Our good old friend Samsung returns to offer a gorgeous Curved VA monitor that will fit right in among almost anyones casual computing setup. While it isn’t tailored towards any specific use Samsung does a pretty good job riding the line to deliver a monitor that will transform any computer zone from ordinary to spectacular at a pretty affordable price. Sitting around the high $200 dollar range you won’t find many better looking FHD displays though you could spend a bit more to experience that QHD jump in resolution. The curved appeal is what makes this monitor standout as it brings a more immersive experience to the user. It does not have the focus to rise above being a standout monitor for casual users and that will determine whether this monitor is a gift or a curse for you.
Display and Features
Outside of the sleek curved screen the first thing you will notice about this monitor is the cool color design choice as Samsung went for a glossy blue black appeal that differentiates itself from other monitors. The minimal three sided bezel is also nice for maximizing the potential of the 27 inch screen. We have a simple circular base, but overall this is a gorgeous design that will delight pretty much everyone. The only negatives of this design are this monitor is not wall mountable and you cannot adjust the height while tilt adjustment is also minimal. These could be deal breakers but won’t be enough to take away from the overall splendor of this model.
Since Samsung is so well known for being on the cutting edge of technology it should come to no surprise that they put a ton of attention into making sure that the visuals look gorgeous on this monitor (look also Samsung C27H711). The near 119% sRGB coverage allows for vibrant colors that will feel brighter than many competitors.
Colors and Resolution
Then on the flip side the 3000 to one static contrast ration allows for incredibly deep blacks which should delight both gamers and avid movie buffs as this monitor cuts down on the standard blur. The brightness score of 200 is a bit suspect though overall it should not affect the beauty that this screen is capable of displaying. The VA display helps to ensure a good color spread right to the edges putting this monitor in the rarified air of a full HD monitor with few visual flaws that is not IPS.
The weirdest aspect of how Samsung approaches monitors is the attention that they pay towards gamers. The 4 millisecond response time is great and serves to allow smooth gaming when the action on the screen gets intense. At the same time the 60 hz refresh rate allows for 60 frames per second but caps you off there which is bad news for any gamer looking for a monitor that will scale with their video card. Speaking of scaling with the video card we do have AMD FreeSync technology which is awesome if you happen to use an AMD graphics card. The problem here is the best cards on the market are nVidia so you will once again be handicapped it you are pushing for the top of the line. These issues firmly cement this monitor as an option only for casual gamers.
The main feature for this monitor is of course its curved display. While curved displays might automatically tell you that they offer more immersion in your computing activities, they also bring some hidden benefit. Curved displays have been found to be better for your eyes as the curved design is built to mirror how our eyes actually see. With that in mind Samsung also included eye care technology which cannot be dismissed. This combo does wonders towards minimizing eye stress and blurred vision.
The Active Crystal Color technology comes through to help you see a much larger range of colors especially when it comes to red and green. Connectivity is usually a pretty big issues for curved monitors that are so focused on their design appel. This one does offer more than most though as in addition to the standard combo of a display port and HDMI we also have a D-Sub port so you got the extra room for accessibility. A pretty decent list of features that help this monitor stay near the top of the low end Full HD monitors.
Samsung C27H580 Curved VA Monitor Conclusion
This monitor delivers what Samsung is known for in their displays with extraordinary visuals and an attention towards design innovation. These allow this monitor to standout among other FHD monitors. There are issues though as the focus on gaming is not quite focused enough to really shine through for most gamers. Another thing is the price sitting at just a bit under $300 dollars might make some customers want to just hit that $300 mark and go for a QHD monitor with its much improved resolution. Still you won’t find many, if any FHD monitors with a design that approaches anywhere close to the gorgeous glossy blue black of Samsung making this model a great choice for any casual computer user searching for a nice monitor.