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If you live in a small apartment or dorm room, or simply want to add an HDTV to your already cramped home office, a hybrid monitor can help you to maximize your space. One such model, the Samsung T27A950 ($799 list), delivers an outstanding high-def picture and offers a nice selection of internet apps. What's more, this beautifully designed 27-inch hybrid is 3D-capable, converts 2D images to 3D, and comes with a pair of lightweight active shutter glasses. Light grayscale performance is lacking, however, as is its 2D to 3D conversion image quality. And, it's expensive. The T27A950 is arguably the most attractive monitor to pass through our labs. The 27-inch 1920 x 1080 TN+ panel is framed by extremely thin 0.37-inch glossy black bezels on the top and sides and a 1.25-inch bezel on the bottom. The razor-thin cabinet (0.44-inches) is finished in brushed aluminum, as is the uniquely designed base. Whereas most monitors and TVs are supported by a mounting arm or pedestal arrangement, the T27A950 uses a curved support mechanism that sits off to the right of the 7.3-inch rectangular base. The wow-factor aside, this futuristic design offers plenty of support and allows you to tilt the panel forward and backward, but you'll need two hands to do this as the action is quite stiff.
Samsung's Series 9 T27A950 drew big crowds when it was first unveiled at the 2011 CES. A hybrid 27-inch Freeview HD 3D TV and PC monitor, it's a leading-edge screen for your desktop that offers all the functions of the brand's high-end LED TVs. The design is inspired, with a panel that's effectively suspended above its pedestal via a swooping right-hand bracket. This tilts backwards for a relaxed viewing position. Slimline 7W stereo speakers fire forwards from the front of the super-thin pedestal, while inputs are ranged along the rear. Just as on the brand's regular TVs, the TA950 sports Samsung's Smart Hub apps and IPTV portal, home to the BBC iPlayer YouTube, LOVEFiLM and the new and exclusive Explore 3D content channel. The set uses LED backlighting, which runs up the left and right sides of the panel. Although edge lit the backlight is very even – a benefit of the smallish screen size.A sub-32-inch screen may seem inappropriate for 3D, but the fact that you'll be sitting close to the monitor contributes greatly to the sense of immersion. The smaller screen size also helps minimise crosstalk. One pair of 3D spex is included.
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it a PC monitor or a 3D TV? Scratch the first two options, and mix what's left, because the Samsung T27A950 is an unapologetic hybrid of both monitor and telly. Packing a 27-inch, 1080p, LED screen, Freeview HD tuner and active-shutter 3D technology, this wafer-thin screen wants to be all things to all users. And it very nearly succeeds. It's available now for around £700.Certainly it's going look as good on your work desk as it would in your living room. The design is dramatic: the pencil thin panel is side-mounted above a pedestal stand which, rather ingeniously, contains a tuner, connectivity options, and other gubbins. It's a once-piece unit, so no assembly is required. To help keep things slim, juice comes from an external power brick. The rear of the pedestal offers up two HDMI ports, component connections, a Scart socket, an Ethernet jack and a pair of USBs. You also get a Common Interface card slot, RF aerial input and digital audio output. The 120Hz panel itself is actually exactly the same as that found in Samsung's Series 8 LED TVs, as it the edge-mounted LED backlight. One key benefit of LED edge lights on a panel of this size is that lighting uniformity is much easier to maintain. Backlight bleeding is minor.
Samsung has allowed us to test the most advanced 3D monitor in its current collection. The T27A950 is much more than a display for your desktop computer, and represents the very best of the manufacturer's current technological know-how. Its ultra-slim form factor has a very striking design and boasts a TV tuner, a wide range of inputs and outputs, 2D-to-3D conversion, a media player and Motion Plus filters. That should be more than enough to rival more than a few desktop monitors as well as some 3D TVs. If the TV-monitor hybrid seems strangely familiar, that's because we had it in our monitor testing lab just last week, where we decided to award it five stars because its far and away the best in its category. Today, though, we're putting it up against other TVs, which is a whole different story. The T27A950 might be a well-featured monitor, but it's not quite up to scratch for a modern TV. The stand doesn't turn around, so you can't line the TV up with your sofa. The connectivity options include two USB ports, an Ethernet port, two HDMI inputs, a SCART socket and a composite video input. The last two, however, are rather unusual in that they need special proprietary adaptors.
Samsung has allowed us to test the most advanced monitor in its current collection. It's much more than a display for your desktop computer, and represents the very best of the manufacturer's current technological know-how. Its ultra-slim form factor has a very striking design and boasts a TV tuner, a wide range of inputs and outputs, 2D-to-3D conversion, a media player and Motion Plus filters. The stand—which tips back a few degrees but doesn't allow any other movement—houses all of the connectivity options, including two HDMI inputs, a SCART socket and component video. Watch out, though, because the ports are a little bit strange: one of the HDMI ports is labelled as DVI and doesn't carry audio. The SCART socket and component video inputs, meanwhile, use proprietary adaptors that Samsung supplies. They take away from the sexy brushed aluminium look of the rest of the case, but most users will probably manage without them. There's a line in for carrying audio signals when you're using the HDMI (DVI) port. If you're not happy with the results produced by the 2 x 7 W speakers, you can also send the audio to some external speakers, either via the line out or the optical audio output, both of which are also at the back.