Are Gaming Monitors better with Quantum Dot Tech?

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Silly intros aside though, these are Samsung’s new quantum dot curved LCD monitors. This 34 inch one is the CF791 and this 24inch one is the C24FG70. What makes these monitors so special? Well, Samsung has brought the features of quantum dot and curved LCD screen onto these monitors to try and have the most immersive experience possible. Now there are some Quantum dot LCD out there like the Acer Predator X27 and the Philips 276E6ADSS but neither of those are curved. So, for those who are wondering and for those who are new here, let’s break these 2 major features down.

 

First let’s explain curved monitors. Instead of a flat surface for the LCD, the screen is curved. For the longest time, screens  have been mostly flat. But by adding a concave curve to a screen, monitors can respond to the natural curvature of the human eye. This allows for the monitor to somewhat match our field of view which can offer a more ergonomic viewing experience. One thing to note though is that a curved monitor will take a bit of adjustment to get used to the curve. But once you have settled in with a curved screen, you can experience less eye strain and in turn have a much more immersive experience. Most monitors will have a curvature rating number of something something “R”. The higher the number is, the less curvier the monitor will be. For example this 34in has a 1500R curve. And the 24 inch has a 1800R curve. So that means that the 24 inch would be less concave than the 34inch. aka less curvier… if that makes sense  And having worked on curved monitors for this entire script writing, the curve does start to make the monitors a bit smaller than they appear.

 

Next up is Quantum dot. I did a video a while back on “nanocrystal technology” where we had a Samsung TV with a nanocrystal screen. Quantum dot technology is basically the same thing. In a nutshell, the LEDs in the screen are coated with nanocrystals or “quantum dots”. This allows for pure red green and blue wavelengths to be filtered into a wider range of colours. Samsung took their quantum dot TV technology and has applied them for LCD usage now, allowing for improved monitor brightness, high colour accuracy, and high colour saturation. And like I mentioned in my nanocrystal video, the results of having quantum dots are a bit harder to show, but we’ll try our best to show it off in b-roll.

 

Now that we have the more technical jargon out of the way, let’s move on to our contestants on the table. I don’t know what I called them contestants, they’re not really competing for anything. Or maybe they’re competing to find their way to a desk near you. Sorry, let’s get back to it and check out

 

First, the 24 inch, the C24FG70. This 24-inch curved quantum dot monitor is designed for gaming. It has this really awesome dual hinge arm that allows for swivel, height adjusts, pivot and tilt.The arm of the 24 inch is pretty cool. It reminds me of aftermarket monitor arms that you buy to mount LCDs to…except, it’s a built in stand and it’s easily adjustable, sometimes even with one hand. It has a 3000 to one contrast ratio, a 1 millisecond response time, 1920 by 1080 resolution, a VA panel to help minimize light leakage, a 144Hz refresh rate, 1 DisplayPort, 2 HDMI ports, headphone jack and Freesync adaptive technology. The FG70 also offers display game mode presets for FPS, RTS, RPG and AOS/Moba settings. The Samsung also has what they call arena lighting. There’s a blue led that you can configure to turn off, blink, or be interactive where it reacts to the sound of the game you’re playing.It’s a nice little touch. It could be a bit nicer touch if it was RGB. The FG70 is pretty badass gaming LCD. Being that this is a quantum dot screen, the black levels are quite dark and there’s not a lot of light leakage that might be more apparent on other curved screens. For watching videos, playing video games and even reading is fine on the FG70. I

 

Finally, this is 34 inch CF791 ultra widescreen monitor. This monster is meant for multitasking for the working professional at home or at the office. The CF791 offers a 3440 by 1440 resolution which obviously is bigger than the FG70’s 1920 by 1080, and the CF791 uses a 21 by 9 aspect ratio, a 3000 to one contrast ratio, it also has a VA panel, a 4ms response time, a refresh rate up  to 100Hz, 1 DisplayPort, 2 HDMI ports, one headphone port, and a USB hub. Now the 34 inch doesn’t have quite the same hinged arm stand but it does offer height adjustment and speakers. The stand for the 34 inch is attached in a way where it looks very clean. The 34 inch does offer the 1500R curvature rating with is actually pretty close to the human eye curvature of 1000R meaning this monitor offers a more comfortable viewing experience. The user experience on the 34 inch slightly different form the 24inch. While everyday tasks like emailing, web browsing, word processing are quite good, gaming on the 34 inch wasn’t as good. This is because the 34inch doesn’t have the same refresh rate as the 24inch, but you have to keep in mind that the 34 inch wasn’t built with gamers in mind and the 24inch is.

 

The pricing for these monitors are higher than average regular LCDs but that’s to be expected for quantum dot tech being brought to LCD’s from TVs. Are quantum dot LCD’s are worth the price I would say maybe. For me personally, I prefer IPS panel displays so I’m kind of biased. I would recommend something like the LG 34UM88C which is also ultrawide but that model isn’t curved, has only a 60Hz refresh rate and a 5ms response time.For the Samsung 24in, I could recommend a Benq Zowie XL2540. It’s got a great refresh rate at 240Hz and a 1ms response time like the Samsung. But it doesn’t have the curve.  If you think the better refresh rate, combined with the curved immersion and quantum dot is the way to go, then obviously the Samsung products are right up your alley.

 

So there you have it, a quick refresher on curve LCDs and quantum dot technology. Personally, I would like to see more companies being able to adopt quantum dot technology so that maybe we can see the prices for these monitors come down a little bit and be more affordable. Or maybe Samsung could release some non-curved quantum dot monitors for those of us who preferred a flat screen. But needless to say, curved Quantum Dot LCDs sure do look to be the next evolution of LCDs and they’re certainly not dipping dots ice cream.  What do you guys think about these monitors?  Leave a comment down below, but if you are interested in either of these monitors, or both, links can be found up in the corner or down in the description.

 

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