Samsung announces two new HD monitors – Series 7 & Series 9

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Samsung has announced two new monitor lines – the Series 7 and Series 9. The Series 7 will come with two models, the Series 7 Smart Station and the Series 7 HDTV – the latter being an actual TV; while the Series 9 promises crisp picture quality.

The Series 7 Smart Station features a 27-inch LED display, and the base includes a wireless dock, letting notebook PCs, peripherals, network and AV devices to connect to the monitor. In addition, it boasts three USB ports (1 USB 2.0 and 2 USB 3.0 ports), a HDMI input and integrated speakers.

The Series 7 HDTV Monitor is a simple combination between a monitor and a HDTV. It features a 27-inch LED display, and has 3 USB ports (1 USB 2.0 and 2 USB 3.0), dual HDMI ports, a VGA port and built-in speakers. In addition, it includes a HDTV tuner and features Samsung’s SmartHub – letting users access additional web content like Hulu Plus and Netflix – and Picture-in-Picture mode.

The Series 7 line is expected to be available in March. The Smart Station will be priced at US$549, while the HDTV monitor will be priced at US$599.

Also announced was the Series 9 monitor. A 27-inch IPS monitor, it also includes several features that promises to have “premium” picture quality according to a guide to 1440p monitors that we found – including using its Natural Colour Expert technology, and its exclusive Plane Line Switching panel technology that offers accurate colour reproduction and can be viewed at any angle. The Series 9 includes integrated speakers, three USB 2.0 port and several display connectors – including DisplayPort, Dual Link-DVI and HDMI.

The Series 9 monitor will also be out in March with a recommended price tag of US$1199.99. Australian distribution has not been announced.