With the Samsung CH711 series, Samsung Electronics combines the quantum-dot technology with their acclaimed thin-bezel curved design in order to bring fascinating image quality to casual gamers and offices. Although most gamers will be repulsed by the rather mediocre 60Hz refresh rate, some more casual players won’t be bothered by it and manage to enjoy other perks of the Samsung C27H711 or the 32-inch version, the Samsung C32H711.
27 Inches Screen (1800R Curved)
2560×1440 Resolution (2K, WQHD, 1440p)
16:9 Aspect Ratio
4ms Response Time (GtG)
Ports: HDMI, miniDisplayPort
Brightness: 300 cd/m2
Static Contrast: 3,000:1
Pixel Pitch: 0.23mm
As previously stated, the Samsung CH711 series monitors are available in 27-inch and 31.5-inch variants, both of which feature the 2560×1440 resolution and the same specifications. At 1440p both sizes deliver a great image quality, although the Samsung C27H711 has a richer pixel density of 109 pixels per inch which results in a more detailed image quality. The Samsung C32H711 has a pixel density of 93 pixels per inch which is still very good and equivalent to 1080p on a 23.5-inch display in terms of visible details.
The Samsung C27H711 uses an 8-bit VA panel with a superior 3,000:1 static contrast ratio which is responsible for the better relation between the darkest and the brightest colors as well as incredibly detailed and deep black tones. Along with the quantum dots which further enhance the color gamut to sRGB 125%, the image quality is brilliant with vibrant colors. However, for professional designing, an IPS panel is preferable due to the better color accuracy.
Other things concerning the panel type include the flawless 178-degree viewing angles and lastly, a response time speed of 4ms (gray to gray). The response time speed eliminates ghosting and trailing of the fast moving objects in the everyday use and casual gaming perfectly while the input lag allows for responsive gameplay; as responsive as it gets at 60Hz, that is. Along with FreeSync, the Samsung C27H711 monitor is perfect for casual gaming due to the exceptional image quality and a solid performance. Professional and more demanding players will naturally have to opt for an at least 144Hz gaming monitor, or a 100Hz ultra-wide display.
FreeSync technology allows you to synchronize the refresh rate of the Samsung C27H711 to your graphics card’s frame rate. As a result, a dynamic refresh rate is achieved which provides a more steady FPS (Frames Per Second) rate that’s less prone to fluctuate. Additionally, screen tearing and stuttering is eliminated while the input lag is further reduced within the dynamic range which in this case amounts to 48-75Hz. In order to enable this feature, you need to have a FreeSync compatible AMD graphics card. Other graphic cards can still be used with the monitor but without the adaptive-sync feature.
The OSD menu is navigated using the 4-way joystick placed beneath the screen. Besides the regular settings such as brightness, contrast, and other calibrating parameters, you can use several pre-calibrated picture presets depending on your activity on the screen. There are also gaming-oriented presets which increase the visibility in the dark scenes, among other things. The Samsung C27H711 display also features an Eye Saver mode with the blue light filter which along the flicker-free screen allows you to watch the screen for hours without straining your eyes.
Apart from the stellar 1440p picture quality with the quantum dots and a superior contrast ratio, the design of the Samsung S27H711, as well as the Samsung S32H711, is the greatest thing about it, and at the same time the worst thing. The design of the monitor is one of the most gorgeous out there, but also one of the most unergonomic.
In addition to the 1800R curvature which makes any viewing experience more immersive, the Samsung CH711 series monitors boast an ultra-thin 8mm bezel at the top and sides while the beauteous glossy screen surface makes for a mesmeric sight even when the monitor’s off.
Alas, such appearance comes at the cost; First of all, there is no VESA mount compatibility and the monitor is tilt-only, but barely. Moreover, the stand could be more steady. The screen is covered with a light matte coating which eliminates the sunlight reflection whilst preserving the image quality.
Both the Samsung C27H711 and the Samsung C32H711 feature only one miniDisplayPort and one HDMI port which is somewhat disappointing at this price range as there’s no USB hub, no audio jack, and no built-in speakers. FreeSync is supported through the miniDisplayPort.
At the moment (May 2017), the Samsung C27H711 price amounts to $420. Considering the crisp 1440p resolution, FreeSync, and the amazing image quality of the high-contrast VA panel and the innovative quantum-dot technology, the price is quite reasonable. Add to that the simply astonishing design, subtract its limited versatility, and you have a nice deal overall.
The 32-inch version, the Samsung C32H711 priced at $520 is a great deal as well if you’re looking for a larger display rather than more ambitious specifications. Depending on the region, these models may also be deemed as the Samsung C27H711Q and the Samsung C32H711Q.
Overall, the Samsung C27H711 is a nice addition to the sweet spot collection of 27-inch, 1440p, 60Hz monitors that are pretty common to a vast variety of users. Whether you need a monitor for casual gaming, office use, or some basic content creation, the Samsung C27H711 and the Samsung C32H711 will crank the 1440p norm up-a-notch with more vibrant colors and greater details. In addition to the stunning design with the 1800R curvature and such narrow bezels, the viewing experience is as immersive as it can be at this price point. If you can neglect the lack of ergonomics, the Samsung CH711 series monitors are perfect.
The Samsung C27H711 and the Samsung C32H711 bring an immense improvement to the 1440p image quality norm thanks to the innovative quantum dots and the high-contrast VA panel. Moreover, the casual gaming experience is ready for next level due to FreeSync and rapid response time speed. Lastly, the design is simply beautiful but lacks ergonomic support.