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Samsung tries to make ultra-curved office monitors a thing with new T55 lineup

Samsung has revealed a lineup of productivity, home, and office-targeted monitors with 1000R curvature. Labeled the T55 series, these new monitors take a concept Samsung already applied to gaming monitors earlier this year at CES and makes the case that there’s value in an ultra-curved form for more than just gamers, who have more often been adopters of curved displays.

Carrying the monikers C24T55, C27T55, and C32T55 at 24, 27, and 32 inches respectively, each monitor has a 75Hz refresh rate and AMD FreeSync support. Gamers sometimes seek monitors with higher 120 or 144Hz refresh rates, but in this case, the goal is just to make scrolling through documents that much smoother—no more, no less.

Other shared specs include 4ms response times, 250 nits of maximum brightness, 3,000:1 typical contrast ratios, 1,920 by 1,080-pixel resolutions, and VA panels.

Those are all pretty standard specs for contemporary office monitors, so the pitch here compared to competing options is all about those curved displays. This curve is a little more aggressive than in some other curved monitors on the market, and Samsung argues that a “1000R display fits the human field of view for less eye strain.”

Whereas gamers or media consumers often buy curved monitors because it may be seen by some as a more immersive experience, the pitch Samsung is going with for workplace uses seems to be all about eye strain and comfort.

On its product pages for the T44 monitors, Samsung boasts of TÜV Rheinland certification for the 24- and 27-inch models, but not for the 32-inch, saying:

T55 received a high-performance curved display (1000R) and eye comfort certificate for its superior 1000R curved display from TÜV Rheinland; a leading international Testing, Inspection, and Certification body.

Samsung also cites a “comprehensive clinical study conducted by Prof. Seong-Joon Kim at Seoul National University Hospital” that concludes that curved monitors are better for addressing eye strain than traditional monitors.

In specs like resolution and refresh rate, these monitors lag far behind the curved Odyssey G9 and G7 monitors Samsung previously announced, but for most office use cases, that doesn’t matter. We’ll just have to see whether officer workers and the professionals who supply them heed Samsung’s call to buck tradition and follow its pitch about curved displays in the workplace.

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Tech – Ars Technica

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