Samsung ViewFinity S8UT: 27″ monitor with Thunderbolt 4 in a double pack

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Samsung describes the ViewFinity S8UT with a 27-inch IPS display as a combination of docking station and monitor. This has two Thunderbolt 4 ports, enabling a series connection and the operation of a notebook as an input source and its power supply.

Samsung has the ViewFinity primarily for graphic designers and content creators S8 (S8UT) provided. The 27-inch monitor has an IPS panel with 3,840 × 2,160 pixels in the classic 16:9 format. Samsung puts the number of colors that can be displayed at 1 billion, which corresponds to 10 bits per RGB channel. Contrast (1,000:1) and brightness (350 cd/m²) are on a typical IPS level.

The sRGB color space should be covered by 98 percent. Nothing indicates an extended color spectrum (wide gamut), which speaks for a conventional backlight without quantum dots or other improvements. Response time (5 ms) and refresh rate (60 Hz) are at office level, but not at gaming level.

The special feature is on the back

The special equipment is to be found in the connections on the back, because the Thunderbolt 4 interface has so far only been offered by a handful of monitors, including the Philips 27B1U7903, the HP Z32k G3 and the Lenovo ThinkVision P27u-20.

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Samsung ViewFinity S8UT (image: Samsung)

The table below shows what Thunderbolt 4 brings with it.

Thunderbolt 4 Thunderbolt 3 USB4 USB 3/DP A universal 2 m cable ✓ – – – Accessories with 4 Thunderbolt ports ✓ – – – Minimum speed 40 Gbps 40 Gbps 20 Gbps 10 Gbps Minimum video two 4K displays one 4K display one display one display Minimum data PCIe 32 Gbps
USB 3.2 10Gbps PCIe 16Gbps
USB 3.2 10Gbps USB 3.2 10Gbps USB 3.2 5Gbps Computer charging/waking required ✓ – – – Power on port (minimum) 15 watts 15 watts 7.5 watts 4.5 watts Thunderbolt network ✓ ✓ – – Compulsory certification for all computers, cables and accessories ✓ ✓ – – Quality check for cable manufacturers ✓ ✓ – – DMA protection required ✓ – – – USB4 specification compliant compatible compliant compatible

The minimum of 15 watts for the power supply is offered on one of the two TB4 ports, on the other there is even 90 watts, with which some notebooks can be sufficiently supplied with power. The monitor serves as a docking station anyway, because the notebook is supplied with additional USB ports and the network via the monitor at the same time.

No DisplayPort, but ergonomic and economical

On the other hand, the variety of connections for a monitor is small. In addition to the ports mentioned, there is only an HDMI input and a headphone output.

The adjustability of the exchangeable stand, including height adjustment and pivot, is exemplary. In addition, the monitor has power-saving mechanisms and should only consume 26 watts during operation. The brightness is automatically adjusted via the “Eco-Light-Sensor” in order to save additional energy.

Samsung has not given a price or a delivery date for the ViewFinity S8UT.< /p>