Samsung is relatively new to the world of monitors, let alone making monitors specifically aimed at gamers.
With a long history making electronics, and an almost complete domination in the American TV display market, it will be interesting to see how the company has plans to shake up the gaming display industry.
Having tested out the CHG70, we think Samsung has proven itself capable of making a quality gaming display at an attractive price point.
If you are in the market for a FreeSync compatible 144Hz monitor with HDR support, this review will certainly be worth a read.
Without a doubt, many people will enjoy the VA panel the CHG70 comes equipped with. There are 2 sizes for the CHG70, the 32” C32HG70, or the 27” C27HG70. Both come with a 1440p (QHD) 2560 x 1440 resolution, on a beautifully curved panel.
The panel has a maximum static contrast ratio of 3000:1, and also has 10 bit color depth – providing support for 1.07 billion colors. With 350 nits of maximum brightness, the panel does not have a VESA HDR certification (missing the mark probably by being too dim by 50 nits), but Samsung allows for HDR content to be displayed through their merits on the monitor. Viewing HDR content on this monitor looks fantastic, and is by no means subpar to other VA panels which might have a HDR400 certification.
We were especially impressed with the dark room performance of the Samsung CHG70, which has minimal light bleed and impressive color representation at low brightness. With a 178* horizontal and vertical viewing angle, the monitor will be suitable to multiplayer gaming/viewing – something that other curved panels are notoriously poor at.
Judging this monitor solely by its picture quality, Samsung has once again proven itself capable of creating great displays for all types of markets.
If Samsung has proven itself capable in producing a fantastic looking display, did they continue their success into the other aspects of what makes the CHG70 a good monitor? Yes and no.
Starting off with the important gaming-specs of the CHG70; the monitor features a 1ms FreeSync response time, a maximum 144Hz refresh-rate, and a recent update to the FreeSync 2 through a software update. AMD PC and Xbox gamers will be happy to utilize the FreeSync compatibility. Unfortunately for G-Sync gamers, Samsung has shown you no love; there is no current G-Sync monitor offering from Samsung.
What really makes the Samsung CHG70 a worthy choice for gamers is in their implementation of Quantum Dot technology – this enhances the vividness of the display’s image. sRGB color coverage comes in at 127%, while DCI-P3 is 94%, making the color qualities close to what would qualify the monitor for the VESA HDR400 standard. Again, this is most likely due to the brightness being the suffering quality.
Samsung includes a calibration color sheet in the box with every display, ensuring there has been post-production color calibration and testing done before shipping the produce to customers.
While the theoretical HDR display looks fantastic when working properly, it doesn’t when it’s not. One of the most glaring issues with this display is when the HDR content is not available (like from Windows 10, or a non HDR game) and you have the setting on. In some cases, if there was not HDR content being fed when the monitor was expecting it, it led to a dull and greyed-out image. This can easily be fixed by turning off HDR, but it’s annoying to have to do this frequently.
That being said, if you have a game or console ready to output steady HDR content, like the PS4 Pro, you can fully enjoy this feature. Comparing HDR content to standard content will make you realize it is more than worth it to enable this function if it’s available.
Standout Features / Design
The Samsung CHG70 comes with a very minimalistic design, which makes this monitor very susceptible to being mistaken as a normal home or business display. What gives it away is the very-cool integrated RGB light on the back of the monitor, where the arm comes out. You can set the light to a number of settings, including a pulsing lightshow which Samsung thinks will help get you focus better on the screen.
The case of the monitor is made of a matte black with 12mm bezels. We wish they were smaller, since Samsung has proven itself capable of making virtually bezel-less products, but perhaps they will do this in future releases. The sides of the display have a trim with an metal-look finish, which give the monitor a premium look and help slim it down when viewing it from the side.
Some other cool features are a gamer-oriented settings menu, which let you get to the other software-related features of the display. These include accessing custom picture settings for each game genre (FPS, RTS, RPG, and AOS). Samsung says these presets were calibrated by its pro-gaming team, the Samsung Galaxy Team. Also adjustable is a black equalizer which allows you to see objects better in dark scenes.
Lastly, Samsung includes a blue-light filter on the monitor, what they call eye-saver mode. This warms the hue of the monitor by blocking blue-light emission, similar to what many smartphones do at night. The eye-saver mode is intended for those of us who prefer long- hours of gaming, whose eyes may get tired when looking at a screen for a number of hours.
View / Ports
The CHG70’s port selection on the rear of the monitor includes: two HDMI 2.0 ports, one DisplayPort 1.4 port, two USB 3.0 ports (with fast-charge), and a selection of a microphone, headphone jack or digital audio port.
Overall, the Samsung CHG70’s is a great gaming monitor for those who want something from a trusted brand and a great picture. While not revolutionary in its own right, the CHG70 does thankfully bring refinement to the curved 144Hz class of monitors. Many people oogle over the beauty of Samsung’s Quantum Dot display quality, so it’s nice to see them bring that technology to a gaming monitor finally.
If you can get over the picky HDR feature, or even the size of the bezels, the picture quality of this monitor is what will really make it shine. If you enjoy vivid colors, deep blacks, uniform brightness, this monitor proves to have one of the best looking images currently on sale. To sum it up, the Samsung CHG70 would be a worthy investment if you want a fantastic looking gaming monitor with brilliant show of HDR vividness.
|Panel Type, Refresh Rate||VA Quantum Dot Nano-Crystal, 144Hz (native)|
|Color Gamut||(NTSC 1976) Typ 88%, Min 84%|
|Color Depth (Number of Colors)||1.07B|
|Resolution||2560 x 1440|
|Adaptive Sync||Radeon FreeSync 2|
|Display Surface Treatment||Anti glare matte|
|Brightness||350cd/m2 (Typ.), 300cd/m2 (Min.)|
|Speaker||No built-in speaker|
|Dimensions With Stand (WxHxD)||28.51″ x 24.48″ x 14.98″|
|Dimensions Without Stand (WxHxD)||28.51″x 16.71″ x 4.55″|
|Limited Warranty||1 Year Parts and Labor|
- Great colors, great blacks, good uniformity.
- Good viewing angles.
- HDR support.
- Arm protruding from back makes it hard to put against a wall.
- A more than normal number of reviewers are reporting monitor ships with dead pixels ( this is covered under warrenty).
Samsung CHG70 – Final Ranking
The Samsung CHG70 is a great monitor for not just gaming, but general use as well. Samsung is proving once again it can produce the best looking displays in the world. While the display itself looks great, and the quoted input lag time is very low at only 1ms, the CHG70 is a bit late entering a field among many other also very-good gaming monitors with similar specs.