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Samsung Syncmaster XL30 Monitor

Samsung Syncmaster XL30 Monitor


Today I am going to take a look at one of Samsung’s high end 30 inch monitors, the Syncmaster XL30. This is a high cost screen aimed at the professional end of the market and has LED backlighting as well as a stunning color gamut palette beyond the capabilities of all mainstream panels. The Samsung Syncmaster XL30 is capable of displaying 123 percent of the National Television System Commitee (NTSC) colour gamut. Traditional LCD screens are usually limited to around 80-82 percent, so if colour fidelity and accuracy are of prime importance to you then this screen should already be under serious consideration.

Due to the LED BLU, the XL30 is also able to handle the full Abobe natural colour space/gamut and this is further enhanced by a Colour Management System (CMS) which helps to provide accurate and precise colour. The CMS includes colour calibration which allows for accurate quality control and also available is Image Viewer, an indispensible tool which corrects colour differences between monitors and printers. Additionally Samsung supply Natural Colour Expert software to allow users to calibrate the monitors colour profile to fit their specific colour requirements.

Samsung offer a three year parts and labour warranty with the product (including the backlight) as well as free technical support for the life of the display. With this big investment comes reassuring customer care.

Most gamers and enthusiasts will care very little about the above, however it is important to address the differences between this screen and a more mainstream model, because at the end of the day this is exactly why you are paying such a premium.

The 30 inch market is the holy grail of PC displays and most users will opt for a cheaper unit such as the Dell 3008 which is widely available now for under £900 via resellers on ebay. When you consider that the screen on test today costs over £2,500 then you can see why it is important to tackle this review from a slightly different angle. After all Samsung’s excellent 305T is available for almost a third of the price and the excellent NEC 3090WQXi is half the cost.

The XL30 is undenably aimed at the less price conscious professional editing and design markets such as graphics bureaus, printers and publishers. It is in these markets that colour accuracy is paramount to the end product and this is where the sophisicated LED backlight plays a part. Samsung claim industry leading colour accuracy/range and looking at the statistics we would already assume this to be true.

Size 30inch wide (75cm)
Display area 641.28(H) x 400.8(V)
Pixel Pitch 0.2505(H) x 0.2505(V)
Horizontal 49.3kHz, 98.7kHz +/- 2 kHz
Vertical 60 Hz +/- 2 Hz
Display Colour
Resolution and Panel
Optimum resolution 2560×1600@60 Hz ,1280×800@60 Hz
Contrast: 1,000:1
Brightness 200 cd/m²
Colour processing 14-bit LUT
Colour gamut: 123 percent NTSC
Pixel response 6ms (grey-to-grey)
Viewing angles 178/178 degrees H/V
Inputs DVI
Chassis adjust Tilt, swivel, height
Warranty Three years parts and labour
Power Consumption
Normal Operation Less than 130 watts
Power saving mode Less than 2 watts

Power off EPA/ENERG 2000
(Power button)

Less than 1 watt

Like most backlit LCD monitors available today, the XL30’s backlight is monolithic … this LED technology is all about colour accuracy. When you compare a high end screen like the NEC 3090WQXi there is a huge increase in the gamut range (from 102 percent to 123 percent).

Another benefit of the XL30 screen is the very low power drain, if you compare this to the Dell 3008fpw (around 250w), it is consuming almost half the power under normal operation (130w). In today’s climate this could actually mount up to a considerable saving across a full years use.

The rear of the Syncmaster XL30 is spartan when compared to a more mainstream screen, you have one input, which is DVI (dual dvi capable 2560×1600 resolution). For pure media purposes this is not ideal as the monitor is limited to only one input and it is not HDCP compliant. The technology behind the panel is high end PVA based.

It is clear that Samsung are aiming for utmost purity of image and the truest possible colour rendition in all areas. They are also claiming that the LED backlight has a life of over 100,000 hours. If you left this monitor on 24/7 for 365 days a year this means that the backlight should be good for around 11 and a half years. If you take into consideration that a standard CCFL tube in the space of only 3-4 years will be suffering then the price premium is perhaps somewhat justified.

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Stuart Davidson

1 Comment

  1. Phil Indeblanc

    Sadly you cant do a thing with this monitor as the software doesn’t work under Win7-64bit, nor in a virtual 32bit state within. So this great piece of gear that I paid $3000.00+ is USELESS. Another great way Samsung DROPPED the load.

    Further more, it wouldn’t take a huge effort for Samsung to fix this and make it work under virtual or 64bit, sure rewrite is needed, but don’t you at least owe that much to people who purchased this screen at the starting price of $5000???

    Now you can get this screen for under $2000, but for the gamers, its useless as a gaming screen(12milsec). Not why I got it. I needed a pro level color accurate monitor for photo-design and this was SUPPOSED to be the TOP.
    NEC will be the replacement. NEVER SAMSUNG again. I had to replace the monitor due to a warm color tint, and they sent me back another monitor with a different issue. This is their TOP OF THE LINE service and product. Booo!

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