When you set your sights on a generously sized curved LED monitor from Samsung, you more or less expect fairly pricey Samsung products. Particularly in the case of a premium Samsung 32 inches curved LED monitor that has earned 5 stars from almost every customer, as is the case with the LC32F397FWNXZA.
One look and you know this is a serious Samsung monitor for serious gaming and productivity. Clearly a cut above your more generic LCD display in all key departments, the LC32F397FWNXZA 32 curved LED monitor is a simply stunning piece of hardware. Which counts double with the gorgeous white glossy version, though that is purely a case of personal preference.
At its current purchase price, the new Samsung LC32F397FWNXZA is a great budget monitor - that really is all there is to it. but it is not until you put it to the test personally that you realize just how great this thing is for such a small chunk of change.
LC32F397FWNXZA Review: The Manufacturer’s Word
Summing things up in brief, Samsung’s own overview of what is on offer with the LC32F397FWNXZA more or less says it all. Rather than going into painfully precise detail with the more complex aspects of its hardware, they simply have the following to say about what you can expect from this 32-inch gaming monitor:
Experience vibrant, stunningly vivid colors with Samsung's Active Crystal Color technology. The excellent 3000:1 contrast ratio delivers deep blacks and bright whites. This feature reduces screen brightness, as well.
The 1800R curvature of the screen provides a truly immersive viewing experience that lets you enjoy big, bold, and stunning panoramic views while you work or play.
Featuring an ultra slim design and sleek profile the Samsung CF397 monitor measures less than 0.5inch thick. A widescreen aspect ratio of 16:9, Screen brightness: 250 cd/m², Response Time 4ms.
Other features: MagicBright, Magic Upscale, Flicker-Free technology, FreeSync Technology, Eco Saving Plus, Eye Saver Mode, Mercury-free, Game Mode, TFT active matrix
Interfaces: HDMI, DisplayPort | Headphones
Samsung monitors are renowned for combining impressive design attributes with cutting-edge technology and all-around affordability. But is all of the above too much to ask from a curved LED monitor at such a low price?
More importantly, would we recommend the LC32F397FWNXZA as an alternative to the closest comparable monitors available in its class?
LC32F397FWNXZA Curved LED Monitor Review: Put to the Test
First things first, you will always encounter the occasional negative reviews…as is inevitable with all types of computer hardware in general. People will always find something to complain about if that is what they want to do and there are aspects to this particular product that have been highlighted as imperfect.
I’m addressing these first in this LC32F397FWNXZA review as they are seriously few and far between. For example, the fact that this is one seriously heavy piece of hardware apparently came as a surprise to many. There are also those who aren’t particularly blown away by the prospect of 1920 x 1800 full HD resolution, or a relatively standard 60hz refresh rate.
Indeed, there are high-end gaming monitors available that take both of these things to much higher levels, but do they really take the luster away from the rest of the package?
The short answer is no…not for a moment.
For one thing, full HD 1080p resolution is not an issue at all when this number of pixels has been crammed into a 32-inch LED screen. Make sure you factor this into the equation and it is no big deal at all - the pixel density of this curved LED monitor is absolutely spot on.
Is LC32F397FWNXZA Curved LED Monitor Better For Eyes?
Curved led monitor provides less distortion, stunning panoramic views, and better viewing angles to prevent you from tiring out your eyes (see 'eye saver mode').
In addition, curved LED monitor brings a uniquely immersive viewing experience from start to finish. It reduces eye strain, does a fantastic job minimizing glare, and generally makes an imposing addition to any desk or workstation as an ideal monitor for eye strain.
From gaming to watching movies and so much more besides, this glorious Samsung model with FreeSync technology handles just about anything you can throw at it. It is perhaps not quite as sharp or fluid as Samsung’s top-shelf gaming screens, but it is also about 75% cheaper - and by no means 75% less capable.
Does the Samsung LC32F397FWNXZA Have Speakers?
It does not have internal speakers. With the on/off and select button on the rear, it shows a volume adjustment, but that is for aux. out. However, the fact that the monitor does not feature any built-in speakers is inconsequential.
You will rarely find a person with any intention of relying on built-in monitor speakers, given how fantastic external speakers are both cheap to buy and pretty much essential.
How do I Connect my Laptop to my Samsung LC32F397FWNXZA?
As for connectivity, some have complained that the LC32F397FWNXZA doesn't feature a VGA port. Nor do the usual adaptors to convert to VGA work with it, so unless you have a DisplayPort or HDMI connection on your computer, you will have no luck with this curved screen. Though again, this is neither the end of the world nor anything particularly unusual.
Plug one end of the power cord into the back of the monitor and the other end into an outlet. Next, insert one end of the cable into your computer's HDMI, Displayport, DVI, or VGA port. Then, connect the other end of the cable into the monitor. If needed, use an adapter to connect the two devices.
Value for Money and Verdict
Based on this LC32F397FWNXZA review predominantly on value for money, my average rating value could only possibly be five out of five. There is no realistic way I could not recommend this good monitor to pretty much any customer, given how much it offers for how little it asks.
Curved screen technology has come a long way over recent years, paving the way for a much more affordable segment of the market. It is just that as curved LCD monitor technology becomes more mainstream, more manufacturers than ever before are throwing seriously low-end hardware into the mix.
The LC32F397FWNXZA is one of a handful of exceptions that somehow combines stellar performance with a gorgeous overall design and a genuinely affordable price. For anyone interested in upgrading to something captivating and curvaceous without breaking the bank, set your sights on the LC32F397FWNXZA and you will not be disappointed.
LC32F397FWNXZA in Glossy White: Full Hardware and Specifications
LED-backlit LCD monitor / TFT active matrix
Full HD (1080p) 1920 x 1080 at 60 Hz
16.7 million colors
28.5 in x 9.6 in x 20.9 in - with stand
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Vertical Viewing Angle
AC 120/230 V
Power Consumption Operational
Power Consumption Stand by
Power Consumption (Off Mode)
Image Contrast Ratio
LED-backlit LCD monitor
Flat Panel Mount Interface
75 x 75 mm
3.5 in, 9.6 in
16.9 in, 20.9 in
12.1 lbs, 13.2 lbs
1. What is a curved LED monitor good for?
Curved LED monitor is more comfortable for your eyes. Essentially, the curvature of the monitors allows our eyes to take in everything at once, without strain. This comes in opposition to flat screens, which, depending on the size, may cause eyestrain if the screen exceeds a viewer's natural field of view.
2. Are Samsung monitors good for music production?
A good music production computer monitor is essential for things like editing audio and video, composing music, and creating songs. If you want to maximize your experience in the studio and get the best out of your computer, I would recommend SAMSUNG C27F398 27 Inch curved LED Monitor.
3. Can I split my Samsung monitor into two screens?
Monitor screens can be split into 2 - 6 grids vertically or horizontally. Drag the window to the split screen you desire and it will be automatically arranged in the split screen grid. You can also move the window from its title bar directly to the split screen you desire without even dragging it.
4. Can you watch regular TV on a monitor?
To watch local broadcast TV, you'll need either a cable or satellite TV subscription or an antenna and TV tuner box. You can connect most satellite or cable receiver boxes to a monitor, and if your monitor doesn't have integrated speakers, a set of external speakers work as well.
5. What is Samsung Eco Saving Plus feature?
The eco saving technology in Samsung monitor lets you adjust your curved screen brightness as per your need and save power. The higher you set the eco saving mode, the less power this eco friendly monitor consumes, thus saves energy.
6. What does Samsung Game Mode do?
You can turn on the Samsung Game Mode when you start gaming. This mode decreases the input lag, which will make the game respond faster when you press a button on the controller.