Have you ever put two monitors together for gaming?
The CHG90 is wider than that. But does this full split mean a better gaming experience?
Having two displays for gaming is a dream for many gamers and if you already own such a setup your retinas should be very excited about this beauty from the Samsung stable.
From hourglass figures to the bends of a Bentley, we have it in our DNA to fall in love with anything curvy. But when there’s a super-ultrawide 49in curved OLED monitor that costs ₹1.5 lakhs, it can’t help but raise that dreaded question - is it really worth it? That isn’t a simple thing to answer. It entirely depends on your use case scenario and your ability to spend. Of course, you can live without the monitor in your life, but there’s a lot you would be missing out on. The extra real estate you get while playing a round of PUBG and the boost of creativity when you can open multiple windows all on one display are quite tempting. But is all that really what you need? Let’s clear that doubt once and for all.
Sizing it up
A box that reaches your shoulders could be intimidating, and to know that there’s a kick ass 49in curved monitor getting cozy inside waiting for you to get your game on, does make your tummy tingle. But I’m harping on about the box because it is the first monitor that is so beautifully packed and easy to set up.
You don’t need instructions. Everything is intuitive and it just takes two screws to put the massive beast together. I was done putting it together in under a minute. Very well done Samsung. But here’s the issue. You will need a really big table to put the CHG90 on and a strong one at that. It does weigh a pretty heavy 15kgs and lifting it up is a task because of how wide it is.
Even the stand juts out the front and is massive. So, if you have a small table with very little space, it isn’t going to work. You also need to sit at least 30-35inches away from the monitor to get the whole view, otherwise it’s like watching a tennis match and your neck won’t thank you for the extra exercise you’ve put it through.
The CHG90 has a simple and elegant design with clean lines and a relatively thin bezel. There’s no fancy gamer skin or unbearable RGB lighting, it’s a more mature look that’s modern and classy. This monitor wouldn’t look out of place in a room full of high-end equipment that costs twice as much and neither will it look odd sitting on a hard core gamer’s desk, that’s the beauty of it.
There’s no RGB lighting doing all sorts of crazy behind the screen itself, but you do get a halo light that’s plain and with some software trickery syncs to your game’s audio. So, if there’s a lot of audio that’s been processed or say some dramatic music in a fight sequence, the light brightens and adds the element of drama. It’s what Samsung likes to call audio-aligned Arena Lighting and while it works fine, the light is not as bright as it should be, rendering it pointless.
Just below the light rests the provision for ports that’s hidden by a little plastic cover and the arm of the stand houses the clever cable management system. The ports include 2 x HDMI 2.0, 2 x Display ports, audio and 2 x USB3.0. That’s about it, there’s no USB Type-C or anything fancy.
The stand could probably survive a war or two and the entire thing looks pretty amazing sitting on the desk (a big desk), and that’s when it isn’t even switched on. You can tilt it a few degrees and adjust the height to your liking as well. This monitor is the obvious first thing that people notice and will make your friends as green as Hulk, anger fueled by jealousy included.
On the dot
Yes, you might be thinking not a lot of games would support the crazy 3840x1080p resolution and 32:9 ratio and that’s sort of true. In some games the HUD is displayed to the extreme sides of the display which does get annoying, but most of the games work pretty well with a few minor adjustments. For example, in Arma 3, the HUD shows up in the middle with the sides left for the rest of the game visuals. You end up getting an unobstructed view of what’s happening around you and the extra real estate is sweet. However, your movies and Netflix shows, even in the widescreen ratio will have black bars at the side and you will have to live with it.
Samsung’s Quantom Dot tech really serves up a stunning visual treat in games like the Witcher 3. The colours are vivid and sometimes just overly done, but a quick adjustment gets you an incredibly natural image that we’ve not seen on other regular wide monitors. The 144Hz refresh rate and a lightning quick response time all translate to a much smoother and seamless experience. Games like PUBG, apart from benefitting from the extra space, also feel smooth and just fluid and we found our kill score shoot up drastically. With FreeSync on board, AMD users get an extra little boost too.
So, the colours are great, details are decent, but what I do have a problem with is the resolution and that HDR tag. Games that support HDR benefit a little, there’s no doubt about that, but the CHG90 has a peek brightness of about 300 and that’s not what actual HDR panels have. Secondly, this one doesn’t use Full Array Local Dimming either. But the final output isn’t all that bad and the monitor manages to impress nonetheless.
While we may have to wait for the competitors to launch their own versions of this monstrosity, you’d be happy to know that it isn’t just gaming that this baby is good at. You can have upto five windows of Chrome open on the CHG90 and turn it into a powerful work tool. This really helps when you have a lot of cross-programme tasks. It really boosts productivity to another level.
Keeping it cool
The menu on the CHG90 is kept really simple and intuitive. It does have a cool gamer-centric design but it is well laid out and allows easy switching for customised profiles that you can set up. Your current settings like ‘Refresh Rate’ Black Equaliser settings and others are displayed on top of it with clear icons, making it effortless to fiddle around with your settings. No guesswork here. It’s the little things.
A cute little headphone holder is incorporated behind the monitor. It is sort of in an awkward position and reaching for it is quite a task. You really need to get out of your seat, reach out to the back and it just doesn’t feel practical, sort of like a chore if I’m being honest. This could have been done better but it isn’t a deal breaker.
Samsung CHG90 Verdict
The CHG90 is a beautiful slab of goodness that comes at a steep price. While gaming on it is extremely immersive and splendid, getting work done is also a pleasure. I’m not really happy with its claims of HDR and that less-than-appealing resolution, but I guess the HDMI 2.0 port allows only so much. That’s not to say HDR-enabled games don’t benefit, they do, but it’s not as big a deal as it is. But hey, at least Samsung has taken the effort to provide that feature. So, the big question then is - do you need it? It’s a 49in giant! Of course, YES, is the answer.