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Samsung has announced detailed pricing and availability for its revamped Smart Monitor. The 2023 smart monitors M5, M7 and M8, including the new 27-inch model, will launch in his June. Pricing for the Headliner M8 starts at $650 for the 27-inch version and $700 for the 32-inch version. It boasts a new slim design (about 0.45 inches thick) and can now be rotated into portrait mode for reading long documents. The 4K screen is the most capable of the trio with 400 nits of standard brightness, HDR10+ support, an included webcam and a built-in SmartThings hub. Also available are far-field Alexa and Bixby voice control, HDMI 2.0 input, USB-C port with 65W laptop charging and two USB-A ports.
The Smart Monitor M7 is aimed at users who want the stripped-down design of the M8. The included webcam (but you can add it later) and the SmartThings hub have been removed and you should be content with 300 nits of brightness and regular HDR10. However, the M8 gives you 4K resolution and other luxuries. Prices are also more affordable, starting at $550 for the 27-inch model and $600 for the 32-inch equivalent.
Smart Monitor M5 is also available if you just need basic functionality. It’s a 1080p display with 250 nits of brightness, no far-field mic, and a simple design with no pivots or tilts. Inputs are similarly limited to two HDMI 1.4 jacks and a pair of USB-A ports. However, prices are definitely more affordable, starting at $280 for the 27-inch panel and going up to $300 for the 32-inch edition.
Every smart monitor comes with a new software trick. It can detect nearby compatible smartphones (such as the Galaxy S23 series) via Bluetooth and wake them up to display calendars, photos, and other helpful content. You can now use your mouse and keyboard with many smart TV apps, and Multi View lets you work full screen with the built-in browser and Microsoft 365 apps. Screen mirroring is available for Apple devices (via AirPlay) in addition to Android.
They have a 60Hz refresh rate, so they are not intended as high-end gaming monitors. If you want a more professional looking screen, we recommend the 5K capable Viewfinity S9. As before, these are primarily appealing if the monitor doubles as a TV, or if he stands out in a sea of general designs where the M7 and M8 looks stand out.