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Samsung S49A950 120Hz VA Super UltraWide

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32:9 Super UltraWides build on the extra immersion and horizontal screen space provided by 21:9 UltraWides. Like having 2 x 27″ 16:9 models side by side, without bezels in the middle. The Samsung S49A950U (LS49A95 with additional regional suffixes) provides this with a primary focus on productivity, but with a high refresh rate that could appeal for other uses as well. The monitor offers a simple smart-looking and homely design, with a ‘penguin foot’ stand and extensive use of dark matte plastics. The top and side bezels are dual-stage, with a fairly slender panel border flush with the rest of the screen plus a slim hard plastic outer part. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by a joystick and buttons facing downwards at the bottom of the screen, slightly to the right of centre.

A very wide screen

The monitor uses a 49″ VA panel, with 32:9 Super UltraWide aspect ratio, 5120 x 1440 (DQHD) resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. Likely a CSOT panel, more specifically. This provides a similar amount of ‘desktop real-estate’ and screen space as two 27″ 2560 x 1440 (WQHD or 1440p) monitors side by side. The screen is accompanied by a 1800R curve, reasonably gentle and designed to draw you in a bit and potentially enhance viewing comfort without feeling unnatural. The monitor includes a light matte anti-glare screen surface, supports 10-bit colour (8-bit + FRC) and offers a 3000:1 static contrast ratio plus 178°/178° viewing angles. A flicker-free Quantum Dot LED backlight delivers a 350 cd/m² typical maximum (400 cd/m² HDR peak) luminance and a 95% DCI-P3 (125% sRGB, 92% Adobe RGB) colour gamut. VESA DisplayHDR 400 support is included, allowing 10-bit colour processing to be used and for the colour gamut to be put to work. The luminance is quite limited by HDR standards and no local dimming is required, however.

A 4ms grey to grey response time is specified (approach with caution), with Low Blue Light (LBL) settings including ‘Eye Saver’ mode included to enhance relaxing viewing. The ports included stand offers height (120mm or 4.72 inches), swivel and tilt adjustment. It can be removed to reveal 100 x 100mm VESA holes for alternative mounting. The ports face downwards and include; AC power input (internal power converter), 2 HDMI 2.0 ports, DP 1.4, USB-C (90W PD, DP Alt Mode, upstream data), 3 USB 3.0 downstream ports (plus upstream), RJ45 LAN and a 3.5mm headphone jack. KVM functionality is supported with a dedicated button, allowing rapid switching between display signal and USB peripherals for 2 systems. Integrated speakers are also included.

The rear view

Further details can be found on the manufacturer’s website – note some specifications given there are incorrect at time of writing and instead apply to the S49AG95 (Odyssey Neo G9). Details on price and availability still to come.

Samsung S49A950