Samsung 4k MonitorI confess I had an itch. Even in my dual monitor setup, I never seemed to have enough visual real estate. If I had the Android development UI full screen on one side and the emulator on the other, it took only a single konsole shell to fill up everything I had. Then I was left without space for instant messaging, writing, emailing, etc.

It’s common year 2014. There are 10 inch tablets with 2560×1600 resolution (Google’s Nexus 10 and Amazon’s Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″). Why shouldn’t there be a monitor with a resolution higher than that? I mean, what’s the point of having a 30 inch screen if it displays exactly as many pixels as your 10 inch tablet?

There was a deal. While early 4k TVs were freaky expensive (in the tens out thousands of dollars!), Samsung had a relative steal available for $799. Then the price went down to $699. Then one day Amazon had a sale, and it was available for $599. I took it immediately, not asking any questions.

When the monitor arrived, it was a mixed bag. The bezel is small, so there is just a ton of screen. Also, the monitor comes both with two HDMI ports and one DisplayPort. Tons of connectivity.

First the assembly. To my horror, the stand on which the monitor rests is fixed, which means that you can’t change the inclination from perfectly straight up. That’s a bit of a bummer, because the screen is so large, you’d want it to tilt a little.