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The second group of connectors is on the left side: a component (YPbPr) video input and two more ports of the integrated USB hub. The only thing that is missing here is a HDMI connector, but it is electrically compatible with the ordinary DVI, so one can be attached to the other via a simple adapter. The monitor’s DVI input supports HDCP security which is becoming ever more popular (among manufacturers, not among users).

And finally, the detachable speakers carry a traditional set of audio inputs and outputs including those for your headphones and microphone (the signal is just transferred to the appropriate input of your audio card, of course). The audio connectors are 3.5” mini-jacks, so you’ll have to use an adapter if you’ve got a DVD-player or a cable TV decoder with RCA connectors. Well, it would be best to use standalone speakers then because the speakers included with the monitor are low quality, as usual.

The monitor’s controls are in the bottom right of the front panel. They are designed and placed just like on the 215TW and 225BW models except for the Power button which is larger and embellished with a cute-looking chrome metallic ring.

Quick access is provided to switching between the MagicBright modes (one user-defined mode, five modes with preset brightness/contrast values, and a dynamic contrast mode), adjusting brightness, switching between the inputs, enabling/disabling Picture-in-Picture mode, and to the auto-adjustment feature. It is good Samsung does not try to squeeze all the control functions into four buttons. Most of frequently accessed features are available with a press of a button without your having to enter the onscreen menu.

Unfortunately, the menu is not very user-friendly. It would suit a TV-set better than a PC monitor. Selecting the input is the first menu item, but you will hardly use it from the menu just because it’s easier to press the Source button than to select the input from the list, especially as the 275T can identify which inputs have signal sources connected and does not browse through unconnected inputs when you are pressing the Source button. Thus, if you’ve got only two sources, a PC via DVI and a cable TV decoder via S-Video, each press of this button will switch between these two inputs rather than through all the inputs the monitor has.

Among other settings, I can mention gamma adjustment (with a step of 0.1), saturation and hue adjustment by 6 color coordinates, selecting the position and size of the secondary window in PiP mode (there are two possible sizes and four possible positions – in the four corners of the screen). You can also configure how a 4:3 picture is going to be displayed. Unfortunately, the monitor cannot automatically recognize the aspect ratio (4:3 or widescreen) and you have to switch it over manually. The monitor remembers settings for different inputs independently.

Well, if you are not satisfied with the 275T’s onscreen menu, you can control it by means of the MagicTune program which runs under Windows (including Vista) and MacOS.

The monitor’s Power button is highlighted with a blue LED. Its brightness is reduced over previous models and the LED is not distracting in darkness. Anyway, the option of disabling it altogether wouldn’t be redundant here.

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