Samsung XL30 review

Can this 30" behemoth justify its high price?

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Our Verdict

Unparalleled performance comes with a price to match. If you want the best, you'd better be ready to put your money where your mouth is

For

  • Picture quality is off the charts
  • Superb colour reproduction
  • All-encompassing viewing angles
  • Huge resolution

Against

  • One DVI input
  • Look at the price!

Samsung's awesome 30-inch XL30 is literally the best monitor we have ever seen. But at £2,600 and with just a single DVI input, it's also rather ridiculous. Clever yet stupid is a great comb.

It's laughably bad value next to LG's 27-inch M2794D, which isn't far off being 1/10th the price.

Thanks to a wide-gamut LED backlight, the XL30 is capable of rendering more colours, and rendering them more accurately than any monitor we've reviewed.

It also boasts impeccable viewing angles, fantastic contrast and more than adequate pixel response. Oh, and then there's the minor matter of 2,560 x 1,600 pixels.

Truly stunning. But avoid even looking at an XL30 unless you are in a position to buy – it makes all other monitors seem pretty pony.

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