To start this review, there are two words you should get used to when describing Samsung's new SyncMaster SA950 3D LED monitor. The first word is "Different". At first glance, this monitor is not your average large LED monitor. With a design that shares nothing with the usual construction of today's displays, at first the consumer will wonder if this is the monitor for them. I know my first impressions were a little guarded. Change is good, but it takes some time for the market to get used to a different type of monitor construction.
The second word to describe this new monitor is "Better". Seeing this monitor falls in the premium category of LED monitors from Samsung, no corners have been cut. First thing is first, this is a 120Hz display. Once enabled properly in your PC's display configuration, everything changes. Gaming changes, video playback changes, cursor response is more precise. Everything smooths out with no artifacts, ghosting or image tearing. If you are old enough, you would remember how smooth things were with the old CRT monitors. Now add that on top of the benefits from LCD technology. 120Hz capability HAS to become a standard. This no longer can stay an option if any manufacturer wants to keep their market share. If anything, this would be 60% of the reason why I would buy this monitor. While still focusing on the word "Better", a few other things need to be pointed out. For one, much like most LCD TVs on the market (which essentially the SA950 is), this monitor is 3D capable right out of the box. There is even a pair of active shutter glasses included. Now you don't have to have a 3D Blu Ray player either to enjoy this monitor. It has built in processing that can take anything it is displaying and instantly make it 3D. This includes internet browsing, gaming, video playback and/or anything it is currently displaying. Pop on your glasses, turn on the 2D->3D processing and enjoy.
Add in the fact that the color reproduction is spot on, the Ultra Clear Panel allows for crisp and bright playback, and there isn't a whole lot that this monitor is not capable of handling at this given time. Let's take a walk around this monitor and see if it has the performance to validate the premium price tag.
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