Sampo S1737 review
Opinion was divided on the Sampo’s appearance. Positive remarks suggested that it held an air of iMac class; others said it looked tacky and plasticy. Whatever your opinion, the metal-plastic chassis coupled with a Perspex bezel make it stand out from a crowd. It just isn’t very good for creating an extended Desktop across multiple monitors. The back is rather plain, so we wouldn’t recommend it for a reception desk or a shop front – see the LG or Philips if this is important to you. There are also no cable-tidy features and, most importantly, no DVI interface. The four-port USB hub at the back, however, is a rare sight these days and a welcome inclusion.
Icons on the right of the bezel indicate where the OSD controls are, but you actually have to reach round the back of the TFT to find the buttons. Nonetheless, they’re ergonomic and the menu is intuitive. A nice touch is that when a button is pressed the Perspex in that area lights up purple for a while. The stand itselfÊis basic, offering tilt adjustments only. The unit has quite a large footprint but it doesn’t stop the screen wobbling when knocked.
Despite the lack of a digital connection, the S1737 started well in our tests. The fine-focus and pixel-tracking checks caused no problems. All colour-purity test results were excellent, including the tricky black screen. Colour combinations were also good, with only green on cyan becoming a little hard to read. Only a couple of shades were missing in the white-level saturation test but five vanished into blackness on the dark-grey equivalent.
In the colour ramps, we saw problems with noticeable banding occurring in the white and green sections, which also bottomed out to black too soon. These problems were exacerbated in the greyscale ramp and points were lost. The colour scales bottomed out too soon and the difficult colour spectrum test saw noticeable banding in transitions between yellow and red and green as well as cyan and blue.
However, the Sampo did well in the real-world tests. The movie and game proved to be very watchable, and ghosting and reflectivity weren’t problems. Viewing angles could have been better, but didn’t constitute a fail.
Despite struggling in some of the technical tests, the Sampo handled everyday tasks well – undemanding users won’t be disappointed. However, at this price it lacks value for the features and image quality on offer. It’s only worth considering if it will match your other peripherals, and you need a USB hub.