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REVIEW / Samsung SyncMaster P2770HD

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Pierre-Jean Alzieu
Alexandre Botella
Published on April 16, 2010
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  • Screen size 27 inches
  • Panel type TN
  • Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Response time 5 ms
  • Inputs (HDMI / DVI / VGA / Component) 1 / 1 / 1 / 1
  • Other details SCART, digital TV tuner, 2 x 3-watt speakers
The Samsung P2770HD is the largest model in the P2x70HD range. We've already tested the 23-inch version, which is still probably the best hybrid monitor out there. Both have a 5 ms TN panel, a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and a good selection of connections. However, the larger screen size of the 27-inch version could well make picture defects much more noticeable.

Plenty of connections but no accessories

Just like the P2370HD, the P2770HD has a large selection of audio and video entries. At the rear, you'll find HDMI, DVI and VGA connections, as well as a digital TV tuner, a SCART socket, a component connection, a headphones socket and an optical output, just in case the pair of integrated speakers aren't good enough for you. It would have been nice to have some kind of accessory to go with all that, like a USB hub or a card reader. This could also have pushed its score higher than just three stars.

Colours: a big disappointment

Default colours
Ideal colours
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Colour reproduction isn't as good as we might have hoped. The 23-inch version displayed accurate default colours but the 27-inch model has a deltaE of 4. In general, colour reproduction issues are considered unnoticeable when the deltaE is under 3. The resulting colours are not awful, but picky users or anyone looking to edit photos accurately might want to try downloading a calibration profile.

It's important to mention that the P2770HD has a default brightness setting of 330 cd/m². I'd strongly advise you to lower this if you're in a room with standard lighting. I recommend switching it from 100 to 60 in the internal menu.

Contrast is almost 900:1, which is slightly better than the average recorded value of 850:1.

Responsiveness: not for gamers, well, not all gamers

Coloured   Transparent
Average ghosting
over ten frames

Samsung has used a 5 ms TN panel for monitors in this series, which could prove problematic for FPS games like Quake, Unreal and Call of Duty. It all depends whether the blurring in faster sequences bothers you or not. Otherwise, the responsiveness will be adequate for office computing, web browsing and slower games.

The average input lag of under two frames isn't noticeable and won't affect multiplayer gaming.
Just like the movies?
As a TV, the P2770HD does pretty well compared with other hybrid monitors, but it can't compete with the best TVs on the market. The screen's lack of responsiveness affects picture quality in fast-action scenes and the soft upscaling makes the picture slightly blurred. However, aliasing is reduced, and from a distance of 1.5 to 2 metres, the few defects are not noticeable. All this makes the P2770HD a decent TV for occasional use.

Although hybrid monitors are always improving, they still have a long way to go to catch up with TVs. The P2770HD, for example, has just one HDMI port and no Motion Plus technology to keep the picture smooth. Plus, there's still no USB port for access to videos stored on an external hard drive. Let's hope the next generation of hybrids can do better.


  • Digital TV tuner
  • Low input lag
  • Decent video upscaling (for a hybrid monitor)


  • TN panel makes the screen look dark from certain angles
  • Inaccurate colours
  • A VA panel would have been better for watching films
  • Power consumption


The P2770HD isn't perfect. It is, however, the best 27-inch hybrid monitor out there at the moment.
4 Samsung SyncMaster P2770HD DigitalVersus 2010-04-16 00:00:00
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