Samsung T27A950 LED Monitor Review
If looks could sell….
Like all-in-one PCs, a two-in-one solution of television-cum-PC monitor are much desired, but rarely ever owned and drastically outnumbered by their normal, separate product brethren. There is a good reason for it: price. It seems slapping components in one cool case issues license for manufacturers to charge exuberant prices when similar spec-ed hardware could be bought for half its price.
But if the hardware provides enough juice to back-up its wallet busting price tag, consumers do usually take the hit on the chin and accept it. Apple seems to be doing well, right? Samsung, usually a company of reasonable wares and prices, has taken a similar liberty with its Syncmaster T27A950 Series 9 LED spectacle. It’s a hybrid of a television, a PC monitor and the Goddess of Beauty. It is crammed with features – HDMI ports, speakers, USBs, 3D, you name it – and its looks? Let’s just that if this Syncmaster were a lady, I would be wearing my best suit to the office every day.
But does this cool case provide the necessary juice to justify its AED 3,499 price tag? That’s what we will be looking at in this review.
Whoever designed the T27A950 must have had an epiphany. The production of dull and drab must end now, he must have thought. I am going to design a television that not only is not black but will leave everyone gasping for breath. Let practicality be damned, if it has to!
And so he did – the T27A950 is truly a work of art. It’s a showing from the designers of Samsung’s generous faith in them – conveyed via a short message which must have said “hey, you know, go nuts”. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that the T27A950 is thee most gorgeous piece of hardware that I have ever laid my eyes on. Its metallic finishing, super slim body, and the swooping arch with which the screen emerges from its stand, unsupported on the other end, is ridiculously stylish and supremely elegant. It does make everything else on the desk look like crap though.
But like the Hummer, the T27A950 is big and bold and is only meant to be used in a single way – in this case, right on the desktop and not in the desert. Practicality was indeed given a damn while designing it and what you now have is a solid, rigid monitor that can do nothing else other than look pretty. Like a PC monitor should, it lacks height adjustment of any kind, and like a TV should, it lacks swivel and wall-mount holes. It only tilts 20 degrees slant, which is barely helpful.
But with whatever it has, the T27A950 is a spot less design all the way through. It doesn’t host the connections on its back, instead delegating the task to the 20 inches foot stand. It’s got 2x USB ports, 2x HDMI, and 1x of headphone jack, optical audio, and composite/component. There is no DVI or VGA sadly, so you will have to make do with the HDMI ports. If you have a PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 that you want to connect to it – yes, now is the time to decide which one of it you hate the most to deserve a component input.
Coming to the ‘operating’ parts of it, the on-screen display controls are hosted on the curve where the display and its singular stand begins to converge. They are touch-based and that means suffering the routine unresponsiveness. Thankfully, you have a nice big remote with nice big chunky buttons as a replacement. It does what a normal TV remote does, including providing access to Samsung Sm@rt Hub – an app store for the television which hosts apps for YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and various games and video streaming services. Of course, if you have a PC connected, this becomes quite pointless.
The Sm@rt Hub must be accessed via the Internet of course, for which you will either need to pull a LAN cable or connect through Samsung’s WiFi dongle, which is not included in the package – quite a bummer for its price!