Sam­sung 49-in CHG90

This 49-inch beast is for those who want to take their gam­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to the next level

PCPOWERPLAY - - Contents - PRICE $ 2,499 sam­ ANTHONY AGIUS


don’t get any big­ger than Sam­sung’s be­he­moth 49in CHG90 QLED curved gam­ing mon­i­tor. It’s so big that it didn’t even fit on my desk when I un­boxed its gi­gan­tic frame from the surf­board sized box it ar­rived in. As a re­sult, Sam­sung’s LC49HG90DMEXXY (aka CHG90 for short) ended up on the kitchen ta­ble for this re­view, much to my part­ner’s cha­grin. If you have any in­ter­est at all in this big boy, you re­ally need to get the mea­sur­ing tape out be­fore splash­ing the cash, oth­er­wise you’ll end up in my em­bar­rass­ing sit­u­a­tion.

The di­men­sions of the CHG90 and its stand, if you’re won­der­ing, are 1203mm wide, 525mm high and 381mm deep. De­spite the size of the screen, un­box­ing it is sim­ple and at­tach­ing the stand is a piece of cake. I man­aged to place it on a ta­ble on my own - just. You might need some­one to help you lift it once it’s as­sem­bled. Don’t break your back for a mon­i­tor!

Hook­ing it up to your gam­ing rig is just a mat­ter of de­cid­ing be­tween HDMI 2.0 or Dis­playPort 1.3. There’s a tidy mod­esty panel for the ports at the rear and the stand has a hole to neatly thread ca­bles through. The CHG90 ex­udes qual­ity, with an ex­tremely solid stand with swivel, height ad­just­ment and tilt sup­port, as well as smooth ma­te­ri­als on the dis­play’s ex­te­rior. The rear also has a USB 3.0 hub, and a 3.5mm head­phone out - handy con­sid­er­ing your PC is prob­a­bly not go­ing to be that close to this dis­play.

Sam­sung’s at­ten­tion to de­tail on the CHG90 con­tin­ues with the on-screen dis­play, which is easy to use and full of fea­tures, such as picture by picture, thanks to the CHG90’s 3840x1080 res­o­lu­tion that works out to be ex­actly two 1080p mon­i­tors side by side. The bot­tom of the dis­play also has three but­tons where you can store pre-set op­tions, so your most com­monly used fea­tures are only a quick tap away, This man’s smil­ing be­cause he mea­sured his ta­ble be­fore in­vest­ing in a mon­i­tor of this size.

at the typ­i­cal dis­tance you sit from a com­puter mon­i­tor things look blocky and web­brows­ing is un­pleas­ant

in­stead of wad­ing through a menu ev­ery time.

Colour ac­cu­racy on the panel is quite good, with 120% sRGB and 92% Adobe RGB out of the box thanks to fac­tory cal­i­bra­tion. Not that you’d buy the CH90 to do pro­fes­sional colour work though. Sam­sung says it sup­ports HDR, which means it sup­ports most of the DCI-P3 colour space. Un­for­tu­nately, it doesn’t do well with the Rec.2020 colour space, which is what most games con­sider HDR. Whilst it’s bet­ter than most or­di­nary mon­i­tors ( you’d hope so for $2,500), it’s not go­ing to look as good as Sam­sung’s flag­ship QLED tele­vi­sion sets. Games do look more rich and vi­brant how­ever.

The only real down­side to this mon­i­tor is the res­o­lu­tion. For such a large screen, the res­o­lu­tion is quite low, at “only” 3840x1080, re­sult­ing in a very av­er­age 81.41 pix­els per inch. If you’re not sit­ting too close (i.e. like a TV), it’s not a prob­lem, but at the typ­i­cal dis­tance you sit from a com­puter mon­i­tor (ap­prox­i­mately arm’s length), things look blocky and web-brows­ing/ pro­duc­tiv­ity is un­pleas­ant.

View­ing an­gles are bit of a prob­lem too, un­less you are dead cen­tre. For this mon­i­tor’s pri­mary use, gam­ing, it’s not that big of an is­sue, as smack bang in the mid­dle of this glo­ri­ous curved mon­ster is where you be­long. But if you’re us­ing it as a TV with other peo­ple around, im­age qual­ity goes down­hill quickly.

Pair the CHG90 with a fast graph­ics card, turn off the lights, crank your speak­ers up, fire up your favourite FPS and all that nit-pick­ing quickly fades away. There’s ab­so­lutely no deny­ing that this mon­i­tor, when used for what it’s de­signed for, is al­most mag­i­cal. The sub­tle curve wraps around your head, fill­ing your pe­riph­eral vi­sion with 49-inches of glo­ri­ous pix­els. If you have the cash and want to build the ul­ti­mate rig, you’ve got to get your­self a Sam­sung CHG90.

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