Design and Workmanship
The Samsung The Space Monitor has a completely black housing and an overall very minimalist design. At first glance, it’s the narrow display edge, apart from the underside of the monitor, that is most noticeable, reminiscent of notebooks such as the Dell XPS series. In order to realize the thin frame, Samsung has done without elements like a webcam or buttons for the on-screen display at the front of The Space. Settings are changed via a single 5-way button on the back, which resembles a joystick. The Space by Samsung also has integrated loudspeakers.
Samsung also attaches great importance to an attractive design and a tidy workplace when it comes to cable routing. For this purpose, two channels are integrated in the holder, through which the cables from the connections in the monitor can be routed under the table. Unfortunately, the cables regularly slipped out of the channel during the test when the monitor was folded down onto the table.
The processing of the monitor is impeccable. The case is made of high quality plastic and all parts of the mount that are heavily loaded, such as the screw terminal, are made of metal.
As already mentioned, Samsung has reduced The Space Monitor to the bare minimum. Unfortunately, this is also noticeable in the connections. Besides an HDMI port (2.0) there is unfortunately only one DisplayPort (1.2). Other monitors in this price range are much better positioned here. The USB port on the back provides only diagnostic data that technicians can read out in case of a defect. There is no USB hub or charging possibility for tablets and smartphones due to the narrow frame.
The scope of delivery includes a combination cable that occupies only one of the two cable ducts of the bracket and can be used to connect both the HDMI signal and the external power supply. Despite the relatively high purchase price, a DisplayPort cable is not included in the package.
Image Quality and Usage
The image of the Samsung The Space looks brilliant due to the 4K resolution (3840 x 2160 pixels). The sRGB color space, which is now standard for mid-range and high-end monitors, is also fully covered by the Samsung The Space, according to our test. According to Adobe’s graphics software, the monitor only has minor weaknesses in the Adobe RGB, which nobody but professional photographers should notice in everyday life.
Unfortunately, the relatively low maximum brightness of 250 cd/m² ensures that, although The Space Monitor has a matt display, disturbing reflections can occur in direct light.
The Picture-in-Picture mode, which offers two sufficiently large areas thanks to the 32 inch screen diagonal, is also positive to note. For example, it is possible to display contents of the work computer on one half of the monitor, while the notebook can be displayed on the other half if required. In practice, switching between the standard mode with an image source and the Picture-in-Picture mode was very fast.
Gaming and other purposes
The Samsung The Space can inspire casual gamers with its high resolution, if there is a correspondingly fast computer available that can deliver current games in 4K resolution. Ambitious players and eSportsmen won’t be happy with The Space because of the low refresh rate of 60 Hz and the relatively high response time of 4 ms (grey to grey).
This is mainly due to the fact that fast shooters have small streaks compared to current gaming monitors. In addition, the Samsung The Space seems to have a relatively high input lag, which is no disadvantage for office use, but leads to a delay in the processing of input for particularly fast games. The monitor also doesn’t offer Nvidia G-Sync, AMD FreeSync and HDR. Gamers in this price class would be better off with a different device.
The Samsung The Space, on the other hand, can show off in typical office use, where the low refresh rate and the other “gaming disadvantages” don’t come into play. The large screen also makes it easy to edit oversized Excel tables or view two Word documents in parallel. Another positive feature is the LED backlight, which, like Samsung promises in advertising, is flicker-free in practice. The workhorse is rounded off by the integrated blue light filter, which filters out parts of the light that are particularly tiring for the eyes. Long working hours are therefore no problem with the Samsung The Space.