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Samsung 27inch S27B970D Series 9 Quad HD LED Monitor Review

Designed for photographers, video and anyone else looking for a high quality monitor we look at the Samsung 27inch S27B970D Series 9 Quad HD LED Monitor.

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The Samsung Series 9 monitors have been designed with built in colour calibration to produce a high quality image for photographers, video and anyone else who needs a high quality computer display.

Samsung 27inch S27B970D Series 9 Quad HD LED Features

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Key Features

  • 27inch / 68cm (16:9) Screen Size
  • PLS LED Type
  • 285cd/m² (High Bright Mode) 220cd/m2 (Standard Mode)
  • Mega ∞ DCR (Static 1000:1) on High Bright, Cinema Mode
  • 2560 x 1440 (Wide Quad-HD) Resolution
  • 5ms (Gray-to-gray) Response Time
  • 178° / 178° Viewing Angle (Horizontal/Vertical)
  • 16.7M Colours Support
  • HDMI available (1.4Ver)*1
  • Dual Link DVI available *1
  • Display Port available (1.1ver)*1
  • Built - in Speaker 7 Watt* 2ch
  • USB Hub available (Ver 2.0 1Up, 2Down)
  • HAS (Height Adjustable Stand) 100mm, Tilt
  • 23.2mm thick or thin screen

Samsung 27inch S27B970D Series 9 Quad HD LED Handling

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  • H/W Calibration Engine available
  • Gamma, Uniformity, Colour Coordinate correction
  • LUT (Look-up Table) Bit Depth :16bit
  • Gray Balance : ΔEab ≤ 1 on sRGB, Calibration Mode
  • Uniformity Correction : ΔEab ≤ 3, Luminance > 90% , on Standard, sRGB, Calibration Mode
The Samsung has built in colour calibration, and is tuned at the factory for excellent uniformity across the screen. The frame is made out of metal, and the screen has a "Crystal Clear" glass panel, which can be adjusted for height.

The screen has 178 degree viewing angles both vertically and horizontally for clear viewing even if viewing from a different angle.

The screen is a high resolution unit with a 2560 x 1440 display, and requires a dual link DVI cable (these use more pins than standard DVI cables). This enables an excellent workspace, allowing you to easily view windows side by side.

The monitor has built in speakers for use with the DisplayPort or HDMI input. Alternatively there is no audio jack input.

On the base of the screen are connections for power, DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort, and USB from PC, as well as two USB ports on the side.

Samsung 27inch S27B970D Series 9 Quad HD LED Performance

Samsung Touch Controls
Samsung touch controls light up when touched or when the screen is on.

Samsung 27in S27b970d Monitor Front (2)

The Samsung is extremely stylish with a stylish round base, with a neat control panel in the middle. This is easy to use except for when you have the monitor at it's lowest position, as this blocks access to it.

Samsung Skyler Shot

Samsung Skyler Photo, the photo of the screen was taken with a Canon Powershot SX160 IS. Photos look excellent on the monitor. Colours look great with excellent contrast between blacks and whites. Black and white photos look particularly impressive thanks to the gloss finish.

Samsung 27in S27b970d Monitor Front

Natural Colour Expert software comes with the monitor on CD, however this needs an optional calibration device, such as the Spyder 4 (although it didn't accept this device as a suitable calibration device), to calibrate the monitor. The manual says the software is compatible with xrite calibrators.

Samsung 27inch Srgb Results
Samsung 27inch sRGB Results

Using the Spyder4 Elite, we were able to test the colour performance of the Samsung, and it said it provided 99% of the sRGB colour gamut (78% AdobeRGB). We also ran the Spyder4Elite to calibrate the screen and switching between the before and after comparisons, there was very little difference, showing that the performance of the monitor is very good straight out of the box. Running a full range of tests using the Spyder4 Elite the screen scored extremely highly, with a 5/5 rating for Gamut and Colour Uniformity, as well as 4.5 for Tone Response, White Point, Luminance Uniformity, and Colour Accuracy, with the only weakness the Contrast score of 3.5. You can view the full scores here.

Value For Money

The Samsung is available for £750 making it quite an expensive monitor compared to more typical 27inch monitors, however very few are as stylish as this monitor. The typical 27inch monitor with Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080) is available for £200 to £260, while other monitors with a high 2560 x 1944 resolution, such as the EIZO FlexScan SX2762W are available for around £750 but has a matt screen, AdobeRGB as well as sRGB, the Dell Ultrasharp U2711 is available for around £550, while the NEC MultiSync PA271W is available for around £993 with a 3 year warranty.

Samsung 27inch S27B970D Series 9 Quad HD LED Verdict

The Samsung 27inch Series 9 LED monitor looks excellent with gorgeous colour reproduction and a high resolution screen, however with the gloss reflective screen (which helps photos pop) you do need to be careful about where you place the monitor to avoid distracting reflections, these are particularly noticeable with black backgrounds. Performance out of the box is very good, and even without calibrating the monitor manually, the screen gives very good results. If you work in a standard office with bright lights and large windows, the reflective screen may not be ideal, but if you're in control of your environment and work in a less bright office, then this screen should be very high on your wish list.

  The Samsung 27inch Series 9 Monitor is extremely stylish and has excellent quality and performance.
More information is available on the Samsung Website.

Samsung 27inch S27B970D Series 9 Quad HD LED Pros

Compact and extremely stylish
Extremely high image quality
High resolution 2560 x 1440
Cleaning cloth included
Excellent colour uniformity
Firmware updates

Samsung 27inch S27B970D Series 9 Quad HD LED Cons

Glossy reflection
Audio is only available via HDMI or DisplayPort
Lacks Portrait Orientation
1 year warranty


Samsung 27inch S27B970D Series 9 Quad HD LED Monitor Specifications

TFT Monitor
Screen Size (Diagonal)27inches
Device TypePLS LED Type
TFT TechnologyPLS LED
Resolution1440Pixels - 2560Pixels
Aspect Ratio16:9
Dot Pitch / Pixel Pitch0.229mm
Colour Support16.7m
Image Contrast Ratio (Max)1000:1
Viewing Angles178° / 178° Viewing Angle (Horizontal/Vertical)
Input Type
  • DVI-D
  • HDMI
  • DisplayPort
Built in Speakers7watt, 2 channel
USB Hub Built In
  • Yes
Power Source
Power Consumption (W)0.5 - 63
Box Contents
Box ContentsDisplayport cable, MHL cable (HDMI to micro 5pin), DVI-Dual-Link cable, USB 2.0 Cable included, E-manual, Install CD, Quick Setup Guide, Natural Colour Expert Data Sheet included

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JackAllTog Plus
13 6.4k 58 United Kingdom
15 Nov 2012 9:17AM
Thanks, a good monitor review with a few comparative options noted in the review too.

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