Samsung has announced a new maker-focused 4K UHD monitor that it claims delivers accurate colors along with high resolution. It also has a matte screen that the company says helps reduce reflections.
Samsung positions the monitor as suitable for graphic designers, content creators and general professionals. The ViewFinity S8 is described as “specialized” for creative professionals and Samsung promises that it will achieve up to 98% of the DCI-P3 color gamut in 4K UHD. In addition to the aforementioned matte display, the monitor also features what Samsung describes as an “ergonomic design” that provides a more comfortable user experience over extended periods of use.
This ergonomic design is achieved by a monitor stand that supports multiple adjustment heights and angles. It doesn’t just go up and down, but tilts and turns in degrees that look like more than the typical stand can hold.
The company says monitors like this usually require a hood to avoid glare and reflections, but the matte material used for the panel eliminates that requirement. The company says this allows users to freely adjust the screen to portrait or landscape orientation. The monitor has also achieved the world’s first UL verified Glare-Free rating — UL, LLC is a global safety certification company that sets standards for safety, security and durability.
Samsung says the monitor is VESA HDR 600 certified, allowing it to display better contrast through brighter highlights and dark shadows. It also features an Adaptive Picture, which can automatically adjust the monitor’s brightness and color temperature for “optical image quality” and has an Eye Saver Mode that Samsung claims reduces blue light and makes it easier to use the monitor for extended periods of time. The ViewFinity S8 is also described as “flicker-free”, which also contributes to less eyestrain.
The Viewfinity S8 can be powered by a single USB-C cable that plugs into a laptop and delivers up to 90W of power. Samsung is positioning it not only as a monitor, but also as a dock that allows transfers up to 10 Gbps and also supports Ethernet. In total, the monitor has one Display Port, one HDMI port, one USB-C port and serves as a USB 3.0 hub.
Samsung says the monitor uses a newly developed material made from recycled ocean-bound plastic that it claims reduces marine debris and minimizes its carbon footprint. In addition, Samsung’s Eco Savings Plus technology also reduces pixel brightness in areas of an image with black pixels, reducing power consumption by up to 10%.
The Samsung ViewFinity S8 IPS monitor is available in 32-inch or 27-inch variants, and while a price has not been released specifically for western markets, DPReview notes that the larger screen is listed for 820,000 won (about $635) and 720,000 won (about $560) for the smaller option. The company expects both sizes to be available worldwide by the end of June.