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

Get to 4K on a budget.

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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.

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Christian Eberle
Christian Eberle is a Contributing Editor for Tom's Hardware US. He's a veteran reviewer of A/V equipment, specializing in monitors.