Samsung's new Series 9 family starts with a Quad HD 27in beast featuring a new Plane Line Switching (PLS) LED-backlit panel.
Samsung has officially launched its Series 9 monitors, with the first model in the family offering an impressive 2,560x1,440 resolution in a 27in diagonal.
Based on an In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel using new Plane Line Switching (PLS) technology with LED backlighting, Samsung claims the high-resolution display can hit a 1,000:1 static contrast ratio which can be further boosted using the company's Mega ∞ Dynamic Contrast Ratio (DCR) technology. Overall display brightness is given at 285cd/m², a response time of 5ms is promised, while the IPS panel means viewing angles of 178 degrees both vertically and horizontally.
The Series 9 LED S27B970D, to give the product its full title, comes in a high-gloss black and metal-silver casing with tilt and 100mm height-adjustable stand, and features dual-link DVI and HDMI inputs along with an integral dual-port USB 2.0 hub. Rated power consumption is given by Samsung as 63W maximum, with standby power rated at 0.5W maximum.
Given Samsung's targeting of the well-heeled prosumer market, it should come as no surprise that the box includes a power cable, DVI cable, Display Port adapter cable, and a USB 2.0 cable - although, for some reason, Samsung has opted not to include an HDMI cable with the display.
As well as acting as a standard USB 2.0 hub, the monitor's USB circuitry hides another feature: Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) support. Connected to an MHL-compatible smartphone, the monitor can charge the device while simultaneously transferring high-definition video and stereo audio for playback through the monitor's integral stereo speakers.
The display's biggest selling point, however, comes from a claimed hour-long adjustment process carried out at the factory during which Samsung engineers calibrate the monitor for maximum image quality. An in-built calibration engine allows for additional fine-tuning on-site, although the colourimeter sensor required is an additional-cost add-on.
According to Samsung, the new PLS panel means improved colour reproduction across the entire sRGB spectrum with no degradation even when viewed at the extreme ends of the display's 178-degree viewing angle. The company is even going so far as to claim the panel offers the most accurate colour reproduction of any LCD on the market - although this claim has yet to be independently validated.
Currently the display is only available in the US through a timed-exclusive deal with retailer NewEgg, where it is priced at an eyebrow-raising $1,199 (around £767 excluding taxes.) Details of a UK release have yet to be confirmed.