Samsung T55 Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.1
Reviewed Jul 07, 2020 at 08:56 am
Samsung T55 Picture
6.7
Mixed Usage
6.8
Office
7.1
Gaming
6.6
Multimedia
6.6
Media Creation
5.2
HDR Gaming
Size 32"
Resolution 1920x1080
Max Refresh Rate
75 Hz
Pixel Type
VA
Variable Refresh Rate
FreeSync

The Samsung T55 is an okay overall curved screen monitor. It's one of the few monitors that's sold in multiple sizes, as it's available in 24, 27, and 32 inch models, which is the size we tested. It's a decent gaming monitor as it has native FreeSync variable refresh rate (VRR) support and an extremely low input lag. Sadly, motion looks blurry due to its slow response time, and it doesn't have a black frame insertion feature to improve the appearance of motion either. It has narrow viewing angles and bad ergonomics, so it's not ideal if you want to share your screen with others. Luckily, its VA panel can display deep blacks, which is great if you want to game or watch movies in the dark.

Our Verdict

6.7 Mixed Usage

The Samsung T55 is an okay monitor for most uses. Its 32 inch screen gives you an immersive gaming experience and enough space to multitask, but with a 1080p resolution, it has a low pixel density. It's decent for gaming with its FreeSync VRR support and low input lag, but unfortunately, the response time is slow. The monitor also has narrow viewing angles and bad ergonomics, making it difficult to share your screen with a customer or client.

Pros
  • Great contrast ratio.
  • FreeSync VRR support.
  • Extremely low input lag.
Cons
  • Narrow viewing angles.
  • Slow response time.
  • Low 1080p resolution.
  • Bad ergonomics.
6.8 Office

The Samsung T55 is alright for office use. Its 32 inch screen provides enough space to open multiple windows, but with a 1080p resolution, it has a low pixel density, affecting text clarity. Unfortunately, it has narrow viewing angles and bad ergonomics. However, it has good peak brightness and good reflection handling, so it's suitable for most moderately-lit office environments.

Pros
  • Good reflection handling.
  • Excellent gray uniformity.
Cons
  • Narrow viewing angles.
  • Low 1080p resolution.
  • Bad ergonomics.
7.1 Gaming

Decent for gaming. The Samsung T55 has a native 75Hz refresh rate and it has FreeSync support to reduce screen tearing. Its input lag is also incredibly low. Sadly, its response time is slow, so fast-moving content is blurry. Due to its VA panel, it's a good choice for dark-room gaming as it displays deep blacks, but it has disappointing black uniformity.

Pros
  • Great contrast ratio.
  • FreeSync VRR support.
  • Extremely low input lag.
Cons
  • Slow response time.
  • Low 1080p resolution.
  • Bad ergonomics.
6.6 Multimedia

The Samsung T55 is okay for consuming media content. It's a good choice for use in moderately-lit rooms as it gets bright enough to combat glare and it has good reflection handling. It also performs well in dark rooms thanks to its great native contrast. Unfortunately, it has a limiting 1080p resolution, so you can't enjoy the latest videos in 4k.

Pros
  • Great contrast ratio.
  • Good reflection handling.
Cons
  • Narrow viewing angles.
  • Low 1080p resolution.
  • Bad ergonomics.
6.6 Media Creation

The Samsung T55 is okay for media creation. It has an outstanding SDR color gamut as it has great coverage of the Adobe RGB color space used in photo editing. Sadly, the 1080p resolution may be too limiting for some, it has narrow viewing angles, and the stand has bad ergonomics. Luckily, it has good reflection handling if you work in bright office environments.

Pros
  • Great coverage of Adobe RGB color space.
  • Good reflection handling.
Cons
  • Narrow viewing angles.
  • Low 1080p resolution.
  • Bad ergonomics.
5.2 HDR Gaming

The Samsung T55 monitor doesn't support HDR.

  • 6.7 Mixed Usage
  • 6.8 Office
  • 7.1 Gaming
  • 6.6 Multimedia
  • 6.6 Media Creation
  • 5.2 HDR Gaming

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved Yes
Curve Radius 1000R
Weight (without stand)
10.6 lbs (4.8 kg)
Weight (with stand)
13.9 lbs (6.3 kg)

The Samsung T55 has a fairly simple design with an aggressive curve. It's mainly black with silver on the bezels and its stand has a circular base.

Design
Stand
Width
9.4" (24.0 cm)
Depth
10.7" (27.3 cm)

The stand is similar to the one on the Samsung C43J791/CJ791 but it's thinner. It doesn't take up a lot of space and you can still place some stuff around it or even on top of it.

2.8
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
N/A
Switch Portrait/Landscape No
Swivel Range No swivel
Tilt Range -20° to 5°

Bad ergonomics. You can only tilt the monitor a bit but you can't adjust the height or swivel it.

Design
Back
Wall Mount No Mount

The Samsung T55 has a simple-looking back with a textured finish. The cable management is serviced through a clip on the stand and there's a panel covering the inputs, keeping your setup clean. Unfortunately, the monitor can't be VESA-mounted.

Design
Borders
Borders
0.4" (1.1 cm)

The monitor has fairly thin borders that shouldn't be distracting.

Design
Thickness
Thickness (with stand)
9.5" (24.1 cm)
Thickness (without stand)
5.1" (13.0 cm)

Since it has such an aggressive curve, the Samsung T55 is quite thick.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

Okay build quality, similar to the Samsung JG50. The plastic feels cheap and there are some build quality issues with the monitor itself. The stand is crooked and the bottom bezel isn't perfectly flush with the screen.

Picture Quality
8.0
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
3174 : 1
Contrast With Local Dimming
N/A

Great native contrast, which is expected from a VA panel. This monitor can display deep blacks, but unfortunately, there's no local dimming feature to further darken them.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

This monitor doesn't have a local dimming feature. The video above is provided for reference only.

7.6
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene
301 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
317 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
317 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
318 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
317 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
317 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
317 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
317 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
317 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
317 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
317 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.000

The Samsung T55 has good peak brightness. It gets bright enough to combat glare in most environments. It also keeps its brightness extremely consistent across varied content.

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

This monitor doesn't support HDR.

6.0
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
28 °
Color Washout From Right
30 °
Color Shift From Left
60 °
Color Shift From Right
62 °
Brightness Loss From Left
29 °
Brightness Loss From Right
31 °
Black Level Raise From Left
14 °
Black Level Raise From Right
15 °
Gamma Shift From Left
21 °
Gamma Shift From Right
20 °

Mediocre horizontal viewing angle. Like most VA panel monitors, you quickly lose image accuracy as you start moving off-center. This isn't ideal if you want to share your screen with others.

5.7
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
27 °
Color Washout From Above
29 °
Color Shift From Below
55 °
Color Shift From Above
56 °
Brightness Loss From Below
30 °
Brightness Loss From Above
31 °
Black Level Raise From Below
11 °
Black Level Raise From Above
11 °
Gamma Shift From Below
16 °
Gamma Shift From Above
18 °

The Samsung T55 has a disappointing vertical viewing angle. The edges of the screen appear darker if you sit really close.

8.8
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
2.596 %
50% DSE
0.107 %
5% Std. Dev.
0.725 %
5% DSE
0.065 %

Excellent gray uniformity. Even though the corners are slightly darker, uniform colors across the screen look great. There are almost no uniformity issues in dark scenes.

5.6
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
2.274 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

The Samsung T55 has disappointing black uniformity. There's visible backlight bleed along the top and bottom edges of the screen. This could be distracting when watching dark scenes in dark rooms.

4.6
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
Standard
Luminance
220 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
55
Contrast Setting
75
RGB Controls
50-50-50
Gamma Setting
1
Color Temperature
5876 K
White Balance dE
6.05
Color dE
4.61
Gamma
2.16

This monitor has poor out-of-the-box color accuracy. Most colors are inaccurate and the white balance is extremely off, so shades of grey aren't displayed properly. The color temperature is warmer than the target, giving the image a red/yellow tint. Also, the gamma follows the target fairly well but some scenes are still over-brightened.

9.6
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
Picture Mode
Custom
Luminance
102 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
24
Contrast Setting
75
RGB Controls
41-40-52
Gamma Setting
1
Color Temperature
6543 K
White Balance dE
0.44
Color dE
0.65
Gamma
2.19

After calibration, the Samsung T55 has outstanding color accuracy. Any color and white balance inaccuracies are fixed. The gamma follows the curve a bit better too, except really bright scenes are still a bit too bright.

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.

9.1
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
98.9 %
Adobe RGB xy
82.1 %
sRGB Picture Mode
Custom
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Custom

Outstanding SDR color gamut. The Samsung T55 has near-perfect coverage of the sRGB color space used in most content. Also, it has great coverage of the Adobe RGB color space used in photo editing.

9.4
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB In ICtCp
99.0 %
Adobe RGB In ICtCp
89.2 %
sRGB Picture Mode
Custom
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Custom

Amazing color volume. Due to its excellent SDR color gamut and great contrast ratio, this monitor displays colors at a wide range of luminance levels.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
N/A
DCI P3 xy
N/A
Rec. 2020 xy
N/A
DCI P3 Picture Mode
No HDR
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
No HDR

This monitor doesn't support HDR.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 In ICtCp
N/A
Rec. 2020 In ICtCp
N/A
DCI P3 Picture Mode
No HDR
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
No HDR

This monitor doesn't support HDR.

10
Picture Quality
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 %

The Samsung T55 shows no sign of image retention after displaying a high contrast static image for 10 minutes.

8.0
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
8 Bit

Great gradient handling. There's visible banding in the darker shades, but this shouldn't be noticeable with most content.

10
Picture Quality
Color Bleed
Pixel Row Error
0.000 %
Pixel Column Error
0.001 %

This monitor displays no signs of color bleed. This is ideal for photo editors.

7.5
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Matte
Total Reflections
5.2 %
Indirect Reflections
2.7 %
Calculated Direct Reflections
2.4 %

Good reflection handling. The monitor performs well in moderately-lit rooms but it struggles in bright rooms. The reflections may be distracting if there's direct sunlight on it.

6.0
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Sub-Pixel Layout
RGB

Since this monitor has such a low pixel density, the text clarity is mediocre. The text is blurry if you sit extremely close to the monitor and the low pixel density is also the reason why the text is cut off in the picture. Enabling ClearType (top photo) helps make the letters R and N a bit more clear.

Motion
6.8
Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Best Overdrive Setting
Faster
Rise / Fall Time
5.6 ms
Total Response Time
19.9 ms
Overshoot Error
10.4 %
Dark Rise / Fall Time
5.2 ms
Dark Total Response Time
24.0 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
17.5 %

Overdrive Setting Response Time Chart Response Time Tables Motion Blur Photo
Standard Chart Table Photo
Faster Chart Table Photo
Fastest Chart Table Photo

The Samsung T55 has an okay response time at its max refresh rate of 75Hz. Sadly, there's some motion blur behind fast-moving objects. The recommended Overdrive setting is 'Faster'. There's still some overshoot in the darker transitions, but it's significantly less than the 'Fastest' setting.

5.8
Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Best Overdrive Setting
Faster
Rise / Fall Time
5.5 ms
Total Response Time
24.4 ms
Overshoot Error
13.6 %
Dark Rise / Fall Time
5.1 ms
Dark Total Response Time
28.8 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
24.8 %

Overdrive Setting Response Time Chart Response Time Tables Motion Blur Photo
Standard Chart Table Photo
Faster Chart Table Photo
Fastest Chart Table Photo

Disappointing response time at 60Hz. Motion looks blurry and there's even ghosting with fast-moving content. Once again, the recommended Overdrive setting is 'Faster'. It has significant overshoot in the darker transitions, but it's better than the 'Fastest' setting.

10
Motion
Image Flicker
Flicker-Free Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
0 Hz

The backlight is flicker-free, which helps reduce eye strain.

0
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
No BFI
BFI Maximum Frequency
N/A
BFI Minimum Frequency
N/A

This monitor doesn't have a black frame insertion feature to improve the appearance of motion.

7.8
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native
75 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
75 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
FreeSync
Yes
G-SYNC
Compatible (Tested)
VRR Maximum
75 Hz
VRR Minimum
48 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors DisplayPort, HDMI

The Samsung T55 has a good refresh rate. It has native support for FreeSync but the VRR range isn't very wide. Even though NVIDIA doesn't certify it as G-SYNC compatible, it still works with newer NVIDIA graphics cards. If you want a similar monitor with a 165Hz refresh rate, then look into the MSI Optix G27C5.

Inputs
9.1
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution
8.0 ms
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
9.7 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
8.0 ms
Variable Refresh Rate @ 60Hz
9.7 ms
10 Bit HDR
N/A
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
N/A

The Samsung T55 has an extremely low input lag. It stays low with VRR enabled and even though it increases a bit at 60Hz, most people shouldn't notice this.

7.1
Inputs
Resolution And Size
Native Resolution 1920 x 1080
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Megapixels 2.1 MP
Pixel Density
69 PPI
Screen Diagonal 32.0 inches
Screen Area 438 sq inches

The 32 inch screen gives you enough space to multitask, but because it has a 1080p resolution, the pixel density is very low. This affects the way you see text, as it appears blurry. If you want a monitor with higher pixel density, check out the Dell S2721D.

Inputs
Inputs