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Samsung Series 9 T27A950 review

A do-it-all screen for 3D film fans

Our Verdict

For

  • Even LED backlighting
  • 3D capable
  • Integrated Freeview HD tuner
  • One pair of 3D spex included

Against

  • No integrated Wi-Fi
  • No card slot
  • Smart TV seems redundant on a monitor

Samsung's Series 9 T27A950 drew big crowds when it was first unveiled at the 2011 CES. A hybrid 27-inch Freeview HD 3D TV and PC monitor, it's a leading-edge screen for your desktop that offers all the functions of the brand's high-end LED TVs.

The design is inspired, with a panel that's effectively suspended above its pedestal via a swooping right-hand bracket. This tilts backwards for a relaxed viewing position.

Slimline 7W stereo speakers fire forwards from the front of the super-thin pedestal, while inputs are ranged along the rear.

Just as on the brand's regular TVs, the TA950 sports Samsung's Smart Hub apps and IPTV portal, home to the BBC iPlayer YouTube, LOVEFiLM and the new and exclusive Explore 3D content channel.

The set uses LED backlighting, which runs up the left and right sides of the panel. Although edge lit the backlight is very even – a benefit of the smallish screen size.

A sub-32-inch screen may seem inappropriate for 3D, but the fact that you'll be sitting close to the monitor contributes greatly to the sense of immersion. The smaller screen size also helps minimise crosstalk. One pair of 3D spex is included.

However, Wi-Fi isn't integrated; you'll need to use a Samsung dongle which will cost extra.

Despite offering S-RGB, there is no dedicated card slot to view your digital snaps directly.

The significance of the Smart Hub IPTV portal is reduced. As a monitor, all this content will be accessible via your connected PC anyway. The screen can also stream media across your network, although this function is also likely to be bettered by a connected PC.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports2
Product FamilySyncMaster 950
3D Type3D
Brand NameSamsung
Screen Size68.6 cm (27")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle170°
Vertical Viewing Angle160°
EthernetYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Backlight TechnologyDirect LED
Operating Power Consumption70 W
Standby Power Consumption1.49 W
RMS Output Power14 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.4
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand474 mm
Width with Stand621 mm
Depth with Stand185.50 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
3D TechnologyShutter
3D ConversionYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
ColourGlossy Black
Brightness300 cd/m²
Sound SystemSurround Sound, Dolby Digital Plus
Product Series950
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesAuto Program, Picture in Picture, Hotel Mode, Sleep Timer, Teletext
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelT27A950
Product NameSyncMaster T27A950 LED-LCD TV
Product LineSyncMaster
Manufacturer Part NumberLT27A950EX/EN
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

Samsung LCD TVs Elegantly designed with a unique Touch of Color™ bezel, Samsung LCD TVs display brilliant images with amazing detail and provide a host of connectivity options.

Package Contents
  • SyncMaster T27A950 LED-LCD TV
  • Remote Control
  • Battery for Remote Control
  • Signal Cable
  • Power Cable
  • 3D Glasses
  • Adapter Cable
  • Driver CD
  • Manual (CD)
Response Time3 ms
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty2 Year
Weight (Approximate)6.20 kg