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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 54 reviews

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Game changing monitor

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    Posted . Owned for 1 month when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    I've played games at 4k before and I wasn't impressed. i was perfectly fine with 1440p...until I got this monitor. The Samsung Odyssey Oled G8 is a game changer when it comes to gaming, but also a great overall monitor as well. First of all, setup is super easy. I've never had a stand that was so easy to assemble. I eventually decided to mount the monitor, but the stand was super easy to handle. Setting up the monitor itself was a little different. If you've ever had a Samsung TV, the experience is pretty much the same. You can use the remote to walk through the process, but it also can be done on your phone. It'll ask for your Samsung account, which, is important because this is more than just a monitor (I'll get to that later). Once it's done you're ready to go, but be warned...there is no source button on the remote. Accessing your devices (like...your computer) is done via the menu. In terms of performance...this monitor is next-level! 4k Oled, 240 Hz refresh rate...great numbers, great blacks...but using it, it just looks DIFFERENT. The colors! I've had OLED TVs, I've had OLED monitors, I've never seen the colors look like this. I'm assuming the processor, combined with the AI and the tuning... makes everything look better. I know some feel that matte displays don't look as good as glossy Oled displays...I've had glossy displays before...none of them looked like this! Now, to fully capitalize on the 4k 240 hz it's gonna take a beefy rig and for most games, you probably won't hit those numbers...but it's so smooth! I know some will complain that this monitor feels more like a TV than a monitor with its focus on the TIzen interface and speakers...but if I complain about anything it's how bad this thing makes my TV look. The smoothness of motion and colors in the content I stream on this device puts my OLED TV to shame. Now obviously this is Samsung's latest processor (NQ8) backed by AI and I'm sure their next-generation of TVs will have similar performance, but as of right now, this is the best thing to watch content on in my house, and while 32" may not be what I'm used to for televisions, it's huge for a monitor, and it works well as a television when I'm sitting at my desk. The speakers on the monitor are solid as well. I know other brands use Samsung's panels so there are a few new monitors with Samsung's 4k 240 hz OLED panel, but I think the inclusion of the processor Samsung chose, its usage of AI, and the overall Tizen interface, this monitor is a no-brainer for me. It's pricey, but you get what you pay for with this monitor.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Exceeds expectations

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    Posted . Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    I was apprehensive buying this on release because there were no reviews, but I'm incredibly happy with this monitor. The color is great, text has minimal fringing, build quality is actually wild... gaming is amazing, switching between PC, PS5, Switch is so smooth. The OS is fast and snappy! Speakers get surprisingly loud. Are you worried about brightness? Don't be, this monitor can get plenty bright for an OLED. I'm a brightness junkie and it was one of the biggest concerns I had going in, but it clears in that department. Love the connectivity, being able to use the remote with my PS5 or turn on my Switch through the OS of the monitor, etc.. HDR looks really good. Picture quality is so much better than my previous monitor Optix MPG321UR QD. Don't worry about the matte coat.. it's a new matte technology and it's about as close to glossy as matte has ever looked. It tricks your brain into thinking you're just looking at a glossy screen. The only negative for me is that the OS is a bit convoluted and invasive. Sometimes you just want a quick way to toy with settings, but unfortunately you need to dive deep into the OS and get past tons of ads for game consoles you don't own, or streaming services you don't want, etc., just to find a simple setting. Not taking a mark for it because I'm getting really fast at navigating the maze. I'm like 65% productivity use, and I find that this monitor works well for both work/fun. As of now, I wholly recommend this monitor.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Awesome, but has (minor) flaws

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    Posted . Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    I want to stary off by saying that overall this is an excellent monitor and I highly recommend it, however I can’t say it’s a perfect monitor. Let’s start off with what I really love about this montior, the resolution and refresh rate are superb! Not to mention that the OLED screen has stunning images. Out of the box it comes with a few cables you can use to connect your PC to this monitor, it has an 8k DP cable and an ultra high speed HDMI cable. The base of this monitor is a beautiful piece of hefty aluminum and the monitor arm has a mix of both metal and plastic, but is also has a good design behind it. Mounting the monitor to the arm and base is simple and doesn’t require any tools, just make sure you hear the click and try not to force things. Now for the items I’m indifferent about, this monitor can also act as a smart tv and will require some set up and account linking. The external power brick can take up some space, but with some clever cable management, it isn’t too much of an issue. This monitor has built-in speakers, but they don’t have the greatest sound quality, not bad for built-in speakers though. There’s a remote included for this monitor and its kind of okay, it can smudge easily, but it has a simple layout that’s easy to use. Finally, time for the few negatives I had, the rear connector panel can sink in if you use a little too much force. It doesn’t take much force, so I would definitely be careful on how much force you use when plugging in your cables back there. Last one is very minor, but out of the box, it gets set up as a tv and not a gaming monitor. You’ll have to go into the settings and manually change it into PC/Monitor mode.

    I would recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from Samsung
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      We are delighted to hear you've had an overall, positive experience with your OLED G8 Monitor.

      Thank you for your feedback to help us improve our products and services. If there is anything we can do to assist you and improve your product experience, please don't hesitate to contact Samsung Customer Support via:

      1-800-SAMSUNG, available 8AM - 12AM EST (Mon-Fri) / 9AM - 11PM EST (Sat-Sun).

      Your thoughts and opinions are very important to Samsung. Samsung

  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing OLED

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    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    I was worried about picking this up due to it having a "matte" finish on it. I've had a lot of matte finished OLEDS (LG, almost all variants) and this Samsung is by far the least aggressive in regards to that. The brightness is way better than the ASUS 32in 4k and the LG (It clips in the windows HDR calibration around 1400 with the brightness on "high" and not enabling the auto dimmer). I've been through just about every OLED on the market and I think I've found the one I will keep for good. The tizen OS on a 4k oled is icing on the cake. DO get the Best Buy warranty because burn-in is NOT covered by Samsung on this.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfection

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    Posted . Owned for 1 week when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    This is the best monitor to have ever monitored, in the history of monitors, in my opinion. I hadn't invested into OLED gaming yet, because I've been waiting on a panel that checks enough of my boxes, and well, this is the one. $1300 for a gaming monitor is definitely a steep price, but if you enjoy gaming as much as I do, it's entirely worth it, as not only is it the most beautiful monitor I've ever seen, it's also the most performant, going to 240hz. It's simply just the best of both worlds. Zero compromises.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    It's not just a monitor

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    Posted . Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    I thought this was just a monitor, completely unaware that it had a built-in system until I turned it on for the first time. All I wanted was a monitor to pair with my PC; for me personally, this system and built-in speakers are of no use. I don't know why it's still called G8, even though there are such significant differences from the previous generation. The monitor gives me a feeling of a slight bulge in the middle as if it's a reverse curved screen, which is very strange. I am very sure that I was extremely careful while installing it and there were no bumps. Please leave a commit if you have the same feeling. And as for the monitor itself, it’s OK. My ideal high-end HDR monitor should be able to achieve a global brightness of 300-400 nits, beyond which it starts to become glaring, but this monitor is only about 200 nits. After testing, the DP interface now permanently enables DSC, even if you set it to 60Hz. And when I use the HDMI port, only 60Hz is available, even though the same HDMI cable can run 4K 120Hz without enabling DSC on another monitor, further testing is required.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from Samsung
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      We are sorry to see that you rated this product 3 stars, which indicates dissatisfaction.

      If there is anything we can do to assist you and improve your product experience, please contact Samsung Customer Support via:

      1-800-SAMSUNG, available 8AM - 12AM EST (Mon-Fri) / 9AM - 11PM EST (Sat-Sun).

      Your thoughts and opinions are very important to Samsung and we hope to hear from you. Samsung

  • Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    Tries something new, but misses the mark

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    Posted . Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    I'll keep the review simple. Pros: Picture quality Refresh rate Size Games look beautiful Customization with settings Cons: Has built in tv functionality but does not have any optical out, meaning you cant use the tv functions through the same audio output as your pc. On top of that, the only option is the built in speakers, which are terrible, or a bluetooth device. Big downside for me as i was hoping to use the interface with my audio equipment. Hdr seems to be buggy, but need to do more testing before making that claim absolute G sync does not seem to work properly, and leads to flickering or the monitor just not working anymore. Neutral: Default color settings are sun optimal Tv setup is annoying Interface can be overwhelming Overall, I'm not sure if there's a reason to get this specific monitor over some of the others that use the same panel. I would reccomend just buying the one that is the cheapest.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from Samsung
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      Thank you for bringing this issue to our attention as Samsung is committed to providing the best possible product experience, quality, and value. Samsung greatly values our customers’ feedback and we utilize your concerns and opinions in our relentless efforts towards delivering world-class products. We are very sorry to hear this product didn't meet your expectations and hope to have you back as a customer again. If there is anything we can do to assist you and improve your product experience, please don't hesitate to contact Samsung Customer Support via: 1-800-SAMSUNG, available 8AM - 12AM EST (Mon-Fri) / 9AM - 11PM EST (Sat-Sun) Samsung

  • Rated 2 out of 5 stars

    Left side line on first turn on

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    Posted . Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    2 star because after waiting receive faulty monitor I return to replace same day near best buy they don't have everytime new item very sad Would you recommend this item?* i just say no right now bcz they not let me go to submit

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from Samsung
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      Thank you for your review on the OLED G80SD monitor.

      We are sorry enocountered an issue with your new montior. Your feedback is important to us and we will document your concerns.

      To proper address your concern, you can also contact Samsung Customer Support via:
      1-800-SAMSUNG, available 8AM - 12AM EST (Mon-Fri) / 9AM - 11PM EST (Sat-Sun).
      We also recommend you contact Best Buy directly for assistance in correcting the exchange situation.

      Samsung is committed to providing the best possible product experience, quality, and value, and we are always here to help with any of your questions or concerns. Samsung

  • Tech Insider Network Member

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    32” 4K Monitor w/ HDR10+ & Perfect Blacks

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    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    TLDR: The new Samsung Odyssey G8 combines the best features of a computer monitor, TV, and smart streaming device. You would be hard pressed to find a better monitor. KEY SPECS Anti-Glare OLED Panel 4k Resolution 240Hz Refresh Rate HDR 10 / HDR 10+ 99% Color Gamut Reproduction Bluetooth 5.2 USB 3.0 Hub 1 x DP 1.4 Port (HDCP 2.2) 2 x HDMI 2.1 Ports (HDCP 2.2) Tilt / Swivel / Pivot / Height Adjustments (including 90 degrees of rotation) SET-UP This is the first computer monitor I have owned that has an actual set-up process. Samsung has combined elements of their best line of Odyssey gaming monitors with their wildly popular OLED line of televisions. This is the first monitor I have had that doubles not only as a computer monitor, but also as a standalone streaming device. Samsung’s Tizen OS does an admirable job of walking you through to the initial monitor configuration, including customizing and installing desired streaming apps. The list of available apps is just as comprehensive as you would get with an external streaming stick, but built into a very slick looking interface, specific to Samsung. All the major players are available, including Netflix, Prime, Hulu, Fandango, Plex, Disney, etc. All major streaming services are present, as are Samsung's TV Hub, Samsung Smart Apps, and even gaming services are present allowing you to play certain games directly via an app like XBox without a console. Apps, settings, adjustments, etc are all accessible via the included remote control. The remote is simple and intuitive and while it only has a few buttons to work with, it is sufficient to get you to where you need to be without a lot of unnecessary controls. Simple and easy to operate. One thing worth noting about the remote, it is rechargeable. It has a small solar panel on the back side to easily recharge it by laying it upside down during the day. Super slick! PERFORMANCE If you have never used an OLED monitor for productivity or gaming, you are definitely missing out. No other panel technology can compare to the picture quality of an OLED. Blacks are perfectly black and shadow details are on a whole other level. LCD and LED panels can’t completely shut off all their pixels, leading to light bleed in the darker parts of the screen, even with full array local dimming. It is just the inherent nature of the technology. OLED panels can fully shut off unused pixels, making blacks perfectly black. Games like Call of Duty take full advantage of this technology. Players that like to hide in shadows because it makes them so hard to distinguish no longer have the advantage of concealment. Items that used to get washed out in the darker parts of the screen, no longer bleed together and remain visible. Combine those awesome black levels with what used to be an unheard of refresh rate of 240Hz for an OLED panel and you get a winning combination. Frame rates are smooth and judder-free. Samsung claims a G-t-G refresh time of only .03ms response time. While I have no way to measure this, I will say that this monitor’s responsiveness is far superior to the Samsung monitor it replaces. OLED BURN-IN Burn-in is often an area that keeps folks away from taking the plunge into the world of the OLED. Rightfully so. While this monitor is new and does not have any form of noticeable burn-in, I am happy to report that my other Samsung OLED monitors that are older than this, have not exhibited any burn-in artifacts to date, even though they are inferior models compared to the new G8. Samsung has gone to great lengths to help prevent the dreaded burn-in. Incorporating technologies like a Dynamic Cooling System, Thermal Modulation System, and most importantly for those that want to use the monitor as a streaming device, Logo and Taskbar Detection. All technologies Samsung has built-in to the firmware to help ensure years of trouble-free service. For example, the Dynamic Cooling System uses and actual heat-pipe, much like on a CPU cooler to keep the OLED panel cool. The Thermal Modulation System analyzes the brightest parts of screen and automatically reduces peak brightness to prevent overheating. Excellent!! All these algorithms work seamlessly and unnoticeably in the background. NEGATIVES While the G8 does support HDR 10 and HDR 10+, there is no support for Dolby Vision. Not a huge loss, as HDR 10 is the more common standard of the two. Speaking of High Dynamic Range, while the monitor is capable of displaying HDR content, it only reaches a peak brightness of 250 nits. While there are so many things to praise about OLED technology, this is one area where the technology falls short of its normal LED and LCD counterparts. FINAL THOUGHTS If I haven’t already gushed enough over the new G8, I wanted to make sure that it wasn’t just me being awe inspired by a new shiny gizmo. I wanted a second opinion, as I am already partial to OLED’s to begin with. I brought this monitor in to my teenager’s room for him to try out. I told him nothing about the monitor, simply that was a new 32” monitor and as he plays so many video games, I wanted a second opinion. His monitor is a 32” LED monitor and he has spent hundreds of hours gaming on it with no complaints. It sports a 2560 x 1440 resolution with only a 60Hz refresh rate. All his current games of choice have their settings at Max, Epic, or whatever the best is by the game. After getting it all set-up, I asked him to try a few games and play for a while and report back to me later in the day with his opinion. It didn’t take long. He queued up a match in Call of Duty: Warzone. He summed up my entire review in just one sentence. After no more than 5 minutes of playing it, he paused the game, his eyes big, turned to me and said: “Whoa, this thing is Amazing!” His opinion has changed since. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Tech Insider Network Member

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    More Smart TV Than Monitor, for Better and Worse

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    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    The Samsung G80SD is a great display. You get 4K resolution on a 32” screen and all the benefits that come with an OLED display using the latest panel technology. Being a previous user of the Alienware AW3423DWF OLED monitor I did notice the reduced overall brightness, but HDR still pops and blacks are as dark as they get. That being said, I think this more of a Smart TV than a monitor and while that can be a great benefit, it can also be a hindrance at times and I wish there was a way to put some of that stuff further in the background. Getting the G80SD unboxed I was immediately struck by how slim the display is. At the edges it’s only a few millimeters and it looks very sleek. The silver/gray finish doesn’t go great against my mostly matte black setup, but it still looks good regardless and it mostly disappears especially if you opt for a monitor arm instead of the stand like I have. I did use the stand for a short time though and it’s sturdy and doesn’t take too much space for a stand. It also has a nice little rubber loop for cable management at the base. The power supply is external, probably owing to how slim the display is, and it’s a big thing for sure. Probably one of the larger power bricks I’ve seen. I ended up mounting on the underside of my desk with some Command Strips. The panel itself is flat, which is generally my preference when it comes to monitors, though I’ve come to not mind curved displays after my time with my previous monitor. It’s a standard 16:9 4K panel that goes up to 240Hz with an advertised 0.03ms response time. The ports on the back include 2-USB 3.0 Type A, 2 HDMI 2.1 ports and 1 DisplayPort 1.4 port. The USB ports feed back to the PC via a USB-B cable and can also be used by the display’s internal apps - I verified this by watching a YouTube video with my Logitech headset connected. I imagine this would also work for things like game controllers as well. Setting up the monitor is the same process as setting up a Samsung TV because it uses the same Tizen interface. You are taking through a series of menus where you connect to Wi-Fi and sign into your Samsung account. This being a smart TV you are made to agree to the various privacy policies, but Samsung tries to be sneaky and trick you into also agreeing to personalized ads and viewing data like it is required when in reality it is not. This feels deliberately deceptive on Samsung’s part and I think they need to adjust the verbage their to make the options clearer. You can of course skip all of this, but this disables a lot of the G80SD’s functionality and leaves you with an empty home screen that is constantly asking to be setup. I think there needs to be a way to jettison a lot of these features as many gamers will have no use for them. Once all of that was setup, I connected to my PC via DisplayPort. The display itself looks great, though I wish it got a bit brighter. The display reports a maximum brightness of 440 nits in HDR and that seemed to ring true as I ran through the HDR calibration tool in Windows. HDR does still look really good on the G80SD though and the highlights don’t necessarily need to be as bright when you have an OLED display. The display is not glossy - Samsung advertises it as “glare free”, which seems to matte for all intents and purposes. It still looks great though and actually does a very good job of keeping reflections off. Ther eare no sRGB or DCI-P3 modes to speak of. You also don’t get a calibration report like many other monitors, but to my eyes the colors appear natural and accurate. Variable refresh rate is here in the form of Freesync Premium Pro and G-SYNC seems to work just fine for me. Gaming so far has been an excellent experience and I haven’t had any issues there. For some of the more demanding games I play I have turned the resolution down to 1440p and they still very good on this display at my viewing distance (~30 inches away). The Smart TV portion so far has been pretty good. The interface is very snappy and the included remote works well enough to navigate around - it also has a little solar panel at the bottom to help keep it charged up which is neat. You can get pretty much any major streaming app on Samsung’s platform and it even includes some cloud gaming apps like Xbox and GeForce Now. It also supports Cast and AirPlay. The built-in speakers are nice to have in a pinch, but sound fairly weak. If you are using this in a small space like a dorm or a bedroom I can definitely see the advantages of a monitor that also doubles as your TV. This sometimes gets in the way of it being a simple monitor though. Every time I boot my PC and turn on the display I get the giant Samsung game bar that lingers for several seconds and even when that goes away there’s another little tip that pops up right after that telling me how to get the game bar back if I need to for a few more seconds! AND, though the display will turn itself off when you shut your PC down, it hangs on a standby screen for a full minute before it shuts down waiting to see if you want to do something else with the display. I wish I could make this monitor act more like a monitor and I’ve been in and out of every setting I could find to try and make adjustments. The core lighting on the back of the monitor is pretty neat, though it’s hard to see unless you are looking behind it or have it right up against a wall. There’s a variety of effects you can set, including one where the lighting changes depending on what’s on screen, though I found this to be underwhelming and I liked the rainbow effect better. The monitor includes a 3-year warranty, though it does not explicitly include protection from OLED burn-in. The G80SD is supposed to have a special cooling system built into it that I assume is meant to help protect against that at some level, but it would be good if Samsung was a little clearer about that and it included it like many other OLED manufacturers do. Overall I’m happy with the G80SD. It’s a great-looking OLED monitor and the idea of a gaming monitor that doubles as a TV is a good one, but I think there are improvements Samsung can make and there might be less expensive options for anyone not looking for that functionality.

    I would recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from Samsung
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      We are delighted to hear you've had an overall, positive experience with your OLED G8 Monitor.

      Thank you for your feedback to help us improve our products and services. If there is anything we can do to assist you and improve your product experience, please don't hesitate to contact Samsung Customer Support via:

      1-800-SAMSUNG, available 8AM - 12AM EST (Mon-Fri) / 9AM - 11PM EST (Sat-Sun).

      Your thoughts and opinions are very important to Samsung. Samsung

  • Tech Insider Network Member

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing 4K HDR 240Hz Gaming Monitor

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    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    The Samsung 32" Odyssey OLED G8 (G80SD) is a cutting-edge gaming monitor that promises to deliver top-tier performance and stunning visuals. One thing to watch for when setting it up is the ports don’t feel sturdy. That Is, don’t plug your cables in with great force and yank them out. Be careful when you’re connecting the cables. The main drawback is the tv function. It is very annoying to have to fiddle around with the tv settings during setup and get it so that my PC outputs to the monitor. If Samsung is billing this monitor for gamers, then it should have made it easy for gaming. We don’t want to watch TV on this. That said, once you set it up and ignore the tv aspects, getting into 4K HDR 240Hz OLED gaming is like that classic song “A whole new world”. It is just amazing. You’ll want to play your games just to marvel at the stunning life-like visuals. The Odyssey OLED G8 shines when it comes to speed and responsiveness. Featuring a remarkable 240Hz refresh rate and an almost instantaneous 0.03ms response time, this monitor is designed for competitive gamers who need every possible advantage. The high refresh rate ensures smooth, fluid gameplay, which is particularly beneficial in fast-paced genres like FPS and racing games. You can plug in either with 8K DisplayPort or HDMI 2.1. Once I dialed down the extraneous settings and turned on DLSS3 with frame generation, I was getting between 140-170 FPS in Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 running at 4K. The inclusion of AMD FreeSync Premium Pro technology further enhances the experience by minimizing screen tearing and input lag, ensuring a seamless and immersive gaming session. The visual quality of the Odyssey OLED G8 is simply breathtaking. Thanks to OLED technology, the monitor offers deep black levels and vivid colors, creating an incredibly lifelike image. The absence of pixel light bleed means that dark scenes are rendered with exceptional clarity and detail, making horror games and dark-themed titles more immersive. Make sure you turn on HDR on your PC in the Windows 11 display settings because this monitor supports HDR10+ (Samsung uses HDR10+ instead of Dolby Vision in its monitors). Every color pops, and the contrast ratio is among the best you can find in the current market. My laptop is a 2024 model with 165 Hz refresh rate powered by NVIDIA RTX 4070, but this monitor makes my laptop’s screen look pedestrian. It is just a massive upgrade, but I already own a Samsung 4K OLED TV (S95B) so I sort of knew what to expect. One of the standout features of this monitor is its Glare Free technology. This significantly reduces the impact of external light sources on the screen, allowing you to focus on your game without annoying reflections or glare. The matte finish might annoy some, but I found it very helpful. This feature is especially useful in brightly lit rooms or during daytime gaming sessions, as it enhances visibility and reduces eye strain, ensuring you can play comfortably for longer periods. The Odyssey OLED G8 is not just about performance; it's also about style. This monitor just oozes a premium, high end vibe. The sleek metal design, measuring just 3.9mm at its thinnest point, gives it a modern and sophisticated look that can elevate any gaming setup. The CoreLighting+ feature adds a customizable ambient lighting experience, allowing you to set the mood to match your game or your personal preference. This monitor is as much a statement piece as it is a high-performance device. Long gaming sessions can be taxing, but the Odyssey OLED G8's ergonomic stand helps mitigate this issue. The stand allows you to swivel and tilt the monitor to find the perfect viewing angle. This flexibility ensures you can maintain a comfortable posture, reducing the risk of strain and discomfort during extended use. It's clear that Samsung has put a lot of thought into the usability and comfort of this monitor. As a smart monitor, the Odyssey OLED G8 includes a suite of smart features that add to its versatility. You can easily switch between gaming and other forms of entertainment, such as streaming or browsing the web, without the need for additional devices. The built-in smart hub and user-friendly interface make navigating these features a breeze. I was already familiar with the Samsung Tizen software since I own a Samsung TV, but to others it might take a while to get used to it. The Samsung 32" Odyssey OLED G8 (G80SD) is a premium gaming monitor that delivers on all fronts. Its exceptional speed and responsiveness, combined with stunning visual quality and innovative features like Glare Free technology, make it a top choice for serious gamers. The sleek design and ergonomic stand add to its appeal, ensuring it looks great and feels comfortable in any setup. If you’re in the market for a high-performance gaming monitor that doesn’t compromise on style or functionality, the Odyssey OLED G8 is an excellent investment.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Tech Insider Network Member

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding 4K HDR Gaming Monitor / TV Hybrid

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    Exactly the TV/Monitor hybrid I’ve been looking for! The 32” Samsung Odyssey OLED G8 is both a 4K Dolby Vision HDR 240Hz gaming monitor and smart TV that does an exceptional job at being both. Like typical Samsung panels, the picture is gorgeous with the deep inky black levels that OLEDs are known for, vibrant colors, and sharp resolution. The Dolby Vision HDR does an excellent job of improving contrast and color and Samsung’s own picture processing does a great job of bringing out the detail in dark scenes without washing it out. As a pure monitor and screen, it’s what you would expect from a high end Samsung TV. The built-in speakers are even serviceable which is almost never the case with monitors. However, if you’re more serious about your sound, there’s an HDMI 2.1 ARC port that works flawlessly with the ARC port on my soundbar and outputs Dolby Atmos from the built-in smart TV apps. But for all of the things the Odyssey G8 does well, there’s 2 fixable areas that I’m hoping they address. The major one for me is that sound coming through the DisplayPort input only gets output as 2 channel stereo through the HDMI ARC output. The issue here being that when I’m PC gaming, my PC is limited to the Dolby Atmos Headphones setting for spatial audio and not the proper Dolby Atmos Home Theater setting for the full surround experience. I’m hoping this can get fixed with a firmware update, because it actually still sounds great, especially at 24 bit fidelity, but I want the full Dolby Atmos experience that I’m setup for when gaming. The other pain point, and it’s entirely subjective, is that the Home screen is a bit overwhelming. There’s so many apps and tiles to sift through, which is kind of impressive, but it’s also just a lot. I can imagine non-tech friendly people (my older parents) having trouble navigating their way through it, but it’s not an issue for me. On the bright side, the menu system and remote is snappy so you can quickly get to where you want if you know how to get there. And maybe that’s where I’ll draw the line of whether this monitor/TV hybrid is for you. If you have trouble navigating menus on your TV or PC, there’s more simple and cheaper monitors out there. However, if that’s not the case, and I imagine for most gamers this is true, you will absolutely love this monitor. I’m an advocate for 1080p competitive gaming, but for casual gaming which is 99% of what I do, the 4K Dolby Vision HDR picture is too gorgeous not to use. The 32” Samsung Odyssey G8 is a fantastic monitor and I highly recommend it for anyone looking to save space or have one screen do it all. GAMING Played through quite a bit of Diablo IV, Forza Motorsport, Cyberpunk, and Jedi: Survivor in 4K HDR @240Hz. I didn’t notice the resolution bump as much in Diablo or Forza (I’m coming from a 2K HDR ultrawide), but I could see the improvement in black level details in Diablo. Both my old screen and this one are HDR10+ capable, so I’m guessing it’s the Samsung processing that’s adding to the picture improvement. But it wasn’t until I fired up Cyberpunk and Jedi: Survivor that my jaw started dropping. The color and details in Cyberpunk are absolutely phenomenal. So much so, it’s inspired me to finally start a new campaign and play through it all again in 4K HDR. With Jedi: Survivor it wasn’t so much the color as it was the black levels and details. The biggest advantage OLED screens have over other technologies are the deep black levels they can produce and it’s fully on display here. Space is truly black, with excellent brightness and contrast levels specifically where needed. Be sure to put the monitor in Game Mode to activate the 240Hz refresh rate, Core+ lighting, VRR, and other gaming specific features. It’s certified AMD Freesync capable and I’m happy to report it is also G-Sync compatible as well. The only knock I have gaming on this monitor is not really monitor related, but sound. I have it connected to my RTX3070 through the DisplayPort with the audio coming from the G8’s HDMI ARC output to my soundbar. The fidelity is outstanding and Windows even lets you run it at 24 bit resolution which is great, but Windows only recognizes it as a 2 channel stereo connection, so it won’t allow you to select Dolby Atmos Home Theater for spatial audio, which really handicaps the experience. I’m hoping there’s a firmware update that will pass through the DisplayPort audio to HDMI ARC as a multi channel signal to enable the full featured Dolby Atmos Home Theater spatial audio decoding. It’s not at all a deal breaker and there’s workarounds to get the proper full Atmos experience, but it would be so much cleaner and easier if Windows would recognize the DP to HDMI ARC audio output as multichannel. STREAMING No audio handicaps here. Streaming services play Dolby Atmos flawlessly through the HDMI ARC port to my Samsung soundbar and the Dolby Vision HDR is outstanding. It comes preloaded with Netflix, Prime, Disney+, Hulu, and AppleTV, but also comes with a plethora of other apps to download in the marketplace. It’s kind of overwhelming at first, but also impressive in how much it’s grown and shows that Samsung is committed to supporting it. What’s especially great is that the built-in apps allow me to stream in 4K resolution, because most of the major streaming platforms don’t allow it through a PC browser or even their PC app. So even though my previous monitor was capable of essentially 2K resolution, services limited video to 1080P HDR. Now I get the full 4K Dolby Vision HDR experience and it is gorgeous. The only issue with streaming is picking what to watch. SETUP / DAILY USE Setup is straight forward from a hardware standpoint, but the software might be a little much for some people. There’s so many options and tiles to choose from that it can seem overwhelming at first. Thankfully the remote and interface is snappy so you can sift through it all quickly until you get oriented with where everything is. The amount of streaming and IPTV apps is impressive, but the SmartThings app integration was a pleasant surprise for me. I’ve been gradually adding smart home features to my house (lights and cameras) and was happy to see it all show up here after logging into my account. Like I can quickly get live feeds of my Nest cameras to show up and see the status of my lights and turn them on/off. The SmartThings Hub also supports Matter, which is great for adding future IoT products and I guess is the workaround pathway for Google Home integration. The Odyssey G8 natively offers the choice of Bixby or Alexa for voice control and I’ll just say it’s a mixed bag. Bixby works ok within its limitations, it’s just more about finding out what it can do and how to talk to it. If I ask for cooking shows, it’ll show me a variety, but if I’m too specific it’ll include non-relevant titles based on one of the words. It’s handy for not having to type long titles when you’re in a search bar though. There’s also the Samsung Gaming Hub, which is compatible with Xbox GamePass Ultimate, GeForce Now, Luna, and a few other services. It’s a nice feature, though I honestly haven’t tried hooking up a bluetooth controller and using one of the services to see how well they play. PROS - 4K (3840x2160) resolution - Dolby Vision HDR - Gorgeous color and definition - Inky deep blacks - 240Hz refresh rate - 0.03ms GtG response time - HDMI 2.1 ARC port - DisplayPort 1.4 input - AMD Freesync capable (g-sync compatible) - VRR support - Built-in 4K Ai upscaling - Anti-glare works well - Smart apps work well - Interesting blend of monitor and TV - HDMI ARC port outputs Dolby Atmos for streaming apps - Speakers actually useful - Snappy menu interface and remote - Solar charging remote - Monitor stand adjusts by height, swivel, tilt, and rotation - 100mmx100mm VESA wall mount - Innovative cooling system - Core Lighting+ CONS - HDMI ARC port does not pass through Dolby Atmos from DisplayPort - Home menu looks overwhelming

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful but Quirky. Needs A LOT of Set-up!

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    The Samsung Odyssey is my first OLED monitor of this size. I have one on my phone and on the QHD screen of my gaming laptop, but this is the first one I have had of this size, and it’s a bit jaw dropping the first time you fire things up on the big screen. The Odyssey 32” is a beauty both in form and in functions. I was amazed at how thin and relatively light the monitor was compared to my previous 32” gaming monitor. Even though that one is only three years old (got it to take advantage of the HDMI 2.1 specs), it might as well be an old CRT monitor compared to a modern screen! Also, the stand format is SO MUCH better. I get that the monitor companies were capitalizing on the edgy and futuristic trend going with gaming systems, but like those are also scaling back, I’m glad to see that Samsung did the same. Out with a stand that takes a disproportionate amount of space on a desk, and in with a nice flat base that allows for things like keyboards and mice to be stored underneath when you need a bit of extra desk space. They also toned down the exterior lighting so that it no longer seems like you are on the set of TRON but you can get a nice bit of bias lighting from the ring around the stand mount. As for the gameplay features, the Odyssey 32” is amazing. I have three devices attached to this monitor (an Xbox Series X, the latest Mac Mini, and a Zephyrus G16 laptop). None of them have looked anything less than phenomenal, and they have been unable to throw anything at the monitor frame-rate-wise that it couldn’t absolutely destroy. I have YET to see a single stutter or tear on screen. Speaking of the screen itself, those inky blacks and vibrant colors are just amazing for some of these games. That being said, I DID have one heck of a time finding the right balance of the color palette (the Odyssey gives you quite a range) and HDR settings. In the end I found a good color setting but after doing tons of HDR calibration both on the monitor and on the Xbox and Laptop, I ended up just turning HDR off. Some more modern AAA games implemented HDR really well, but most of my games did not and HDR just made it look washed out or brought out details in the darker areas that the game creators probably were hoping that no one would notice! So the lesson to learn from my hours and hours of playing with settings is that you will definitely want to take your time to check out all the settings both on the monitor as well as your gaming platform. Don’t take the view on the screen right from box as what you are stuck with. You can ‘dial in’ a ton of settings to find just the right balance for your games, your play environment, and your personal tastes. Not everything is perfect though on the Odyssey. The Apps installed on the monitor are absolutely ridiculous. Now it is awesome that this thing would make an awesome TV/Gaming/Workspace monitor for someone with a small space, but the software (especially the stuff baked in and not removable - I’m looking at you Tik-Tok), is full of bloat. It’s one thing to offer a whole bunch of options for buyers to download, and even to have a nice selection preloaded, but don’t FORCE me to maintain a health app or social media app if I don’t want it. I would have said I was surprised by this, but both of my TVs are also Samsung and they do the same thing there. Some of those apps do work really great though. My login data for my streaming services carried over from my TVs and I was able to watch Amazon Prime shows with just a simple click of the remote. The Odyssey makes for a great TV. One good thing that the Odyssey shares with its larger TV brethren is a fabulous remote. I love the solar powered (and USB-C rechargeable) remote for the TVs and this is just a slightly more compact version. My previous monitor also had a remote but it was wonky at best and completely useless at worst. The Samsung remote is super-responsive and makes changing settings relatively easy. Changing settings is also quite a bit easier on the Samsung vs. my previous monitor by having a setting tray that pops up and not only shows the frame-rate you are currently getting but also gives you some of the top settings you might want to change and the ability to go deeper if needed. Oh! One last little quibble with the Odyssey 32”. The sound from the integrated speakers is good but not great. My previous monitor had a phenomenal sound system built in and got me to drop wearing headphones because it was so good. With the Odyssey I’m having to go back to headphones. That being said, I did find a really cool feature that in the end gives me the best sound I have had from a system. I have an external USB sound card that on a whim I plugged into the back of the monitor. I was astounded when the Odyssey recognized it and switched audio output automatically to it. Plugging in my really nice headphones and getting into some really atmospheric games was amazing. I got to hear some new things in games I had started playing after dropping my headphones previously that were really cool. All-in-all I’m extremely happy with the Odyssey 32” OLED. It is a beautiful screen and once you get things set up the way you like, your eyes will be in video heaven.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great gaming quality but questionable for Windows

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    I’m going to be as honest as I can for someone who appreciates good quality picture. The past few days I’ve done some extensive tuning and testing with this monitor and whether it’s a TV or monitor, I’ll always do a side-by-side comparison with my previous model to make sure its worth the upgrade. I’ve been excited about 32” 4k OLED gaming monitors coming out for some time. I will say for reference, I really do enjoy a bright monitor. Something where the colors pop up and have plenty of glow and light without looking washed out. OLED’s are not known for being bright, and I knew that going in. The physical setup of this monitor was quick and easy because it didn’t require tools. Its lightweight and super thin compared to other similar sized monitors which is a big benefit. First off, this monitor looks amazing but only in the right scenario and usage. My setup is Windows 11, RTX 3080, and I use an HDMI cable. I used my old gaming monitor side-by-side as reference, a 2k 32” screen with a ‘Rapid” IPS panel. I’ll start with the good. As you’d expect, the blacks look fantastic! Colors are rich in the right application. During my testing, most games it looks really good on. I played Starcraft, Bright Memory, Diablo 4, and Modern Warfare 2 (2022 release). I was able to notice a big difference in all games except Modern Warfare 2, which is where I expected the biggest improvement. There really wasn’t too much of a difference which I was disappointed in, especially since I was playing in 2k resolution previously and now in 4k resolution, but it did look slightly cleaner. I also played Doom Eternal, and WOW…that game by far looked the best on this monitor. The color contract and brightness came to another level when playing that game. The monitor also comes with a remote which is a fantastic option for making setting changes on the go, way better than leaning forward and reaching behind or the side of the monitor trying to figure out what buttons to push….definitely gotta give props to Samsung for this. Now for things I’m not a fan of. First off, setting this monitor up is more than just plug and play. You have to set it up like a new TV. It wants you to sign into Samsung and go through its interface initially. I also have a Samsung TV, and I’m not a fan at all of their interface. Not intuitive and seems to have a learning curve. I originally hooked up the mouse and keyboard to the monitor, which at first was a nice option for typing and using a cursor to navigate the monitor settings and apps, but it quickly became old. The mouse/keyboard was slow and would switch between disabling it for Windows and enabling it for Samsung. I wasn’t able to use the remote efficiently while the keyboard and mouse were plugged in. I plugged them directly into my PC and used the remote only, much faster and better! Now for picture quality in Windows, it just doesn’t look that good. Aside from being dimmer which I’m not holding against it, but the colors look more washed out. Even my rich background pictures doesn’t look as good as my old monitor. The white is more pale and weak. Even streaming some Netflix 4k animal shows such as the Planet series side-by-side, the quality appears weaker which is very surprising. I know its Windows and not the monitor itself, because when I go to the built-in monitor apps (when using it as a TV) and use Netflix to play the same scene there, it looks so MUCH better. So currently, I’m not sure if a Samsung update, driver, or a custom color profile for this monitor needs to be released, but general Windows tasks don’t look that impressive. I’ll say it doesn’t look bad, but when you get a premium monitor like this you want premium quality all around. I imagine when using this monitor with a console or even a Mac, picture quality should be much better. I’ve seen other reviews and in my experience there is red/purple tint in a lot of the pictures and streams on this monitor. I’ve been working on tuning the settings for days and most the time I felt like I was going in circles trying to fix it. Again, I don’t think most of this is directly a Samsung issue, but I think they could have improved compatibility with Windows a little more and offer some better built-in profiles to pick from. Here are a couple of other things to note about this monitor: - Easy Box Setting software is recommended to install for this monitor during setup, but the software does not detect the monitor after install, at least on my computer. - No USB C option, nor a KVM. Would have loved to see both these on this monitor - I now use a screen saver on this monitor as extra protection against burn-in, my personal choice. - Must have Game Mode on, aka Adaptive Sync, in order to get the full gaming benefits of this monitor. The description for this option makes it sound like its only used for Console gaming, but you need it for any gaming even on PC. - Not a lot of options for savings overall settings within profiles. There is a Custom 1 and Custom 2 option but that only remembers the Brightness, Color, Contract, Tint, and Sharpness settings. I was having to make a lot of setting changes, especially when trying to duplicate monitors for testing when it would automatically change the settings for you. - If using Nvidia card, make sure to go to Nvidia Control Panel and enable G Sync, RGB, 240Hz refresh rate, and 10 bit color. - The color LED in the back of the monitor is a nice addition, and customizable. - I put Windows in a dark theme to help improve the general quality of the image I’m sure this is also a Windows issue, but I’ve never had good luck enabling HDR in Windows on my monitors. It always dims the screen even more when I feel like its supposed to do the opposite, so I tested with it on but wasn’t happy, so I keep it off and use in-game HDR when available. I’ve also been using the speakers from this monitor since I don’t have room for my regular speakers anymore. They are decent for monitor speakers, but don’t expect a lot when gaming…I always prefer a headset. All in all, its a newly released monitor and needs time for updates. If you are mostly gaming, you are going to love this monitor! If you use it for general non-gaming tasks, you might not notice much of a difference, but I’m also more picky than your average person. And not all non-gaming scenarios look bad, my screen saver looks amazing next to the other monitors! I also wanted to reach out to Samsung support to share my pictures and diagnostics to see if they can offer assistance, but they don’t seem to have a portal to create a ticket or email, only phone call. I’m always afraid I’m going to get routed to 5 different departments over a 30-45 minute period, and still not get any help. A ticketing system would be much better, at least to voice my concern. My settings are currently the best I’ve had them at, but I still feel could use lots of improving. I’m sharing a couple of comparison photos between my old monitor (Left side) and the Samsung G8 (Right side) below. Keep in mind that these are taken by phone and do not fully represent what you would see with your eyes. Overall, I still gave it 5 stars because it is a gaming monitor and it performs very well AS a gaming monitor. Even between setting changes where the monitor readjusts itself, I’ve seen the colors get very bright and look fantastic for that 1 second period until it goes dim again, so I know the monitor itself has the capability to look better. I just hope they can push out some updates to help it look better within the Windows environment or that I can find a better way to tune it myself. Despite the downsides, I am happy with this monitor and do look forward to firing up new game(s) on it.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    A crisp, clean and responsive screen for gaming

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    I’m not one to spend a ton on the best TVs or monitors, but this SAMSUNG G8 OLED may have changed my mind and I think OLED is the way to go (for now). TL;DR up here and the meat of the review is below. Good: Stand / Adjustments / Assembly Profile OLED Height / Tilt adjustments Refresh Rate Colors / Clarity Adaptive Lighting Menu Options Bad: Remote Control Interference USB Ports with Mouse/Keyboard Menu timeout / remote need Meh: Giant power brick Power connector on monitor Reticle options This is my first OLED screen and while I wasn’t expecting it, a large power brick is needed to power the display as the slim profile of the monitor doesn’t allow for a way to support what the brick is offering. It came with HDMI & DP cables, but I found myself needing the DP -> USB-C cable for my mobile graphics card which wasn’t a big deal as I have one + a DP -> USB-C Adapter in my bucket of tech at home. When it came to assembly, I like the change to twist and lock vs connect and thumb screw / twist screw the base to the stand as it made assembly less of a balancing act. Once assembled and powered on, I found this matte / non-reflective display very appealing in looks, profile and features. Having all of the adjustment options are great, as not everyone sits the same and a nice screen would look dumb with a box or books lifting it off the desk; then again, a nice arm mount would really round out this setup as it appears to have that ability. Given the slim and light nature of this screen, I found some challenges when trying to use the USB ports, as I found myself reaching to support the push-in of the USB cable via the screen - but I didn’t – thankfully. Now that I think of it, the same goes for pushing in the power adapter to the screen - and it’s an odd L-shaped adapter that seems to spin if you bump it; not that I plan on doing a lot of cable moving around back there - it’s just a thought. Offering 240Hz for gaming is great, given your graphics card can handle tweaking the FPS to take advantage of it and I’m treading on the border of supporting it with a 4070 mobile on an Asus ROG G16 – but I figured I’d try it out regardless. While I was setting up the G8 in my office, I noticed that the remote control (which has a cool solar cell to charge), was activating the TV in the same room (but not in an adjacent room). At that point, I figured I’d stick to not using the remote as I really don’t need the TV portion of this display. Then, I added my wired keyboard, mouse dongle and saw that the monitor intercepted the control of the mouse & keyboard right up front and made me press remote buttons to take control back, which I didn’t like so I went to a laptop dongle to support the peripherals. To access the menus, there’s a circular indent on the rear of the monitor to the right of the Samsung logo that uses a joystick style button. From there, you can tune a number of items like, sound, the WiFi config, and things related to gaming such as: a Virtual Aim Point (reticle), the lighting built on the back of the monitor and so on. For the lighting, I found it a bit dim even in a dark room but it’ll rotate colors, be a static color as well as try to color match as you play games so if your monitor is against a light wall, you can see the colors change with the game. But, when you’re done with the menu, the timeout is so long, I think it’s fast to hit the “go back” button on the remote. The screen can be very bright and everything on it is so crisp. Even in typing this review, I’m not getting a mix of dark/light letters; I very much enjoy consistency. Back to the purpose of this display: Gaming. Personally, I couldn’t swing 240FPS, but I didn’t have anything in the manner of flicker, trailing or lag as I’ve used the same computer between screens and I’d know if there was an issue. Quick snaps, easy target identification and all the colors I could see made me realize that my last monitor maybe wasn’t so good although it was an ultra widescreen, I really didn’t have it go edge to edge, so this will be my daily gamer. Other than a few USB port complaints and the remote being too intrusive, the overall display from a gaming and responsiveness perspective are 5 stars.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Samsung innovates, but there's always work to do.

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    I am enjoying the new Samsung Odyssey OLED G8. But I think it’s just a few design choices from being the clear QD-OLED choice at this price point. However, having said that this is a fantastic gaming monitor. The monitor came packed very well with high quality HDMI, DisplayPort, USB cables and power supply. It was easy to unpack and I think this was the first desktop monitor where I pulled off the plastic screen protection like you do with a new TV. Who doesn’t love that? Putting on the stand didn’t require any tools and took only seconds. The first thing you notice is just how sexy this monitor is. It looks better in person than it does in pictures. It has that slim OLED screen that is a standout feature of this display type. Other OLED gaming monitors give up the thinness for their cooling needs and to use an internal power supply. Samsung has elected to use an external power supply. And in this case I think it was a good decision. The power adapter is all white and looks much better from the back than a thicker black power cable would. Although the provided cable management was just okay. Too bad Samsung didn’t use white HDMI, DisplayPort and USB cables to keep the theme going. The back has tasteful RED lighting that you can turn off if you want. I suspect most will like it on. I had to turn the lighting on in the menu which I thought was strange as a default. The monitor stand Samsung is using here not just looks great but it is an example of what all desktop monitors stands should be. It looks great and gives you pretty much all of the positions you may ever need. The base doesn’t take up the desk like so many gaming monitors and you can easily set the height so you can place items under the display. I am using this monitor as my gaming and workstation display. I am connected to a KVM switch and I use three or more computers at any time. The Samsung Odyssey G8 does not have its own internal KVM which I think was a missed opportunity. One of my workstations uses a RTX3080, one is an Intel notebook and finally I game on an RTX4090. Other than the Intel notebook each computer is using the 204Hrz refresh rate. The display has been rock solid for me. Text is sharp and the colors are outstanding. Maybe a bit oversaturated but in most cases I like that. The monitor has a bigger black area than I expected. It’s framed by a thin metal bezel. I don't intend to review the Samsung Tizen interface since it's very feature rich and I am still learning it. Setting up the monitor did not require me to use my Samsung account to fully configure the display nor does it even present itself in my daily use. If you have ever seen or used a Samsung TV or another one of their Smart displays you know what the Tizen interface is about. I have had a change of heart in that I was against it for computer monitors but now I see it adds value I had overlooked in the past. It does require you to go through a few menus that are not like typical computer monitors but you just don’t have to use it that much if you don’t want to. The remote is very nice and really helps navigate the menu when you do need to. I think Samsung should just include a TV tuner in the Odyssey G8 which would really shake things up. I do have a few nitpicks since not all is golden. I am on the fence for the screen's Glare-free coating. I have very few screen reflections in my office so it is less of a benefit to me. I think Samsung could have chosen to use the glossy coating and made more people happy. I don’t have any accurate way to measure it but I don’t feel I am getting the overall screen brightness that I expected and have seen in other OLED displays. And that includes other QD-OLED monitors like this one. HDR gaming on the PC is still evolving but it is the future. As I use this display I expect my settings will also evolve. This monitor is such a joy to game with and use daily that I mostly don't think about these issues. I don’t mind Tizen and I find it is quite a bit faster than my two year old Samsung mini-LED TV. Honestly the Samsung G8 OLED is just gorgeous to game on and it is showing what a modern gaming/office display should be. I hope Samsung keeps innovating and bringing us such great products.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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      We are delighted to hear you've had an overall, positive experience with your OLED Odyssey Monitor.

      Thank you for your feedback to help us improve our products and services. If there is anything we can do to assist you and improve your product experience, please don't hesitate to contact Samsung Customer Support via:

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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Samsung Odyssey OLED G8 Ultimate 4K Gaming Monitor

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    --First Impressions-- So, I got my hands on the Samsung 32" Odyssey OLED G8, and let me tell you, it's a jaw-dropper. With a 4K 240Hz OLED panel and a lightning-fast 0.03ms response time, this monitor is clearly designed to impress. It’s got a matte, glare-free finish, AMD FreeSync Premium Pro, and Smart TV capabilities with AI. Oh, and did I mention the solar-powered remote? Yes, Samsung went all out on this one. --Design & Build-- First off, this monitor is sleek and thin. Like, supermodel thin. It’s incredibly light, making it easy to mount on any VESA arm or stand. The toolless assembly is a godsend, especially if you’re like me and get easily frustrated with screws and bolts. The flat base of the stand is another thoughtful touch, perfect for placing your keyboard without eating up your desk space. --Visual Performance-- Now, let’s get to the good stuff. The visual performance of this 4K OLED panel is nothing short of spectacular. At 240Hz, everything is silky smooth, and the HDR content is a visual feast with its infinite contrast. Gaming on this monitor is like discovering a whole new world. When I fired up Borderlands 3, I saw colors and details I’d never noticed before on my old IPS/TN panels. My overclocked 6900 XT can push 4K at 150+ FPS on COD Warzone and 160+ FPS on Fortnite. My other system with a 3090 achieves similar numbers, and I can only imagine the bliss of a 4090 hitting that sweet 240Hz. The responsiveness is practically instantaneous, with no noticeable lag. --Smart TV Functionality-- This monitor isn’t just for gaming; it’s a full-fledged smart TV. Netflix, Hulu, Plex—you name it, it handles them all flawlessly. Signing in with my Samsung account was smooth, and the colors pop just as vividly when binging shows as they do in-game. I used to be glued to my LG C2 75” for TV shows, but now I’m just as happy watching right at my desk. --Audio Quality-- The speakers on this monitor are surprisingly impressive. They can fill a 15’ x 15’ room without any clipping or distortion. Initially, I thought I’d need a soundbar or external speakers, but the built-in ones do the job just fine. For those looking for an even more immersive experience, the HDMI ARC port allows for a seamless connection to sound systems with a single remote to control the volume. --Connectivity-- The connectivity options are pretty solid, with two HDMI ports (one ARC) and two USB A ports with upstream functionality. I wish there were more USB A ports, but a 4-port USB hub took care of that issue. My peripherals—mouse, keyboard, webcam, microphone—are all plugged in and happy. --Remote Control-- The solar-powered remote is a highlight. It makes using the monitor’s smart TV features a breeze, and I find myself using it quite a bit. The fact that it’s solar-powered is a nice touch—no more hunting for batteries in the middle of a show binge. --What Could Be Better-- If I had to nitpick, it’d be the limited number of USB A ports. But as mentioned, that’s easily fixable with a USB hub. One feature I do miss is a USB C port with Power Delivery for seamless docking with my MacBook. It’s something I love on my Asus Pro Art monitor and would have been a great addition here. --Conclusion-- The Samsung 32" Odyssey OLED G8 is a marvel of modern technology. It combines stunning visuals, smooth performance, and smart TV functionality in one sleek package. Whether you’re a hardcore gamer, a binge-watcher, or just someone who appreciates top-tier tech, this monitor is worth every penny. The minor drawbacks are easily outweighed by its numerous strengths, making it a must-have for anyone looking to upgrade their setup. Go ahead, indulge yourself—you won’t be disappointed!

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Sleek, amazing picture, and ton of features!

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    Right out of the box I was immediately impressed by how simple it was to put this monitor together -just snap and twist without any tools whatsoever. Also, it is not heavy, so handling it was easy. The next thing I noticed was how thin the panel is in comparison with my other 32” monitors. The silver/black design language is sleek and elegant. The silver edges are not intrusive, and the bezels are super thin. Once on my desk, I noticed that I had more real state to put my speakers and soundbar under the monitor. The monitor features plenty of connectivity such as HDMI 2.1, DP.14, and USB-A. Unfortunately, it is missing a USB-C and 3.5mm audio jack. Also, I would’ve liked to see an additional HDMI port. There is also Bluetooth support. Setting it up is a breeze, especially since I have a Samsung phone. Through the app, I can adjust settings and use it as a remote. In addition, I can use it as a digital controller and many other cool features. I originally thought the smart features were a gimmick, but not only did I find myself watching media content this way more often, but that allowed my PC to rest when not in use. The sun-powered remote is a great supplement. Another surprising feature is that there is picture-in-picture mode! The panel features a non-reflective coating which is rather impressive. My office has two large windows, and they were not an issue whatsoever. I thought this would affect the picture quality, but I was pleased that this was not the case. Speaking of visuals, the OLED screen is beautiful to look at right out of the box. The colors are vibrant, the whites are bright, and the blacks are silky dark. The contrast is deep as well. Nevertheless, I spent a very long time tweaking the picture. I am glad that this monitor can keep some profiles as my settings would change depending on the content. 4k-HDR content simply looks eye-popping. I mainly work on one monitor and play content on the other, and I am so impressed by the viewing angles. Even at ridiculous angles I can see the picture clearly. The AI mostly handles resolution upscaling, which is nice, but sometimes can be noticed and be a bit distracting, especially when a lot of movement is happening or when highly contrast pictures are flashing at lower resolutions. I still appreciate it though. When it comes to gaming, I was also quite satisfied. The 240Hz makes navigating buttery smooth. There are not a lot of games that take advantage of HDR on PC, but the ones that did looked amazing. To appreciate the 4K-HDR resolution, you must have a high-end PC. Even with my custom build I barely went above 60fps on 4K on triple-A titles, but lowering the res to 1440p, they ran much better at higher frame rates and response times while still looking amazing. The Freesync support was the icing on the cake. Hooking up a 4K capable console using the included 2.1 HDMI cable fully takes advantage of the monitor’s capability and is a joy to play. The gaming hub is a decent feature as I can stream games on my fast internet and the games looked great with the AI upscaling. I also appreciate the dynamic cooling system which prevents overheating. There is an AI brightness adjustment when a static logo or menus to prevent screen burn-in. In addition, there is a screen saver when the screen is not playing anything. Lastly, the audio is good. It is loud and clear. However, it is lacking bass, so a sound system or headset would be highly recommended. Yes, this monitor does have a premium price tag, but in my opinion, it is totally worth it. I’d say check it out and you won’t be disappointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Gorgeous gaming monitor with streaming features

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    This monitor is packed with features and is gorgeous to look at. It is not quite perfect, however. First of all, as a gaming monitor which is of course the primary function and intent, it is phenomenal. Color reproduction is flawless, black levels are perfect, refresh rate is stunning. With a proper GPU you can push up to 240hz and never see a single tear in the frames. I have a 4070 Super and have been playing Starfield a lot lately. At 4k and on ultra settings it is buttery smooth and looks incredible. A game like that really takes advantage of the HDR and OLED qualities with all the black of space and the varied lighting on different planets. It really is stunning. On the other end of the gaming spectrum, I’ve also spent a lot of time with Cities Skylines II which involves a massive number of small details that are truly brought to life on the 4K resolution. The semi-matte finish is unobtrusive and does a great job dispersing light and reducing glare. In fact, this is one of the only screens I have that has virtually no glare whatsoever. The backside has an RGB light ring around the VESA 100x100 mounting point that can be customized in the settings to many different color options and schemes, and the body itself is a very thin high-quality metal. It includes an ultra high-speed HDMI cable, DP 1.4 cable, USB upstream cable, an unfortunately large glossy white power brick, and a full motion stand that is also a metal construction allowing for easy tilting, height, and rotation adjustments. I use a desk mount arm for it and since it is fairly lightweight it was an easy install. One of the most unique features it has is the ability to function like a TV set with a Bluetooth remote and built in wifi with streaming app support on the Tizen OS. It works great once you can get a Samsung account setup which for some reason is required to use any of the streaming apps. Doing so should be pretty easy, but it took me half a dozen tries just to get the email verification step to properly complete and was so frustrating I initially gave up entirely. A few hours later I tried again and somehow got it working which allowed me to get into my streaming apps and sign into each one. It’s a bit of a gimmick particularly since the built in speakers are subpar, but the remote can be pretty handy for navigating the various settings screens and changing inputs quickly. Whenever no motion from a mouse or input is detected, it quickly goes into a screen saver mode to protect itself from burn-in and resumes just as quickly once you want to get going again which adds an additional layer of comfort for keeping that OLED screen looking great. If you want an absolutely beautiful, responsive 4K screen for your gaming delights and have a desire to watch TV afterwards then this is the one you’ve been looking for. Requiring a Samsung login to use any additional apps is a bizarre and frustrating choice that tarnishes the experience a bit but it’s still a gorgeous screen and that fact more than makes up for that shortcoming.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Gaming Monitor w/ Amazing 4k Fidelity

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    This monitor is amazing. The size, gaming performance, its ability to act as a fantastic TV, and its high resolution make this my top choice over all of the other recent OLED monitors I’ve tested. It’s all in the resolution. Windows has historically has a hard time rendering smooth-looking text on OLED screens. This is due to the sub-pixel layout being arranged differently than in LCDs. 1440p on a 27” monitor, for example, looks fine as an LCD, but an OLED can actually fail to render smooth text at this size. Since this screen is 4k, it largely removes this issue entirely. I still see a bit of aliasing, but I have no issue with it. This is a stellar gaming monitor, first and foremost. _Performance_ Colors are vibrant and accurate, viewing angles are great, blacks are true black, and the panel gets very bright if you need it to. But with refresh rates at 240hz in UHD and super fast 0.03ms response times, games look super smooth. Samsung is also touting a first-ever heat management system for the screen, to help prevent pixel damage (burn-in) - That’s very welcome, though not enough time has passed to know if it prolongs its lifespan (which is already quite long on most OLEDs). _Design and Other Qualities_ Like I mentioned above, going 4k at this size is wonderful. At 32,” it certainly feels taller than most displays being offered, but it provides a really nice, almost TV-like experience. Since you’ll likely sit closer than a TV, it becomes very immersive - without a curve or excessive width. On the rear of the monitor is an LED ring that Samsung calls CoreLighting+, which can be set to mimic the colors on the display and glow them on the wall behind. In games, I found this to be a fun addition, but a little more distracting if used when watching a show. If you don’t wish to have all of that dynamic light, you can set it to a number of presets or colors that remain stationary. Housed in a sleek metal frame, it feels durable while appearing razor-thin at the edges. Height adjustability and tilt allow placement up to a fairly tall setting to accommodate just about any setup or person. Since I’m so tall, it really appreciate the better ergonomics it offers. The Glare Free technology is effective at preventing glare and doesn’t seem to negatively affect color accuracy or brightness at all - all while appearing as a matte surface. _Summary_ As an OLED in 4k, this monitor is excellent for a range of uses. Not only is it a beautiful, high-performance gaming display, it also fits right in as a smart TV (w/ included remote,) and it’s ready to serve as a primary screen for productivity and web browsing as well. A true jack of all trades that I definitely recommend!

    I would recommend this to a friend