Samsung is rolling out a new professional-grade monitor in its Series 9 lineup that's designed to show you its true colors -- all billion of them. The 27-inch SB971 features a wide-angle boasting LED PLS panel and quad high-definition resolution of 2,560x1,440 pixels.
According to Samsung, the monitors are individually hand-calibrated by technicians, ensuring color accuracy out of the box for graphic designers, artists, and photographers. In addition, if Samsung's hand-tuning isn't enough, the SB971 comes loaded with a built-in color calibration engine.
Samsung's Natural Colors Expert technology -- which purportedly displays the billion possible colors as accurately as possible -- is featured on the monitor and includes hardware color calibrations within the display.
The Windows 8-compatible monitor dons a simple silver and black design with a slim profile and minimal buttons. Its silver and round base houses its internal components and its stand has a few ergonomic functions, including height adjustment and tilt.
The monitor houses 7W stereo speakers and connections include DisplayPort, DVI-DL, HDMI, and a USB hub. It also features a Mobile High Definition Link (MHL) for connecting MHL-enabled devices like smartphones and tablets.
Eric Franklin got a chance to play around with the monitor a few months ago, and though he was impressed by its sharp screen and vibrant color, he was disappointed that the same DisplayPort design flaw that plagued the SB970 still lingered in the new model.
The SB971's retail starting price is set at $1,200 and will be available for purchase in early fall 2013.