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Samsung's 2022 monitors boast USB-C, mini LED backlight, smart TV apps

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Samsung's lineup of monitors for 2022 includes the Smart Monitor M8 with built-in smart TV apps, the High Resolution Monitor S8 aimed at professionals, and the curved Odyssey Neo G8 with a 240Hz refresh rate.

Samsung typically has a strong showing of monitors during CES, revealing its launches for the year ahead. For 2022, Samsung is keeping up the tradition, highlighting a trio of display series that could interest Mac users.

The Odyssey Neo 8 is billed as a display for gamers, but it offers many features that are useful for other use cases. Samsung says it's the first monitor to have a 4K 1000R curved display, with a high 240Hz refresh rate and a low 1ms response time.

The screen uses Quantum Mini LEDs with Samsung's Quantum HDR 2000 to offer a peak brightness of 2,000 nits, as well as a million-to-one contrast ratio. There's also a backlighting system that projects colors from the display onto a wall behind the monitor, which could help users get more engaged with on-screen content like games and movies.

Samsung High Resolution Monitor S8
Samsung High Resolution Monitor S8

The High Resolution Monitor S8, which will be available in 27-inch and 32-inch varieties, has Samsung tempting creators and designers with "professional-level UHD performance" and high levels of accuracy. This includes coverage of up to 98% of the DCI-P3 color gamut.

There is a matte display layer applied to the top of the panel to reduce light reflection, with it also the first in the world to be verified by Underwriter Laboratories as a glare-free monitor.

The S8 also have connectivity over USB Type-C with 90W of power delivery and an Ethernet port, so connected MacBook Pros can recharge and connect to a local network and display video on the screen through one cable connection. The included height-adjustable stand provides tilt, swivel, and pivot functionality, with VESA mounts also offered.

Samsung Smart Monitor M8
Samsung Smart Monitor M8

The Smart Monitor M8, a 32-inch display, is aimed at being an entertainment-focused monitor with a sense of style. Measuring 11.4mm thin and three quarters thinner than its predecessor, the 2022 model has a minimalist bezel to match its flat back and compact sizing.

The UHD panel offers 99% sRGB color gamut coverage with 1.07 billion colors, at up to 400 nits of brightness. Connectivity includes a USB Type-C port with 65W of power delivery for recharging a MacBook Air.

The party piece of the display is that it also provides smart TV functionality, with it including various apps for content consumption and productivity. A magnetic SlimFit Cam is included for video conferencing, with its built-in Video Call app supporting major calling apps such as Google Duo.

Samsung intends to release pricing and availability details for each model later in 2022.

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