Large displays tend to occupy a lot of desk space, something that is not appreciated by many. Samsung has developed a family of monitors, called 'Space Monitors', that use a unique hinge mechanism for a minimalist design that promises to save as much space as possible while still providing 27-inches or 31.5-inches of screen real estate. Announced early this year, Samsung’s Space Monitors are now available for pre-order and will ship in April.

There are several ways how Samsung’s Space Monitors save desk space. First up, the displays attach to a table using a clamp that takes up far less space than a traditional stand. Space Monitor’s stand can adjust height and tilt, but not swivel. Secondly, the stand conceals power and signal cables that tend to occupy space as well. Thirdly, the LCDs feature very thin bezels. Overall, Samsung says that its Space Monitors increase usable space near displays by 40% when compared to regular LCDs of similar sizes.

Samsung’s Space Monitors use 27-inch and 31.5-inch VA panels, which offer considerably different specifications. The 27-incher supports a 2560×1440 resolution, 250 nits typical brightness, a 3000:1 contrast ratio, 178° viewing angles, a 4 ms GtG response time, a 144 Hz refresh rate, and so on. The 31.5-incher features a 3840×2160 resolution, 250 nits typical brightness, a 2500:1 contrast ratio, 178° viewing angles, a 4 ms GtG response time, and a 60 Hz refresh rate.

Both displays can reproduce 1.07 billion colors, but the Space Monitors only support the sRGB (100%) and the NTSC 1976 (72%) color spaces.

In fact, the monitors have other compromises as well. To make the displays as compact as possible, Samsung decided not to integrate speakers (and even omitted a mini jack), which is why its owners will have to use external speakers (or a soundbar) that will a;so consume desk space.

Specifications of Samsung's 'Space Monitors'
  S27R750 S32R750
Panel 27" VA 31.5" VA
Native Resolution 2560 × 1440 3840 × 2160
Maximum Refresh Rate 144 Hz 60 Hz
Response Time 4 ms
Brightness 250 cd/m² (typical)
Contrast 3000:1 2500:1
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
Pixel Pitch 0.2335 mm² 0.1816 mm²
Pixel Density 109 ppi 140 ppi
Color Gamut Support NTSC 1976: 72%
sRGB: 100%
Stand Tilt and height adjustable
Inputs 1 × Mini DisplayPort 1.2
1 × HDMI 2.0
HDCP 2.2
USB Hub - -
Audio - -
Launch Price $399.99 $499.99

Samsung is already taking pre-orders on its 27-inch (LS27R750QEUXEN) and 31.5-inch (LS31.5R750UEUXEN) Space Monitors in the US and in the UK. The smaller one costs $399.99, whereas the larger one is priced at $499.99 when purchased from Amazon. The official launch is April 8th.

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Sources: Samsung, Amazon

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  • nathanddrews - Thursday, March 21, 2019 - link

    100% agree. However, many people that live or work in rental units are heavily discouraged or not permitted to make holes in walls. Not sure I'd trust a Command strip/mount to hold my expensive monitor. This is a pretty great solution for those situations, I think - not to mention it's very aesthetically pleasing.
  • flyingpants265 - Thursday, March 21, 2019 - link

    Are you nuts? Nobody's paying $99 for a swinging monitor arm.
  • rocky12345 - Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - link

    Wow something that has been designed recently that I actually like. These would be great for multi monitor setups with those thin bezels on them.
  • quiksilvr - Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - link

    It's a shame it doesn't have USB-C with 100W Power Delivery. That would have been a perfect space saver.
  • Inteli - Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - link

    I like the look, but the lack of a VESA mount seems an odd omission for the monitor, especially with how thin the bezels are. The bezels are sized for a multimonitor setup but the stand isn't conducive to one.

    I do appreciate that the 144Hz panel doesn't look like an F/A-117 with a ton of RGB LEDs taped on, though.
  • jtd871 - Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - link

    Since the article states the connectivity is thru the stand, it's hard to make a VESA mount work.
  • close - Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - link

    It simply means the cable goes through a groove in the stand:

    But the stand serves no practical purpose as far as connectivity is concerned.
  • Tams80 - Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - link

    Not being able to swivel them seems like a missed opportunity. They wouldn't require much swivel, just enough to face the user if off to the side.
  • fazalmajid - Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - link

    Not IPS. Fail.
  • Tams80 - Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - link

    It's not TN (although even TN has it's benefits). It's VA, which has significantly and noticeably better contrast than IPS, while generally being as colour accurate as IPS.

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