Samsung HDR QLED Curved Gaming Monitor (144Hz / 1ms) Review

PROS

  • Easy to set up: the screen in spite of its high tech features is straightforward to set up on the bench or the wall. The only issue is that some may find the base stand too big for their bench and resort to buying a fitting stand. Nevertheless, it is a very simple DIY process.
  • No tearing: Nothing dampens the gaming spirit than image tearing. It is caused mostly by unmatched graphics and screen refresh rates. However, this classic Samsung screen has FreeSync 2 support that solves this problem.
  • Easy to update firmware: In the past years, you had to carry your monitor back to the manufacturer for firmware upgrades. However, with the QLED HDR C32HG70, you can update the firmware using a USB stick. All you need to do is download the update from the manufacturer’s website.

CONS

  • Underutilized HDR: HDR is a great feature for gaming monitors. Nevertheless, just as USB type C, it is a futuristic feature that sees its full potential being fully utilized in the coming future. For now, it only works to increase the machine’s price. Again for some reason, it does not seem to be compatible with Windows.
  • PWM effects: Pulse Width Modulation is one the best technologies in the industry that has been used for years used to control backlight dimming. However, its use causes eyestrain and headaches. The flickering effect of PWM is one reason why its use is limited today.
  • It requires a lot of space: The monitor itself is properly sized, but the stand seems to take much space. Some people have to buy new mounts as the shipped ones take a lot of workbench space.

VERDICT

Samsung has set the pace with its futuristic monitor. It without a doubt made it for gamers who wish to take their gaming to the next level. The addition of Quantum Dot to the W-LED technology guarantees wider color coverage. It perfectly complements the over a billion color shades provided by the Samsung LSM315DP01 SVA (VA-type) technology panel.

The pros of the monitor overwhelm its cons. First, the effects of the PWM are mitigated by the screen’s anti-glare settings which you can switch on and off when viewing at night or in dark rooms. Again, it is no surprise that such a monitor requires so much space. In fact, it deserves it.

Editor rating

0/5 on February 1, 2018

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Samsung made a boisterous come back to gaming arena with its CHG70 monitor models. The latest and the most significant monitor in the series, the C32HG70 monitor is one that has no worthy rival in the market.

The Samsung HDR QLED Curved Gaming Monitor comes with new features that any serious gamer who has some more bucks to burn cannot withstand the urge. This review looks at some of the features that set this monitor apart.

Design

The Samsung HDR screen comes mostly in a black model. The bezel and the back of the screen are made of matte plastic. The ubiquitous matte medium grey Samsung logo is the only writing on the front of the screen. The edge of the screen is covered with a dark brushed plastic finish that resembles an aluminum trim. There is a removable backs section that encloses videoconferencing ports. Close to it is the OSD control joysticks.

The stand

Samsung HDR QLED Curved Gaming MonitorThe monitor comes with an arm stand. So all you need to do is to screw the stand to the bottom of the screen. In case you want to pin it to the wall, you can remove the stand and use the bracket to create an attachment for arm or wall mounting.

Power supply

Here is where the 32-inch monitor differs from its 27-inch predecessor. It has an internal power supply and a power cable whereas the 27” has an external power supply.

Regarding power consumption, the manufacturer promises that the monitor consumes a maximum of 78W during full operation and not less than 0.3W in standby mode. It, however, consumes only 35.8W after calibration to reasonable standards and 0.6W during standby. The power consumption level is lower than most screens with smaller sizes.

Peripherals

The screen has a Display Port, an HDMI 2.0b port and two USB 3.0 ports for fast charging. The digital interfaces are HDCP certified to enable transmission and reading of encrypted content. Other ports are for headphones, mic-in, and mic-out. Samsung either over provided for the player’s needs or there are greater things that can be done with this screen that we currently know nothing about.

Display

The C32HG70 uses an advanced panel technology that is based on the standard VA technology. This Samsung-made panel is capable of producing over 1.07 billion shades of colors. The screen is coated with a light anti-glare. The anti-glare property of the coating eliminates unnecessary reflections common with full glossy coatings. It is also so perfectly done that it lacks the cross-hatching patterns and grainy images which are very common with AG coatings.

QLED screen

The monitor screen bears one of the key features that set is apart from the others in the market. Its screen uses the White-LED technology. It is the standard screen technology in the current market. It not only reduces power consumption significantly but also helps towards environmental conservation.

The W-LED backlight unit is paired with a Quantum Dot film for better color gamut. Such a configuration provides a color gamut that is much higher than W-LED’s 100%sRGB. To distinguish their screen technology in the market, Samsung calls it QLED signifying the use of Quantum Dots.

As already mentioned, Quantum Dot helps improve contrast and image rendition. It improves the color spectrum of the screen to a standard close to the high-end DCI-P3 standard. As a result, QLED displays have a color gamut of 125% sRGB. Such coverage is equal to 95% n DCI-P3 reference. These specs make it easy to use High Dynamic Range, HDR, technology.

HDR

Just like the QLED, the High Dynamic Range property of the C32HG70 is another selling point of this monitor. The HDR makes bright colors brighter and dark color s darker. Consequently, it produces unmatched image details. Coupling this feature with QLED makes the images more real than they are.

AMD Radon FreeSync support

Samsung added the FreeSync 2 to its monitor’s firmware. It allows the synchronization of the refresh rates of the screen and the graphics. As a result, gamers can enjoy a smooth gaming experience with little or no tearing.

The screen has a 144HZ refresh rate, but you can reduce it to 60/120Hz if the need arises. The high refresh rates allow you an unbroken view of fast-paced games or video.

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