could cover with the S27A850 LCD from Samsung - such as USB 3.0 port speed and such. In the end, if you're buying this 2560x1440 panel, you are probably buying it...

Bcchardware.com

16 March 2012

Samsung's S27A850D ? and the 24-inch S24A850D ? monitor offers a slim design with the classic black matte bezel used on most professional monitors. The picture settings options are adequate for...

16 January 2012

We have a habit of relentlessly banging the TN-vs-the-rest drum. But we do it because we care. Both about technology and your very fine elves. Sorry, selves. Samsung's all-new S27A850D has us at... Read more…

16 January 2012

We have a habit of relentlessly banging the TN-vs-the-rest drum. But we do it because we care. Both about technology and your very fine elves. Sorry, selves.Samsung's all-new S27A850D has us at... Read more…

10 January 2012

The S27A850D's adjustable stand, USB3 hub and 2,560x1,440 resolution are all very good, but it's the new PLS panel, with its amazing contrast and colours, that steals the show...

Expert Reviews

15 November 2011

Modsynergy.com

Turning on the S27A850D is very quick. From the time you turn on the monitor to when it displays the image source on screen takes only two seconds, which is the fastest I?ve experienced so far on... Read more…

29 October 2011

The Samsung SyncMaster S27A850D is a well-designed, stylish, professional monitor with great options and performance...

CNET.com.au

Dreamwarecomputers.com

27 October 2011

Dreamwarecomputers.com

Today I have a goliath sized monitor here to try out - the Samsung SA850 isn't only large in terms of it's 27" screen size, but it also has an incredibly high 2560x1440 resolution (higher than... Read more…

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Electricity cost when switched on $63.42
Electricity cost when on standby $2.36
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Total running cost over 5 years $65.78
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Running this PC monitor over 5 years will generate 0.42 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
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To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 11 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers s27a850, s27a850t, s27a850d, samsung w3, sms27a850d, samsung w3y, ls27a850dsen, samsung w3yr, samsung s27a850, samsung s27a850d, samsung ls27a850, samsung 2560x1440, samsung ls27a850d, samsung ls27a850ds, samsung ls27a850dsr
Barcodes 00115970724839, 00320127533886, 00637282926843, 00646543011013, 00729507817149, 00729507818740, 00778889430101, 00887810001096, 07295078187408, 08806071354491, 08806085251366

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