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Our Score

8/10

Review Price £499.00

Samsung SyncMaster C27A750X - Adjustability, Build and Design

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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