Three 1080p Samsung monitors hit Philippine market
Yesterday Samsung Philippines launched three different computer monitors: The Series 9 S27A950, Series 7 C23A750, and Series 3 T23A350. Each has a special feature that different kinds of geeks—and consumers in general—may find appealing. All feature a native resolution of 1920 x 1080 (full HD).
Series 9 S27A950
The Series 9 S27A950 is a 27″ monitor with a unique stand. Unlike most other displays where the screen connects to the stand in the center, the display stand joint of the Series 9 monitor is on the right side, curving in towards the middle. This display’s industrial design was easily the most impressive of the monitor line-up. It was inspired by “rolled up paper,” said a Samsung executive.
But the key feature of the Series 9 monitor is and support for 3D (viewers have to wear specially-constructed glasses for the full effect; one is included with the product). Through the touch controls located in front of the device, it was easy to switch between 2D and 3D modes. The (stereoscopic) 3D glasses actively sync with the display, so they run on battery power and require regular charging. However, turn off the monitor’s 3D mode, and the glasses follow suit after a few seconds.
I’ve always been skeptical of current 3D technology, and to be honest the Series 9 monitor hasn’t won me over in that department. S27A950 will have a wealth of input options to work with, including HDMI, DVI, and even DisplayPort. Though because the display lacks built-in speakers, you’ll have to hook up external ones to the monitor’s audio-out jack if you’re sourcing video and audio via HDMI. The price tag of ₱31,900—although very reasonable for at 27″ display—is also quite high-end.
Ultimately I would buy the Series 9 because even without the 3D it’s a superb display, featuring a sort of crip brightness that won’t cause eyestrain, and good difference even between darker colors. The product is yet more proof that Samsung knows its display technology. The S27A950′s unique design also makes it a conversation piece, at least for first-time viewers.
Series 7 C23A750
The Series 7 C23A750 is a 23″ monitor with a that acts as an external display and USB hub wirelessly. That’s right: plug the monitor’s included wireless transceiver into any computer’s USB port, and it’s as if you have a second display and several more USB ports plugged into your PC—only without wires! The transceiver acts as an instant laptop docking station that you can set up in a few seconds.
Before you get too excited however: The C23A750 uses Ultra Wideband (UWB), a radio technology that moves data fast enough, but not as fast as plugging a USB device right into your computer. The max bandwidth of the monitor’s transceiver is 100Mbps—or around 8.25 megabytes a second. That’s much slower than wired USB 2.0′s max speed of 60 MB/s.
That’s still fast enough that the image on the Series 7 monitor will update without any noticeable delay, and you transferring small files shouldn’t take too long. But if you want full speed from the display’s built-in USB hub, which includes one USB 3.0 port, you’ll have to go with wires.
The Series 7 C23A750 costs ₱19,900 and is the only monitor in this line-up with an adjustable height stand.
Series 3 T23A350
Last but not least is the Series 3 T23A350, another 23″ monitor that also doubles as an HDTV. It accepts input from HDMI and VGA sources, and features an F connector port, meaning you can plug in your cable connection or a TV antenna.
The special feature of this model? Picture-in-picture (PiP). You can watch your favorite TV or cable program, either on fullscreen or through a small window on the upper-left. The latter option leaves you free to work on your computer while catching-up with your favorite Koreanovela. The Series 3 T23A350 costs ₱14,900, and comes with its own remote.
Listed below are each model’s price and specs. According to Samsung Philippines all three monitors will start selling at major consumer electronics retailers “by next week”.
|Model||Series 9 S27A950 Full HD 3D LED Monitor||Series 7 C23A750 Central Station LED Monitor||Series 3 T23A350 LED HDTV MOnitor|
|Contrast Ratio (Typical)||DCR Mega ∞ (Static 1000:1)|
|Resolution (in pixels)||1920 x 1080 (1080p)|
|Response Time (Typical)||2ms (GTG)||2ms||5ms|
|Viewing Angle (Horizontal / Vertical)||170°/160°|
|Color Support||16.7 million|
|Stand By Power (DPMS)||1W||3.4W||below 0.3W|
|Dimensions (width x height x depth)||Without Stand – 621 x 380 x 11.4mm With stand – 621 x 474 x 185.5mm||With Stand – 550.4 x 433.9 x 232.8mm||Without Stand – 555.7 x 345.6 x 31.6mm With stand – 555.7 x 431.9 x 239.2mm|
|Special features||Real 120Hz Input 2D to 3D conversion Stereo Audio Out Eco Motion Sensor Eco Light Sensor Eco Saving Multi Screen S/W Samsung Magic Angle Samsung Magic Bright3 Samsung Magic Color Off Timer Customized Key Image Size||USB 3.0 Wireless Auto Wireless Detection Auto Power Off Samsung Magic Function Samsung Magic Angle Samsung Magic Bright, Eco Saving, USB Power Charging||Picture-in-Picture (PIP) Sleeptime ConnectShare (USB2.0) Teletext (TTXT) Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC) Auto Channel Search Auto Power Off Auto Volume Leveler Caption (Subtitle) Clock & On/Off Timer Game Mode|
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