The Samsung C27HG70 holds up remarkably well in 2020, and it offers both great visuals and great performance, complete with HDR support. If you can look past the bad viewing angles and the disappointing black uniformity, then you certainly won’t regret buying this monitor, as it ultimately offers very good value for money.
When choosing your ideal gaming monitor, you’ll have to balance out several factors. Obviously, there’s the price, and then there’s the overall performance and visual fidelity that the monitor offers, which is largely affected by the type of panel that it uses.
In the case of the Samsung C27HG70, all three of the aforementioned factors are more or less evenly balanced, making this a very good monitor for those who don’t want to make significant sacrifices in either the visuals or the performance department but also don’t want to have to break the bank in order to achieve this.
In this article, we’ll be taking a closer look at the Samsung C27HG70, and we’ll see whether its pros outweigh the cons.
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On the outside, the monitor doesn’t look like much. It boasts a simple (if a bit too simple) gray frame, so it doesn’t exactly scream “gaming” and will be an inconspicuous addition to any setting, be it a bedroom, living room, study, or an office.
The stand, however, is a different story. It’s not that it boasts a particularly gaudy exterior but rather, it uses an unusual dual-hinge design. This design makes the monitor highly adjustable – and sure enough, it can be adjusted for tilt (-15° to 5°), height (5.7in/14.5 cm), swivel (-15° to 15°), and pivot.
However, getting used to this design may take a bit of time, though one major problem with it is that it takes up quite a lot of space behind the monitor. Because of this, it’s probably not a good idea to set it up on a desk that’s close to a wall.
In any case, if you wanted to replace the stock stand with another one or just mount it on a wall, it supports the usual 100×100 VESA pattern, so finding a replacement won’t be an issue.
|Refresh rate||144 Hz|
|VRR||AMD FreeSync 2|
|Connectors||2x HDMI 2.0|
1x DisplayPort 1.4
2x USB 3.0
2x 3.5mm jack
Now, we get to this monitor’s (well, any monitor’s) main selling point – the display.
The Samsung C27HG70 is a curved 27-inch widescreen monitor, so the size is just right for desktop use. The 1800R curve doesn’t do much in a 16:9 monitor and it’s definitely not as important as it is in an ultrawide 21:9 one, but it makes a difference nonetheless.
Inside, we have a solid VA panel which does what VA panels do best: it offers superb contrast with blacks noticeably deeper than what IPS or TN panels can manage. Add to that the excellent color reproduction that can almost rival that of some IPS panels and the kind of sharpness offered by 1440p, and most gamers won’t find anything to complain about in the visuals department.
Furthermore, we should note that the C27HG70 is also an HDR-compatible monitor and it does a good enough job in this regard, with its excellent contrast and adequate brightness. Of course, it’s not as bright as a quality HDR TV would be, but it is good enough for desktop use.
But sadly, no monitor is without fault, and this one is not an exception. The main shortcomings of the Samsung C27HG70 are its subpar viewing angles and black uniformity issues.
The viewing angles are quite poor and are what you’d expect to see in a TN panel, not a VA one. Granted, the adjustable stand and the fact that we’re dealing with a curved screen helps the matter, so this is unlikely to be a deal-breaker.
However, the poor black uniformity is a whole other issue. There is some prominent clouding, a problem that VA panels tend to commonly encounter, and it can be potentially jarring in dark scenes, especially if you use the monitor in a dark or just dimly-lit room.
And finally, we should acknowledge the performance, which is another one of the monitor’s strong suits. With a refresh rate of 144 Hz, it’s obvious that the monitor offers fluid and responsive gameplay at high refresh rates, but it also has response times that are quite good for this type of panel.
VA panels commonly struggle with response times, but the C27HG70 is an exception, and there is very little motion blur to contend with. However, there may still be some noticeable ghosting, especially in darker scenes, but nothing major.
AMD FreeSync 2
Since the monitor comes with HDR support, it’s only expected for it to feature AMD FreeSync 2, which is an updated HDR-compatible version of FreeSync.
Apart from that, FreeSync 2 doesn’t differ much from the regular FreeSync – it is still cheaper to implement than G-Sync since AMD doesn’t require OEMs to pay licensing fees, unlike Nvidia, so it’s a prime choice for the more affordable HDR monitors.
In the case of the C27HG70, FreeSync works in the 48-144 Hz range over DisplayPort 1.4, which is more or less what you can expect from this type of monitor in this price range. However, the range is limited to 48-100 Hz over HDMI 2.0, so if you want to hit those high framerates, you’ll have to use DP instead.
All things considered, the Samsung C27HG70 is a very good gaming monitor that offers great value for your money, if you can look past its shortcomings.
At first glance, it just seems to have it all: a curved screen, 1440p, 144 Hz, great response time for a VA panel, solid color accuracy, great contrast, HDR support, and a highly adjustable stand. These are all important things that gamers tend to prioritize on their checklist when shopping for a new monitor, and at the moment, it’s not even that expensive either.
Of course, as we have already established, it does suffer from poor viewing angles and subpar black uniformity, and the latter in particular could be a problem for a lot of people. Still, it’s nothing that can’t be managed and the extent of the clouding varies from panel to panel, so there’s an element of luck involved, too, for better or for worse.
But at the end of the day, we feel that the good ultimately outweighs the bad in the case of the Samsung C27HG70, which is part of the reason why it’s still part of our selection of the very best monitors of 2020. So, in the case that this particular model is not to your liking, chances are you might find something else there.
- Clean and crisp 1440p display
- Excellent contrast and good colors
- Great performance for a VA panel
- HDR support
- AMD FreeSync 2
- Highly adjustable stand
- Very narrow viewing angles
- Poor black uniformity with noticeable clouding
- Minor ghosting issues
- Bulky stand