Samsung Odyssey G9 review: a mansion-class 49-inch gaming monitor

Samsung Odyssey G9 review: a mansion-class 49-inch gaming monitor


Welcome to the Samsung Odyssey G9 review by Ditching. One of the best gaming monitors today, this absolutely massive 49-inch curved monitor is truly something to see.

It’s not quite 4K, although you can check out our best 4K monitors, but it’s so incredibly powerful that it doesn’t really matter. This is the monitor you go for if you have the best of the best, the best gaming mouse, the best gaming headset, the best gaming keyboard, and the best gaming chair.

It’s hard to give a quick and reasonable view of this 32: 9, 240Hz beast from a gaming monitor. It has incredible specs, everything you would need or want in a gaming monitor. also striking and stylish, but I can’t help but think that for the vast majority of people the Samsung Odyssey G9 would be totally impractical.

It’s the kind of gaming monitor that I imagine sits at the heart of the most successful gaming environment, in the middle of a mansion bought with Twitch donations.

Samsung Odyssey G9 review: design and configuration

Samsung Odyssey G9’s Infinity Core lighting system is very cool

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Setting up the Samsung Odyssey G9 is a bit stressful. Not because it’s particularly difficult, but because of its odd size, dimensions and weight. Its instructions came on a CD, which I cannot read – however, the YouTuber I followed to set it up had paper instructions included with theirs. So maybe something was missing in the delivery of my model.

Attaching the feet to the stand is fairly straightforward, and adding the stand to the monitor itself only required a few screws, which was a bit of a hassle. It is a bit tricky to place the plastic ring around the “Infinity Core” lighting system on the back. The main problem here is trying to move the Odyssey G9 afterwards – it’s very heavy.

It can be wall mounted, but at 16.7kg I’m not sure I would feel quite comfortable doing it with such an expensive kit. I guess it depends on your confidence in your drywall.

Of course, once you get over the angst of setting it up, you’ve got an absolutely stunning gaming monitor. The 1000R curved display reaches almost every edge of its chassis on the top and sides, with a relatively thin bezel at the base of the display displaying the Samsung logo. It is a complete wall of QLED monitor.

The back of this monitor looks like something out of science fiction. The bright white, ventilated plastic of the Odyssey G9 is enhanced by the bright Infinity Core lighting system. It would easily fit within the aesthetic boundaries of the world of Destiny, or perhaps the Institute of Fallout 4. It will depend on your room / office setup as to how much you can enjoy once the Odyssey G9 is in. place and operation.

In terms of ports, the G9 has one HDMI 2.0, two DisplayPort connectors and two USB 3.0 and a USB version 3 hub. It also comes with a headphone jack, but there is no top. -Built-in speakers that seem like a missed opportunity in such a large monitor.

Samsung Odyssey G9 Review: Features and Image

There is something to be said for playing Grand Strategy on the ultra-wide Samsung Odyssey G9

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If I’m being honest I don’t have the hardware to take full advantage of what the Odyssey G9 can do. But then, few will. While the screen isn’t quite 4K, its 109ppi resolution, 5120 × 1440 resolution, and 240Hz refresh rate will require a serious gaming machine to realize its potential.

As DisplayPort 1.4 and HDMI 2.0 cannot actually handle the bandwidth required for the Odyssey’s resolution / refresh rate combination, you will need a graphics card that supports Display Stream Compression (DSC), to get it. the best part. Even with the most capable gaming PC, you’ll have a hard time flushing everything out of the G9.

Of course, this should still ensure the longevity of the Odyssey G9. And it must be said that if you have this setup, it’s hard to see how you could go wrong with Odyssey G9.

As you might expect, this gaming monitor is G-sync and FreeSync compatible, boasts an impressive 1ms response time, and uses HDR1000 and HDR10 +. These optimize shadows, whites and overall brightness. It brings games to life, providing dynamism and depth. It should hit 97% DCI-P3 and 125% of the sRGB color gamut. It’s, at its best, the best ultra-wide gaming monitor on the market.

Its PBP (frame by frame) mode is also worth shouting out, and should be of interest to streamers, YouTube tutorial junkies, and anyone playing video chat with friends. This massive monitor can split down the middle to create what is essentially two crisp, crisp 27-inch displays (you can also make one side slightly larger than the other).

Samsung Odyssey G9 Review: Price and Verdict

The Samsung Odyssey G9 is a versatile glossy gaming monitor, as long as you have the space to keep it

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Although the widgets in this review show the most recent prices for the Samsung Odyssey G9, it is an expensive monitor. You should expect to pay over £ 1000 / $ 1400 for this. It’s worth it for what you get. There’s nothing on the market that offers what this monitor does, at least in this shape and size. The question is whether this is right for you.

Ultimately, after spending a week with the Odyssey G9, I won’t be sad to see it go. It’s not because it’s bad, but because it’s just too much monitor. Its size means I can’t push it any further on my desk; it’s fine if I’m sitting with a control pad, but using a keyboard and mouse I found myself having to turn it off on occasion because it’s too much for my eyes at that distance – even with eye-saver mode permanently on.

He is a difficult monitor to mark. If you have the money, have the space, and have the hardware to take advantage of it, the Samsung Odyssey G9 is the only monitor you should buy. But for most people, I think this 49-inch beast is just a little too impractical.

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