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Reviewed on Feb 09, 2018 , Ian Cumming, Mehdi Azzabi, Eric Bousquet

Samsung CHG90
MONITOR REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.0

Test Benches:

  • 1.0: Fall 2017
7.5
Mixed Usage
Score components:
Size : 49 "
Resolution : 3840x1080
Refresh Rate : 144 Hz
LCD Type
What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
:
VA
Variable Refresh Rate
What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
:
FreeSync

The Samsung CHG90 is a very good VA-type HDR monitor with an impressively wide Double Full-HD Resolution. Its high native contrast makes its picture quality better than average, and its very wide color gamut allows it to display very vibrant HDR content properly. Its high refresh rate, low input lag, and FreeSync 2 support keep it very responsive for gaming. Its viewing angle is, however, quite narrow, and its odd size can be a bit impractical smaller desks.

Test Results
Design 8.0
Picture Quality 7.1
Motion 8.7
Inputs 9.1
Pros
  • Saturated colors makes HDR content pop
  • High 144 Hz refresh rate
  • High contrast ratio for deep blacks
Cons
  • Viewing angles aren't great
  • Not free of flicker

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8.0

Design

Score components: Subjectively assigned
Samsung CHG90 Design Picture
Curved : Yes
Curve radius : 1800R
Weight (without stand) : 26.2lbs (11.9 kg)
Weight (with stand) : 33.4lbs (15.1 kg)

The design of the Samsung C49HG90 is very impressive. The styling is very similar to Samsung TVs such as the MU7600, as well as the CHG70 monitor. The wide stand feels sturdy and supports the monitor well, but does also take up quite a bit of desk space. Cables can also route through the rear of the stand, which provides a clean look. The rear of the monitor also lights up with blue LEDs, which looks good as seen here.

Stand
Samsung CHG90 Stand picture
Width : 32.4" (82.4 cm)
Depth : 15.0" (38.2 cm)

The stand is wider than most monitors themselves but feels very sturdy and provides great support.

4.6 Ergonomics
What it is: How much the position of the screen can be adjusted to match the viewing preference of the user.
When it matters: All usages, but especially office and gaming use.
Score components:
  • 46% Height Adjustment
  • 18% Switch portrait/landscape
  • 18% Swivel Range
  • 18% Tilt Range
Samsung CHG90 Ergonomics picture
Height Adjustment : 4.7" (11.9 cm)
Switch portrait/landscape : No
Swivel Range : -15° to 15°
Tilt Range : -12.5° to 2.5°

The Samsung C49HG90 monitor has more ergonomic adjustments than most wide monitors. There is some flexibility to adjust the viewing arrangement for the most comfortable experience.

Back
Samsung CHG90 Back picture
Wall Mount : VESA 100x100

The rear of the Samsung CHG90 monitor is quite simple but looks good. The ring around the connection to the stand can also light up with blue LEDs as seen here. Cables can be routed through the stand at the rear which helps to keep the area tidy.

Borders
Samsung CHG90 Borders picture
Borders : 0.5" (1.2 cm)

The borders have an average thickness, but still look quite good.

Thickness
Samsung CHG90 Thickness picture
Thickness (with stand) : 13.7" (34.7 cm)
Thickness (without stand) : 7.9" (20.1 cm)

The monitor appears quite thick when viewed from the side, but this is mostly due to the fairly sharp curvature. Due to the arrangement of the stand the monitor does sit quite far out from a wall.

8.0 Build Quality
What it is: How well built and sturdy the monitor is, and how good the materials used to build it are.
When it matters: All usages.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Samsung CHG90 Build Quality picture

The build quality of the Samsung CHG90 is great. All of the parts feel well constructed and solid, and the ergonomic adjustments feel smooth and work well. The stand is also very heavy and feels high quality.

The Samsung CHG90 gaming monitor has a better than average picture quality. Darkroom performance is decent, because of the great contrast ratio, even though its black uniformity is a bit sub-standard. When set in a brighter room, the good peak brightness and screen finish mean that the monitor can fight glare from a bright lamp or a sunny window and also deal reasonably well with reflection.

The monitor has poor viewing angle and unless you sit right in front of it, you will notice a change in picture quality for the worse as soon as you change your point of view. The gray uniformity is great and dirty screen effect is not noticeable. HDR is decent on this monitor, as the HDR peak brightness is not bad even though it could have been better if the local dimming was not that awful. Color accuracy is good though and the monitor covers well the P3 color space.

8.3 Contrast
What it is: Brightness difference between white and black. This is the main component of picture quality.
When it matters: Always, but especially when watching dark scenes.
Score components:
Samsung CHG90 Checkerboard Picture
Native Contrast
What it is: Ratio of the white brightness divided by the blacks measured on our checkerboard test pattern with a white target of 100 cd/m².
When it matters: Dark scenes in a dark room.
Good value: > 3,000
Noticeable difference: 500
:
3756 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
What it is: Ratio of the white brightness divided by the blacks measured on our checkerboard test pattern with local dimming turned on (maximum) with a white target of 100 cd/m².
When it matters: Dark scenes in a dark room.
Good value: > 3,000
Noticeable difference: 500
:
3756 : 1

The monitor has a great native contrast ratio and this is mostly due to the VA panel used in its construction. With a contrast ratio of almost 4000:1, the monitor can really display deeper blacks, which is especially good when playing video games in a darker environment.

The monitor has a local dimming feature, but unfortunately, it is very basic and does not prove to be very effective, as when it is turned on, it can't really change the native contrast for the best, when displaying our checkerboard pattern.

2.0 Local Dimming
What it is: The lights behind the LCD layer adapt to the picture displayed, improving the contrast ratio.
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Local Dimming
What it is: Whether it has a feature that controls the LEDs behind the LCD layer, to match the picture and darkens the dark portion of it.
When it matters: On LED TVs only. Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
:
Yes
Backlight
What it is: Configuration of the lights of the backlight.
When it matters: Effectiveness of the local dimming.
Good value: Full-array/direct lighting is better for local dimming. As for the uniformity of the screen, it depends on the implementation. Some edge-lit monitors have more uniform blacks than some full-array monitors.
:
Edge

The Samsung CHG90 , like its smaller sibling the CHG70, has a local dimming feature, but the overall performance is very bad. The implementation is almost the same as on the CHG70, but this time on a much larger screen, which means the dimming zones are larger and much more noticeable when they turn on and off. Looking at our test video (better viewed in the dark), you can see the zone turn on and off following the moving highlight and also you can notice that at some occasions, the small highlight get dim a little bit when near a transition between zone.

If you left the local dimming feature set to 'Auto', the feature is going to be turn off for all SDR content, and only turn on for HDR content, which can make the overall screen brighter and this seems to be a reasonable setting.

7.9 SDR Peak Brightness
What it is: How bright the screen can get. Measured with local dimming and with SDR content.
When it matters: Bright living rooms; bright objects; SDR content.
SDR Real Scene
What it is: The maximum luminosity the TV can obtain while playing a movie or while watching a TV show. Our Real Scene was selected to represent a more regular movie condition. All measurements are made with the TV set to be as bright as possible, but with a 6500k white. Measured with local dimming on, max backlight and with an SDR signal. Scene: here.
When it matters: When watching movies and TV shows in SDR.
:
331 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 2% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright highlights, present on screen for a short time
:
610 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 10% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright objects, present on screen for a short time
:
611 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 25% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: When watching in a bright room.
:
489 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 50% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: When watching in a bright room.
:
331 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 100% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: When watching in a bright room.
:
333 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 2% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright highlights, persistent during a scene.
:
315 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 10% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright objects, persistent during a scene.
:
278 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 25% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: When watching in a bright room.
:
300 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 50% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: When watching in a bright room.
:
303 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 100% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: When watching in a bright room.
:
293 cd/m²
SDR ABL
What it is: The standard deviation of the SDR sustained brightness, after linearizing for noticeable differences in luminosity
When it matters: Content with large bright areas, such as for PC or video game use, and sports such as hockey
:
0.044

Very good SDR peak brightness. At around 300 nits on average, it will provide enough brightness to look good in most normal environments. While its local dimming setting allows it to reach short peaks of brightness, it also causes the brightness to fluctuate a little which can be distracting.

6.4 HDR Peak Brightness
What it is: How bright the screen can get. Measured with local dimming and with HDR content.
When it matters: HDR content
HDR Real Scene : 335 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window : 600 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window : 605 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window : 482 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window : 341 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window : 338 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window : 303 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window : 307 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window : 300 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window : 289 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window : 290 cd/m²
HDR ABL : 0.039

Passable HDR peak brightness. The Samsung CHG90 monitor can display small objects at fairly high levels of brightness but this is unfortunately not achievable while displaying normal content. At around 300 nits, it can still get quite bright, but it doesn't give enough room to reproduce HDR content as intended.

4.4 Horizontal Viewing Angle
What it is: Color accuracy when viewed from the side.
Samsung CHG90 Horizontal Color Shift Picture
Color Shift from Left
What it is: Angle where the colors noticeable shift compared to when viewed from directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When sharing your monitor with people on your left
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
27 °
Color Shift from Right
What it is: Angle where the colors noticeable shift compared to when viewed from directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When sharing your monitor with people on your right
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
24 °
Samsung CHG90 Horizontal Brightness Picture
Brightness from Left
What it is: Angle where the brightness drops to 50% of the brightness directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When sharing your monitor with people on your left.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
35 °
Brightness from Right
What it is: Angle where the brightness drops to 50% of the brightness directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When sharing your monitor with people on your right.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
32 °
Samsung CHG90 Horizontal Black Level Picture
Black Level from Left
What it is: Angle where the black level drops to 50% of the black level directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When sharing your monitor with people on your right.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
15 °
Black Level from Right
What it is: Angle where the black level drops to 50% of the black level directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When sharing your monitor with people on your right.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
14 °
Curve Radius : 1800 R

This monitor's horizontal viewing angle is bad. As is expected of a VA-type LCD monitor, the black level is raised when viewed off-axis. Colors and brightness take a steeper angle to deteriorate significantly, but the range for accuracy is quite limited.

4.6 Vertical Viewing Angle
What it is: Color accuracy when viewed from the top or bottom.
Samsung CHG90 Vertical Color Shift Picture
Color Shift from Below
What it is: Angle where the colors noticeable shift compared to when viewed from directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When looking at a monitor from below.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
25 °
Color Shift from Above
What it is: Angle where the colors noticeable shift compared to when viewed from directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When looking at a monitor when standing up.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
27 °
Samsung CHG90 Vertical Brightness Picture
Brightness from Below
What it is: Angle where the brightness drops to 50% of the brightness directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When looking at a monitor from below.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
33 °
Brightness from Above
What it is: Angle where the brightness drops to 50% of the brightness directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When looking at a monitor while standing up.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
34 °
Samsung CHG90 Vertical Black Level Picture
Black Level from Below
What it is: Angle where the black level drops to 50% of the black level directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When looking at a monitor from below.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
6 °
Black Level from Above
What it is: Angle where the black level drops to 50% of the black level directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When looking at a monitor while standing up.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
6 °

Unfortunately, the Samsung CHG90's vertical viewing angle is subpar. It can be difficult to sit in a position centered enough to avoid shifting blacks at a standard viewing distance. The colors and brightness fare a bit better, however, as their viewing angle behaves similarly than on a horizontal axis.

7.9 Gray Uniformity
What it is: Evenness of colors onscreen (not just gray).
When it matters: Solid colors. Sports, panning shots.
Score components:
Samsung CHG90 50% Uniformity Picture
50% Std. Dev.
What it is: Average squared difference of pixels when displaying a mid 50% gray.
When it matters: Solid colors. Sports, panning shots.
Good value: < 2.5%
Noticeable difference: 1%
:
3.240 %
50% DSE
What it is: Dirty Screen Effect. High-frequency variance of uniformity. Dark spots on the screen.
When it matters: Solid colors. Sports, panning shots.
Good value: < 0.165%
Noticeable difference: 0.025%
:
0.142 %
Samsung CHG90 5% Uniformity Picture
5% Std. Dev.
What it is: Average squared difference of pixels when displaying a mid 5% gray.
When it matters: Dark scenes.
Good value: < 1.15%
Noticeable difference: 1%
:
1.524 %
5% DSE
What it is: Dirty Screen Effect. High-frequency variance of uniformity. Dark spots on the screen.
When it matters: Dark scenes.
Good value: < 0.116%
:
0.094 %

The gray uniformity of the Samsung C49HG90 is very good, and overall, the screen is very smooth when looking at the 50% gray test picture, with only the side and corners being a bit darker. Dirty screen effect is not a problem on this monitor and besides a warmer band on the lower part of the screen, nothing is really noticeable when looking at some multimedia content.

When looking at the 5% gray test picture, the only thing that really stands out is the left side and right bottom corner that are a bit brighter than the rest of the screen, but this is really only noticeable on very uniform dark color and does not really show up otherwise.

5.8 Black Uniformity
What it is: Evenness of blacks.
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
Score components:
Samsung CHG90 Native Black Uniformity Picture
Native Std. Dev.
What it is: Average of the squared difference of the blacks.
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
Good value: <2%
Noticeable difference: 1%, but keep in mind that it varies a lot by unit, even of the same model; yours likely will not end up exactly like ours.
:
1.609 %
Samsung CHG90 Black Uniformity Picture with Local Dimming
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
What it is: Average of the squared difference of the blacks with Local Dimming enabled
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
Good value: <2%
Noticeable difference: 1%, but keep in mind that it varies a lot by unit, even of the same model; yours likely will not end up exactly like ours.
:
3.651 %

The native black uniformity of the Samsung CHG90 is disappointing. When displaying a truly black image, like our test pattern, some backlight bleed is visible in some random patch. Even though the native black uniformity is not perfect, it is still one of the top performers in this category.

When the local dimming is turned on, depending on the image on the screen, the result will vary, as seen in our test picture. Since our test picture features a white cross in the middle to maintain the backlight on, only the upper and bottom zone are turned off by the local dimming, leaving the middle part with some blooming. In our case, it does hide some of the more problematic patches of backlight bleeding, but the final image is not very uniform, thus the high standard deviation number (worse uniformity). If the local dimming zones where smaller and more numerous, this result would certainly better.

7.6 Pre Calibration
What it is: Monitor's color accuracy before a full calibration. The measurements are taken with out of the box 'factory setting'.
When it matters: All video on an uncalibrated TV. This represents most people's use cases.
Score components:
Samsung CHG90 Pre Calibration Picture Samsung CHG90 Pre Gamma Curve Picture Samsung CHG90 Pre Color Picture
Picture Mode
What it is: The picture mode that was used to do the pre-calibration reading. We usually go for the picture mode that gives us the more control over all the picture quality setting.
:
Custom
Luminance
What it is: The luminance at which the pre-calibration reading was done. This represents the luminance of the monitor when it is at the factory default settings.
:
320 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
What it is: The luminance settings, often named 'Brightness' on monitors, usually range from 0 to 100.
:
100
Contrast Setting
What it is: The monitor contrast setting, usually ranging from 0 to 100.
:
75
RGB controls
What it is: This is the value for each color (red, green, and blue) used in the monitor internal RGB cuts/gains controls. If the monitor does not have an internal RGB cuts/gains controls, then the color temperature setting will be used instead, and the color temperature that gives us the best result will be used.
:
Normal Color Tone
Color Temperature
What it is: The color temperature is a measure of the color of light. A colder color temperature (7000K) will look bluer and a warmer color temperature (4000K) will look yellower/redder. 6500K is the standard color for PC monitors and also for the sRGB color standard.
When it matters: When you care about color reproduction and accuracy.
Good value: 6500K
Noticeable difference: 400K
:
6264 K
White Balance dE
What it is: Average inaccuracy of shades of gray.
When it matters: Overall color temperature of all video.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
3.05
Color dE
What it is: Average inaccuracy of colors.
When it matters: All colors.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
2.80
Gamma
What it is: Brightness of shades of gray.
When it matters: Shadows.
Good value: Between 2.1 and 2.3 (our target is 2.2)
Noticeable difference: 0.1
:
2.16

Out of the box, the accuracy is good. The most accurate picture mode was the 'Custom' one, set on the 'Custom' Color Tone, and on the 'Mode2' Gamma' setting. Under those settings, the white balance and color dE hover around the 3.0mark, which for most people should be pretty good, unless you are a professional who already has other calibrated monitors. Looking in more details, we see that the color primary are a bit oversaturated and that the white balance has a bit redder (the color temperature is on the warm side). As for the gamma, it is not far from our 2.2 target, and looking at the curve, we see that there is a small bump in the darker IRE and an overall dip toward the brighter IRE, but even then it is not that dramatic, that it would cause some black crush on darker content.

Most of the other picture more available had a similar accuracy, with only the 'Cinema' picture mode having both white balance and color dE over 5.0.

9.1 Post Calibration
What it is: Monitor's color accuracy after a full calibration with a spectrophotometer.
When it matters: All graphics and video content on a monitor that has been professionally calibrated.
Score components:
Samsung CHG90 Post Calibration Picture Samsung CHG90 Post Gamma Curve Picture Samsung CHG90 Post Color Picture
Picture Mode
What it is: The picture mode that was used to do the calibration reading. We usually go for the picture mode that gives us the more control over all the picture quality setting.
:
Custom
Luminance
What it is: The luminance at which the calibration was executed. We aim for a luminance level of 100 cd/m².
:
101 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
What it is: The luminance settings, often named 'Brightness' on monitors, usually range from 0 to 100.
:
30
Contrast Setting
What it is: The monitor contrast setting, usually ranging from 0 to 100.
:
75
RGB controls
What it is: This is the value for each color (red, green, and blue) used in the monitor internal RGB cuts/gains controls. If the monitor does not have an internal RGB cuts/gains controls, then the color temperature setting will be used instead, and the color temperature that gives us the best result will be used.
:
47-54-50
Color Temperature
What it is: The color temperature is a measure of the color of light. A colder color temperature (7000K) will look bluer and a warmer color temperature (4000K) will look yellower/redder. 6500K is the standard color for PC monitors and also for the sRGB color standard.
When it matters: When you care about color reproduction and accuracy.
Good value: 6500K
Noticeable difference: 400K
:
6316 K
White Balance dE
What it is: Average inaccuracy of shades of gray.
When it matters: Overall color temperature of all videos.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
1.39
Color dE
What it is: Average inaccuracy of colors.
When it matters: All colors.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
1.13
Gamma
What it is: Brightness of shades of gray.
When it matters: Shadows.
Good value: Between 2.1 and 2.3 (our target is 2.2)
Noticeable difference: 0.1
:
2.18

After calibration, the accuracy of the Samsung CHG90 is excellent. Both the white balance and color dE were cut by more than half, and are now hovering just above the 1.0 mark, which is almost perfect for most people, even professional. The calibration was done on the same picture mode that the pre-calibration was done, the 'Custom' picture mode, but the 'Color Tone' was changed for the 'Custom' one since we needed to adjust the RGB balance. The 'Gamma' mode was also kept on the 'Mode2'.

Looking at the gamma value and curve, we can see that the curve does track more closely our target curve, and for the gamma value, we are now a bit closer to our 2.2. target. A small dip is still visible in the higher IRE (brighter), but this does not cause any issues overall.

As for the color temperature, we are still a bit on the warm side, as seen on the CIE colors space map, where the white point tends toward the red-yellow, but we are really not far from our 6500K and within our noticeable difference on 400K.

You can download our ICC profile calibration here.

9.0 SDR Color Gamut
What it is: The palette of colors the monitor can display
When it matters: General content consumption or production
Score components:
Samsung CHG90 Color Gamut s.RGB Picture
s.RGB xy
What it is: Coverage of the s.RGB colorspace on CIE 1931 xy.
When it matters: Almost all content. Includes websites, standard windows environment and SDR movies
Good value: > 95%
Noticeable difference: 5%
:
94.6 %
Samsung CHG90 Color Gamut ARGB Picture
Adobe RGB xy
What it is: Coverage of the Adobe RGB colorspace on CIE 1931 xy.
When it matters: Professional photography.
Good value: > 90%
Noticeable difference: 5%
:
84.4 %

Very good SDR color gamut. The monitor can reproduce the ubiquitous s.RGB gamut quite well, so it won't have issues displaying most content. While it doesn't offer a dedicated Adobe RGB mode, its very wide native gamut allows it to display more of it than most monitors.

9.5 SDR Color Volume
What it is: How much of the SDR color spaces the monitor can reproduce
When it matters: General usage and SDR media creation
Score components:
Samsung CHG90 s.RGB Color Volume ITP picture
s.RGB in ICtCp
What it is: How much of the s.RGB colorspace a monitor can display at different luminosity levels
When it matters: Most content, including web, SDR video games, and SDR media creation
:
98.9 %
Samsung CHG90 Adobe RGB Color Volume ITP Picture
Adobe RGB in ICtCp
What it is: How much of the Adobe RGB colorspace a monitor can display at different luminosity levels, normalized to the monitor's peak brightness.
When it matters: Professional media creation
:
90.1 %

Excellent SDR color volume. The Samsung CHG90's great contrast allows it to reproduce colors much darker than average, allowing it to reproduce the s.RGB volume almost perfectly. Since it's also capable of displaying very saturated colors, its coverage of the Adobe RGB volume is better than average, even if it doesn't officially support this color space.

7.7 HDR Color Gamut
What it is: The monitor's ability to reproduce HDR color spaces
When it matters: HDR content consumption or media creation
Score components:
Wide Color Gamut
What it is: Whether the monitor can support wider color gamuts
When it matters: HDR content and media creation
:
Yes
Samsung CHG90 Color Gamut DCI-P3 Picture
DCI P3 xy
What it is: Coverage of the DCI P3 colorspace on CIE 1931 xy
When it matters: When consuming or producing HDR content.
:
88.8 %
Samsung CHG90 Color Gamut Rec.2020 Picture
Rec. 2020 xy
What it is: Coverage of the Rec.2020 colorspace on CIE 1931 xy.
When it matters: When consuming or producing HDR content.
Good value: > 90%
Noticeable difference: 5%
:
66.0 %

The Samsung C49HG90's HDR color gamut performance is quite good. It can reproduce most of the DCI-P3 gamut used in most movies made today. Its reproduction of the Rec.2020 color space is, however, a bit lackluster, but most monitors available today can only reproduce a fraction of this gamut.

7.3 HDR Color Volume
What it is: How much of the HDR color spaces a monitor can display at different luminosity levels.
When it matters: HDR content consumption and production. Includes streaming services, UHD Blu-rays and HDR games.
Score components:
Samsung CHG90 P3 Color Volume ITP Picture
DCI-P3 in ICtCp
What it is: How much of the DCI-P3 colorspace a monitor can display at different luminosity levels, normalized to the monitor's peak brightness output.
When it matters: HDR content.
Good value: 80%
Noticeable difference: 5%
:
80.7 %
Samsung CHG90 2020 Color Volume ITP Picture
Rec. 2020 in ICtCp
What it is: How much of the Rec. 2020 colorspace a monitor can display at different luminosity levels, normalized to the monitor's peak brightness output.
When it matters: HDR content.
Good value: 80 %
Noticeable difference: 5 %
:
64.8 %

Decent HDR color volume, mostly limited by the monitor's imperfect color gamut. The monitor does a great job of showing its wide color gamut at a range of brightnesses, and can even make saturated colors very bright. One flaw though is that the DCI-P3 color gamut narrows at extremely high brightnesses, so colored highlights in HDR content may not look as colorful as intended.

10 Image Retention
What it is: How much a static image is retained on a monitor screen after a certain amount of time.
When it matters: When working or playing video games on your PC monitor.
Samsung CHG90 Image Retention Picture
IR after 0 min recovery
What it is: Image retention measured right after the static image exposure, without recovery time.
When it matters: When changing use or right after changing the type of on screen content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie).
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.00 %
IR after 2 min recovery
What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 2 minutes.
When it matters: When changing use or right after changing the type of on screen content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie).
Good value: 0 is perfect
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.00 %
IR after 4 min recovery
What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 4 minutes.
When it matters: When changing use or right after changing the type of on screen content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie).
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.00 %
IR after 6 min recovery
What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 6 minutes.
When it matters: When changing use or right after changing the type of on screen content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie).
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.00 %
IR after 8 min recovery
What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 8 minutes.
When it matters: When changing use or right after changing the type of on screen content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie).
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.00 %
IR after 10 min recovery
What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 10 minutes.
When it matters: When changing use or right after changing the type of on screen content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie).
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.00 %

A perfect result on our image retention test for the Samsung CHG90, as no image retention could be noticed.

9.4 Gradient
What it is: How finely levels of color can be displayed.
When it matters: Details in shadows, sky and skin tones. Matters more for HDR content.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Samsung CHG90 Gradient Picture
Color Depth
What it is: Number of bits per pixel to represent a specific color. Note: we consider 8-bit with dithering to be equivalent to 10-bit, as long as the 10-bit gradient looks smooth.
When it matters: HDR content like HDR video games or HDR UHD movies. Won't matter for regular Blu-ray movies, SDR video game or desktop environment content displayed from a Windows PC. Those are limited to 8-bit color.
Good value: 10-bit.
Noticeable difference: 1 bit.
:
10 Bit

The Samsung CHG90 monitor is excellent at displaying our gradient test image, as very few bands can be seen. There are a few spots in darker areas of the grey, green and blue, but it is very minor overall. Also since this monitor is a 10-bit monitor, no banding normally seen on an 8-bit monitor can be noticed, which is perfect for most HDR content.

Over DisplayPort the monitor is capable of displaying 10-bit color at the monitor's native resolution (3840x1080 @ 144 Hz), but over HDMI only 3840x1080 @ 60 Hz is cable of more than 8-bit color (12 bit).

10 Color Bleed
What it is: How much the color from one area of the screen affects the color in another area of the screen.
When it matters: All usages, but especially media creation.
Score components:
Samsung CHG90 Color bleed horizontal
Pixel row error
What it is: The amount of bleed that appears across the screen horizontally.
When it matters: General usage of a PC monitor, can appear when browsing the web or with media creation like graphics.
Good value: <0.2%
Noticeable difference: 0.1%
:
0.000 %
Samsung CHG90 Color bleed vertical
Pixel column error
What it is: Amount of color bleeding that appears across the screen vertically.
When it matters: Most uses of a PC monitor. Can appear while browsing the web or when editing images or graphics.
Good value: <0.2%
Noticeable difference: 0.1%
:
0.000 %

The monitor does not suffer from color bleed.

8.0 Reflections
What it is: How much light is reflected by the TV.
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Samsung CHG90 Average room Samsung CHG90 Average room off picture Samsung CHG90 Bright room off picture

The reflection handling is great. The monitor has a very light matte coating which diffuses reflection across the screen, reducing their overall intensity. The curve may be an advantage or disadvantage depending on your environment. As it is quite a sharp curve, it tends to avoid direct reflections of lights which are slightly too the side but will but distracting for lights positioned behind the viewing location.

8.7

Motion

Score components:

Motion looks great on the Samsung CHG90. It has a fast response time, a high refresh rate and full support for AMD's FreeSync 2 technology; unfortunately, the monitor's backlight flickers at 433 Hz, which shouldn't be bothersome to most people but does make motion look a little less clear.

8.9 Motion Blur
What it is: The performance of the pixel response time. Poor response time causes trails to follow moving objects. Response time is one of a few sources of motion blur.
When it matters: When there's fast movement on screen, such as during video games and sports.
Score components:
Samsung CHG90 Motion Blur Picture Samsung CHG90 Response Time Chart
80% Response Time
What it is: How quickly pixels can reach 80% of a full transition from one color to another.
When it matters: When there's fast movement on screen, such as during video games and sports.
Good value: < 8 ms
Noticeable difference: 4 ms
:
5.2 ms
100% Response Time
What it is: How quickly pixels can fully transition from one color to another.
When it matters: When there's fast movement on screen, such as during video games and sports.
Good value: < 20 ms
Noticeable difference: 10 ms
:
10.8 ms
Best Overdrive Setting
What it is: If the monitor has adjustable pixel overdrive settings, which one produces the best response time with minimal overshoot.
When it matters: When adjusting the monitor's settings to get the least possible motion blur.
:
Standard

Great pixel response time, good enough for watching fast motion like video games. The ghosting trail following the moving logo is fairly short, which is good, but is also made more obvious by the monitor's high refresh rate (and thus low persistence blur). Unfortunately, this monitor does not have adjustable overdrive settings, because the 'Response Time' 'Faster' and 'Fastest' settings only add BFI flicker as shown in the Image Flicker box.

5.9 Image Flicker
What it is: Luminosity pattern when displaying images
When it matters: Nearly all the time during PC monitor use, but especially during fast movement such as video games
Samsung CHG90 Backlight Picture
Flicker-free : No
PWM Dimming Frequency
What it is: Flickering pattern at different luminosities.
When it matters: For people sensitive to flickering.
Good value: N/A or high frequencies (> 300 Hz). Frequencies that are multiples of 60Hz are better.
:
433 Hz
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
What it is: Option to turn screen black between frames
When it matters: Reduces eye tracking blur in motion
Good value: Yes
:
Yes
Samsung CHG90 BFI Picture Samsung CHG90 BFI Frequency Picture
BFI Maximum Frequency
What it is: Highest possible frequency of flickering pattern
When it matters: Reduces eye-tracking blur in motion
Good value: Matches the native refresh rate
Noticeable difference: 20 Hz
:
144 Hz
BFI Minimum Frequency
What it is: Lowest possible frequency of flickering pattern
When it matters: Reduces eye-tracking blur in motion
Good value: 60 Hz
Noticeable difference: 20 Hz
:
100 Hz

The Samsung CHG90 dims its backlight using only PWM flicker, which is not as good as a flicker free monitor. The flicker frequency is fairly high at 433 Hz, which shouldn't be noticeable to most people but may still be bothersome to those sensitive to flicker. The flicker also makes motion a little less clear as it causes the trail behind moving object to look like noticeable duplications instead of a smooth fade. The flicker becomes more bothersome the lower the 'Brightness' setting, because the PWM duty cycle decreases; at maximum 'Brightness' the flicker should be almost undetectable. This flicker is similar to that of the 32" CHG70 as reported by TFT Central; the 27" CHG70 we reviewed is flicker free.

In contrast, adding flicker that matches the input framerate is actually beneficial to motion (as seen in the photo above), and the monitor's 'Response Time' 'Faster' and 'Fastest' settings do just that. We recommend the 'Fastest' setting because it has a narrower pulse width than 'Faster', and thus will have clearer motion, but 'Faster' may look a little less flickery to those sensitive to flicker. Either option will reduce the length of the trail significantly and greatly sharpen moving objects.

9.2 Refresh Rate
What it is: How frequently the monitor can refresh and show new frames, and whether it can vary its refresh rate in real time using technologies like G-sync and FreeSync.
When it matters: Mostly for gaming, but does provide a little better motion during normal usage.
Native
What it is: The frequency at which the monitor is capable of displaying images every second
When it matters: General usage, but better results are most important for gaming
Good value: >100 Hz
Noticeable difference: 15 Hz
:
144 Hz
Factory Overclock
What it is: The frequency at which the monitor's can be boosted to using its internal menu.
When it matters: Gaming and other usages where high frame rate content is consumed.
Good value: >100
Noticeable difference: 15
:
N/A
Variable Refresh Rate
What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
:
FreeSync
VRR Maximum
What it is: The maximum frequency covered by the Variable Refresh Rate feature of the monitor.
When it matters: Any time the VRR feature is enabled.
Good value: Matches Refresh rate
Noticeable difference: 10 Hz
:
144 Hz
VRR Minimum
What it is: The lowest frequency covered by the monitor's Variable Refresh Rate feature.
When it matters: When using the VRR feature of the monitor at lower frame rates.
Good value: 30 Hz
:
< 20 Hz
VRR Maximum With OC
What it is: The maximum frequency covered by the Variable Refresh Rate feature when the monitor's overclocking feature is used.
When it matters: When both the overclocking and VRR features are used.
Good value: Matching the overclocked refresh rate.
Noticeable difference: 10 hz
:
N/A
VRR Supported Connectors : DisplayPort, HDMI

Excellent high refresh rate, and full support of AMD's FreeSync 2 technology. The max refresh rate over DisplayPort is 144 Hz, but over HDMI the limit is 120 Hz. This high refresh rate will produce noticeably smoother motion in many general use cases, and the FreeSync support is very useful for gaming as it reduces stutters and screen tearing.

Using the 'Ultimate Engine' setting of the monitor, the reported range is 48 Hz to 144 Hz over DisplayPort, which is wide enough for Low Framerate Compensation (LFC) to extend the range down below 20 Hz by sending double or triple frames, allowing the feature to remain functional even when the framerate of the game drops significantly. While the maximum refresh rate is limited to 100 Hz, the feature is also functional with an HDMI input.

The FreeSync 'Standard Engine' setting is included for games that have problems with the 'Ultimate Engine'. The 'Standard Engine' has a much narrower FreeSync range: a reported 120 Hz to 144 Hz over DisplayPort and a reported 100 Hz to 120 Hz over HDMI. Unfortunately our FreeSync test failed when using the 'Standard Engine' so we're unable to confirm these numbers.

9.1

Inputs

Score components:

The super ultra-wide Samsung CHG90 acts like two 27" 1920x1080 monitors side by side, which makes it great for multitasking and immersive gaming, but not good for other uses that need lots of vertical resolution, like web browsing. The monitor also has very low input lag at 144 Hz, low enough for even competitive gamers; but unfortunately, its 60 Hz input lag is fairly high.

9.4 Input Lag
What it is: Delay between input and onscreen reaction.
When it matters: General usage of the mouse and gaming.
Native Resolution
What it is: Lowest input lag possible at the center of the screen, when the monitor is displaying its native resolution at its native refresh rate.
When it matters: General usage and while playing video games.
Good value: < 15 ms
Noticeable difference: 5 ms
:
4.6 ms
Non-Native Resolution
What it is:

Lowest input lag possible at the center of the screen, when the monitor is displaying an alternative resolution at its native refresh rate. The non-native resolution tested depends on the native resolution of the monitor, following this pattern unless otherwise specified in the Input Lag text:

Native Resolution Non-Native Resolution Tested
4k UHD QHD
QHD FHD
FHD 1600x900
3440x1440 2560x1080
2560x1080 1920x1080
When it matters: General usage as well as gaming.
Good value: < 15 ms
Noticeable difference: 5 ms
:
N/A
Native Resolution @ 60 Hz
What it is: Lowest input lag possible at the center of the screen, when the monitor is displaying its native resolution at a refresh rate of 60 Hz.
When it matters: General usage as well as gaming.
Good value: < 15 ms
Noticeable difference: 5 ms
:
42.1 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
What it is: Lowest input lag possible at the center of the screen, when the monitor is using its Variable Refresh Rate feature at its native resolution.
When it matters: General usage as well as gaming.
Good value: < 15 ms
Noticeable difference: 5 ms
:
4.6 ms
HDR
What it is: Lowest input lag possible at the center of the screen, when the monitor is displaying an HDR signal at its native resolution and refresh rate.
When it matters: General usage as well as gaming.
Good value: < 15 ms
Noticeable difference: 5 ms
:
4.5 ms
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
What it is: Lowest input lag possible at the center of the screen, when BFI is enabled and the monitor is displaying a signal at the highest supported BFI refresh rate.
When it matters: General usage as well as gaming.
Good value: < 15 ms
Noticeable difference: 5 ms
:
7.7 ms

BFI frequency tested: 144 Hz

Excellent low input lag, low enough for even the most competitive gamers. Unfortunately, the 60 Hz input lag seems to have a problem; it's far higher than the other input lag measurements and was often inconsistent during testing. The 'Low Input Lag' setting in the monitor's OSD was greyed out when the input signal was 60 Hz, even when the monitor's 'Refresh Rate' setting was also 60 Hz. We noticed similarly high input lag on the CHG70 with a 60 Hz input, but this was fixed by setting the 'Refresh Rate' setting to 60 Hz; this is not the case with the CHG90, at least as of firmware 1014.2.

The monitor's EDID only allows 144 Hz input at the monitor's native resolution (3840x1080), but most people won't notice this because graphics cards will often do their own upscaling and send 3840x1080 when a non-native resolution is selected.

8.8 Resolution and Size
What it is: The number of pixels the monitor can display, and the surface area of its screen.
When it matters: All usages, but especially for office and media editing.
Score components:
Native Resolution : DFHD, 3840 x 1080
Aspect Ratio : 32:9
Megapixels : 4.1 MP
Pixel Density : 82 PPI
Screen Diagonal : 48.8 inches
Screen Area : 623 sq inches

The Samsung CHG90's defining feature is its beyond-ultrawide 32:9 aspect ratio, which makes the monitor act like two 27" 1920x1080 monitors placed side by side. This makes it great for use cases that take advantage of this incredible width, like multitasking office work and immersive gaming; but not good for use cases that are limited by the modest 1080p vertical resolution, like web browsing and editing single documents.

Inputs
Samsung CHG90 Inputs 1

All of the inputs are located on the rear of the monitor.

Total Inputs
DisplayPort : 1 (DP 1.4)
Mini DisplayPort : 1 (DP 1.4)
HDMI : 2 (HDMI 2.0)
DVI : No
VGA : No
DisplayPort Out : No
USB : 2 (USB 3.0)
USB C : No
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm : 1
Microphone In 3.5mm : 1
Digital Optical Audio Out : No
Analog Audio Out RCA : No

The 3.5mm Microphone In port is paired with a 3.5mm Microphone Out port for carrying the microphone data to the computer.

Features

The Samsung CHG90 monitor has a few useful features, such as a picture-beside-picture mode that shows two inputs on the screen at once, and allows the CHG90 to act as two separate monitors. There is also optional USB quick charging on USB port #2, and blue LED lights on the back of the monitor for lighting up the wall behind.

Additional Features
What it is: Additional features found on the monitor
Score components:
Speakers
What it is: Whether or not the monitor features standalone speakers.
When it matters: When using your computer without headphones or a dedicated pair of speakers.
:
No
HDR10 : Yes

One major feature of the Samsung C49HG90 is its Picture-Beside-Picture (PBP) mode, which shares the screen between different inputs. This way the CHG90 can act as two 16:9 monitors, or a 21:9 monitor and an 11:9 monitor.

The monitor has a few other interesting features, such as enabling fast charging on USB #2 by activating the 'USB Super Charging' setting, and turning on some blue LEDs on the back of the monitor to light up the wall behind.

On-Screen Display (OSD)
Controls
Samsung CHG90 Controls picture

The monitor's OSD is controlled by a small joystick on the bottom edge, similar to that on some LG monitors like the 27UD68P-B. The joystick is actually an intuitive way to navigate the OSD, better than the four button system found on most monitors. The Samsung C49HG90 also has three buttons for activating custom settings modes, that users bind to the 'Game Setting 1/2/3' modes. This is useful for changing monitor settings on the fly while gaming.

In The Box
Samsung CHG90 In The Box picture

  • Manual and drivers
  • Power cable
  • USB cable
  • HDMI cable
  • Displayport to Mini Displayport cable
  • Displayport cable

Differences between Sizes and Variants

There is a single variant of the Samsung CHG90, the 49 inch C49HG90.

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their Samsung CHG90 doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review. Note that some tests such as the gray uniformity may vary between individual units.

Size Model Name Full Product code
49" C49HG90 CHG90 LC49HG90DMNXZA

Compared to other Monitors

Samsung CHG90 Group Shot Picture
Left: LG 34UC79G-B. Middle: Samsung CHG90. Right: Samsung CHG70
Unlike our other photographs, this picture wasn't taken under a controlled environment, so do not draw conclusions from it.

The Samsung CHG90 is, in general, a good monitor. However, its oddly large size and high price will be a deterrent to most users. Unless you are looking for this specific form factor, you are likely to find better value in other models. See our recommendations for the best curved gaming monitors and the best large monitors.

Samsung CHG70

The Samsung CHG70 is better than the Samsung CHG90. The CHG90 has a much larger screen but with lower pixel density. Also, the CHG90 has a better native contrast ratio and black uniformity so it can display better blacks in a dark room. The CHG70 has better ergonomics to help you position it to your preferences and is flicker free. In almost all other aspects, the monitors behave very similarly.

LG 34UC79G-B

The Samsung CHG90 and the LG 34UC79G-B offer very similar performance and the best one will depend on your usage. The CHG90 is a VA monitor, great for dark room viewing, that supports HDR as well for the best multimedia and gaming experience. The LG 34UC79G-B has an IPS panel which performs better in a medium-lit room and has much wider viewing angles.

Acer Predator XB271HU

The Acer Predator XB271HU is better than the Samsung CHG90. The Acer is equipped with an IPS panel and thus has better viewing angles, which is great for collaborative work. The Acer is also flicker free and has a faster pixel response time which leaves only a small blur trail. The Samsung CHG90, on the other hand, has a local dimming feature and better contrast ratio and black uniformity, so it performs much better in dark environments. The Samsung CHG90 also has a wide color gamut and supports HDR to enhance your viewing experience.

ASUS ROG PG348Q

The ASUS PG348Q and the Samsung CHG90 are similar overall monitors, each with their own advantages. The PG348Q has a better stand with better ergonomics, and it has much wider viewing angles. The CHG90 has flicker in the backlight, and it has an optional mode to reduce the flicker frequency to reduce persistence blur. The CHG90 also has a higher refresh rate. The PG348Q supports G-Sync, whereas the CHG90 supports FreeSync. This may be an important factor to take into consideration depending on what your graphics card supports.

Dell U3417W

The Samsung CHG90 is slightly better than the Dell U3417W, unless you need wider viewing angles. The Samsung CHG90 supports HDR and has much better dark room performance thanks to the higher native contrast. The CHG90 is better for gamers than the U3417W, as it has much less input lag and a faster refresh rate, so motion looks smoother with less blur. The picture quality of the Dell U3417W doesn't degrade when viewed at an angle.

Dell U3818DW

The Dell U3818DW is a bit better than the Samsung CHG90, unless you want the largest screen available and watch in a dark room. The U3818DW has much better viewing angles, which is extremely important in a monitor this size. Overall, motion looks better on the CHG90 thanks to the much faster refresh rate, but the CHG90 has PWM flicker, whereas the U3818DW is flicker-free.

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Conclusion
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7.5Mixed Usage
Score components:
This is a good monitor for a mixed usage. The better than average picture quality and great gaming-related features make it a decently versatile monitor that should prove suitable for most applications. While its exceptionally wide format might be unwieldy, it produces a very immersive experience and can be useful for multitasking as well.
This is an average monitor for using in an office. The Samsung CHG90 can get bright enough to be usable even in brighter office environments. Its stand offers acceptable flexibility for a monitor of its size, but its narrow viewing angles mean sharing your screen can't be done easily. The short aspect ratio and relatively low resolution can also be a bit limiting productivity-wise.
This is a great choice for a gaming monitor. Its low input lag and high refresh rate covers the essentials, but it also supports both Freesync and BFI for better motion. Its strange ratio means you will have vertical black bars surrounding 16:9 sources such as an Xbox One, but the monitor also comes with a picture-in-picture mode which allows you to separate it in half, allowing you to keep the leftover space productive.
This is a good monitor for consuming most types of media. While its aspect ratio will cause even cinemascope content to have vertical black bars, its high contrast ratio gives it better picture quality than average, making movies quite enjoyable. It also supports both HDR and wide gamuts like DCI-P3, making it relatively up-to-date with technologies used in current releases.
This Samsung CHG90 monitor is a good choice for media creation. Its HDR support and good coverage of DCI-P3 gives it a set of attributes rarely available. While its resolution isn't impressive, its very wide form gives the user the ability to separate it into two distinct monitors, making it quite useful for production. Unfortunately, its narrow viewing angles mean absolute accuracy might be compromised with slight shifts in viewing positions, making less suitable for more professional use.
This is a decent monitor for HDR gaming. The Samsung CHG90's input lag is low, and it comes with support for FreeSync 2 which might be useful for upcoming PC games. However, its peak brightness in HDR isn't exceptional, and its local dimming system is a bit rudimentary.

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