Samsung launches 32-inch 4K monitor with AMD FreeSync


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Samsung has announced that their latest 32-inch Ultra HD monitor, the U32E850R with support for AMD's FreeSync technology, is now available in the United States with a rather hefty price tag of $1,199.

The U32E850R comes with a 32-inch 3840 x 2160 (4K Ultra HD) panel that uses Samsung's PLS technology, which is an alternative to IPS tech that we usually see in high-end displays. This particular monitor has a rated maximum brightness of 350 cd/m², 4ms grey-to-grey response times, 178-degree viewing angles in both directions, and a "typical" contrast ratio of 1000:1.

Samsung has stated that this monitor has a maximum refresh rate of 60 Hz, but there's no word on what the minimum refresh rate is. Hopefully we're looking at a minimum refresh of 30 Hz or lower, giving us the full benefits of AMD's adaptive refresh technology (FreeSync) while gaming.

Inputs to the U32E850R include a DisplayPort 1.2a port, mini-DisplayPort 1.2a, and two HDMI 2.0 ports, plus a USB 3.0 hub with four ports. The stand for this monitor supports height, tilt, swivel and pivot adjustments.

At $1,199, the U32E850R sits a few hundred dollars above budget 32-inch 4K monitors, such as Acer's B326HK that currently retails for $900. Smaller 4K monitors can readily be found for under $500, but if you're after something more sizable and with FreeSync support, Samsung's latest offering might just be for you.

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With those prices of decent sized monitors and capable GPUs, We are years from 4K being more of a gimmick for the few rich. I just wait for QWHD to go down to earth prices. They're stuck at 350€ for like two years now?


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The specs read real nice, if not fairly typical for the brightness and grey-to-grey responses, but I kind of felt put off by the 60 hz refresh maximum. For that much money, I want to be wowed by all the features, because I'm bound to have that much cash tossed into the GPU's as well. I would have liked to see 120 hz of better there.


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You meant Your 40' 4K TV that was castrated of TV tuner and scaler and charged $150 extra over the price of the said donor TV?
you can call it whatever but for $600 less, 8 inches more and features this monitor does not even has its pretty good


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It's a monitor, not a television. Next question?

That doesn't really matter. Sure there is a limit to how big of a "monitor" you want when you are only one meter or less away from it, but I think many will agree this monitor doesn't meet that limit. With that PPI text is still going to be fairly small and difficult to read. I don't want to feel like I'm looking at a laptop screen the whole time. Maybe it would work fine for Mac OS if they have good GUI scaling. Windows, does not.