Samsung UR59C 4K Curved Monitor Review: Premium Image, Budget Price

Conclusion

4K monitors, even large ones, don’t have to be extremely expensive anymore. With general use and gaming displays selling for under $1,000 at up to 32 inches, there are plenty of value choices when going high-res. If you forgo things like HDR, extended color and fast refresh rates; the price becomes even more attractive.

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This curved display surprised us in several ways. Its out-of-box calibration was unimpressive, but a few tweaks took it to a shockingly high standard worthy of some pro displays’ envy. We also expected less than wonderful gaming performance since it’s refresh rate is just 60 Hz and it lacks FreeSync or G-Sync. But when motivated by our 1080 Ti FE, it delivered an excellent gaming experience. Hardcore players will probably wish for more, but casual gamers will simply enjoy the stunning visuals. And the curve? It’s far more effective than that of some curved screens we’ve reviewed with a 16:9 aspect ratio.

And that is what the UR59C is all about: a gorgeous picture. Once calibrated (just dial in our settings for best results), it presented a clear, bright and sharp image full of rich natural colors and contrast for days. When lined up next to an IPS or TN monitor, there’s no comparison. 

At $420 street, the Samsung UR59C is a bargain in the 32-inch 4K monitor category. If you can live without HDR, extended color and adaptive sync, it can be a great addition to a middle to high budget system.

Image Credits: Samsung, Tom's Hardware

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  • AlistairAB
    An entire review that doesn't mention the existing flat version? The UJ59 for $350? Weird... just get the same monitor for less and without a curve? Been on sale for 1-2 years already.
  • DookieDraws
    Christian, under the large monitor image on the first page, where the specs are located, you have the screen size listed as 35 inches.
  • truerock
    I prefer my video monitors not have speakers, audio ports, floppy disk drives, can openers... etc.

    I would like to see DisplayPort and HDMI ports replaced with USB-C ports.
  • mjtartist
    I just received this monitor yesterday. The clarity is great and color without any adjustments is very good. Since I do color specific work in Photoshop for many clients, after setting up the monitor I looked for 2 files:

    A driver for the monitor, and, a color profile provided by Samsung. I found nothing. Samsung's website shows no driver/color profile for the monitor. I contacted support via chat. The support tech sent me a executable file that supposedly was the driver/color profile for this monitor. Just the title of the file aroused my suspicion. Today I called Samsung support and was told that the file I received yesterday was for an entirely different model. I was also told that no driver/color profile for this monitor is available from Samsung. Really?

    My question to the reviewer of this product is did you use the default driver/color profile that Windows installs when the monitor is attached?

    I also asked the tech at Samsung about profiling the monitor with a colorimeter and 3rd party profiling software. That confused him. I doubt that he had ever heard of a colorimeter, and, even implied that this monitor could even be profiled. For me....end of conversation!

    I plan to keep this monitor was at least a few more days. I will then make a decision about returning it.