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Samsung Syncmaster Series 9 S27B970 monitor hands-on pictures

The Samsung Syncmaster S27B970 is the fourth WQHD monitor I had the chance to play with (the others are the DGM IPS-2701WPH, the Philips Brilliance 272P4 and the Hazro HZ27WC). Y

ou can read a full review of the US-version of the monitor (which is essentially the same product), one which we published in November last year. At £760 (opens in new tab), it (the LS27B970BD/ZA model that was sent to us) is nearly twice the price of the similarly-configured Hazro HZ27WB (opens in new tab).

This Series 9 monitor, which is part of Samsung’s high-end display family, is a gorgeous piece of kit though with a clear inspiration from Apple’s monitor and iMac all-in-one range.

There are a few annoying issues though which Samsung will hopefully solve. Firstly, it has a glossy display; it is a matter of personal preference but I’d rather have a glare free working environment than one where I can distinguish the Shard from the reflection on my monitor display.

Then there’s its inability to pivot and swivel. Sure, you can slide the monitor up and down and you can tilt it by about 10 degrees or so but that’s it. You can’t view content in portrait and you have to pivot the S27B970’s base in order to get any circular motion. Speaking of the base, we’d certainly like to see it do more.

It is a shame that it still needs a sizable power supply unit rather than just a mere kettle power cord. What about throwing in a card reader, more USB ports (of the v3 flavour), DisplayLink-over-USB 3.0 functionality, built-in wireless connectivity (Wi-Di and Samsung’s one foot connection) and a webcam like the Philips Brilliance 272P4?

We will certainly keep a keen eye on whether Samsung could somehow deliver a more affordable WQHD display for around £400 with some of the listed features. 2013 is likely to see even more 27in WQHD displays reaching the market for under £500. The more daring of our readers will go for monitors from Korea which cost less than £200 (but nearer to £250 when taxes are added).

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.