At the rear there’s a single dual-link DVI port, so you’ll need a dual link equipped graphics card to drive this screen. Thankfully that shouldn’t be too much of an issue, since both ATI and nVidia have been shipping dual-link cards for at least a year and a half. There’s also a four-port USB 2.0 hub built-in, which is particularly useful for connecting up your phone, MP3 player, or any other USB device, without having to rummage around behind your PC.
When it comes to pricing, Samsung has been pretty aggressive with the 305T. A quick look around online revealed a price of £999 including VAT – this compares favourably with Dell’s 30in 3007WFP-HC, which comes in at around £970 including VAT. That said, the Dell isn’t as bright as the Samsung at 300 cd/m2 compared to 400 cd/m2. The Dell also can’t quite match the Samsung’s response time, at 8ms compared to 6ms – not that I put a massive amount of stock in mega-low response times anyway.
Ultimately, you either need a 30in 2,560 x 1,600 monitor on your desk or you don’t. But even if you don’t need this screen, it’s not going to stop you wanting it, and if you happen to have a grand burning a hole in your pocket, the SyncMaster 305T will definitely improve your PC experience.
Samsung has built a strong reputation for itself when it comes to widescreen monitors, from the superb 215TW and 226BW, to the equally impressive 244T. Now the Korean giant has topped an already impressive range with the SyncMaster 305T.
If you think that a 30in screen is too large for a desktop display, think again. Once you get used to having this much desktop real estate, along with bright and vibrant colours and crystal clear image quality, you’ll never want to use another screen again – I know that I don’t want to!
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