Samsung S27A800 with 60Hz 4K IPS panel

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For productivity purposes and less productive purposes, the ‘4K’ UHD resolution has a lot to offer. The Samsung S27A800 (LS27A80 with additional regional suffixes) of the S80A series provides this, integrated into a smart-looking package with a focus on the productivity side of things. Plenty of matte black and dark grey plastic is used, with a low-profile stand base and a slender dual-stage design adopted for the top and side bezels. This encompasses a slim panel border flush with the rest of the screen, alongside a slim hard plastic outer part. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by a joystick beneath the brand logo in the centre of the bottom bezel. An integrated ‘Eco Light Sensor’ is included, allowing the screen to adjust brightness according to ambient lighting.

A smart front

The monitor uses a 27″ 3840 x 2160 (‘4K’ UHD) IPS-type panel with 60Hz refresh rate and 10-bit (8-bit + FRC) colour support. A flicker-free WLED backlight delivers ~sRGB colour space coverage and a 300 cd/m² typical maximum luminance. The monitor responds to HDR10 content, but doesn’t offer a suitable colour gamut, brightness or tout any local dimming support to enhance contrast. So only a very basic and limited HDR experience is offered. Low Blue Light (LBL) settings including an ‘Eye Saver Mode’ are included. A 5ms grey to grey response time is specified, but as usual you should pay little attention to that figure.

PiP and PbP support is included, allowing the monitor to be used with multiple sources simultaneously. The included stand offers full adjustability, including 120mm (4.72 inches) height adjustment and pivot into portrait. The stand attaches centrally via a quick-release mechanism and can be easily removed to reveal 100 x 100mm VESA holes for alternative mounting. Most of the ports face downwards and include; AC power input (internal power converter), HDMI 2.0, DP 1.2 and a USB 3.0 port (plus upstream). A 3.5mm headphone jack and 2 further USB 3.0 ports (plus dedicated ‘service port’) face backwards towards the right side of the stand, as viewed from the rear.

Good ergonomics

Further details can be found on the manufacturer’s website. The monitor is listed for ~$450 USD (£400).

Samsung S27A800