Ah, the monitor; one of the most overlooked components of a PC. For gaming, there is no point in building the worlds most powerful tower, only to use a 60Hz 1080p panel. It works, but you're not getting the full experience you can, is it? The same can be said with design work; the better your monitor, the more accurate you can make your projects, and you can utilise more vibrancy. Recently, Samsung let us play with their latest monitor design, and my perspective on 4K has since changed.
The Samsung Space features a 32" 4K 60Hz VA panel, with a 4ms response time. Now, before we continue, this monitor was made for design and daily work performance tasks and was never made with gaming in mind. In saying that, I did test it out for gaming, as I think it would've been shame not to.
Moving on, the screen offers a 1 Billion colour range with Mega ∞ DCR Contrast Ratio. The VA panel, which is actually designed specifically for artwork and project creation, had a smooth, matte finish so there was no glare from the panel. The 31.5" (corner-to-corner) is your actual viewing size, thanks to the 3-sided bezel-less screen, with a 16:9 aspect ratio, 3840 x 2160 screen resolution, with a brightness of 250cd/m2, a 2,500:1 static contrast ratio, and a 178°(H)/178°(V) viewing angle.
Now that the most boring paragraph is out of the way, let's look at the design. The Samsung Space replaces the traditional monitor stand for a clamp, for you to situate at the end of your desk. The beauty of the clamp, and the innovation in its implementation, allows users to free up to 40% more desk space, and reduce dead space by 94%. This is also dependent on your specific monitor size and desk, so I will use my desk as an example. I collect many a Funko Pop, but started running out of space to put them. However, with the Space Monitor, I was able to spread them evenly, and neatly, and they were no longer in the way - there were 4 or 5 I could reposition, thanks to the freed up space.
The Samsung Space also features a robust, flexible hinge, that allows you to change the height and viewing angle of the monitor. When adjusting the height, the monitor does swing towards you, and can even be "laid onto" the desk, similar to how you would a photo frame. I would have liked an option to slide it down vertically in order to adjust the height, as I do not have much desk space to work with, but the height adjustment is still appreciated.
Aside from the stunning visuals that the 4K VA panel displays, a centerpiece for this monitor is the stand. By using a clamp mechanism that attaches to the edge of your desk, you have so much more workspace to deal with. The stand offers a dedicated cable channel to keep the HDMI/power cable tucked in neatly.
Speaking of, the HDMI cable actually serves as a power cable as well, by attaching a DC cable pin attachment to the HDMI cable for one cable to power the monitor and send visuals. However, I used the included power supply, which provided AC 100-240V power to the monitor.
By using a clamp mechanism that attaches to the edge of your desk, you have so much more workspace to deal with.
Again, when the settings are applied, the 4K resolution made titles such as Detroit: Become Human, God of War, Spider-Man, and Assassin's Creed Odyssey look absolutely gorgeous.
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