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An industry defining 49” 1000R curved screen, equipped with a cutting edge Quantum Matrix HDR2000 panel, 240hz refresh rate, G-Sync and FreeSync Premium Pro support, 1ms response rates, and fully customizable Odyssey Infinity Core lighting.
Samsung’s biggest 1000R gaming monitor
The Odyssey Neo G95NA is one of Samsung’s biggest gaming monitors with a 1000 Radius Curve.
Utilizing industry defining knowledge, the G95NA matches the curvature of the human eye without any image distortion, so your games can benefit from an enhanced point of view, without any lighting or color issues.
See Beyond, with HDR2000
Quantum HDR2000 is one of the highest HDR levels available in gaming monitor technology. A truly exquisite level of brightness, HDR2000 allows you to see the smallest of details in every scene, letting you see depth you never knew existed.
A new dimension in design
With 1000R curvature inspired by the human eye, a 32:9 screen ratio and Samsung’s unique CoreSync lighting, Odyssey Neo delivers ultimate immersion.
By matching the curvature of the human eye, Odyssey 1000R reduces potential eye strain by up to 87%, enabling you to put in marathon sessions during those nights where you need just one more turn.
Spellbinding visual quality
Quantum Mini-LED, which achieves next-generation depth with Quantum HDR2000, delivers exceptional picture quality, placing Odyssey Neo in its own class.
Local dimming zones were increased to 2,048 and combined with the highest 12-bit black levels to create unmatched picture quality.
Rapid 240hz Refresh Rate and Lightning Fast 1ms Response Time
Topping leaderboards never looked or felt so smooth. With the Odyssey Neo G95NA’s rapid 240hz refresh rate, you have up to four times as many frames displayed on screen every second compared to a traditional screen.
With a 240hz refresh rate, lightning fast 1ms response times and full adaptive G-Sync and FreeSync Premium Pro support, you can be sure that the Odyssey Neo G95NA won’t let you down on the battlefield.
Enter a new era of immersion
An unrivaled visual experience. Revolutionary Quantum Matrix Technology with Quantum Mini LEDs creates controlled brightness and perfect contrast for refined definition.
Go Beyond with the Odyssey G95NA
At 49 inches wide, the Odyssey Neo G95NA fully wraps around your view, and lets you lose yourself in whatever world you decide to call home.
World class performance
When it comes to gaming performance, the slightest disadvantage can be the difference between winning and losing a match.
A fraction of a second can be the difference between victory and defeat. With the Odyssey Neo G95NA’s grey to grey 1ms response time, you can be sure that you’re receiving information as fast as technologically possible.
Cutting Edge QLED Technology
From deepest blacks to vivid colors, Samsung QLED ensures pixel perfect picture quality with every frame. Utilizing Quantum Dot technology, Samsung QLED creates more vivid colors with approximately 125% sRGB color reproduction, ensuring the highest class of color.
Double your discoveries
The gaming world of your imagination made real. The 49-inch DQHD resolution brings you a display as wide as two QHD monitors sitting side by side, with incredibly detailed, pin-sharp images. Experience a more encompassing view with maximum space to take in all the action.
G-Sync and FreeSync Premium Pro Support
Dropping frames means dropping chances to top the leaderboards. With G-Sync and FreeSync Premium Pro support, the Odyssey Neo G95NA matches every frame from your graphics card, so you’re never caught short from moment to moment.
A New Dimension in Visual Design
Odyssey’s Infinity Core lighting is a striking addition to any desktop, matching cutting edge technology, with stunning visual design.
Make every second count
Seize winning control. The incredibly-low 2ms input lag brings never-before-experienced response accuracy to catch notoriously-agile enemies. It's so fast, that action begins instantly when you turn on the screen, with virtually no delay between your peripherals and the game.
Make the most of every moment
Picture-by-Picture, Picture-in-Picture and Easy Setting Box. Game, watch, chat—all at the same time. With PBP, view input from two sources simultaneously at their native resolution.
Use PIP to resize the second source to up to 25% of the screen. Place windows anywhere using Samsung's screen-splitting Easy Setting Box SW.
Connect automatically, in an instant
Power on for instant play. With Auto Source Switch+, your monitor detects when connected devices are turned on and instantly switches to the new source signal. This helps you get to your game action faster without flipping through multiple input sources.
Fully customize the positioning of your Odyssey monitor, with Swivel, Tilt, Pivot and Height Adjustment, or mount it with industry standard VESA mounting capabilities. Multiple ports are easy to access, and hook up to your favorite devices with no mess.
Customize your Core Colors with Multiple Lighting Patterns
Customize your Odyssey with distinct core color customization, allowing you to match your monitor with the rest of your gaming setup.
Choose from several core lighting patterns, to up the immersion your gaming space provides. Prefer to do your gaming in the dark? The Odyssey Infinity Core can be turned off altogether.
I’ve been considering a wider screen monitor for work, but when this G9 landed on my doorstep, I didn’t have to look much further. I read reviews before getting this & was concerned because that seems to be for an older revision of the same screen. Don’t be afraid anymore! First thing I did was try to load new firmware on the screen but the firmware on the monitor was newer than on the website, so I didn’t have anything to do!
TL;DR for my frequent readers and details below.
On-screen menu / controls
A bad rap
Limited up/down tilt
Existing cable compatibility
Dim RGB light on back of monitor
Amount of space the stand takes up on the desk
Headphone hanger on the rear/stand
Light bleed on startup / black screen in the dark
When you get beyond the huge box & start to unpack it, the full-out assembly was super simple. Full disclosure, I had to set it up and dismantle it 3-4 times for various reasons. Once the cables were routed, the back cap snapped on and the tilt adjusted (the tilt is a little lacking, but the swivel seems overkill), it was time to play.
On power-up, I noticed the light bleed complaint at the corners, but it ended when it received a signal from the computer. Running a light bleed test on YouTube however - exposes some of the bleed, but I don’t plan on looking at a black screen ever. Then again, it could be annoying for some, but not for me. No points lost.
I had a heck of a time getting my existing cables to work, but using the cables included with the monitor helped. I use an Asus ROG and I use a USB-C -> DisplayPort cable which I thought would have been fine, but it wasn’t. I ended up having to get a USB-C to DP adapter for another $17 on the ‘zon. Take away some fractions of a point.
I’ve been playing on a 144Hz screen for well over a year (2080 Super desktop & 3070 mobile cards) so I was a bit concerned about how 120Hz compared to 144Hz is – and it’s not really noticeable; 60Hz -> 144Hz is insanely different but I’m not seeing any artifacting when messing around at 120Hz. When rolling at 240, the aspect ratio is different and the font seems larger. I found my system lagging a bit in the FPS area when at 240, so I just ran at 120 without complaint.
For work, I was able to use the aforementioned adapter for my 16in 2019 MacBook Pro without issue as well, although I did need to scale it down a bit as the font by default was too huge. When moving over to my ROG on Windows 10, again, another seamless move. Using the NVIDIA control panel helped set my refresh rate to 120/240Hz, depending on how the monitor was set first.
Speaking of monitor settings, the on-screen menu is pretty fantastic. A rocker button helps navigate some nicely segmented menu items so you can locate and change what you're looking for with little effort. I even found a menu item that’ll turn a light on the rear of the monitor. Kind of a bummer that’s pretty dim and won’t give you any wall glow so I still use my Hue bar for that.
I didn’t get into the Picture in Picture mode as I don’t have the proper cables (USB-C -> DP) or adapters to get it working, sorry!
Playing a game on this takes some getting used to, especially if you’re trying 32:9. At first, I felt a bit inebriated / dizzy. When messing with the different refresh rates and aspect ratios, I found it helpful to play an FPS against bots until I got my legs; I don’t need a lower K/D.
On the PC, I’m only into playing FPS games so I can’t speak too much beyond COD Warzone / Vanguard, some Halo Infinite and some Apex Legends. Each of the games is crisp and clear; while the 240Hz is taxing on my GPU, the ability to see clearly is helping my gaming for sure.
Overall, if you have some extra cash and are super into gaming, this screen is killer. Otherwise, it takes some getting used to and I can’t see it for the super casual gamer.
Do I recommend this screen? Sure do!
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
What did you really expect? God-like display.
There is NOTHING like this on the gaming market. How’s that for the opening line? The ultimate form of evolution of gaming, This is a multi-use monitor At 49 inches; the beautiful colors lash across this screen with MiniLED. This is the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9: The Real Future of Gaming Monitors. There is absolutely nothing like the Neo G9 because this is the pinnacle of PC gaming/entertainment. (My purpose of this monitor is completely gaming-related.)
There is no denying it. While it’s huge it certainly looks beautiful to my eyes. I like the white and black look to the Odyssey Neo G9 complement each other without alienating you. There’s a headphone stand that can pop out from the back of the monitor so you can place your headset on it. People don’t think it’s useful but I rather have it than not on something of this price point. You can take off the cover of the back to get to the inputs you need. The design is a gamer focus one but it’s not that over the top as a monitor in person…
Well unless you count Samsung’s Infinity core lighting. A gigantic RGB ring on the back of the monitor. Yes. A feature I’m not even sure I care about but glad it’s there? The thing with the infinity core lighting is that I love the way it looks. Give the impression the G9 was designed by Aperture science because this looks like GLaDOS from Portal 2. But then comes the caveat of you not ever seeing the back of the monitor to really care what the RGB looks like.
On top of the lights not bright enough to bounce off the wall; it’s a feature I don’t think gamers care about. But the point is I wish there was more RGB on the back or none at all. If RGB is bothering you just turn them off which you can do here. Infinity core can sync to the display colors and flashes the RGB ring on the back to those colors. But again they are not bright enough.
You will need a reasonable amount of space to place this monitor down so I recommend having a big desk. This is a whole lot of hardware and one that really shouldn’t be moved that much once placed down. Odyssey monitor can swivel, tilt, pivot and there is height Adjustment. There is VESA mount support for the Neo G9 so you can use your arms on here as well.
A head-turner well not literally since you have a perfect curve display with a 1000R curve in front of your eyes but it's a head-turner. The colors HDR colors combine with the deep blacks of the mini LEDs look so nice. You can see the white pixels behind text on black screens if looking hard enough but the black of the display mostly stays in deep blacks.
5120 x 1440 @ 240hz is the resolution of this display. Samsung calls this DQHD as it takes two 2560 x 1440 and places them into one display. It’s just as beautiful as you can imagine; In-person watching your eyes wrap around the 32:9 display. But that isn’t just it as Samsung stuffed this monitor with features including tons that’s “gamer” focused. The text on the display is sharp and it just looks great. SDR is good as well as it gives vibrant colors and actually looks nice all around.
The peak brightness is with the best of them at 2000 is truly the bright display I have ever seen. Better with that comes HDR which has been working wonderfully for me since I got this G9. HDR content is extremely impressive and a sight to behold but games are where the HDR shines. Every single color is at its truest form on this Odyssey. Your eyes just take it all in when you sit down.
While Content is great; Windows OS itself is really lackluster when it comes to HDR with some programs just looking washed out; This isn't a knock against Samsung. As for the curve radius, it is very rounded that's for sure. It is very intimidating how long and curvy the monitor is at first but it’s so perfect when you’re playing games that benefit from a wide field of view. Flight Simulator, Forza Horizon, Cyberpunk 2077, GTAV, Doom Eternal, Quake II-RT, Tekken 7, Battlefield, Final Fantasy, and Star Wars Squadron all look extremely awesome with no break in the middle of the screen. Doom Eternal especially on the BFG stage where greens pop all over the place with endless particle effects.
This monitor has 2,048 Local dimming zones with quantum mini LED. This is what is embedded into the display. Across the screen is evenly lit perfectly and while it’s not as black as OLED. They are extremely deep blacks that are downright beautiful on here. Mini LEDs are something you have to see to truly appreciate. It’s a colorful dynamically lit screen that never fails to impress.
This is probably a good time to talk about picture in picture (PIP) and picture by picture. Two features that I’m glad that are in this monitor because they seem to be going away and most TVs are in the case of PIP. It is wonderful to have a second display hooked up to such an ultra-wide monitor. Whether you hook up an Xbox, Roku, PlayStation, or Apple TV it works fine. The HDMI-in uses auto power switching so it automatically detects when the power is input in the display from HDMI. Long story short switching inputs is a breeze, unlike other monitors.
You can have two input sources going at the same time on split-screen. If you want your PC and Nintendo Switch going at the same time you can do that here. I also managed to test a PlayStation 5 on the display and it looked fantastic. I haven’t tested a game that runs at 120hz on the PlayStation though. If you want a one-stop shop for all your gaming needs for display purposes. PLEASE TAKE NOTE: The PS5 game developer has to SUPPORT 32:9! Otherwise, it won’t take up the full display! There ain’t many console games that will take full advantage of this display! G-Sync is incredible and has been working fine.
Ports Included on the monitor:
2x HDMI 2.1
2x USB 3.0
3.5mm Headphone out.
I can't run this monitor at its absolute best. Using an intel i7 11700k / Nvidia RTX 2070 Super / 32GB DDR4 at @240hz at the display resolution. Most games for me run fine at 3840 x 1080 and that's about as far as I can go for AAA titles. You are paying but you are also paying for the long-term ability and support of this monitor as well for future uses. I can’t hit the refresh rate in newer titles but old gaming titles like CS: GO looks stunning.
Doom Eternal would probably be one of the showcase games of this monitor to anyone. It’s the one that supports a lot of the monitors' features such as HDR. Neo G9 is extremely excessive. Excessive to the point it just outright outclasses every other monitor. Every single visual fidelity like HDR, RayTracing, and Quantum Dot combined might even cause visual overload at once. Do you need it for gaming? No. No way. But I can tell you now everything that the G9 provides will completely shatter the experiences you have with other monitors ever.
Back 4 Blood, Devil May Cry 5, Mortal Kombat 11, Hitman 3, Batman: Arkham Knight, Jurassic Park Evolution…they all just looked so great in ultrawide form. I was completely engulfed every time I move my head from side to side. like in batman where you can see all of Gotham City from a rooftop is breathtaking being this wide. On Mortal Kombat 11.
Halo Infinite campaign was the most cinematic experience ever on the G9 Neo. A better experience I had beyond the movie theater. It ran buttery smooth and well…I don’t need to say more. It’s something you just have to witness with HDR. But it deserves its own column.
Racing games is the experience I always wanted. I know I wanna invest in a good racing wheel because of this Neo G9 now. Driving a car on Forza Horizon 3/4 and Motorsport 7 is a downright great racing experience! I can’t believe how beautiful it is to play these games. Auto HDR made the game look spectacular at night with lights from the town showing off extremely bright on FH4 a very wow moment. But it was Forza Horizon 5 that just bright my eyes to tears. Everything started to make sense with gaming on this monolith monitor. Microsoft first-party games seem like it was made for this G9! The intro stage to FH5 was THE BEST-RACING GAMING experience EVER.
One used case scenario for the G9 is Speedrunning. Something I’m slightly into. I was able to have my Retro consoles / Retropie on one side while watching multiple speedrunning tips on the other with a PC. There are many cases of scenarios where are you can use the extra screen real estate for your advantage in some way. Many ways to use the extra space outside of productivity.
I had NO ISSUES with this monitor upon setting it up. I used all the cables that came with the Neo G9. I didn't have to update the monitor as it was on the latest firmware already. Everything worked fine with no dead pixels. The screen never bugged out to black in my uses. For 5120x1440 @240hz I used the Displayport cable that came with the monitor.
There is nothing even close to something this wide right now with HDR. It’s always the 32:9 content that stops them and their eyes just become overwhelmed at the long display. If PC monitor manufacturers are competing in the background, they have some pretty big shoes to go up against because the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 isn’t going to be beaten anytime soon. The smiles when gaming is real for me. if your GPU can handle it this is the way to go. End of story.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Terrific Screen, but niche product w/ quirks
This is a beast of a monitor. It’s undoubtedly gigantic, so your work/gaming space must be sufficiently large to handle it, but the picture quality is fantastic. It’s the equivalent to having two 27 inch monitors side by side. It’s got the latest display tech, but it does feel at times to be too big. Gaming performance varied by game with the 32:9 aspect ratio causing a number of problems depending on the game. The biggest issue is the cost. If you absolutely must have the largest monitor and can afford it, it’s a no brainer, but it’s a lot of money for just a monitor when you can get two monitors with high resolution and refresh rate for less money (and end up with the same screen real estate).
IN THE BOX
If you’re looking to buy it and haven’t seen it, the box itself is huge. Like extremely long as you’d imagine. Inside is the monitor, the stand (which is in a few pieces), a wall mount (I think??), a USB 3.0 cable, HDMI 2.1 cable, and DisplayPort cable (I’m not sure of the specs, but I assume it’s the latest and greatest). Frankly, it comes with everything you need and expect in such an expensive monitor.
The instructions suggest two people put it together and put it on your desk. I put it together myself. And the monitor itself isn’t too terribly heavy, but it’s awkward to hold because of its size. And when moving it when assembled, I always worry about the best way to hold it so nothing breaks (not to mention the logistics of having to move it again, especially a new apartment/house!).
Putting the stand together is really no different than most monitors. But you will need a Phillips screwdriver. Samsung was actually very thoughtful about putting it together. The top part of the box contains the stand, and they instruct you to put that together and attach to the monitor while it’s still face down in the box. Then you rotate the box on its side after the stand is attached to easily get it out. But the stand is a monstrous wide metal bar that is bent into a shallow V shape. That part screws into the vertical monitor support bar, which then screws in (with actual screws) into the back of the monitor. It literally takes 2 minutes to get that part done.
The biggest hassle was connecting the cables during this process. They suggest you plug in the cable, then attach the back cover plate (which is nice for aesthetics of the back of the monitor) but kind of a cable management pain. Particularly for plugging a USB device into the monitor itself. But, it’s not a huge deal, you get the cables in, run them through the stand to minimize their visibility. The issue with plugging them in during the set up is the fact that they’re dangling while you are putting the computer monitor in your desk. With a second person it’s easy, that person could move the cables so you don’t put the stand on them. But holding the monitor with two hands and trying to move cables out of the way by yourself was a little more difficult. But that comes with the territory of this monitor being so big.
INITIAL SETUP WITH MY COMPUTER
A little caveat, I’m using a prebuilt Alienware PC that’s about 4 years old. It has a Nvidia GTX graphics card, which is a couple generations old. I’m also not a PC savant. My PC knowledge is certainly greater than the average person, but the nitty gritty details and the infinite settings are a bit daunting to me. Basically, I rely on the PC to optimize settings, most of the time.
Having said that, I plugged in the DisplayPort cable to my PC to take advantage of the higher refresh rates. I don’t know for certain, but don’t believe my GTX card is compatible with the newest HDMI 2.1 standard. When I plugged it in, it took a few “unplugs” and “plugging back in” to actually detect the monitor. Nothing I ever experienced before. Once it turned on and was working, I never had that issue again, so not sure what happened.
USE AS A PRODUCTIVITY MONITOR
Before I get to gaming, I want to get back to this as simply a computer monitor. Putting aside the refresh rate, etc. I cannot overemphasize how big it is. I do a lot of email, word processing, watching movies, and some video editing on my machine. I found all of those tasks to be a blast on this large screen. I can have a complete timeline in Adobe Premiere Elements and STILL have room for Chrome next to it. It’s just an absurd amount of real estate. Part of me wishes it would be a little bit taller (some of the newer monitor models with wider aspect ratios intrigue me). But I say that only because it’s so wide, it almost feels “not tall.” Dragging things from one side of your monitor to the other is a bit cumbersome, requiring you to pick up your mouse and set it back down. However, I got into a workflow where I didn’t to that, that often.
Here's where things were a bit of a letdown, and I think some of my issues were in part, user error. I've been gaming my whole life. Mostly on consoles. I only recently started gaming on PCs. I'm pretty knowledgeable on PCs, in the practical sense of using it and getting done what I need to get done. I understand the principles on how they work. But, I get overwhelmed at the complexity. Not only in opening and playing a game, but also changing the graphical settings, making sure monitor and PC have the right settings. I only mention this to give some context to my experience.
I first opened up GTA V. It was the first game I opened after setting up my monitor. When it loaded in, the display was centered in the monitor, it didn’t automatically go to 32:9 aspect ratio. I thought, that makes sense, I need to change the settings. I go into the graphics settings in GTA V and adjust the screen resolution to match the 32:9 aspect ratio. But then, everything is stretched out and doesn’t look right. I spent some more time tweaking the settings, I ultimately go into the GeForce Experience, optimize the game and then when I load back in, the visuals fill the screen without “stretching.” For me, it was a pain in the butt. I can’t blame the monitor per se, it was a combination of my hardware and user knowledge. Which I mention to serve as a warning to persons looking into this monitor. If you don’t know your way around graphics’ settings and resolution and the tweaking of settings in general, buyer beware. You could be in for some frustration.
This is in large part because 32:9 isn’t necessarily an accepted ratio for games. Most games are developed for your standard widescreen 16:9. Halo Infinite, which I haven’t played, is supposedly able to play in 32:9 aspect ratio out of the box. That is nice, if only for the fact that it will be easier to change the settings to fit the screen. I hope more games are geared that way.
In other games, like Control, I ended up with having my screen not extend to the edges of my monitor. Like black bars, but to the left and right sides. This was a fine experience, the graphics looked amazing and the black bars were in no way distracting, but it leaves you wondering, why have all that real estate if you can’t use it?
In terms of the actual screen itself, putting aside the aspect ratio, I found it amazing. It’s essentially QHD resolution (twice as wide as a 27 inch monitor) with 240 hz refresh rate. Not to mention HDR. The movements on screen were buttery smooth, especially with Windows 11. With HDR on, the colors really popped off the screen. Even a blue Windows 11 default background looked amazing. Truly, the screen is amazing.
I love this monitor, I really do. I love the screen real estate. The colors on the screen just pop. The curved screen really feels immersive. But it’s not for everyone. Price aside, you literally have to turn your head from left to right to see things on the far edges of the screen. And while the wide-wide screen sounds great in theory for gaming, it actually seems to be too much. But for productivity, including handling multiple programs, and/or video editing, it’s amazing. The screen is sharp, the motion is fluid with the high refresh rate, but the price is difficult to justify. Not to mention its size/weight/footprint which can limit where you can use it and how often you move it.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Amazing gaming monitor!!
This monitor is truly amazing and with the curve, for the games that support it, they feel very immersive! The best way I could describe it is it's almost like having VR without the hassle of wearing a headset. In short, this monitor delivers as a solid high refresh rate monitor for gaming and makes gaming feel VERY immersive. Unlike other LED displays, there's no bleeding of light on this display because it's not edge lit and does support split/picture in picture. The HDR is great for gaming but for content outside of gaming it's a mixed bag and there are other monitors even from Samsung that are just as good as this one.
What's great.. the colors are bright and seem accurate out of the box. The image this monitor produce is sharp and extremely bright - in fact so bright that it's hard to sit in front of to look at if it's cranked up and on an all white screen thanks to the mini-LEDs. The curve and feel of the display is immersive. For this I would give it 5 stars, it's great for gaming with the high refresh rate and HDR gaming. Note that for higher refresh rates you need a card that supports it, in my case I have an RTX 2080 Super and it drives it with most games just fine even at 240 Hz. It definitely delivers in these areas and is the best monitor out there for gaming hands down.
That said, I would say keep in mind though that some games do not "natively" support Ultrawide resolutions and you may need to download addons to help with this (Flawless Widescreen software for example). For productivity even though this is not a monitor I would recommend strictly for productivity, and if you were using it for productivity, I would say do so ONLY with Windows 11. With Windows 11 this monitor is stellar, the snapping windows make it easy to arrange windows and multi-task several apps across the screen.
- HDR is hit and miss - it really depends on the game or what you are displaying. I think this is more a limitation of OS/software/drivers than it is the monitor. For HDR Gaming.. WOW, it's pretty good and definitely makes FPS games feel liek you're there. Trying HALO, CSGO and Warcraft, Diablo and more it's awesome for the games that have HDR support and for those that don't Windows 11 Auto HDR makes those games where it's supported look better. See more thoughts on HDR below..
- Infinity core lighting is cool, but honestly, it's not NEARLY BRIGHT ENOUGH to even matter if your monitor is wall mounted or sitting on a desk facing a wall. If you were buying this display for that you'll be disappointed unless you can situate it so you can see the back of the monitor. In addition, there's no software or settings to control the brightness and customize it beyond presets that Samsung has in the OSD menu. For the people like me who like their RGB - you won't be satisfied with it sadly. It's cool but "meh" because it lacks in brightness and control and thus is not a reason I would get this monitor over another without it.
-No speakers, camera, mic or KVM... I'm very surprised this monitor for being a top of the line monitor really not to have any "extras" like a webcam, mic or KVM and at the very very least to not have built-in speakers. My Dell 34" Ultra-wide monitor had built-in speakers and a built-in KVM with USB-C video and charging capability. It had a lot more features, and that display was a premium display. It's not a deal breaker as this monitor is a gaming monitor first and foremost so, some features I expected to not appear (like the KVM) but was very surprised to see no built-in speakers.
- Consoles, I did try this out on an XBOX and it works and looks good though I didn't test as extensively. For Console gamers this would be awesome but I would compell you to try a PC for a cool experience.
- This display is huge and takes up a bunch of space, I do wish the stand was designed differently but does work with my space fine.
More thoughts on HDR...
Considering if you have a scene with high contrast (half black half a bright color) you'll notice some obvious dimming/brightening on the colors next to the black and if they run through it in to a brighter portion of the screen. In most situations for most games, videos and photos you won't even notice it but if you do it makes the image appear uneven in terms of brightness. I still think this is more a limitation of the technology and the fact that you're asking the display to literally show a black pixel next to a very bright pixel - a tall order for any monitor unless it's an OLED panel and OLED's have their own limitations. I would say from my own testing, this display is better than many others that claim they support HDR because it's bright and does have fine control on brightness with the mini LED technology. The mini LED's definitely help with localized brightness though I wish Samsung gave more options to control how the LEDs behave in the monitor settings to account for your on tastes. You can adjust for this to an extent with settings in the monitor but are limited somewhat if the monitor detects HDR content from the graphics card. I have turned off HDR in Windows and adjusted the settings/brightness to tune the monitor to what I want for normal use outside of gaming and now use the Auto HDR feature through Windows for Gaming (Window Key + G) before you play a game to set it to HDR. There are limitations for HDR in Windows for normal applications which make the problems with HDR stand out more depending on what's displayed, but for gaming with FPS, and RPG games, Auto HDR is actually pretty good and works great with this monitor!
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
The Odyssey Neo G9 is about as ostentatious as it's possible for a peripheral to be. It dominates not only your desk, but the entire room. It feels less like a real, functional object and more like an exhibit from a tradeshow escaped into your bedroom. And I love it to death for it.
Receiving and setting up the monitor was, admittedly, a bit of a daunting process. The intense curvature of the panel makes it somewhat unwieldy to move around and there's a fair bit of heft that needs to be accommodated by the stand, which are generally not great combinations for anything that needs to be shipped. Fortunately, Samsung's engineers protected it in transit with plenty of shaped interlocking foam that made it surprisingly easy to remove even with only one person (though having done it, I have to say that the instructions probably aren't wrong when they recommend having two people to avoid bumps and bruises while trying to navigate around corners and doorways.) The provided stand is sturdy and comes with some pretty decent cable management, though it did lose a couple points for the placement of the integrated USB hub. All the monitor's cabling is routed through the stand and into a small compartment that seals up once everything is plugged in, which makes sense as you really don't want to be moving this thing around too much once it's in place. Unfortunately they put the two USB ports in that same sealed cavity, which means that anything you want to plug in is going to need to be routed through the stand with everything else before you seal it up. It does look very clean and if all you're putting in there are wireless dongles it's fine, but my wired keyboard with its own USB passthrough ended up complicating the installation process somewhat.
Fortunately, once I'd actually gotten it into my desk things got significantly easier. Samsung includes both a full set of quality HDMI, DP, and USB cables, and all performed great once I had them picked up. The stand isn't exceptionally heavy but very well balanced so everything feels solid (though the swivel is definitely being tested by the amount of leverage produced by the monitor's width.) And the width and curvature are absolutely perfect. Sitting at a comfortable distance from the monitor completely fills my horizontal field of vision, and while there's plenty of gaps in the vertical I can't say I've noticed while gaming.
Which brings us to picture quality. It is, in a word, stellar. Before the monitor arrived I heard a lot of horror stories about poorly performing HDR, dead pixels, and flickering, but I haven't seen any of it. Given that the monitor arrived already loaded with the latest firmware (released just a few weeks ago) I suspect that it was part of a very recent manufacturing run, so hopefully Samsung has been making some improvements behind the scene to address these complaints. It's been quite some time since I've been wowed by something as simple as a Windows background (though, it should be noted, finding good ones of those that actually fit this monitor is a LOT harder than I expected.)
So, clearly, gaming on this thing is great. Good news though is that most everything else is too. For productivity this thing is basically equal to having a two monitor setup without the bezel gap. In fact if you're so inclined it can be exactly like that, as you can configure it to split the screen down the middle and map which input goes to which side to perfectly emulate a pair of QHD monitors.
Before you rush out to make what is probably an unwise financial decision though, there are a few compromises you should probably be aware of. First up: while this monitor can do dual QHD resolution and a 240 hz refresh rate, it can't really do them at the same time. This isn't really the monitor's fault as there are a host of very difficult technical issues that come with trying to pull off something like that, but I'll admit it was a little disappointing when I first discovered it. Switching to the higher refresh rate cuts your resolution in half to HD quality, and since QHD panels can't perfectly map to HD resolutions like UHD ones image quality gets noticeably fuzzier around the edges. Second thing to note is that a lot of the fringe benefits like the integrated lighting or headphone hooks are present but of somewhat dubious value. Reaching back behind the monitor to hang your headphones feels a bit riskier than it should given how every time your elbow bumps the monitor it tends to tilt slightly, and if you've got wired headphones I think you're ultimately just inviting awkward tangles. The integrated lighting is also surprisingly tame given how over the top the rest of the product is. The transparent ring around the mounting point glows with a fairly cool mirror effect that you will never, ever see because it'll almost certainly be facing a wall. It's also not exceptionally bright, so unless you've got it right against a white surface I don't think you'll get much reflected light around the edges either. If you plan to make this thing the centerpiece of a RGB display, which I suspect many people seriously considering this monitor are, you'll probably want to plan to supplement with separate light towers or RGB strips. Also, while this is a fairly minor point, the bezels on this are so thin that trying to stick a webcam on top for video conferencing or streaming is likely to end with you covering part of the screen. Though if you are a streamer, the fact that the screen's micro LED backlight can make a surprisingly good replacement for a ring light might make up for the inconvenience of having to get creative with where and how you mount your camera.
So... should you plan to get this monitor?
Realistically... most probably should not. Don't get me wrong, it will definitely do anything you want from a ultrawide display, but I think we all know that sensibility wasn't a key concern at Samsung when they designed this. It's a celebration of what we can do rather than what we should. There is, however, a place where such showpieces are not only appropriate, but essentially required. Tradeshows, high end flight simulators, build competitions, or just the most over-the-top Christmas gift ever. And in those contexts, the Odyssey Neo G9 is king.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Gaming setup now complete :)
Really, how can you go wrong with this sweet, sexy monitor? I'm fairly new to PC gaming and the first time I saw this monitor, I knew it HAD to be the one I wanted. From most reviews, this seems to be a pretty great monitor with all the right specs. Unfortunately, the price is also through the roof. That said, I'm thoroughly enjoying this monitor as it has brought me great joy seeing my games on a 49" screen.
The specs on this monitor are great. Obviously, the 49" screen size is the big attraction here. It's big, bright and beautiful; all the things you want in a monitor. There's plenty of inputs for this so no worries about being able to connect to the monitor. There's a HDMI, DisplayPort, USB and even a headphone jack. My gaming rig consists of an i9 10850k and RTX 3090 and 64GB 3200mhz RAM. Pretty potent setup so I needed a monitor that matched.
I'm very pleased to say that my monitor hasn't had any issues so far. No dead pixels, no light bleeding, etc., like some other users have complained about. The monitor seems a bit more wobbly than I expected but considering it's a 49" monitor, I guess that's kind of to be expected. I see lots of other reviews where this seems to be hit or miss in terms of getting a "good" unit. Fortunately, I'm good here so no complaints.
One of the big things I see a lot of users complaining about HDR on this monitor. On SDR, the monitor looks fantastic. Everything looks crisp and clear and just looks great. I know HDR is a big thing however, personally, I'm not really a big user about this. I checked the HDR option out and it did look a bit darker than expected. I could probably fix it with some fine tuning but I haven't gotten around to it. For a monitor this price, you'd expect the HDR to be on point however it's not really a thing for me right now. I'm perfectly content with the SDR on this monitor. In the future I'll probably get a bit more into HDR but, for now, I'm good with SDR on this topic.
One of the irritating things about this monitor is the way you have to upgrade the firmware. You need to download the recent firmware from Samsung's site and you need to plug it into the back of the monitor. This monitor has a plate you can put on the back of the monitor to hide your cables so I'd recommend you upgrade firmware prior to finishing setting up your monitor. I still haven't done this yet so I'll get around to it soon.
Another thing was the 240hz refresh on this monitor. I seem to be locked at 120hz so not sure if this has something to do with the firmware update or not. I would think this should be running at 240hz out of the box but it appears that something else needs to be done here to get that refresh rate to work properly.
Overall though, for my needs, this monitor is perfect. I love the size, build quality and clarity of this monitor. Destiny 2 and Red Dead Redemption 2 look fantastic on this monitor.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Need real estate this is the monitor for you
This is a large monitor about 47" wide so you will need a large desk/table when setting this up so make sure you have the space for the large legs and wide monitor.
When opening the box make sure you follow the directions as they have you get stand into the monitor before taking out. It also recommends you cable manage before taking out, since on the back it has a cover to hide them, the downside is if you need to swap a cable you have to pop the cover. Not the end of the world but does make you want to ensure that you have all the cabled properly and securely plugged in before covering and setting up on your table. Besides being large and a bit awkard moving it isn't too hard and once situated the stand is stable and eary to pivot to get into the perfect position for viewing.
You will need a decent Video Card to power this for sure, but the display looks fantastic and QLED make games pop. I did confirm my monitor came with the most recent firmware and Nvidia Gsync picked it up no issues.
You will want to increase the DPI/mouse movement a bit as navigating across it can be interesting, but even with HDR for gaming the game looks good.
However its wide screen monitor so for gaming that is interesting as Games don't normally come programed for that. See picture attached, as you will get oddities in some games as the FOV was designed and the engine doesn't scale. That said playing games even in Windowed mode when needed look great and even watching streamed content it was awesome and I am just enjoying the monitor and space it provides. It has a lighting system, but I keep it off since I don't need RGB, but you can turn on the lights on the back of the monitor to get a glow if you are into that and it has a Headphone rest, though the size of this monitor means you'll need to be pretty tall to take advantage of reaching behind the monitor to get the headphones and place them, but it is a nice touch. It looks clean and the monitor itself is great, the new Halo Infinite looks fantastic on it and I'm having a blast gaming/consuming content as its nice having 2 2K monitors worth of space in one panel.
As long as you don't mind dealing with some games having issues with Wide Screen but want things to look great and smooth this is definitely a monitor to play/game on. I'm having a lot of fun with it and so happy to have it, even if I had to take some extra time with games to adjust the settings to handle the monitor I can't be happier, esp. with HDR on, it looks awesome.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Incredibly colors, fantastic HDR. Very immersive.
I've been looking for a good monitor that really brings out the HDR highlights in stuff.
Reviews on this unit have been all over the place. Some say it's excellent, others say to stay away. So far my experience has been nothing but excellent.
A little background on the build I'm using to drive this thing is a PC I built that has a 5800X, 32GB RAM, AMD Reference 6900 XT. I'm currently running the monitor over DisplayPort.
Some of the complaints I've read were stemming from how the HDR didn't work. Samsung has been working on getting it to work properly and so far, I can report that it's working great. I've so far tested out a couple HDR enabled games.
One thing to note, if you want to watch videos in your browser, be it Netflix, YouTube or any other streaming platform, you need to ensure that Hardware Acceleration is enabled in the browsers advanced settings. I made this mistake with Brave Browser and once I enabled it, I got the HDR option to appear in YouTube, from then on, everything worked perfectly.
Forza Horizon 5 and it looks fantastic. I play the HDR games on the Dynamic setting through Samsung's OSD settings. Standard is still decently bright and good enough to bring out highlights, though Dynamic does feel a fair bit brighter. Outside of games and just on the desktop, things aren't near as washed out as they were previously. Mine unit arrived with the 1008 firmware which is the latest. I'll be routinely looking out for further updates.
Response times are fantastic. Everything just feels very smooth. In some games I was playing on my other monitor, whenever I would drop below 60 FPS, it just would feel smooth, things felt stuttery. On this monitor, I don't see this at all. It does have G-Sync support, however as I'm using an AMD card, it offers FreeSync Premium Pro. I do have Anti-Lag and their other features on, which my other Ultrawide supported, but there's something else that just makes this monitor leaps and bounds better.
With Destiny 2, the HDR just doesn't work right, so no fault of Samsung here.
Borderlands 3 it looks great however due to some patches from last year scaling broke so certain UI things are offscreen and there's not been an update from them.
No Man's Sky, I really have to say that this game just has to be seen with HDR on. With there being quadrillions of planets and Biomes with varying visuals, quite literally, seeing is believing.
Another game I tested out with the HDR on was Cyberpunk 2077, and again as with No Man's Sky, you really have to see it for yourself.
I almost forgot, but I did manage to test the HDR in Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade on PC and there the HDR is hit and miss. In some areas I notice terrible blurring and or blooming, other areas looked absolutely fantastic.
One common misconception, one I've been prone to believing is that with HDR enabled, color's appear washed out. This far from the case. So long as you have display that's capable of displaying the content the way it was mastered, this won't be something you encounter. While Windows itself doesn't support it on the desktop, which is why it looks "washed out", the things that do support and can take advantage of it work wonderfully. That said, the perception of it being washed out is due to the display not supporting HDR, or just not being capable enough of bringing out the colors and highlights due to insufficient brightness. Forza Horizon 5 and No Man's Sky seemed like it was suffering from this, however in their case it was due to the colors being more accurately represented. Without HDR, everything becomes less muted, but also more inaccurate, hence the washed out colors.
Per Samsung's claim, this is supposed to be 2000 nit's capable. From everything I've researched, the unit only hit's half of that. I don't know if they measure it differently though. Either way, even at 1000, I can make out things so much more than on my previous HDR400 capable display.
So, is this display perfect? No, certainly not, but there's not much I can really nitpick on. With the Mini-LED backlighting, I can say that on certain colors, such as grey, you can see what appears to be light bleed. It does seem there are a set number of zones of the LED's. You can see that they are in a square or rectangular grid. Taking a guess as I wasn't able to find information on it, there's 32 rows of LED's and 64 columns, which would bring it to 2048 Mini-LED's used for the backlighting. It can be noticed in some fast movement games where the screen takes moment to adjust. Other games I didn't really notice it such as RPG or RTS games.
My biggest issue with the monitor is the inputs. From my research, the G9 that preceded this unit had 2 DisplayPort connections, this model sadly only has 1, but it has 2 HDMI 2.1 inputs if you opt to connect a console like the Xbox Series or PS5. I did not test my PS5 on it as for one, Sony doesn't seem to want to enable the use of anything outside 1080p or 2160p, so it would be wasted here. The Series X/S would be better suited since they can output at 1080, 1440 or 2160, so you could in theory run your PC on once side and your console on the other, or any other input device for that matter. I really am finding it hard to find any other cons as everything that most had issues with, are resolved, or are being resolved in firmware updates.
There are 2 USB 3.0 Ports to connect your devices to which is a great feature.
The ergonomics are fine. I do wish the stand went up higher as I'm on the taller side and I use a standing desk so it's a bit of give and take for comfort versus usability. It does tilt and swivel. You cannot rotate it, not that'd probably want to anyways since that much screen vertically would be awful!
Overall, if you're looking for one massive screen, be it for work or play, this is really hard to beat. You get more than usable HDR for movies, games, TV shows etc, the enormous width give you plenty of space to multitask, though because of the curvature, sharing your screen with others is not ideal, but for productivity such as working in immense spreadsheets, this is a dream display. If you've got the money just lying around and want the best Ultrawide display available on the market, this is the way to go.
I'm adding some screenshots, none are in HDR as you wouldn't be able to tell without a capable display and the screenshots don't really show what I'm actually seeing nor do the display justice, but if your store has one on display, you just have to experience it for yourself.
A:AnswerI'm not sure if I'll be able to post the link to the BB page successfully, but it does look like Best Buy is offering the JBL promo as well as seen on this page:
Images are attached as well. It looks like we might get the codes emailed to us from Best Buy to redeem through Samsung's website.