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Reviewed on Mar 15, 2019

Samsung Space SR75 MONITOR REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
7.2
Mixed Usage
7.0
Office
8.1
Gaming
7.0
Multimedia
7.1
Media Creation
5.7
HDR Gaming
Size : 27"
Resolution : 2560x1440
Refresh Rate : 144 Hz
LCD Type
:
VA
Variable Refresh Rate
:
FreeSync

The Samsung Space SR75 is a decent 27", 1440p monitor with a unique stand. The space-saving stand limits dead-space on your desk, but slightly limits the Space's versatility. It delivers mediocre picture quality as it has bad viewing angles and poor black uniformity. It has a great native contrast ratio, which is good for dark scenes. It has a great 144Hz refresh rate, outstanding low input lag, and it supports AMD's FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, for a nearly tear-free gaming experience.

We tested the 27" model, which has a 1440p, 144Hz screen. There is also a 32" model, which has a 4k screen and 60Hz refresh rate. We don't know how the 32" model performs.

Test Results
Design 8.0
Picture Quality 6.3
Motion 8.9
Inputs 9.1
Pros
  • Unique space-saving design.
  • Good native contrast ratio.
Cons
  • Image degrades when viewed at an angle.
  1. Update 10/7/2019: The Samsung Space now support FreeSync variable refresh rate technology. We've updated the review. We've also retested the gradients in the proper mode.

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8.0

Design

Curved : No
Curve radius : N/A
Weight (without stand)
:
7.7 lbs (3.5 kg)
Weight (with stand)
:
12.6 lbs (5.7 kg)

The Samsung Space SR75 has a great design. The unique stand takes up very little space, freeing up valuable space on your desk. The stand isn't without its flaws, however, as the monitor can't be rotated to a portrait orientation, and there is no VESA mount. The display portion has thin bezels, and the monitor looks great in a multi-monitor setup.

Stand
Width
:
3.5" (8.9 cm)
Depth
:
4.5" (11.4 cm)

The stand consists of a small clamp that has to be used to attach the monitor to a desk. It takes up very little space, but does prevent the desk from being placed flush with the wall behind it.

6.3 Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
:
8.4" (21.3 cm)
Switch portrait/landscape : No
Swivel Range : N/A
Tilt Range : -90° to 82°

Overall, the Samsung SR75 has mediocre ergonomics. The stand arm has an impressive range of motion, making it easy to place the monitor in an ideal viewing position, but it can't swivel and the monitor can't be rotated to a portrait orientation.

The height can only be adjusted by tilting the monitor forward, which limits the versatility of the stand a bit.

Back
Wall Mount : N/A

The back of the Space SR75 is very plain, with vertical grooves running the entire back. The inputs are inset into the back of the monitor, similar to many Samsung TVs. Unfortunately, there is no VESA mount.

There is a cable management channel in the back arm that can be used to run the cables from the back of the monitor all the way to the bottom of the stand. Samsung has also included a unique extension cable that combines the HDMI and power cables into one.

Borders
Borders
:
0.3" (0.8 cm)

The borders of the Samsung SR75 are thin; great for a multi-monitor setup or for gaming, as they are not very distracting.

Thickness
Thickness (with stand)
:
4.5" (11.4 cm)
Thickness (without stand)
:
N/A

The thickest part of the monitor is the clamp at the base. The display section is only 1.1" thick.

7.5 Build Quality

Overall, the Samsung SR75 has good build quality. It is mainly made of plastic, but there are no glaring issues in the construction. It wobbles a bit when the desk is nudged, but not enough to be distracting when typing long texts.

6.3

Picture Quality

The Samsung Space delivers mediocre picture quality, mainly limited by the bad viewing angles and poor black uniformity. It has a very good native contrast ratio, decent peak brightness, and an excellent SDR color gamut. Out of the box it has great accuracy, and after calibration it is even better. It does not support HDR.

7.8 Contrast
Native Contrast
:
2862 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
:
N/A

The Samsung SR75 has a very good native contrast ratio, in line with other VA monitors like the Samsung CHG70 and Dell S3219D.

0 Local Dimming
Local Dimming
:
No
Backlight
:
Edge

The Samsung Space SR75 does not support local dimming. The above video is provided for reference only.

7.3 SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene
:
273 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
:
308 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
:
308 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
:
308 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
:
308 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
:
308 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
:
308 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
:
308 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
:
308 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
:
308 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
:
308 cd/m²
SDR ABL
:
0.000

Decent peak brightness with SDR content, so there should be no issues using this monitor in a bright office space. Unlike the Samsung CHG70, there is no fluctuation in brightness with different content, which is great.

We measured the peak brightness with the 'Custom' Picture Mode.

0 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 Space does not support HDR.

4.3 Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Shift from Left
:
24 °
Color Shift from Right
:
26 °
Brightness from Left
:
34 °
Brightness from Right
:
36 °
Black Level from Left
:
7 °
Black Level from Right
:
8 °
Curve Radius : N/A

The horizontal viewing angle is bad. The black levels increase significantly when viewed even slightly off-angle, and the entire image fades noticeably.

These results are similar to most VA panels, similar to the Samsung CHG90 and MSI Optix G27C.

4.6 Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Shift from Below
:
26 °
Color Shift from Above
:
25 °
Brightness from Below
:
35 °
Brightness from Above
:
35 °
Black Level from Below
:
5 °
Black Level from Above
:
6 °

The vertical viewing angle is bad. Like the horizontal viewing angles, the black levels increase rapidly when viewed even slightly off-angle, and the image fades as you move to wider angles.

8.3 Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
:
3.059 %
50% DSE
:
0.107 %
5% Std. Dev.
:
1.698 %
5% DSE
:
0.105 %

Great gray uniformity, with very little dirty screen effect. In near-black scenes, the uniformity is even better, but the sides of the screen appear a bit brighter than the center.

4.4 Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
:
3.058 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
:
N/A

The Space SR75 has bad black uniformity. There is noticeable backlight bleed around the four corners, which may be distracting during dark scenes in a dark room.

There are a few colored spots noticeable in our black uniformity image. These are not noticeable in real life, and are seen here due to the two second exposure we use for this image.

8.3 Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
:
Custom
Luminance
:
195 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
:
100
Contrast Setting
:
75
RGB controls
:
50-50-50
Color Temperature
:
6692 K
White Balance dE
:
2.22
Color dE
:
2.28
Gamma
:
2.27

Out of the box, the Samsung SR75 has great accuracy. The white balance and color dE are low enough that most people won't notice any inaccuracies, and the color temperature is close to the calibration target of 6500 k. Gamma follows the target curve closely, but some scenes appear darker than they should.

9.5 Post Calibration
Picture Mode
:
Custom
Luminance
:
101 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
:
15
Contrast Setting
:
76
RGB Controls
:
49-50-49
Color Temperature
:
6451 K
White Balance dE
:
0.65
Color dE
:
0.80
Gamma
:
2.19

After calibration, the monitor is extremely accurate. Any remaining inaccuracies are too small for anyone to notice, and gamma follows the target curve almost perfectly. The color temperature is much closer to the target of 6500 k.

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.

8.8 SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
:
96.0 %
Adobe RGB xy
:
80.2 %

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

Excellent SDR color gamut. The Space SR75 covers almost the entire sRGB color space, which is great. In the wider Adobe RGB color space, the monitor can produce more saturated reds but can't produce the entire range of greens, which isn't ideal for professional photo editing.

9.3 SDR Color Volume
sRGB in ICtCp
:
99.3 %
Adobe RGB in ICtCp
:
87.5 %

sRGB Picture Mode: Custom
Adobe RGB Picture Mode: Custom

Outstanding color volume, mainly limited by the native contrast ratio. Like most LED monitors, it can't produce very bright blues.

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

The Samsung SR75 does not support HDR.

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

The Samsung Space SR75 does not support HDR.

10 Image Retention
IR after 0 min recovery
:
0.00 %
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 %

There is no temporary image retention on the Samsung Space, which is great. There is a retained image on the first image taken immediately after showing our high-contrast static test image for ten minutes (shown above). This is not noticeable in real life, and is only noticeable here because the image is overexposed.

9.7 Gradient
Color Depth
:
10 Bit

Update 10/07/2019: We retested the gradients at 120Hz with 10-bit color. In this mode, the Space has outstanding gradients, with almost no banding in areas of similar color.

At the monitor's native 144Hz refresh rate and 1440p resolution, it only supports 8-bit color, and there is more noticeable banding in this mode.

10 Color Bleed
Pixel row error
:
0.000 %
Pixel column error
:
0.001 %

There is no noticeable color bleed, which is great.

7.0 Reflections

The Samsung SR75 has decent reflection handling. There shouldn't be any issues using it in a brighter office, but if there are windows nearby the glare might be distracting.

8.9

Motion

The Samsung Space monitor has great motion handling. It has an excellent response time that delivers clear motion with little blur trail. The backlight is nearly flicker-free, but there is a slight wobble; this isn't noticeable, as it is at an extremely high frequency. It has a great 144Hz refresh rate, which is excellent for gaming, and it now supports FreeSync, for a nearly tear-free gaming experience.

8.9 Motion Blur
80% Response Time
:
4.3 ms
100% Response Time
:
13.6 ms
Best Overdrive Setting
:
Faster

Response Time Standard
Response Time Faster
Response Time Fastest

The Samsung Space SR75 has an excellent response time. There is very little motion blur behind fast moving objects, which is great for watching movies or playing games.

The response time can be switched between three modes; we recommend 'Response Time Faster,' as the 'Fastest' mode has more overshoot, but the improvement in actual response time is negligible.

7.5 Image Flicker
Flicker-free : No
PWM Dimming Frequency
:
>1000 Hz
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
:
No
BFI Maximum Frequency
:
N/A
BFI Minimum Frequency
:
N/A

Update 05/16/2019: The dimming frequency field has been updated to include '>1000 Hz' for monitors with high flicker frequencies.

The Space SR75 is nearly flicker-free. As the brightness decreases, the backlight begins to wobble slightly at about 12kHz, which is not noticeable at all. There is no optional black frame insertion feature.

9.2 Refresh Rate
Native
:
144 Hz
Factory Overclock
:
N/A
Variable Refresh Rate
:
FreeSync
G-SYNC Compatible
:
Yes (Native)
VRR Maximum
:
144 Hz
VRR Minimum
:
< 20 Hz
VRR Maximum With OC
:
N/A
VRR Supported Connectors : DisplayPort, HDMI

Update 10/07/2019: Firmware version 1006.3 added FreeSync support to the Samsung Space. We've tested the VRR range as well as G-SYNC compatibility.

The Samsung SR75 has a great 144Hz refresh rate, which should please most gamers. It now supports FreeSync as well, and has an excellent range. Depending on when your Space SR75 was manufactured, it might support FreeSync out of the box, or it might require a firmware update.

The 32" variant has a 4k screen with a 60Hz refresh rate.

9.1

Inputs

The Samsung Space monitor has outstanding low input lag, even at 60Hz for console gaming. The 27", 1440p screen is great for multitasking, and delivers a more immersive gaming experience. There is a limited selection of inputs, with only 1 full size HDMI port and 1 mini-DisplayPort connection.

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

Update 10/07/2019: We've retested the SR75 with the latest firmware (Version 1006.3), and the input lag has decreased considerably. We've also tested the VRR input lag, as it now supports FreeSync.

8.4 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

Update 05/03/2019: It is also possible to send a 4k @ 60 Hz input to the S27R750Q, and it is displayed properly, but this requires a forced custom resolution.

The 27", 1440p screen is great for multitasking or for a more immersive gaming experience. The 32" model has a 4k screen with a 60Hz refresh rate.

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

The Space SR75 has a limited selection of inputs, with only 1 HDMI port and 1 mini DisplayPort connection. There are no analog connections for older devices, and there is no headphone/speaker jack.

Features

The Samsung Space SR75 is a basic monitor with few additional features. It supports Picture-In-Picture and Picture-By-Picture, which is great if you work on more than one device. There are no internal speakers, and it does not support HDR.

Additional Features
Speakers
:
No
HDR10 : No
Multiple input display
:
PIP + PBP

The Samsung Space monitor has very few additional features. It supports both Picture-In-Picture and Picture-Beside-Picture modes, which is great for working with two computers at once. It does not support HDR, and there are no internal speakers.

On-Screen Display (OSD)
Controls

The Space SR75 features similar controls to most other Samsung monitors.

In The Box

  • Quick Setup Guide
  • Back Cover
  • External Power Brick (see below)
  • HDMI and Power ex tension cable (see below)
The external power brick can be used with the monitor directly, or it can be plugged into the HDMI and Power extension cable as shown here.

Differences between Sizes and Variants

We tested the 27" Space S27R750QE, version FA01. It is also available in 32", but the larger variant has a higher resolution and lower refresh rate, and we don't know how it performs.

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their Samsung Space 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 Size Resolution Refresh Rate Notes
S27R75 27" 1440p 144Hz  
S32R75 32" 4k 60Hz  

The Space we reviewed was manufactured in January 2019.

Compared to other Monitors

Left: Samsung CHG70. Middle: Samsung Space S27R75. Right: ASUS ROG PG279Q.
Unlike our other photographs, this picture wasn't taken under a controlled environment, so do not draw conclusions from it.

The Samsung Space is a decent monitor with a unique design, great for office use, but there are better monitors for less. See our recommendations for the best monitors, the best 1440p 144hz monitors, the best 27 inch monitors, and the best 1440p monitors.

Samsung CHG70
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The Samsung CHG70 is much better than the Samsung Space SR75. The CHG70 supports HDR, has much better reflection handling, and it has an optional black frame insertion feature. The CHG70 also has better ergonomics, despite the Frame's unique space-saving design.

Dell U2718Q
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The Dell U2718Q is a bit better than the Samsung Space SR75 for most uses, but the SR75 is a bit better for gaming. The U2718Q has a much higher native resolution, it supports HDR, and it has much better viewing angles. The U2718Q also has better ergonomics, despite the unique design of the Space SR75. The SR75 is a bit better for gaming, though, as it has a much faster refresh rate, lower input lag, and it supports FreeSync variable refresh rate technology.

LG UltraFine 4k
Unavailable
Amazon.com

Overall, the LG UltraFine 4k is a bit better than the Samsung Space SR75, but the SR75 is much better for gaming. The UltraFine has a higher native resolution and much better viewing angles. The SR75 has better contrast, so it's a better choice for a dark room, and it has much better gaming performance. The SR75 has a higher refresh rate, it supports AMD's FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, and it has much lower input lag, for a more responsive gaming experience.

Samsung CF398
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Amazon.com

The Samsung Space SR75 is a bit better than the Samsung CF398 for most uses, and is much better for gaming. The SR75 has a much higher refresh rate, and a faster response time, resulting in much clearer motion, with less blur behind fast-moving objects. The SR75 also has a higher native resolution, resulting in a sharper image and clearer text.

7.2 Mixed Usage

Decent monitor for most uses. It has good screen real estate, which is good for multitasking. The native contrast ratio is very good, so blacks look black in dark scenes, but it has poor black uniformity. The 144Hz refresh rate is great for gaming, and it has outstanding low input lag. Unfortunately, the image degrades when viewed at an angle.

7.0 Office

The Space SR75 is an acceptable monitor for office use. The 1440p, 27" screen is great for multitasking, and it supports both Picture-In-Picture and Picture-By-Picture, which is great for working on two computers at once. It can get decently bright and has decent reflection handling, so it should look good in most rooms. Unfortunately, the image degrades when viewed at an angle.

8.1 Gaming

This is a great monitor for gaming. It has a fast refresh rate and excellent response time, as well as outstanding low input lag, for a responsive gaming experience. It also supports FreeSync with the latest firmware update, ensuring a nearly tear-free gaming experience. Unfortunately, the image degrades when viewed at an angle.

7.0 Multimedia

Decent monitor for multimedia. It has a very good native contrast ratio, good for watching dark scenes, but unfortunately, it has poor black uniformity. The Space SR75 has a fast response time, so motion looks great, with very little motion blur. Unfortunately, the image degrades rapidly when viewed at an angle, so it isn't ideal for watching with a group of people.

7.1 Media Creation

Decent monitor overall for media creation. The 27", 1440p screen allows you to see more of your work than a 1080p monitor. The unique stand has an outstanding tilt range, but can't rotate the monitor to a portrait orientation. Unfortunately, the image degrades when viewed at an angle, and it doesn't support HDR.

5.7 HDR Gaming

The Samsung SR75 does not support HDR. For a decent HDR Gaming monitor, check out the Samsung CHG70 instead.

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