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Samsung SyncMaster S27A850D review

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Price when reviewed : £544
inc VAT

The S27A850D's adjustable stand and 2,560x1,440 resolution are all good, but it's the new PLS panel, with its amazing contrast and colours


All the ports face sideways, and with a VESA mount the S27A850D is ideal for wall-mounting or for use in multi-monitor setups. One side has the connection for the USB hub, which goes to your PC, and three USB3 ports, as well as two 3.5mm audio sockets; the other side houses two DVI ports and a DisplayPort input. The power supply clips onto the back of the monitor, rather than dangling messily on your desk or beneath it.

Samsung SyncMaster S27A850D

There’s another clever feature: you can plug in two computers and view their desktops side-by-side on the display. This Picture By Picture function even has its own button underneath the screen, making it easier to set up, but the first time you do it you’ll have to make the S27A850D your primary display for both computers, and change the resolution on each to 1,280×1,440. This goes to show how much screen space you have with the 2,560×1,440 resolution – it’s enough to comfortably show two desktops side by side.

Samsung SyncMaster S27A850D

There are also plenty of Eco options – including a graphic that tells you how many trees you’ve saved. The more practical options are the movement sensors that can turn the monitor off when you leave your seat, and another light sensor that adjusts the brightness based on ambient lighting. With its LED backlight, the S27A850D only draws 53W anyway.

Then there’s the cost. You can get many less expensive monitors that have adjustable stands, USB hubs and large resolutions, but few that have all three and USB3. However, none of them will have the S27A850D’s amazing PLS panel, and it really is a cut above the rest. Hopefully, we’ll see it on less expensive panels in the future, but until then we think it’s the best monitor you can buy, so it wins our Ultimate award.

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Basic Specifications



Viewable size27 in
Native resolution2,560×1,440
Contrast ratio1,000:1
Horizontal viewing angle178°
Vertical viewing angle178°
Response time5ms
Response time typegrey-to-grey
Screen depth45mm
Base (WxD)356x223mm
Screen elevation80-238mm


Portrait modeyes
Wall mount optionyes
Height adjustableyes
Internal speakersnone
Detachable cablesyes
USB hub3-port USB3
Integrated power supplyno
Kensington lock lugyes
Display extraspower supply mount, 1x DisplayPort, 2x Dual-link DVI
VGA inputno
DVI inputyes
S-video inputno
Component inputno
Composite inputno
HDCP supportyes
Audio inputsnone


Power consumption standby1W
Power consumption on53W

Buying Information

Warrantythree years onsite

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