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Samsung 24-inch CFG70 Curved Gaming Monitor Review

Vinu Varughese Oommen
Technology Reporter
Editors Rating

8.1
overall
Pros: VA Panel has great viewing angles, 1080p resolution gaming is friendly for many value-added graphics cards, curved display.
Cons: Dual-hinge takes some table space, 24-inch model may not bring the full depth of the curvature.

Samsung 24-inch CFG70 Curved Gaming Monitor Review

There is no denying that gamers require a monitor that can deliver super-fast response times and super-smooth refresh rates for the best gaming experience. But how about adding newer technologies that can deliver crisper colors and an extra curvature that makes your gaming experience more immersive? We now review the Samsung 24-inch CFG70 Curved Gaming Monitor with Quantum Dot display.

Design

Samsung is no stranger when it comes to stylish displays and other electronics products. The Samsung 24-inch CFG70 Curved Gaming Monitor as the name implies has a fine curvature that’s intended to bring in an immersive gaming experience for the user. This isn’t your average monitor that is easy to setup in a few minutes, as setting up the Samsung monitor took a bit of time.

The interesting part of the monitor’s design is its dual-hinged arm that allows the user to adjust the height of the screen easily while adjusting the viewing angle as per your choice. Unfortunately, the hinge is designed in such a way, it takes some of your desk space. In simple words, if you are among those who always pushes back your monitor to make some table space, the Samsung CFG70’s hinge may be a problem.

The rear side of the monitor is very neatly designed with the “Samsung” circular portion that connects to the dual-hinge. There are also some vents that are neatly placed in the upper portion.

The Samsung monitor features an array of connectivity ports that’s easily accessible from the back. It includes two HDMI ports, one Display Port, Power connector and headphone jack.

On the right side of these ports is the multi-directional button for controlling the on-screen (OSD) menu that lets users control most of the gaming aspects of the monitor.

Surprisingly, the dual-hinge allows the curved display to be tilted vertically. But it may not be a good idea if you’re planning to make a vertical-type multi-monitor setup as the screens are horizontally curved at 1800R curvature.

While the stand may not have any sort of extra connectivity, the main display has a new lighting system called the Arena Lighting that pulsates from below the monitor’s frame onto the stand.

OSD Menu Options

Before we check out the specifications and performance of the monitor, we have taken some images of the options that’s offered in the monitor’s OSD menu. Check out the gallery below.

 
 

 

Specification and Performance

The Samsung CFG70 has a 24-inch VA Panel that surprised us with its great viewing angles, something that I was doubtful from the start until I started using it. While the smaller screen size may not bring in the immersive experience that a bigger 27-inch or a 34-inch curved monitor, it’s not that bad as you think. The curvature can be easily noticed while playing a video or playing a game. Another thing that we liked about the Samsung CFG70 is there is very minimum or no sign of noticeable screen bleeding which is a good thing.

 

Thanks to the new quantum dot technology, colors are crisp and vivid, making the VA Panel as good as IPS screens, or even better in some cases. There were some instances where the colors were too strong with its default settings, but that can be easily tweaked from the OSD menu. The contrast ratio of the display is 3000:1.

The curvature isn’t the only thing that’s great about the monitor. The display comes with a response time of 1ms and a refresh rate up to 144 Hz. We could clearly see the difference in motion smoothness when moving the mouse cursor. The refresh rate can be changed from the OSD menu. We have a system that consists of the Intel i7-6800K processor with 16GB DDR4 RAM, ASUS A99-II motherboard and an XFX Radeon RX 480 Black graphics card. This is the perfect opportunity to test the monitor as the display comes with support for AMD FreeSync to minimize framerate stutters while gaming.

Since the resolution of the monitor is 1080p, we were sure that the Polaris 10 GPU will have no problems in performing at its fullest. It was time to test a fast-paced game title to try out the 144Hz curved monitor, and it was none other than DOOM that was released in 2016. We set the graphics settings to the maximum with Vulkan API. The smoothness of the 144Hz is amazing as it can get, along with the curvature of the display. We can only imagine how impressive will the 27-inch variant would look like.

Review Verdict:

We had quite some fun using the Samsung CFG70 curved gaming monitor. Samsung clearly shows that they are getting serious in bringing their best in display technologies for their monitor portfolio. While many curved monitors out there have resolutions above 2K, not all gamers would want such a high resolution, and I'm happy about the fact that Samsung chose to stick with the traditional 1080p resolution. The colors are exceptionally solid, thanks to the Quantum Dot display, and the best part is the super-smooth 144Hz refresh rate of the monitor. The dual-hinge is a pretty good design, provided you're comfortable that it takes a bit of your table space.

The Samsung 24-inch CFG70 is priced at AED 1499 in Dubai, UAE. Not a bad price, but for those who are looking for a bigger display size, the 27-inch variant costs AED 1999.