1920 x 1080
178° H x 178° V
- 22 points
- 2 months ago
from completed build Noob's First Practice Build
First of all let me affirm that I LOVE this curved monitor, but I am giving it 4 out of 5 stars because I had to return two defective monitors with dead pixels before the third one turned out ok. Dead pixels are a nightmare for anyone who appreciates having a clean viewing experience, and for a company like Samsung well known for their great displays, it's not acceptable to consider having less than 5 dead pixels in a screen a norm!
Seriously, Samsung is having major issues recently with their QA. I thought the problem with their Galaxy Note 7 in 2016 was just a random flop but it seems their QA issues are extending to their other lines as well. They really need to work harder on their QA department.
But back to this monitor. If you are lucky to get one without dead pixels you will love it. The curve is sharper than other curved monitors (1800R instead of 3000R in other models within the same price range), so it's very easy to notice the curve even when you are facing it straight.
Although I purchased this monitor mainly to enjoy gaming on it, it's not the better immersion that caught my eyes but how much wider the display looks compared to standard 16:9 monitors of same size. In the store I compared this monitor to another standard 27" display, and the curved Samsung looked easily wider. I did read that curved monitors give the impression of a wider screen, but the effect was so obvious I could hardly believe it even when seeing it with my own eyes! So if you are not sure if you need a 16:9 or an ultra-wide 21:9 display, consider getting a curved 16:9 for that extra perception of width!
As for the perception of depth and the sense of immersion while gaming, the display looks great specially when playing a 3D game and turning your view around. The curve does give that slight feeling that everything is revolving around you indeed. Even when your eyes get used to the curve and no longer notice it during the game, the feeling is still there in the back of your head, and the view is still much better than seeing it on a standard flat screen.
The monitor also has an up-scaling feature that enhances game textures and make them look much more detailed. I am loving this feature and it dramatically enhances how my games and images look.
As for colors, I am not an expert in this field but comparing this monitor to other models in the store was enough for me to see the difference. Colors on this monitor look vivid and more vibrant.
Cons about this monitor: Other than the 2 returns and the stressful hassle I had to go through because of the dead pixels, there are 2 minor issues but they were never a deal breaker for me. The screen wobbles when touching it (to change the settings for example). The stand doesn't feel sturdy enough to hold such a large screen, but my monitor is sitting on sturdy desk and I don't notice any wobbles when typing on the keyboard or using the mouse or gaming. The second issue was not having built-in speakers, but I always play and use my PC with headphones so this wasn't a major issue for me, considering the discounted price of this model during Black Friday 2016 ($279.99 CAD).
As for light bleeding and clouding issues, I am ok with them and will consider them normal as long as they are uniform and symmetric on the screen. This seems to be how VA panels work or look from sideways. In all the 3 monitors I had to try, when viewing a black background sideways I noticed the clouding effect on the 4 corners, and if I view it from above I noticed 2 symmetric light-bleedings in the bottom. I am not sure these are defects, specially when the screen looks ok to me when viewing it straight, although the black could have been darker when viewing a full black background. I also noticed minor color variations when viewing the screen sideways, but I think that's the trade-off with this type of panels, or maybe most panels in general.
Overall I am happy with this monitor and can finally sleep in peace after getting rid of the dead pixels. I just hope Samsung focuses more on the quality of their products to gain back customers' trust.