There are not many display developers and manufacturers in the world; Samsung is one of the largest. As a rule, all new developments appear in the brand’s own monitors; the hero of today's Samsung CRG5 review is vivid proof of this. New for the first time equipped with ultrafast VA-matrix with a refresh rate of 240 Hz.
The appearance is strict and does not scream at all about the game specifics of the monitor. The only eye-catching detail is the silver insert in the front. Designers preferred practicality, for example, a keyboard is conveniently placed on a Y-shaped stand. The case is made of good matte plastic of different textures and shades. In particular, the back panel has a bluish tint and pronounced texture, so it does not attract dust and fingerprints at all.
The bracket is only adjustable in angle from 15 to -2 degrees: this is enough to find a comfortable position. The hinge is tight, so during setup you have to hold the base with your second hand. On the other hand, it is possible to note a reliable fixation without a hint of backlash.
The monitor has a 27-inch curved VA-matrix with a resolution of 1920 × 1080 pixels and a matte finish. The bending radius is 1500R, so all areas of the screen are at the same distance from the viewer, so it is safer for sight. According to the results of measurements using Spyder4ELITE, the color gamut exactly matches the declared: 97% sRGB, 72% NTSC and 76% AdobeRGB. There are three gamma modes with values from 2.2 to 2.6. Color reproduction is accurate even without calibration: the maximum deviation of a single color is only 4 units.
The maximum measured brightness in AOS mode reaches 296 cd / m², the minimum level is 57 cd / m². When working in the dark, the eye-rest mode is very helpful, in which the brightness decreases to a comfortable level, and the colors become warm. The uniformity of the backlight is far from the standard, the difference in levels reaches 22.4%. But there are no highlights on a black background.
According to the rating system DataColor Spyder4Elite, the display is rated at 4 points - this is an excellent result for a gaming monitor.
Gamers deservedly appreciate the high refresh rate of 240 Hz, so that the picture is uncompromisingly smooth and pleasing to the eye. To achieve the effect of a high refresh rate, the computer must issue the appropriate frame rate in games. Fortunately, NVIDIA’s G-Sync technology allows you to synchronize your monitor’s refresh rate with FPS to eliminate jitter due to mismatch.
A 27-inch diagonal and a resolution of 1920 × 1080 are the best combination for a gaming monitor: 81 PPI density is enough for games, and the PC is not overloaded with excessive resolution. But in everyday work with the naked eye, sloppy fonts are noticeable.
Menu navigation is assigned to the joystick in the center of the bottom edge. Management is intuitive, access to popular options is convenient. Among them: brightness, contrast, clarity, sources, eye rest mode and volume.
A separate section is devoted to the parameters associated with the game. For example, on the display you can display the sight, which is useful in shooters.
In the list of interfaces is a pair of HDMI version 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.2. Scolding the gaming display for the lack of Type-C is pointless. Sound from HDMI is output to a 3.5 mm jack; the hero does not have his own acoustics. A feature of Samsung monitors is a USB port for updating firmware.
The cable management issue is resolved simply, but elegantly. Through the groove at the base of the bracket, you can run up to three wires, one of which is power.
An external power supply unit in a glossy housing with a rotary plug is unified with other company monitors.
The novelty deserves attention primarily for the VA-matrix with the highest refresh rate. The display has excellent viewing angles and good color reproduction, which was not previously seen in combination with a sweep of 240 Hz. If we ignore the advanced matrix, Samsung CRG5 attracts with its calm design, which is rare for game models. Among the significant drawbacks, only a low pixel density is a necessary compromise for game models.
- Diagonal: 27 inches.
- The working area of the screen: 597.888 × 336.312 mm.
- Matrix: VA, curved 1500R, 16.7 million colors.
- Refresh rate: 240 Hz, G-Sync.
- Backlight: LED, Flicker-Free, Eye Saver Mode.
- Response Time: 4 ms.
- Viewing angles: 178 ° / 178 °.
- Resolution: 1920 × 1080 pixels, 81 PPI.
- Contrast: 3000: 1.
- Brightness: up to 300 cd / m².
- Connectors: 2 × HDMI 2.0, 1 × DisplayPort 1.2, audio output, service USB.
- Features: tilt adjustment from 15 to -2 degrees, VESA mount 75 × 75.
- Dimensions: 616.6 × 472.3 × 250.5 mm (with stand); 616.6 × 366.2 × 61.0 mm (without stand).
- Weight: 4.6 kg (with stand); 3.8 kg (without stand).
- Well calibrated VA matrix
- refresh rate 240 Hz with support for G-Sync;
- high-quality case without gloss;
- tilt angle adjustment;
- loop for cable management.
May not like:
- low pixel density 81 PPI.
- the bracket is adjustable only in angle;
- To adjust the bracket, hold the stand.
Final rating: 9 out of 10.