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The Samsung Smart Monitor wants to be a TV for your desk *updated*

By Ng Chong Seng - on 11 Jun 2021, 7:26pm

The Samsung Smart Monitor wants to be a TV for your desk *updated*

Note: This article was first published on 27th November 2020, and is now re-published with new models and price points.

(Image: Samsung.)

Samsung has announced the Smart Monitor, which it claims is the world’s first monitor to combine over-the-top (OTT) media service, mobile connectivity and remote PC capabilities. Put another way, other than the smaller size and lack of a tuner, the Smart Monitor bears a closer relation to a smart TV than a traditional desktop monitor.

Available in two series — FHD M5 and 4K M7 — the Smart Monitor has built-in Wi-Fi and you can connect it directly to the internet (no computer required!) to access your Office 365 documents stored in the cloud.

It also features a remote access function, which means you can get to the files on the computer it’s connected to, even when you’re out of office or home, as long as there’s an internet connection.

The Smart Monitor supports Bluetooth and has USB and HDMI ports so it’s easy to hook it up to PCs, set-top boxes and other peripherals. If you’ve a compatible Galaxy device, you can also cast the DeX desktop wirelessly to the bigger display.

Like Samsung’s smart TVs, the Smart Monitor runs Tizen and has an embedded app store that's home to popular streaming apps such as Netflix, Disney+, HBO Max, Apple TV, Amazon Prime, Hulu and YouTube. The self-sufficient monitor, which can pump out sound through its built-in two-channel 5W speakers, even supports Apple’s AirPlay 2 wireless media streaming and control standard.

To blur the TV-or-monitor line even further, you’re given a remote control for navigating the interface, which looks just like the one found on Samsung TVs. And like the remote that comes with the TVs, you can hold down the microphone button on this remote and ask Bixby for help.

In the U.S., the 27-inch and 32-inch M5 (both FHD resolution) are priced at US$229.99 and US$279.99 respectively. The 32-inch M7 (4K) is going for US$399.99. Size and resolution differences aside, the M7 packs an additional USB 2.0 port and is the only one that has a USB-C port that supports 65W charging.

Samsung has informed us that the 27-inch M5 will go on sale in Singapore in the first week of December, followed by the 32-inch M5 and M7 in the third week. Here are their prices:

  • M5 27-inch — S$548
  • M5 32-inch — S$698
  • M7 32-inch — S$898

*Update: 11 Jun 2021 with new models and pricing*

The M5 line of monitors now has a new 24-inch (black) model in addition to the 27-inch (white) and 32-inch models announced in November last year. However, the 32-inch model will only be available in Singapore in August 2021 and pricing information has yet to be made available. We will update this article with more information once we receive it.  

In addition to the aforementioned M7 32-inch model, there is also a new 43-inch M7 monitor in black. In terms of specifications, it is largely the same as the previously announced M7 32-inch model but supports Samsung’s solar cell-powered remote control.

 

Local Availability and Pricing

The new Smart Monitor line-up is available on the Samsung Online Store and major consumer electronics and IT stores from 14 June 2021. Pre-orders are open for the M5 24-inch here. The M7 32-inch model is already on sale in Singapore for S$728 (U.P. $898) at the Samsung Online store.

Consumers will receive a complimentary Samsung Bundle gift consisting of:

 

Model M5 M7
Display Screen Size (Inch) 24”, 27”, 32” 32", 43”
Flat / Curved Flat Flat
Aspect Ratio 16:9 16:9
Viewing Angle 178° (Horizontal)/178° (Vertical) 178° (Horizontal)/178° (Vertical)
Brightness (Typical) 250cd/m2 (Typical)  250cd/m2 (Typical) 
Resolution (Pixels) 1,920 x 1,080 (FHD) 3,840 x 2,160 (UHD)
HDR HDR10 HDR10
Interface HDMI 2.0 2 ports 2 ports
USB-C N/A 1 port (65W Charging)
Wi-Fi 5 Yes Yes
Bluetooth 4.2 Yes Yes
Speaker 5W x 2 5W x 2
USB 2.0 2 ports 3 ports
Smart Feature / Service OS Tizen 5.5 Tizen 5.5
Voice Assistant (Bixby 2.0) Yes Yes
VOD (Netflix, YouTube, etc.) Yes Yes
Mobile Casting/Mirroring Yes Yes
Remote Access Yes Yes

(Image: Samsung.)

Source: Samsung.

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