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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Stunning!, 23 Nov. 2012
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This review is from: Samsung S27B970 27 inch Widescreen LED PLS Ultra Thin Professional Monitor - Gloss Black/Silver (2560x 1440 WQHD, 5ms, DVI, DP, HDMI, USB, MHL, Speakers) (Accessory)
I recently went ahead after a lot of research and went across and bought this monitor. I have to say I am quite pleased with my decision thus far.

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PACKAGING
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The product arrived perfectly packaged as always from Amazon.co.uk. The box was easy to carry and nicely packaged from Samsung as well. The monitor was neatly kept inside with all the accessories included, I'll go into detail with what was included in just a bit.

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BOX CONTENTS
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The monitor came with a nice little small box which contained the USB upstream cable to be connected with the PC so you can use the built in hub. A MHL HDMI cable to use with your android phone that supports that feature. A DVI cable, Display Port, along with the Power-brick and power cord. I was pleasantly surprised that a lot of the cables required were supplied. However, the HDMI cable is not included in case you require one. I also noted that the monitor does not work at 2560x1440 (max resolution) with the HDMI cable but had no trouble going to that resolution with the bundled Display Port cable.

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First Impressions
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To sum it up, this has to be one of the most beautiful monitors I have seen other than the Apple CInema Display/Thunderbolt which sadly don't work with my PC and I still prefer the PLS panel this monitor has. All in all the monitor features an industrial design, a beautiful panel, jaw dropping vivid colours, and excellent aesthetics thanks to the stand which features height adjustment. The touch based controls on the bottom of the monitor are a joy to use, easy to use OSD, and high quality materials all add up to the monitor.

I have this monitor connected to my gaming rig and every game runs perfectly that I have played. From Skyrim to World of Warcraft, Torchlight 2, Diablo 3, Dishonored, Black Ops 2 etc. The monitor has no lag that I have come across, the colours and picture quality are just astounding.

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Conclusion
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I heartily recommend this QHD (Quad High Definition) monitor to anyone who wants the very best picture quality albeit at a price. There are cheaper alternatives such as the new ASUS PQ27 QHD monitor which are slightly cheaper but don't look as nice. The 2560x1440 resolution will require some graphical grunt to run to get acceptable frames on the native resolution in which case I'd recommend making sure you have what it takes to run games at that resolution.

Pros:

+PLS Panel, extremely wide viewing angle
+Beautiful Industrial Design
+Integrated USB 2.0 Hub (even though a 3.0 Hub would have been really nice)
+Very good built in speakers
+2560x1440 resolution just brings out the details
+3 Years Warranty on Parts and Labor
+Excellent touch controls and OSD
+All the connectivity you would need in a monitor

Cons:

-Price
-Slightly reflective

All in all I am very happy with my purchase and heartedly recommend this monitor to anyone that needs one of the best semi professional displays in the market.

PC specs:

i7 3770k OC'ed to 4.5GHz
16gb Corsair 1600Mhz Ram
256GB Samsung 840 Pro series
2tb Western Digital Black 7200 rpm drive
Creative Soundblaster Recon3D Fata1ity
2x EVGA GeForce GTX 680 SC+ 2048mb in SLi
Corsair AX 850 Professional Series PSU
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Initial post: 23 Nov 2012 16:24:36 GMT
Last edited by the author on 23 Nov 2012 16:26:35 GMT
Congratulations on your purchase Asim,

I've been trying to make up my mind between this Samsung S27B970 and ASUS PB278Q. The Asus is £200 cheaper, I really cannot justify spending an extra £245 on just the "finish" of a product no matter how glossy or how many ribbons it has on it.

From a specs point of view they seem identical and they both offer a 3 year warranty. I think the value for money is the deciding factor for me and I will order the ASUS PB278Q

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Nov 2012 16:32:47 GMT
Asim Qureshi says:
I guess at the end of the day it boils down to personal taste. I also had a tough time deciding, but felt that if I was going for a premium monitor I'd splurge a bit more and get something that looked the part too. I've also had good experiences as far as Samsung monitors are concerned. For me the ASUS looked too much like the Dell or countless monitors on the market with the sparkly IPS coating. But even so the ASUS is not a bad monitor by any means.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Nov 2012 20:27:52 GMT
I'd be lying if I said I wouldn't trade in the Asus for the Samsung if I could ha ha ha but it hurts to pay the £245 difference, considering the amount of RAM I could buy with that money to add onto my existing system:

Asus Sabertooth X79
i7 hex-core 3930k
16GB RAM
...awaiting an 480GB SSD from Amazon...
...awaiting 3TB Sata III HDD from Amazon...

I will wait for the new year and see if hopefully the prices come down a bit. I really do WISH I could see both of these monitors in store that would help me decide.

Posted on 14 Dec 2012 17:51:56 GMT
[Deleted by the author on 14 Dec 2012 17:53:36 GMT]

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Feb 2013 15:47:09 GMT
James says:
I've got a similar problem to Mr. Azkar Shah, I don't know which monitor to go for. What is the refresh rate of the Samsung S27B970? I've already got two Asus monitors and am looking for a third, but this Samsung one looks amazing! The only factor that stops me from purchasing it is that I don't know the refresh rate. Seems we all have pretty high end computers also.

Intel 3770k @ 4.6GHz 1.22V
Corsair H100
Asus Sabertooth Z77
Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8GB) @ 1866Mhz CL9
OCZ Agility 3 240GB
WD 2Tb 6GB/s 7200rpm x2 in RAID 0
Crossfire XFX R7870 Black Edition @1200MHz
XFX 850w XXX Modular 80+ PLUS Silver

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Feb 2013 23:45:20 GMT
Asim Qureshi says:
Hey James,

To my knowledge the refresh rate is the standard 60Hz, since most of the other 3D monitors and what not carry a 120Hz refresh rate, and since this isn't one, my understanding is that it's 60Hz. I'll try to find the owner's manual so I can confirm it but from the nVidia control panel, it's showing up as the following 2560x1440@60Hz. Hope this helps.

Asim

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Feb 2013 01:30:33 GMT
James says:
Thanks a lot for the info Asim, I guess I'm going to have to wait for an LED monitor at 2560x1440 or higher with <5ms response time @120Hz and preferably with display port inputs. Hopefully it won't be a ridiculous price either!
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