Quantum Dot TVs are already on the market, offering viewers bright and accurate colors at prices that are typically less than TVs based on industry-leading OLED technology. Now, Samsung is bringing Quantum Dot technology from the big screen to the desktop, with the announcement of a trio of new Quantum Dot monitors.
Unveiled this week at IFA 2016, the new Samsung monitors are marketed at the gaming community, but the use of Quantum Dot technology brings color performance that make the displays intriguing for multimedia and productivity applications as well. The new monitors are divided into two model lineups: the CFG70, which will be available at 1920×1080 resolution in 24- and 27-inch sizes, and the CF791, which sports a 34-inch ultrawide resolution of 3440×1440. All models are slightly curved to offer an immersive gaming and movie-watching experience.
The CFG70 and CF791 both feature 125 percent sRGB coverage, AMD FreeSync technology for smooth gameplay, and high refresh rates. The CF791 also features a pair of integrated 7-watt stereo speakers, while the CFG70’s include what Samsung calls “Arena Lighting:” interactive ambient LEDs which can be coordinated with on-screen action. Samsung’s full list of product specifications are below:
With just 125 percent coverage of sRGB (and no information on other color spaces such as Adobe RGB and DCI-P3), these new Quantum Dot monitors from Samsung look to be great for games and movies, but likely inadequate for mission critical color work, such as professional photo and video editing. But with prices ranging from $399 to $999, the monitors compare favorably to existing variable refresh rate displays and especially the forthcoming $5,000 30-inch OLED display from Dell. Gamers running an NVIDIA GPU should take note, however, that the use of AMD’s FreeSync technology requires a compatible AMD graphics card.
The Samsung CF791 and CFG70 monitors are scheduled to launch in the U.S. in Q4 2016. Samsung also announced that 4K Quantum Dot monitors are in the works for a 2017 release.
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