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Samsung JG50 Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Jun 03, 2019 at 09:02 am
Samsung JG50 Picture
Test Methodology v1.0
6.9
Mixed Usage
6.7
Office
7.6
Gaming
6.7
Multimedia
6.6
Media Creation
5.4
HDR Gaming
Size 27"
Resolution 2560x1440
Refresh Rate 144 Hz
LCD Type
VA
Variable Refresh Rate
No

The Samsung JG50 is a decent 1440p monitor. It has a great refresh rate and outstanding low input lag, great for gaming. The VA panel delivers deep blacks, can get bright enough for most rooms, and reflections are reduced significantly, so there shouldn't be any issues using it in a bright room. Unfortunately, this monitor doesn't support any of the variable refresh rate technologies, and the image degrades when viewed at an angle. The JG50 also has poor black uniformity, and a fixed stand that can make the monitor difficult to place in an ideal viewing position.

Our Verdict

6.9 Mixed Usage

Decent monitor for most uses. It has a good amount of screen real estate, great for multitasking. There is very little input lag, and the response time is fast, great for gaming or multimedia, but it doesn't support any advanced gaming features, like any of the variable refresh rate technologies. This monitor does not support HDR.

See our Mixed Usage recommendations
6.7 Office

Decent monitor for office use. It has great screen real-estate, perfect for multitasking, it can get bright enough for most rooms, and has great reflection handling. Unfortunately, it has poor viewing angles, and the stand has terrible ergonomics, so it can be difficult to place the monitor in an ideal viewing position.

See our Office recommendations
7.6 Gaming

Overall, this is a good monitor for gaming. It has a fast response time, delivering clear motion with only a short blur trail behind fast-moving objects. It also has exceptional low input lag for a responsive gaming experience. Unfortunately, it lacks any advanced gaming features, like virtual crosshairs, and it doesn't support any of the variable refresh rate technologies.

See our Gaming recommendations
6.7 Multimedia

Decent monitor for multimedia. It has a great native contrast ratio, so blacks don't look gray in a dark room, and it has a great amount of screen real-estate. It also has good peak brightness, and great reflection handling, so you shouldn't have any issues using it during the day in a bright room. Unfortunately, it has bad black uniformity, and the poor viewing angles make it a poor choice for watching the latest YouTube trends with your friends.

See our Multimedia recommendations
6.6 Media Creation

Overall, this is a decent monitor for media creation. It has great screen real-estate, so you can see more of your project at once, and there is very little input lag. Unfortunately, it has poor viewing angles, and the stand has terrible ergonomics, so it may be difficult to adjust it to an ideal viewing position without VESA mounting it.

See our Media Creation recommendations
5.4 HDR Gaming

The JG50 does not support HDR. For a decent HDR gaming monitor, check out the Samsung CHG70 instead.

See our HDR Gaming recommendations
  • 6.9 Mixed Usage
  • 6.7 Office
  • 7.6 Gaming
  • 6.7 Multimedia
  • 6.6 Media Creation
  • 5.4 HDR Gaming
Pros
  • Deep blacks.
  • Low input lag and a fast response time.
Cons
  • Fixed stand with very basic ergonomics.
  • Image degrades when viewed at an angle.

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Test Results

Design
Design
Style
Curved Yes
Curve radius 1800R
Weight (without stand)
7.9 lbs (3.6 kg)
Weight (with stand)
9.3 lbs (4.2 kg)

The Samsung C27JG50 has a decent design. The stand supports the monitor well, but does wobble a bit when nudged. It has a very similar design to the Samsung CHG70, but unfortunately, the stand is fixed and has terrible ergonomics, so it might be difficult to place it in an ideal viewing position unless you VESA mount it. The monitor has decent build quality, with no obvious issues.

Design
Stand
Width
18.3" (46.5 cm)
Depth
9.6" (24.4 cm)

The stand has a very similar design to the CHG70's, but with a glossy finish that tends to attract fingerprints a bit more.

1.9
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
N/A
Switch portrait/landscape No
Swivel Range N/A
Tilt Range -15° to 2.5°

Unfortunately, the Samsung LC27JG50QQNZA has terrible ergonomics. There is no height adjustment, it can't swivel, and it has a very narrow tilt range.

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 75x75

The back of the monitor is very plain. The entire stand can be removed, which is great if you are planning on VESA mounting it, but there is no quick release.

Design
Borders
Borders
0.3" (0.8 cm)

The borders are very sleek and thin, and they aren't very distracting.

Design
Thickness
Thickness (with stand)
7.2" (18.3 cm)
Thickness (without stand)
3.7" (9.4 cm)

Due to the curvature of the screen, the CJG50 appears thicker from the side than most monitors. When VESA mounted it sticks out quite a bit.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

The Samsung LC27JG50QQNZA has decent build quality, slightly better than the CF398, but slightly worse than the UE590. The stand is difficult to adjust, as the tilt is very tight. It does feel sturdy though, and there are no obvious issues with it.

Picture Quality
8.3
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
3766 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
N/A

The CJG50 has a great native contrast ratio, better than the CHG70. This allows the monitor to display much deeper blacks than IPS monitors.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

The Samsung LC27JG50QQNZA does not have a local dimming feature. The above video is provided for reference only.

7.6
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene
303 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
315 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
316 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
315 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
317 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
316 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
306 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
315 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
305 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
309 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
312 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.000

Good peak brightness; it can get bright enough for most rooms. There is almost no variation in brightness with different content, which is great. It isn't as bright as the CHG70, but is a bit brighter than the UE590.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene
N/A
HDR Peak 2% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 10% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 25% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 50% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 100% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 2% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 10% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 25% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 50% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 100% Window
N/A
HDR ABL
N/A

The Samsung C27JG50 does not support HDR.

4.5
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Shift from Left
29 °
Color Shift from Right
28 °
Brightness from Left
39 °
Brightness from Right
39 °
Black Level from Left
9 °
Black Level from Right
9 °
Curve Radius 1800 R

Like most VA monitors, the JG50 has poor horizontal viewing angles. The image quickly washes out as you move off-axis, and the brightness gradually decreases. For better viewing angles, check out an IPS monitor, like the Gigabyte Aorus AD27QD.

4.4
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Shift from Below
25 °
Color Shift from Above
24 °
Brightness from Below
35 °
Brightness from Above
33 °
Black Level from Below
5 °
Black Level from Above
5 °

Poor vertical viewing angles, typical of monitors with VA panels. Even slightly off center, the image quickly washes out. Colors lose accuracy at a narrow angle, and the brightness gradually decreases as you move off-angle. For better viewing angles, check out an IPS monitor, like the Gigabyte Aorus AD27QD.

8.6
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
3.871 %
50% DSE
0.101 %
5% Std. Dev.
0.724 %
5% DSE
0.067 %

Excellent gray uniformity, very similar to the CHG70. There is very little dirty screen effect (DSE), which is very important when browsing the web or playing sports games. In near-black scenes the uniformity is even better, with very little DSE.

3.7
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
3.511 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

This monitor has bad black uniformity. There is noticeable backlight bleed along the top and bottom of the screen. Although this test image is overexposed to highlight any problem areas, this is somewhat noticeable in dark scenes in a dark room.

7.9
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
FPS
Luminance
284 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
100
Contrast Setting
75
RGB controls
45-45-50
Color Temperature
6540 K
White Balance dE
2.36
Color dE
2.84
Gamma
2.15

Out of the box, the Samsung LC27JG50QQNZA has very good accuracy. There are some inaccuracies in shades of gray, but most people won't notice it. Colors are little less accurate, and there are noticeable inaccuracies in many shades. Gamma does not follow the sRGB target curve at all; very dark scenes appear quite a bit darker than they should, and bright scenes are over-brightened a bit.

9.3
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
Picture Mode
FPS
Luminance
102 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
20
Contrast Setting
75
RGB Controls
41-44-54
Color Temperature
6382 K
White Balance dE
0.78
Color dE
1.05
Gamma
2.19

After calibrating, the Samsung JG50 has excellent accuracy. Overall, colors are much more accurate, but some people might still notice some inaccuracies with pure blues. Gamma follows the sRGB target curve almost perfectly, but some bright scenes are still over-brightened a bit.

You can download our ICC profile calibration here. This is provided for reference only and should not be used, as the calibration values vary per individual unit even for the same model due to manufacturing tolerances.

8.3
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
91.8 %
Adobe RGB xy
74.0 %

sRGB Picture Mode: FPS (calibrated)
Adobe RGB Picture Mode: FPS

Great SDR color gamut. It's able to display most of the standard sRGB color space, but like many monitors, can't display the wider range of greens and blues in the Adobe RGB color space. This is fine for desktop use and gaming, but not ideal for professional photo or video editing.

8.8
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB in ICtCp
95.3 %
Adobe RGB in ICtCp
80.3 %

sRGB Picture Mode: FPS
Adobe RGB Picture Mode: FPS

Excellent color volume. Like the majority of LED displays, this monitor can't display very bright blues. Despite the great contrast ratio, it also can't display very dark saturated colors very well.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
N/A
DCI P3 xy
N/A
Rec. 2020 xy
N/A

HDR is not supported on this monitor.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 in ICtCp
N/A
Rec. 2020 in ICtCp
N/A

HDR is not supported on this monitor.

7.7
Picture Quality
Image Retention
IR after 0 min recovery
0.10 %
IR after 2 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 4 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 6 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 8 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 10 min recovery
0.00 %

After displaying our high-contrast static test image for 10 minutes, there are some signs of image retention. Thankfully, it clears up very quickly, so there shouldn't be any issues for regular use.

8.5
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
8 Bit

The CJG50 has excellent gradient handling. As it only supports 8 bit color, there is 8 bit banding in our test image.

10
Picture Quality
Color Bleed
Pixel row error
0.000 %
Pixel column error
0.001 %

There is no visible color bleed, which is great.

8.0
Picture Quality
Reflections

Great reflection handling. In an average lit room there are almost no noticeable reflections, and you shouldn't have any issues.

Motion
8.6
Motion
Motion Blur
80% Response Time
5.4 ms
100% Response Time
13.1 ms
Best Overdrive Setting
Fastest

Response Time Standard
Response Time Faster
Response Time Fastest

The CJG50 has an excellent response time, delivering clear motion with a very short blur trail behind fast-moving objects. Like the CHG70, the 0-20% transition is a lot slower than the others, so some ghosting may appear in very dark scenes.

There are a few different response time settings. There is very little difference between them, which is a bit strange and unexpected, but we don't know why. Since there is no overshoot in any of them, and very little difference, we recommend the 'Response Time Fastest' setting.

7.5
Motion
Image Flicker
Flicker-free Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
0 Hz
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
No
BFI Maximum Frequency
N/A
BFI Minimum Frequency
N/A

The backlight uses direct dimming, which is great, as there is no PWM flicker. There is a very slight wobble at extremely low backlight settings, but this isn't noticeable at all. This monitor does not have an optional black frame insertion feature.

8.0
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native
144 Hz
Factory Overclock
N/A
Variable Refresh Rate
No
G-SYNC Compatible
N/A
VRR Maximum
N/A
VRR Minimum
N/A
VRR Maximum With OC
N/A
VRR Supported Connectors N/A

The Samsung C27JG50 has a great 144Hz refresh rate. Unfortunately, it doesn't support any of the variable refresh rate technologies, like FreeSync or G-SYNC.

Like the CHG70, the refresh rate has to be set from the monitor's OSD (as shown here), as well as your source device. If the refresh rate setting does not match what the source is sending, input lag is significantly higher.

HDMI port 1 is limited to 1440p @ 60Hz, as it is an HDMI 1.4 port. 1440p @ 144Hz is only supported on HDMI 2, or DisplayPort.

Inputs
9.5
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution
4.3 ms
Non-Native Res @ Native Refresh
N/A
Native Resolution @ 60 Hz
9.1 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
N/A
10 bit HDR
N/A
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
N/A

The Samsung LC27JG50QQNZA has outstanding low input lag, even at 60Hz, great for console gaming.

Like the CHG70, the refresh rate has to be set from the monitor's OSD (as shown here). If the refresh rate setting does not match what the source is sending, input lag is significantly higher.

HDMI port 1 is limited to 1440p @ 60Hz, as it is an HDMI 1.4 port. 1440p @ 144Hz is only supported on HDMI 2, or DisplayPort.

8.4
Inputs
Resolution and Size
Native Resolution 2560 x 1440
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Megapixels 3.7 MP
Pixel Density 109 PPI
Screen Diagonal 27.0 inches
Screen Area 310 sq inches

The C27JG50 has a great resolution and size. The 27", 1440p display is great for multitasking, and provides enough screen real-estate to work comfortably with multiple windows open.

Inputs
Inputs

HDMI 1 is an 1.4 port, whereas HDMI 2 is a 2.0 port; unfortunately, this is not labelled on the monitor.

Inputs
Total Inputs
DisplayPort 1 (DP 1.2)
Mini DisplayPort No
HDMI 1 (HDMI 2.0), 1 (HDMI 1.4)
DVI No
VGA No
DisplayPort Out No
USB No
USB C No
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm 1
Microphone In 3.5mm No
Digital Optical Audio Out No
Analog Audio Out RCA No
Power Supply External Brick

HDMI port 1 is limited to 1440p @ 60Hz, as it is an HDMI 1.4 port. 1440p @ 144Hz is only supported on HDMI 2, or DisplayPort. There is an audio out port which can be used as a headphone port, as the volume can be adjusted from the monitor's controls.

Features
Features
Additional Features
Speakers
No
HDR10 No
Multiple input display
No

This is very basic monitor, with very few additional features. It has a Black Equalizer feature, that can be adjusted to help you see details in dark shades, without affecting the rest of the image. There is also an adjustable upscaling option.

Features
On-Screen Display (OSD)
Features
Controls

The CJG50 has a simple joystick control, similar to most other Samsung monitors we've tested.

Features
In The Box

  • Quick setup guide
  • HDMI cable
  • Power adapter
  • Plastic panel for the inputs

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

We tested the 27" CJG50, version FB02, and we expect our results to be valid for the 32" model (C32JG50) as well.

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their Samsung C27JG50 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.

Model Full Model Code Size Resolution Refresh Rate Notes
C27JG50 LC27JG50QQNZA 27" 1440p 144Hz  
C32JG50 LC32JG50QQNZA 32" 1440p 144Hz  

The C27JG50 we reviewed was manufactured in Sept. 2018.

Compared to other monitors

Comparison picture

Left: ASUS PB277Q. Middle: Samsung C27JG50. Right: LG 27UD58-B.
Unlike our other photographs, this picture wasn't taken under a controlled environment, so do not draw conclusions from it.

The CJG50 is a decent monitor, but lacks many of the most important features found in most gaming monitors. See our recommendations for the best monitors, the best gaming monitors, and the best monitors for MacBook Pro.

Samsung CHG70
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B&H

The Samsung CHG70 is much better than the Samsung CJG50. The CHG70 has much better ergonomics, a faster response time, and it supports FreeSync for a nearly tear-free gaming experience. The CHG70 also supports HDR and is a bit brighter.

MSI Optix MPG27CQ
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B&H

The MSI Optix MPG27CQ is much better than the Samsung JG50. The MSI has better ergonomics and is much better for gaming, as it has an optional black frame insertion feature, a much faster refresh rate, and a faster response time.

Samsung CF398
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B&H

The Samsung CF398 is slightly better than the Samsung CJG50 for most uses. The CF398 has better dark scene performance, and it supports FreeSync for a nearly tear-free gaming experience, but is limited to a 60Hz refresh rate. The CJG50 has a faster refresh rate and faster response time, so it's slightly better for gaming. The CJG50 also has a higher native resolution, so you can see more fine details in games, and it's easier to multitask.

HP OMEN 27
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B&H

The HP OMEN 27 is better than the Samsung JG50, although they use different panel types. The OMEN 27 has a TN panel, which delivers outstanding motion, with almost no noticeable blur trail behind fast-moving objects. The OMEN also supports G-SYNC and has better ergonomics. The JG50, on the other hand, uses a VA panel, which delivers much deeper blacks but has a slightly slower response time.

Samsung UE590
SEE PRICE
B&H

The Samsung JG50 is a bit better than the Samsung UE590, although they use different panel technologies, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. The UE590 has a TN panel, with a 4k resolution, great for multitasking. The JG50 uses a VA panel, which delivers much deeper blacks. The JG50 has a lower native resolution, but has a much faster refresh rate and has less input lag.

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