Samsung 24-inch CFG70 Curved Gaming Monitor
|Samsung 24-inch CFG70 Curved Gaming Monitor|
|Features and Specifications|
|Testing Methods and Notes|
|Color Accuracy Testing|
|In-Depth Testing Continued|
Since VulcLAN 2017, I've been enjoying a very nice display from Samsung. This is their new CFG70 series display that comes in both 24-inch and 27-inch variants. I've had the opportunity to look at the 24-inch unit and while a nice 27-inch display is handy, it's much easier to pack around and find desk space for a 24-inch version. That's not to say I wouldn't like the 27-inch version, I'm sure it is very nice. The 24-inch unit is very nice as well as it has a higher pixel density as both units feature a 1080p resolution.
There are a few things that make the CFG70 series unique. They have a nice tight 1800R curved screen, feature quantum dot technology from Samsung, support multiple HDMI inputs as well as a single DisplayPort. In terms of performs, the CFG70 has 1ms refresh rate, low input lag, a great viewing angle, 3000:1 contrast ratio, the ability to rotate for portrait viewing as well as a really sweet hinge/height adjustable setup.
There are a lot of cool features and we'll likely only cover a few in this review, but we will see how it performs with objective as well as some subjective tests.
Note: In this review, we'll be largely using stock photos as our original photos didn't turn out. With the time constraints of this review, we kindly asked Samsung to provide images, but we will have some images of the OSD and some wide shots where it was being used at our LAN event - VulcLAN 2017.
About the time that I unboxed the CFG70, I'd also been using a curved LG monitor and while both are quite nice, but the Samsung unit looks way better, has a much better stand and height adjustable system. Also, the curve on this monitor is much more pronounced than other curved screens I've used in the past. While there is a big debate as to whether a curved screen actually helps make the experience more immersive (especially on a 24-inch display), the fact is that this unit offers a lot more than a curved screen. Samsung uses their new Quantum Dot technology to help block backlight bleeding and to offer higher contrast as well as color accuracy. We'll be testing that later in the review.
As you can see in the image above and on the right, the power button is located on the rear of the display. This may seem odd at first, but when you consider that this is also a "joystick" to navigate the menu, it actually works well when you place your hand at the bottom of the display and let your finger wrap around when making adjustments.
I was surprised at the size of the box that this unit shipped in and once you see that the way the stand is mounted as well as the pronounced curve of the screen, it makes sense. The hinge is height adjustable and the screen pivots at the top of the hinge where it connects to the display. The design they use keeps the display perpendicular to your desk when you adjust the height - much like a self-leveling bucket on an industrial wheel-loader. It's pretty slick.
As I mentioned before, the curve on this screen is quite pronounced at has a 1800R curve, which doesn't match that of a human eye, but it's much tighter than many other curved setups which have a 3000R curve. Check this link to see the difference with a good explanation of curvature measurements.
On the next page, we'll take a quick look at the back of the unit as well as cover some of the features and specifications of the CFG70 that make it stand out.