Last year, Samsung launched a pair of gaming monitors that combined an immersive curved panel design with the superior color offered by quantum dot technology. It now looks like the company has broken out the wrack and stretched an ultra-wide screen to within an inch of its life. Its new CHG90 monitor boasts double full HD resolution across 49 diagonal inches at a crazy 32:9 aspect ratio. But all that curvy goodness doesn't come cheap.
Samsung says the QLED quantum dot technology at the heart of the CHG90 gaming monitor is capable of supporting around 125 percent of the sRGB color gamut and 95 percent of the Digital Cinema Initiatives motion picture standard. Coupled with HDR image enhancement that's usually reserved for big screen TVs – optimized with the help of the EA studio Dice and Ghost Games – that should all add up to top notch color reproduction.
The panel curves at 1,800R (meaning that if its edges were extended to form a full circle, its radius would be 1,800 cm/709 in) to 49 diagonal inches with a resolution of 3,840 x 1080p and a 178° viewing angle. Smooth onscreen action is helped along by a 1 ms response time and 144 Hz refresh rate, with Samsung saying that the monitor makes use of four channel scanning tech to nip motion blur in the bud. The CHG90 will also support AMD's Radeon FreeSync 2 technology, which syncs GPU and monitor refresh rates to eliminate stutter and tearing.
Connectivity comes in the shape of two HDMI ports, one DisplayPort and one Mini DisplayPort, USB 3.0, and audio input and headphone out.
Of course, the CHG90 will not only appeal to gamers, it should also prove useful for multitaskers who would rather not sit in front of two or three thin bezel screens to view document, browsing and multimedia windows side by side. The CHG90 is available for pre-order for US$1,499.