Samsung C49J890 49 inch 144Hz model
Update: Update on price, model designation and availability. News piece below initially published April 15th 2018.
Some users love the immersion and horizontal screen space afforded to them by ‘UltraWide’ monitors. With the Samsung C49HG90, things were brought to a whole new level with what the company dubbed the ‘Super UltraWide’ format. This stretches beyond the usual 21:9 UltraWide format to an even wider 32:9. The Samsung C49J890 (also referred to as the C49J89 of the CJ89 series) features a similar panel, but takes a more business-oriented approach. Externally there are no dramatic changes. The monitor retains the dual-stage bezel design, with thin panel border and hard outer bezel component. The bottom bezel is brushed matte with a charcoal grey colour, with a similar dark shade used at the sides of the monitor and for the stand base. This is a bit subtler and less eye-catching than the silver colouration used for some parts of the CHG90 model; although, really, the huge screen itself is going to be your main focus either way. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by pressable buttons on the underside of the bottom bezel rather than a joystick (JOG button). This makes ergonomic sense, at least when you consider Samsung usually locates their JOG button quite far to one side of the screen.
The monitor uses a 49” 32:9 ‘Super UltraWide’ panel with a 3840 x 1080 DFHD (Double Full High Definition) resolution. To put things in perspective, this monitor is similar both physically and in terms of pixel density to having 2 27” Full HD models side by side – without a central bezel, of course. The screen also has a moderate 1800R curve, which Samsung will boast improves viewing comfort. From our experience, the curve is actually more subtle than you might think but it’s an addition we feel most users will warm to when they actually see the monitor in action. The monitor uses a VA (Vertical Alignment) panel with 3000:1 static contrast, 178°/178° specified viewing angles, true 8-bit colour and a 144Hz refresh rate. Unlike the CHG90, there is no FreeSync support. Another change is the backlight design, as this model does not offer HDR support and has a typical maximum luminance of 300 cd/m². The backlight is flicker-free, but does not feature Quantum Dot technology and will likely have a somewhat narrower colour gamut than the CHG90. Full sRGB coverage and some extension beyond is still possible). A 4ms grey to grey response time is specified, which as usual should be taken with a dose of salt. This can’t be compared to the 1ms MPRT (Moving Picture Response Time) specified for the CHG90 in its strobe backlight mode – this model does not feature a strobe backlight mode.
The monitor includes a stand which offers the following adjustability; tilt (2° forwards, 15° backwards), height (120mm or 4.72 inches) and swivel (15° left and 15° right). The included stand can be removed to make way for an alternative 100 x 100mm VESA solution. Note that there are no flashy blue LEDs on this model, the loss of which we won’t lament (they were rather gimmicky in our opinion). The ports are located beneath a removable cover and include; DP 1.2, HDMI, 2 USB Type-C ports (data, power and display signal), 2 USB 3.0 ports and a 3.5mm headphone jack. 2 x 7W speakers are also included for reasonably powerful audio output. Other features to note include; KVM (Keyboard Virtual Mouse) functionality with an easy-access button included with the OSD controls, PiP/PbP functionality and multiple Low Blue Light (LBL) settings including ‘Eye Saver Mode’.
Further information on the monitor can be found on this product page. This model is listed for ~£850 in the UK with global availability now slipping out. We’ll bring you a review if there’s sufficient demand and a sample can be made available.