Curves are in style. The latest smartphones, tablets and televisions all make use of curved or rounded design in some fashion, and now monitors have decided to join the bandwagon. Samsung’s SE790C, a 34-inch, 21:9 display, is the perfect example.
That’s right; a 21:9 aspect ratio along with a curved display. That translates to almost three feet of horizontal screen real estate, all of which is made crystal-clear by a resolution of 3,440 x 1,440, also known as “ultra-WQHD.” Pixel density rings up at about 110 pixels per inch, which is about the same as a 27″ 1440p screen.
According to Samsung’s global blog the SE790C backs up its widescreen format with a maximum contrast ratio of 3000:1 and maximum brightness of 300 cd/m2. While the contrast figure is probably high it should be noted the specification is listed as “static contrast ratio,” which is typically more realistic than a “dynamic contrast ratio.” A 178-degree viewing angle is quoted, too, which heavily suggests the panel uses the company’s own PVA technology, which provides qualities similar to IPS. In other words, we expect viewing angles, color accuracy and black levels to be strong.
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Another key feature is the monitor’s picture-in-picture mode. A display this wide has a lot of usable real estate. So much, in fact, that users may want to split it down the middle for use with two different video inputs. The SE790C’s picture-in-picture and picture-by-picture functions assist with such multi-tasking.
Other extras include three USB 3.0 ports with charging capability (to gas up a smartphone or tablet), a pair of seven watt stereo speakers, a response time of four milliseconds and a game mode that cuts down on blur. The SE790C comes with a height-adjustable stand and hidden VESA bracket, too.
Excited? I don’t blame you. For now, however, North American availability and pricing remains unknown. Samsung will probably clear that up at CES 2015; the company’s post is tagged under “CES 2015,” after all.