This week during CES 2016 in Las Vegas, Samsung claimed the “world’s first” title with the introduction of its new Samsung CF591, a “frameless” curved monitor. The company also introduced two other “framed” monitors at the show, the Samsung CF390 and the CF391, both of which are also curved. All three support AMD’s FreeSync Technology, including the new FreeSync over HDMI, making them a great addition to a PC system with an installed AMD graphics card.
The CF591 sports a 1080p 27-inch screen with a screen curvature of 1800R. Other display features include 250nit brightness, 3000:1 contrast ratio, 4ms response time, and a color gamut of 81 percent NTSC. There’s one DisplayPort 1.2 connector, two HDMI 1.4 connectors, audio input, two 5W speakers, and 178 degree viewing angles.
As for the CF391 and the CF390, they feature screens measuring 32” and 27” respectively. The CF391 also provides a contrast ratio of 5,000:1 while the CF390 has a contrast ratio of 3,000:1. Both have a curvature of 1800R, 1920×1080 resolution, 250nit brightness, 4ms response time, 72 percent NTSC color gamut, and 178 degree viewing angles.
However, unlike the “frameless” model, these two displays provide only one HDMI port. There are also no built-in stereo speakers and no audio input options. But that’s okay, as many consumers and gamers may not want their audio pumped through small display speakers, optioning for a fuller sound via a separate audio system. That makes these displays a great choice if all the customer needs is an update in the visual department.
What’s really exciting about all three monitors is that they support AMD FreeSync. That means the refresh rate on the screen will match the frame output generated by the AMD GPU (sorry Nvidia folks, this isn’t for you). Gamers and professionals alike should see less screen tearing and lag in their games and GPU-heavy applications. Unfortunately, the maximum 60Hz refresh rates are pretty low, especially considering the native 1920×1080 resolution; 40-144Hz displays are available, and we’ve found those to be far better for gaming.
“Our cutting-edge monitors are designed for a variety of users, whether they are mastering the latest video game, working on a visually demanding presentation, or unlocking new interactive possibilities across a range of usage scenarios,” says Andrew Sivori, Vice President, Consumer Electronics IT Product Marketing, Samsung Electronics America.
Samsung did not provide actual pricing and availability, although the panels are likely to be released soon.