On Amazon today I found a deal on Samsung ‘s M8 UHD HDR Smart Monitor, which has Microsoft 360 and android TV built-in and you can work without connecting to your PC or Mac. It features voice Assistance, Pop-up Webcam and Wireless Remote PC Access. With this deal you can save up to $150 down from $649 Samsung M8 Smart Monitor on Amazon now at only $499 for limited time.
The design of Samsung’s M8 is a really clean all-in-one with super-slim bezels on the top and the sides, and a thicker but still thin chin at the bottom. There’s a little piece at the right side for your wireless connectivity, an IR blaster that is used for the included minimalistic remote that gives you controls and shortcuts. It’s also rechargeable via USB Type-C. And you can also control it using your smartphone with the SmartThings app, which is also used for easy setup.
The M8 Smart monitor is mostly made from plastic that is surprisingly fingerprint-proof, especially the back, which has a herringbone pattern that makes it look more premium and interesting. The back is also the only part of the monitor that has a small, clean-looking logo.
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Ports and Connectivity
All of the ports are hidden right behind the stand, which is a nice design choice because it makes routing and hiding cables a breeze. For connectivity, we have two USB Type-C ports, one of which will provide up to 65 watts of charging for connected devices, as well as the DisplayPort signal, and taking data from the webcam and the microphone to your PC or your Mac. There’s also a micro HDMI port with an included cable that connects full-size HDMI devices.
Pop Up Webcam and Voice Assistance
You really can’t think of a better webcam solution than what the Samsung M8 Smart Monitor has. It has Pop Webcam that attach magnetically to back of monitor, and the webcam and mic show up and work without having to install any software on your Windows computer or your Mac. Or you just use the built-in Duo app for web calls without a computer.
I have to commend Samsung for making it so easy to use and giving people so many options without locking us in. For example you get to choose if you want to use Bixby as a voice assistant or Amazon Alexa. I’ve been using Alexa for many years, controlling my smart devices, so I added it to the M8, and it pretty much turns it into a huge Echo Show. So when I’m across the room, I can ask it anything, and it will respond and even show things on the display itself.
The a 32-inch size with a 4K resolution, which gives us a PPI of a 1040. If you’re somebody that’s coming from, say, a 1080p 24-inch display that is 92 PPI, so look quite a bit sharper even though it is much larger. 27-inch 1440p monitors are about 108 PPI, so this is still sharper, but I personally am used to a 5K 27-inch display which is up to 218 PPI. Now, of course, those are way more expensive, and they don’t come with any of the smart features. So as far as resolution, you can’t really complain, especially for the price point.
Brightness and Colors
As far as brightness, it is rated at 400 nits, which is above average. But to our eyes and even our camera’s meters, it seems to be reaching brighter levels than that. The display is matte to combat glare, so I was a bit worried about contrast, but to our surprise, it has better contrast than Apple’s best IPS panel, paired to glass instead of a regular matte film. Now, that is because Samsung is using a VA panel that has lower viewing angles but much better contrast, which makes blacks a lot deeper, giving your highlights more pop.
As far as color accuracy, it has a billion-color range and 99% sRGB, so it will work for a lot of people. And as always, I would suggest getting a calibrator for serious photo or video work. The speakers get quite loud, so you can use it for playing music, watching movies, or anything else across the room. But being that this thing is so incredibly thin, it does lack bass. So if you’re going to be watching movies, which it is really good at, I would suggest adding some dedicated speakers like most would be for their computers or maybe some kind of a soundbar.