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Samsung Launches 4K, 28-inch Monitor for Under $700

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This is the year of 4K, aka Ultra HD. The technology was once prohibitively expensive, but prices are dropping fast for these TVs and monitors that have 3840 x 2160-pixel resolution, or four times the resolution of 1080p screens.

Enter the Samsung UD590 computer monitor, a 28-inch screen with sleek design and Ultra HD resolution. Its $699 price is the real attention-getter.

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The UD590 can also display 1 billion different colors and has a 1-millisecond response time, making it well suited for gamers, along with sports and action film fans, says Samsung.

And as 4K hardware proliferates, more 4K content sources are emerging. Netflix and Amazon Prime have both committed to filming and streaming their original programming in 4K, as have YouTube and some smaller online services.

The UD590's minimalist, T-shaped stand is designed to take up as little deskspace as possible, leaving room for external speakers or anything else that may clutter your workspace.The UD590 also boasts a brightness of 370 Nits and a 170-degree viewing angle. This means even people sitting on the side of the room can still view the picture with close to the same quality as those viewing the screen from head-on.

This device's two HDMI ports and "Picture-by-Picture" feature let users connect two computers to a single monitor. The UD590 will then split its screen to display the two different desktops at the same time. Multitaskers can also use the monitor's "Picture-in-Picture" feature to watch video in a smaller window without sacrificing that video's resolution (for example, a YouTube video in 1080p open in one part of the screen).

The UD590 is available for preorder now.

Samsung has also released four less-expensive monitors, each with smaller screens and HD resolutions of 1920 by 1080 pixels. The cheapest, the 23.6-inch D390HL, sells for $250. Samsung also offers the $310 D390H (27 inches), the $270 D590PL (23.6 inches) and the $329.99 D590P (27 inches, with the sleek, T-shaped stand).

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    wanderer11 , March 31, 2014 9:17 AM
    It's most likely only 30 Hz. A step in the right direction though.
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    foolishone , March 31, 2014 9:29 AM
    DisplayPort 1.2 : 60HzHDMI 1.4 : 30Hz
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    red77star , March 31, 2014 9:36 AM
    30Hz -> can't play games.
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    Arkive , March 31, 2014 9:42 AM
    This monitor is 60hz with 1ms response time. It has been available from Korea for about a month and many users have confirmed it.
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    thisisaname , March 31, 2014 9:57 AM
    Nice screen but it would be if you said what version of HDMI it had, 1.4 only has bandwidth to do 3840 x 2160 at 30Hz but 2.0 can do it at 60Hz. I would assume because they have not said what version of HDMI is it is only 1.4. nice but it is a bit like the HD ready sets we got when HD came in (786 lines instead of 1080).To sum it up nice but ultimately outdated and not worth it.
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    Arkive , March 31, 2014 10:02 AM
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    Nice screen but it would be if you said what version of HDMI it had, 1.4 only has bandwidth to do 3840 x 2160 at 30Hz but 2.0 can do it at 60Hz. I would assume because they have not said what version of HDMI is it is only 1.4. nice but it is a bit like the HD ready sets we got when HD came in (786 lines instead of 1080).To sum it up nice but ultimately outdated and not worth it.
    4k 60hz via DisplayPort with 1ms response time. No other screen at this price comes close to that. People who already have one say the colors are comparable to the Korean PLS/IPS monitors that have been popular. The viewing angles are also said to be exceptional for TN (granted not quite as good as IPS or PLS).
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    thisisaname , March 31, 2014 10:03 AM
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    This monitor is 60hz with 1ms response time. It has been available from Korea for about a month and many users have confirmed it.
    Yes but the HDMI is only 1.4 you can do 60Hz but only if you use Display Port (1.2Ver)http://www.samsung.com/uk/news/localnews/2014/samsung-european-forum-2014-samsung-showcases-latest-consumer-and-business-monitors (Key Specifications are at the bottom)
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    thisisaname , March 31, 2014 10:05 AM
    Quote:
    This monitor is 60hz with 1ms response time. It has been available from Korea for about a month and many users have confirmed it.
    Yes but the HDMI is only 1.4 you can do 60Hz but only if you use Display Port (1.2Ver)http://www.samsung.com/uk/news/localnews/2014/samsung-european-forum-2014-samsung-showcases-latest-consumer-and-business-monitors (Key Specifications are at the bottom)
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    tomskent , March 31, 2014 10:13 AM
    Im guessing this works like the Asus monitor where you use the dual HDMI ports to make 1 full desktop.If it is just 1 cable to achive 60hz, what kind of connection is it?
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    ocilfa , March 31, 2014 10:22 AM
    These comments are funny...JUST USE DISPLAYPORT! Seriously though, nearly all recent GPU's have a displayport, why even use HDMI?
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    JOSHSKORN , March 31, 2014 10:28 AM
    Ugh and I just bought a new HDMI 60hz monitor last year. My old SD monitor gave out after 8-9 years.
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    hannibal , March 31, 2014 10:49 AM
    Well this is TN monitor, so nothing to write home about...But nice to see these low end 4K monitors to come down in price too.
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    robirobi , March 31, 2014 10:53 AM
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    These comments are funny...JUST USE DISPLAYPORT! Seriously though, nearly all recent GPU's have a displayport, why even use HDMI?
    Because most kids still don't know what DisplayPort is. :) 
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    Au_equus , March 31, 2014 12:23 PM
    So does this mean TN-based QHD and WQHD displays will have a significant reduction in price?
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    rwinches , March 31, 2014 2:09 PM
    Supports HDMI 1.4 (3840 x 2160, 30Hz) Display Port 1.2 (3840 x 2160, 60Hz)___You can connect two sources using HDMI like a Laptop and your Desktop at the same time if you ever wanted that.___http://www.samsung.com/levant/consumer/computers-peripherals/monitors/led-monitor/LU28D590DS/ZN-features
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    DookieDraws , March 31, 2014 2:58 PM
    It's still expensive to me, but if this turns out to be a pretty good gaming monitor, I just might have to get it. Samsung makes decent monitors, as does ASUS and Planar. I am currently using a 21" Planar monitor and this thing is very clear. Just want something bigger and of high resolution form my photography hobby.
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    DookieDraws , March 31, 2014 2:59 PM
    It's still expensive to me, but if this turns out to be a pretty good gaming monitor, I just might have to get it. Samsung makes decent monitors, as does ASUS and Planar. I am currently using a 21" Planar monitor and this thing is very clear. Just want something bigger and of high resolution form my photography hobby.
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    Antimatter79 , March 31, 2014 3:03 PM
    My ADD can't deal with all the back and forth about 2160p @ 60Hz. Can somebody give me a conclusive, factual answer without sparking 10 replies full of debates? If this thing does 60Hz at full resolution (It's WQHD, not 4K) then all I need to know is if I add a second GTX 780 classified, can I run games at 50 - 60 fps, and I'm good. Thanks, everybody.
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    AggressorPrime , March 31, 2014 4:46 PM
    Yes, this monitor runs at 60Hz, you just have to use DisplayPort.
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    Antimatter79 , March 31, 2014 4:59 PM
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    Yes, this monitor runs at 60Hz, you just have to use DisplayPort.
    Thanks, Prime. Do you believe a second GTX 780 classified would give me 50-60 fps in games like Metro Last Light, Far Cry 3, Crysys 3, etc.? I haven't even heard the fans speed up on my single 3GB card yet @ 1920x1200, so I'm not sure how hard it's even working, but I know 4K is gonna be way too much for it.
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