- Unique and Functional Design
- Accurate VA Panel
- Good Contrast and Gamut Coverage
- Large 4K Screen
- Excellent Price for 2020
- Limited Connectivity and No Speakers
- No VESA Mounting
- No Tilt and Swivel
- Panel Uniformity Could Use Some Improvement
The Samsung Space S32R750U is a unique mixed-use monitor that incorporates an ergonomic design that is meant to save space while being functional. The product also holds a large 4K display that’s great for a bevy of tasks that can include digital design or even high-end gaming. The Samsung Space S32R750 is an excellent choice for those who want minimalist setups, but can it provide the performance that matches its ultra-modern design?
Samsung Space S32R750U Specifications
- Screen Size: 32 Inches
- Resolution: 3840 x 2160 4K
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Panel Technology: Vertical Alignment (VA)
- Refresh Rate: 144Hz
- Response Time: 4ms
- Contrast Ratio: 2500:1
- Brightness: 250 cd/m2
- Speakers: No
- Stand: Height – Yes
- Stand: Tilt – Yes
- Stand: Swivel – No
- VESA Compatibility: No
- Connectivity Mini DisplayPort 1.2 x 1, HDMI 2.0 x 1
- Dimensions (W x H x D): 28.13” x 29.81” x 4.54”
- Weight: 15.43 lbs
Design and Features
The Samsung Space S32R750U’s design is what makes it very unique, but it isn’t merely limited to looking good and clean. The matte black finish adds a sleek and easy to maintain look, but we wish this series also came with white variants. The screen is bezel-free, but you will still see thin panel borders when its in use.
One of the distinct characteristics of the Samsung Space S32R750U is its thin proportions which help the monitor fit into its unique mechanical design. The cabinet itself is only more than an inch thick and completely flat so you can stick it to a wall if your desk is against one. It’s also very light compared to other 32-inch monitors, so we’re confident that the stand can hold your desired viewing angle almost permanently.
Build quality for the Samsung Space S32R750U is excellent since there are no signs of fragility on the device despite having a thin frame. The product was free from cosmetic defects when it was unboxed, and we’re hoping yours is in the same condition when it arrives. The hinges on the stand are very robust as well, so it won’t loosen up during regular use.
The stand on the Samsung Space S32R750U is what makes it special since it allows the monitor to sit flush against a flat surface at the rear. You can also pull it down towards the surface of your desk and let the monitor sit on it, as if it was a tablet that’s propped up by a flip-stand. However, this design only provides tilt and height ergonomics, so you won’t be able to swing the monitor or set it in portrait mode.
The distinctive stand is also one of the limitations of the Samsung Space S32R750U since it’s not replaceable with a VESA stand. We think that’s fair since opting for a VESA arm nullifies the design of the monitor, but it would be nice to have options for certain situations. But the good side is you don’t have to deal with a massive base since the mechanism uses a c-clamp, so your precious desk real estate remains free.
Another limitation you have to deal with when using the Samsung Space S32R750U is its limited connectivity layout. The indented panel at the rear only has a DisplayPort 1.2 and a single HDMI 2.0 slot for video inputs, along with a lone USB port for servicing. You only need the former two for a PC and maybe a gaming console, but it would be nice to have extras from a product that emphasizes flexibility.
There are no speakers on the Samsung Space S32R750U, so you still lose some desk space to a separate set if in case you want audio as well. However, that’s a minor inconvenience since there are speaker variants that have compact satellites.
Display and Performance
The Samsung Space S32R750U boasts a 32-inch VA panel with a 3840 x 2160 resolution, 60Hz refresh rate, and 4ms response time. The backlight is a little weak at 250 cd/m2, while contrast sits at 2500:1 according to the spec sheet. This monitor isn’t specifically marketed for a type of use, but these specs are suitable for most of them on a day to day basis.
4K UHD is preferable in a 32-inch display simply because its more comfortable to look at and you do get a better sense of the resolution’s size. The pixel density of a little under 140 PPI provides fantastic levels of detail and crispness, but some users might struggle with reading small text and the like. You can use scaling, but in our experience, it’s less needed if the 4K screen is larger than the usual 27-inch variants.
The Samsung Space S32R750U is capable of great color quality, starting with 100% coverage of the sRGB gamut. It isn’t as saturated as other high-end VA panels, but images, movies, and games will look vibrant and alive. The DeltaE averaged stayed around the 2.3 mark by default, so you won’t need to calibrate the monitor unless you are planning on editing photos and graphics.
Using a colorimeter can improve the accuracy to a DeltaE of only 1.1, but in most cases, spending the extra on the gadget isn’t necessary. Gamma, on the other hand, is slightly off at 2.25, so some scenes may look a little bit darker than the usual.
The backlight on the Samsung Space S32R750U is extra potent, reaching as much as 348 cd/m2 when set to its maximum. We do, however, recommend staying at around 40% to 50%, since anything higher can be searing to your eyes during extended use. The monitor was able to reach 2250:1 at 40% backlight, providing inky blacks and excellent saturation across the board.
The Samsung Space S32R750U’s VA panel showed some flaws in panel uniformity due to a bit clouding on the sides of the display. The defect isn’t completely noticeable, but some dark scenes may look slightly washed out or uneven. Take note that this issue is within manufacturing tolerances, so some units might perform better than the others.
The slower pixel response time of VA panels is evident in the Samsung Space S32R750U 4K variant since it only goes up to 60Hz. Trails will become noticeable during very fast transitions or if you pan the screen too quickly. It’s unnoticeable in slower-paced games or movies, but it can get disturbing if you are playing competitively.
The Samsung Space S32R750U is a FreeSync monitor, so it would be a worthy purchase with AMD’s upcoming big Navi cards which supposedly have flagship-level power. G-Sync compatibility, on the other hand, isn’t guaranteed, since this model was not tested nor certified by Nvidia. Input lag sits at 11ms, so there should be no delays or “de-synced” instances even if this isn’t the fastest 4K monitor out there.
Thoughts on the Samsung Space S32R750U
The Samsung Space S32R750U is an excellent buy if you want a good quality 4K monitor with strong imaging performance and unique design. The space-saving mechanism is unique and it works well, but it induces some limitations which a minority of users could deem as deal-breakers. However, we know a few that have limited desktop spaces in dorms and apartments, and that is where this model comes in to save the day.
But on the other hand, that same design that makes the Samsung Space S32R750U desirable is also its main limitation. You can’t swivel the display or set it to portrait mode, plus you have to live with it since there are no options for VESA mounting. However, for its current price at the time of this pricing, we’d be willing to risk it to enjoy a different look while being able to utilize a superb 32-inch 4K display.
About the Author:
Paolo is a gaming veteran since the golden days of Doom and Warcraft and has been building gaming systems for family, friends, and colleagues since his junior high years. High-performance monitors are one of his fixations and he believes that it’s every citizen’s right to enjoy one. He has gone through several pieces of hardware in pursuit of every bit of performance gain, much to the dismay of his wallet. He now works with Monitornerds to scrutinize the latest gear to create reviews that accentuate the seldom explained aspects of a PC monitor.