Samsung came to CES earlier this year with a brand new set of premium panels using their QLED technology. QLED isn’t quite like OLED, but it does offer something approaching that level of performance, guaranteeing a wide color gamut and high contrast while being much cheaper and more durable. If that sounds awesome for PC gamers, too, Samsung agrees — they’re putting the new tech into smaller panels for new gaming monitors.
Smaller is a relative term. Samsung’s new CHG90 is a 49″ curved ultra-widescreen gaming monitor, with an emphasis on the ultra. It’s essentially two monitors in one — it has a pretty nuts 32:9 aspect ratio and a 3,840 x 1,080 resolution display. Gaming bona fides include a 1 ms response time, 144 Hz refresh rate, and AMD Radeon FreeSync 2 technology. FreeSync 2 ties refresh rates to GPU performance, making for a smoother picture. That’s only going to work with AMD GPUs, though — the monitor will still work with Nvidia GPUs, but without that variable refresh rate feature.
The CHG90 is a long, sleek monitor with very thin bezels. It has a 1800R curvature, which is a pretty big curve, but one that’s definitely needed for a monitor this wide. Samsung is also advertising a 178-degree viewing angle, but like with all curved monitors, the picture isn’t going to look great unless you’re sitting front and center.
One of the main benefits of QLED is the widened color space, and that’s definitely on display here. The CHG90 can reproduce 125 percent of the sRGB spectrum and 95 percent of DCI-P3, the spectrum used a lot in film and television production. In real terms, that means the monitor can display more shades of red and green than other displays.
It’s also HDR-compatible. Color contrast is going to be terrific as a result, but do expect the monitor to be super bright if you’re going to take advantage of that. Then again, if you’re already putting 49 inches worth of display in your face, what’s a few hundred more nits of brightness?
The CHG90 is available for preorder from Amazon and Micro Center for $1,500. Samsung has another model, the CHG70, that also includes FreeSync 2, HDR, a QLED display. That monitor will be available in a 27″ for $600 from Samsung or a 32″ model for $700 from Newegg.
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