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Samsung 34 ViewFinity S50GC Series ultra-WQHD monitor review

Samsung 34 ViewFinity S50GC Series ultra-WQHD monitor review

Is Samsung 34 ViewFinity S50GC Series ultra-WQHD monitor good for gaming?With a 34″ VA screen and a 21:9 aspect ratio, this ultrawide monitor offers wide and detailed views with a resolution of 3440 x 1440. For seamless gaming and video viewing, a 5 ms (GtG) reaction time, a 100 Hz refresh rate, and AMD FreeSync are all included. Crisp and accurate colors are also made possible with a 3000:1 static contrast ratio, support for 1.07 billion colors, 72% NTSC coverage, and HDR10. Get more in Samsung 34 ViewFinity S50GC Series ultra-WQHD monitor review.

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Samsung 34 ViewFinity S50GC Series ultra-WQHD monitor review
Samsung 34 ViewFinity S50GC Series ultra-WQHD monitor

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Pros & Cons

Pros

  • FreeSync from AMD
  • 34-inch large screen
  • Sharp visuals with a strong contrast ratio

Cons

  • Tilt-only design
  • Narrow FreeSync range out of the box

Samsung 34 ViewFinity Specs

  • Display Tilt: -14-22 degrees
  • Height adjustability: 3.94-inches (100mm)
  • Curved 34-inch 21:9 matte display
  • Contrast Ratio: 3000:1
  • 3440 x 1440 resolution
  • 1500R curvature (1.5m radius if you made a full circle of 1500R monitors)
  • sRGB coverage: 125%
  • Refresh Rate: 100Hz
  • Response Time: 4ms
  • Monitor Weight: 16.8 lbs (7.62 kg)
  • 178-degree viewing angle
  • Brightness: 300 nits
  • AMD FreeSync
  • Includes 6.6-ft. (3m) Thunderbolt 3 and HDMI cables
  • Integrated stereo speakers
  • Up to 85W charging for laptops via Thunderbolt 3
  • VESA compatible

Samsung 34 ViewFinity S50GC Price

With a 34-inch curved display, Thunderbolt 3, and a more reasonable pricing, Samsung provides an intriguing alternative. This monitor retails at $249.

Samsung 34 ViewFinity S50GC Series ultra-WQHD monitor review

Design

The silver and white finish of the Samsung 34 ViewFinity S50GC Monitor gives it a crisp appearance. Despite having a plastic body for the most part, the display doesn’t feel or appear cheap. It has a thin top, left, and right quarter-inch (6.35mm) bezel. The display’s bottom bezel is eighth-inch (3.175mm) in diameter, with a slightly larger silver chin measuring slightly over half an inch (13mm).

Ports

Two standard USB ports, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a 5-way power/toggle button are visible on the rear of the monitor. The power input, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, HDMI, DisplayPort, and a service port are hidden behind a detachable cover panel.

  • 2x Thunderbolt 3 ports (1 @ 85W, 1 @ 15W)
  • 1x HDMI 2.0 port
  • 1x DisplayPort
  • 2x USB 2.0
  • 3.5mm headphone port
  • Security lock slot

Buttons

A five-way toggle-style button on this Samsung 34 ViewFinity S50GC monitor controls brightness, color profiles, input switching, and other features. You can also build up unique color profiles in System Preferences on your Mac, albeit it’s a little tricky to use.

Standard, Cinema, Dynamic Contrast, and High-Brightness are the four pre-configured Samsung Magic Brightness settings available. You can also create a custom setting.

Stand

The circular base of the Samsung 34 ViewFinity S50GC monitor provides good stability, and adjusting the display’s tilt, height, and side angles is a breeze. The monitor’s back is glossy white, and the arm of the stand has a clever cable organizer integrated into it.

Samsung 34 ViewFinity S50GC Display

The 34-inch size is perfect for me. I’ve worked with a few larger monitors, and the 38- to 40-inch screens and greater are intimidating, especially if they’re not curved. Comparing the super broad 34-inch canvas to a 27-inch display, there is a very apparent increase in usable space. Furthermore, I never felt as like I needed to squint to see what was on my display because to the 1500R curvature.

Samsung claims that the 1500R’s curved display lessens eyestrain as compared to flat monitors, citing studies from Seoul National University Hospital to support this claim.

Resolution

Now, let’s address the big issue: resolution. Using this monitor with my MacBook Pro in clamshell mode, I discovered that the 3440 x 1440 resolution didn’t bother me throughout my time with it. But switching between the two resolutions was a little uncomfortable while I was using it side by side with my Retina MacBook Pro.

Color and brightness

The Samsung S34J55W monitor boasts a high 3440×1440 resolution that guarantees fine details and ample screen real estate. It also offers brilliant colors with genuine 8-bit depth and standard sRGB color gamut. A 300-nit peak brightness, 178-degree wide viewing angles, a 4ms response time speed, and a 75Hz refresh rate are some further panel specifications.

Aspect ratio

The Samsung 34 ViewFinity S50GC boasts a 3,000:1 static contrast ratio SVA (VA) panel, which allows it to produce deeper blacks and a more vivid relationship between the darkest blacks and the brightest whites than its IPS equivalents.

Audio

The built-in dual speakers have a passable sound quality, in my opinion. Although they are undoubtedly better than the speakers found in any Apple laptop, most users will likely want to use separate speakers in order to get the best performance.

FreeSync

With a graphics card that supports FreeSync, you can synchronize the refresh rate of the monitor with the frame rate of the GPU. This will eliminate any tearing or stuttering of the screen within the 48Hz–75Hz/FPS (frames per second) variable refresh rate range of the Samsung 34 ViewFinity S50GC.

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Lovin’ this monitor (finally)!

Lovin’ this monitor! My old eyes appreciate BIG monitors and I was working on my 43″ flat screen TV and two lower res monitors, but one failed. I’d seen this and similar monitors before, but waited and shouldn’t have. Now with the two UUUUGE screens, I can have as many as 8 usable windows displayed at a time although I never have yet, but just having three or four window displayed is really handy. Setup was logical and easy, but I have one warning.

This was an open-box EXCELLENT purchase that saved me about $30; however, I burned up much more than that in time and gas because, when I got home with it and opened the box, it contained only the monitor and legs – no cables (power nor HDMI), and it was a nightmare trying to get BB to provide just the cords.

They never did. After a lot of indifference and bad advice from BB’s Customer Service via online chat and at the store, returning the first monitor, buying a new one online, getting credit for that, and luckily finding another open box available (opened it in the store!), I finally was in operation.

By CaptainDave at Best Buy

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Samsung Odyssey OLED G8/G85SB S34BG85

The best Samsung monitor we tested is the Samsung Odyssey OLED G8/G85SB S34BG85. Not only is it the best high-end display available overall, but it also excels as the best Samsung gaming monitor. This is the brand’s first monitor to feature QD-OLED technology, which is also present in some of their TVs, such as the Samsung S95C OLED.

Thanks to this technology, colors appear vibrant and immaculate blacks may be seen on the panel in dimly lit areas. Its disadvantages include the fact that blacks appear purple in light settings and that OLEDs like this one are prone to burn-in over time from repeated exposure to static components, though the latter is less of an issue when gaming.

It’s an excellent gaming monitor with a 175Hz refresh rate and almost immediate response time for precise motion handling, provided that’s not a concern. It seems responsive because of its minimal input latency, but to achieve this low lag, you must update to the most recent firmware. Finally, it has Samsung’s exclusive Tizen OS smart platform, which allows you to stream your preferred TV series and films without ever opening a browser on your computer.

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