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Samsung S25HG50 Review
by Lim, June 17, 2017 9:45 pm
 

Samsung S25HG50 Review: A new Suprise? Why Samsung releases a Full HD 144Hz Gaming Monitor with a TN display in 2017?


Introduction
It's a bit strange, that Samsung releases a Full HD TN gaming monitor with Freesync in 2017. So, what is the reason for that? It's obvious that Samsung is trying to position themselves back into the gaming market and with the S25HG50 they fill their monitor line-up. The real question, however, is how good is the S25HG50 competing to the other 5 popular monitors in this tournament? In this tournament included are the: Acer XF240H, Asus MG248Q, ViewSonic XG2401,  Iiyama G-Master GB2488HSU-B3 Red Eagle, LG 24GM79G-B, and of course the Samsung. In the video review, you will find out everything about the Samsung.

Updates and new information around the Samsung S25HG50 can be found at the bottom of the article or in the table of contents (if available). Also available within the forum (click here).
 
 

Specifications

Panel type TN
Backlight EDGE LED / W-LED / Blue-Light Filter
Display size and Aaspect ratio 24,5 Inch / 27 Inch - 16:9
Max. resolution 1920x1080 (Full HD)
Pixel density 89,91 (Pixel pro Zoll)
Refresh rate 144 Hz nativ
Native color depth and color space 6-bit + FRC, 100% sRGB
Response time (GtG) 1 Ms
Brightness 400cd/m2
Integrated speakers Nein
Video inputs 2x HDMI 1.4, 1 DP 1.2
Audio 3.5mm headphone (out)
USB Hub Nein
Power consumption W
24" Panel dimensions WxHxD without footstand 624 x 532 x 250 mm
27" Panel dimensions WxHxD without footstand 540 x 331 x 72 mm
Frame width 13 mm
Weight ? Kg
Warranty 3 Jahre
Ergonomics Neigung, Höhe, Pivot, Drehung
Adaptive Sync Freesync
Free-Sync Range 45-144 Hz
Contrast (Nativ) 1000:1
Vesa Yes 100mm
Curved No
 
 

 

Alternatives

Alternative 144 / 165Hz Full-HD (1920x1080) TN monitors to the Samsung S25HG50:
(All other alternatives are listed in the Gaming-Monitor-List. Future releases can be found here)

 

Find the Samsung S25HG50 here: Buy on Amazon

 

With Freesync:

Acer XF240H Review soon
LG 24GM79G-B Review / Buy on Amazon
ViewSonic XG2401 Review / Buy on Amazon
Asus MG248Q Review / Buy on Amazon
Iiyama G-Master GB2488HSU-B3 Review / Buy on Amazon

 


YouTube Video Review

 

 

YouTube Video Unboxing

 
 
 

Measurement data


Contrast, Brightness, and Black Point:

 

Presets and Measurements:


 

Measurements with optimal settings (without calibration):


 

Measurements after calibration:

 

 

Ufo-Testimages/ Text-Inversion and Color Temperature artifacts



Homogeneity


 

 

Review Updates
Currenty no updates.

 

 

Comparison Charts

Maximum brightness in cd/m2
Samsung S25HG50
421
Asus MG248Q
397
LG 24GM79G
384
Iiyama GB2488HSU-B3
381
Viewsonic XG2401
381

Maximum contrast x:1
Viewsonic XG2401
1107
LG 24GM79G
1100
Iiyama GB2488HSU-B3
1065
Samsung S25HG50
924
Asus MG248Q
798

Black point with optimal settings (120 cd/m2 , 6500K)
LG 24GM79G
0,11
Viewsonic XG2401
0,11
Iiyama GB2488HSU-B3
0,12
Samsung S25HG50
0,15
Asus MG248Q
0,17

 

 

Pros & Cons

 

Pro:

- Excellent image quality out of the box
- Very good blacks for a TN panel
- Very good contrast
- Very good colors for a TN monitor
- Freesync with a range from 48-144 Hz
- Good build quality
- Very good OSD overview
- 3 macro buttons for own presets
- Cable management solution
- Black Equalizer

 

Neutral:

- Not the best overdrive settings (Still, it's very hard to see a difference in games - so it's not a big deal)
- No backlight strobing feature from Samsungs CFG70 or CHG70 model
- Matte panel coating (still better compared to the Asus PG278QR for example. All monitors within the Freesync tournament have close to the same panel coating)
- No USB hub

Contra:

- The "release price" of 380€ / 360$ is just too high
- Backlight bleed on the bottom on my unit. Pretty clearly visible in dark image content
- Clouding in the center, but very barely visible. MUCH less compared to current TN G-Sync WQHD monitors like the Asus PG278QR and the Dell S2716DG
- As you could see in the whole review, the monitor isn't really flicker-free (PWM)
- Color temperature artifact issues on the Samsung clearly more obvious compared to other monitors within this Freesync-Tournament. In games, I couldn't recognize them but for sure there will exist games where you will see them in a certain level or similar.
- Green, blue, or red tint in viewing angles, depending on color temperature. Artifacts can be eliminated when using the native color temperature.

 

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