The Samsung M7 Smart Monitor (Or the LS32AM700URXXU Smart Monitor to be specific) is not just the sharpest monitor in Samsung’s arsenal, but it is also able to double as a TV. But with the monitor being marketed as something that can suit a wide variety of purposes, how well does it perform in several different departments?
Here is the main info you need to know about it:
- Manufacturer: Samsung
- Model: LS32AM700URXXU
- Year released: 2020
- Resolution: 4K
- USB Ports: 3
- HDMI Ports: 2
- Bluetooth: Yes
Available Screen Sizes:
- 32 inch
Here are the main things the M7 prides itself on:
- Smart TV Apps and UHD
- USB Type-C to transfer data, send display signals and power-up
- Built in voice assistants such as Bixby, Alexa and Google Assistants
- Built in access to Samsung TV plus
- AirPlay 2 which allows dual screen casting
The Samsung M7 is very simple in terms of design. The device is pretty wobbly and can tend to bend under a lot of pressure. It only needs a screw, stand and power cable to be ready for watching. It is more than big enough to satisfy the needs of people who want both a TV for entertainment and a monitor for work. The bezel is small and the monitor is thin, meaning it’s not too intrusive and is always an option if you have little space.
The TV comes with a sleek remote which is responsive and a convenient way to navigate the menus, although you probably shouldn’t use it with Microsoft Office programs as it’s your standard TV remote so it will be a nightmare. The remote is even compatible with Bixby or Google Assistant if pressing buttons and wading through apps is too tedious for you.
The ports are located on the rear towards the middle, making connecting devices pretty pesky since you’ll need to turn it around, so you might want to bear that in mind if shifting the TV to change plugs is an inconvenience for you. Also you should if you need put the monitor close to the wall as you’ll need to make space for the plugs.
The TV comes bundled with plenty of apps: you have your standard streaming platforms such as Netflix, Disney +, Now TV and lots more. What’s perhaps most interesting about it is that it comes pre-bundled with Microsoft Office 365 which makes you set to make presentations, documents and much more.
The LS32AM700URXXU gives you cloud access to all of your important documents from all your other devices… all you need to do is simply log in and everything is there and ready.
While having access to the whole Microsoft Office arsenal of programs sounds nice, it is arguably one of the weakest aspects of the M7. The programs do not load very quickly and there is quite a bit of delay when typing, so you might want to proceed with caution if you need the M7 to type up a storm in a hurry or work on presentations to meet a strict deadline.
The graphical display is pretty decent, with it providing a pretty accurate colour display but one that’s not accurate enough to warrant artistic usage. Like other budget TVs, it struggles to manage deep blacks and the HDR performance cannot reach the same level as the crystal display of other Samsung TVs, so it might struggle in dark scenes.
That being said, it still has a pretty crisp display, with an incredible 3,233:1 aspect ratio, it provides a lot of vibrancy. The M7 doesn’t quite have the colour gamut to cover colour sensitive tasks but the display is still solid as long as you’re not looking to perform tasks that involve colourful arts.
The picture works fine for YouTube and other apps, providing seamless 4K images. It’s able to manage a peak brightness of 250 nits which means it’s pretty dull by TV standards, so maybe skip this one if you’re going to find yourself watching it in the dark often or if you enjoy shows with plenty of dark scenes.
With a mediocre 60 Hz refresh rate this isn’t the most ideal display if you’re an avid gamer, as most gaming displays need a display that’s double the Hz at the very least for a satisfactory experience. It also does not provide support for Nvidia G-Sync or AMD Freesync which causes screen tearing so be aware of that if you want to use either of those with the M7.
When watching movies, you have the choice of multiple different picture options such as standard, dynamic, natural, movie and a filmmaker mode. But standard is the best setting because it produces a solid, passable picture for most content.
The TV has built-in speakers that can cover a decent range for casual movies and TV, but it’s not going to provide a wide range that can immerse you or provide a good sound from far away. It can still re-create a wide range of songs and voices with relative accuracy, but if you want to do the audio justice you might want to buy a speaker instead.
While it’s not the sharpest tool in the shed, the sheer versatility of the Samsung M7 still makes it an incredible purchase. It’s a great idea to get one if you don’t have the money for a PC and TV and want to use it for multiple purposes. You might not want to buy it if you’re intending on using it as a display for a PS5 or XBOX series S as there are much better gaming monitors on the market.
Also, this is a huge no go if you need a computer for art as there are much better-priced ones on the market that can handle sensitive colours. However, it doesn’t take up a lot of space, it can perform a multitude of tasks, and is really good for the money assuming you don’t want to use it for the two aforementioned purposes it’s not good for.
Author: Jason MacMillan