First impressions review -- I only had this monitor for 24hrs. For the record, I paid $320 for it -- I see that the current price is $399. Bear in mind that the following takes the $320 price into account: **The M7 is big** I come from Apple monitors and...
First impressions review -- I only had this monitor for 24hrs. For the record, I paid $320 for it -- I see that the current price is $399. Bear in mind that the following takes the $320 price into account:
**The M7 is big**
I come from Apple monitors and products. Compared to the 5K display of the iMac, which is 27", this 32" 4K feels large and far, far less pixel-dense. There are detailed debates on pixel density and MacOS online and I won''t re-do one here, but suffice to say that if you are used to Apple screens post-2012, this size/resolution combo will feel lousy. You''re better off going for a 27" 4K display, of which there are many, or better still a 24" 4K, which LG makes.
This means that the resolution of the M7 is a little on the low side for computer use, but as a TV (this monitor essentially converts to a TV), 32" 4K ends up being rather good. My first impression is that the M7 is best thought of as a small TV.
**The M7 feels Cheap**
The stand is not adjustable. Everything everywhere (except for the stand''s base) is plastic. No aluminum, no glass, nothing but cheap, flexy plastic. The monitor wobbles left and right as I type this review like a flag at the beach. The panel''s brightness is minimal, off-axis viewing is mediocre compared to IPS panels (that''s right, this is not IPS!), so if you''re looking at the center of the screen, the edges are blurry (again, this is why it will be better as a TV, when you sit further out). Color reproduction is mostly good.
**The M7 is Smart!**
The M7 is very smart, and that''s really the point of it. It has a nice enough operating system that allows you to use it as a TV and use the major apps (Netflix, Hulu, Prime, Apple TV+, etc). However, it is annoying that in order to download more apps you need to create a "Samsung account", whatever that is (do washing machines need your email these days?). It has an internet browser, which looks a bit goofy and I haven''t tried it. It has a remote, which is actually one of the better remotes I have used in recent days.
I had a chance to try Android TV recently and my goodness what a disaster that platform is. A spam-filled Wild West of foreign apps running on cheapo hardware. This (Tizan?) seems quite a bit better. If you just want to kick back and watch Netflix and you don''t want to have a TV in addition to a monitor, this will do. And it''s really the main reason for getting this monitor.
**The M7 is a USB-C Monitor**
I find it hard to believe that it''s almost 2021 and they still make non USB-C monitors. Well, this one has USB-C. Which means you can connect and charge your laptop or tablet with one cable. Hallelujah! I suppose this fact alone would make this monitor worth the price, given how poorly the competition is adopting the standard.
-- the smarts, the decent operating system, the large TV-viewing area, ok colors
-- ultra cheap build quality, low resolution for the panel size, poor off-axis sharpness
GET IT IF:
as a computer user you need screen real estate more than you need quality, and you want your monitor to double as a TV at night.
This is not going to be anyone''s product of the year, but it has a niche and it will be great for those looking for its specific qualities.