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A nice size for games

Master of your spreadsheets

It can herd a lot of cats

Back

Easy to get to connectors

White

Base

Raise and lower

Two USB ports

Curve

Venting

Curve

Down low

Down low redux

A single control

Picture controls

Game mode

Color adjustments

FreeSync

Current settings display

Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture

Not all games can take complete advantage of the 21:9 aspect ratio of the curved displays, but the ones that can deliver a great gaming experience.

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For working with multiple applications side by side I prefer two 27-inch monitors. It's a lot more screen real estate since each is roughly 24 inches wide (60 cm) while a single 34-inch display is 31.5 inches (80 cm). But for seeing a lot within a single application, it's a great size. On the other hand, you may need to use scaling to be comfortable viewing text, which reduces the amount you can see.

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So much nicer than having to fight with the stand to get my hands in some dark recess. 

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I don't really like the look of glossy white plastic that's popular these days, but it does make reading the connector labels a lot easier than many low-contrast black designs. There's a plastic cover with a cutout that you put over this hatch to hide the cable connections.

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It's not my favorite stand design, and it looks like it should support wireless charging or food warming, but it doesn't.

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Unlike a traditional stand, the display glides in a curve to raise and lower -- it effectively changes the screen angle and height simultaneously, so that it's upright when it's at its highest and laid back when it's lower. 

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While the USB ports are easily accessible, there are only two.

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The CF791's 1500R radius works out to 30 degrees of curvature, in the middle of the range for curved displays. In practice, it's a good fit when I'm sitting about 20-22 inches from the center so that the edges are just within the limits of my peripheral vision.

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This is the tilt of the display when it's at its lowest. It makes a nice change from a typical monitor angle.

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Samsung uses a four-position joystick to replace the multiple buttons most manufacturers use. On one hand, it makes menu navigation much easier. But you can't map any of the positions to a custom setting. There's a utility to handle complicated windowing setups and multiple monitors, but as far as I can tell, there's no way to easily switch among presets.

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Samsung calls its presets "Magic Bright". Your options are Standard (the maximum color gamut), Cinema, Dynamic Contrast, Basic Color (sRGB) and High Bright, which really pushes the backlight. That's the setting that delivers its highest contrast, but I suspect it will reduce the life of the monitor's backlight.

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This setting seems to combine High Bright with Magic Upscale, a setting which seems to boost sharpness in (for me) an unpleasant way.

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Color tone adjustment options are warmer or cooler, and gamma offerings are the "what are they?" Mode1, Mode2 and Mode3.

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You can configure the monitor to accept two video sources for simultaneous display.

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