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Image: Samsung There are plenty of external monitors on the market, but many Mac users (myself included) naturally gravitate toward the aesthetics and features of those made by Apple: a high-quality display, excellent speakers, ease of use, and, of course, an aesthetic that aligns with the rest of your Apple products. So yes, Apple’s Studio Display might seem like the obvious choice—but take a look at a new offering from Samsung and you might feel differently. Apple’s Studio Display is great on paper. The 27-inch 5K monitor shares a resemblance to the company’s wildly expensive Pro Display XDR monitor (both look a bit like a silver iMac without the chin), and it reaches 600 nits of brightness. On the other hand, it doesn’t support HDR or local dimming zones, which is a shame for a display in this price range (more on that later). The Studio Display sports a 12MP Ultra Wide camera—the same found in the iPad—making it the first non-tablet Apple product to support Center Stage. But initial reviews have found the camera’s quality to be “not great,” though Apple says the problems can by fixed with a software update (yes, a software update for an external monitor). One interesting thing about this monitor is that it’s actually running an A13 Bionic, the same chip found in the iPhone 11 line; Apple says it uses this chip for features like Center Stage, Spatial Audio, and “Hey Siri.” We’ll have to see if the company takes advantage of […]