Samsung U32H850 with ‘4K’ VA panel and Quantum Dots
A screen size of ~32” is something of a sweet spot for the ‘4K’ UHD resolution, in our experience. The balance between comfortable scaling-free viewing and clarity is excellent. The AOC U3277PWQU distinguished itself from many alternatives of this size and resolution by offering a VA (Vertical Alignment) panel. The Samsung U32H850 makes use of a similar panel, combining this with a Quantum Dot LED backlight solution. The monitor includes reasonably slender bezels, which entirely cover the panel border – or in other words are a single-stage solution without an obvious visible panel border. The bottom bezel has a brushed metal effect, but is likely textured plastic, whilst the stand is a broad Y-shape. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by a joystick or JOG button at the rear of the monitor, a system we’ve found quite intuitive on models which we’ve used it on.
The panel used is a 31.5” VA (Vertical Alignment) panel, or more specifically we believe the InnoLux M315DJJ-Q01. This has an AAS (Azimuthal Anchoring Switch) panel, which is essentially a type of VA technology. The resolution is 3840 x 2160 (‘4K’ UHD) and refresh rate is 60Hz with a specified contrast of 3000:1. FreeSync is also supported, although the variable refresh rate range for this is currently unknown. Viewing angles of 178°/178° are specified, but as usual colour consistency and viewing angle performance will not be as strong as on IPS-type panels. 10-bit colour is supported, without dithering, giving support for up to 1.07 billion colours in applications and workflows that support this. The backlight is a flicker-free Quantum Dot LED solution which yields a colour gamut some way beyond sRGB, but falling short of traditional wide gamut standards such as Adobe RGB. The typical brightness output of this is 250 cd/m². A 4ms grey to grey response time is specified, although that is quite typical for a modern VA panel and also rather misleadingly low.
The monitor includes PiP (Picture in Picture) and PbP functionality, allowing multiple sources to be displayed simultaneously. The ‘Eye Saver Mode’ and ‘Game Mode’ settings now common on Samsung displays also feature, alongside a more conventional Low Blue Light (LBL) setting; setting the ‘Color Tone’ to ‘Warm2’. The included stand affords full ergonomic flexibility to the monitor; height, tilt, swivel and pivot (rotation clockwise into portrait) adjustment. The included stand can be removed to make way for an alternative 100 x 100mm VESA compatible solution, too. The ports on the monitor include; HDMI 1.4, HDMI 2.0, DP 1.2, mDP 1.2 and a USB 3.0 hub. The USB hub has 4 ports, two of which (the ones on the side of the monitor) offer ‘Fast Charging’ of connected devices. Adaptive-Sync and hence AMD FreeSync is supported on the DP 1.2 and mDP 1.2 inputs and possibly via HDMI as well.
Further details can be found on this product page. The monitor has now entered limited retail availability for ~$900. We’ll consider a review if there’s sufficient demand.