Brightness and Contrast
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Uncalibrated – Maximum Backlight Level
UHD VA monitors are somewhat rare. We had to look hard through our database to find appropriate screens for comparison to the UR59C’s. Ultra-wides are represented by the ViewSonic XG350R-C and MSI Optix MAG341CQ. Then we have the AOC AG322QC4, also a curved 32-inch 16:9 panel but with QHD resolution. For flat screens, we’ve included the Philips 326E8FJSB and BenQ EW3270U. All panels are VA.
Samsung claims the UR59C’s max brightness as 250 nits, but our sample measured about 333 nits, which is much more useful. That’s plenty of output for brightly lit rooms. VA panels aren’t always the brightest, but if you like a lot of light, this one is a great choice.
Black levels are nice and low at just 0.1256 nit with the backlight maxed. Even though the Samsung isn’t at the top of our chart, its blacks are far deeper than any IPS or TN panel can produce. Resulting contrast is an excellent 2,684.4:1, within striking distance of first place. It doesn’t get much better.
After Calibration to 200 nits
The UR59C takes well to calibration. When we set it to 200 nits brightness, it earned a second-place finish in the black level test, missing first place by an imperceptible amount. You won’t notice the difference in contrast with a final 2,590.5:1 score (compared to 2,468.4:1 before calibration). That is excellent performance surpassed by only a handful of monitors in our database.
Overall ANSI contrast was excellent at 2,204.7:1. This bodes well for finely detailed images, tiny fonts and icons. Windows tasks were a pleasure with great visibility of small objects. Just as in food, where fat equals flavor, in monitors, contrast equals clarity. Photos and video on this monitor have depth far beyond what IPS or TN delivers. We can tell the UR59C sports good quality control and component selection.
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