Samsung has revealed pricing and release information for its new lineup of “smart monitors” that can function as both computer displays and small smart TVs. The monitors come with HDMI and USB ports for peripherals, as well as built-in video streaming apps for popular platforms like Netflix and YouTube, AirPlay support, and access to cloud gaming services from Xbox and Nvidia in select countries through Samsung’s Gaming Hub.
The monitors are available in three models: the 1080p M5, the 4K M7, and the feature-rich M8. The M5 starts at $279.99 for the 27-inch model and comes with no support for voice assistants, a peak brightness of 250 nits, and no USB-C, but it does come with an additional HDMI port. The M7 costs $549.99 for the 27-inch model and $599.99 for the 32-inch, and features voice assistant support, a height-adjustable stand that can pivot and tilt, a 65W USB-C port, and an HDMI 2.0 port, and two USB-A ports. However, it only has a peak brightness of 300 nits, and comes with HDR10 instead of HDR10 Plus.
At the top of the range, the M8 is priced at $649.99 for the 27-inch model and $699.99 for the 32-inch model. It comes with a 4K screen with support for HDR10 Plus, peak brightness of 400 nits, built-in SmartThings Hub for controlling compatible smart home devices, webcam in the box for video calls, a choice of colors (white, pink, blue, or green), and a 65W USB-C port.
New for this year is the “My Contents” feature that displays a “welcome screen” when it detects your smartphone nearby, with photos, calendar entries, and weather information similar to what you might expect on a smart display from Amazon or Google.
While Samsung has been offering this mix of monitor and TV functionality since 2020, the 2023 smart monitors aim to be jack of all trades. However, with 60Hz refresh rates, they may not be the preferred choice for gaming enthusiasts who need a higher refresh rate for smooth gameplay. The small sizes and limited selection of ports may also be a turn off for TV buyers looking for more expansive options. Nonetheless, Samsung’s smart monitors are still excellent box-tickers for those with space constraints and a need for a single screen to do it all.
All three models come with built-in speakers, remote controls, and access to cloud gaming services, making them an ideal option for anyone looking to transform their living space into an entertainment hub. The monitors are scheduled to be released in the US in June 2021.