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Samsung brings quantum dots to its curved gaming monitors

A 144Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time help to pad out the spec list.
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Nicole Lee / Engadget

Samsung has announced a trio of high-end curved gaming monitors that brings its quantum dot technology to the masses. There are two devices, the CFG70, which is available in 24-and-27-inch sizes, as well as a super premium CF791 that packs a 34-inch, 3,440 x 1,400 display. The devices promise to create more immersive gaming experiences that look as good as they possibly could, although we couldn't tell that from the demo. Unfortunately, a leisurely game of FIFA Soccer is the worst way to show off a monitor that's really designed for fast-paced games like first-person shooters

Gallery: Samsung CFG70 gaming monitor hands-on | 10 Photos

Still, while we couldn't get a great impression of how the monitors will act in the real world, the spec list is certainly pretty tasty. Both the smaller CFG models pack a 1,920 x 1,080 panel that curves across 1800R, has a 144Hz refresh rate and just 1ms of response time. The larger of the set, meanwhile, has that 34-inch, 3,440 x 1,400 screen, curves with a radius of 1500R and has a 100Hz refresh rate with a 4ms response time.

All three models come with a DisplayPort uh, port, that sits alongside two HDMI inputs and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Only the CF comes with a pair of built-in 7W speakers and two additional USB ports. If you have an AMD graphics card, these screens are doubly worth consideration since they're compatible with FreeSync, the company's dynamic refresh system.

The monitors will all be available at some time before the holidays with the 24-inch model retailing for $399, the 27-incher going for $499 and the monster that is the 34-inch unit priced at $999. We noticed, as well, that Samsung mentioned how superior quantum dot displays were to OLED panels — which is a surprise, given that the company is one of the world's largest producers of such technology.

Nicole Lee contributed to this report.

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