Samsung U28E590DS: Friendly price tag but there's a catch


Of the five monitors in this round-up, Samsung U28E590DS is the only model with an ultra high-definition (also known as 4K) resolution. Its rivals have a screen resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels or fewer.

Yet, it is one of the more affordable monitors at $899. Only the BenQ XL2730Z is cheaper ($888).

But there is a catch. The Samsung monitor uses a twisted nematic (TN) panel with viewing angles that are not as wide as other displays based on in-plane switching (IPS) technology. The bottom viewing angle is especially bad, with significant colour shift.

Samsung has tried to remedy this inherent weakness in TN displays with an image enhancement feature dubbed Samsung Magic Angle. This feature offers five different profiles, each designed to alleviate the poor viewing angles of the display for specific scenarios.


  • Price: $899

    Resolution: 3,840 x 2,160 pixels


    Features: 4/5

    Design: 3/5

    Performance: 3/5

    Value: 4/5

    Overall: 4/5

For instance, Group View is intended for multiple viewers while Lean Back tries to improve the viewing experience when looking at the display from below.

In practice, Magic Angle works pretty well - so much so that I could almost forget that this is a monitor with a TN display.

The Samsung scored well in our colour accuracy test. I also like that it comes with a joystick for users to adjust the on-screen display settings. It is easier to use than the usual buttons.

However, you will need a high-end gaming system to get the most out of this monitor. Unlike its rivals, the Samsung has a very limited FreeSync range (40 to 60Hz). This means that unless your game is running between 40 and 60 frames per second, it will not benefit from FreeSync. To achieve such consistent frame rates in the latest games at 3,840 x 2,160 pixels requires a powerful computer, such as one with dual graphics cards.


It is not a deal-breaker if you have a high-end system, but keep this in mind if you are buying the monitor solely for the FreeSync feature. Other flaws that may put you off: The monitor lacks pivot and swivel functionality and it also has no USB ports.

Vincent Chang

  • Verdict: This may not be the most ideal gaming monitor, but the Samsung's affordable price and 4K resolution make it a good and versatile option.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 16, 2015, with the headline ''. Print Edition | Subscribe