Monday Feb 06, 2023

Samsung M8 Smart Monitor review (2022) – Express


The Samsung M8 is unlike any other external display on the market… and yes, that’s a compliment (Image: SAMSUNG) This article contains affiliate links, we may receive a commission on any sales we generate from it. Learn more

Samsung M8 Smart Monitor: 60-Second Review

Samsung’s M8 Smart Monitor is completely unique. It’s a mash-up between a brilliant 4K external monitor and a 32-inch Smart TV with Netflix, Disney+, Apple TV+, Prime Video and YouTube apps ready to watch out-of-the-box. If that wasn’t enough, it also includes a smart home hub to control your lightbulbs and video doorbells as well as a gaming hub with access to Xbox Games Pass to stream blockbuster titles like Halo Infinite and Flight Simulator over Wi-Fi to the HDR10 display.

That’s a lot to ask of one product and, as you might expect, the M8 Smart Monitor doesn’t master all of these functions. But it doesn’t drop the ball with any of them, either.

The M8 Smart Monitor’s gorgeous pastel colours will instantly brighten up any room …something that’s almost never said about an external display. Sure, it looks almost indistinguishable from an iMac, but that just means it pairs all the better with a MacBook Air or Mac mini.

Chatty AI assistant Alexa is built-in for hands-free controls when you’re lounging watching telly and can’t be bothered to hunt for the remote down the back of the sofa.

We have our issues with the M8 Smart Monitor– the picture isn’t as good as spending £699 on a dedicated Smart TV from Samsung and the video call quality from the SlimFit isn’t great. But in our time with this external display, the M8 Smart Monitor really charmed us. And it’s never-before-seen combination of features makes it ideal for anyone with limited space at home who wants an external monitor and a telly.

There are compromises, but there’s also a lot to love about the one-of-a-kind M8 Smart Monitor.

Samsung M8 Smart Monitor review

First off, we need to address the elephant in the room – yes, the Samsung M8 Smart Monitor looks very similar to the latest iMac. This isn’t our imagination, either. The Smart Monitor M7, the predecessor to the M8 that boasts many of the same features, does not look anything like this latest model – it looks like a pretty standard external monitor. The M8 Smart Monitor – released after the new iMac – is a complete 180º from the previous hardware designs produced by Samsung’s R&D department.

Does that matter? Nah.

While it would be nice to see Samsung’s designers unleash their creativity and come up with something utterly unique for the M9 Smart Monitor …it’s a small nitpick.

The SlimFit webcam connects with magnets and can be detached whenever it’s not in-use (Image: SAMSUNG )

We love the appearance of the new iMac and this external monitor from Samsung will fit beautifully with the latest MacBook Air, MacBook Pro or Mac mini.

Of course, you don’t need to be an Apple user to enjoy the new design. The Samsung M8 Smart Monitor will bring a splash of colour to any desk, thanks to the gorgeous pastel colours. Store shelves are well stocked with external monitors in dull black or grey plastic cases. As such, …….


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