Samsung CJG5 Curved 32″ Gaming Monitor 2020 Latest Review.
The Samsung JG50 is a decent 1440p monitor. It has a great refresh rate and outstanding low input lag, great for gaming. The VA panel delivers deep blacks, can get bright enough for most rooms, and reflections are reduced significantly
The CHG70 is a matte-black monitor that measures 15.4 by 24.6 by 21.9 inches (HWD) and weighs 15 pounds.
On top and to the sides, its bezel is a thin strip, half an inch wide, while a 0.7-inch border runs along the bottom of the screen.
The stand, consisting of a shaft and a jointed arm extending from a wide V-shaped base, is ergonomically friendly, providing a fearsome foursome of adjustability: height, swivel, tilt, and pivot.
The panel feels sturdy and is easy to adjust, but the stand’s overall footprint, 20 inches across by 11.5 inches front to back, is a bit on the large side.
Just because the CJG5 doesn’t have HDR and frame syncing doesn’t mean it can’t have a gorgeous display. Samsung is still using its QLED tech.
It also used the money it saved from excluding expensive features to ensure that the screen looks great right out of the box.
It turns out that you can still do a lot to make a “regular” monitor look great. The VA panel is vivid and sharp.
I put it next to a similar 32-inch monitor with HDR, and Samsung’s color reproduction often made the difference difficult to notice.
The 3,000-to-1 contract ratio also does a great job of making blacks look deep and rich.
For a VA panel, the CGJ5 is about as fast as they come. In its gaming mode, it can do 1ms response time, which is on par with most TN and IPS monitors
- Good HDR performance in videos and games alike.
- Blistering refresh rate.
- Support for AMD FreeSync 2.
- Sturdy and ergonomic mount.
- Good color quality and image sharpness.
- Strong value for money.
- Fixed stand with very basic ergonomics.
- Image degrades when viewed at an angle
For Starters, a Sturdy Stand
First, a note: Samsung sells a 32-inch version of this monitor, also under the model name CHG70, which PC Labs hasn’t had a chance to test.
For the sake of clarity, all references I make to the CHG70 in this review other than in the previous sentence are to the 27-inch model.
Controls, Menus, and Ports
The physical controls on the monitor body comprise four tiny buttons located on the bottom right edge.
The on/off button, which doubles as a miniature directional joystick, is in back and situated well to the right of the other three, which are downward-facing and let you access the onscreen display (OSD) settings
From these buttons, you can control brightness, contrast, and sharpness, as well as change the display mode
It is also possible to customize numerous settings within a mode.
The CHG70’s input port selection includes two HDMI 2.0 ports, a DisplayPort 1.4 connector, one upstream and two downstream USB 3.0 ports, and separate audio-in and microphone jacks.
- Model CJG5
- Size 27”, 32”
- Design Curved Display
- Color Dark Silver
- Resolution 2,560 x 1,440
- Aspect Ratio 16:09
- Curvature 1,800R
- Panel Type VA Curved
- Brightness (Typ.) 300 cd/m2
- Viewing Angle 178o(H)/ 178o(V)
- Refresh Rate 144Hz
An Immersive Gaming Experience
At a glance, the Samsung CHG70 27-Inch Curved Monitor may not show much that stands out from the pack. It doesn’t shine with the extreme brightness levels or 4K UHD resolution of the Editors’ Choice Acer Predator X27.
Nor does it support Nvidia’s G-Sync adaptive-sync technology, which reduces image tearing and other artifacts with Nvidia’s much more popular late-model GeForce cards.
The CHG70 comes in at a much lower price, though, than the Acer model and most G-Sync panels.
The difference in price could fetch you a spiffy AMD Radeon RX or Radeon RX Vega card to take advantage of the FreeSync 2 support and its enhanced HDR compatibility.
Build & Design
The Samsung CJG5 measures 9.5 x 28 x 20.4-inches, and weighs about eight pounds. For better or worse, Samsung’s monitors have always aimed to look professional and standard.
And the CJG5 is a continuation of that trend, with its blue-gray color palate. It looks as professional as an ordinary black monitor, but the subtle difference does have slightly more style and distinction.
One thing that’s easy for anyone to appreciate is the stand. It’s a somewhat standard design for Samsung monitors, using two simple arms which extend into a broad “V” shape
This shape takes up minimal desk space and looks quite professional, which is why you can find it used by Samsung on even some of their best panels.
The CJG5 is constructed from a Samsung VA panel. Ten years ago, the idea of a gaming monitor using a VA panel would be totally preposterous.
But the comparative strengths and weaknesses of different panel types have narrowed in recent years.
The advantages in refresh rate and response time held by TN panels has weakened, as other types of panels have become more competent in those areas.
These changes have favored a switch towards more color-rich panels, and away from the TN panels which gamers have traditionally flocked towards.
The VA panel is the secret behind Samsung’s impressive 3000:1 contrast ratio, the trick to the CJG5’s impressive bright whites, dark blacks, and generally rich colors.
VA panels still have not achieved the 1ms response time you’ll find on TN panels. But strong VA panels like the CJG5 can approach 5ms response time, which is passable for nearly all gamers playing nearly all types of games
At the heart of modern gaming monitors are their refresh rates. The Samsung CJG5 Curved 32″ Gaming Monitor provides a smooth 144Hz refresh rate for full immersion.
That allows it to display a maximum of 144 frames per second, which can eliminate screen tear and allows for smooth flowing frames and beautiful presentation.
But it’s not all about beauty. Take a look at any corporate sponsored e-sports team.
If you observe what players use over long periods of time, you’ll notice some of the best gamers play with relatively simple gear.
That’s because they use what works, not what’s marketed as being useful.
You’ll also notice many professional gamers strongly prefer 144Hz. And that’s because they believe it’s advantageous in a variety of circumstances