The Samsung C49J890 is a subdued variant of the well-loved C49HG90 super ultrawide monitor that has taken the world by storm. This presumably cheaper version lacks enthusiast-focused features such as HDR and FreeSync, but it still offers a 144Hz VA display that’s comparable to two 27-inch 1080p monitors. If you want an immersive experience and an extended horizontal space for jaw-dropping FOVs and supremely flexible workflows, the Samsung C49J890 is the answer.
Samsung C49J890 Specifications
- Screen Size: 49 Inches
- Resolution: 3840 x 1080 DFHD
- Aspect Ratio: 32:9
- Panel Technology: Vertical Alignment (VA)
- Refresh Rate: 144Hz
- Response Time: 1ms MPRT (Motion Picture Response Time)
- Contrast Ratio: 3000:1 (Static)
- Brightness: 300 cd/m²
- Stand: Height –Yes
- Stand: Tilt – Yes
- Stand: Swivel – Yes
- VESA: Yes (100 x 100)
- Connectivity: DisplayPort 1.2 x 1, Mini DisplayPort x 1, HDMI x 2, USB 3.0 x 4, 3.5mm Jack
- Dimensions with Stand(WxHxD): 47.4” x 20.7” x 15”
- Weight: 33.1lbs
Design and Features
The Samsung C49J890 does not depart from the C49HG90’s aesthetic formula that works quite well for varying tastes in the gaming and professional markets. The monitor sports the same thin-bezel look thanks to the dual stage design which is composed of a rigid outer layer and the common panel borders. This model retains the minimalist cues, but it uses a matte black chassis with gunmetal accents instead of the silver colors on the previous model.
This treatment makes the Samsung C49J890 more appealing for a wider audience, since, according to general feedback, subdued is always better. Business-oriented designs are better in the sense that they enable users to focus on the beautiful screen rather than ogling at exterior appearances. What we don’t like, however, is the omission of the LED lighting feature which gave the C49HG90 a desirable flare that doesn’t overpower the visual sense.
The Samsung C49J890, like its gamer-centric twin, utilizes tactile OSD buttons instead of a joystick which most prefer for its user-friendliness. The layout is located in the middle of the bottom bezel for easy access. Pressable buttons may be passé for most, but it makes more sense considering the limitations in placement presented by the sheer size of the screen.
The monumental cabinet of the Samsung C49J890 is supported by a Y-shaped stand which has a reach that will dominate most desktops. What’s great about this design is that it can actually support the 30-pound cabinet with a rigidity that can cure woes of toppling over and breaking the device. Users can adjust height, tilt, or swivel according to individual needs so that any user can use the C49J890 comfortably.
The Samsung C49J890 includes an I/O layout that sits behind a removable panel to enable neat setups. Users get to choose between DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI, and USB-C for video inputs and two USB 3.0 slots for peripherals. There is also a pair of 7-Watt speakers which should provide decent audio performance for near-field listening.
Display and Performance
The Samsung C49J890 sports an awe-inspiring 49-inch VA panel with a 3840 x 1080 DFHD resolution, 144Hz refresh rate, and a 4ms response time. A contrast ratio of 3000:1 is specified, along with a 300cd/m2 backlight which directly indicates that this monitor does not have HDR support. Backlight strobing which is advertised as the MPRT feature for Samsung also did not make the cut.
The panel used on the Samsung C49J890 can only put out 8-bit color depth, meaning the gamut volume will be lower than on the other version. Users also can’t count on QLED technology to pump up the vibrancy, so colorimeter results between the two 49ers will vary heavily. However, since this device still uses a VA panel, 100% sRGB coverage with a bit of extension is still possible.
On a positive note, we love the 1800r curve on the Samsung C49J890 which we got to experience on the other model. The radius is gentle enough to avoid inducing bad view angles or distorted image, but it is noticeable enough to give you that feeling of immersion. Curved monitors used to be treated as a gimmick, but the onslaught of larger and wider monitors in the market has proven otherwise.
Gaming on the Samsung C49J890 is still a unique experience especially if you are into story-driven RPGs like The Witcher 3. But take note that this new variant does not include Adaptive Sync solutions such as FreeSync to help keep the stutters and tears at bay. This omission shouldn’t matter to the general population of Nvidia GPU users, but AMD VEGA owners will surely miss this feature.
Multitaskers and professionals, on the other hand, can maximize the Samsung C49J890 and its PIP/PBP features with the built-in KVM switch. This will allow users to control two separate host devices with a single keyboard and mouse. This is one aspect we are looking forward to testing since this model will accept signals from the latest USB-C laptops as well.
Thoughts on the Samsung C49J890
As you can see, the Samsung C49J890 takes the meaning of subdued to the next level if you compare it to the C49HG90. The business focus of this model left a lot of the selling points which gamers and enthusiasts use as criteria when choosing a monitor. However, the most important positive effect of this implementation is an expected and significant effect on pricing.
Thrifty gamers will like the fact that super ultrawide will become more affordable due to the exclusion of the aforementioned premium features. We are still waiting for a release date and pricing details from Samsung which will follow this preview shortly. If you are interested in the Samsung C49J890, keep checking this page, or you can visit the official product page here.