Back in effect with a penchant for creating high quality electronics is Samsung trying to become a factor in the computer monitor space since they already run televisions. You can see the innovation has bled over with this beautiful 27 inch monitor with a curved screen.
The 360 degree style design allows the user to feel enveloped by their experience making this an interesting monitor for a variety of uses. Without a pure focus though you can end up with something that isn’t built for anyone, however here smart choices are made to make a model that could be right for almost anyone. It isn’t all fun in the sun though as there are issues that will disturb many customers to keep their hands away from their wallets. Overall though we have a pretty solid monitor for the low $300 dollar price range as long as you can check off an interesting list of issues.
Display and Features
Samsung is well known for pushing the envelope when it comes to design in technology and this leads to a ton of success and also a bit of failure. This monitor comes as a bit of a inbetweener model thanks in part to some of the innovation that makes this monitor special. Metallic steel is the color choice for this model and it looks really good with its minimum bezel though the issue here is mainly the stand. It is very large and will take up a nice area of your desk. The best solution for this would be some adjustability or the ability to wall mount the screen. Sadly we only have a small amount of tilt adjustability and the wall mounting capabilities are notoriously absent. These issue are somewhat superficial though and will depend on the user to whether they are even issues at all.
When it comes to the display itself you can’t complain too much about the 27 inch curved QLED display though there are issues to address. Starting with the positive the QHD allows for 2560 by 1440 resolution for vivid, detailed, and crisp images no matter the activity. We also have 16.7 million colors and a nice 300 brightness score combined with the quantum dot color technology we have a monitor that will stand a step above many similarly price competitors thanks to the quality of the colors.
On the negative side this monitor stacks up quite closely to an IPS when it comes to viewing angles though there are issues at extreme angles. Still as long as you are sitting right in front you shouldn’t have any worries. Lighting is also uneven around the edges especially near the top. There is some screen flickering technology built in though you still are likely to experience some flickering at times. Overall the QLED display is too comparable to a standard IPS LED to present a real upgrade and will probably lead you towards investing more into an OLED if that is important to you.
This monitor should still do pretty well for graphic design, but the nice kicker here is the attention place towards gamers. However the combination Samsung provided once again won’t be perfect for many users. On the plus side the 4 millisecond response time is really fast to keep up with high paced gaming. This is kind of fumbled though since we only have 60 hz refresh rate capping you out at 60 frames per second so it isn’t really built to scale up with your computing power. On top of that while FreeSync is a nice addition it caters towards AMD video cards when the majority of the best cards on the market come from nVidia making a pretty big issue. At the end of the day if you are looking for a monitor made for gaming the half in half out approach will steer many hardcore gamers away.
The setup is nice and easy though and we have a few features that make this model interesting. The VA panel technology allows for deeper blacks. The eye care technology helps users put the work in without having to worry about stress on their eyes. Those are really the only features we haven’t already mentioned and leads to a Samsung trend. With all of their focus on innovative products they often miss including all of the customization necessary to make their products truly shine. Which is a good setup for the connectivity that is pretty lacking. We have the standard setup of an HDMI and mini display port but outside of that you will need to find other options for USB or VGA.
Samsung C27H711 Curved Monitor Conclusion
With a price sitting around the low $300’s you first have to marvel at the QHD resolution and the appeal of the curved screen. This is a pretty strong model for any casual consumer but it does not have the focus to make it excel at any of the large range of uses it is built to provide. This model is a bit of a enigma that could be perfect for many users while at the same time disappointing others. The colors are amazing however the design issues and display choices are the two major factors to look into when determining if this monitor is right for you.