Samsung's Thunderbolt 3-Enabled Curved Monitor Launching in September for $900

Following an unveiling at CES in January, Samsung has announced the launch of the Thunderbolt 3-enabled CJ79 curved monitor, coming in September for $899.99. The 34-inch monitor is compatible with both Mac and PC computers, marking the first time that Thunderbolt 3 connectivity is available on a curved monitor.


On the unit there are two Thunderbolt 3 ports that transmit display, data, and power at a processing speed of up to 40 Gbps to compatible docks, other displays, computers, external GPUs, and more. Thunderbolt 3 connectivity also allows Samsung's monitor to supply up to 85 watts of charging power to compatible MacBooks.

Thanks to the 3440x1440 ultra-wide curved display and a 21:9 aspect ratio, the CJ79 can also provide a dual monitor experience on one screen. Using a Picture-by-Picture feature, users can multitask by displaying two sources on screen at the same time, and even resize the second source to up to 25 percent of the screen, and position it anywhere.


The CJ79 includes a height-adjustable stand and tilt functionality, ensuring a comfortable position while working for extended periods of time. Samsung lists a few other details on its website:
- Supporting up to 125% sRGB color space, Quantum Dot technology delivers not only more hues than conventional monitors but also colors that are brighter, crisper, and more natural — especially reds and greens. And every monitor is factory calibrated to ensure the most accurate and life-like images

- Samsung’s VA panel technology provides a 3000:1 contrast ratio that delivers deeper blacks, brilliant whites, and richer colors for clearer, more vibrant images.

- AMD FreeSync synchronizes the refresh rates of your graphics card and the CJ79 to minimize image tearing and stutter. The smoother transition between image frames provides seamless gameplay and video playback for uninterrupted viewing.

- The fast 100Hz screen refresh rate provides smoother, silkier mouse sensitivity for enhanced productivity in any application. It also reduces screen stutter in fast-moving action scenes for a flawless gaming experience.
Samsung also briefly mentions the CJ89 43-inch curved monitor, but it does not support Thunderbolt 3 connectivity and is USB-C only. Otherwise, that monitor has a 3840x1200 resolution and a 32:10 aspect ratio.

The company says that both the CJ79 and CJ89 are available in Europe right now, and the monitors will launch worldwide "soon." On B&H Photo, the CJ79 Thunderbolt 3 monitor is listed as being available to purchase around the "beginning of September 2018" for $899.99.

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3 weeks ago

Thunderbolt. Doesn’t that describe lightning? Which is confusing, since Apple has a lightning connector.

Thunderbolt and Lightning are confusing? More like very, very frightening—to me, anyway.
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3 weeks ago
No 5k, no care.
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3 weeks ago
$900 seems steep for sub-4k resolution and 110ppi.
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3 weeks ago

$900 seems steep for sub-4k resolution and 110ppi.


At 34 inches they should have gone with 3440 x 1600 at the very least. I have such a monitor with USB-C by LG and it rocks. Love that resolution, aspect ratio and size.

For those of you that doubt/hate curve, whilst I agree for TVs they are a little strange, the immersion for computing is second to none in my opinion and my workflows greatly improved once tamed. Well worth a try!
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3 weeks ago
Curved monitors and televisions are silly.
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3 weeks ago
No HDPI, back to pixelated jaggy text? No thanks.
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3 weeks ago
This will be nice with a new MacMini
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3 weeks ago

Thunderbolt. Doesn’t that describe lightning? Which is confusing, since Apple has a lightning connector.

Do you know that Thunderbot 3 is an interface with USB Type-C and used by Apple first?
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3 weeks ago
I really hate the front branding. I like when my devices are just a screen on the front.
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3 weeks ago
Apple should get back to making their own displays - some with built in eGPUs even.
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