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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  • RSAUser - Monday, March 25, 2019 - link

    VA definitely does not have as good color accuracy as IPS, and the other bonus of IPS is that the viewing angle doesn't have much of an impact on color accuracy/contrast/etc.
  • dgingeri - Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - link

    There's an easier way:

    1. buy a 2X4 and 3X 1/4" bolt/nut combo packages from your local hardware/home improvement store
    2. saw the 2X4 apart at the 1/3 point
    3. overlap the 2 sections of the 2X4 to make an inverted T shape, drill 3 holes all the way through for the bolts
    4. use the bolts to fasten the two sections of 2X4 together
    5. buy a VESA monitor wall mount
    6 attach the VESA wall mount to the top of the inverted T shape at the height you find most favorable
    7. attach your current monitor to the VESA wall mount and slide it behind your desk, using the desk to stabilize it
    8. optional: buy some rubber or felt furniture feet from the hardware/home improvement and attach them to the back side of the new monitor stand, especially around the bolt heads, to keep it from marring the wall and/or trim.

    There you go, a monitor stand that doesn't take up desk space.

    I already use one for my server station monitor stand, as well as a similar one (2 vertical sections) for my TV, as I can't mount it to the wall in my apartment. With the rubber feet, they don't damage the walls, so I don't have to worry about my security deposit.
  • sing_electric - Thursday, March 21, 2019 - link

    Leave it to Anandtech readers to have an "easier way" than buying something that involves 8 steps, a trip to the hardware store, sawing and drilling. (Also, isn't the real "easier way" just buying a monitor arm?)
  • sing_electric - Thursday, March 21, 2019 - link

    In other words, Samsung decided to pre-install a decent-looking, but feature-lacking (no swivel) monitor arm, and omit VESA (a shame, since the thin bezels say "I'd be great for a multi-monitor set up," but a swivel-less arm makes that a non-starter).

    That, combined with the ho-hum color support makes this a hard pass.
  • flyingpants265 - Thursday, March 21, 2019 - link

    Wow, it only took... 20 years..
  • Notmyusualid - Friday, March 22, 2019 - link

  • poppsiej - Friday, March 22, 2019 - link

    I have the 27" and I really like it with a few caveats.

    The colors are great. Yes, it is a VA panel but viewing angle is fairly wide. The stand well built and does in fact open up your desk space. Motion blur is in line with most other VA panels on the market. Also, aesthetically, it really is a beautiful monitor.

    Here are the things I had an issue with.
    1. Yes, it doesn't swivel. If you are using this as your primary monitor, this isn't much of an issue. Center it on your desk and you are done. However, I had a multi-monitor setup so I had to angle the stand when mounting it.
    2. No adaptive sync, why create a 144Hz panel without adaptive sync?
    3. No VESA mounting options. I understand, you are basically buying the monitor for the stand but still, give us the option. As a sidenote, there "is" a way to take the monitor off of the stand (and put it back together).
    4. Be aware of your desk, the stand only really works with slab-type desks so your mileage may vary in terms of compatibility.

    Again, if it checks all of the boxes you are looking for, get it. You won't be disappointed.
  • danjw - Saturday, March 23, 2019 - link

    Gimmicky, I have seen VESA compliant desktop clamp mounts, also wall mounts, if the desk is against a wall. So really, this doesn't add much other than the addition of the cables being in the mount. I think it would probably be cheaper to buy a better display that is VESA mount compliant and go that route. But, that actually takes research and Samsung is depending on people being lazy, so I expect it will sell well. ;-)
  • patronjon - Monday, March 25, 2019 - link

    I chose which model to buy and then I found a site with a good price and quality.
    QLED is one of the coolest model of the TV! I am really happy)

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