Samsung S27A850D (SA850 27in) specs

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers


Key Features

  • 27in PLS panel
  • 2,560 x 1,440 resolution
  • LED backlighting
  • Fully adjustable (height, tilt, swivel, pivot)
  • 2 x DVI, DisplayPort, 3 x USB 3.0
  • Manufacturer: Samsung
  • Review Price: £536.75
Quick Glance
Screen Size (inches) 27
3D Ready No
Contrast Ratio 1000:1 (Static)
Response Time 5
DVI 2x
DisplayPort 1
Charging/Computer Connection 3 x USB 3.0
Composite No
Component No
S-Video No
Screen Size (inches) 27
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Response Time 5
Contrast Ratio 1000:1 (Static)
Panel Type PLS
Adjustability Height, Tilt, Swivel, Pivot
3D Ready No


October 4, 2011, 2:42 pm

"While some might bemoan the lack of HDMI, this is primarily a display aimed at professionals and business use, so its absence is not surprising and hardly critical, especially since a DVI adapter can be used."

HDMI won't go higher than 1920x1200, so including it on a screen of this resolution seems a bit pointless to begin with..


October 4, 2011, 3:08 pm

Actually, xenos, that is not true with the newer revisions to the HDMI spec :). HDMI to DisplayPort or DVI adapters are cheap enough though.


October 5, 2011, 9:33 pm

You're both right - HDMI 1.4 supports 1920x1080 at up to 60Hz (which is what most creatives would want as a minimum refresh rate for professional design work) - whereas it can also support the much higher '4k' family of resolutions, such as 4096×2160 but only at slower refresh rates (from what I gather 24 Hz).

Whilst 24P is fine for movies - it results in a stuttery experience with desktop apps and makes your mouse pointer feel slightly spaced out!

Maybe HDMI 1.5 will move the standard forwards - but suspect it'll be a few years before we see 4K editions of Star Wars being launched.


February 27, 2012, 3:18 pm

I've recently returned a Dell U2711 as I found the anti-glare coating ruined the image, particularly areas of white, giving the image a rainbow sparkle effect.

Does anyone know what the anti-glare coating is like on this screen?


September 26, 2012, 5:53 am

@Jasonn : the anti-glare coating is what you could call, "semi-glossy" ... if you look for it, and at certain angles, there are definite reflections visible but they are subdued (though still being somewhat well defined).

Having come from a U2711, myself ... I can say quite matter of factly that the S27A850D anti-glare (semi-glossy) coating is *miles* better than the horribly aggressive and grainy coating on the Dell (as well as most other monitors other than the actual, full glossy screens). The whites are amazing on the S27A850D...truly stunning, actually.

My only complaint with the first unit I received was genuinely HORRID backlight bleed. I mean, *serious* bleed. I returned it and my new monitor is practically 100% bleed free . .. with a *tiny* area at the top that is noticeable when I really look for it (but non-existent to my otherwise occupied eye when watching a movie with black bars or when gaming in dark scenes). Had the Series 9 monitor not come out and had it not been so well reviewed, I would most likely have kept the S27A850D as it's really the most impressive monitor visually, that I've ever used...but I think I'm going to go ahead and return it in favor of the Series 9 since it has a full glossy screen, reportedly better out of box color and zero bleed. Also, the series 9 just dropped to 999.00 a lot of places on line.

Anyway ... hope that helps.

Oh yeah, don't know if you game or not but the response time and input lag is quite dramatically noticeable as better over the Dell U2711 as well ..



March 8, 2013, 12:16 pm

I just got my hands on this monitor. it is excellent, my only con about the thing is the included cables are way to short. I'm sure that most people can get away with 2 1/2 ft of video cable and a 2ft usb cable. unfortunately my pc is setup beside quite a large desk and there is no way to manoeuvre it all around to reach. I've noticed this with other Samsung monitors I've owned, all cables supplied seem to be a bare minimum. For a monitor that's designed for workstations Samsung really should've increased cable length, it doesn't cost them much and we shouldn't have to pay more for more cables considering the asking price.

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