Samsung SyncMaster SA550

First Impressions: Samsung SyncMaster SA550

Samsung SyncMaster SA550

To compliment my Macbook Pro I recently picked up a 23” beauty of a monitor: the Samsung SyncMaster SA550. I have only owned this LED delight for about a week so this will only be the first impression. I picked it up at Best Buy for about 250 bucks; my good friend and I stood in awe to compare the Samsung with every other monitor they had to offer. Excluding the Apple Cinema display because it in the Apple section and because the price tag would burn a hole into my wallet. From the monitors that Best Buy had to offer my friend pointed out that the Samsung’s color seemed more accurate while the other brands either seemed too cool or too warm and once pointed out it was clearly so. The Samsung LED monitor features a 19201080 crisp resolution that we applaud!  For your convenience Ive broken down my first impressions to a few points that I thought were important. So wait no longer, here are my first impressions.  (Edit: Ive now owned the monitor for about a month so here is my full review!)




This monitor simple looks amazing. Yes it’s plastic but that does not take anything away from it. It has a clear plastic (Not glass) finish that just gives it that professional look to it.  Of course it comes in a nice sleek finish which makes me proud to have it on my table!



Build Quality

I did know what I was buying from the start considering I spent an hour or so peeping its display however, when I got home I realize the actual build quality was only okay. I say okay because the actual display has plastic pieces that you actually need to put pop in yourself. Its not a big deal but it makes it some parts feel a little hallow. I really do trust the Samsung brand and I don’t think it’ll ever collapse but I should mention that if you touch the monitor it tends to shake. (Pretty common to a lot of monitors.) But if you’re not actually poking it (Who does? Haha) this monitor is perfectly sturdy; I can bang on my computer table and have no worries.

Pics Below Explain What I mean by feeling Hallow

Samsung SyncMaster SA550 Back
Notice the plug goes into the plate. The Stand has a similar shell.



Yeah, it’s a LED 19201080 resolution monitor but you guys already knew that. What you should know is that this is a MATTE screen, not glossy; which I actually prefer. Considering the Macbook I own is already a glossy display the Samsung’s Matte makes it a great combination. I do notice that the colors aren’t as vibrant as my brother’s glossy iMac. However in comparison the colors are more accurate which makes it ideal for doing video and photo editing. (And of course watching movies on this display is still breathtaking!) I find no yellow tint that some monitors are cursed with so that’s a huge plus. And with refresh rate of 2ms I notice zero ghosting.


A Side Note:

I realized that the controls on the Samsung aren’t always  responsive. This is common with a lot of touch sensitive product. Bring back the physical buttons!


All In All

I am really digging this monitor. As should any product, it does it’s job right. Stay tuned until the TechShift team and I have used it a little more thoroughly for our final impressions!




Len Thou

Len is a full time college student who enjoys creative writing, photography, and from time to time boxing. He is an ongoing contributor and publisher to the site. His motto is simply, "Hard Work."

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