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Samsung S34A650 100Hz VA UltraWide with 1000R curve

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3440 x 1440 UltraWide monitors provide an immersive experience which really hits the spot for some users. It’s common for such models to include a curve, with this becoming steeper with some recent releases. The Samsung S34A650 (LS34A650 with additional regional suffixes) really makes the curve a feature, with a steep 1000R curve that’s designed to draw you into the experience and potentially improve viewing comfort. The monitor has a smart business-like design with quite a square appearance and a brushed-textured dark matte plastic bottom bezel. With grey-coloured section centrally with a black Samsung logo. The top and side bezels are dual-stage, with a slim panel border that’s flush with the rest of the screen plus a slender hard plastic outer component. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by buttons which face downwards beneath the central brand logo. An ‘Eco Light Sensor’ feature allows the monitor to adjust its brightness according to ambient lighting.

A steep curve

The monitor uses a 34″ 3440 x 1440 (21:9 UltraWide) VA panel with 1000R curve. The CSOT CY-PA340QGHV1H, more specifically. A light matte anti-glare screen surface is included, whilst a 4000:1 static contrast is specified alongside 178°/178° viewing angles and 10-bit colour support (8-bit + FRC assumed). A 100Hz refresh rate is supported alongside Adaptive-Sync, including AMD FreeSync with a 48 – 100Hz VRR range plus LFC. A flicker-free WLED backlight is used, offering a 300 cd/m² typical maximum luminance and ~sRGB colour space coverage. Low Blue Light (LBL) settings including ‘Eye Saver Mode’ are included. The monitor offers very basic HDR support – it will respond to HDR10 content and can use 10-bit colour processing for such content. But lacks a suitable colour gamut, brightness or dimming solution for a true HDR experience. A 5ms grey to grey response time is specified, but as usual pay little attention to this figure. The stand offers tilt, swivel and height adjustment. It attaches using a quick-release mechanism and can be removed and replaced with an alternative 100 x 100mm VESA compatible solution if preferred. Most of the ports face downwards and include; AC power input (internal power converter), DP 1.2a+ (HDR feature set), HDMI 2.0, USB-C (90W PD, DP Alt Mode, upstream data) and an RJ45 LAN port. Above and to the right of these ports, facing backwards, you’ll find a 3.5mm headphone jack and 3 USB 3.0 ports.

The rear

Further details can be found the manufacturer’s website. The monitor is listed for ~$680 USD.

Samsung S34A650