Samsung S27C750P 27-inch LED Monitor

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Product: Samsung 27C750P 27-inch LED Monitor
Provided By: Samsung Canada
Price: ~$350 Online at time of publication

Introduction:

Samsung doesn't really need much of an introduction as this Korean company has carved their way from obscurity to become a household name. Whether you hate them or love them, they make some pretty solid product and today we are looking at the S27C750P. This LCD measures up at 27-inches of viewable area and has some nice features - such as multiple HDMI ports as well as a VGA port, speakers, headphone jack and even the ability to rotate the display for "portrait" mode. All of this comes in a nice package that runs at a standard 1920x1080 resolution. I'm used to working with a 30" display that runs at 2560x1600 so there will be some adjustment - both in size and resolution.

In this review, we’ll take a look at this monitor and see how it stacks up to previous units we've reviewed. We'll cover some basic tests as well as break out our equipment to see how well it actually performs in the lab. Still, lab results don't always speak to a users' experience so we'll make sure we cover general usage as well. Stick around to see how it all shapes up.

Box

We put the S27C750P to the test in both landscape and portrait modes. Keep reading to see how this affordable 27-inch product shapes up and if it's worth considering for your next LCD purchase.

 

First Impressions:

Samsung always includes the bare essentials in their bundles - as do most companies these days. If they can get away without including a $2.00 HDMI cable, they will. As such the bundle isn't really all that impressive, but it is enough to get you going - as long as you have an extra cable kicking around. Thankfully, Samsung does include a single HDMI cable and this is pretty generous of them. 

Bundle

Also included in the bundle are a quick install guide, power cable and power brick as well as the removable base. I really like the cable management they include in this LCD as well.

Front Profile
Front Profile

Rear Profile
Rear Profile

 

Closer Look:

As we continue looking at the S27C750P, we take a look around the back and see the number of inputs. As previously mentioned there are two HDMI ports as well as the single VGA port. There are no DVI ports, but as DVI and HDMI are almost interchangeable these days, that shouldn't be an issue. Many VGA cards come equipped with a DVI-to-HDMI adapter - if they don't include a native HDMI port. One thing I would like to see on this LCD is a Display Port. Many laptops and Apple products have Display Port functionality and it would be nice to have it included on the display. Of course, because Apple uses Display Port – that might be the reason Samsung is not using it…

Ports
Ports

 

In addition to the video connections, there is a headphone jack as well. This enables you to hook up headphones to the LCD and listen to your XBOX, PC or other HDMI-enabled device without sharing the experience with your family, friends or dorm-mates. This is a nice touch and I think that every LCD that has HDMI-input should have speakers as well as a headphone jack. Thankfully Samsung hasn't skimped on this area.

When it comes to the stand and cable management, it's a mixed bag. The stand works well, and it rotates freely. I love the way the stand is a hollow tube with enough space to run a couple of HDMI cables, the VGA cable, power cable and even an audio cable if you need. This is pretty awesome for management and the location of the ports allows the display to be rotated freely from landscape to portrait mode without having an excess of wires hanging out the back of the display. I love it. I love it a lot. The downside to this though is the fact that the display is not height-adjustable. If you need it lower - you'll have to sit higher at your desk. If you need it higher, you'll have to slouch – or put the LCD up on a stack of books or old bills that you don't want to pay. In this way, there is no perfect solution. Cable management is great - height adjustment is non-existent.

Rear Profile with Cables
Rear Profile with Cables

Rear Portrait with Cables
Rear Cable Management

 

The overall look of this display is pretty good, and the overall finish makes this display look at lot more expensive than it is. Still, it's not a super cheap display so it had better perform really well. On the next page we'll take a look at the features and specifications before we continue on to testing.


Features:

 

To get a full list of the specs and features of this unit please head on over to the Samsung product page here. Below is a hefty summary that has been pulled from their page and pasted here for your convenience.  As always, if you want all the goods, please check out the manufacturer's website.

Front PortraitSlim, sleek, and versatile to fit the design of your room
The slim, sleek, and stylish Samsung LED monitor series 7 exudes elegance and still makes great use of the environment thanks to an ultra-slim design and a narrow bezel. 
 
Be entertained from every angle
Whether you’re off to the side, directly in front, or farther back from the screen, thanks to Samsung’s wide viewing angle you’ll always have the best seat in the house. Unlike conventional monitors that use a standard 170-degree viewing angle, the Samsung LED Monitor brings additional eight degrees to provide an extra-wide viewing angle, both vertically and horizontally.
 
Upscale your view with better quality and picture
You can watch your media files on your regular computer screen, or you can experience them on a whole new level with a Samsung monitor with Magic Upscale. Magic Upscale improves the quality of your movies, games, and shows to give you a better picture. 

 

Specifications:

Specs
Specs
Specs

On the next page we'll cover some of our testing methods before we jump into testing.


A Word about Testing:

In everything we try to be fair, accurate and as objective as possible when it comes to testing hardware. In the past, LCD reviews were done completely subjectively, but we have purchased some equipment that takes some of this out of the equation. Take a look at our LCD Testing methodology over here to get a better idea of how we test LCDs.

We won't spend much time in the menu; it is pretty standard although a little stripped down in terms of contrast, color adjustments and the like. The only real setting in the menu that will help you tweak your screen is the "Brightness" and "Contrast" control. We've also recently updated our Datacolor Spyder software and this gives us even more options for precision testing.

 

Color Accuracy:

We started this off once again by breaking out the LCD Spyder and finding out how well this unit comes setup from factory and how well it produces accurate color. We did this using an HDMI connection and reset the monitor to defaults before we started.

Uncalibrated

Uncalibrated

Uncalibrated + Target

Uncalibrated + Target

Adjustment Curves

Adjustment Curves

 

As you can see in the images above, the color accuracy was pretty close to being perfect. The image that shows "Uncalibrated + Target" shows there is not really much difference between the two. A slight adjustment was needed to make it line up with completely accurate color. As is the case with most displays, the calibrated settings look "warmer" and the skin tones are balanced much better than what comes factory default.

 

Contrast Ratio & Uniformity:

With the display now displaying "perfect" color and brightness, we continue on to take our contrast readings. We used our luminance meter for our traditional contrast readings as indicated below.

 Black Spot
White Spot
Contrast Ratio
0.25 249.2 996.8:1

I realize that the maximum luminance could have been a lot higher, but when we test LCDs we make sure that they are calibrated properly and then give you the results that you will see when using them - not the maximum "theoretical" numbers.  After we finished with our luminance meter, we also used the Datacolor Spyder with the latest software update to perform contrast readings as various brightness levels.

Contrast Ratio Brightness Chart

Contrast Ratio at Different Brightness Settings

 

We used the updated Spyder software to get a lighting uniformity reading at different brightness levels. The software and hardware combination takes readings at different brightness levels at different places on the screen to blend together results. It's interesting to see how different brightness levels on the monitor yield much different uniformity results. Please note the uniformity and brightness levels below.

Uniformity at 50%
Uniformity at 50%

Uniformity at 67%
Uniformity at 67%

   

Uniformity at 83%
Uniformity at 83%

Uniformity at 100%
Uniformity at 100%

 

As you can see the backlight drops off in certain areas of the display, but never drops below 81% of the brightest point.  While that may sound like a lot, often other "premium" displays from other companies can vary as much as 20%.  The Samsung S27C750P comes in with a maximum 19% variation and is at the limit of what I'd like to think is acceptable. That being said, you don't notice that much difference with your eyes. While some edges do seem to not be as bright, it's not widely noticeable. Still, it measures 19%.

On the last page we'll cover some real-world applications and see how it holds up playing movies as well as day-to-day tasks before we wrap things up.


Performance - Text:

The majority of my use and is text and internet browsing and I used the S27C750P in this regard as a primary display on a gaming PC for several weeks and moderately pleased with the overall text quality.  The resolution on this 27-inch unit is only 1920x1080 and while many people may love the larger text, I find the low pixel density leaves a bit of a "window screen" appearance on the display and you can clearly see the pixels and more notably the gap in between the pixels. This is a common issue with any large standard resolution display and this is why I'm a fan of large displays with a higher resolution - or this same resolution on a 23-inch - 24-inch display. The text is large enough on this display, but the overall appearance of the text looks a little blocky to me with the pixel gap.

 

Performance - Video/Photo:

I didn't have much time to watch movies, but I did make sure to watch some HD movies on the S27C750P display. The upside to having a full 1080p display and not something higher is that movies look very good on the display. When calibrated correctly, the movies were sharp and looked natural - not like some super vivid TVs that make everything look ultra-realistic to the point of fake.  Blu-Ray movies looked great as did every other type of video content. If it looked bad, I could only blame it on the quality of the source - the display performed flawlessly.  When it comes to working with photos, once the display is calibrated properly, it is decent but the pixel density (or lack of it) took some time to get used to. While the color is quite accurate and that is a big deal for photographers, the overall image quality of a 24MP image gets lost a bit in the display. It's decent, but in my mind it's not the greatest for photo editing or showcasing your images.

 

Performance - Gaming:

I'm spoiled when it comes to gaming on LCD displays. I currently use a 30" Samsung 305T or an ASUS 120Hz 3D Monitor and am used to having things run like butter. Thankfully the S27C750P can deliver a very good gaming experience. The 5ms GtG rating is fast enough for most games and I never noticed any "ghosting" on this unit as I do on my 305T and even the MD230X3 Eyefinity setup we tested a while back.

With the screen was completely calibrated for color and brightness, gaming was a pleasure at the same settings. The calibrated display worked very well and the large screen, combined with the 1920x1080 resolution made Call of Duty: Ghosts look better and run smoother than on the 305T. In fact, that particular game looks absolutely horrible at 2560x1600.  Overall, it was a great experience out of the box or calibrated. Both Xbox and PC gaming was an absolute pleasure on this display.

Front

 

Portrait Mode:

This monitor has the ability to rotate and function easily in both landscape and portrait mode. Most applications and designed for landscape mode and that’s how we used it for most of testing. If you are doing a lot of programming, text editing or writing though, the portrait mode is pretty handy as you now have a display that is 1080x1920 and it gives you a lot more screen length for editing those large and long documents. Before you rotate the LCD into the portrait orientation, make sure you change the display mode in your drivers as well. That way you don’t have to try and navigate your computer screen with your head turned sideways.

 

Conclusion:

The S27C750P is a very decent monitor that comes in at a decent price point. You can currently find it online for around $350. At that price, it's a very attractive display. When you combine the fact that it has a couple of HDMI connections as well as an older VGA connection, it becomes a bit more attractive. It doesn't have a ton of different input options and I'd like to see DisplayPort on more devices, but most systems have HDMI and this makes it pretty universal.

The build quality of the bezel and overall appearance is pretty nice. When it comes to eye-candy, Samsung knows how to make plastic look good. The stand is the piece of hardware that gets me though. While I absolutely love the location of the rear ports and how the integrated cable management works so perfectly, the fact that there is no height adjustment is a little disappointing. I use desk that had an elevated area for my monitor and as such, I often have to lower the display in order to keep my eyes even with the screen. The S27C750P is too high on this desk and my neck pays the price as I have to look up all the time.

The portrait mode is nice. While many people won't use it often, it is really handy for those of us that do use this feature. I do a lot of text work and this display is fantastic for things like this. If you do a lot of text editing, writing or programming, this LCD is a great choice in that department – as long as you have it far enough away that you can't see the pixel grid.

At the end of the day, I'm kind of lost as to who this monitor is really for. While the portrait mode is designed for programmers the lack of pixel density on the large screen makes staring at text for hours a little hard on the eyes - my eyes at least. I know that not everyone is as fussy as me in this area - but some are fussier.

Where this monitor really shines is for watching videos and for gaming. Even though it isn't 120Hz or better, it has very fluid movement and doesn't ghost or lag at all. I was very impressed with it for gaming - both on the PC as well as on the Xbox 360. Video and motion work very well as your eyes are constantly moving over the screen.

 

Pros:
  • Attractive design
  • Portrait Mode
  • Multiple inputs
  • Excellent cable management
  • Good color accuracy
  • No "ghosting" in video games or movies
  • Good cable management

 

Cons:

  • No height adjustment
  • Low pixel density
  • 19% variation in brightness uniformity
  • No DisplayPort or DVI Input

BCCRating

 

I'd like to thank Samsung for sending us this display for the review. If you have any questions or comments, please post them in the forum at the link below.