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Samsung SyncMaster 305T 30in Monitor review

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Samsung SyncMaster 305T 30in Monitor

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9

About two years ago I looked at the 30in Apple Cinema Display and was amazed at how useful a 2,560 x 1,600 desktop display could be. At the time there wasn’t a competing product available, and the price of the panel was over £2,000. Since then, other manufacturers have got in on the 30in display act, with Dell making the biggest splash and also helping bring the price down. Now Samsung has entered the market with the SyncMaster 305T and as is usually the case with Samsung these days, it has got pretty much everything right.

The SyncMaster 305T looks surprisingly sleek for such a large screen. Since having this display on my desk, I’ve become somewhat desensitised to its size, and now it doesn’t seem in any way large. In fact, I’ve gone as far as to put a 21in 1,600 x 1,200 screen next to it in portrait mode, in order to make my desktop space even bigger. At only 20mm, the bezel surrounding the panel is pretty slim for a screen this size, while the matt black finish gives it a suitably stealthy look. The bezel has also been kept quite clean, with a single Samsung logo at the bottom in the centre, and the model name at the top left.

At the bottom right are the power button and brightness controls, and these are the only controls you’ll find on the monitor. There’s no OSD and no controls over colour, contrast or anything else. The 30in Apple Cinema Display was completely void of adjustment options too, as is the Dell 30in screen. This isn’t as big a handicap as you may first think though, since pretty much all graphics card drivers will let you adjust the colours, gamma curve, contrast and just about anything else that you may want to tweak.

Even without tweaking the settings using the graphics card driver, the 305T turns in a stunning performance when it comes to image quality. For heavy Photoshop work this screen is the perfect companion. Not only does it provide you with copious amounts of canvas space to view very large images, but the images are reproduced with unprecedented sharpness.

Loading up a batch of high-quality 8-megapixel images, taken with a Canon EOS 1D MkII and L-Series glass, the 305T performed flawlessly. This screen manages to pull every ounce of detail out of low-light areas of an image, but not at the expense of vibrancy or even black levels. In fact for anyone that does a lot of high resolution image editing, the 305T will be a godsend, not just from an image quality standpoint, but also when it comes to productivity – as anyone who uses Photoshop will tell you, the more of a high resolution image you can fit on the screen, the easier it is to edit.

dan-uk

December 13, 2008, 6:52 pm

Well, with the HP HP LP3065 being listed as discontinued on the HP website and the NEC being just that bit too much extra for me to justify, it looks like the samsung is the one for me. Thanks again for the great review

Anatoly

April 25, 2009, 12:00 am

Recently I have bought Samsung 305T plus.


Monitor has quite not bad quality. Angles of view are very good.


Colors are the best, I don't see so called wide gamut issue, on the contrary, colors are pleasant and vivid, but in my opinion there are no reasons to be worried.


Angles are practically the same as S-IPS models have.


Color shifting is just a little more than S-IPS/H-IPS panels have.


Actually monitor is practically suitable for Photoshop and similar color critical applications except fine operations at deep shadows.


There is widespread opinion that S-PVA must not be used for color critical applications, but now I see it's not absolute true. And it's good news for last generations S-PVA panels.


Uniformity of screen light is very nice too.


Build quality is the best. There are no clickings, noises and any sounds


There is just one really non-perfect thing - there is so called the sparkling effect. Usually this disadvantage have S-IPS panels, the effect is known as the silk screen effect, the crystalline effect etc.


Usually it's clear visible at big white homogeneous surface.


This disadvantage is real essential thing for people who has sensitive eyes.


It's not a problem for applications where are not many white surface, but it's unpleasant fact when we're working with some diagrams where are lines with continuous white background. To be honest the sparkling effect is almost not visible already when your eyes are more than 15-20" from screen.

TheJr

October 27, 2009, 7:29 pm

I own two of these bad boys... When I first heard of 30" displays it was my dream to have one... When that day finally came I went all out and said why not two? I know to some it might seem overkill, but most of my pc's have dual display's ( or more... )


Once you get used to it you need two or more.





No regrets what so ever... For those thinking that 1080 scales perfectly it doesn't. If you're a stickler for quality like me you will notice the pixels. But I've goten used to watching show's at their native rez in window mode, acutally since I've had two of these beasts I've gotten used to watching multiple videos at the same time.





Cheer's & enjoy!

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