Pros: Classy design. Good picture quality.
Cons: Pricey. Sits low on the desk.
The SyncMaster 305T is never going to garner the admiring comments and jealous glances of Apple's 30-inch Cinema HD Display, but it’s well-designed in an understated way, like a well-cut suit.
The frame’s plain black bezel isn’t much different to that found on Eizo’s FlexScan SX3031W, but it has little details that give an overall impression of class. This class, however, doesn’t justify the 305T costing £150 more than Apple’s monitor, as in use they’re very similar.
When we first plugged in the 305T into our workstation, we were impressed with its output, which was much more accurate than the Cinema HD Display and not oversaturated like many displays – though this is hardly surprising, as Apple doesn’t provide profiles for its monitors, and Samsung does. After calibration, though, there was nothing between the two monitors. Both featured a level of colour accuracy and depth that outshone the Dell and HP monitors – and both paled in comparison with the SX3031W.
Also, like the Cinema HD Display, the 305T sits low on your desk – though it is lightweight, and finding an extra base to raise it is easy. The 305T has a circular base to aid swivelling, but there’s a limited field of tilt.
Other similarities between Samsung and Apple’s display include limited controls and a single DVI input, which is bound to annoy if you use more than one computer.
If this model’s price was nearer to £1,000, we’d have no trouble recommending it – but its current cost leaves it offering relatively poor value.