Judging the Samsung M8 for its fast refresh rate and quick response time will leave you rather unsatisfied but if you approach the Samsung M8 with a spreadsheet fever and some willingness to edit 4K videos, the display can play out all your work fantasies. Even some sly Netflix binging while you’re at it. It will keep you joyfully entertained but not too focused at work. The Samsung M8 is brimming with smart features that work with devices from Samsung, Apple and Windows and also has its own app library. But we’ll get to the smart chops in a bit.
The 32in Samsung M8 we have with us is pretty much the size of a small telly but of course with monitor chops. It’s ideal for home offices. The screen real estate is plenty and the colours are bright and vivid. It’s not very accurate with Windows but you can adjust the colours from the Windows settings. There are a few presets on the Samsung M8’s settings but those are largely for content consumption.
Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney+ Hotstar have hotkeys on the bundled remote which makes it very easy for a certain someone (the individual writing this review) to avoid writing their reviews and jump into a binge session of The Sandman. The dark and moody atmosphere of The Sandman was superb on the monitor (something I never expected to say in a review). There was very little backlight bleeding so the darker shots look more authentic and clean. The Samsung M8 also upscales FullHD content very well and does so without noise. If you happen to stream off a Windows or Apple app then the content looks downscaled and blotchy but streaming from the M8’s app library and the video decoding is clean. Cleaner than what you’d find on some budget tellies in this range.
The M8 has a rich and vibrant colour tone. Premier League matches on Hotstar are fun to watch and even the preset colour profiles are great for drama and serious content. Don’t expect tonal accuracy for colour grading. The M8 is more reliable as an office and entertainment tool rather than professional studio work. If you’re re-mastering James Cameron's Avatar in HDR format you may need something way more sophisticated than a mere office monitor.