The Samsung SyncMaster 275T satisfies the graphics and multimedia needs of picky users with its outstanding overall performance and its generous offering of premium features, such as picture-in-picture, USB hub and various video connectors, including composite, component, and S-Video ports.

The plain design of this 27in widescreen monitor begins with a black bezel, surrounded on the sides by a drab gunmetal gray. The Samsung SyncMaster 275T has no unusual curves like those found in other Samsung models. Instead, it's a basic rectangular monitor that sits on top of a round base. The height is adjustable, though the stand lock (which is an insertable clip) can only be used when the monitor is at its minimum height. At any other height, you must store the clip somewhere else, which means it can be lost easily. The panel also tilts back 25 degrees and swivels 90 degrees to the left and right, a respectable angle though some monitors swivel as far as 360 degrees.

The Samsung SyncMaster 275T achieved solid and consistent results in different text tests, making this monitor a great office display. Skin tones on a portrait of a diverse group of people were marvelously natural, while detail and colour balance on many other graphics tests were outstanding.

The Samsung SyncMaster 275T's onscreen display (OSD) buttons, located on the lower righthand side of the bezel, are clearly labelled and the onscreen menu is easy to use. The OSD includes many brightness presets for common types of tasks, such as text, games and movies. A section of the OSD called MagicColor adjusts the contrast and vividness of colours, also via presets.

In addition to VGA and DVI ports, the Samsung SyncMaster 275T includes component and S-Video. This way, you can connect other devices such as a DVD player and use the monitor's picture-in-picture (PIP) feature to watch a movie while you're working, for example. The PIP feature has its own dedicated OSD button, making it easy to turn on.

Movie viewing was satisfactory but, in a viewing of 'Lord of the Rings: Return of the King', we found the Samsung SyncMaster 275T produced intense colours that were somewhat unnatural in parts; for example, the leaves and bushes in the background had a tinge of neon green. The display offered good detailed textures on red and dark blue velvet robes, while capably rendering fast motion.

Samsung SyncMaster 275T: Specs

  • 27in widescreen monitor
  • 1,920x1,200
  • 500cd/m2
  • 3,000:1 contrast ratio
  • 178-degree viewing angles
  • 6ms response time
  • 0.3mm pixel pitch
  • tilt/pivot/swivel
  • USB
  • VGA
  • DVI
  • 629x279x482mm
  • 10.4kg
  • three-year warranty
  • 27in widescreen monitor
  • 1,920x1,200
  • 500cd/m2
  • 3,000:1 contrast ratio
  • 178-degree viewing angles
  • 6ms response time
  • 0.3mm pixel pitch
  • tilt/pivot/swivel
  • USB
  • VGA
  • DVI
  • 629x279x482mm
  • 10.4kg
  • three-year warranty

OUR VERDICT

The Samsung SyncMaster 275T 27in widescreen LCD boasts the right combination of price, performance and premium features such as picture-in-picture.

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