Samsung SyncMaster C27A750 review

7 Apr 2011

It’s too expensive to totally recommend right now, but as a proof of concept the C27A750 works brilliantly

Price when reviewed 
449
Buy it now for 
5

Samsung’s SyncMaster C27A750 is the first of a new breed of monitors. Designed to pair with a laptop, it replaces the traditional video cable with wireless ultra wideband (UWB) technology. Plug a tiny wireless dongle into a USB port on your laptop, install the drivers, and the C27A750 will pair up and display the video feed just like any other monitor.

Samsung suggests that the USB receiver must remain within 75cm of the monitor to guarantee a stable wireless connection, but in our tests it worked up to 4m away, only breaking up once we moved past the 5m mark. Full HD movies played smoothly and, thanks to non-existent lag, even fast-paced games such as Quake Live were perfectly playable.

Ingeniously, the C27A750 also functions as a wireless docking station, providing two USB 2 and two USB 3 ports, 10/100 Ethernet and a headphone output. Leave your home broadband and extra peripherals plugged into the base, and they’ll link wirelessly through to your laptop when you get home and connect.

Samsung CA750 Central Station - side

One limitation is that the wireless connection restricts all of the USB ports to USB 2 speeds – transfers from a standard USB 2 hard drive peaked at around 7MB/sec. If you want to use the full speed of the USB 3 ports Samsung also supplies a USB 3 cable; connect that from the TFT to your laptop and not only will you have a lightning-fast hub, but it will also carry the video and audio signals to the TFT – no video cables required.

The C27A750’s huge 27in panel settles for a relatively low 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, but the image quality is high. In our measurements it exceeded its rated brightness at an eye-searing 343cd/m[sup]2[/sup], and had a good contrast ratio of 928:1. The vivid colour reproduction is very accurate by TN panel standards, with a low average Delta E of 3.

The monitor’s slim, contoured silhouette looks every inch the style icon, too. The stand on our pre-production sample was a touch wobbly and stiff – we needed two hands to adjust its position – but the slender neck also allows a generous range of adjustment, craning forward, backwards and rising up and down by 75mm.

At a good £150 more than most standard 27in TN-panel monitors, the Samsung C27A750 is very expensive. But, like most great ideas, it’s only once you return to a traditional monitor and the rigmarole of cable-swapping that you appreciate the Samsung’s brilliance. We can’t say we’d buy it at this price, but it’s undoubtedly a technology we have high hopes for.

The C27A750 is due for release in late May 2011.

Details

Price ex VAT £374
Price inc VAT £449
Overall rating 5
Image quality 5
Features & Design 6
Value for Money 3

Main specifications

Screen size 27.0in
Aspect ratio 16:9
Resolution 1920 x 1080
Screen brightness 342cd/m2
Pixel response time 2ms
Contrast ratio 928:1
Pixel pitch 0.311mm
Horizontal viewing angle 170 degrees
Vertical viewing angle 160 degrees
Speaker type none
Speaker power ouput N/A
TV tuner no
TV tuner type N/A

Connections

DVI inputs 0
VGA inputs 1
HDMI inputs 1
DisplayPort inputs 0
Scart inputs 0
HDCP support yes
Upstream USB ports 1
USB ports (downstream) 4
3.5mm audio input jacks 0
Headphone output yes
Other audio connectors N/A

Accessories supplied

Other cables supplied USB 3.0 cable
Internal power supply no

Image adjustments

Brightness control? yes
Contrast control? yes
Colour temperature settings Cool 1, Cool 2, Normal, Warm 1, Warm 2

Ergonomics

Forward tilt angle 20 degrees
Backward tilt angle 90 degrees
Swivel angle 0 degrees
Height adjustment 75mm
Pivot (portrait) mode? no
Bezel width 21mm

Dimensions

Dimensions 641 x 235 x 408mm (WDH)

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