April 1, 2014
Samsung announced its new line of consumer monitors this week, including the UD590, its first Ultra HD 4K display designed for desktop use. The 28-inch desktop monitor, featuring a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, is currently available for pre-order at $700. Other 4K models due out this year are expected to cost $1,000 or more. Samsung also announced two 24-inch and two 27-inch 1080p displays ($250-$330), all featuring PLS-WVA panels with wide, 178-degree viewing angles.
“The UD590 connects to your PC via HDMI or DisplayPort, and its specs are impressive: a 1-millisecond gray-to-gray response time, 370 cd/m2 brightness, and support for one billion colors,” reports PCWorld. “It uses LED backlights with a TN panel that offers 170- and 160-degree viewing angles. These angles are good, though not as wide as monitors using IPS or LPS panels.”
“The display features Samsung’s Picture-in-Picture 2.0, which allows you to connect two computers to the monitor and view them side-by-side at native resolution. PiP 2.0 also lets you view HD video at full original resolution. The display can also upsample low resolution content to UHD resolution.”
The article notes that refresh rates for the display, a “sticking point with other 4K monitors,” have yet to be announced.
Samsung says the displays will begin shipping in April.