Samsung SyncMaster 275T
The SyncMaster 275T is one of the first 27” monitors. It was officially announced early this year and competes with such models as Dell 2707WFP (based on the same 27” S-PVA matrix) and the 26-inchers NEC MultiSync LCD2690WUXi and Acer AL2623W. These monitors have all been announced quite recently and are not yet selling freely.
The specification table shows two contrast ratios: common (static) and dynamic. As I wrote in my earlier reviews, the term dynamic contrast means that the monitor can adjust the brightness of the backlight lamps depending on the current onscreen picture. The brighter the picture, the higher the backlight brightness is set. Here, 3000:1 means that the backlight brightness can be increased threefold and the dynamic contrast ratio is thrice as high as the static one.
The dynamic contrast mode is virtually useless for any work. It is only meant for watching movies. This feature is enabled manually on the SyncMaster 275T, being a separate line among the MagicBright modes.
The 275T resembles Samsung’s smaller monitors like SyncMaster 215TW and 225BW, yet it is considerably larger and thicker.
The stand allows adjusting the height of the screen (from 11 to 19cm from the desk to the bottom edge of the picture; the stand can be fixed in the bottom position with a wire pin if necessary), tilting it, and rotating it around the vertical axis. Portrait mode is not supported.
The monitor can be equipped with speakers which are removable, like on the 225BW. You can attach them to the bottom of the case if you want:
I guess when the 275T comes to shops it will be available in two versions, with and without speakers. At least, the 225BW is currently selling in such versions with a price difference of $20 between them.
The attached speakers don’t affect the monitor’s magnificent and restrained appearance. They are sunken backward relative to the front panel of the case and are not conspicuous at all. The speakers are powered from a special connector on the monitor, but have their own volume control. The onscreen menu doesn’t even offer a volume adjustment option. This is quite convenient, though.
Most of the connectors are placed at the back: power (the power adapter in integrated into the case), analog and digital inputs, two video inputs (composite and S-Video), a connector for the above-mentioned speakers, a integrated USB hub input, and two of the hub’s four ports.