Samsung's New 32-Inch 'M8' Display vs. Apple's Studio Display

Samsung recently introduced the M8, a new 32-inch 4K display that's priced at $700, making it less than half as expensive as the Studio Display from Apple. We picked up one of the displays and thought we'd compare it to the Studio Display in our latest YouTube video to see how it performs and whether you can save some money by going with a cheaper option.



In addition to serving as a display, the M8 also doubles as a 4K TV, featuring Tizen OS, built-in apps and an app store, a remote control, built-in Apple AirPlay support, and a 1080p webcam, all of which sounds great.

With a 4K resolution, the display looks great, but unsurprisingly, it's not quite as good as the 5K Studio Display, which definitely has the better screen. The Studio Display is sharper, more vibrant, and offers more accurate color, so it's definitely a better choice for those who are doing professional work.

As for design, the M8 looks to be inspired by the Studio Display and the 24-inch iMac, with Samsung offering it in white, blue, pink, and green aluminum. It looks good, and it's going to match your Apple devices because it's clearly an Apple-like aesthetic. The Samsung display is larger than the Studio Display at 32 inches instead of 27 inches, and out of the box, it's tilt and height adjustable, a feature that requires an upgrade on the Studio Display. There is no VESA mount option, though.

The Studio Display wins out when it comes to the speakers and microphone, and it features 4 USB-C ports, while the Samsung monitor has a couple USB-C ports and a micro HDMI port. The add-on camera attaches magnetically on the M8, and though the Studio Display offers Center Stage for FaceTime and other video apps, the M8 has a similar feature.

All in all, if you're looking for affordability and versatility, the M8 is worth the $700 because it also doubles as a TV, but if you want premium quality for professional work, the Studio Display is the better choice.

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vagos Avatar
27 months ago
I own a samsung 32" 4K display and it's amazing. It's got lots of real estate which makes it perfect for coding. In the distance I'm sitting I can't tell the difference between a real retina display. It's got the same real estate as the 6K apple display only with less pixels. And I only bought it for 400€ !!!



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Fraserh02 Avatar
27 months ago
This is a very lazy article. More information please.. some pros and cons, what each has that the other doesn’t. I don’t really see the point in this?
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GeoStructural Avatar
27 months ago
Samsung's monitor to be the better value here.

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Edited to share Max Tech's review of the M8 Monitor, they are notoriously biased fanboys and still were largely impressed with the monitor. They do sound and display comparison with the Studio Display, I recommend watching.

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macsplusmacs Avatar
27 months ago
"It's got the same real estate as the 6K apple display only"


Same physical size.

not the same pixel real estate.

Huge. Difference.
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AngerDanger Avatar
27 months ago
I like how the webcam is like the logical inverse of the notch.
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clevins Avatar
27 months ago

At 32 inches you would actually need 6k to be a retina display. The Studio Display, which is 27”, is 5k, which results in the correct PPI for Mac.
This is a common misstatement. Retina is not just about PPI but about PPI and distance from the screen. My 4k 50" TV isn't retina in PPI terms, but I sit far enough back that I can't come close to discerning pixels. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Retina_display for a discussion of this.

What this means is that whether a screen is sharp enough to be 'retina' is also dependent on distance... a 32" 4k screen becomes retina (can't differentiate the pixels) at about 25 inches (https://designcompaniesranked.com/resources/is-this-retina/).

The 5k screen WILL seem sharper but it's not a (forgive me...) black and white difference.

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