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Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 Review

Posted on 4-Mar-2022 17:32 by M Freitas | Filed under: Reviews


Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 Review

Over the last few years, I have been moving to larger and larger monitors for both work and play. I personally feel a single high resolution 35” monitor is more usable than two 27”.

 

I like having a single display without the distraction of having to track the mouse between monitors. Also, when using multiple monitors, I feel they need to be at the same height to avoid moving my head in lots of different directions.

 

Samsung has recently released a huge monitor, the 49” Odyssey Neo G9 Mini-LED model and I have had the chance to try it.

 

Like other large TVs and monitors, you have to assemble the Odyssey Neo G9 before using them. Be prepared with a medium-size Philips screwdriver. It’s easy to put the Samsung Odyssey together, with clear instructions and nothing complicated.

 

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 is a 49” monitor with a 32:9 aspect ratio and a 1000R screen curvature. This means the display ends up being 119 cm (width) by 33.5 cm (height) - add a centimetre bezel all around and you can see it will need a rather large area on your desk.

 

You will also need two people to safely lift the monitor (14.5 Kg) out of the box because at NZ$ 3,299 you don’t want to risk it breaking if you hold it in the wrong places.

 

With a native 5,120 by 1,440 pixels (DQHD or dual quad HD) you get enough space for four large application windows on your desktop (or to my liking, three evenly spaced windows with Outlook, Edge and a third application on the right side of the screen).

 

You are likely to find yourself with the same problem as me though. The Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 supports up to 240 Hz refresh rates but my mid-tier NVIDIA card can only drive up to 60 HZ at the highest resolution. When plugged into my Dell laptop the built-in Intel Iris HD can only drive 1,920 by 1,200 at 60 Hz.

 

This means to achieve the highest resolution at the highest refresh rate you will need a high-end GPU, so plan accordingly. But, even at 60 Hz, I enjoy using this monitor.

 

Which leads us to the next thing: how do you use the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9? It is sold as a gaming monitor so I will assume serious gamers will already have the necessary GPU power to get most of the experience. And what experience.

 

I’ve tried a couple of games with it – including my all-time favourite Borderlands 3 and it’s simply beautiful. The screen size, the colours, the dark areas, all work together.

 

The monitor supports HDR10+ but most importantly it also uses mini-LED technology, meaning the backlight on this monitor comes from a huge number of LED and goes through their Quantum Dot layer. This means a move even lighting, less on-screen light bleeding and better black than the standard LED-based monitors. All this without the drawbacks of OLED (screen burn-in and light degrading over time).

 

For gamers, you can also take advantage of FreeSync and G-Sync support.

 

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 comes with one DisplayPort 1.4 and two HDMI 2.1 inputs, with auto-switch support, which works well when I am moving work from my laptop to my desktop. It does have a headphone jack but no built-in speakers. It also has a USB type B port to connect to your computer (cable supplied with monitor) and two USB 3 ports so it acts as a USB hub. It does not have USB video support though.

 

The monitor has good cable management as you can get power, display and USB cables through its base and up the stand. In my case, I have a USB extension for the keyboard and mouse unifying receiver plus a Bluetooth USB adapter (on my desktop computer) that I use with headphones. Using the single cable from the monitor to the desktop I can have both these USB-based adapters plugged and much closer to the peripherals, reducing interference all around.

 

Colour reproduction is great, and you can download the ICM file and drivers from Samsung’s website. When configured to use these you can get up to 92% Adobe RGB coverage, and 95% DCI coverage.

 

The single button to control the menu is a bit hard to find but once you figured (it’s on the bottom of the display, on the right half of the screen) it’s easy to use. The on-screen menu is easy to use and the button acts as a joystick with click and left/right/back/forward movements. It also allows you to turn the Infinity Core Lighting on and off, an RGB lighting on the back of the monitor that can be set to display different colours, as well as sync to gaming conditions.

 

If you can get past the price tag, the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 is a tremendous monitor and a pleasure to use.

 



More information: https://www.samsung.com/nz/monitors/gaming/od...