Samsung U28R550UQR 28″ 60 Hz LED Monitor Review

Samsung U28R550UQR 28" 60 Hz LED Monitor

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Extraordinary detail all around. The Samsung U28R550UQR 28″ 60 Hz LED Monitor brings UHD together with the rich shade spectrum of HDR in this 28″ UHD monitor. See colours vibrantly from every angle with the advanced IPS panel.

The IPS panel preserves colour vividness and clarity across every inch of the screen. Even on a display this wide, tones and shades look completely accurate from virtually any angle, with no colour washing.

HDR support brings a dynamic range of luminous blacks and whites to the screen. Dark areas are richer and more profound, while bright parts are even more brilliant.

The easy-to-look-at display reduces blue light emissions known to cause eye strain and keep you awake. Say goodbye to yellow screen filters with distorted colours.

Say goodbye to the choppy screenplay. AMD FreeSync virtually eliminates screen tears and stutters for a completely fluid visual experience. Stylish 28-inch flat-screen monitor with a minimalist 3-sided bezel-less screen. In a dual monitor setup, the displays line up seamlessly for you to enjoy stunning UHD content. PBP transforms a single monitor into a dual-view monitor by displaying content from two sources side by side on one screen.

Samsung U28R550UQR 28″ 60 Hz LED Monitor Review

Samsung U28R550UQR 28" 60 Hz LED Monitor Review

The screen is decent for what I’m using it for, which is mainly coding. I’ve got it plugged into a MacBook Pro running the equivalent of 2560×1440 at close to (but not quite) what Apple would describe as Retina pixels per inch. I’m sitting around 1m away from it and am pleased with the quality.

Colour reproduction is good, but not perfect.

I tried using it in HDR mode for a couple of days, but have reverted it back to SDR mode. Whilst HDR worked well enough for video content, I found it made the majority of the UI dimmer than I’d like.

The stand is awful. There are next to no useful adjustments. I have it on a monitor arm, so it’s not a big deal to me. However worth noting that the mount for stands uses the smaller VESA size (75mm vs 100mm), but the mounting plate attachment is in a circular recess on the back of the monitor, meaning if you have a mount with both 75 and 100 holes, it may not fit well. I had to use snips to ‘trim’ the corners of my plate to make it fit within the recess. A dedicated 75-plate will be fine.

IO is fine. There are two HDMI (2.0) and Display Port 1.4. There is a 3.5mm headphone out which works with anything plugged in via HDMI. Volume for the headphone out is managed via the single 4-way controller button. There is no USB hub or inbuilt speakers.

On the subject of the 4-way controller, it’s fine, but not great. The on-screen display for the controls works, but isn’t the most intuitive. However, the frequency with which you would need to change anything – once it’s all set up – is such that shouldn’t be a major problem.

Picture in Picture works well enough but requires a few ‘clicks’ of the controller to turn it on or off. Moving between PIP or even just changing modes in general or coming out of sleep takes a few seconds more than other monitors I own, but again at this price point, it’s hard to complain.

Overall, for this price, the Samsung U28R550UQR 28″ 60 Hz LED Monitor is a very good monitor. It doesn’t have the feature set or niceties of more expensive monitors, but once set up and dialled in, it’s going to work well enough for 95% of situations. If you’re after the very best, USB-C connections or mission-critical colour calibration, this isn’t for you, but it’s not being marketed for those purposes.

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