Samsung Space Monitor 27″ Pro testers: opinions on design and ergonomics

Samsung Space Monitor 27 Pro testers

Last week, our three pro testers praised the ease with which they could set up and install the 27-inch Samsung Space Monitor (S27R750QEU) within their company. Today, these three professionals, and readers of ZDNet, give you their opinion on the design and ergonomics of this innovative foot display.

The screen has a fairly modern design with an extremely thin frame in relation to the size of the panel. The finish is quality with dark hard plastics. The whole reinforces the impression of solidity of the articulated arm.

This discreetly houses the cables, but on the other hand there is no VESA connection to attach a mini PC to the back of the screen, probably to not make the whole thing too heavy. †

The fastening system is very stable without the need to tighten it too much. Once in position, the screen does not move. However, you can adjust your position without too much effort. On the other hand, it is only adjustable in height and in incline up/down. So it is impossible to rotate the screen or even tilt it left/right, the screen will always remain parallel to the edge of the desk it is mounted on, which can be practical in the case of a multi-screen configuration.

The configuration of the screen is performed by an OSD menu accessible via a small joystick on the back, bottom right of the device. So this doesn’t affect the front design, but handling it forces the user to place their thumb on the screen when they need to press it to validate, which can leave some fingerprints on the frame and plate.

The main advantage of this monitor and its articulated base is therefore that space can be saved under the screen. This is ideal for narrow offices, while allowing quite easy handling of the product and perfect adaptation of the panel to the user’s posture. †

Loïc Dalbègue is IT manager at Greta Nord-Isère
The National Education continuing education organization for adults, labeled H+, Greta Nord-Isère provides certifying, qualifying and modular training to employees, job seekers, businesses and local authorities. It benefits from the deployment of schools, high schools and colleges, as well as their technical platforms.

I didn’t notice any real aesthetic innovation on this Samsung Space Monitor. However, if it doesn’t revolutionize the genre, it shows great finesse in its finishes. Everything is perfect from this point of view. The screen is therefore very pleasant to look at and fits perfectly into the user’s working environment.

The fastening system is reliable and solid. It is very well designed, although two drawbacks should be noted. Initially, it lacks a pivot point that facilitates the horizontal orientation of the screen. Second, the arm can sometimes be a problem if two desks are facing each other. Indeed, the arm may have a tendency to hit the opposite work surface.

I was not very interested in the OSD (“On Screen Display”) interface, because it is very correct and easy to use. It has no significant flaws for me.

Thanks to the design of the Samsung Space Monitor, my setup has become more modern and this screen brings more quality to the market than screens intended for the professional environment. In addition, if the positioning of the articulated arm could pose a problem in terms of ergonomics, it still facilitates visual access to the content displayed on the screen compared to a traditional stand.

François-Xavier Caron is IT and Editing Support Manager at Mutex
Mutex has been building and developing commission and pension savings insurance for its mutual insurance partners for 40 years that complement their health offering. Mutex designs customized, effective and flexible retirement solutions for all living conditions to meet the needs of any type of population: individuals, professionals, companies or social economy structures.

The screen design is sleek. I especially liked the bezel-less effect of the panel, which gives the impression of having a screen larger than a 27-inch.

The mounting system is ingenious and practical when the desk is against a wall. We get workspace. The hinge on the stand allows the screen to be placed on the desk, which can be practical. The height-adjustable leg clamp allows you to adapt to the thickness of the worktop. However, beware of desks with rounded corners, the clamp may not be a perfect fit.

It’s a shame you can’t use the monitor in portrait mode or turn it sideways.

Once attached, the screen is very stable and easy to handle. The power cable can be clamped through the grooves in the foot. On the other hand, the too thin USB cable struggles to stay in place. Once the screen is placed against a wall, the cables are completely forgotten.

The screen settings are made via a joystick located on the back (bottom right) of the screen. It is easy to get used to the ergonomics of the system. Navigating the OSD menu is quite logical and offers quite a few image customization options.

Used in an office environment, the definition allows to display two documents side by side, which is very important.

I used the Space Monitor with my Surface Book through a docking station, but was then limited to Full HD display (1920 by 1080 dots). With my laptop (a recent high-end model) I was able to get the maximum definition (2,560 points by 1,440). For the production of diagrams and network plans in MS Visio or Autocad, the size and definition of the Space Monitor take on their full meaning.

The only thing that is really missing is the left-right orientation to make this screen suitable for everyone. If your desk is against the wall or against the desk of a colleague, this is the perfect display. I remain satisfied with my experience, the design and the display quality of the screen. †

Alain Basinc is DSI of the town hall of Serris
Located near the Disney Parks in Marne-la-Vallée, Serris is a young and dynamic city of almost 10,000 inhabitants, which is experiencing strong economic and demographic development. The Information Systems department supports the digital and digital transformation of the municipality. It implements a modern and scalable environment to promote e-administration.

To summarize. No or few problems to report in terms of design and ergonomics. In addition to perfectly delivering on its space-saving promise, the Space Monitor was able to bring a resolutely modern touch to the setup of our three testers. Thanks to the ingenious foot, the screen adapts perfectly to the user’s working position and his gaze. However, the presence of a hinge to sideways pivot and adjust the plate would have been appreciated by our three readers. See you next week for the next article in this Pro Testers devoted to the display quality and performance of the Space Monitor’s 27-inch panel.

>> Find here the previous article from Pro Testers dedicated to the installation and start-up of the Space Monitor 27″

Technical features of the Samsung Room Monitor (S27R750QEU)

  • Screen diagonal: 27 inches (68.4 cm)
  • Resolution: 2560 x 1440 dots (16:9)
  • Panel type: VA
  • Brightness: 250 cd/m²
  • Contrast ratio: 3000:1
  • Response time: 4 ms (gray to gray)
  • Viewing Angle (H/V): 178°/178°
  • sRGB coverage: 100%
  • Ports: 1 Mini DisplayPort and 1 HDMI 2.0
  • Dimensions: 61.48 x 73.03 x 11.55 cm
  • Weight: 5.8kg
  • Manufacturer price: 399.00 euros including VAT

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An operation in collaboration with Samsung

Samsung and ZDNet are partners for this “Pro Testers” event. Samsung supplies the screens to the participants. For its part, the ZDNet team is responsible for choosing the participants, defining a “practical” testing protocol, collecting their opinions and publishing several articles summarizing reader feedback.

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