Samsung has officially launched the Samsung CFG70, the first curved gaming monitor which features Quantum Dot technology. This monitor was first announced back in August and it is just now making the rounds on the market.
Quantum dots are tiny particles, ranging from 2 to 10 nanometers, which directly convert the light from blue LEDs into “highly saturated narrow band primary colors for LCDs”, according to Dr. Raymond M. Soneira, the President of DisplayMate. What this means in plain English is that quantum dot monitor can achieve higher peak brightness and vastly improved color accuracy and saturation. As such, the CFG70 will be able to accurately reproduce colors across 125 percent of the sRGB spectrum.
The monitor, which will come in 24-inch and 27-inch variants, also has a contrast ratio of 3000:1. Combine that with Samsung’s advanced motion blur reduction tech and a VA panel and you get a very smooth picture with a 1 ms response time. In addition to that, the monitor will be equipped with AMD FreeSync and a maximum refresh rate of 144Hz down to a minimum of 60Hz. Unfortunately, this also means that you will not be able to take advantage of FreeSync’s Low Frame Compensation but that should not be a problem for most users.
Aside from all that, the CFG70 features all of the same bells and whistles that we have come to expect from gaming monitors including a wide range of gaming presets for different genres and a host of options in the OSD. Another interesting feature that is becoming more and more prevalent is a mode to eliminate blue light. Towards that end, Samsung has included an Eye Saver mode and Flicker Free technology which should make resting your eyes a bit easier. The monitor has a 178-degree ultra-wide viewing angle and the stand offers extreme flexibility so that you can adjust the tilt, height, swivel, and pivot however you want.
The most disappointing thing about the monitor is the resolution which stands at 1080p. Samsung will most likely release several other models down the line and some of them will undoubtedly come with higher resolutions. However, a 24-inch 1080p monitor that runs FreeSync at 144Hz with a curved display will certainly be an incredibly smooth gaming experience, especially with the wide range of colors that Quantum Dot has to offer.
Though Samsung has not made an official announcement about the price yet, previous comments seem to indicate that the monitor will retail for $399 for the 24-inch model and $499 for the 27-inch one.