Today, Samsung launched its brand new gaming monitor, the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 QLED curved monitor, and it’s a beast. Samsung has been known for its “world first”s when it comes to monitors. They released the world’s first 240Hz refresh rate 4K gaming monitor, they produced that crazy Arc screen, and now they’ve gone all out with a dual UHD ultra widescreen.
We were lucky enough to get some hands-on time with this monitor as it launched in Australia. The monitor is part of Samsung’s Odyssey range.
Crazy display specs
Unveiled at CES 2023, the Samsung Odyssey Neo is simply divine. The first thing you’ll notice with a display is the sheer size! It’s massive and takes up most of a standard desk space. Next, you’ll see the crisp, clear images, and smooth transitions. Pair those with an insanely large 57″ ultra-wide display and you have a glorious image.
This monitor is actually two ultra high definition (UHD) monitors in one, but with a seamless experience. There’s no giant spilt in the middle like what you experience with two UHD monitors side by side.
The quantum dot matrix that makes up the LED display (QLED) provides cinema-quality pictures like what is being experienced in the top-of-the-range Samsung TVs. Now, you can have that quality while you game instead of only for the movies.
Fast refresh rates of 240Hz and a 1ms response time means you’ll rarely see any lag. Motions, movements, and speed are smooth, less blurry and beautiful to watch while you’re playing fast-paced games. Couple this with the brilliant colours depicted by QLED screens and it’s hard to beat the visuals that this monitor can output.
You need a good PC
Whilst you can essentially hook this monitor up to most PCs, you aren’t going to experience the fully capability without the right power behind it. The Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 QLED screen has built in AMD FreeSync Premium Pro and thus runs best on the latest AMD graphics cards. With Radeon Rx 200 graphics cards and up, you’ll be able to experience faster actions and more seamless images. NVIDIA’s cards are said to be coming out with this support in the near future.
In the meantime, you’ll have to settle for some still amazing graphics while you update your PC.
RGB for your gaming needs
You know I love RGB and this display delivers. There are two panels of lights on either side of the front panel. If you’ve got your PC against a white wall or a window, you’ll also notice the large round light on the back of the monitor. You can control these lights with new Core Lighting+. I mean, is it really a gaming monitor without RGB?
New OLED screen launched
The Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 QLED Gaming monitor is part of Samsung’s Odyssey range. Within this range, a new OLED monitor was also launched. The Odyssey OLED G9 monitor is a curved, 49″ OLED screen with dual quad high definition (QHD) monitors. It also includes AMD FreeSync Premium Pro and 240Hz refresh rate same as the QLED model. The OLED model differs in that it has a faster response time, and built-in gaming features such as Game Bar, Game Hub, and Samsung Smart TV.
Since this monitor has a built-in Neo Quantum Processor Pro, it can handle the power of Samsung Smart TV and other related software such as IoT hub and voice assistants. If you don’t already have a smart TV, this is definitely the way to go. The screen is also much slimmer in the Neo OLED monitor but there’s not as much RGB lighting.
More in the Odyssey line up
Samsung’s Odyssey range is expansive, with monitors to suit all gamers and budgets. There are monitors specific for console gaming and plenty with built-in Samsung Smart TV. Check out the website to view the full Odyssey range.
The Samsung Odyssey Neo G95NC curved QLED launched globally today and will be available in Australia starting next week. You can register your interest for the monitor and you can also receive a special gift with your purchase. The Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 QLED is A$3,199, and the Odyssey Neo OLED G9 monitor A$2,699. The Neo OLED TV is now available to preorder on the website.
If you are going to ask my preference, I’d go for the Odyssey Neo G9 gaming monitor. I already have a Samsung Smart TV and thus I wouldn’t use the Smart TV functionality on the Odyssey OLED edition. I also just love the size of the Neo screen.
It’s big, bold, and would easily replace the two 43″ monitors I currently have and would still feel bigger. Whilst I prefer the slimline look of the OLED monitor’s display, you can’t go past having RGB lights displayed on the front of the Neo TV. I also prefer the ergonomic stand on the Neo G95 vs. the OLED model. The V shape fits my preferred aesthetic. Although this doesn’t really matter if you’re planning on mounting your monitor.
Yes, I want the Odyssey Neo G95 QLED monitor, but I’m going to have to fork out a bit of money for it and upgrade my graphics card in order to experience the full technological capacity of this beautiful display.