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Samsung S28AG700 144Hz 4K IPS with HDMI 2.1

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The excellent pixel density and ‘real estate’ offered by the 3840 x 2160 (‘4K’ UHD) resolution can be very attractive for a multitude of uses. Including work on the desktop, web browsing, movies and gaming. The Samsung S28AG700 (LS28AG70 plus various regional suffixes) of the Odyssey G7 Series is one such offering, geared towards gaming on either the PC or games consoles such as the PS5 and Xbox Series X. The monitor is largely matte black plastic, with customisable LED lighting ‘cheeks’ either side of the bottom bezel that form part of the ‘Core Lighting’ feature. These can be customised in the OSD or set to change colour according with the scene being shown (‘CoreSync’). The top and side bezels are dual-stage, with a slim panel border flush with the rest of the screen and a slender hard plastic outer component. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by a joystick and accompanying shortcut keys facing downwards in the central region of the bottom bezel.

Customisable LED cheeks

The monitor uses a 28″ 3840 x 2160 (‘4K’ UHD) IPS-type panel from Innolux; the M280DCA AAS (Azimuthal Anchoring Switch) family more specifically. This supports a 144Hz refresh rate, including AMD FreeSync Premium Pro and Nvidia’s ‘G-SYNC Compatible Mode’ with an assumed 48 – 144Hz VRR range (plus LFC). A matte anti-glare screen surface is employed, whilst a 1000:1 static contrast ratio, 178°/178° viewing angles and 8-bit colour support is specified. The monitor is factory calibrated, with a report included for each unit. A flicker-free WLED backlight offers 90% DCI-P3 coverage and a 300 cd/m² typical maximum luminance. A peak luminance of 400 cd/m² is specified, which can be put to use for HDR10 content via VESA DisplayHDR 400 support. The reasonably generous colour gamut can also be used there, alongside 10-bit colour processing. Although this is a low level of HDR which doesn’t require a particularly high luminance or local dimming capability to enhance contrast.

A 1ms grey to grey response time is specified, whilst the manufacturer also markets an input lag of 2ms with a ‘low input lag’ mode. You shouldn’t put too much weight on these figures, however. Other features of interest include a ‘Black equalizer’ gamma enhancement setting to improve visibility in dark areas for a competitive advantage. ‘Ultrawide Game View’ which simulates a 21:9 aspect ratio. Low Blue Light (LBL) settings and PiP functionality is also included. The rear of the stand includes the other element of the ‘Core Lighting’ feature, customisable in the same way as the cheeks at the front. The stand attaches centrally and can be removed to facilitate mounting with an alternative 100 x 100mm VESA solution. The included stand is fully adjustable, including 120mm (4.72 inches) height adjustment and pivot into portrait. The ports face downwards beneath a removable port cover and include; a 3.5mm headphone jack, 2 HDMI 2.1 ports, DP 1.4, 2 USB 3.0 ports (plus upstream) and a DC power input (external ‘power brick’).

Customisable LED core

Further details can be found on the manufacturer’s website. The monitor is listed for ~$800 USD.

Samsung S28AG700