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Samsung intros 27-inch, 2560x1440 Series 9 monitor

updated 06:15 pm EST, Wed January 4, 2012

New monitor to be displayed at CES

Samsung has introduced a high-end display, labeled the Series 9 monitor, that will be displayed next week at CES in Las Vegas. The panel appears to be aimed at Apple's Thunderbolt Display and similar monitors, matching the 27-inch panel size and 2560x1440 resolution.

The monitor also features "Plane Line Switching" (PLS), which is said to offer similar benefits to IPS panels by extending the viewing angles. The anti-glare display is also said to be capable of presenting billions of colors, while enabling users to connect mobile devices through MHL.

The Series 9 monitor is expected to ship in March for $1,200.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Salty

    Joined: Dec 1969


    At that price

    At that price it makes Apple's monitors seem like a good idea. I actually nearly bought one because I really wanted a big monitor and wanted something bigger than HD. In the end I now have a 40 inch Quattron that I got on a boxing day sale. I like it, but you can see the individual pixels close up. So it's not ideal. We'll see how long I keep it, may end up going for a 27 inch monitor after all. I really wish Apple would just lower the price by a bit.

  1. chas_m



    I would never

    buy something from Same-sung, but pricing it substantially HIGHER than Apple's Thunderbolt Display -- only WITHOUT the Thunderbolt (!!), or (it would appear) any of the other connectors) -- takes some special kind of brass balls.

    For $400 more than this monitor, I can get a 27" IPS LED display AND A WHOLE COMPUTER called an iMac. With Thunderbolt, Firewire 800, tonnes of other connectors, a hard disk, an optical drive, speakers, a webcam, a mic and a freakin' boatload of high-quality software.

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  1. SierraDragon

    Joined: Dec 1969



    ...with any Apple display including the iMac you get a glossy display that many (most?) image pros find unacceptable. Many consumers of course like the glossy, contrasty look but my guess is that side-by-side the Samsung will knock the visual socks off any modern ACD - at least in the view of folks with trained eyes.

    Like RAM and hard drives, Apple's displays are consistently beaten by third party solutions.

    P.S. I am a long-time Apple person, just gagged by the current display offerings.

  1. Makosuke

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Graphics Pros?

    I know nothing about PLS panels, but if they offer the same viewing angle consistency and color accuracy as IPS, and add a wider color gamut and/or deeper color bit depth (which the "billions of colors" implies), then for graphics pros it might be worth $1200.

    For any other Mac user, though, I don't know what this has over an Apple display (or a whole iMac) at that price.

  1. dimmer

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Given that the human eye can't even see a million colors, this claim of "billions" seems like pure marketing BS. Unless we evolve, 24 bit is going to be more than enough.

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    If you are a pro...

    It's more than likely that you quit Apple since it droopped the "computer" from it's company name....

    Nevertheless last year I got a Dell U3011 30",
    factory color calibration (print out included), rock solid color stability, built in USB ports and SD, more conectivos than I'd ever use, availability of a speaker sound bar, beautifull and intuitive proximity (no contact needed) OSD,

    and off corse the screen is matte

    All of this for 1,300 - 1,500 last year, is quite good

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