If 12 months ago there was a clamour for every monitor manufacturer to join the 20 inch market by Q4 2006 the same can be said of the 30in market. So alongside Dell, Apple and soon BenQ you can now add Samsung.
The 305T is the latest addition to a range we already rate highly at TrustedReviews HQ and it should make a worthy flagship with a native 2560 x 1600 resolution and zippy 6ms grey-to-grey response time.
Elsewhere the 400cd/m2 brightness doesn’t really break any new ground but the 1000:1 contract ratio is impressive as is the wide 178 degree viewing angle while the near pre-requisite integrated USB hub always comes in useful. Less impressive is the fact that the 305T doesn’t have an HDMI port (unlike the imminent BenQ) though you do get dual DVIs instead which is a work around but not really ideal with Vista on the horizon (no pun intended).
A US RRP of $1,999 dollars isn’t doing the 305T any favours either making the Yankie price significantly more than Dell’s 3007WFP and inline with Apple’s stylish, if premium, 30in Cinema display. We have yet to see the European mark up.
We loved Samsung’s 244T, even dishing out a rare Editor’s Choice Award, but from the spec sheet the 305T may have its work cut out against the bigger boys.