Samsung debuts sub-£400 Ultra HD 4K monitor

Samsung has released a new band of LCD monitors that it hopes will form the centre point of its Ultra-HD push in 2014.

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The big hitter of the range is the 28in UD590 that has a 3,480 x 2,160 resolution and alongside that Samsung also released a couple of cheaper Full HD screens in the Series 3 and Series 5 ranges.

SlashGear reports that the UD490 has been built with a TN panel rather than PLS that means a loss of viewing from significantly above or below the display, which has no effect on viewing from front-on and the sides.

It reportedly supports one billion colours, has a 370 cd/m2 brightness and two HDMI ports as well as a DisplayPort as standard and audio output for external speakers.

That’s not all as the UD590 can upscale normal content to 4K and has picture-and-picture capabilities that allow two separate inputs to be shown side-by-side simultaneously and this is as well as the picture-in-picture that it already has.

Customers can already preorder the UD590 in the US with a recommended price of $699.99 [£420] that will probably drop to $599.99 [£360] by the time its hits the stores.

Samsung’s new HD monitor releases start off with the Series 3 SD390 that comes in both 23.6in and 27in incarnations. They have a 1,920 x 1,080 PLS resolution with the larger screen benefiting from two HDMI ports and 300 cd/m2 brightness whereas the smaller one has just one HDMI port as well as 250 cd/m2 brightness. Both screens have a DisplayPort outlet as well as audio-out and the casing has Samsung’s new Touch of Colour finish as well as a transparent stand.

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The Series 5, SD590, meanwhile, has everything of Series 3 range except both sizes have two HDMI outputs, along with a slimmed down bezel and a T-shaped stand that cuts down on space, providing space for other peripherals. Both will be released in April with the Series 3 costing $249.99 [£150] or $309.99 [£185] depending on the size and the Series 5 weighing in at $269.99 [£162] and $329.99 [£198].

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