Samsung S27C750P

Score

Pros

  • Stylish design
  • Pivtoing stand
  • Anti-glare finish

Cons

  • No DisplayPort
  • Slight backlight leak

Key Features

  • Review Price: £299.00
  • 27-inch screen
  • 1,920 x 1,080 resolution
  • WVA panel
  • Two HDMI, one VGA
  • 90 degree pivot

It used to be that buying a decent monitor meant spending

a small fortune, but that’s not the case anymore. We regularly see large, high quality

monitors for less than £300. The Samsung S27C750P, an exceedingly smart 27-inch

monitor with a pivot stand, is at the top end of this price bracket – does it

do enough to justify the price tag?

Samsung S27C750P –

Design

If you care as much about the appearance of your monitor

as its actual quality, the Samsung SC750 is the monitor for you. Its minimalist stand

and case is refined and classy – it wouldn’t look out of place in a swanky

London office. A segment at the back snaps off to create a neat cable tidy

compartment – it’s fiddly to use but you’ll only use it once.

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It’s not just style over substance, either, as the

monitor pivots so you can use it in portrait mode. The action is smooth and

resistance-free and the cable tidy is smartly positioned so the cables don’t

impede switching from landscape to portrait and back.

There’s no height adjustment, but the Samsung S27C750P is

large enough that it sits at a comfortable height by default.

Samsung S27C750P –

Setup

It doesn’t come pre-assembled, but attaching the base to

the main stem of the monitor is easy enough. More important, the Samsung

S27C750P comes out of box well-calibrated – a little tweaking of contrast and

brightness is worthwhile and setting the HDMI Black Level to ‘Normal’ is a

must, but you won’t waste a lot of time tweaking unless you’re that way inclined.

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If you do want to tweak, the controls and OSD are good

enough but a little fiddly as the menu system is cramped entirely into the bottom

corner. We love the fact it auto seeks for the active input, however, as this

saves a lot of tedious button prodding.

Samsung S27C750P –

Connectivity

 It’s tempting to criticise the connectivity on the SC750

as it only has two HDMI ports and a VGA port. But for most people this is ample

– it’s enough for a PC and a games console, for example. Most MacBook owners

will yearn after a DisplayPort input, but the SC750 is no worse than rivals in

the connectivity stakes.

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There are no speakers (no great loss), but there is a

headphone jack so you can pipe the audio from an HDMI connection out to some

speakers or headphones.

Samsung S27C750P –

Image Quality

There’s little to fault in the monitor’s image quality. Colours are

rich, blacks deep and clean, and the SC750 resolves plenty of detail in subtly

lit scenes and photos. Whether you’re watching an HD film, viewing and editing

photos or playing games, you’ll be delighted by the vibrancy and high contrast

pictures. We also like the fact it has an anti-glare, rather than reflective

glass, finish. Glass finishes can make videos and games look better, but to our

minds the trade-off isn’t worth it.

The backlight is, by and large, even, though there is

some backlight clouding around the bottom two corners. This means you’ll notice

slightly brighter segments, particularly when watching videos with black bars.

It’s not a big issue, but pickier buyers – especially those after the utmost in

accuracy – should be wary.

The only other concern is, like most LCD screens, slow panning shots betray the usual, slightly jerky tearing motion typical

of this screen technology. Top-end TVs alleviate this with lots of expensive

processing chips, but the Samsung SC750 lacks such niceties.

Best Samsung

S27C750P alternatives

The biggest problem with the SC750 is simply the

alternatives available to it. For example, anyone who just wants the biggest,

highest resolution monitor at their budget will find a smattering a stonking

deals on 2,560 x 1,440 resolution monitors for only £60 or £70 more. The SC750’s

1,920 x 1,080 resolution, meanwhile, feels a little restrictive on such a large

screen. If we were making the choice, we’d be sorely tempted to spend a little

more.

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If you’d rather save £50 or so then the AOC d2757Ph is another

tempting alternative. It’s the same size and resolution as the Samsung S27C750P

and matches it for picture quality – it even supports 3D, limited though its

appeal may be. There’s little to choose between them, but we’d favour the

anti-glare finish of the SC750 if forced to choose. The AOC doesn’t pivot,

either, a niche but useful feature.

Verdict

It’s not an open and shut case, but the Samsung S27C750P monitor

just about earns our recommendation mainly on the strength of its anti-glare

finish and outstanding design. There’s better value to be found elsewhere, but

this is a very good monitor for the discerning shopper.

Score

Score in detail

  • Image Quality 8
  • Design 10
  • Value 7
  • Features 8

Specs

Screen Size (inches) (Inch) 27in
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Response Time (Millisecond) 5ms
Contrast Ratio 3000:1
Brightness (Lumen) 300lm
Max Resolution 1920 x 1080
Panel Type WVA
Adjustability Pivot
Horizontal Viewing Angles 178
Vertical Viewing Angles 178
3D Ready No

Connectors

VGA (Times) 1x
HDMI 2
DisplayPort (Times) 0x

Physical Specifications

Height (Millimeter) 515.6mm
Width (Millimeter) 624.6mm
Depth (Millimeter) 200mm
Weight (Gram) 5.8g

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