I barely have enough desk space for standard size monitors. Care for this, Samsung most certainly does not. Remember that gargantuan 49″ curved monitor the company showed off last year? Well, there’s another one.
The desk monster that is the CRG9 was announced by Samsung ahead of its conference today, as part of a wider release touching on its monitor lineup for 2019. The first major change to their 49-incher for 2019 is an increased resolution: while the CHG90 was only 3840×1080, the CRG9’s native res has been bumped up to 5120×1440, a more appropriate figure given the sheer real estate used.
The CRG9 doesn’t sport a 1ms G2G response rate – the max quoted is 4ms – and the maximum refresh rate is down from 144Hz to 120Hz. On the plus side, however, the 5K beast will support FreeSync 2 and a peak brightness of 1000 nits, a substantial jump from the CHG90’s maximum brightness of 600 nits.
Given that anyone outside of Scrooge McDuck could afford a computer powerful enough to run a game at 5K res and 144Hz, the trade offs seem pretty reasonable. There’s HDR 10 support, and the maximum brightness should mean the CRG9 will support VESA’s DisplayHDR 1000 standard, although I couldn’t see the Dolby Vision HDR standard mentioned in any of Samsung’s material.
Outside of the Monitor Titanic, Samsung also unveiled what they’re calling a Space Monitor. It’s a 27″ or 32″ 4K monitor that attaches to your desk via an integrated clamp and arm out of the box:
This is the kind of thing we have at work, where all our monitors are mounted to flexible arms. That our poor IT manager has to install, one at a time. Both versions of the Space Monitor are supported by a flexible hinge, an updated version of the hinge used on Samsung’s re-emergence in the gaming monitor market a few years back.
All of the monitors, as well as a new UR59C curved 32″ 4K screen, will be on display at CES 2019 this year. Samsung’s also expected to have more information this evening at a conference and hands on event.
The author travelled to CES 2019 as a guest of Hisense.