On the 11th of June. it was announced that Samsung has launched a Space Monitor. It is designed to reduce the “dead space” occupied by current monitors by 94%; while increasing desk space by 40%.
So go on and read further for gain more knowledge on this device and save some space!
What was the previous scenario?
Big monitors are great for many obvious reasons. They let you spread your digital work-space out across a larger area and magnify details to make them easier to see at a comfortable distance. Curved ultra-wide monitors provide an immersive experience by surrounding you with a screen. Once you’ve spent any amount of time working on a large screen, it’s hard to go back to smaller ones.
But big monitors require big desks, and they tend to dominate whatever surface you put them on. If you like to use your desk for other activities, a big monitor can leave little room for them.
Samsung conducted research to find out about the needs of its customers that weren’t being addressed. Seog-gi Kim, executive vice president of visual display business at Samsung Electronics says, “That’s where the idea for the Space Monitor started. We wanted to solve their problems so we designed a monitor that can stay on the desk only with its clamp while concealing any messy cables.”
The Solution – Samsung’s 32 inch Space Monitor –
Samsung’s $499 32-inch Space Monitor solves this big monitor problem in an effective way: instead of using a standard monitor stand that sits on top of your desk, it comes with an arm that clamps on the back of your desk so the screen can be pushed out of the way when you don’t want to use it.
The driver for the product is reconciling the consumer need for larger screens with the fact they are taking up more desk space. Using a clamp instead of a stand, a design solution was sought, which frees up desk space.
The 68cm Space Monitor features a cantilevered stand, which allows the monitor to sit flat against a wall when not in use, effectively clearing the desk it sits upon. It can be maneuvered into place when required.
Space Monitor Specifications –
Attached to the top edge of a desk with a screw, its height and angle can be fully adjusted to give a range of use options. The stand is able to withstand the weight of a screen and capable of fitting most desks of up to 90mm in thickness, which is the result of a long period of customer research. A dual hinge means that height can be adjusted in a pulling or pushing motion.
The stand features a channel for concealing its power and HDMI cords and a strengthened hinge, which the screen pivots from and has been stress tested to withstand more than 5,000 movements. The arm of the stand can take it from a height of 213mm down to desk surface level.
This height versatility has also been designed with different types of users in mind; particularly in the home or in public spaces where it can be quickly adapted for the needs of children. Its “zero level” desktop setting also means it can be used in tandem with a laptop screen at the same eye level.
Even the back panel is flat; which gives the product a clean look similar to the “360 design” of Samsung’s TVs. The bezel-less display means the screen blends in well with its surroundings, according to Samsung.
The 81cm Space Monitor offers 4K ultra high definition (UHD), giving “life like” images while enabling less scrolling, according to Samsung; and improving the experience of viewing documents and web pages as well making images, video and gaming experiences more lifelike.
More Insight –
The Display –
As for the display itself, it’s a 32-inch 4K screen with slim bezels along the top and sides. It’s a VA panel, which isn’t as nice as IPS (to say nothing of OLED) for off-axis viewing; and it has an average brightness of 250 nits; which is fine for an office setting but won’t win any awards. Testing the screen with a Spyder 5 Pro display calibrator showed the screen covers 100 percent of the SRGB spectrum and 83 percent of Adobe RGB. A 4ms response time and 60Hz refresh rate mean this screen won’t be ideal for gaming; but it’s fine for productivity and design work.
The included arm has channels for cable routing; and the display comes with a unique combined HDMI and power cable to further reduce cable clutter. The arm does have its limitations; it cannot rotate the display, it cannot swivel the screen; and it doesn’t use the standard VESA mounting system; so you can’t change the monitor out if you want something different.
There are few more limitations specified by The Verge, hence very carefully before purchasing the space saving device.