Samsung Series 9 TA950 3D LED HDTV monitor review: As good as it looks

The Samsung Series 9 TA950 3D LED HDTV monitor is designed for both entertainment and work, and comes with Smart TV features for users to navigate YouTube and social networking services like Facebook and Twitter. So how good is this 3D LED backlit monitor? Read on.

 Samsung Series 9 TA950 3D LED HDTV monitor review: As good as it looks

These days, even though LCD TVs are becoming highly affordable these days, the LCD monitors are still in demand, especially for PC users who want a replacement or a bigger monitor display. Well, it is true that you can use a 32-inch or larger LCD TV, but unless that TV is full high definition 1080p (1920×1080), else the screen resolution would be smaller than most LCD monitors. Moreover, some users may want even higher resolutions, like 2560×1600 pixel resolution like what the Dell 30-inch 3007WFP LCD monitor offers, which is only slightly smaller than a 32-inch LCD TV. Another thing to consider is connectivity, since not all PCs have HDMI output, or LCD TVs having VGA and DVI inputs. And if you choose to use the LCD TV as your PC's monitor, built-in features including TV tuner and analogue AV inputs would be of no use as there is no need to use them.

On the other hand, the LCD monitors can double up as a TV display with their HDMI input, provided you don't mind the smaller screen size. The Samsung TA950 is the latest in the Series 9 LED-backlit monitors and claims to offer both 2D and 3D capabilities. Before we go on, let's take a look at its specifications:-

Samsung Series 9 TA950 3D LED HDTV monitor

Display BLU LED
Ultra Clear Panel Yes
Video Screen Size 27-inch
Resolution 1,920 x 1,080
Picture Engine DNIe + 3D HyperReal Engine
Panel Frame Rate 120Hz
Dynamic Contrast Ratio Mega DCR
Auto Motion Plus 120Hz Yes
Brightness 300cd/m2
Response time 3ms
Viewing Angle (H/V) 170/160
Audio Sound Solution Dolby Digital plus pulse, dts2.0, SRS TheatreSound HD
Sound output (RMS) 7 watts x 2
Woofer No
Feature Samsung 3D Yes
3D Sound (TV) Yes
Wireless HeadSet No
Smart@TV Yes
Remote Control App Support Yes
Extended PVR No
Allshare (Powered by DLNA) Yes
ConnectShare™ (USB2.0) Yes
RUI No
WiFi Built-in No
EPG No
Teletext (TTXT) No
OSD Language English
Digital Noise Filter Yes
BD Wise Yes
InstaPort S Yes
Room EQ , Auto Sound Calibration (ASC) Yes
Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC) Yes
Auto Channel Search Yes
Auto Power Off Yes
Auto Volume Leveler Yes
Caption (Subtitle) Yes
Clock & On/Off Timer Yes
Game Mode Yes
Picture-In-Picture 1 Tuner PIP
Sleep Timer Yes
Still Picture No
Hotel TV Feature Hotel Mode Yes
System DTV Reception DVB-T
DTV Tuner Built-in Yes
MHP / MHEG (version) MHEG (1.0.6)
Input & Output Audio Out (Mini Jack) Yes
Component In (Y/Pb/Pr) 1
Composite In (AV) 1 (Common use for Component Y)
Digital Audio Out (Optical) 1
DVI Audio In (Mini Jack) 1 (Common use for PC Audio in)
Ethernet (LAN) Yes
Headphone 1 (Common use for Audio out)
HDMI 2
PC Audio In (Mini Jack) Yes
PC In (D-sub) No
RF In (Terrestrial/Cable input) 1
RF In (Satellite input) No
RS232C (AV CONTROL) No
USB 2
Design Concept / Type (ToC or High Glossy) Metalic Material
Front Color Black
Tilt Yes
Swivel (Left/Right) No
Mark Energy/Environment Mark -
Power Power Supply AC100 – 240V 50/60Hz
Power Consumption (Max.) Typical 70 watts / Max 80 watts
Power Consumption (Stand-by) < 1.5W
Dimension Set Size without Stand (WxHxD, mm) 621.0 x 380.0 x 11.4
Set Size with Stand (WxHxD, mm) 621.0 x 472.5 x 185.5
Package Size (WxHxD, mm) 691.0 x 543.0 x 216.0
Weight Set Weight with Stand (kg) 5.9
Package Weight (kg) 9.8
Accessory 3D Glasses (Bundle) Yes
Remote Control Model TM1060
Batteries (for Remote Control) Yes
Vesa Wall Mount Support Not support any wall mount
Slim Gender Cable Yes
ANT- Cable No
Power Cable External Adapter
Signal Cable (Default) HDMI to HDMI Cable
Quick Setup Guide Yes
E-manual Yes
Install CD Yes (for PC 3D Game S / W)