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Samsung U32E850R FreeSync 4K Monitor Review in 2017

Samsung have launched numbers of classic style monitors within last few years and U32E850R is one of the great options in this list. It offers advanced features with all high end specifications that make viewers highly satisfied about quality of display. Samsung has utilized its PLS technology for designing this 32” Ultra HD panel and the refresh rate is incredibly improved with combination of AMD’s FreeSync. Although, it falls in the list of most expensive monitors but its extreme service performance make it suitable for professional users.

Samsung U32E850R 4K Monitor Specification

Parameters Specs
Screen Size 32"
Resolution 3840*2160 4K
Screen Technology PLS (Plane to Line Switching) LCD Panel
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Refresh Rate 60Hz
Response Time 4ms
Color Support 1.07 billion (8-bit)
Contrast ratio 1000:1
Maximum brightness 300 cd/m²
Sync FreeSync
Built-in Speaker /
Viewing Angle 178º
Eye Save Mode Yes
Stand Tilt : -5°~+22°
Height adjustment: 130mm
Pivot
Connectivity HDMI 2.0, HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort, USB 3.0, 3.5mm audio input
Backlight WLED

Pros:

  • The image quality is satisfactory.
  • It is most recommended for gaming needs due to improved refresh rate with FreeSync technology.
  • Best product for watching videos.
  • Attractive design with sturdy stand.
  • Impressive connectivity options with great collection of features.

Cons:

  • Its large screen suffers viewing angle problem at extreme corners.
  • Cannot offer great viewing experience for full resolution.

Accessories in the Box:

Once you receive your product package, you will be able to get following things out of it:

  • Samsung U32E850R Monitor having 31.5-inch display panel with 4K UHD IPS technology.
  • USB 3.0 Cable.
  • HDMI Cable.
  • Cable for making connection from Mini Display Port to Display Port.
  • Power Cable.
  • 3 year limited product warranty.

Samsung U32E850R 4K Monitor Features and Performance:

1.Design Style

samsung-u32e850r-design

The two tone color scheme of this 4K monitor looks really attractive with few metallic painted parts and matte black plastic. Although, it is not a premium choice but still it appears good with the fine finish. The connectivity and ventilation grilles, everything is perfectly hidden with the clever design theme followed by manufacturers; it definitely enhances view in your room with tidy construction. The attractive finishing touch is provided to metal round edges as well as to the front penal of this monitor make it look more elegant. This height adjustable monitor demands 50cm vertical space and 74cm wide area to fit perfectly. You will be impressed to know that its complete screen can be rotated with portrait orientation as well as can be turned to 60 degree right or left. Most of the connectivity options of this device are located below the ticker portion, just on the stand you will find a tiny cable clip.

2.Ports and Connectivity:

It includes mini Display Port as well as Display port input at 60Hs with 3840x2160 resolution level. Other than this, you will find 2 USB3 connectors, 2 HDMI ports and the most useful options are picture-by-picture and picture-in-picture modes that can handle maximum 2 inputs. Note that, it is possible to rout 60Hz 4K content using Display ports and one HDMI port but other HDMI port works only for 30Hz at 4k resolution. It allows manual adjustments for mode of Display Port between 1.2 and 1.1. USB 3.0 port also assists in super charging whereas the available headphone jack assists in audio listening. You will also find one 2.5W sound bar on this monitor but the built in speakers are missing.

3.Settings and Menu System:

This monitor comes with pre-assembled connections so you need to make lesser efforts for its setup. The overall weight goes only up to 10.1Kg and you will not find any power brick with this model so it allows very clean installation. There is a tiny clip at backside of the monitor that keeps all cables well aligned. This system comes with pre-adjusted full brightness and colour range is set to 11. You will find screen adjustments quite easier with its interactive menu. The easy to use buttons on the bottom of the system are easy to access. Also, you will be happy to know that this OSD gets auto rotated whenever monitor is simply flipped to portrait mode. Most of the users have reported little lag in its adjustment while moving back from charging state to desktop.

4.Color and Image Quality:

u32e850r-color-gamut

Samsung says that this monitor can be used with native resolution settings and users need not to mess with the Window’s scaling function. You must have used various 27” panels that ensure 2560x1440 resolution level with 199ppi setting but U32E850R will provide you amazing performance with its 139 pixels/inch. It is even higher than the 94ppi rating of commonly used 24” systems.

If we talk about the color performance of this 4K monitor then it is really impressive but the color temperature range goes little high up to 6291k. This monitor can display 98.6% perfect color projection from sRGB gamut and the screen appears vibrant enough to viewers. Although, the factory setting for color temperature is little higher but still the soft details on screen makes everything satisfactory for professionals.

The magic bright setting of this Samsung product serves better details in standard mode where its brightness falls up to 30%; indeed, this is easy to manage as compared to those high end brightness levels serving 350cd/m2 rating. We have observed some issue with its backlight uniformity as it displays bottom right corner with 20% higher brightness level as compared to top left corner. This might be an issue for professional photographers or graphic designers but it is still perfect for office needs. The contrast level for U32E850R is 891:1 whereas luminance is rated as 0.4cd/m2. These settings are just fine for viewing vibrant and brighter details in images. It also contains Cinema and Dynamic Contrast modes but the most suitable performance delivery is found with standard mode.

5.Gaming Performance:

If we talk about gaming then the very first thing that we need to observe is input lag because it is the biggest trouble that gamers face in their systems. You will find U32E850R working at average 9.57ms setting that leads to an average performance. One thing is really appreciable about this well designed model of Samsung, it has FreeSync technology that ensures perfect elimination for stutter and tearing issues. With great adjustment for input lag, you will find this monitor perfect for your gaming needs. Note that, you need to stay dependent upon its DisplayPort that demands compatible AMD Graphic cards for great performance. If you are working on Nvidia then FreeSync will not meet your needs thus this monitor is preferred mostly for gaming needs.

Related: Top 5 Best 4K Gaming Monitors in 2017

Conclusion

There is no doubt to say that Samsung has designed this product with incredible combination of all good features such as image quality, resolution and screen size. If you are searching for a monitor with size adjustment feature then U32E850R is probably the best option in market.

Although, UD970 offers much better image quality as compared to U32E850R but you need to invest almost twice to buy that. Also, the image quality rating and FreeSync performance of this monitor is observed to be better for non professionals or for general office needs. One more alternative for U32E850R is the well known S34E790C of Samsung as it possess ultra wide screen having aspect ratio in the range 21:9. The FreeSync technology is also missing in this case so this option is not much suitable for professional needs but is definitely a good choice for all round entertainment.

We must say that image quality of U32E850R is just perfect for most of the users and it serves with great performance even without Adobe RGB technology. It ensures impressive image quality but with smaller screen size but yes it is a budget friendly choice for gamers. As, FreeSync technology is gaining more and more popularity these days so you will find this monitor perfect with such advanced feature. Further, its elegant design and adjustable stand makes it more suitable for entertainment as well as work. This is definitely a great choice for 4K users.

Nov 23,2017 14:19 pm
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