Samsung is entering the ring with Apple’s renowned Studio Display, introducing the ViewFinity S9, a 27-inch 5K panel designed for content creators. Priced at $1,599, the ViewFinity S9 matches Apple’s offering in both quality and aesthetics. This display is providing Apple fans with an alternative Mac-based aesthetic of their home office. However, Samsung is also targeting PC users with this innovative monitor.
Resolution: Samsung ViewFinity S9 vs Apple Studio Display
Samsung’s ViewFinity S9 matches Apple’s Studio Display in resolution and pixel density. Both monitors feature a resolution of 5,120 by 2,880 at 27 inches, resulting in a remarkable 218 pixels per inch.
In comparison, a typical 27-inch 4K panel only offers around 163 pixels per inch. This means that users can expect sharp, vibrant visuals on both displays.
Additionally, Samsung’s panel supports 99% of the DCI-P3 color gamut, making it ideal for color-sensitive graphic design and photography work. Both Samsung and Apple monitors offer a peak brightness level of 600 nits.
Webcam: ViewFinity S9 vs Studio Display
While the two monitors share many similarities, there are a few key differences worth noting. Apple boasts an embedded 12MP ultra-wide lens with a 122-degree coverage for its webcam.
In contrast, Samsung offers a built-in 4K camera with “auto framing” technology. This tech ensures users stay in frame even when they move around. This feature allows for greater flexibility during video conferences and content creation.
Advantages in Adjustability and Calibration
Samsung’s ViewFinity S9 takes the lead in terms of adjustability and calibration options. Unlike Apple’s Studio Display, Samsung’s monitor allows users to adjust the height of the display.
Additionally, the ViewFinity S9 can be rotated 90 degrees, so users can work with vertical content. Samsung also introduces a feature by allowing users to calibrate the monitor with their smartphones. By simply pointing their phone’s camera at the display, users can calibrate it in Basic or Professional modes.
This unique functionality is supported by Samsung’s Galaxy and Note 10 or later models, iPhone 11 or newer, and second-generation iPhone SE or newer.
Connectivity: ViewFinity S9 vs Apple Studio Display
In terms of connectivity, the ViewFinity S9 features one Thunderbolt 4 port. This port can charge devices requiring up to 90W of power. Additionally, it offers three USB-C ports and one mini-DisplayPort connection.
On the other hand, Apple’s Studio Display provides limited options. It offers one Thunderbolt 3 port and three USB-C ports. Both monitors also include built-in speakers. Apple is offering a six-speaker “spatial audio” system with subwoofers. However, Samsung is providing two speakers with “adaptive sound+”. Adaptive sound+ automatically adjust the volume based on the user’s environment.
Samsung’s monitor comes with a remote control, giving users an added convenience that Apple’s option lacks.
Is Samsung’s S9 a Worthy Competitor?
Samsung’s ViewFinity S9 presents itself as a competitive alternative to the Apple Studio Display. Priced at the same $1,599, it offers features and options that surpass Apple’s offering.
Moreover, the ViewFinity S9 supports PC gaming on platforms such as GeForce Now and Xbox Game Pass. However, it remains to be seen whether the dedicated Apple fanbase will be swayed by these new features, as they are known for their unwavering support of the Apple ecosystem.
The ViewFinity S9 will officially go on sale in August, both through Samsung and online retailers.
News Source: Samsung