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Apr 12, 2001

Samsung has announced its popular Smart Monitor M8 is getting an update for 2023, with a new 27-inch size joining the previous 32-inch option, and both 4K screens gaining HDR10+ support, a new portrait orientation, and more.


Priced at $700 (32 inches) and $650 (27 inches), the M8 models house a 4K UHD flat LCD panel providing 400 nits of brightness, a 60Hz refresh rate (non variable), 99% sRGB, and adaptive picture technology that automatically adjusts display brightness and color temperature for viewing comfort.

Both models retain key features like USB-C charging connectivity, AirPlay support, an integrated webcam, and several smart TV features built into the distinctively iMac-like design. Samsung's M8 doesn't support the P3 color gamut and can't match the brightness of Apple's 5K Studio Display, but as a more affordable alternative it now looks even more appealing.

The M8 now pivots up to 90 degrees for a portrait orientation, and it supports VESA standards for those who prefer different mounting solutions. The included 2K SlimFit camera has been upgraded, and there's new mouse support for many of the included apps on the display such as Samsung's Gaming Hub, SmartThings Hub for managing connected home devices, and Smart Hub for dedicated apps like Prime Video, Netflix, YouTube, and more.

Both sizes have a 11.39mm thick chassis, which is 0.1mm thinner than Apple's iMac, and include a flat back, thin bezels, and a height and tilt adjustable stand. Both models are available from June in four color options, including warm white, sunset pink, daylight blue, and spring green. See Samsung's press release for a full rundown of all the technical specifications.

Article Link: Samsung Announces Updated iMac-Style Smart Monitor M8 With HDR10+, Portrait Orientation, and New 27-Inch Model
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macrumors 68000
Nov 14, 2007
Still a VA panel on M8 I guess?

Much more interesting picture quality and refresh rate wise, but seems both the 27" and 32" version is currently hard to find:

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macrumors 68040
Aug 14, 2007
How is the audio on this thing? I have the LG Ultrafine 4K, which is still a great workhorse monitor. But two things that could be improved are:

1. Lack of built-in webcam (I end up with an awkward setup and some odd angles on video calls)
2. Sound quality is fairly poor. Perhaps worse than just using MacBook speakers, and certainly much worse than any iMac.


macrumors 68040
Aug 24, 2012
Spain, Europe
I guess it’s still a VA panel, so I’m not interested. Also, provided that there are video adapters starting to be available to visualize the PS5 on 5K monitors, on the maximum resolution of the PS5 (4K), I’m leaning more and more towards 5K monitors. We’ll see, I only buy a monitor once every 15 years so I think very carefully what I buy.


macrumors 65816
Aug 12, 2008
Looks nicer than the iMac.
It's subjective, but it is clearly a rip-off design. The 'warm white' colour looks horrible, and we don't know what other colours they have. (we know the names and they look like to be another steal from Apple's colours). I'd love to know how you think it looks nicer.

edit: found the colours. They both have their positives and negatives. Subjective


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macrumors 68020
Sep 16, 2006
When I saw the previous M8, I thought "wow, very interesting!"

But after watching some reviews, the panel was extremely cheap in the previous M8. It's not clear to me if it's better, except for HDR10+. What's the color accuracy (Delta E) ?

400 nits is more on the low-end.
60Hz is low-end for me, but then again Apple leans towards these refresh rates too...

Would be good to see a webcam comparison between old and new model.


macrumors 6502a
Oct 28, 2017
WhyTF would I want a computer monitor that has built in Netflix? I suppose this might be aimed at dorm rooms?
This is the demographic really, I have 2 of them for my girls (the B version) and I think they are great (got them when they were really cheap) they use them for the PC monitors and when they are in bed they use them as smart TV with the remote.
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macrumors 68020
Jun 8, 2017
Unfortunately the 27" 4K models won’t be available in Europe, it seems.

To confirm what some have already commented: yes, those are VA panels, hence the high contrast ratio of 1:3000. Personally I’m interested in those due to the better blacks.

I think this is the first time there is a 27" 4K VA panel. Previously 4K VA was restricted to 32" (and larger TVs).


macrumors 68000
Jun 10, 2008
Cooler Master Tempest gp27u.

4K. Mini LED, quantum dot LCD. 576 dimming zones. HDR1000 (max 1200). 160hz VRR. 2x HDMI 2.1 @48 gigs. DisplayPort 1.4. USB-C with 90w PD if you want a single cable connection. Comes with a height adjustable, swiveling mount. Said mount also lets you rotate it 90 degrees vertically. It's VESA so you can always use your own mount too.

It only costs $800. The speakers are garbage, but that's the only knock you can find on it.
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