It looks like any monitor you’ll find in any desk at any office around the world. You know, the kind you use to see all those spreadsheets, emails, and reports you deal with in a regular workday. Except, the Samsung Webcam Monitor S4 is built with teleconferencing in mind, integrating everything you need to hold those video meetings with no need to add a glut of accessories to your workspace.
Designed to help streamline your home office, the monitor comes with its own speaker, microphones, and webcam, allowing you to eliminate dedicated accessories that would other clutter your desk. It does that without adding any unsightly bulk, too, making it look like any professional monitor that should fit quite nicely with home offices and traditional workplaces alike.
The Samsung Webcam Monitor S4 is a 24-inch IPS screen that looks like any modern work display, with a wide base, a slim frame, and really thin bezels. Despite that, it hides a few more hardware beneath that shell than a typical monitor. There is, for instance, a pop-up webcam that’s hidden in a recessed section of the top frame, so you can simply tuck it away into its compartment when not needed, eliminating the need to put a tape on the lens for those wary of getting hacked.
It uses a 2.1-megapixel sensor that can capture 1080p video, so you can hold your meetings in full HD, all while eliminating having to clamp a dedicated webcam on top of your display. Infrared camera function allows it to be used for Windows Hello facial recognition, so you can use it for your PC’s biometric security, along with supported apps and services, instead of typing a password each time you log in.
The Samsung Webcam Monitor S4 also comes with built-in 2W stereo speakers on the left and right bottom corners, so you can just turn up the volume to hear your colleagues during meetings, instead of having to put on headphones or hook up a separate speaker. Lastly, they integrated a microphone at the top of the screen (we’re guessing, right next to the webcam), so you can speak directly to the mic while looking straight at the lens. Basically, it’s Samsung’s monitor solution for remote workers, allowing you to get everything you need for those video meetings in one place. Just hook up a PC and you’re ready to go.
The monitor itself has a 1080p resolution, a 16:9 aspect ratio, and a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, with a 178 degree viewing angle, so you can clearly see what’s onscreen even while you’re stretching at the side of the desk. It supports both PCs and Macs, with an HDMi slot, a DisplayPort slot, a VGA port, two USB 3.0 ports, and a 3.5mm port, in case you want to use headphones anyway. And just in case you like distracting yourself with a game here and there, this monitor should work fine, with its 75Hz refresh rate, 5ms response time, and built-in AMD FreeSync support for reduced image tearing.
The Samsung Webcam Monitor S4 should be available sometime this year. No exact release date or price has been announced.