Samsung Brings its Curve to Europe

Samsung’s curved monitors have now reached the European market. They were launched in the UK earlier this month.

The curved monitors include the SD590C (Samsung Matches Curve of the Eye), SE790C (Samsung Swaps PLS for VA) and SE590C/SE510C (No More Plasma for Samsung, But LED is New Category). All are fairly new – the oldest was announced last September.

The 27″ SD590C has 1920 x 1080 resolution and 350 cd/m² of brightness. It features 3,000:1 contrast ratio (PLS panel) and 4ms response time. Samsung developed a Game Mode for the unit, which enhances the contrast to make dark spots darker and light areas lighter. The same Mode is also found on Samsung’s other curved units. The monitor is flicker-free and on sale now, for £210 ($315).

PLS panel technology was swapped for VA on the SE790C – a 34″ panoramic monitor, with 3440 x 1440 (21:9) resolution. It has a flicker-free backlight and specifications similar to the SD590C, but brightness is 300 cd/m². It is on sale for £665 ($1,000).

Finally are the new units introduced at CES this year: a 29″ version of the SE790C (2560 x 1080), the 31.5″ SE590C and 23.5″/27″ SE510C.

Unlike preceding models, the SE590C has a low-blue-light mode, which can be turned on and off with a button press. It is flicker-free, with tilt, two 5W speakers and DisplayPort and HDMI (x2) inputs. The monitor has a VA panel with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 5,000:1 contrast ratio, 4ms response time and 178° viewing angles. Brightness is 350 cd/m². It costs £375 ($560).

Unlike other models, the SE510C has a curvature of 4,000R (compared to 3,000R). It shares low-blue-light and flicker-free modes with the SE590C, as well as the VA panel. Brightness is 250 cd/m² and contrast is 3,000:1. The 23.5″ model costs £165 ($250) and the 27″ costs £210 ($315).

All prices are ex VAT.

Analyst Comment

Samsung also released a report on productivity at the time that it announced the monitors, but we have an interview booked with the firm’s local display head, so we plan to bring you the report on that next week. (BR)