Samsung's iMac like 32-inch smart monitor is getting a refresh with 4K resolution, USB-C connectivity, and AirPlay — the ultimate Mac companion for under $1,000?

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If you’ve ever bought yourself a brand new Mac and thought “I don’t want to spend double that on the Apple Studio Display”, you’re not alone. Fortunately, a brand new refresh of Samsung’s alternative has been announced at CES 2024 and it looks incredible. 

The Samsung Smart Monitor M80D is a 32-inch 4K display that only requires a single USB-C port to get hooked up to your devices. It’s also confirmed to have AirPlay 2 built-in, which means you can stream content straight to it from your iPhone, Mac, and iPad. Though we don’t know more of its specs just yet, last year’s model came with HDR 10 support, a 4ms response time, and a 60Hz refresh rate. If these features are also coming to the M80D, this could make it perfect as a display for the Mac Mini or a second display for a MacBook

As this is being showcased as a smart monitor, the included remote can adjust settings and activate many of its smart features without the need for a desktop machine hooked up and switched, meaning you can stream shows and listen to music easily from the monitor alone. It is set to launch in 2024 at an estimated MSRP of $699-$729.

A great alternative to Apple’s displays — iMore’s take

The Apple Studio Display is smaller at 27 inches but comes with a 5K retina display and 600 nits of brightness. It is also designed with Apple in mind, which explains its very specific resolution. However, for almost a third of the cost, the M80D bests the Studio Display in its HDR support and response time, if last year’s specs return. It also has smart functions to work without a plugged-in device, which the Studio Display doesn’t. So despite its huge price, there are compromises you have to make when picking the Apple Studio Display as you can get more impressive specs on cheaper monitors. The camera is a bit lacking and the response time is quite big too. 

If you’re looking for an alternative that is under $1000, this feels like it could be worth waiting for, as long as you aren’t looking for a display with that iconic Apple logo on it. 

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James Bentley

James is a staff writer and general Jack of all trades at iMore. With news, features, reviews, and guides under his belt, he has always liked Apple for its unique branding and distinctive style. Originally buying a Macbook for music and video production, he has since gone on to join the Apple ecosystem with as many devices as he can fit on his person. 

With a degree in Law and Media and being a little too young to move onto the next step of his law career, James started writing from his bedroom about games, movies, tech, and anything else he could think of. Within months, this turned into a fully-fledged career as a freelance journalist. Before joining iMore, he was a staff writer at Gfinity and saw himself published at sites like TechRadar, NME, and Eurogamer. 

As his extensive portfolio implies, James was predominantly a games journalist before joining iMore and brings with him a unique perspective on Apple itself. When not working, he is trying to catch up with the movies and albums of the year, as well as finally finishing the Yakuza series. If you like Midwest emo music or pretentious indie games that will make you cry, he’ll talk your ear off.