Samsung is no stranger to releasing ingenious computer monitors like last year Space Monitor Pronounced as Microsoft Surface Studio Desktop. Towards the end of 2020, the company is launching the Smart Monitor, which is said to be the first monitor that combines over-the-top media services, mobile connectivity and remote PC capabilities. Samsung is releasing the M5 lineup, which includes a 27-inch sized $ 230 and a 32-inch sized $ 280. It also comes with a 32-inch 4K monitor called the M7, which costs $ 400.
It’s not as impressive as the space monitor mentioned above, but it has more features. Like Samsung TVs, Smart Monitor runs Samsung’s Tizen OS software and can connect to your Wi-Fi network to stream HDR10 content from Hulu, Netflix, Apple TV, YouTube and more apps without the need for additional hardware. You can install other apps from the embedded App Store, such as the Samsung Health app.
All variants of the monitor can be mounted to your wall or to the monitor arm via 100 x 100 Vesa mounts. Each has two built in 5W speakers and remote control with voice assistant support for Bixby 2.0, Alexa and Google Assistant. They are AirPlay 2-compatible, making it easy to transmit from Apple devices. It’s like TV, yes?
If you want to use it as a monitor to get things done, there are a few more tricks up its sleeve. For example, you can connect a mouse and keyboard via Bluetooth 4.2 and connect to Office 365 via a virtual machine without the need for additional computing hardware. You can also connect wirelessly via DX, a Samsung utility that allows you to have a desktop-like PC experience on the power monitor of your Galaxy S8 or new phone. By tapping the display of your Samsung phone (running Android Orio 8.1 or higher) on the top-right edge of its monitor, you can quickly reflect where its NFC tag is.
The M7 has a rich selection of connectivity options for smart monitor gadgets. You can connect the laptop via USB-C (Displayport video, data transfer and power up to 65W) and you have two HDMI 2.0 ports left (M5 has two HDMI 2.0 ports, USB-C). You will also find three USB-A 2.0 ports for data on the M7. Each of the M5 monitors has two.
The M5 Smart Monitor models will be released in a few weeks, and currently the M7 will be released in early December. You can buy them Samsung.com Or from other retailers in the country.
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Bernard Drainville, New Education commentator