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Michael C.

Michael C.

Joined on 08/26/05

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Most Favorable Review

Extremely happy with this choice

SAMSUNG U32D970Q Black 31.5" UHD 8ms (GTG) 4K PLS LCD/LED Monitor, 350 cd/m2 DCR Mega Infinity (1000:1), VESA Mountable, HDMI DiplayPort
SAMSUNG U32D970Q Black 31.5" UHD 8ms (GTG) 4K PLS LCD/LED Monitor, 350 cd/m2 DCR Mega Infinity (1000:1), VESA Mountable, HDMI DiplayPort

Pros: Great image quality Well designed Color and brightness uniformity are excellent

Cons: For Mac users, SAMSUNG includes an adapter and a DP cable. I would prefer a DP to mini DP cable and avoid using the little adapter, but this is minor.

Overall Review: First off, I am a designer who works with page layout and color retouching on a daily basis. Color uniformity, calibration and image quality are of high concern to me. I have mad my living at this for over 30 years and I am very particular about the tools I use. I just went through THREE units of the LG31MU97 trying to get one that was acceptable for my needs. The color uniformity on that product was abysmal (I'm grateful to Newegg for the low-hassle RMA process). When I booted up this Samsung next to the third LG, the difference was remarkable. This panel is fantastic and the product appears to be in a class above the LG in both image quality and build. I understand QC issues can arise with any company/product, and there are individuals who are going to get unlucky with a purchase. That said, my experience with the U32D970Q has been excellent thus far. Color fidelity is spot on with my reference materials. Factory calibration seems spot on, although I plan to set up my own calibration later. Color saturation, brightness and contrast are excellent. I have no light bleed at the edges of the panel. I did see reports of this monitor having less than stellar contrast, but in a side-by-side with the LG that did not seem to be the case. Blacks are deep and even. Whites are bright and even. I will measure this later, but visually, I cannot discern any uneven brightness across the panel. So far, so good.

Most Critical Review

Not fit for pro color use

LG 31MU97C-B 31" 4096 x 2160 (4K) HDMI Yes (x2, ver 1.4)
DisplayPort Yes (x1, ver 1.2)
Mini DisplayPort Yes (x1, ver 1.2) Built-in Speakers LCD Monitor
LG 31MU97C-B 31" 4096 x 2160 (4K) HDMI Yes (x2, ver 1.4) DisplayPort Yes (x1, ver 1.2) Mini DisplayPort Yes (x1, ver 1.2) Built-in Speakers LCD Monitor

Pros: Well designed, sleek case Solid stand True 4K resolution

Cons: Color uniformity is abysmal

Overall Review: I would like to give this monitor a great review. There are many things to like about it. Unfortunately, the color uniformity across the panel is horrible. As others have mentioned, one side of the monitor is noticeably cooler (blue/green) than the other (red cast). I just RMA'd my THIRD and last one of these. The first had poor uniformity (best seen with all white screen). I ordered a replacement, which was not perfect, but was somewhat better. However, this unit had two dead pixels. I shipped it back and Newegg promptly sent a replacement, which had the same issues as the first. There is absolutely no point in calibrating a screen if the calibration applies to only one part of it. If you want a monitor for color grading I would look elsewhere. Likewise, if you do page layout and are working with white backgrounds this will probably be unacceptable for your use. 4K video looks stunning on it, but that's of little use if you need to do serious work. Before sending back my last one of these, I ordered the 32" Samsung and set them up side by side. The difference was stunning. The Samsung's panel looks completely uniform. The fact that it is UHD instead of true 4K like the LG is of little consequence. I actually prefer the aspect ration of the Samsung — about .25" less in width, but over .75" taller — as the LG feel a little "squashed" from the moment I started using it. There are obvious quality control issues with the LG models. They did a lot right with this monitor, but what's wrong makes it a bad choice for color work or design. I would definitely look at the Samsung first, or if you can live with a panel that supports sRGB but not full Adobe RGB, then I would give BenQ or ASUS a shot.