Samsung S27D590C 27-inch Curved LED Lit Monitor Review
The Samsung 27 inch LS27D590CS is demonstrates the one thing that Samsung has done a lot with its displays: giving them curves. I was at CES about a year ago and asked Samsung why create a curved screen. After all, it is just plain difficult to make a product such as this, as flat is much easier to shape then the exact arc needed for a curved screen.
I found out the reason for the curve when the Samsung asked me to stand in front of it at different angles. I saw that the view of the screen at just about any angle was just like standing in front of it. This particular screen was unveiled at IFA 2014, shortly after CES 2014, where I first saw the curved screens.
I’m not certain whether or not curved screens are going to be made a new standard, but there was a time when all televisions were not flatscreens. In other words, Samsung could be starting a new trend, or this could be some fad that will end very soon.
So, if you want to get a curved screen, this is one option. By the way, users can connect two or even three of these monitors together in order to create a curved display that will take over the desk and make a workspace even more productive, assuming that you can afford it.
All right, I’m going to have to be pretty forward when I say that this is NOT a 4K curved monitor. Now, if you attended Samsung’s Press Conference at CES in January 2015, you’ll know that Samsung is making a lot of curved monitors that are not only UHD, but they are S-UHD. In fact, they formally announced the UHD alliance, many companies that will join together to create new standards of UHD quality.
The curved screen Samsung S27D590CS is the result of Samsung studying the human eye in order to figure out how it sees, according to Samsung’s product page on this. By studying the optimal screen curvature, every corner of the screen is at the same distance from your eyes which makes watching it an “immersive viewing experience”, as the official Samsung product website says. It has a special selected curvature of 4000R, and it seems like it is much more than 27 inches. The curved screen is also good at viewing without any image distortion, and made so that whatever angle you are viewing it at will be the “sweet spot”.
One of the biggest features in displays and monitors here are big viewing angles, and this one is pretty giant at 178-degrees horizontally and vertically.
It also has a 3000:1 high contrast ratio with Mega Dynamic Contrast Ratio (Mega DCR) technology with deeper blacks, pristine whites, and amazingly bright colors. It also has a brightness of 350 cd/m2. It also has 60 Hz frequency and 4ms response time. Then there is a backlight which is a flicker-free specification WLED design which gives approximate sRGB insurance coverage.
In addition to the extremely terrific video quality, there is also some excellent surround sound with built-in 5 Watt, 2 Channel dual stereo speakers, which means that there is no need to invest in any external speakers. As we will discuss with Game Boost in the Highlights section, there is a lot that changes with the sound when it is Game Mode.
Of course, as most monitors of this type are prone to brag, it has Picture by Picture allowing the user to customize it to the user’s very specific needs, as well as a wider field of view. It can also be programmed with preset viewing modes for all kinds of watching like Game, Movie, Sport, Internet, Text, and Custom. You might need some kind of graphics card to make these modes work, though.
As I mentioned before, getting some of the modes might take a different graphics card. According to Zextronics, getting the settings to the exact liking may also take a bit of time before you get them right.
Also, some users on Tech Power Up have complained that the stand doesn’t really do a good job supporting the monitor. Some have complained that the simple typing and even moving of the mouse causes the display to wobble. I’ve yet to confirm if this is a certain angle or type of surface that does this.
Also, not everyone is really in on this whole curved screen thing. Sure, it might look interesting, but not everyone’s eyes can see this great resolution. It’s kind of like a few years ago when all displays kept plugging 3D even though a lot of users didn’t even want it. There have been many products that have attempted to start new fads in design, but only those who succeed are the ones we have heard of. In other words, we don’t want to look at a curved screen ten years from now and think: “Oh, that was so 2014”.
It’s 1080p, so it isn’t the best we have yet to offer. However, it does have a curved screen, which is the shape of the best that displays have to offer, especially from Samsung. If curved isn’t the shape of things to come, the S27D590C is going to look very old, very fast.
Weight: 12.32 lbs with stand, 11 lbs without stand
Dimensions: 24.54 x 18.22 x 7.16 inches with stand, 24.54 x 14.40 x 2.34 without stand
Screen size: 27 inches, measured diagonally
Response Time: 4 ms gray to gray
Colors: 16.7 Million at 8 bit
Brightness: 300 cd/m2
Refresh Rate: unknown
Screen Lighting: VA Curved 4000R display
Resolution: 1920 x 1080
OS Compatibility: Windows
Connectivity Ports: DisplayPort, VGA, HDMI, 3.5 mm sound input, and a 3.5 mm headphone jack.
The stand is a beautiful T-shaped construction, which make it looks like the picture is floating. It has a super narrow bezel framing with a minimalist silhouette.
The Game Mode can raise saturation levels and changes gamma so you can see a lot of detail, even in dark scenes. This game mode can sense on-screen changes and can deal with colors and even alter the contrast for better gaming.
Also featured on this is Game Boost that can enrich sound for gaming in two ways. The first is the way the monitor’s equalizers are adjusted to make the sound effects come to life. Then the most important game noises like the sound effects of the game will stand out apart form the background music.
By the way, the Warranty is good for about one year.
We’ve already discussed how it can do 1920 x 1080 resolution with a 16:9 aspect ratio, brightness 300cd/m2, 16.7 million color support, 4 ms response time, as well as Static Contrast Ratio of 3000:1 and Dynamic Contrast Ratio of Mega DCR. It is not 4k resolution.
So what does all that mean? It means that the curved screen is meant to work with your eye very well, and it can give your video or whatever is on your monitor a very lovely frame.
The ports included are the following: DisplayPort, VGA, HDMI, 3.5 mm sound input, and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. It also has VESA holes in the back. Inside the box is the display and an HDMI cable.
When this first became available last year on October 1st, it had an MSRP of $429.99. I haven’t really seen any significant decrease on the price, but I saw it on Amazon for about $409.07.
Okay, so it’s only 1080p, but do not hold that spec against it. After all, there are a lot of consumers out there who are perfectly happy with 1080p. I’m not certain if consumers will invest in something with a curved screen, which is aesthetic established in the past few years, for something that is of lower quality than something introduced in the past few years. It would be like investing in a CRT television during the time when more flat, high definition 4k televisions became available. Consumers will always purchase what is cheapest, but they would consider a more expensive model if it would last longer.
Curved screen optimized for the human eye
Wide Angle of viewing at 178 degrees
Equipped with built-in 5 Watt, 2 Channel dual stereo speakers
Game Mode with Game Boost
Picture by Picture mode
Excellent T-shape base construction
Will the curved-screen look last?
Some complain of a wobbly base
Might need new graphics card