Review Price £499.00
When you think of monitors, wireless convenience isn't exactly the first thing that springs to mind - unless you're one of the lucky few to own some form of wireless video transmission kit, many of which will easily set you back £200 or more. However, that could all be about to change with Samsung's brand-new SyncMaster CA750.
In fact, wireless video over USB is but one of this monitor's many talents, and one of a number of world-firsts. Probably the most interesting of these, aside from its cable-free credentials, is that it's the first display to offer an integrated USB 3.0 hub alongside the usual video and audio connections, with Ethernet also making an appearance.
Next on the stand-out feature list is video connectivity over wired USB 3.0 using an undisclosed technology very similar to DisplayLink (as found in the VillageTronic ViBook). DisplayLink hasn't brought out a USB 3.0-compatible solution yet, and Samsung wanted to utilise the full bandwidth advantages the faster bus brings - for more details on which, have a read of USB 3.0: What Is It and Do You Want It?. This versatility has resulted in Samsung provisionally dubbing its newest monitor the Central Station.
The CA750 range will offer the choice between 23in and 27in models, the C23A750X and C27A750X, both sporting a Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) resolution. We're looking at the latter, larger model, which is likely to make it to market slightly sooner. Unfortunately both use TN panels, but then the target market for these displays is not designers and photographers but rather business and home users. If you value convenience and style over colour accuracy, it's certainly an attractive candidate.
When some 27in displays (such as the Apple Cinema Display) sport a 2,560 x 1,440 resolution, you might also be disappointed by the 60 per cent fewer pixels on offer here, but it wouldn't be feasible to transmit this signal over the wireless or USB connections due to bandwidth limitations and finding a TN panel offering more than 1,920 x 1,080 is a rarity to begin with.
The monitor arrives fully assembled and with all the adapters and cables you might need. These include a two-prong cable and adapter for power, VGA and (optional) HDMI cables for video, a USB 3.0 cable for data and video, and the slim wireless USB dongle - which you can connect to a laptop or PC. About the size of a pound coin, the angled, streamlined dongle is finished in an attractive mix of glossy and faux brushed metal black that matches the monitor nicely.
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