When Samsung announced the space monitor, I knew instantly that it would be something I had to try out personally. Now that I've had time to do it, I'm happy to say that it's such an advertised, simplified and solid monitor with smart new design – but not necessarily one for everyone.
Samsung Space Monitor [Pros:
- Clever space-saving design
- quiet, attractive appearance
- solid color outside the box
- no rotates and height depends on this distance from the wall
- Sub-face viewing angles
- Does not work with any desk
Price : $ 400 (27-inch); $ 500 (32 inches)
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The great advancement of Space Monitor is its very low profile, which grips the edge of your desk from the wall and can be folded flat against it. It can rotate up and down, the monitor tilts to taste – not all the way to Surface Studio, but with the same overall range of motion.
The monitor itself comes in two varieties: a larger 32-inch 4K one and a smaller 27-inch at 2560 × 1440. I viewed the smaller one as the larger one has a lower frequency of refresh and in fact I have no use for 4K in my workflow.
The ideal situation for this thing is a relatively small workspace where actually having a monitor sitting at your desk depletes all the space around it. Using the space monitor, the stand is aligned with the wall, clearing the area from below and in front of it, even when folded out. It's easier than punching the wall for a free-floating display
The monitor's performance, as far as I can tell, is good but not great. The colors are vibrant and the default settings are solid, if perhaps a little warm (easy to adjust, of course). The refresh rate goes up to 144 Hz, which is more than enough for games and can easily be tuned to 120 for those of us who are very picky about downloading videos and other things at a deep frame rate.
One thing that is not & # 39; t the viewing angle is impressive. I feel that the sweet spot on this monitor is far narrower than the Dell Ultrasharp IPS panel I have used for years. If you do not sit directly in front of it you will get a fall in color and brightness at the edge you are farthest from.
The panel is narrow, a little over a quarter of an inch, slightly thicker than the underside. Plus it's almost flush on the top and the sides so you don't feel like the frames are sticking out at you. Overall it is a very beautiful and modest design as these things go. It is worth noting that it seems that Samsung has faded a few images into print, and the microscopic screen you see in official images is not really what you get.
It's not as easy to set up as simply setting up something on your desk, but if you have a compatible desk, it's literally as easy as dragging and clamping it. A custom cable (optional but convenient) combines HDMI and power into one and fits into a groove on the back of the stand, eliminating clutter.
But you'll want to take a good look at your desk to make sure it's compatible.
Generally, unless your desk is more or less rigid and there is no window sill that can be closed, you may have a problem. My desk is solid and about a inch and a half thick, but there is something like a wall that goes down about two inches. I pulled out and attached the bottom of the bracket so it could barely slip around the wall, but then the screw would not reach the bottom surface of the desk so I had to fill the gap with a book. (Good, I have a lot.)
The stand is pretty solid and the monitor stays exactly where you put it, but it's a little wobbly – understandable, given that it sits at the very top on an arm 14 inches long. I really only noticed when I was writing very hard or I was pushing the desk when I noticed that it was swinging longer and longer than Dell's traditional stand.
Now, if you looked carefully at the way this monitor and stand were adjusted, you might have noticed something else: this thing can't be rotated. Yes, unfortunately, the nature of a space monitor means that it must always be parallel to the edge of the desk to which it is attached and can only move perpendicular to it. Also, there is no way to slide the monitor up and down, or rather, to move it to or away from you.
For some, this is unacceptable. And while it's good for me as a primary monitor, it would never work as a secondary, like Dell, which I have now directed to me near Samsung.
This significantly limits the use cases and the spaces in which it works well. But I still think it's a great option for some. If you have limited space and plan to work mostly from the sweet spot directly in front of it, this is a solid monitor big enough for productivity, movies and games.
For those looking for a low-profile, space-saving alternative to regular monitors, Space Monitor is a great option. But for adjustments on multiple monitors or people who are much angular, this may not be the best. At $ 400, it has stiff competition from the usual suspects, but for some people the slight increase in image quality or the ability to slide the monitor up and down is not worth the waste of a desk or a cumbersome design. The space monitor is now available on Samsung's site or your regular electronics retailer.