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Samsung has announced their latest gaming monitors at Gamescom 2018, positioning them as "affordable" in the company’s own words.

The CJG5 series comes in 27- and 32-inch varieties, both using curved 2560 x 1440 VA panels, and features key gaming technologies such as WQHD high resolution, with a refresh rate of 144Hz. The monitors have two HDMI ports (one 2.0, one 1.4) and a DisplayPort input.

Globally available in the third quarter of 2018, the bezel-less, game-optimised CJG5 provides a completely smooth and immersive gaming experience at a reasonably affordable price, backed by Samsung’s technology expertise.

The monitors are listed at £309.99 for the 27-inch version and £359.99 for the 32-inch model; US pricing isn’t yet available. The smaller screen is probably the better buy – 1440p is a great resolution at that size, but it gets pretty blocky when stretched out to 32 inches. On the other hand, you’re not going to get as much benefit from the curvature on a smaller panel. (It’s also debatable whether you’ll get much benefit from the curvature on a 16:9 panel of any size, to be fair.)

The biggest advantage of more expensive models tends to be variable refresh rate tech like Nvidia’s G-Sync, but if you have a strong GPU that’s being wasted at 60Hz right now, a monitor like this could be a good first step into the world of ultra-high frame rates, especially when it comes to gaming.

Key Specifications

Model CJG5
Size 27”, 32”
Design Curved Display
Color Dark Silver
Resolution 2,560 x 1,440
Aspect Ratio 16:09
Curvature 1,800R
Panel Type VA Curved
Brightness (Typ.) 300 cd/m2
Viewing Angle 178o(H)/ 178o(V)
Refresh Rate 144Hz
Contrast Ratio (Typ.) 3,000 : 1
Response Time 4ms (GTG)
Input Signal 2x HDMI (1x 2.0, 1x 1.4)

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