Samsung SyncMaster SA950 review

Is this the screen to win us over to 3D?

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Our Verdict

Some odd 3D problems can't stop us smiling when we look into this screen - and only partly because we can see our own reflection.


  • Great design
  • Gert large
  • Comfy glasses thrown in


  • Poor 3D depth

If you want a beautiful screen for your desktop it's tough to look past the simply gorgeous design of the Samsung SyncMaster SA950.

Just look at it, tis a thing of beauty. And it's 3D-capable too.

But 3D is the unwelcome party guest of the technology world. Going from room to room, talking slightly too loud, sweating visibly and giving its phone number to everyone.

Journalists (including probably us at TR at some point) keep reluctantly saying 'like it or not, it's here to stay', but let's survey the landscape in five years or so...

Anyway, Here's a 3D monitor.

And if any 3D monitor can rise above that hostile introduction, it's this SyncMaster SA950 from Samsung.

That bezel design is so elegant you'd be hard pushed to find anything nicer to look at on the screen than the screen itself - unless your mate linked you to those naughty Scarlett Johansen pics.

The screen that makes this Samsung SA950 is a LED-backlit TN, which means it's extremely slim compared to its LCD-backlit cousins.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but we think most would agree Samsung has done a great job with the visual design here; from the inputs placement to the asymmetrical adjustment arm, this monitor makes a strong statement.


Tech Specs

Product TypeLCD Monitor
Number of Screens1
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilySyncMaster 950
3D Type3D
ColourGlossy Black
Brightness300 cd/m², 300 cd/m²
Screen ModeFull HD
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
Brand NameSamsung
Contrast Ratio1,000:1
Screen Size68.6 cm (27")
Response Time2 ms
Height with Stand469.90 mm
Width with Stand622.30 mm
Depth with Stand177.80 mm
Product Series950
Product ModelS27A950D
Product NameSyncMaster S27A950D Widescreen LCD Monitor
Product LineSyncMaster
Manufacturer Part NumberLS27A950DS/EN
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Innovative 3D Performance:

Samsung has reinvented the 3D monitor experience to allow its users to experience the wide variety of 3D content now available. Unlike other 3D solutions, which only work for video gaming, Samsung's new 3D monitors and HDTV/monitors also allow users to enjoy 3D movies, 3D TV and user-created 3D content like 3D photos and 3D videos. In order to do this, Samsung has created a new 3D technology, based on 3D panels available only in Samsung displays.

Weight (Approximate)5.50 kg