Samsung M8 monitor review: Two-in-one isn’t always double the fun

8/12/2022 10:09:00 PM

This smart monitor and streaming TV combo can handle casual use but might be too clunky for the working zillenial.

This smart monitor and streaming TV combo can handle casual use but might be too clunky for the working zillenial.

This smart monitor and streaming TV combo can handle casual use but might be too clunky for the working zillenial.

#SamsungM8 tag on TikTok and you’ll find results filled with young Gen-Zers and zillennials sitting at aesthetic desk setups loaded with every piece of pastel desk tech..Updated: Aug., Ring Nation will feature footage captured on people’s Ring cameras presented in a way that’s meant to be entertaining.

It’s all tied together by the minimalist and stylish 32-inch display from Samsung, which hit store shelves in spring 2022 after debuting at the Consumer Electronics Show in January of this year.Samsung promises you can use its fashionable panel as both a TV and computer peripheral.While it performs each task admirably on its own, it has some trouble in the transitions.| Published: Aug.For an expensive device, using the quirky Samsung M8 monitor might be a high price to pay for a TV-meets-display.Amanda Reed The Samsung M8 monitor’s design The Samsung M8 looks like a cousin of Apple’s 24-inch iMac or its high-end 27-inch Studio Display.But as one of Ring’s most thinly-veiled attempts at normalizing , Ring Nation may also be just the reminder some folks need to avoid that particular instance of our modern day panopticon.

It comes in four colors—warm white, spring green, sunset pink, and daylight blue, with the latter three colors costing you an extra $30.Dennis Tafoya's 2009 book "Dope Thief" is being adapted for an Apple TV+ series.The front of the 16:9 UHD display includes small bezels and a thin display that make it as compact as possible for a display with this much screen real estate.The back of the display features white plastic embossed with a houndstooth-like pattern and a raised “Samsung” logo, a port for the removable SlimFit camera, two USB-C ports (including one that supports 65W charging for a connected device), and a mini HDMI port.The M8 also comes with a power brick with power cable, a mini HDMI to HDMI cable, a USB-C to USB-C cable, the M8’s slim white remote that charges via USB-C, and the SlimFit camera.I received the white color based on personal preference.Something went wrong.

I stand by that decision since the green, pink, and blue colors are only featured on the front display and stand.The monitor’s included stand can’t pivot, but it does feature a 5-inch height adjustment and a decent amount of tilt, letting you shift the screen from -15 degrees to 2.5 degrees.A view from behind the M8’s display.Amanda Reed The 4K (3,840 x 2,160) HDR10+ display includes adaptive picture and sound, which changes the 400 cd/㎡ brightness and volume based on your surroundings.

Combined with the back-facing speakers—which are a little lacking in bass but do well enough for the standard listener—casual gaming and watching TV are rich in sound and color.The M8 also is compatible with Amazon Alexa and Bixby for voice controls and can be used as an Internet-of-Things hub for your smart devices, allowing you to control them all using the M8.Getting started with the Samsung M8 monitor As with most monitors, setup is simple, but there are a few extra steps beyond what you might be used to.Physically, all you need to do is pop the lightweight display onto the heavy stand, plug in the power adapter, and turn it on.Then you will have to make a Samsung account to set up the M8, even if you’re just using it as a monitor at the moment.

Additionally, you can only set it up using your smartphone or remote control—no plugging-and-going here—and you have to enter your ZIP code and what room the device will be located in.This is most likely to use the M8 as a control hub for your homes’ IoT devices but could read as skeevy to the privacy-inclined.Using the monitor can sometimes prove frustrating.If you find yourself thinking, “am I dumb, or do I have to read the directions?” you won’t be alone.Although the included Samsung TV Plus app is great for free television, It always greets you with “South Beach Tow” or an animal documentary when turning it on—including if you’re just using it as a monitor.

And learning how to turn this off required a crazy amount of internet searching to find out it’s buried under what felt like 14 levels in the app settings.Although the remote control features lots of preset buttons for streaming, I made between 5-7 button presses on average to pop around to other apps.Then I found out you can use voice commands to more easily switch to PC.The Samsung M8 monitor’s features Although Samsung boasts of being able to use the display as a standalone computer, the Tizen operating system can’t keep up with the day-to-day.I could log in to my email via the web, but Tizen’s user interface is too clunky for regular use.

The M8 boasts built-in Microsoft 365, but it’s extremely slow.I tried powering up Word, went to grab a La Croix from the fridge, and was still waiting for it to load by the time I got back.Without a separate computer, or DeX loaded onto a smartphone or tablet, the M8 can only be used for casual searching with Tizen.As someone living in a 600-square-foot apartment, the M8 took up almost all of my 40-inch desk space.VESA compatibility, which the M8 lacks, would have fixed that with the help of a.

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