Large displays tend to occupy a lot of desk space, something that is not appreciated by many. Samsung has developed a family of monitors, called 'Space Monitors', that use a unique hinge mechanism for a minimalist design that promises to save as much space as possible while still providing 27-inches or 31.5-inches of screen real estate. Announced early this year, Samsung’s Space Monitors are now available for pre-order and will ship in April.

There are several ways how Samsung’s Space Monitors save desk space. First up, the displays attach to a table using a clamp that takes up far less space than a traditional stand. Space Monitor’s stand can adjust height and tilt, but not swivel. Secondly, the stand conceals power and signal cables that tend to occupy space as well. Thirdly, the LCDs feature very thin bezels. Overall, Samsung says that its Space Monitors increase usable space near displays by 40% when compared to regular LCDs of similar sizes.

Samsung’s Space Monitors use 27-inch and 31.5-inch VA panels, which offer considerably different specifications. The 27-incher supports a 2560×1440 resolution, 250 nits typical brightness, a 3000:1 contrast ratio, 178° viewing angles, a 4 ms GtG response time, a 144 Hz refresh rate, and so on. The 31.5-incher features a 3840×2160 resolution, 250 nits typical brightness, a 2500:1 contrast ratio, 178° viewing angles, a 4 ms GtG response time, and a 60 Hz refresh rate.

Both displays can reproduce 1.07 billion colors, but the Space Monitors only support the sRGB (100%) and the NTSC 1976 (72%) color spaces.

In fact, the monitors have other compromises as well. To make the displays as compact as possible, Samsung decided not to integrate speakers (and even omitted a mini jack), which is why its owners will have to use external speakers (or a soundbar) that will a;so consume desk space.

Specifications of Samsung's 'Space Monitors'
  S27R750 S32R750
Panel 27" VA 31.5" VA
Native Resolution 2560 × 1440 3840 × 2160
Maximum Refresh Rate 144 Hz 60 Hz
Response Time 4 ms
Brightness 250 cd/m² (typical)
Contrast 3000:1 2500:1
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
Pixel Pitch 0.2335 mm² 0.1816 mm²
Pixel Density 109 ppi 140 ppi
Color Gamut Support NTSC 1976: 72%
sRGB: 100%
Stand Tilt and height adjustable
Inputs 1 × Mini DisplayPort 1.2
1 × HDMI 2.0
HDCP 2.2
USB Hub - -
Audio - -
Launch Price $399.99 $499.99

Samsung is already taking pre-orders on its 27-inch (LS27R750QEUXEN) and 31.5-inch (LS31.5R750UEUXEN) Space Monitors in the US and in the UK. The smaller one costs $399.99, whereas the larger one is priced at $499.99 when purchased from Amazon. The official launch is April 8th.

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Sources: Samsung, Amazon

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  • jb510 - Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - link

    Love the design. Particularly for shallower 24” desks. Although I’ll nevet understand how people are expected to fit their legs under those. Curious about the quality though and wish they were wider gamut. Reply
  • cilvre - Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - link

    Is there any reason they can't just make it a USB -C connection on the monitor side that goes to a small dock that could be on the bottom part of the mount and have all the additional connections? Reply
  • imaheadcase - Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - link

    Yes, price increases. Reply
  • cilvre - Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - link

    It's not like it's cheap already. all they are doing is cutting out you buying the mount kit and doing it yourself. Reply
  • Dug - Thursday, March 21, 2019 - link

    No reason not to, they do it with some of their tv's, although it's not usb-c.
    It's very slick to have power, all the hdmi connections, etc. at a base station that can be hidden and one single thin wire going to the tv.
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  • WMGroomIV - Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - link

    Really like the bezel design of these and they look like they would be great for a dual or multi monitor setup. One question I would have is whether they support any other mounting system such as VESA brackets? Doesn't really look like it from the one image of the back that is posted... Reply
  • twtech - Thursday, March 21, 2019 - link

    I agree - the lack of bezels is great, but the lack of VESA mount capability makes this a very niche product. Reply
  • JDG1980 - Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - link

    It seems to me that simply using any standard VESA-compatible monitor with one of the many excellent aftermarket swinging-arm mounts would provide most of the benefits without the drawbacks. Amazon Basics has a good single-monitor arm for $99.99, and for the $300-400 you'd have left over from these Samsung prices you can get a much nicer monitor to go with it. Reply
  • jtd871 - Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - link

    Seconded. Reply
  • bug77 - Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - link

    I'm guessing the target here is the business sector where the IT guys won't be so happy mounting hundreds of monitors onto aftermarket stands? I'm not sure where the 144Hz on the 27" moodels fits into an office though.

    As for me, the only monitor that would excite me these days would be one that does 4k with a DisplayHDR 600 certification. At a reasonable price. Everything else is just meh.
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