You may have seen the Samsung Space Monitor worn online, whether through message posts or fantastic GIFs that swivel up and down. Like many, I saw them and was immediately taken with the monitor. It seemed like an ingenious idea: a display with a stand that clamps to the side of your desk, out of the way, which can rotate and move around to meet your every need.
While the monitor is full of promises, some things just don't respond to the overkill. Samsung's space monitor is one of those things that may not be as good as it looks.
Samsung recently sent one of its smaller 27-inch space monitors to try it out. I use it as my special second screen in the office for about a week and a half. In short, the display is excellent, the stand is nice and overall it was welcome to my desk.
Bless the desk with SPACE
When the monitor arrived, I was startled by the size of the box. For the 27-inch display, the box was quite long. However, when I unpacked it, it made sense. The length comes from a stand that consists of a bracket that attaches to your desk and arm.
It is worth noting that the installation will probably require another person to hold the monitor. You will need to twist your shoulders to the mounting bracket on the back of the display before attaching it to your desk. This means that you must hold the monitor in place until the bracket is attached or it will fall.
Once attached, you can manipulate the monitor, which can pivot up and down on the arm and tilt accordingly. Want to lower it so it sits on the surface of the desk? You can! Do you want to lift it firmly against the wall? You can do the same.
One thing you can't do, however, is rotate the monitor. The space monitor only moves on the vertical axis, so if you want to adjust the angle on it, you're out of luck. This ultimately turned out to be one of the biggest issues I had with the monitor, but how much of a problem it is depends on your setup.
In my case, my desk is quite thin, but it's really wide. I usually use a second monitor on the side so that I maximize the depth and have a comfortable writing position. Unfortunately, this was not an option with the space monitor as I couldn't rotate the screen and put it on the side.
Fortunately the monitor is quite tall so I was able to put my laptop under it and work with the monitor vertical stack. It wasn't perfect, but still bearable. Again, rotation may not be a significant issue, but depending on your desk setup, it may make or break your experience with this monitor.
Space Monitor hands over your desk to other clusters
When you consider that you can choose up to a basic desktop monitor complete with a clamp and rotating features for close to $ 30 on Amazon, it's hard to argue, that the Space Monitor brings something unique to the table.
Samsung's system is sophisticated and it's nice to have an all-in-one system, but when it means it costs $ 50 to $ 100 or even more than most comparable monitors, then it becomes more difficult to justify.
The worse is that the space monitor cannot achieve its greatest claim. In almost all Samsung marketing, this touches the monitor's ability to arrange its workspace as a major plus. I have practically found that the monitor does not free up more space at all.
The Space Monitor stand is allowed to be smaller and take up less space than the average base of the monitor, but it alone does not provide much more space. Where Samsung claims the monitor really saves space is in its ability to sit peacefully against the wall. In theory, this frees up desk space by taking the monitor out of the way so you can use almost the entire desk for other tasks. In practice, this does not work. When you move your monitor out of the way, you will still have other items such as the keyboard, mouse, or, if you use a laptop, your desk computer. Of course, these things can be easily moved, especially if they are wireless, but this does not make the Space Monitor more suitable for space saving.
It's really a nitric, but I think it's important to make it clear that if you buy a space monitor, it's not because it will free up space on your cluttered desk. Will not happen If anything, the monitor invites more clutter, minimizing the stand. Compared to my other regular monitor, I have more cord clutter as I can no longer pick it up from the view behind the monitor stand.
Therefore, Space Monitor offers two cable management solutions. The first is a glow that flows down into the back of the stand arm to hide the display cable. The second cable management solution is that the power and display cables that come with the monitor are one unit. At one end you have an HDMI head and power for the monitor. About halfway through the cable, the power is split, so you can point it to the output and hold the display cable to the input on your computer. It is an intelligent solution that, unlike other aspects, actually offers some space savings.
Additionally, the monitor has only one HDMI input and a Mini DisplayPort for inputs, along with a USB-A port "Service". In other words, users will be quite limited in their ability to connect the Space Monitor to a device. Of course, the ubiquity of HDMI does this without a problem, but it would be nice to see more options like USB-C.
If you buy Space Monitor, this is for the screen
If you are going to split the money for a space monitor, you probably do it for this fresh Samsung display.
The Space Monitor is available in two variants: a 27-inch WQHD resolution display of 2560 x 1440 pixels and a 32-inch 3840 x 2160 pixel UHD screen (also known as 1440p and 4K options). In addition, both screens have a 16: 9 aspect ratio, 250cd / m2 brightness, and a response time of 4m / s. Apart from the resolution and size, there are only a few real differences. Contrast, for one, with a 1440p monitor that has a ratio of 3000: 1 compared to 2500: 1 on 4K screens. The refresh rate is different because the 27-inch monitor has a 144Hz refresh rate compared to the 60-inch version of the 32-inch version. The other major difference is, of course, the price, with the smaller screen coming in at $ 59.99 and the larger screen coming in at $ 699.99.
While I can only talk about the 27-inch screen, I can say that the colors were fantastic and the picture was fresh. Overall, Samsung's display technology is fantastic and it's one of the best monitors I've used in this regard. The high refresh rate screen was also a welcome addition, although I was unable to use the monitor for any games while testing it.
For things like photo editing and overall performance, the monitor was fantastic. I have never bothered to mess up the colors of my photos, and the display provides more space for my work to spread.
The only real problem I had with the color was when I was testing the display with a MacBook Air. Apple's True Tone display software, when activated, caused the Space Monitor to acquire a horribly red hue. Fixing it was as simple as turning off True Tone, but it was a small annoyance I would rather not deal with.
A superb display that won't magically clean your desk
Unfortunately, not all dreams are reality and the space monitor, although excellent, manages to miss a few important beats. There seems to be a trend in the computer monitor industry, where companies create great displays and then raise prices based on a fancy stand. The space monitor is not as messy as other displays, with Apple's Excessive Combined Display XDR and Pro Stand – Space Monitor happily comes with its own stand. But it follows the same principles: Samsung designs its monitor around a fancy mechanic stand to allow a gentle hinge for easy adjustment, raises the price above equivalent displays and launches it accordingly.
Suffice it to say, Space Monitor in no way saves space on your desk. Of course, this diminishes the footprint of the monitor stand, but if that was the only reason your workspace was cramping, do you really need to save space?
Nor does a space monitor justify its higher cost by saving space or any other practical benefit.
These things do not make the space monitor bad. Overall, it's a great display and I think the concept is solid. If you want a quality Samsung display with a unique stand and cool aesthetics, Space Monitor is for you. If you hope to magically solve your problems, you should look elsewhere. Oh, and if you only need a decent monitor and all that matters is the display, many companies – including Samsung – make comparable displays without space-saving tricks.