As one of the major proponents of curved displays, Samsung has been applying curved panels to numerous monitors over the years. Many of these monitors have been aimed at gamers and prosumers, while for other market segments, such as SOHO, Samsung hasn't approached them with the same zeal for rounded displays. Last week, however, the company changed that, revealing its new T55 monitors that feature an aggressive 1000R curvature along with TÜV Rhineland’s Eye Comfort certification for certain models.

With the monitor market already beyond saturation with traditional displays, the key selling point for Samsung's TD5 displays is of course the 1000R curve. With most monitors on the market using 1500R or 1800R curves, the TD5s have a noticeably narrower curve than other monitors. Citing a a clinical study conducted by professor Seong-Joon Kim at Seoul National University Hospital, Samsung is promoting the new curved displays as provoking less eye strain than flat monitors, as they bring the whole picture closer to the human eye. Furthermore, Samsung says, because the 1000R curvature radius closely matches the human field of view, this is a more optimal curvature than less aggressive options. To that end, 1000R curvature is the core feature of the whole Samsung T55 lineup.

Overall, the T55 family consists of three models: the C24T55, C27T55 and C32T55, which offer 24-inch, 27-inch, and 32-inch diagonals respectively. All the LCDs use a 1920×1080 VA panel that offers a max brightness of 250 nits brightness, a 3000:1 contrast ratio, 4 ms response time, and a 75 Hz maximum refresh rate. The LCDs can display 16.7 million of colors and reproduce 119% of the sRGB, 88% of the Adobe RGB, and 88% of the DCI-P3 color spaces, which is quite good given their positioning (and the fact that their rivals usually support only the sRGB gamut).

The monitors feature a minimalist ‘3-side borderless’ design with a fabric-textured backside and use stands with a 6-mm slim metal base that can only adjust tilt. As for connectivity, the monitors have a DisplayPort input, a D-Sub input, and an HDMI port to ensure compatibility with both modern and legacy PCs.

Designed primarily for productivity/office workloads, the monitors are not exactly meant for entertainment uses, but Samsung nevertheless equipped them with a scaler that supports VESA’s Adaptive-Sync (and AMD FreeSync) variable refresh rate technology and added speakers to 27-inch and 32-inch models.

General Specifications of Samsung's T55 Displays
Panel 24" VA 27" VA 32" VA
Native Resolution 1920 × 1080
Maximum Refresh Rate 75 Hz
Response Time 4 ms
Brightness 250 cd/m²
Contrast 3000:1
Backlighting LED (?)
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
Curvature 1000R
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Color Gamut sRGB: 119%
AdobeRGB: 88%
DCI-P3: 88%
Dynamic Refresh Rate Tech VESA Adaptive-Sync
(AMD FreeSync)
Pixel Pitch 0.2767 mm² 0.3113 mm² 0.369 mm²
Pixel Density 91.8 PPI 81.6 PPI 68.8 PPI
Inputs DisplayPort
Audio audio in
audio out
audio in
audio out
5W stereo speakers
USB Hub - - -
MSRP ? ? ?

While Samsung lists all three T55 monitors on its website, the company yet has to reveal their exact launch dates or prices.

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Source: Samsung DisplaySolutions (via Tom’s Hardware)

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  • p1esk - Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - link

    I personally don't care much about pricing. I'm interested in new products even if I don't intend to buy them.
  • Andrei Frumusanu - Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - link

    If AMD or Intel announce a new CPU microarchitecture or lineup, should we also not cover it for 5 months till they announce pricing? Technology coverage isn't only about pure consumer guidance.
  • CityBlue - Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - link

    @Andrei Frumusanu A microarch announcement is completely different from an actual product announcement, particularly when the latter is for something as humdrum as a display, or hard disk, or keyboard - is it so difficult to demand approximate pricing info? @Anandtech routinely posts e-waste announcements without any attempt to clarify pricing. This article (and the many others sans pricing) are basically just for clicks, we get that, but maybe show some integrity and demand pricing from the vendors before agreeing to regurgitate whatever you next receive in the mail. A product announcement without any indication of pricing becomes a lot less interesting, to the point of being utterly forgettable.
  • Questor - Thursday, March 5, 2020 - link

    Are they not a PC tech and related topic site? Are they supposed to ignore products announcements where a price is not readily available? Do you complain this much about everything else? The old and appropriate saying is, "If you have to ask, you probably can't afford it."
    Start saving your pennies now. In about ten years maybe you can buy one.
  • yetanotherhuman - Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - link

    Let's be honest - none of these look interesting. A 16:9 curved panel at 1080p, the only "ok" of which at that size is 24", which should never be curved anyway.

    Why is AnandTech posting this junk?
  • CityBlue - Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - link

  • Ryan Smith - Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - link

    Hi CityBlue,

    You definitely bring up a good point, and it's a matter we've discussed internally before.

    The issue from our end is that hardware vendors have adopted a strategy of not deciding on prices for a lot of items until the last minute. Especially with commodity hardware like displays, they want to see what the competition is charging, what their production costs are, and make a decision from there.

    We can demand pricing info all we want, but vendors can't give us what they don't have. Nor do we have the leverage to force their hand otherwise.

    Now should we post articles noting new products when the prices aren't available? Ideally we wouldn't have this problem to begin with, but since we are in fact here, our options are either to do this, or withhold articles until after a product is on store shelves and pricing has been determined. The issue for us is that by the time a product is on store shelves, it's too late - people read about it months ago, when it was first announced. So from that perspective, our coverage is late and inconsequential to many, including the almighty Google.

    To be sure, I'd rather have pricing information. But it's extremely difficult to justify ignoring product announcements just because the price hasn't been set yet. It's simply not in sync with how products are being announced and released to retailers.
  • CityBlue - Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - link

    I understand and appreciate your dilemma, I really do. What about a price range? Some sort of indicative pricing? Having absolutely NO price is just not helpful, and results in instant buzzkill/loss of interest, so even though you think you're providing a service your price-free coverage *is already* inconsequential because it lacks pricing.

    If some sort of indicative price is not possible/forth coming, then yes - delay the post until pricing becomes available, don't be click whores (no offence). Maybe then vendors will start providing prices, or at least an approximate price range.
  • Ryan Smith - Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - link

    Unfortunately I think you overestimate our leverage. Vendors like Samsung really don't care whether we post news pieces about new products. Their business plans do not hinge on AnandTech.
  • Holliday75 - Thursday, March 5, 2020 - link

    For what its worth I'd rather be in the know in regards to new products so I can watch for pricing announcements if I am interested whether for work or pleasure.

    Sure pricing is definitely preferred, but beggars can't be choosers.

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