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Samsung SyncMaster C27A750X - Adjustability, Build and Design

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers

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Samsung SyncMaster C27A750X

Summary

Our Score:

8

As it comes pre-assembled, setting the Samsung SyncMaster CA750 up is a doddle. The screen comes folded flat on a flexible dual hinge reminiscent of the awful contraption on the NEC 24WMGX3, but thankfully it's nowhere near as stiff. Considering very few TN-based monitors offer anything more than 30 degree tilt (Samsung's own BX2240 is one of a select number of business-oriented exceptions), it's great to see even slightly awkward height adjustment. Maximum height is 9.5cm, while the lowest it will go is 2.5cm.

Tilt is extraordinary: as already mentioned, you can tilt the panel so far back it folds flat. This would be a great feature on a touch-screen display, but as is it's handy enough. Front tilt is also generous at around 25 degrees.

Build quality throughout is fairly solid even on our pre-production sample, though the plastics display some creak and the monitor wobbles on its stand. The glossy bezel is a real fingerprint magnet, as is the glossy touch section on the base, so it's quite high-maintenance.

Samsung's usual finesse is evident in the monitor's design. Though not particularly narrow, the front bezel's piano-black lines are unbroken by any buttons, LEDs or protrusions, with the only exception being the unobtrusive model name in the top left corner. A thin, transparent outer surround adds a further hint of class, and emphasises its slender (less than 2cm) depth.

The stand is necessarily more bulky, but maintains the chassis's sharp lines nicely and complements the glossy black plastic with a faux brushed metal inlay that looks just like the real thing. We prefer the looks (not to mention adjustability) of something like the NEC MultiSync EX231W, but the C27A750X is still one very attractive monitor.

It's also quite frugal. In wireless mode it stayed below 45W at its maximum 300nit brightness, while less retina-searing settings resulted in an average of 38W. This shows off the power-saving advantages of LED backlighting over CCFL as used in the recent Philips E-Line 273E3 quite nicely.

Fleabane

April 5, 2011, 6:13 pm

I'm in the market for a 27" plus monitor mainly for stills, but within the archives of your learned site there are only a handful of 9/10 scores, the newest of which is over two years old. How does the picture quality these older monitors relate to the newer ones? Is a three year old 9/10 inferior to a new 7/10? Maybe there could be some sort of absolute reference for your scoring system.

cliche

April 5, 2011, 9:48 pm

Wonder what the input lag is like - took me 6 months on and off to find one for gaming - sung the Samsung 2233 at the moment after ditching my old CRT Trinitron after a decade

TrustedPhrontis

April 5, 2011, 11:25 pm

Please please please more 1920 * 1200 monitors. The more you review and give good scores so the more we will find out in the wild. This fad for 1080p monitors is doing my head in, they are fine for tv but useless for real PC work.

Tony Walker

April 7, 2011, 4:23 am

If you are patient and wait for Dell to drop the price, you can get the U2711 for around £630 quid. If you can then find a 10% voucher (like I did) it comes down to £570 quid. I couldn't resist at that price.

Hint: Keep an eye on both the home and small business areas of Dell's site.

Dave Cochrane

May 19, 2013, 9:59 pm

As an audiophile I've been looking for something just like this. Paired with my wireless keyboard and mouse, I can browse the internet silently (with noisy laptop or PC in another room) with no disturbance to my music listening. Great stuff!

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