Samsung S27B970D Series 9 Monitor Review

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November 15, 2012 | Mark Goldstein | Accessory Reviews |

Introduction

Photographers spend an awful lot of time looking at a screen, so it's important to choose the right monitor. Is the new Samsung S27B970D Series 9 LED display worth the £750 / $1000 asking price? Find out in our Samsung S27B970D review.

The new Samsung Series 9 S27B970D is a premium monitor targeted at photographers and other imaging professionals. The 27-inch-wide monitor has been individually colour calibrated and comes equipped with an advanced PLS panel with a wide viewing angle of 178 degrees and a resolution of 2560x1440 pixels.

In the United States, the Samsung Series 9 S27B970D monitor costs $999.99, and in the UK it retails for £749.99.

Ease of Use

The Samsung S27B970D boasts a stunning design, with a two-tone silver and black colour scheme, rounded base and height adjustable stand.

Note that it can't be placed in a portrait orientation, though, only vertical.

The 27-inch display boasts a WQHD resolution of 2560x1440 pixels, four times the resolution of HD (720p), making it well suited to running multiple programs and windows side-by-side.

Samsung S27B970DFront of the Samsung S27B970D

The Samsung S27B970D's connectivity options are mostly located on the rear of the stand, with ports for power, DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort, and USB from PC, as well as two downstream USB ports positioned on the side.

Samsung S27B970DRear of the Samsung S27B970D

Samsung S27B970DSamsung S27B970D connectivity

Samsung S27B970DSide of the Samsung S27B970D

As you can see in the photo below, the Samsung S27B970D has a very glossy display, so much so that our overhead office lights and other reflections proved a little distracting during longer periods of working with the monitor. If you're not a fan of glossy monitors, then the Samsung S27B970D won't do anything to convince you otherwise.

Samsung S27B970DThe Samsung S27B970D is very reflective!

Samsung S27B970DFront of the Samsung S27B970D, stand raised to full height

Samsung S27B970DRear of the Samsung S27B970D

Samsung S27B970DRear of the Samsung S27B970D

Samsung S27B970DSamsung S27B970D connectivity options

Samsung S27B970DSamsung S27B970D connectivity, including two USB ports on the left

On the front bezel of the bottom of the height-adjustable stand are an array of soft buttons for controlling the monitor's configuration, which glow white when in use and fade away when idle. There's an Enter button, a Menu button, and up and down navigation buttons that double as volume and preset shortcut buttons, plus a power in the bottom-middle. They are a little on the small side and more difficult to use than most other monitors, especially when the stand is lowered right down.

Samsung S27B970DFront control panel of the Samsung S27B970D

There are five different monitor presets - Standard, High Bright, Cinema, sRGB, and Calibration - plus Brightness, Contrast, and Sharpness controls and Red, Green, and Blue adjustment options. You can also adjust the response time, gamma, and choose from 13 different color temperature settings.

Samsung S27B970DFront of the Samsung S27B970D, Windows Vista

Samsung S27B970DFront of the Samsung S27B970D, displaying everyone's favoruite website!

We calibrated the Samsung S27B970D with the Datacolor Spyder4 Elite, a mid-range device that we've previously reviewed here. The before and after results showed very little difference, which indicates that the factory calibration is accurate and the built-in Natural Colour Expert software works well. The Spyder4 Elite results also confirmed that the Samsung S27B970D 99% of the sRGB colour gamut, 77% of AdobeRGB and 72% of NTSC, making it well suited to life as a photographer's monitor.

Samsung S27B970DCalibrating the Samsung S27B970D with the Spyder4 Elite

Samsung S27B970DCalibrating the Samsung S27B970D with the Spyder4 Elite

Samsung S27B970DThe Samsung S27B970D displays 99% of sRGB

Samsung S27B970DThe Samsung S27B970D displays 72% of NTSC

Samsung S27B970DThe Samsung S27B970D displays 77% of AdobeRGB

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#1 Kenneth

What about another cheaper better performer:

100% sRGB
96% AdobeRGB

versus

99% sRGB
77% AdobeRGB

Dell Ultrasharp U2711

Same price, better specs.

http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=us&cs=04&l=en&s=bsd&sku=224-8284&redirect=1

7:25 pm - Thursday, November 15, 2012

#2 Hans Benndorf

GLOSSY SCREEN FOR PHOTOGRAPHY? HIGH END MONITOR? WHO IS KDDING WHO??

11:37 am - Friday, November 16, 2012

#3 Rayson Ho - Scalable Grid Engine

Thanks for the review! I was looking for a new monitor, but I didn’t know that the S27B970D is a glossy monitor until I read this review.

As I spend most of my time on coding, and not as much on photography, I think I will find another Samsung or ASUS large (greater than 24”) matte monitor.

Rayson

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http://blogs.scalablelogic.com/2012/11/running-10000-node-grid-engine-cluster.html

6:29 pm - Sunday, December 30, 2012