The price of Samsung"s latest 28-inch 4Kmonitor has dropped by $100 to just under $600, which could be a precursor to4K monitor prices further plummeting as the technology goes mainstream.
The price drop comes just under a monthafter Samsung announced the monitor—the U28D590D—for $699.99. Major retailsites taking orders for the new monitor at $599.99 include , wherethe product is currently out of stock, and Newegg, which will start shippingthe product later this week.
Video with 4K resolution, also known asUltra HD, displays images at a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, which is fourtimes that of current 1080p high-definition monitors or TVs. TVs and camerassupporting 4K are available, and monitors for computer users are quicklyfalling in price as more brands become available.
Earlier this year prices for 4K monitorsfell from over $1,000 to under $700 when Dell started shipping its 28-inchUltra HD P2815Q monitor for $699.99. The product was temporarily pulled fromthe market before Dell made it available again.
Other sub-$800 monitors announced inJanuary include Lenovo"s ThinkVision Pro2840m 4K monitor, which is due to shipthis month for $799, and a $699 monitor from Asus, which is not yet available.
PC companies are eager to push 4K monitorsto the masses, with Toshiba and Lenovo announcing 4K laptops this year. The new4K monitors have a range of ports, but the lower-priced monitors typicallysuffer on refresh rates. The Samsung UD590 refresh rate through an HDMI 1.4port is 30Hz, and a desirable 60Hz with a DisplayPort 1.2 port.
Dell"s 28-inch Ultra HD P2815Q monitor wascriticized for its 30Hz refresh rate. The refresh rate is an important metricin determining how well monitors are able to reduce flickering while copingwith fast-moving images.
The price drop on Samsung"s monitor coulddrive competitors selling larger monitors over $1,000 to drop prices as us" 31.5-inch PQ321Q is priced at $2,899 on , and Sharp"s 31.5-inchPN-K321 is priced at $3,595 in Apple"s online store.