The Samsung SyncMaster CA750 is an excellent monitor overall. It's a little expensive, but the size and features make it worth a little more than the average monitor.
Large screen area, wireless, USB 3.0
Cumbersome driver, expensive
27in 1080p LED panel, Wireless USB, USB 3.0 support, 2x USB 3.0 ports, 2x USB 2.0 ports, VGA, HDMI, Ethernet
The main problem we noticed with the wireless USB set-up was that images sometimes looked very compressed. The effect is a lot like looking at a JPG image that has been compressed too much. Edges had what is called 'mosquito' noise around them (little flecks of pixels that have lost their detail due to compression. This is an effect commonly seen with Freeview TV images.
There is also a lot more lag when you're operating wirelessly. This sort of set-up would be useless for gamers, and to be honest we'd only really use it if we wanted to tuck our laptop away somewhere that was too far for a monitor cable. Of course, there's no guarantee that Samsung's wireless will work over that sort of distance.
Using the wired USB clears up most of these these problems, but we still found ourselves reverting to the more traditional VGA/HDMI cable route for video signals. We continued to use the wired USB for keyboard and mouse, though, as it's more convenient than plugging two USB cables in each time, and it frees up extra sockets on the laptop.
One little glitch we noticed was with our older HP laptop. When we powered it up from sleep mode, we found that the keyboard and mouse wouldn't respond for a long time. We could speed their return up by logging in to the laptop using the built-in keyboard. This is likely to a driver issue, and may well be resolved in time.
Speaking of the driver, it's a beast. Because of the complications around USB and wireless monitors, this screen simply won't work properly without Samsung's driver. This is fine, but on a system with limited resources, you will find it is slowed significantly by the extra work the computer has to do to drive a USB monitor. Faster machines almost certainly won't struggle in the least.
Normal monitor duties
There's a lot to say about the wireless and USB features of this monitor, but what about the monitor stuff that all monitors do? Well, happily, the Samsung performs brilliantly. It's a 1080p, 16x9 monitor so some people won't like this resolution, which is aimed at video far more than at computing. However, the 27in screen means there's tons of space, the fonts are a decent size and it's incredibly comfortable to use.
At its default settings, it's simply too bright and will actually hurt your eyes to look at it for too long. This is a traditional LED backlight problem, and it's easily solved by knocking the brightness down. In most cases, you'll probably get it all the way to its minimum value before you're happy using it.
If you're a VGA user, make use of the auto-adjust feature which removes blur and gets the image centralised perfectly. This is fantastic, and it means you'll never have to play around for ages getting the image in the right place. A blessing with Samsung's complicated controls.
As a monitor, the Samsung is superb. There's nothing not to love about the 27in display which is crisp, clear and bright. We like the stand (most modern monitors fall woefully short when it comes to stands) and the menu systems are reasonable to use.
There are a few problems with the wireless, but for people looking for convenience over image quality, it's a very useful solution and one that shows off what will be technologically possible over the next few years.
At the moment, the monitor is a little on the expensive side, but we did find ourselves seriously impressed by it, and that probably means it's got enough features to justify the price tag.