Looking for a cheap 4K monitor for Xbox One X, PS4 Pro or PC use?
The Samsung U28E590D is by far the most affordable 4K Ultra HD monitor you can get.
But as always – there’s a catch.
First of all, Samsung’s 28″ 4K Ultra HD monitor features a TN panel which in comparison to IPS and VA panels delivers an inferior image quality due to to the narrow viewing angles and lower quality color reproduction.
So, don’t expect particularly rich and vivid colors.
The 4K resolution, however, will ensure that the image is sharp and crisp with maximum details and plenty of screen space.
For PC use, keep in mind that the monitor will require scaling due to its rich pixel density, and some applications don’t scale all that well. We can’t really blame the Samsung U28E590D monitor for this as certain apps are simply poorly-optimized.
Besides 10-bit color depth with dithering (8-bit + FRC) and 4K resolution, the Samsung U28E590D display boasts a peak luminance of 370-nits which will ensure a bright picture even in well-lit areas.
The viewing angles of 160° vertically and 170° horizontally will cause the picture to shift in color/contrast when looking at it from skewed angles, which is an expected drawback of TN panels.
One of the main things to keep in mind about the Samsung U28E590D is that it doesn’t support HDCP 2.2 meaning that you will not be able to watch HDCP2.2-protected content in 4K on Blu-rays and certain streaming services such as Amazon and Netflix.
The monitor does support HDCP 1.4 which means that the protected 4K content can be played, but at 1080p max. PC and console games and apps will run at 4K without any issues though.
Moving on, while TN panels have the worst viewing angles and colors, they do have the fastest response time speed of only 1ms.
This will remove all ghosting, trailing, and motion blur of fast-moving objects in fast-paced games thus providing you with a buttery smooth motion clarity.
The image straight out of the box is a bit underwhelming, but after some quick calibration, it gets notably better.
Finally, the Samsung U28E590D input lag performance is very good and amounts to ~9ms.
Although the Samsung U28E590D supports AMD FreeSync, it doesn’t work over HDMI, only over the DisplayPort. So, if you have an Xbox One, you won’t be able to utilize the monitor’s variable refresh rate.
On the other hand, if you have a FreeSync-compatible graphics card, you can synchronize the Samsung U28E590D refresh rate with the GPU’s frame rate thus eliminating screen tearing and stuttering.
Update: On some monitors, FreeSync now also works with compatible NVIDIA G-SYNC graphics cards. However, we weren’t able to get VRR to work on the Samsung UE590 with NVIDIA cards.
Other features include Picture in Picture and Picture by Picture modes as well as a Game Mode which increases visibility in dark parts of the game by altering the gamma curvature.
The monitor is also flicker-free and has an Eye Saver Mode which applies a protection against the harmful blue-lights so you can work or play for hours without straining your eyes.
Design & Connectivity
The Samsung U28E590D has reasonably thick bezels while the T-shaped stand provides stable support and won’t cause the screen to wobble. Apart from -5/20 degree of tilt adjustment, there aren’t any other ergonomic abilities though you can VESA mount it via 75 x 75mm holes.
Connectivity includes two HDMI 2.0 ports, a DisplayPort, and a headphones jack. The Samsung U28E590D FreeSync range is 40-60Hz/FPS over DisplayPort.
Price & Similar Monitors
The current price for the Samsung U28E590D is around $300-$350, making it one of the most affordable 4K monitors available.
Alternatively, you should check the ASUS VP28UQG which in addition to the HDCP 2.2 compatibility, supports FreeSync over HDMI making it an ideal monitor for Xbox One.
If you’re interested in an affordable 4K monitor with an IPS panel, the LG 27UD58 is an outstanding monitor for the price with HDCP 2.2 support.
In case you are looking for a cheap 4K monitor for console and PC gaming, the Samsung U28E590D is a decent pick.
However, investing a bit extra for a better monitor will provide you with the ability to watch HDCP-protected content in 4K as well as better colors (LG 27UD58) or better performance (ASUS VP28UQG) for Xbox One.
Samsung U28E590D Specifications
|Aspect Ratio||16:9 (Widescreen)|
|Response Time||1ms (GtG)|
|Adaptive Sync||FreeSync (40Hz-60Hz)|
|Ports||DisplayPort 1.2, 2x HDMI 2.0|
|Other Ports||Headphone Jack|
|Contrast Ratio||1000:1 (static)|
|Colors||1.07 billion (8-bit + FRC)|
What We Loved
- Crisp and bright image quality
- 1ms response time speed
What We Didn’t Like
- No HDCP2.2 support
- Tilt-only design
- Requires calibration out of the box
- FreeSync doesn’t work over HDMI
- Design - 8.5/108.5/10
- Display - 8/108/10
- Performance - 8.5/108.5/10
- Price/Value - 7.5/107.5/10
The Samsung U28E590D is the cheapest 4K monitor available making it an ideal display for those with a limited budget. However, it also lacks certain features which are available in slightly more expensive but significantly better alternatives.
Joseph has probably spent thousands of hours learning about displays in his free time and prior work experience at HP. He now writes and manages DisplayNinja to ensure it stays as the people’s favorite resource.