Samsung C27H711 and C32H711 WQHD VA monitors
Update: Update on price and availability. News piece below initially published 9th April 2017.
If there are two things Samsung has really embraced with their recent monitors, it would be the use of a curved rather than a flat screen and the use of the VA panel type. The C27H711 and C32H711 (C27H711Q and C32H711Q plus regional suffixes) of the CH71 series embrace both of these trends. In terms of styling, Samsung have again gone for the minimalistic modern look shared by the likes of their C34F791 and C27F591. Glossy white plastics and matte silver plastics are combined with exceptionally slender ‘two-stage’ bezels. These have an extremely slim hard outer (black plastic) bezel and a slim panel border that blends in with the screen when it is switched off, but is visible as a thin border when switched on. The overall look is something that many find quite appealing, which is more can be said for some of Samsung’s more ambitious ‘Touch Of Colour’ schemes they’ve gone for previously. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by a joystick or ‘JOG button’ found underneath the central region of the bottom bezel.
Both models featured Samsung SVA (‘Super’ Vertical Alignment) panels with a 2560 x 1440 (WQHD) resolution, true 8-bit colour support and screen sizes of 26.9” (C27) and 31.5” (C32). This is interesting in itself as thus far ~27” VA panels have been restricted to 1920 x 1080 (Full HD), with the WQHD resolution only being found on TN or more commonly IPS-type models. Both panels are also curved, with a 1800R curvature that is designed to provide a more uniform viewing distance between the edges and centre of the screen to potentially enhance viewing comfort. From our experience of monitors with such a curve, it’s certainly a nice addition the adds a bit of extra depth to the experience. But a change that is actually quite subtle and natural-feeling as well – certainly nothing most users should be afraid of. As is common for a modern Samsung SVA panel, a 3000:1 static contrast ratio is specified alongside 178° horizontal and 178° vertical viewing angles. A light matte screen surface is employed, for a relatively smooth (non-grainy) look to the image with good vibrancy potential.
Vibrancy is further enhanced by the use of a flicker-free Quantum Dot LED backlight with 300 cd/m² typical brightness output. This expands the colour gamut to fully cover sRGB with a fair bit of extension beyond, for higher saturation levels. However; it stops short of traditional wide gamut such as ‘Adobe RGB’, which give a strongly oversaturated look to typical sRGB content (websites, games etc.) The refresh rate of these models is specified as 60Hz, although AMD FreeSync also features and it’s possible a slightly higher refresh rate (~72Hz) is also supported. A 4ms grey to grey response time is specified, but as usual for this panel type in particular that should be approached with caution. The monitors will also feature some ‘Low Blue Light’ (LBL) settings, one of which is called ‘Eye Saver Mode’. This goes to greater lengths to maximise viewing comfort than traditional LBL settings. It not only creates a dimmer and warmer-looking image with significantly reduced energy in the blue channel, it also massively reduces contrast to minimise the amount of adaptation that the eye has to do to changing brightness levels from the screen. There is a more conventional alternative that just reduces energy in the blue channel, called ‘Warm2’ and common to many Samsung models.
The monitors feature tilt-only stands with a neatly integrated cable-tidy feature that allows you to route cables down through the neck. We’ve seen a similar design on the CF791, which also included a VESA adaptor bracket for alternative mounting. Hopefully these models will feature something similar, too. The ports include; DC power input (external power brick), MiniDP 1.2a (supports Adaptive-Sync and hence AMD FreeSync) and HDMI 1.4 (possibly 1.4a with Adaptive-Sync). Further information on the C27 and C32 can be found on Samsung’s website. The monitors should be released very shortly, with a current listing for the 27″ model of ~$450 (~£450). We would like to review both models if we have the time and samples are made available to us, but as usual we can’t promise anything.