Samsung S32D850T; An In-Depth Review

4K has been buzzing in the monitor market in the past couple of years, and though more and more people are jumping into the bandwagon, it is no secret that not everyone wants to get into the buzz and use super high-resolution display for their everyday work. Not to mention not everyone has budget to splash on a 4K monitor. Well, Samsung tries to open the minds of those who are part of the latter, as their Samsung S32D850T comes with a very temptingly affordable price tag compared to its competition. It also runs in excellent set of work-centric features, making it a great investment for offices. But how does it compare against the other monitors in the market? Check out this in-depth review from Dual Monitors Guide to find out. 

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Who is it for?

If you’re looking for a large office monitor with good resolution for its size, but can’t afford to spend huge on a 4K Ultra HD monitor, then Samsung S32D850T should be on your list of options. It’s large enough to accommodate office multitasking and delivers excellent image quality, with good brightness, viewing angles and the versatile stand we always expect from a monitor conducive for work environments.



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The Samsung S32D850T is undeniably a more sensible option for anyone looking for a big monitor, but don’t want to splurge on 4K UHD-kind of price tag. It runs in 2560x1440p resolution, with great all-around performance for work environment.


Better Out-of-the-Box Color Accuracy than Its Competition

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The 32-inch of this Samsung monitor runs WQHD resolution, which is four times better pixel resolution than the standard Full HD, providing users with unmatched visual experience that lets them see every detail at a glance.

X-Rite colorimeter test shows Samsung S32D850T has better out-of-the-box color accuracy than its competition ViewSonic VP2772. It scored 6760K coluor temperature, which is so much closer to the ideal 6500K, while its average Delta E of 2.53 is so much better than ViewSonic’s 3.26.

Though its 308 bits brightness fell short compared to ViewSonic’s 356 nit result, Samsung has an awesome black level of 0.12, which is attributed to its VA panel. Also, contrast ratio is slightly better, scoring 2566:1, beating ViewSonic’s 916:1 by a fairly large margin.

sRGB gamut scored a good 96.1%, slightly lower than ViewSonic’s 96.7%. In Adobe RGB level though, Samsung only scored 70%, while ViewSonic won by a whopping margin by scoring 70.3%.

All in all, Samsung clearly has better out-of-the-box color accuracy, contrast and superior black levels. Though it may not match expensive professional screens, it is a little better bet than ViewSonic when it comes to less demanding work, unless you are looking for a screen where you need Adobe RGB coverage. Should you need to improve its performance, then simply get a good colorimeter when calibrating your screen.


Decent Input Lag for General Use

VA panels are not known for their gaming systems and responsiveness, which is understandable that response time is not great in this monitor. It comes with three modes, Standard, Faster and Fastest.

The factory default is the Faster mode, which in gaming terms, is by no means fast, as it scores 34.3ms. Standard mode dropped 41.8ms, while Fastest mode improves at 31.3ms. These shortcomings are noticeable in games, but then again, this monitor is not designed for gaming, but for everyday work use.


Picture-by-Picture Technology for MultiTasking and Picture-in-Picture for Entertainment

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With PbP, users can connect two computers in this monitor and see both of the computer’s desktop on one single screen, divided into two displays. This is an excellent solution for multitasking as multi-screen functionality opens a lot of opportunities for convenience for people working on multiple tasks and apps.

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PiP on the other hand, allows users to watch movies and stream videos in one side of the monitor, and simultaneously work on other programs on the other side. The screen has no trouble accommodating videos in 480p and 720p. Also, this feature doesn’t downscale videos, rather, it maintains original resolution of its sources of up to High Definition.


Excellent Viewing Angle

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VA panels generally come with good viewing angles, and the Samsung S32D850T provides excellent 178° viewing angle both vertical and horizontal. This provides the best optimal viewing experience from any position.


VESA Mount Compatible

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The backside of the cabinet features VESA-compliant mounting holes of 100×100mm and 200×200mm. This means you can mount this gigantic monitor screen to more ergonomic third-party solutions, or even wall mount it for a more ergonomic workstation setup.


Dual Monitor and Multiple Monitor Setup Options

There may not be lots of dual monitor options for 32-inch monitors like Samsung S32D850T, but it certainly there are a couple of options out there that can accommodate such setups.

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The Planar Monitor Stand 997-6504-00 for example, two 32-inch displays side-by-side for a dual monitor setup. It's solidly built and tough enough to hold monitors as heavy as 26 lbs. on each arm, thanks to the all-metal construction. The only plastic part in this dual monitor stand are the tightening knobs and some washers. The stand itself offers flexible adjustments, allowing the screens to slide the monitors, twist and pivot. It also comes with a cable organizer to help keep your work desk neat and clean. It is also easy to setup and install.

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If you want to use the 32-inch screen as a standalone display, but want the benefits of a fully adjustable desk mount with  fully-articulating arm, then you can opt for Ergotron LX Desk Mount LCD Arm. Like most Ergotron desk stands, it is nicely polished and made with extra durable construction to last for years (if not a lifetime). Also, it comes equipped with the brand's patented CF (Constant Force)  technology, which holds the screen in place in stable and secured fashion, but still allow easy, soft and smooth adjustments, the screen can be adjusted with a simple touch of a finger.


Design and Features

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Design wise, there is nothing out of ordinary in Samsung S32D850T, its design focuses on function over form. The screen is plain-looking, with bottom bezel coated with subtle brushed metal pattern. The rest however, sports an unassuming mottled finish. The entire cabinet weighs more than 26 lbs., with a depth of around 11 inches from front to back. Inside, it sports a VA technology panel, which is one of the many reasons of its affordable price tag. Vertical Alignment (VA) panel is common among business monitors as they traditionally come with good viewing angles, high brightness levels and deeper blacks, which help makes colors pop up.

The stand doesn’t come with any fancy aesthetic design, but it is extremely sturdy, which is something you can expect from a colossal monitor.

Setting up the monitor easy; put the heavy monitor face-down on your desk, swing the monitor stand to position, and it will be ready to go. Should you need to use the VESA-compliant holes to mount this monitor to your wall for a wall mount setup, or use other ergonomic products, such as desk mounts with fully articulating arm, then simply use a screwdriver to remove the stand and reveal the VESA holes.


Buttons and Controls

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The physical buttons of Samsung S32D850T are pretty easy to see and use, as they are large enough with clear icons. One button opens the Main Menu, while others provide shortcuts for common settings such as brightness and contrast, as well as the Eco Menu mode.

The Main Menu is clear and responsive, with most customizable options in Single Menu. Finding their settings is easy as well. It most of basic options, except for Adobe RGB preset. This model is configured for sRGB, but nothing more demanding.


Connectivity Options

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This Samsung monitor also comes with a good selection of connectivity inputs/outputs, all housed at the backside of its cabinet. The selection includes a single dual-link DVI, DisplayPort 1.2 and an HDMI 1.4 connection. There are also a lot of USB ports (five in total), one for PC connection, while the other four USB 3.0 ports for use with peripherals. There is also a pair of 3.5mm audio jacks.


Fully Adjustable and Versatile Stand for All Your Comfort Needs

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This Samsung monitor may have the most flexible and versatile stand for its cabinet’s size today. The height of the enormous cabinet can be adjusted for up to 5.1 inches, with tons of tilt and horizontal swivel options. It can also swing round from landscape to portrait mode.

The cabinet is so easy to switch to different positions, and it’s smooth to transition from one position to another, thanks to its easy mechanism. All these ergonomics options are tool-free adjustments as well.



Tech Specs

Package includes power cable, DVI-DL cable, HDMI 1.4 cable, DisplayPort 1.2 cable, USB cable, CD Manual, Quick Start Guide, miniDP to DP gender.


Bottom Line

The Samsung S32D850T undeniably excels in a lot of areas, particularly areas that really matter for work environments. Aesthetic wise, it is simple but looks smart, while the fully-adjustable stand adds flexibility and versatility for any workstations. Also, it is very easy to setup.

Image quality wise, it’s WQHD 2560x1440p resolution is impressive, and nicely stretched all over the enormous 32-inch screen.

Obviously, its biggest weakness is response time and input lag. This is a typical issue among VA panels, as they’re simply not designed for gaming, rather, for affordable solution with excellent performance and image quality.

All in all, the larger and cheaper screen of Samsung S32D850T has better image quality than many of its closest rivals. If you’re looking for a dependable monitor with good overall performance, but can’t splurge on a 4K Ultra HD monitor, then this is a good alternative. It is affordable, hits the mark in several key areas, and a great solution for office setups.

For more in-depth reviews like this, check out Dual Monitors Guide today!

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