Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Samsung Canada
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL & WALKTHROUGH
Let's take a virtual walk around your potential new purchase.
Because this is a rather large monitor, a base of equal proportions is needed for stability. Thankfully, Samsung didn't worry about the design and kept things large and simple. There is in no way that this monitor in either landscape or portrait viewing will be knocked over by accident. It is as solid as a rock.
What you can appreciate with this monitor is that is returns to the initial monitor design of over 5+ years ago and integrates fully vertical (15cm / 6 inches), rotational (90 degrees) , horizontal (45 degrees left & right) and tilt (25 degrees) adjustment for the employee/user who is not in the perfect viewing environment and/or needs to take advantage of some portrait viewing for longer documents. This type of adjustment was taken out of most consumer models seeing almost no one took advantage of it and the additional construction did add to the price tag. Why pay for something you no longer use.
With the LED backlight's low heat output and external power supply, the rear of the monitor lacks any sort of cooling vents for air circulation. This also helps to keep the overall weight and dimensions to a minimum. The one difference that is rather unique to this model is the following.
Within the rear of the monitor is a place where you can attach the external power supply if space is a concern. This also can be used as a carry handle when the power supply is not attached. This is where the two types of power cable can be taken advantage of depending on your workstation.
The menu control buttons are incorporated into the front center portion of the monitor's lower bezel. they are simple, easy to read and have good tactile feedback. From the left and moving right, you have the menu, ECO/ navigation (up/down), ECO Sensor, Source Selection, Dual Video Selection and your power button.
Although it takes a while to figure out the function of each button, it is easily picked up within a couple of minutes.
The connection panel is where things differ from previously reviewed models. the connections on the SA850D are mounted vertically rather than along the horizontally along the bottom of the monitor's rear. On one side you have your power, DisplayPort and dual DVI connection and on the other you have your integrated USB 3.0 hub along with audio pass-through. Other than HDMI, most bases are covered and are easily accessed.