Samsung has announced that its Smart Monitor M8, a 32-inch monitor with smart TV capabilities, as you might guess from the name, is now available for pre-order.
This year’s initial Smart Monitor offering, the M80B model, is priced around $700 (about £535, or AU$935), as HD flatscreens (opens in a new tab) reports, with availability varying by region (plus, there are four different color combinations: white, pink, blue, and green). It is not yet known when the first models will be delivered.
The Samsung Smart Monitor M8 was first unveiled at CES 2022 in January, and the 32-inch display is a VA panel offering 4K resolution with a 60Hz refresh rate and 4ms response time. Brightness is rated at 400 nits and the monitor offers 99% sRGB coverage.
As for those smart features, the M8 comes with built-in streaming services, so you can enjoy Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, Disney Plus, and Netflix directly over Wi-Fi (without having to be connected to anything else). like your PC). There’s also a remote control, so you get the best of a PC monitor and smart TV in one, or that’s the idea.
As you can see from the photos on this page, the Smart Monitor M8 has an Apple look, but to be fair to Samsung, it’s modeled after some of the company’s previous smart TVs that work with this kind of center stand. .
Samsung notes that the new M80B model is considerably thinner than previous products in this range at 11.4mm.
It also comes with a detachable SlimFit Cam which magnetically attaches to the panel and offers features like face tracking and auto-zoom. Plus, Samsung’s Smart Hub lets you connect to smart gadgets around your home, or connect to a Windows PC (or Mac) wirelessly, or even mirror content from your smartphone to the screen. monitor (and more, including Apple AirPlay 2 support).
There’s plenty of flexibility here, and when watching TV shows or movies there’s a pair of built-in 5.5W speakers for audio (in case you don’t have a high -self-contained speakers).
Analysis: A versatile monitor and sonic alternative to Apple’s Studio Display
As a PC monitor, the specs here aren’t going to win over, say, avid gamers, but the Samsung Smart Monitor M8 looks like a solid 4K display with plenty of extra features built in and a reasonable price pinned on the device. Given what you’re getting, anyway, which is a display you can happily use with your PC for work or play, then it can also double as a smart TV (with remote). This means people who don’t really want to shell out for a separate TV can have both options in one piece of hardware.
This Samsung monitor could also be a sonic alternative to Apple’s new Studio Display, although you’ll have to deal with a number of trade-offs – like being a bit heavier (the Studio Display is 27 inches, and all the everyone isn’t happy with a monitor bigger than the one sitting directly across from them on their desk), and the pixel density isn’t close to Apple’s.
Of course you pay a ground less so for the M8 Smart Monitor – plus you get a tilt and height-adjustable stand without shelling out an extra $400 / £400 / AU$600 (which is a little rich from Apple, to say the least).