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Samsung announces new Odyssey gaming monitors at CES 2020



With the impending start of this year's CES comes an onslaught of new announcements, and Samsung isn't missing a beat. The company has announced a new lineup of Odyssey gaming monitors, and they're actually pretty impressive.


The lineup is made up of the 49-inch G9 model and the G7 model, which comes in both 32- and 27-inch variants. Both models offer a 1000R curvature and QLED picture quality. The displays offer a 1ms response time and 240Hz refresh rate, with support for Adaptive Sync over DisplayPort 1.4 and G-SYNC Compatible certification in the works. Samsung also says the monitors have been completely redesigned with a "new take on what gaming monitors look like".




As you might have guessed from the name, the G9 is the more impressive of the two models, and it's the world's first dual QHD (5120x1440, with a 32:9 aspect ratio) monitor with a 240Hz refresh rate, as well as 1ms response time, and a peak brightness of 1000 nits. It also has Quantum dot technology combined with an HDR1000 VA panel, promising lifelike colors and vivid details.


The design of the G9 is also rather unique, with a glossy white finish and an "infinity core" on the back, aligned with the stand. This area lights up in 52 different colors and offers five different lighting effects.




If you're not into the dual-display aspect of the G9, the G7 model offers a lot of the same benefits in the 16:9 aspect ratio. It has the same curved display, response time, and refresh rate as the G9, and the resolution is still QHD, just not as wide, making it 2560x1440. It loses some brightness, maxing out at 600 nits, and thus, the HDR certification is only HDR600. It still uses Quantum dot technology and a VA panel, though.


Like the G9, the smaller model has a core on the back which can light up in different ways, but the external body of the monitor is matte black instead of glossy white. The G7 also offers dynamic shapes and lighting on the front bezel.


All of these displays will be available in the second quarter of the year, but you can read more about them on the official website in the meantime.



Source: Samsung announces new Odyssey gaming monitors at CES 2020 (Neowin)

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Samsung’s Odyssey G9 is the most extreme ultrawide gaming monitor

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Samsung’s Odyssey G9 gaming monitor is an incredible thing to behold in person. It’s on the show floor at CES 2020, and pretty much everyone who sat in front of the 49-inch 1440p display was dazzled.


You’re going to have an impossible challenge trying to find a rig that can push the latest PC games at 240Hz. But if you’re a competitive e-sports player who specializes in older titles, this display could be a dream. Those not running it at 240Hz can still take advantage of its sharp resolution and that immersive 1000R curvature that pretty much envelops your whole field of vision.




The back is very sci-fi, with a clear cutout in the center that reveals a round LED that shifts colors. It looks like Iron Man’s arc reactor. Does anyone need that in a monitor? Nope. Does it look cool, especially for the crowd the G9 is marketed toward? Oh, most definitely.






Listening to the crowd of onlookers here in Las Vegas, I heard some confess that the Odyssey G9 is too much monitor for them and that they’d have a hard time following along with everything happening on-screen in Fortnite. To me, there’s really no such thing as too much monitor. Give me two of these things side by side. Surround me with like five or six of them, even.




With a 1ms response time and support for both AMD FreeSync 2 and Nvidia’s G-Sync, the G9 is likely to come with a very hefty price tag when it ships later this year. It’s easy to quibble over whether it’s worth the cost compared to other ultrawide or 1440p monitors on the market.




Photography by Chris Welch / The Verge



Source: Samsung’s Odyssey G9 is the most extreme ultrawide gaming monitor (The Verge)

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