I’m all about space saving. A large percentage of time is sat at my desk working, and I am constantly shuffling my stuff to make my life easier. The biggest thing on my desk is my monitor, and I get annoyed with it every day, mainly because of the footprint of the stand.
But, Samsung have come up with a solution with their new Space Monitor. It’s a 32″ screen that sits on an articulating stand that hooks to the back of your table, rather than having a traditional pedistal setup.
We tested the 32-inch 4K model, which unfortunately only comes in at a 60Hz refresh rate with a 4ms G2G response time, but has some wonderfully vivid colours. It also has some lovely skinny bezels too so your focus is on the screen, rather than its actual real estate.
The Samsung Space Monitor is covered in a space grey colur theme, and screams simplicity. It’s a very smart addition for your productivity. Once the arm has been attached to the backside of the desk, the monitor can then position the monitor towards you. For me, I had to move the monitor to face down at me as it sat a little too high for me to use straight on. There are grooves in the back of the stand for your cables too.
One issue for me though is the fact the monitor cannot swivel, and it cannot move up or down. It’s fixed, and the only movement you have is a tilt forward and back, and that’s the whole stand and monitor on separate brackets.
A nice feature though is the fact my Macbook Pro could fit quite comfortably underneath the monitor, as long as it was at its vertical position. I’ll let you know now that this monitor is for productivity, rather than gaming. It’s not a gaming monitor at all due to its refresh rate and low response time, so don’t get it if gaming is going to be your primary focus.
On the back of the Samsung Space monitor is a single HDMI input, a mini Display Port and a USB Type-A service port. There’s no full sized Display Port which I would have liked to have seen, and I wish there were more HDMI ports or even a USB Type-C input like you can find on the newer Dell monitors.
Setup was a little on the long side, as I had to remove the bottom of the C-Clamp to actually slide the stand down the rear of the desk without having to actually move my entire desk away from the wall. It wasn’t a bad setup by any means, but when you’ve got monitors now that have clip in pedistals, then it could put some people off. I also had to tilt the monitors right the way forward to get to the ports.
Menus are very easy to navigate your way through thanks to the joystick on the rear of the monitor. It beats individual button pressess hands down. You can find your usual brightness, contrast and sharpness and colour tone options.
Being a 32-inch monitor, you have a decent amount of real estate to play with. It makes productivity a lot smoother as you can fit more on your screen at any one time. For me, having my emails open as well as my browser window to write this review was great. It’s not quie ultra-wide levels of real estate, but the 4K resolution can make windows small enough while still retaining its sharpness. Using our SpyderX Elite, we measured the screen at 99% of the sRGB colour spectrum and 91% of the DCI-P3 colour spectrum so colour work is pretty decent here.
But overall, I loved it. The pedistal-less design gives about a sqare foot of space on the desk, enough to fit a laptop or even things like coffee cups, a small plant or for me, my audio interface. The display is alright in terms of colour, and vividness, but it lacks refresh rate and response time, especially in the 32-inch model. It’s costly, but for £499, it could be worth it if you’re limited on space. For more information, head over to the Samsung website.