Samsung CFG73: Curved 144Hz FreeSync QLED Gaming Monitors (Samsung C24FG73, Samsung C27FG73)

Samsung C24FG73 Review

Introduction

The Samsung C24FG73 will be the official gaming monitor for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds tournament which will take place at Gamescom 2017.

The monitor boasts rapid 144Hz refresh rate and quick 1ms motion picture response time (MPRT) in addition to its high-contrast VA panel, AMD FreeSync, and quantum-dot technology.

Moreover, the Samsung CFG73 144Hz gaming monitors feature 1800R curved screens and factory-calibrated picture presets for various different game genres including FPS, RTS, RPG, and AOC.

Image Quality

A stellar image quality is ensured by the quantum dots which broaden the color spectrum up to 125% of the sRGB color gamut. In addition to the superior 3,000:1 contrast of the Samsung C24FG73 VA panel, content on the screen will come to life with intense and immersive colors.

The screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 is the only not-so-exciting aspect of the display, but for the 23.6-inch version, it’s plenty for a sharp and crisp picture. The Samsung C27FG73 model that also offers Full HD resolution, would’ve been much better suited with QHD 1440p instead, due to the low pixel density of 1080p on a 27-inch screen.

The Samsung C24FG73 also features well-optimized game modes for FPS, RTS, RPG, and AOC gaming genres. The picture presets use custom parameters of color, sharpness, and the black equalizer feature to deliver the best gaming experience; for instance, by increasing brightness in dark-themed games.

Performance

The VA and IPS panel monitors are usually only capable of delivering response time speed up to 4-5ms, but have better picture quality and flawless 178-degree viewing angles. Whereas the TN monitors were the only ones that could offer the impeccable 1ms response time gameplay. Alas, they would do so at the cost of color vibrancy and viewing angles.

However, Samsung has managed to find a way around this by the revolutionary Motion Picture Response Time. Thanks to its precise four-channel scanning, motion blur is efficiently eliminated allowing you to enjoy the fast-paced action in games without ghosting or trailing of the fast moving objects in addition to the amazing image quality of the VA panel.

The 144Hz refresh rate is a must for competitive gaming as it makes everything run buttery smooth while giving you the edge over your opponents with regular displays.

Additionally, AMD FreeSync technology allows you to synchronize the refresh rate between AMD FreeSync compatible graphics cards and the Samsung CFG73 monitors. In return, screen tearing and stuttering is eliminated at no cost of input lag. Furthermore, within the dynamic refresh rate range, you can maintain a steadier FPS (Frames Per Second) rate without fluctuation.

Design and Connectivity

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The Samsung C24FG73 design consists of fully adjustable ergonomics including 135mm height adjustment, 15° swivel to the left and right, -3°, 20° tilt, 90­° pivot, and 75 x 75 VESA mount compatibility. The appearance is somewhat bulky with decently thin bezels and dark-blue matte chassis. Connector ports are as follows: two HDMI 1.4, a DisplayPort 1.2a, and the headphones jack.

Price & Similar Monitors

Although Samsung will showcase the Samsung C24FG73 at Gamescom in Germany between August 22 and 26, it’s already available for purchase, but only in some parts of Europe.

At the moment (August 2017), the Samsung LC24FG73 price is €268 (~$315) while the Samsung LC27FG73 is priced at €355 (~$415). Besides having the extra ‘L’ letter in their name, the monitors are identical to the CFG73 that will be showcased. Due to the pixel density difference, the 24-inch version seems much more appealing and cost-effective.

Samsung LC24FG73 vs Samsung C24FG70

The previous version of the CFG73 series is available in the US. The Samsung C24FG70 is priced at $278 while the Samsung C27FG70 price is $362. Both series feature all the same key specifications including the 1ms MPRT speed, FreeSync, quantum-dots, and high-contrast VA panels.

There are only minor differences; for instance, the Samsung C24FG70 can be adjusted by an extra 5° tilt and 5mm height adjustment whereas the Samsung LC24FG73 has a wider 92% color gamut of Adobe RGB as opposed to the 81% of the CFG70.

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Conclusion

If you enjoy gaming at 1080p (and why wouldn’t you?), the Samsung LC24FG73, if it doesn’t change the name for the US market, will offer you everything you need for smooth Full HD gameplay at a reasonable price.

The rapid 144Hz refresh rate and the cutting-edge combination of the 1ms response time speed and high contrast along with quantum-dots makes the image quality as flawless as the performance.

The Samsung C24FG70 is a great and cheaper alternative with all the same features though with a less appealing design.

Samsung C24FG73 Specifications
Screen Size23.6-inch
Resolution1920x1080 (Full HD)
Panel TypeVA
Aspect Ratio16:9 (Widescreen)
Refresh Rate144Hz
Response Time1ms (MPRT)
Adaptive SyncFreeSync (70Hz-144Hz)
PortsDisplayPort 1.2, 2x HDMI 1.4
Other PortsHeadphone Jack
Brightness350 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio3000:1 (static)
Colors16.7 million (true 8-bit)
VESAYes (75x75mm)

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