09 Jan 2019

Forget wizzy new tech. This Samsung space-saving monitor could make a difference for a lot of video editors

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Is your workspace cluttered with monitors and their ungainly stands? Samsung's new Space Monitors might help you reclaim your desktop

 If you're anything like me, your focus (which in my case is a euphemism for "obsession") with technology means that tidiness and ergonomics take a distant second place to being able to cram the latest and greatest on my work desk. Usually, this doesn't end well, with a mass of cables and gadgets in such a complete mess that neither they nor I work optimally for long. 

This issue is exacerbated by monitors. For me, the bigger the better, so for a year now have had a 40" Phillips 4K computer monitor in front of me. I love the screen space, but what I lose is an equivalent amount of space on my desk. Worse still: all kinds of stuff ends up under and behind the monitor, so that when I occasionally look to the rear of the screen, I'm often surprised to find all manner of things I thought I'd lost. 

Maybe that's just me, but I suspect that I'm not alone in this. More seriously, I could do with a desk that took up less space in my relatively small office. At the moment I lose at least 12" in order to accommodate the monitor.

If only there were a device that didn't take up all this room. 

Well, now there is. It's the Samsung Space Monitor. There are two models, a 27" version with QUD resolution and a 32" one with 4K. 

When you look at it, you have to wonder why it hasn't been done before. The monitors incorporate a stand that is clamped to the rear of a table or desk and can lay completely flat against a wall. If you need to get closer to the screen, just pull the monitor forward and it can rest on the desk in front of you. It's an elegant system that completely conceals all the cables in the moving arm of the stand. 

And that's it. I want one. What a nice idea. 

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David Shapton

David is the Editor In Chief of RedShark Publications. He's been a professional columnist and author since 1998, when he started writing for the European Music Technology magazine Sound on Sound. David has worked with professional digital audio and video for the last 25 years.

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