UltraWide is the new 16×9 when it comes to monitors, but some companies take it to the extreme. Both Samsung and Philips offer a 32:9 49-inch monitor (behemoth, insanity, call it whatever you like), and that’s just too wide. While I love my 21:9 35-inch UltraWide monitor, I’ve been wanting something slightly larger, but not quite as large as the Samsung or Philips 49-inch offering.
Well, Samsung now makes a 32:10 43-inch curved monitor and that seems slightly more manageable. Though the previous Samsung 49-inch was locked at a 1080p resolution, this new 43-inch offering has a slightly higher pixel density with a 3840×1200 resolution. With this higher resolution, a built-in KVM switch, a 120Hz refresh rate, and more, could Samsung’s 43-inch C43J89 be my next monitor?
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The Samsung C43J89 has a horizontal display size of 43-inches and a full resolution of 3840×1200. This is a 32:10 aspect ratio, and really is not much lower in the resolution department than my current 35-inch 1440p UltraWide. In fact, horizontally, it’s the same resolution with just 240 pixels in different vertically.
Why would you want a 32:10 curved monitor, however? Well, I love my 21:9, but there are times when I wish I could fit a little more on a single display. With a 32:10 ratio, you can fit two 16:10 images side-by-side. In fact, Samsung supports this at the hardware level and can split this monitor into two displays from two different inputs.
That’s right, if you have two computers hooked up to the C43J89, you can easily display both side by side, giving you the ability to rock both your work and personal PC separate with just one monitor.
If you’d rather run two computers and have each use the same display, the C43J89 has a built-in KVM switch to help with that. What that does is switches your keyboard and mouse from computer A to computer B without you doing anything. Generally, you’d need to buy a separate piece of equipment to do this, but Samsung built it right into the display which is awesome.
The refresh rate is also great, at 120Hz for supported computers. Running this many pixels at 120Hz isn’t for the faint of heart, and you should really only attempt to drive that if you have a somewhat powerful machine. My desktop runs a GTX 1080 with a high-end i7, so it should handle it no problem, but entry-level machines might struggle a bit here.
This refresh rate is great for gamers or productivity masters alike. I’ve used 144Hz displays before (just slightly faster than Samsung has the C43J89 clocked at) and the difference between that and a regular 60Hz display is massive.
I/O wise, the C43J89 features HDMI, DisplayPort, USB-C up, USB 2.0 and 3.0 down, headphones, and two other USB-C ports. The secondary USB-C ports Samsung says you could connect to a smartphone, tablet, or laptop and have it charge the device and carry video at the same time. Sadly, it doesn’t look like these are Thunderbolt 3 connections.
Sound wise, Samsung put 5W stereo speakers inside of this monitor to give you clear audio without having to clutter your desk with extra speakers. Personally, I always prefer to have dedicated speakers regardless of how nice a monitor’s offering is, but that’s a personal preference.
This monitor can also tilt, swivel, and adjust its height so you can make sure it’s at the absolute perfect position for your viewing pleasure. If you’d rather VESA mount it on a monitor arm, that is also supported (and a must-have for me since I like to keep my monitors on swivel arms like seen in my Behind the Screens episode).
Samsung’s C43J89 43-inch 32:10 monitor is said to cost around $900 with an official release date sometime later this year. I really love the idea of having a slightly larger display with a 32:10 ratio and am heavily considering making this my next monitor upgrade once it goes on sale, how about you?