A monitor as good for gamers as photographers

If you’re a PC gamer, chances are the average laptop screen or monitor doesn’t cut it. For shooter, strategy and fighting games in particular, the average screen is often simply too slow. On the other hand, that speed often comes at the expense of image quality.

Samsung announced its CFG70 monitors in August, and I’ve had the chance to use the monitor at home for a few weeks. The monitor achieves the difficult feat of mostly fitting my needs both as a gamer and a photographer.

Key Specs and details

  • 24″ and 27″ sizes (I tested the smaller)
  • 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • 1 ms response time
  • 144 Hz refresh rate
  • Curved VA panel (1800R)
  • Quantum Dots color tech with 125℅ of sRGB coverage
  • 3000:1 static contrast ratio
  • AMD FreeSync
  • 2 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort
  • No speakers
  • $349/$449

Hardware and design

Setting up the monitor is easy – basically a matter of dropping it into its swiveling arm stand.

It’s the most versatile stand I’ve used too; though most allow for some height, swivel, and tilt adjustment, Samsung’s also has convenient motion in the Z axis for bringing the screen closer or further, as well as generally a wider range in the other dimensions as well. You can also rotate the screen for use in portrait mode, which I appreciated when editing photos.

Samsung CFG70 Monitor

All these adjustments are easy to make with one hand. My one complaint about the arm mount is that you do have leave a fair bit of space behind the monitor, so keep that in mind if you’re buying it for use in tight quarters.

You navigate menus with a little tilting knob on the back of the display. The menus are intuitive and easy to navigate – including quick overview of your speed settings – and there are three customizable preset buttons under the display as well.

I’m grateful the display is free of the usual gaming accents with a subdued black design. It doesn’t scream “GAMER ALERT” the moment you step into a room.

The one flashy bit is a glowing blue light under the display. You can set it to pulse, interact with gameplay sounds, or turn off altogether. I would’ve liked to be able to keep it on permanently, but no luck, so I just turned it off as it was otherwise distracting.

There are no built in speakers, so you’ll have to provide your own or use headphones.

Image quality

In a rare turn of events, the specs really do tell most of the story, without many significant qualms or caveats.

Unlike some curved monitors that I’ve seen, there was basically no light leakage. Blacks have a bit of a ‘glow’ but are also on par or better than most IPS panels. Contrast is excellent, as are colors and viewing angles. There’s some washing out at extreme angles, but this is largely mitigated by the curvature of the display.

Samsung CFG70 Monitor