Samsung SyncMaster 305T 30in Monitor - Samsung SyncMaster 305T

By Riyad Emeran

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Samsung SyncMaster 305T 30in Monitor

Summary

Our Score:

9

Throwing DisplayMate at the 305T did nothing to diminish my high opinion of this monitor. I’ve seen very few displays that have put in a better performance than this one. Both colour and greyscale gradations were smooth as silk, while the Colour Bars test showed no signs of compression at the high intensity end, but still managed a completely uniform tail off at the low intensity end. But where the 305T really excelled was in the Scaled Fonts test, where even 6.8 point text was clearly readable, with every letter perfectly formed and every curve smooth and well resolved.

Video is also surprisingly good on the 305T, considering that there’s a massive amount of scaling going on. Even 1080p high definition content comes nowhere near the native resolution of this screen, so the fact that video still looks pretty damn impressive is testament to the electronics driving this huge panel.

There’s also very little in the way of motion smearing in evidence when watching video. This is testament to the quoted 6ms grey-to-grey response time, which is quite low for a screen of this size. Also impressive is the 1000:1 contrast ratio, which is well above the average LCD monitor and higher than some LCD high definition TVs. Of course the latest generation of LCD TVs have started quoting dynamic contrast ratios, due to the use of dynamic backlight technology, but it’s worth remembering that this is primarily a data monitor, not a video display.

But even general Windows work on the 305T is an absolute joy. You can just have so many windows open concurrently, without needing to overlap everything. If, like me, you constantly have loads of active windows on your desktop, a screen with this kind of resolution gives productivity a real boost, and doesn’t leave you wishing that you were working on a Mac with its Exposé function.

When I reviewed the Apple 30in Cinema Display I complained about the total lack of adjustment, with the screen sitting too high for comfortable viewing. Thankfully Samsung has equipped the 305T with height adjustment, allowing me to drop the panel as low as it will go in order to achieve a pretty much perfect viewing angle. There’s also a pivot-pad built into the stand, so the screen will pan left and right with minimum effort. The panel will also tilt forwards and backwards, again helping the end user to achieve that all important ideal viewing angle.

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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