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Samsung Announces the Series 9 SB971 WQHD Monitor

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The Samsung Series 9 SB971 monitor features a 27-inch display with a WQHD resolution and was designed for users who "require a richer viewing experience."

Samsung has launched the latest version of its professional grade Series 9 monitors with the SB971 that offers a minimalist design and "floating" screen that removes its predecessor's glass cover to offer 100 percent SRGB visibility.

The monitor features a 27-inch LED PLS (Plane Line Switching) display with a 2560 x 1440 WQHD resolution that also provides 178° / 178° viewing angles, a 1000:1 static contrast ratio and a 5 ms (grey to grey) response time. In order to provide accurate color reproduction, the SB971 incorporates Samsung's Natural Color Expert technology, a built-in color calibration engine and is individually hand-tuned by Samsung technicians.

The SB971 includes DisplayPort, DVI-DL, HDMI and MHL inputs which are housed in the height and tilt-adjustable stand along with 7 W stereo speakers and a USB hub.

"Graphic professionals, photo enthusiasts and other groups that meticulously edit visual content require a monitor with extremely accurate color rendering, immersive viewing angles and premium picture quality, and the SB971 meets these demands," said Mike Abary, senior vice president of consumer IT product marketing at Samsung Electronics America. "This new Series 9 product will join the recently introduced SC770 touch monitor and SC750 rotating monitor to round out Samsung's innovative line-up, offering every kind of user an ideal monitor for whatever their needs may be."

 The Samsung Series 9 SB971 monitor will be available in Fall 2013 with a retail price of $1,199.99.

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    wanderer11 , August 23, 2013 7:29 AM
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    There is nothing innovative about a $1200 1440p monitor aimed only at graphics professionals.

    Want to innovate? Release a decently priced 1440p screen aimed at the general user / gamer that doesn't need to perfectly cover the Adobe sRGB spectrum....

    That or make a 24" 1440p screen.


    I agree. No one is excited about a 27" WQHD monitor anymore. Either make it smaller or 120 Hz.
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    master9716 , August 23, 2013 8:06 AM
    Monoprice has these IPS with the LG screen for less than $500 , I think people are more interested in real 120hz wich is not the same as 120hz or 240hz for a HDTV , its worlds different . People that have never seen 120hz need to ,
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    back_by_demand , August 23, 2013 8:10 AM
    Why so expensive when you can get the same rez in a tablet half the size for the same price?
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    solstic , August 23, 2013 8:13 AM
    Quote:
    There is nothing innovative about a $1200 1440p monitor aimed only at graphics professionals.

    Want to innovate? Release a decently priced 1440p screen aimed at the general user / gamer that doesn't need to perfectly cover the Adobe sRGB spectrum....

    That or make a 24" 1440p screen.

    Amen. 24" 1440p should have became standard already but we're still stuck on 1080p. There are plenty of professional displays for graphics designers but the lower end 1440p monitors for consumers still needs to be saturated.
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    master9716 , August 23, 2013 8:16 AM
    Monoprice has these IPS with the LG screen for less than $500 , I think people are more interested in real 120hz wich is not the same as 120hz or 240hz for a HDTV , its worlds different . People that have never seen 120hz need to ,
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    bharatwd , August 23, 2013 9:17 AM
    Truly Disappointing from Samsung.......No Innovation added to its predecessor the SB970 and the price is exactly the same as it was on the 970 3 years ago.....Why even bother updating? As far as I see, these big companies are only interested in innovating the smartphone,tablet and phablet market......PC has been pretty stagnant since the last 3 yrs.......If they would get these monitors in the stream of 500$, it could go mainstream and these companies could sell 10 of 1000s of pieces instead of 50-100 of them......the previous model sold about 50 pieces on newegg and about another 20 of em on Amazon........Every pc user wants to have a 2560x1440 if the price is reduced considerably.....but at this rate, this "piece of art" is not going to sell..........
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    ubercake , August 23, 2013 9:28 AM
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    Quote:
    There is nothing innovative about a $1200 1440p monitor aimed only at graphics professionals.

    Want to innovate? Release a decently priced 1440p screen aimed at the general user / gamer that doesn't need to perfectly cover the Adobe sRGB spectrum....

    That or make a 24" 1440p screen.


    I agree. No one is excited about a 27" WQHD monitor anymore. Either make it smaller or 120 Hz.

    I've been dreaming of something like a 120Hz 27" or 30" WQHD monitor for years. Doesn't have to be IPS or PLS or any of that. Just give me the WQHD resolution on a fast TFT monitor. This should reduce the cost as well since the panel is cheaper to produce.
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    shin0bi272 , August 23, 2013 9:47 AM
    Id really like to see more ultrathin bezel monitors on the market personally. I just cant go multimonitor while staring at 1" wide separators between the left right and center parts of my view of the action. Makes me feel like Im piloting a mech through skyrim ... just doesnt work.
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    BranFlake5 , August 23, 2013 2:20 PM
    WE want 120Hz WQHD 24" monitors for sub 400 Bucks. LG will probably waste it in a phone first.
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    SaffronBlaze , August 23, 2013 8:43 PM
    Why would anyone get this monitor when you can get an equivalent if not better 27 inch Ultrasharp from Dell at half the price?
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    jn77 , August 23, 2013 9:03 PM
    This is pointless to begin with, I am looking for 24 inch 4k OLED transparent flexible displays that I can roll up and put in a tube with 10 finger multi touch and wireless to computer transmission of data.
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    ubercake , August 26, 2013 8:23 AM
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    This is pointless to begin with, I am looking for 24 inch 4k OLED transparent flexible displays that I can roll up and put in a tube with 10 finger multi touch and wireless to computer transmission of data.


    That's what I'm talking about.