It was on the Consumer Electronics Show in January that Samsung caught our consideration with its Odyssey Neo G8, the world’s first 4K curved gaming monitor with a screaming quick 240Hz refresh price and mini LED know-how to make scenes pop. Then a few weeks in the past, Samsung started accepting reservations for the monitor. Well, it is lastly in the stores.
You’ll want to return in with a fats stack of money to convey the Odyssey Neo G8 dwelling—it is priced at $1,499.99, or $1,449.99 in the event you reserved one final month (Samsung provided a $50 off bonus for many who did). Either means, this does not qualify as an affordable show by any stretch. It does, nevertheless, examine quite a lot of fascinating containers.
This is a 32-inch show constructed round a curved Vertical Alignment (VA) panel. In addition to serving up a 3840×2160 decision and 240Hz refresh price, it additionally boasts a speedy 1ms response time (grey to grey), a big coloration gamut (as much as 95 p.c of the DCI-P3 coloration area), and an eye-searing 2,000 nits peak brightness for HDR content material, together with a 1,000,000:1 static distinction ratio.
That insanely excessive brightness is the results of utilizing mini LED know-how for the backlighting. Mini LEDs are, because the identify implies, a lot smaller than conventional LEDs. This was the driving power in my determination to improve my TV to Samsung’s Neo QLED QN90A final yr—it would not fairly match the image high quality of OLED, however will get shut and is tremendous vivid.
I’d be curious to see how the Odyssey Neo G8 fares, however wanting on the spec sheet, I’m optimistic. In addition to being quick and exceptionally vivid, utilizing mini LEDs allowed Samsung to extend the native dimming zones to 1,196. This ought to assist the show to extra exactly spotlight and darken particular components of a scene to attenuate blooming (in any other case referred to as the halo impact).
The cherry on high is FreeSync help (FreeSync Premium Pro).
Also now out there is Samsung’s Odyssey Neo G7. This can also be a 32-inch curved gaming monitor with nearly all the identical specs, together with the mini LED backlighting, 4K decision, and a pair of,000 nits peak brightness. However, it has a slower (however nonetheless quick) 165Hz refresh price, and is priced just a little cheaper at $1,299.99.
Both the Odyssey Neo G8 and Odyssey Neo G7 can be found now.