With Samsung CRG5 screen, refresh rate is everything, number one priority. More than 10 million for a 27 inch screen with 240Hz refresh rate, these are all very attractive numbers, especially with a brand like Samsung, but along with it are obvious sacrifices. There are things you think you don't need, until you lose it, and there are things you think you need, until you have it.
For a long time, 60 fps has always been considered an "ideal" frame rate when playing games, whether on a computer or a console game console. However, with the development of technology and strong demand of gamers, screens with higher refresh rates are becoming more and more popular and accessible.
In the gaming world, the outcome of a match can be determined in just a moment, if you lose because the screen doesn't refresh fast enough, you can't blame anyone except yourself. For that reason, screen frequencies refresh 75Hz, 120Hz, 144Hz and even 240Hz appear respectively, soon the 60Hz screen will fall back into the past, at least in the gaming world.
At the E3 2019 show in June, Samsung officially released CRG5, its first 240Hz curved screen. Products on shelves in Vietnam shortly thereafter with a listing price of VND 10.89 million. "First time doing it", is Samsung CRG5 able to convince gamers to "a forest" of other products of all names in the market?
Compact design with thin edges, but no flexibility
Overall, CRG5 has a neat design, it seems Samsung wants to focus on sophistication instead of "pit" like other gaming screens on the market. If it is not for the "big" Y stand, then you will probably mistakenly think that CRG5 is a screen for office people.
The upper and lower sides of the CRG5 are moderately thin, compared to the same ViewSonic VG2455 that the reviewer used to review not long ago, but the vision is still airy, not offensive. However, between the plastic border and the screen panel, there is a big groove, the thickness fits the ATM card, which may be a place to accumulate dirt for a long time.
The bottom edge of the screen is a bit thicker due to technology limitations, silver paint with the Samsung logo in the middle. Below this logo is a power button that interacts with the screen, which is quite popular on the market today. Personally, the writer does not like this one-button-for-all function, when every time you want to customize something, it will be very tiring. For example, on CRG5, to change the color profile takes 5 clicks.
CRG5 has a screen size of 27 inches, according to the writer is just enough and suitable for many needs, from work to entertainment. Full HD resolution, however, is slightly low for this screen size. The 2K resolution will make the content appear sharper, but also means that the price of CRG5 will increase "galloping", so this is an acceptable trade-off.
Unlike most of the screen brands in the market, CRG5 owns curvature of 1500R (curved with radius of 1.5 meters) instead of 1800R. According to Samsung, the curvature of 1500R is close to the curvature of the eye and optimizes the viewing angle, providing a more authentic experience, but the writer used both curves 1500R and 1800R, the difference is nearly impossible. recognize. CRG5's screen has also been matte-resistant, with no shadow in the bright room.
Going further into configuration, CRG5 uses VA (Vertical Alignment), 3000: 1 contrast, 240Hz refresh rate and 4ms response time, supporting both G-Sync anti-tearing technology and FreeSync. VA panels are often used on high-frequency refresh screens because it can keep response times low while color quality and viewing angles are better than TN panels. And with IPS panels – though will give the best picture quality among the 3 types of panels – but with a refresh rate of 240Hz, the price will be much more expensive. In other words, VA panel is the optimal choice for CRG5 to balance quality and cost.
On the back, CRG5 doesn't really have any noticeable highlights: No LED lights, no scratches, no eye-catching motifs, things we often see on a gaming monitor. It is not really a bad thing, there will definitely be users who like this simplicity, only the writer is not among them.
The number of connectors on the CRG5 is minimal, with two HDMI ports, a DisplayPort 1.2 port and a 3.5mm headphone jack. No USB Type-C port is acceptable, but no USB Type-A port for users to conveniently connect other peripherals is an unfortunate omission.
What the writer feels dissatisfied on the CRG5 is that it is not flexible at all. In fact, the screen's angle and height are completely fixed, you cannot rotate, flip or do anything with it. The Y-shaped stand of this monitor also occupies a lot of space on the table, but in return it is very solid, less vibration, a necessity when users need to focus to "try hard".
Play games very smooth, extremely happy, but only games
Being the first to experience the 240Hz refresh rate screen, the writer had high expectations for the CRG5 experience especially when playing games, and Samsung did not disappoint. Among the fast-paced games that require continuous action like Counter Strike: Global Offensive or Battlefield V, basically first-person shooters, the CRG5 experience is very smooth, apparently. as mindfulness becomes easier in an unspeakable way. The 1500R curvature somewhat helps to experience the FPS game experience becomes more realistic, when the eyesight is natural.
League of Legends MOBA game also gives good experience, a clear upgrade compared to the 60Hz screen that the writer is using. Moving the camera continuously gives a pleasant feeling, and the character's movement as well as the skill effect are displayed smoothly.
However, when switching to a third-angle action game, Yakuza Kiwami 2, the 240Hz refresh rate makes the writer feel a bit dizzy, especially when the camera revolves around the character. This is called "motion sickness", temporarily called "motion sickness", and the writer has never been affected by this phenomenon before. Can't say this is the fault of CRG5, but this is also something that gamers who used motion sickness should consider when choosing this monitor.
Another plus for CRG5 is that it supports both Nvidia and FreeSync's G-Sync anti-tearing technologies. In short, these two technologies aim to synchronize the screen's refresh rate with the number of frames per second of the game to overcome screen-tearing, while minimizing latency. input lag. The writer's graphics card, GeForce RTX 2060, supports G-Sync and can reach 240fps for games like Counter Strike: Global Offensive or League of Legends without any problems, but with heavy games more, the falling fps didn't affect too much to the smoothness.
Meanwhile, CRG5's ability to display colors when working or entertaining is only normal. Although according to Samsung, this screen has NTSC color coverage of 72%, but the color is slightly stubborn, when viewed from the top it will feel like the image is burned bright, and the VA panel also cannot bring vivid colors. , brilliant like IPS panels. That being said, CRG5 is still a screen dedicated to gaming needs, if you want to edit photos or videos, perhaps other options will be more appropriate.
Also, it seems that changing the brightness and contrast does not make too much difference as usual. Edit from the highest to the lowest, the brightness and contrast only change a bit. The writer even experimented by closing his eyes, asking another person to pull the brightness to the lowest level and then open his eyes, the difference was almost unrecognizable.
Summary: Frequency scan is important, but not the most
It's hard to deny the benefits of the 240Hz screen when playing games, especially the first-person shooter. Smooth motion and curvature of 1500R can be said to be excellent for snipers, but CRG5 also performs well in MOBA games like League of Legends.
However, in exchange for 240Hz refresh rate, this monitor has to sacrifice a lot, from design, flexibility, resolution to connection port, color display. If possible, a 2K 144Hz monitor would probably be a better choice, because the difference between 60Hz to 144Hz and 60Hz to 240Hz is not as much as you might think.