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Samsung 305T review

£1,300 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Samsung

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

Samsung's 305T joins the small but select group of huge 30in widescreen monitors - a well-made high-quality panel with excellent colour reproduction.

Samsung's 305T joins the small but select group of huge 30in widescreen monitors - a well-made high-quality panel with excellent colour reproduction.

Stepping up to 30 inches involves more than just a leap in screen size and pixel resolution. The Samsung 305T, like all other similarly sized TFT displays, is a rather different beast to many of the 22in or 24in monitors you may be used to.

Although aimed at serious professional use by discerning users, the Samsung 305T is actually a far simpler product than you might expect.

First of all there is a distinct lack of control buttons: other than the power switch, all you get is a pair of buttons to control the screen brightness. There's also no menu button because the Samsung 305T doesn't provide any sort of on-screen menu.

There are no options to adjust colour or contrast and there's no way to switch inputs because the monitor uses only a single dual-link DVI-D connector – which also means you'll need a similarly equipped graphics card to run the Samsung 305T at its native 2,560 by 1,600 pixel resolution.

Thankfully most modern graphics cards capable of driving the Samsung 305T also have drivers which allow screen adjustments to be carried out in software using an interface from the Windows control panel.

With a screen area of this size, you may find the Samsung 305T tempting for multimedia use, but for that we would recommend stepping down to the 27in model which includes an HDMI interface and is still capable of displaying a full 1080p HD resolution.

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Samsung 305T Expert Verdict »

30in flat-panel
native resolution 2,560x1,600
S-PVA panel
0.250 pixel pitch
16:10 aspect ratio
6ms response time
1000:1 contrast ratio
178/178-degree viewing angles
brightness 300 cd/m2
102% NTSC colour gamut
Dual Link DVI-D
HDCP compliant
4 downstream USB ports
690x503x279mm
11.8kg
VESA wall-mount
3-year warranty
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 6 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 6 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

The Samsung 305T offers excellent, professional build quality and comes with four USB ports and an ergonomic height-adjustable stand. With an RRP of £1,300 this is certainly a pricey peripheral, but if you search around you can find it on sale for less than £1,000, which then compares favourably with 30in competitors from Dell and Apple. Hazro's model costs a lot less, but comes without the height adjustable stand or USB ports.

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