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The 5 Best Samsung Monitors of 2023: Reviews

  1. Table of Contents
  2. Intro
  3. Review Updates
  4. Best Monitor
  5. Best Upper Mid-Range
  6. Best Mid-Range
  7. Best Budget
  8. Best Cheap
  9. Comparison
  10. Lineup
  11. Page Updates
  12. Conclusion
  13. Discussions

Updated Apr 21, 2023 at 04:18 pm

By Nicholas Di Giovanni

We’ve tested over 25 Samsung monitors. Samsung’s monitor lineup is mainly known for their gaming models, so you’re sure to find the best Samsung gaming monitor for your needs. While they offer both high-end and cheap, entry-level models, only their highest-end models provide the best performance as they usually have premium features like HDMI 2. 1 bandwidth and Mini LED backlighting. Most of their monitors use VA panels, but they have some with IPS or OLED panels as well. Unfortunately, they’re known for their numerous bugs that have been an increasingly common issue with some models.

Samsung is also extremely well-known for their TVs; find out more about the Samsung TV lineup here.

Updates

  • 06/09/2023

    Samsung Odyssey Ark S55BG970 reviewed

  • 04/28/2023

    Samsung Smart Monitor M8 S32BM80 updated

  • 03/09/2023

    Samsung Odyssey OLED G8/G85SB S34BG85 reviewed

  • 02/09/2023

    Samsung Odyssey G6 S32BG65 reviewed

  • 01/24/2023

    Samsung Odyssey G7/G70B S32BG70 reviewed

Best Samsung Monitors

  1. Best Samsung Monitor

    Samsung LS34BG850SNXZA

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    Media Consumption

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    Media Creation

    8.8

    HDR

    9.2

    Size

    34″

    Pixel Type

    QD-OLED

    Max Refresh Rate

    175 Hz

    Variable Refresh Rate

    Yes

    Native Resolution

    3440 x 1440

    HDR10

    Yes

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    The Samsung LS34BG850SNXZA, otherwise known as the Samsung OLED G8, is the best Samsung monitor we’ve tested. It’s a fantastic high-end gaming monitor, making it the best Samsung gaming monitor. It’s their first monitor to use QD-OLED technology, the same technology they’ve introduced in some TVs like the Samsung S95C OLED. It allows the monitor to display perfect blacks in dark rooms while making colors look vivid. There are some drawbacks to this technology, as blacks look purple in bright rooms, and OLEDs like this one are prone to burn-in with exposure to the same static elements over time. If that’s a concern for you, the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 is a 240Hz super ultrawide display that has good picture quality, but it’s very expensive.

    If the burn-in isn’t a concern, you can get an immersive gaming experience with the OLED G8 thanks to its 21:9 ultrawide aspect ratio. It lets you see more of your game at once without moving around. It also has a 175Hz refresh rate and a near-instantaneous response time for smooth motion handling. It has low input lag for a responsive feel, but you need to update it to the latest firmware for it to be so low.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Samsung Monitor

    Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75

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    Media Consumption

    8.0

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    8.2

    HDR

    8.0

    Size

    32″

    Pixel Type

    VA

    Max Refresh Rate

    165 Hz

    Variable Refresh Rate

    Yes

    Native Resolution

    3840 x 2160

    HDR10

    Yes

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    If you find the Samsung Odyssey OLED G8/G85SB S34BG85 too expensive or are concerned about burn-in, an upper mid-range option like the Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75 is a good alternative. It’s very different from the OLED G8 because it doesn’t have an OLED panel for the same perfect black levels; instead, it uses Mini LED backlighting to get extremely bright, even brighter than the OLED G8. It also has a higher 4k resolution, and thanks to its HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, it can take full advantage of current-gen gaming consoles. It has a 165Hz refresh rate, but if you prefer something similar with an even higher 240Hz refresh rate, the Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 S32BG85 is another option, but it also costs more.

    Both the Neo G7 and Neo G8 deliver an excellent gaming experience thanks to their quick response time with any frame rate, and they each have an optional backlight strobing feature to reduce persistence blur. The input lag is low on both monitors, and they have FreeSync variable refresh rate (VRR) support to reduce screen tearing. You can’t go wrong with the Neo G7 or Neo G8, so choosing one just depends on your budget.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Samsung Monitor

    Samsung LS32BG702ENXGO

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    Media Consumption

    7.7

    Media Creation

    8.4

    HDR

    7.1

    Size

    32″

    Pixel Type

    IPS

    Max Refresh Rate

    144 Hz

    Variable Refresh Rate

    Yes

    Native Resolution

    3840 x 2160

    HDR10

    Yes

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    If you don’t need all the high-end features and Mini LED backlighting of the Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75, you can save money by getting a mid-range monitor like the Samsung LS32BG702ENXGO, also known as the Odyssey G7 S32BG70. It’s a 4k gaming monitor like the Neo G8, but the main difference is that its picture quality is worse in dark rooms because it has a lower contrast ratio. It also has a worse local dimming feature as it lacks Mini LED backlighting. If that doesn’t bother you, you’ll still be happy with its excellent gaming performance, and it has a 144Hz max refresh rate that you can achieve over a DisplayPort or HDMI connection.

    It’s great for gaming with the PS5 or Xbox Series X|S because it has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, letting you take full advantage of the consoles. It has VRR support to reduce screen tearing, fairly low input lag for a responsive feel, and incredible motion handling. If you don’t need the 4k resolution, you can also consider the Samsung Odyssey G7 C32G75T, which is a 1440p gaming monitor with a 240Hz refresh rate, and it costs less.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Samsung Monitor

    Samsung Odyssey G5 S27AG50

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    7.9

    Gaming

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    Media Consumption

    7.2

    Media Creation

    7.7

    HDR

    6.2

    Size

    27″

    Pixel Type

    IPS

    Max Refresh Rate

    165 Hz

    Variable Refresh Rate

    Yes

    Native Resolution

    2560 x 1440

    HDR10

    Yes

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    If you’re looking to save money by getting a budget Samsung monitor, there are a few options available, like the Samsung Odyssey G5 S27AG50. As it’s a lower-end version of the Samsung Odyssey G7/G70B S32BG70, it has a lower 1440p resolution, but that’s what to expect if you’re going for something cheaper. This means it doesn’t deliver the same sharp images and can’t take full advantage of gaming consoles, but it’s still impressive as it has a 165Hz refresh rate with VRR support. Motion also looks smooth across its entire refresh rate range as there’s minimal blur trail with fast-moving objects.

    Its IPS panel makes it a good choice for co-op gaming as it has decent viewing angles, so the image remains consistent from the sides, and its excellent ergonomics make it easy to adjust. However, it has a low contrast ratio that makes blacks look gray in the dark. If that’s important to you, the Samsung Odyssey G5/G55A S27AG55 is a similar alternative with a VA panel and a higher contrast; however, it has significantly worse motion handling, so the S27AG50 is the better gaming monitor.

    See our review

  5. Best Cheap Samsung Monitor

    Samsung Odyssey G3 S24AG30

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    7.0

    Media Creation

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    HDR Gaming

    5.8

    Size

    24″

    Pixel Type

    VA

    Max Refresh Rate

    144 Hz

    Variable Refresh Rate

    FreeSync

    Native Resolution

    1920 x 1080

    HDR10

    No

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    Although Samsung isn’t known for cheap and low-cost monitors, they have a few that are still good enough for entry-level PC gamers, like the Samsung Odyssey G3 S24AG30. It’s a lower-end version of the Samsung Odyssey G5 S27AG50, and it has a lower 1080p resolution and a smaller screen. However, this is still fine for casual gaming, and the image clarity is decent. It has features most gamers look for, like a 144Hz panel, native FreeSync VRR support, G-SYNC compatibility, and low input lag. However, its motion handling is disappointing as there’s smearing and inverse ghosting with fast-moving objects.

    It performs best in dark rooms because it has a high contrast ratio with decent black uniformity. It has good reflection handling if you want to use it in a well-lit room, but it doesn’t get bright enough to fight a ton of glare. Despite its low cost, it still offers most common ergonomic adjustments, including swivel, tilt, height, and rotation into portrait mode. The build quality is also decent, so you’re getting decent value for a cheap price.

    See our review

Compared to other brands

  • Advanced features.
    From quantum dot color filters to Mini LED backlights to QD-OLED panels, Samsung’s high-end monitors are usually packed with the latest technology.
  • Good dark room performance.
    Most of Samsung’s monitors use VA panels and have a relatively high contrast ratio, making them great choices for dark-room gaming.
  • Good selection of 4k monitors.
    Samsung offers more 4k gaming models than some other brands, and they have HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, so if you’re a console gamer, you’ll likely find what you’re looking for with Samsung.
  • Buggy firmware.
    Many Samsung monitors have seen a few significant bugs like backlight flicker and scanlines. They fix some of these issues via firmware updates, but not all.
  • Limited office options.
    Even if you can use Samsung’s gaming monitors for office use, they tend to have limited productivity features and performance.

Samsung vs Dell

Dell and Samsung both release a wide range of monitors, from entry-level monitors to high-end gaming displays. Dell monitors tend to have better quality control and better ergonomics, and they have more office-oriented displays. Samsung offers a wider range of gaming monitors, especially those for 4k gaming, but Dell has higher refresh rate displays.

Samsung vs LG

LG and Samsung both release a wide range of monitors each year, catering to different users. LG monitors typically use IPS panels for their gaming monitors, and they have faster response times and better viewing angles. On the other hand, Samsung offers more high-end features like Mini LED backlighting, and their monitors tend to perform better in dark rooms.

Samsung’s high-end gaming monitors are some of the best on the market, but their entry-level and budget models aren’t anything special. If you tend to game in dark rooms and are a competitive gamer, you’ll be safe getting a Samsung monitor. They aren’t without their flaws, though, as they tend to have firmware issues that are distracting while gaming.

Lineup

Samsung releases a few monitors each year; they often remain in circulation for at least two years. Since 2020 they’ve been branding their gaming monitors by the Odyssey name with different G8, G7, G5, and G3 models. Their naming scheme can get confusing, and new monitors don’t always replace the previous monitor with the same name; for example, the Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75 from 2022 replaces the Samsung Odyssey C32G75T from 2020 and not the Samsung Odyssey G7 S28AG70 from 2021.

Samsung’s monitor lineup includes a variety of resolutions, display types, and screen sizes. They make everything from small 24-inch displays to 49-inch super ultrawide monitors, and they even released a 55-inch curved gaming monitor in 2022. As of 2022, they’ve also started including their proprietary Tizen OS smart platform in monitors, which gives you access to apps without needing a PC. It essentially makes them small TVs, but the monitors don’t have the same processing power TVs have, and the smart system feels slow.

    Recent Updates

    1. Apr 21, 2023:
      Replaced the Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 S32BG85 with the Samsung Odyssey OLED G8/G85SB S34BG85 because it’s better overall; replaced the Samsung Odyssey G7 S27AG70 with the newer Samsung Odyssey G7/G70B S32BG70.

    2. Dec 23, 2022:
      Removed the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 and added the Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75 to show the various 4k monitors Samsung offers.

    3. Aug 30, 2022:
      Restructured the article to reflect how people are searching for Samsung monitors; removed the Samsung Odyssey G7 LC32G75T and the Samsung Odyssey G3 LF27G35T because they’re becoming hard to find. Added the Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 S32BG85, Samsung Odyssey G7 S28AG70, Samsung Odyssey G5 S27AG50, and the Samsung Odyssey G3 S24AG30 to their respective categories.

    4. Apr 11, 2022:
      Replaced the Samsung Odyssey G5 LC32G55T with the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 for consistency and updated text for clarity.

    5. Dec 13, 2021:
      Verified our picks for accuracy and refreshed the text.

    Conclusion

    Samsung releases a wide range of monitors each year, from basic, entry-level monitors to some of the most advanced gaming monitors on the market. Their high-end gaming monitors are typically a safe bet; aside from a few firmware issues, they perform well. Samsung’s main focus seems to be on their high-end gaming monitors as their entry-level lineup doesn’t change much from year to year and is consistently outperformed by many of their competitors. If you want a high-end monitor, you’ll likely be happy with a Samsung display.

    Test results

    LCD monitor Samsung SyncMaster 2233RZ

    NVIDIA has released a 3D Vision kit, consisting of wireless active shutter glasses and a synchronizer transmitter, with which you can view stereo images on display devices that support 100-120 Hz. One of the first LCD monitors compatible with 3D Vision was the Samsung SyncMaster 2233RZ.

    Contents:

    • Scope of delivery, technical data and price
    • Appearance
    • Switching
    • Menu, localization and control
    • Image
    • Color quality evaluation
    • Measurement of black and white uniformity, brightness and power consumption
    • Determination of response time and output delay
    • Viewing Angle Measurement
    • Testing in stereoscopic mode
    • Conclusions

    Delivery set, specifications and price

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    Appearance

    The design of the monitor cannot be called original, since the main motifs are already found in several lines of modern Samsung monitors. The body of the monitor, the stand and the top of the stand base are made of black plastic with a mirror-smooth surface that is not very scratch resistant.

    Exception – part of the back panel with a matte surface and a fancy embossed pattern.

    The outer surface of the matrix is ​​matt and black. A transparent “beard” along the bottom edge gives the monitor some airiness. The central part of this “beard” is illuminated by a status indicator (dim, blue during operation, blinking blue in standby mode and off when the monitor is turned off). On the right edge are six round control buttons.

    The power connector and a lone interface connector are located in a niche on the rear panel and are oriented downwards.

    Also in the recess is a slot for a Kensington lock. The stand is delivered unassembled. The stand is screwed to the base with one end, and tightly inserted into the rubberized niche located at the bottom of the monitor with the other end. From below, the base of the stand is reinforced with a steel platform and rests on four rubber tablet legs. The construction of the stand is not very rigid. The screen unit can be slightly tilted back from the vertical position.

    The monitor stands quite stable on the stand. There are 4 threaded holes on the back panel (at the corners of a 100mm square) for attaching to a VESA compatible bracket.

    Switching

    Monitor has only one DVI-D digital input and no built-in speakers. The package includes a relatively long (not measured, but not less than 2 m) DVI-D Dual link cable. Forgetful or lovers of watching movies for a dream come in handy with an automatic shutdown timer (1-23 hours in 1 hour increments).

    Menu, localization and control

    Menu navigation is not very convenient. The last page accessed by the user and the setting on it are remembered. On the side, opposite the buttons, a tooltip on the current functions of the buttons is displayed. When adjusting the image, the menu remains on the screen, but the menu takes up little space on the screen, so it does not interfere with the evaluation of the changes being made.

    When there is no menu, the up button is responsible for calling up the brightness settings, the down button – contrast, the button with a rectangle and an up arrow – selecting a profile or image format (what exactly is indicated in the menu). If necessary, you can select a semi-transparent menu background and change the timeout.

    There is a Russian version of the OSD. Cyrillic font is even and readable. The quality of translation into Russian is good. We got the monitor without a manual and a driver disk, but all the necessary files can be downloaded from the Russian website of the company.

    Image

    There are settings Brightness , Contrast and Sharpness .

    List MagicBright are 5 non-editable profiles with combinations Brightness / Contrast and one custom profile, and selecting profile Auto contrast locks the settings of Brightness / Contrast and turns on dynamic brightness control (brightness increases for bright scenes and decreases for dark ones).

    Setting Hue is actually a list of three preset color temperature profiles and one custom profile that lets you adjust red, green, and blue gain.

    Parameter Gamma — selection of the gamma correction profile.

    There are two modes of geometric transformation: Auto and Wide , but we did not find any difference between them – the image is always stretched to full screen.

    Resolution up to 1680×1050 pixels at 120Hz frame rate is supported. Interpolation of low resolutions to matrix resolution is performed without artifacts. In the 1680×1050 mode, stripes are clearly distinguished through one pixel, there are no artifacts, colored lines one pixel thick are displayed without loss of color clarity. According to subjective sensations, the colors are correct and saturated. Greyscale at Brightness = 100 or less and Contrast = 74 or less, you can distinguish gradations in the range from 0 to 254 in steps of 1. When you increase the parameter Contrast , the brightness slightly increases, but gradations in the highlights begin to disappear, when you decrease Brightness or Contrast – brightness decreases, but the number of distinguishable gradations practically does not change. At a glance, the white field darkens a little towards the side borders, on the black field there is a slight flare, mainly in the form of elongated areas above and below. All shades of colors are synthesized using dynamic color mixing (dithering). Visually, the speed of the matrix is ​​high. Viewing angles are small. The white field, when the gaze deviates from the perpendicular to the screen, changes hue and darkens, while the black field brightens and acquires a lilac tint. When deviated up and down, the shades are inverted.

    Cinematic modes were tested using a Sony BDP-S300 Blu-ray player. Subtle gradations of shades differ both in the highlights and in the shadows (a small blockage does not go beyond the “safe” boundaries). Brightness and color clarity are very high and are determined only by the resolution of the input signal and the monitor matrix. Regardless of the type of signal, the image is always stretched to full screen along both coordinates and slightly out of bounds (a small overscan is enabled). Full HD at 24fps is not supported, nor is 576i/480i, but the monitor accepts 576p, 480p, 720p, 1080i, and 1080p. In the case of 1080i, the picture is displayed in the fields.

    LCD matrix testing

    Some of the matrix parameters we checked with our instruments. The methodology is described in detail here.

    Color Quality Rating

    Preliminary tests showed that color reproduction and gamma curve are good at values ​​ Contrast not higher than 65, Hue = Normal. and at Gamma = Mode2 . To assess the nature of the increase in brightness on a gray scale, we measured the brightness of 256 shades of gray (from 0, 0, 0 to 255, 255, 255). The graph below shows the increase (not an absolute value!) in brightness between adjacent semitones at Gamma = Mode2 .

    From 0 to 254 the brightness of the next hue is higher than the previous one, but there is some variation in the brightness values. Approximation of the resulting gamma curve gave an indicator of 2.11, while the approximating exponential function and the real gamma curve practically coincided:

    0 – 2 .65 .

    An X-Rite ColorMunki Design spectrophotometer and the Argyll CMS (1. 1.0) software package were used to evaluate color quality. Note that at the time of testing this monitor, the method for assessing the quality of color reproduction was still being worked out.

    Close to sRGB color gamut:

    Below is the white field spectrum (white line) superimposed on the red, green and blue field spectra (corresponding color lines).

    Of the three preset values, color reproduction is closest to standard at Hue = Normal. We also tried to manually correct the color reproduction by adjusting the gain of the three primary colors. The graphs below show the color temperature in different areas of the gray scale and the deviation from the blackbody spectrum (Delta E parameter).

    Manual correction slightly improved color reproduction, but the trend of increasing color temperature with decreasing hue brightness remained. Clearly there is not enough color shift adjustment in the shadows. Nevertheless, there are no obvious failures in colors, so the monitor can be used for viewing photos and movies, non-professional work with graphics, and of course for games.

    Measurement of black and white uniformity, brightness and power consumption

    Measurements of the brightness of a small area of ​​the screen in a given direction were carried out with a highly sensitive narrow-beam (4+/-0.5 degrees) sensor. When measuring the uniformity of white and black fields, the sensor was sequentially placed at 25 points on the screen, spaced in increments of 1/6 of the width and height of the screen (screen borders not included). In this case, the sensor axis was directed strictly perpendicular to the screen surface. The contrast was calculated as the ratio of the brightness of the fields at the measured points.

    The table shows the average values ​​and the minimum and maximum deviations from the average values. min ., % max., % Black burst luminance 0.26 cd/m² -16.1 27.9 White field brightness 223 cd/m² -6.6 8.4 Contrast 849:1 -24. 5 12.0

    9 0235

    Hardware measurements showed that the contrast is good, the white field uniformity is excellent, but black field uniformity and contrast are not very high.

    When Auto Contrast is turned on, the steady-state contrast increases to about 18,000:1, however, the error in determining the brightness of the black field in this case is very high, so the contrast may well reach the declared 20,000:1. The graph below shows how dynamic backlight brightness adjustment works when switching from black to white.

    It can be seen that the brightness of the backlight increases from the minimum value to the maximum value in about 200 ms.

    The brightness of the white field in the center of the screen was determined using an Argus-02 brightness meter. At the maximum values ​​of parameters Brightness and Contrast , the brightness was 242 cd/m², at Brightness = 50 – 152 cd/m² , at Brightness = 0 – 85 cd / m². Electricity consumption was 42 , 31.5 and 24 W respectively. Decreasing parameter Brightness only changes the brightness of the backlight, i.e. without sacrificing image quality (contrast and the number of distinguishable gradations are preserved), the brightness of the monitor can be changed over a wide range, which allows you to comfortably work and watch movies both in a lighted and in a dark room. At low brightness, the flickering of the backlight lamps is not visible due to the high modulation frequency of 180 Hz.

    Definition of response time and output delay

    We measured the response times from black to white and between midtones. In the case of halftones, we performed three types of measurements: for a fixed halftone ( X ), we measured the response time when going from black to X , from X to white, and for the transition between halftones in the vicinity of X , spaced from X by a fixed value (we chose 10% as we consider 20% to be the smallest significant difference between semitones).

    Black-White-Black Transition Response Time is 6.2 ms (4.8 ms on + 1.4 ms off). Transitions between semitones occur on average in 8.2 ms in total. There is a slight overclocking – bursts of brightness are visible on the fronts of some transitions. For illustration, below are graphs of the halftone transition between shades of 60% and 80%.

    Visual artifacts from overclocking are not visible.

    Image output delay relative to CRT monitor was approximately 5-6 ms. In general, the monitor is fast enough to comfortably play fast-paced games. Especially at 120Hz input.

    Measurement of viewing angles

    To find out how the screen brightness changes when deviated from the perpendicular to the screen, we took a series of measurements of the brightness of black, white and shades of gray in the center of the screen in a wide range of angles, deviating the axis of the sensor in three directions: vertical, horizontal and diagonal (in the direction from the center to the upper right corner of the screen (positive angles) and to the lower left corner (negative angles)).

    Vertical. Horizontal.
    Diagonal.
    Contrast, bottom of graph.

    Decreasing the brightness of the white field by 50%:

    Direction Angles, °
    Vertical 30/-31
    Horizontal 44/-44
    Diagonal 39/-38

    Viewing angles reveal sensor type is TN. We note a gradual decrease in brightness when deviating from the perpendicular to the screen in the horizontal direction, while the graphs do not intersect in the entire range of measured angles. When tilted down, dark hues are inverted; when tilted up, light hues are inverted. With a deviation in the diagonal direction, the behavior of the brightness of the hues is intermediate between the vertical and horizontal directions; no inversion of the hues was observed. The contrast in the +/-82° angle range is always above the 10:1 mark. It turns out that at working settings, viewing angles up to a contrast ratio of 10: 1 are more than 164 °, both vertically and horizontally.

    Testing in stereoscopic mode

    Finally, we got to the most interesting part. Consider the operation of the monitor in stereoscopic mode. Let’s warn you right away that a separate article will be devoted to the NVIDIA 3D Vision kit itself and its testing in games. Without going into details, we will describe how a stereoscopic image is formed. Frames for the right and left eyes are sequentially displayed on the monitor, and active glasses overlap the eyes synchronously with the frames, leaving open the one for which the currently displayed frame is intended.

    To measure the brightness and time characteristics using the stereoscopic photo viewer, we displayed a white frame for the left eye and a black frame for the right eye at a frequency of 120 Hz. The graph below shows what is visible without glasses and what is visible when viewed through the left glass (the vertical scale for the curves is not observed).

    Due to the fact that it takes a certain time for the sensor to switch, the brightness of the white frame is approximately 90% of the theoretically possible (if the response time were infinitely small), plus the shutter glasses pass only a narrow time interval, as a result of which (and due to absorption on the “sandwich” of glass, polarizers and LCD layer), the effective brightness is reduced to 15%, and the separation for the eyes is only 198:1 . Nevertheless, the stereoscopic effect is present, and only for very contrasting objects can one notice weak parasitic contours. True, it is better to watch stereo in complete darkness. Stereoscopic photos look best. Stereoscopic video is also impressive, but you can see that very fast movements are broken into separate phases. Despite a frequency of 60 Hz for each eye, the flickering is not noticeable, apparently due to the low final brightness of the picture in stereo mode. You need to orient the glasses along the long side of the monitor, with a deviation of 30 ° or more, the picture darkens, when rotated by 90° – the image is just black, since the polarization vectors of the monitor matrix and, apparently, the first polarizer in the glasses become mutually perpendicular. The stereoscopic effect is preserved even with a significant deviation of the gaze from the perpendicular to the screen. There is a narrow area at the top of the screen for which the separation for the eyes is greatly reduced, but this fact has almost no effect on the overall perception.

    The spectacles are synchronized with an IR transmitter. The graph below shows how a pair of IR pulses (red line) turns on and off the transmission of the left lens of the glasses (blue line).

    The signals were recorded for a simple profile – there are no similar sets and other IR emitters in the immediate environment. The pulses for the right and left glass differ in width (approximately 0.3 and 0.4 ms), which can be seen when recording a signal with a sampling rate of 100 kHz.

    It is worth mentioning that NVIDIA does not officially allow the user to adjust the latency and duration of the “windows” of passing points. Instead, it conducts the so-called certification, according to the results of which the parameters of the glasses for the certified display devices are written into the drivers. Obviously, by doing this the company is trying to make money not only on users of the 3D Vision kit, but also on manufacturers of display devices. The only lucky series are 3D-ready TVs that have a sync output that connects directly to the 3D Vision IR transmitter (but not all sets have the appropriate cable). In addition, NVIDIA periodically “forgets” to include basic support for 3D-ready (supporting 100-120 Hz input) CRT monitors and DLP projectors, as well as devices with 85 Hz input, in outgoing drivers. We can only hope for advanced enthusiasts who are able to develop a way to adjust the synchronization parameters (there is some progress in this direction), and that NVIDIA’s greed period will soon end, and the long-awaited sliders will appear in the settings to adjust the delay and window width. Let’s also see if a similar set of stereo glasses from AMD/ATI will have similar limitations.

    Conclusions

    If we evaluate the Samsung SyncMaster 2233RZ monitor in the usual two-dimensional mode, then this is a typical monitor of a familiar design with a fast (slightly overclocked) TN-matrix. But everything changes (including the price) with support for up to 120 Hz frame rate per input and official compatibility with the NVIDIA 3D Vision kit, thanks to which the user can enjoy stunning stereo image quality when viewing photos and movies and, of course, in games.

    Advantages:
    • Supports 120Hz input and compatible with NVIDIA 3D Vision kit
    • Good image quality (adequate color reproduction, high contrast, sufficient brightness)
    • Sleek design
    • Brightness adjustable over a wide range without sacrificing image quality
    • 900 11 Efficient overclocking and a very small output delay

    • Russified menu
    Disadvantages:
    • One video input
    • 4:3 and 16:9 modes are not supported

    We thank the company “ NVIDIA
    and personally Irina Shekhovtsova
    for providing the NVIDIA 3D Vision kit for testing.

    We would like to thank AMD for their assistance in setting up the test stand.

    Monitor Samsung S8U – do not believe your eyes. Samsung

    27-inch 4K LED Monitor Review
    Recently, top gaming monitors with huge curved screens, crazy speed, record refresh rates and sky-high price tags. At the same time, the main number of computer monitors is purchased with an emphasis on solving routine office tasks in a more affordable price segment. It was all the more interesting to get acquainted with a typical representative of this class – the Samsung S8U LED monitor.

    I constantly use a 24-inch monitor from a reputable company for work – that is, I’m used to a certain visual perception of this gadget in relation to its screen size. And the first thought after unpacking the Samsung S8U was the suspicion that they sent me the wrong model. That is, based on my stereotypes, the new product from Samsung seemed to me smaller than the monitor that I used to use. The surprise was so strong that I, not believing my eyes, armed myself with a tape measure and measured the diagonal of the screen. It was exactly 27 inches. That is to say, offering a quarter larger screen, the Samsung monitor looked smaller than my workhorse.

    This effect is achieved in two ways. Firstly, the screen is framed on three sides (except the bottom) with a very thin frame, the thickness of which does not exceed 8 mm. Secondly, the monitor itself is very thin. As a result, it feels very light and airy.

    An equally elegant stand, which allows not only adjusting the display position in height within 12 cm, but also tilting from -2 to 25 degrees, as well as turning 30 degrees in both directions, has become an organic addition. If necessary (for example, for layout), the stand allows you to turn the monitor 90 degrees. In general, a very technological accessory that managed to maintain its compactness and lightness.

    The monitor is based on a 27-inch IPS matrix with a matte surface with excellent anti-glare properties. As expected for this technology, the matrix is ​​very contrasting with vibrant, very natural colors and large viewing angles – you can sit in front of the monitor with five people – and for each viewer the picture will not fade. The resolution of the UHD matrix (3840 x 2160 pixels) makes it possible to achieve high image density.

    But if it is difficult to surprise with the high resolution of a monitor today, then support for a video signal with an extended dynamic range (HDR) is still rare in computer monitors, especially in a relatively affordable price segment. Samsung S8U supports HDR10 format, which has the most beneficial effect on picture quality when displaying relevant content.

    The device provides 99% sRGB coverage, 5ms performance and supports frame rates up to 60Hz. In principle, these are far from record figures for a modern monitor – top models have already mastered the DCI-P3 space, the speed of the best gaming models does not exceed 1 ms, and the frame rate sometimes reaches 240 Hz. But let’s not forget two points – such monitors are much more expensive, and, at the same time, their capabilities are often not used to the full.

    A more serious color gamut may be required by people who professionally work with photos and videos, as well as designers and color correctors. And the performance parameters and high refresh rate are in demand mainly in the gaming industry. At the same time, for gamers, Samsung has a fairly large series of specialized monitors. However, during leisure hours, you can play on the Samsung S8U, albeit not in the most hardcore modes.

    At the same time, rich image settings are implemented here, which are usually inherent only in flagship models. In addition to a set of standard profiles (Standard, Cinema, Auto contrast, High brightness, sRGB), there is also a custom mode that allows you to calibrate the image according to six parameters. However, the factory calibration with which the monitor reaches the buyer will be optimal for most applications. An interesting technology for adapting the image to external conditions is also implemented here, when the video processor optimizes the picture in real time depending on the level of ambient lighting and the nature of the content being viewed.

    To connect a workstation or laptop, HDMI 2. 0 and Display Port 1.2 ports are provided, as well as a USB-C port through which the laptop can simultaneously charge its battery (up to 90 W is supported). Moreover, if you choose a single USB-C cable to connect your laptop, you can use the built-in USB hub with three USB 3.0 ports on the back of the case to connect various peripherals – from keyboard and mouse to external drives.

    Next to the USB 3.0 ports is a minijack connector for connecting headphones or a headset. Automatic Source Switch+ technology allows you to automatically switch inputs when a useful signal is detected and activate the appropriate settings profile for the connected source.

    The Samsung S8U allowed my 24″ FHD workhorse to rest for two weeks. During this time, the tested monitor was used to perform the usual work tasks using standard office applications, as well as graphic editors for preparing various kinds of illustrations.

    And the most effective way to evaluate the novelty was to refuse to use it. It was only when I returned the test monitor that I acutely felt what I had lost. The larger screen, combined with a significantly higher resolution, made work much more comfortable – more working tools could be placed on the desktop, and the increase in operating space reduced the need for scrolling the working window.

    In addition, a bunch of proprietary Samsung technologies such as Eye Saver Mode, Eco Light Sensor or Flicker Free, aimed at reducing eye fatigue, turned out to be not just a marketing ploy, but really effective factors – to evaluate their effectiveness, it was enough just to return to work on the old monitor, who is deprived of them and feel that the eyes began to tire more.

    Fact In addition to having a USB-C port, the Samsung S8U is distinguished by the presence of built-in speakers, the signal for which the monitor receives via HDMI. Also, if necessary, headphones can be connected to the device.

    And after a hard day, I enjoyed watching Samsung S8U movies in UltraHD with HDR. And the monitor made that viewing almost as impressive as it was on my big Samsung QLED TV – a very nice bonus for a working tool.

    After testing the technique, I often ask myself the question – would I buy this particular model for myself? Most often, the answer to it does not imply publication – it is too subjective and takes into account many personal moments that are too individual. But for the Samsung S8U, I will make an exception – yes, I would buy myself such a monitor. And I will most likely do so.

    Passport data:

    Type – LED-monitor | Name – Samsung S8U (model index – LS27A800UNIXCI) | Screen aspect ratio, surface – 16:9, flat | Screen diagonal size, inches – 27 | Resolution pix. – 3840 x 2160 | Refresh rate, Hz – 60 | Panel type – IPS | Brightness, cd/m2 – 300 | Contrast – 1000 : 1 (static), Mega (dynamic) | High Dynamic Range Support – HDR10 | sRGB palette, % – 99 | Response time, ms – 5 | Viewing angles, hail. – 178 horizontally and vertically | Connectivity – HDMI 2.0, Display Port 1.2, USB-C, USB 3.0 (3), headphone minijack | Additionally – support for Eco Saving Plus, Eye Saver Mode, Eco Light Sensor, Flicker Free, PIP mode | Stand – HAS with height, tilt/swivel and screen orientation adjustment | Dimensions with stand, cm – 61.55 x 55.19x 19.64 mm | Weight with stand – 6.4 kg | Source TTX – Samsung

    Ratings

    + The combination of visual compactness and a 27-inch screen, a bright and dynamic picture with high resolution, natural color reproduction and HDR support, a convenient stand with all kinds of adjustments Not detected

    Design

    90

    Workmanship

    95

    Image

    95

    Functions

    95

    Total

    95

    Conclusion:

    Much larger than you think, the Samsung S8U monitor will help you organize your workspace and provide more work space with a high resolution screen.