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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  • Sivar - Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - link

    1080p on a 32" screen? Even my previous generation curved 32" Samsung CH711 is 1440P, though it's undesirable for reasons other than resolution (it aggressively flickers when displaying horizontal lines, uses a proprietary HDMI cable is far too short, etc.)
    At least these new units support basic FreeSync and refresh at a perfectly serviceable 75Hz.
  • milkywayer - Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - link

    Yup this is crappy at best. 1080p at these big sizes should be illegal in 2020 IMHO
  • DanNeely - Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - link

    it makes more sense for an office screen than a gaming one IMO. About 13 years ago my previous employer bought 24" 1920x1200 monitors for all the managers (we peons had a mix of 19: 1280x1024 and 22" 1680x1050's). A lot of them immediately changed the resolution to 1280x1024 to make the text bigger. 32" 1080p is the same half blind but too stubborn to admit it and wear glasses ~70 DPI.

    At the time I wasn't able to convince any of the bat-eyed management to switch to 1280x800 or 1450x1050 so they'd have square pixels and not have everything distorted all out of shape; so I suspect today getting them to use DPI scaling would also be a lost cause. /sigh
  • surt - Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - link

    Who is buying something without 4k & 120hz in this day and age? 3rd world office workers?
  • Beaver M. - Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - link

    4K for what? You cant even get a graphics card that will make those 120 Hz useful at 4K. They are ~2 generations behind.
    But yeah, 1440p minimum for 27" monitors. It still even works fine on 32" ones. 1080p is ugly on everything beyond 24".
  • p1esk - Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - link

    What do you mean you can’t get a graphics card? I’m driving two Asus PG27UQ with a an RTX 2060, works fine for reading. You only need more if you want to play games.
  • Beaver M. - Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - link

    Why would you buy 120 Hz for office use?
    120 Hz is useless if you cant even get much beyond 60 FPS on even the fastest graphics card.
  • p1esk - Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - link

    Because most of my “office use” involves looking at moving text, and moving text is blurry at 60hz. As soon as 4k at 240hz come me out I’ll be first in line to buy them, because I can easily tell the difference between 120hz and 240hz at 1080p.
  • surt - Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - link

    Every graphics card (including embedded) made in the last 5 years is fine for 4k 120 unless you want to game.
  • boeush - Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - link

    Unless you want to game, there's zero point in a 120 Hz refresh rate. I work all day long with 60 Hz monitors, and they are more than suffucient for any sort of productivity/office workloads.

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