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Samsung S27B971D PC Monitor

reviewed.com Editor's Choice 01net.com 4 Star
27" Mega Contrast LED May 2014
Screen Size Dynamic Contrast Ratio Display Type Built-In Speaker Release Date
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17 Reasons For

Two Industry Awards

The editor of one expert review site wrote that this LCD screen was exceptional and gave it their highest award. Reviewed.com gave this Samsung PC monitor an "Editor's Choice" award.

This flatpanel monitor received a "4 Star" award from 01net.com.

Expert Reviews Are Average

Eight experts from sites including PC Mag, Digitaltrends.com, macworld.co.uk and altomdata.dk have rated this LCD screen on average 78%.

Nice Design

A few Samsung S27B971 owners who bought it agreed that it was good looking. Digitaltrends.com said in their Samsung S27B971 review “On the one hand, this stylish display looks”. Three years ago Reviewed.com mentioned “Samsung's S27B971D—also called Series 9, or S9 if you prefer a more elegant phrase—is the company's flagship monitor for 2013” in their review. Digitalcameraworld.com mentioned “Stylish design”.

Robust

Three Samsung S27B971 owners who reviewed it reckoned that it was well made. Three years ago Macworld.co.uk wrote in their review of this PC monitor “Blah blah Generally, if you want high specifications and great build quality, you have to pay a premium for it”. Expert review site Reviewed.com gave the product a score of 5 stars and wrote in the same month “It's clearly engineered and calibrated for the needs of professionals, though it's certainly elegant-looking enough to sit on more than a few receptionists' desks” in their review.

Good Product Quality

Two people concluded that it was good quality. Expert website Macworld.co.uk said “Go premium with high quality, gorgeous styling”. Digitalcameraworld.com said “Great build quality, stylish looks, touch-sensitive menu controls, all main interfaces, high 2560 1440 resolution, lots of screen space at 27", bundled leads, excellent colour accuracy, great colour a” in their review of the Samsung S27B971 and gave it a rating of 4 stars.

Easy to Use

One Samsung S27B971 owner reckoned that the Samsung S27B971 had a touch sensitive screen.

Good Technical Features

One Samsung S27B971 reviewer who bought this PC monitor concluded that it had good features. Expert review site Anandtech.com wrote “It is a very interesting mix of features and performance that sits a bit on its own” in their Samsung S27B971 review.

Mega Contrast Dynamic Contrast Ratio Marketing Name

The dynamic contrast ratio marketing name of this flatpanel monitor is Mega Contrast, which is the most frequently found dynamic contrast ratio marketing name on PC screens that are a similar age to it.

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Samsung Has Good PC Screen Reviews

On average Samsung medium monitors have good reviews as do all LCD screens built by Samsung.

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LED Display Type

This PC monitor has an LED display type, which is the most commonly found display type on PC displays of this age and spec.

There are a number of other flatpanel monitors that have an LED Display currently available that you might also want to look at including the Eizo ColorEdge CX271[plb_2285799_price] which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Speaker

The S27B971 has a built-in speaker. Most of the other medium monitors that have been around for around the same time as the S27B971 do not have a built-in speaker.

We compared this flatpanel monitor to all the other PC monitors with a built-in speaker and we think the HP ENVY 27[plb_1918669_price] which is cheaper; or the Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display[plb_1794077_price], and the Eizo FlexScan EV3237[plb_2503378_price] which has better reviews are also worth considering.

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Fairly Wide Horizontal Viewing Angle

With a horizontal viewing angle of 178 degrees, the Samsung S27B971 has one of the wider horizontal viewing angles amongst similar spec flatpanel monitors of this age. The horizontal viewing angles of LCD screens of this age and spec range from 60° to 1,800°.

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Fairly High RMS Rated Audio Power

With an RMS rated audio power of 14 Watts, the Samsung S27B971 has one of the higher RMS rated audio powers amongst similar spec PC screens of this age. The lowest RMS rated audio power of flatpanel monitors of a comparable age and type to the S27B971 is 0.5W and the highest is 49W.

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1440p Video Mode

The most resolution of the S27B971 is 1440p. That's 33% more resolution than the most frequently found video mode of 1080p.

A 1440p video mode is actually the best resolution across all similar spec PC monitors that came out more than two years ago.

A 480p video mode is the worst resolution across similar types of PC monitor.

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Fairly Bright Display Brightness

The Samsung S27B971 has a quite bright display brightness (300 candellas per square meter) compared to most of the other PC screens that came out more than two years ago. The display brightness of medium monitors that were released more than two years ago range from 30 cd/m² to 1,700 cd/m².

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2560 X 1440 Graphics Resolution

The highest resolution of the S27B971 is 2560 x 1440. That's 78% more resolution than a 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080) PC display, which is the most common resolution. Across all LCD screens that came out around the same time as the S27B971 the best resolution is 3840 x 2160 and the worst is 640 x 350.

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Shallow

The depth of the S27B971 of only 23.2 millimeters is one of the shallowest amongst similar spec PC screens that have been around for around the same time as the S27B971. The average depth of PC screens of this age and type is 110mm, and the depths range from 12mm to 560mm.

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Inferior Picture Quality

Some people said in their reviews that it did not have a good contrast ratio. Expert review site Pcmag.com said in their review of this PC monitor three years ago “Accurate color reproduction and very dark blacks”. Also three years ago Itreviews.com rated this PC monitor 3 stars and wrote “The Samsung Series 9 S27B971D is an attractive 27-inch PLS monitor that delivers bold color reproduction and very dark blacks” in their review.

A Bit Expensive

Two Samsung S27B971 owners who reviewed the Samsung S27B971 said that it was not cheap. Digitalcameraworld.com wrote in their review of this PC monitor two years ago “Expensive, contrast and brightness arent anything to write home about, stand doesnt offer much flexibility, rather large bevel” but in spite of that they still rated the Samsung S27B971 4 stars. Digitalcameraworld.com also mentioned “Extremely expensive”.

One Samsung S27B971 reviewer mentioned that the Samsung S27B971 was not good value for money. Reviewed.com mentioned in their review of the Samsung S27B971 “The S9 is not super affordable” however they rated it 5 stars.

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Not Cheap

The price range of LCD screens that have been available for more than two years is from £51 to £5,421. We think that this PC screen looks expensive compared to other LCD screens that have been available for more than two years.

Only Mega Contrast Dynamic Contrast Ratio

This LCD screen has a Mega Contrast dynamic contrast ratio, which is typical of many PC displays that have been available for a similar time to it.

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Very High Running Costs

The S27B971 is one of the most expensive to run LCD screens of this type and age that we have assessed for running costs. Based on average energy prices, we estimate the S27B971 will cost £88 over 5 years to run.

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Not 3D Compatible

The S27B971 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other PC displays that have been around for around the same time as the S27B971 are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Camera

The S27B971 does not have a built-in camera, although keep in mind that most of the other similar spec PC displays that have been available for more than two years also do not have a built-in camera.

We compared this LCD screen to all the other PC monitors with a built-in camera and we think the Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display[plb_1794077_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Have an Integrated Card Reader

Most LCD screens of a comparable spec and age to the S27B971 do not have an integrated card reader. The S27B971 is no exception to this as it too does not have an integrated card reader.

We think you might also be interested in alternative LCD screens which also have an integrated card reader including the DELL U3011[plb_1534149_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Only HD HD Type

This flatpanel monitor has a Wide Quad HD HD type, which is typical of many PC screens of this age and type.

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Fairly High Maximum Power Consumption

The lowest maximum power consumption of PC monitors that came out more than two years ago is 5.4W, the highest is 250W, and the average maximum power consumption is 52W. With a maximum power consumption of 63 Watts, the Samsung S27B971 has one of the higher maximum power consumptions amongst flatpanel monitors of this age.

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1 Other reason to consider the Samsung S27B971

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when Samsung released the S27B971.

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2 Awards

reviewed.com Editor's Choice 01net.com 4 Star

Expert Reviews

(13)
20 October 2014

What is the best monitor for photo editing? Colour-accurate monitors offer true-to-life reproduction of photographic images, but price and performance varies. We've tested 10 of the top models... Read more…

Great build quality, stylish looks, touch-sensitive menu controls, all main interfaces, high 2560 1440 resolution, lots of screen space at 27", bundled leads, excellent colour accuracy, great colour a
Numerous onscreen display controls
Very accurate color and gamma
Bright display with matte finish
Excellent calibration from the factory
Expensive, contrast and brightness arent anything to write home about, stand doesnt offer much flexibility, rather large bevel
Stand does not swivel or rotate
Middling black levels
Extremely expensive
Expensive
19 February 2014

Most of us don't upgrade our monitors very often. If you already own an S27B970D, there is nothing about the newer model that warrants shelling out another $1000. The two main improvements are...

19 February 2014

Most of us don't upgrade our monitors very often. If you already own an S27B970D, there is nothing about the newer model that warrants shelling out another $1000. The two main improvements are...

20 November 2013

Go premium with high quality, gorgeous styling and blah blah Generally, if you want high specifications and great build quality, you have to pay a premium for it. How high a premium you are... Read more…

31 October 2013

What I've been trying to figure out is where the Samsung S27B971D sits in the display hierarchy. It is a very interesting mix of features and performance that sits a bit on its own. From the...

24 August 2013

The Samsung Series 9 S27B971D is an attractive 27-inch PLS monitor that delivers bold color reproduction and very dark blacks...

22 August 2013

The Samsung Series 9 is a display that feels wedged between two different categories. On the one hand, this stylish display looks and feels at first glance like a high-end consumer product; but on...

22 August 2013

The Samsung Series 9 S27B971D is an attractive 27-inch PLS monitor that delivers bold and accurate color reproduction and very dark blacks. It is well equipped and offers wide viewing angles but...

22 August 2013

At an MSRP of $1199, the S9 is not super affordable. It's clearly engineered and calibrated for the needs of professionals, though it's certainly elegant-looking enough to sit on more than a few...

Reviewed.com

30 October 2013

Bref, pour les graphistes et amateurs de retouche d'image dotés d'un gros budget et d'une certaine exigence en termes de design, ce moniteur affiche une image tout simplement parfaite et en très...

01net.com

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Electricity cost when switched on £84.93
Electricity cost when on standby £3.04
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Total running cost over 5 years £87.97
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Running this PC monitor over 5 years will generate 0.44 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
12
To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 12 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers samsung ls27b971, samsung ls27b971d, samsung ls27b971ds, samsung ls27b971dse, samsung ls27b971dsen
Barcodes 00887276849089, 08806085413160

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