Thursday, January 5th 2012

Samsung Preparing a 27-inch WQHD (2560 x 1440) Monitor

Next week at CES 2012, Samsung Electronics will show off for the first time its new Series 9 premium monitor, a slim and sexy widescreen called S27A970 which features a 27-inch PLS (Plane Line Switching) panel capable of a maximum resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels.

Samsung's creation also has an anti-glare edge-to-edge glass display, an aluminum stand and base, a response time of 5 ms, 178/178 degree viewing angles, a static contrast ratio of 1,000:1, a maximum brightness of 300 cd/m2, two 7 W built-in speakers, a 2-port USB 2.0 hub, DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort inputs, plus a Mobile High Definition Link (MHL) enabling connectivity with MHL-supporting smartphones and tablets.

The Series 9 S27A970 is expected to become available in March priced at $1,200.
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69 Comments on Samsung Preparing a 27-inch WQHD (2560 x 1440) Monitor

#1
Prima.Vera
Common man, used you head, you're fixed on numbers. Sure a 4:3 screen can display the same amount as a 16:9, but the cost is that the image needs to be stretched, therefore looking like carp. The same this happens when playing (real) older games that don't know wide aspect.
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#2
radrok
Why would the image be stretched? If you display a 16:9 content on a 4:3 monitor provided the width remains the same (2560 for both) on the 16:9 you'd have a filled screen and on the 4:3 you'd have black bars on the unused pixels, no stretching.

sorry for the edit, mispelled a word
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#3
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
radrok said:
Why would the image be stretched? If you display a 16:9 content on a 4:3 monitor provided the width remains the same (2560 for both) on the 16:9 you'd have a filled screen and on the 4:3 you'd have black bars on the unused pixels, no stretching.

sorry for the edit, mispelled a word
This.

I have a 1280x1024 monitor. If I play a game using 1280x960 there are black bars on the top and bottom and image quality is exactly the same.
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#4
Mega-Japan
radrok said:
Why would the image be stretched? If you display a 16:9 content on a 4:3 monitor provided the width remains the same (2560 for both) on the 16:9 you'd have a filled screen and on the 4:3 you'd have black bars on the unused pixels, no stretching.

sorry for the edit, mispelled a word
Point taken.
But I think the point cousin is trying to make is, why would you want black bars on top and bottom of the screen?
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#5
Completely Bonkers
You can't argue with logic frick. They'll only say they don't like the black bars... they say they are ugly... but then they go any buy a monitor with a black bezel... lol... or play with the lights turned down... lol again.
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#6
Mussels
Moderprator
Completely Bonkers said:
You can't argue with logic frick. They'll only say they don't like the black bars... they say they are ugly... but then they go any buy a monitor with a black bezel... lol... or play with the lights turned down... lol again.
black bars are ugly. black bezel is not.
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#7
Mega-Japan
Completely Bonkers said:
You can't argue with logic frick. They'll only say they don't like the black bars... they say they are ugly... but then they go any buy a monitor with a black bezel... lol... or play with the lights turned down... lol again.
Unless you have a perfect contrast ratio OLED TV, you ARE going to see the black bars. I have a "top of the line" LED HDTV and I clearly see those black bars when playing 21:9 movies. The bazel however, is invisible in the dark room.
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#8
Wile E
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Prima.Vera said:
Common man, used you head, you're fixed on numbers. Sure a 4:3 screen can display the same amount as a 16:9, but the cost is that the image needs to be stretched, therefore looking like carp. The same this happens when playing (real) older games that don't know wide aspect.
There is no stretching at all. I know this for a fact, because I have a 1920x1200 monitor and play 1080p content on it all the time. It adds a 60 pixel bar on top of the image and one on the bottom. It displays a perfect 1920x1080 pixels.

The only argument against is the black bars, and considering how many movies have them even on 16:9 monitors, I find it a questionable argument at best. But not having black bars is a personal preference, not a technical limitation. If you prefer to not have the bars, that's fine, but it doesn't take away the fact that 16:10 and 4:3 are more capable.
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#9
theJesus
Yup, it's the bars I hate. For me though, there's no escaping the bars, because I also emulate/play lots of old games that are 4:3 and watch older shows and movies that are 4:3, so I end up with bars on the sides.

I find bars on the sides less annoying than bars on top/bottom though.
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#10
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
theJesus said:
Yup, it's the bars I hate. For me though, there's no escaping the bars, because I also emulate/play lots of old games that are 4:3 and watch older shows and movies that are 4:3, so I end up with bars on the sides.

I find bars on the sides less annoying than bars on top/bottom though.
It's the opposite for me. I don't mind top/bottom bars at all, side bars I hate though.
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#11
Mega-Japan
I think we will ALWAYS have bars. Most (if not all) recent blockbuster movies come in a 21:9, and how many of you have a 21:9 TV/Monitor?
TV Shows, late 1990's, early 2000's movies come in 16:9.
Antique stuff comes in 4:3.
Though I can't think of anything that comes in native 16:10...
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#12
Wile E
Power User
Mega-Japan said:
I think we will ALWAYS have bars. Most (if not all) recent blockbuster movies come in a 21:9, and how many of you have a 21:9 TV/Monitor?
TV Shows, late 1990's, early 2000's movies come in 16:9.
Antique stuff comes in 4:3.
Though I can't think of anything that comes in native 16:10...
That's why I don't really think bars should drive a monitor decision. We get them no matter what we do.
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#13
theJesus
Have you ever tried watching something in 21:9 on a 4:3 screen? lol it's probably the worst situation ever
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#14
Wile E
Power User
theJesus said:
Have you ever tried watching something in 21:9 on a 4:3 screen? lol it's probably the worst situation ever
Yeah. Doesn't bother me at all, as the image quality is still identical, and I see all of the content I was intended to see.
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#15
Mega-Japan
theJesus said:
Have you ever tried watching something in 21:9 on a 4:3 screen? lol it's probably the worst situation ever
I can only imagine. A few years back when I had a 16:10 monitor, I used to think it was the "medium" for 16:9 and 4:3 shows that I'd constantly watch.

Then the wave of 21:9 media fell upon us, and I moved to a 16:9 monitor (reasons being because it was technologically superior, not because of aspect ratio), and now I find this to be the new medium.
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#16
theJesus
Wile E said:
Yeah. Doesn't bother me at all, as the image quality is still identical, and I see all of the content I was intended to see.
Maybe it bothered me because my screen was only 21" to begin with, so I'm sure you can imagine how small the image ended up being.
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#17
Prima.Vera
I hate black lines. I hate those console ports craps when you are forced to play 1080p games on a 1200p display with black borders. Those black borders are really really annoying!!!
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#18
Mega-Japan
Prima.Vera said:
I hate black lines. I hate those console ports craps when you are forced to play 1080p games on a 1200p display with black borders. Those black borders are really really annoying!!!
You know, back when I had a 1920x1200 27" Monitor, I remember playing my XBOX 360 on it and the games would cover the entire screen, no black bars. I'm sure that the image was being stretched, but 60px on top and bottom isn't large enough to significantly distort the image upon the stretch, so I hardly noticed. If it would have been a 4:3 display however, that's another story.

And then I sold the 360 and bought myself a ZuneHD. Good times...
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#19
Meizuman
For fcuk sakes guys! This again?! Whenever I open a news post about a screen that is xx:x the shitmill about black bars, resolution, games, movies, stretching etc starts. How about focusing on the product and its features? 2 pages of aspect ratio? C'mon! :shadedshu

Wonder if Samsung has gotten better in the PLS backlight bleed department, 24" SA850 is quite bad on that aspect.
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