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

By Riyad Emeran



  • Recommended by TR
Samsung SyncMaster 305T 30in Monitor


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At the rear there’s a single dual-link DVI port, so you’ll need a dual link equipped graphics card to drive this screen. Thankfully that shouldn’t be too much of an issue, since both ATI and nVidia have been shipping dual-link cards for at least a year and a half. There’s also a four-port USB 2.0 hub built-in, which is particularly useful for connecting up your phone, MP3 player, or any other USB device, without having to rummage around behind your PC.

When it comes to pricing, Samsung has been pretty aggressive with the 305T. A quick look around online revealed a price of £999 including VAT - this compares favourably with Dell’s 30in 3007WFP-HC, which comes in at around £970 including VAT. That said, the Dell isn’t as bright as the Samsung at 300 cd/m2 compared to 400 cd/m2. The Dell also can’t quite match the Samsung’s response time, at 8ms compared to 6ms – not that I put a massive amount of stock in mega-low response times anyway.

Ultimately, you either need a 30in 2,560 x 1,600 monitor on your desk or you don’t. But even if you don’t need this screen, it’s not going to stop you wanting it, and if you happen to have a grand burning a hole in your pocket, the SyncMaster 305T will definitely improve your PC experience.


Samsung has built a strong reputation for itself when it comes to widescreen monitors, from the superb 215TW and 226BW, to the equally impressive 244T. Now the Korean giant has topped an already impressive range with the SyncMaster 305T.

If you think that a 30in screen is too large for a desktop display, think again. Once you get used to having this much desktop real estate, along with bright and vibrant colours and crystal clear image quality, you’ll never want to use another screen again – I know that I don’t want to!

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  • Value 9
  • Image Quality 10


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


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.


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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