Samsung CFG70 Series 24-Inch 1ms Curved Gaming Monitor (C24FG70) by Samsung
241800R Curvature 1ms MPRT Gaming Monitor;144 Hz Screen Refresh Rate;Quantum dot technology supporting sRGB 125%;Enhanced gaming usability : Gaming mode & Arena lighting
1) Static Contrast - This monitor is VA with fast transitions. The most common panel technologies for gaming monitors are TN and IPS. Both technologies are limited to about 1:1000 standard contrast. This panel is up to 1:3000. There is an Eizo VA gaming monitor that I believe does better at 4.5k, but it is hard to find, more expensive, and has classic VA issues with transitions that this monitor avoids. The reason, in short, why VA is seldom used in gaming is that VA pixels have trouble quickly transitioning between high and low brightness leading to "smearing". This issue is all, but non-existent in this monitor and the similar Samsung cf791.
2)144hz and 1ms response times - One of the few VA panels on the market with these specs.
3) Color - Quantum dot allows for 125% of the "sRGB" color gamut. Most gaming monitors fall somewhere below 100, many around 90 something. Colors on this monitor are very vivid. The antithesis of the classic "washed out" TN. While this monitor's color accuracy is not likely to equal a quality ips panel, this shouldn't be a concern for consumer usage.
4) Freesync - With an AMD gpu, you can say goodbye to screen tearing and stuttering! Range is 70-144, but this monitor supports LFC allowing for an effective range of 1-144.
5) Motion blur reduction - This monitor can strobe which significantly reduces blur. An issue with this feature is that the monitor maxes brightness with the strobe turned on (it gets quite bright). With the feature disabled the monitor is flicker-free and thus relatively easy on the eyes.
The monitor has an easy to navigate OSD. There is a joystick on the back and 3 buttons on the bottom for presets. The curve is nicer than I expected, it is fairly subtle. Supposedly, the advantage of the curve is that it makes the entire screen more nearly equidistant from your eyes than a flat display would. The included stand feels sturdy and is adjustable.
My monitor has minor backlight bleed in the corners which is has yet to be noticeable in practice.
Note regarding firmware version - The presence of green or purple trailing has been reported on older revisions of this monitor. Supposedly Samsung updated the firmware on their monitors mid-October to reduce this. I returned the monitor I recieved from Amazon as it was September model (without testing it) and purchased a November from a different retailer. I have yet to notice any trailing on my November monitor (though there are many who never noticed or weren't bothered by trailing in older pre-October models.) Manufacture month can be determined by serial number. Around 5 or so digits from the right there will be a letter or number indicating the month: 8 Aug, 9 Sep, A Oct, B November. Presumably, C would be December though I have yet to see reports of monitors with a C. A possible indicator of the updated monitor is the presence of "Standard Engine" and "Ultimate Engine" freesync settings in the OSD. Older models either call these setting something else or have two simple on and off options rather than the three. I forget which.
I needed the best of both worlds, color accuracy, contrast, viewing angles combined with high frame rate and low response time. The Samsung CFG70 delivered just that, it is what I have been looking for.
It seems that Samsung has Quality Control issues. My unit is fully functional, but has a defect that would eventually grow worse as time passes. The monitor has light bleeding in the lower left which shoot diagonally up to nearly the top middle of the screen and slight bleed in the upper right corner.
OR, it could be a design flat with how the bezel is made and the pressure of other boxes sitting on top of the monitor warped it into doing this. No one knows. All I can do is suggest that Samsung use a metal housing frame to make the bezel more rigid so that the LCD housing doesn't warp during shipping and extended use.
I have provided images of both light and dark room scenarios to show how bad the bleeding is.
I have returned this monitor 3 times only to get one that is even worse! Back-light bleeding and yellow tinging on the left side of the screen!!!
I have written an email directly to Samsung about this and will not be a returning customer.
But this monitor is vastly Superior.
Fancy, premium and luxurious.
The price for this monitor may seem high at first, but it is fully justified and it isnt for the brand name or "gimicks".
For a 1080P monitor of this size...it makes you feel like a king.
This is by far the best 24" 1080P monitor and if you arent looking for a budget monitor, this monitor is a MUST have.
If the super high quality panel with its high quality color that rivals a ips, strong contrast and the extra high brightness isnt enough...here are some small but fancy features that make it the best.
It has a SUPER easy to use joy stick and the only buttons it has is for quick changing of saved custom settings. Also the menu looks sooo good.
The pulsing light is surpringly satisfying and can help you see stuff on your desk.
No issues with stability or swiveling.
Last but not least the curve is slight but just right. Hardly noticeable especially if you arent trying to see it, but it subconsciously makes a big impact.
Makes normal screens feel so..meh.
-the colors are great
-the response time is amazing
-Really love the cable management point behind the monitor
-Menu is easy to navigate
-Comes with DP and HDMI cables (DP for 144hz)
-Matte finish all around and any scratches won't be noticeable if you happen to do so
-Easy to setup
-Height/rotation adjustment is good
-FreeSync for AMD owners
-Arena Light is cool but unnecessary. All it does it breathe or light up to sounds of the games. (if it was RGB then it'd be cool but of course would add to the price)
-To some the monitor mount may be a bad thing. depending on your desk it can take up a lot of the desk but I'm ok with this since the side of the desk the monitor is on I can push it over the edge and the base is heavy enough that it wont move or tilt over.
Overall this monitor is totally worth it if you're into competitive gaming. Overwatch runs so smooth on this and I am digging it way more than the Asus 144hz 1080p I owned before this one. 1440p Ultrawide for non competitive, This monitor right here for competitive. Do it.