The Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 gaming monitor has received a major upgrade in the technology built into its panel to give the audience a better experience than its predecessor.
The novelties include a Mini LED panel, which brings the visibility of information closer to an OLED view, and the display also receives two HDMI 2.1 connections, allowing the use of a new generation of consoles with frequencies up to 240 Hz in peripherals.
design and construction
At first glance, the Odyssey G9 is a bit surprising as it’s a 49-inch screen with a 32:9 aspect ratio. In practical terms, that means it’s two 27-inch displays joined together in a disproportionately curved frame.
Even with so many differences to mention, it is clear that Samsung has opted for a more sober look in the product compared to other competitive gaming monitors.
The body is all white, but there is an RGB lighting point on the back of the device to show colors that appeal to gamers. This “core” can be customized with the desired lighting or more interesting effects according to personal taste.
As it is an oversized peripheral, the entire shipping and assembly process requires more care to avoid damage to the monitor, its base and the parts that can be connected to it.
Like some smaller smart TVs and displays, the Samsung Odyssey G9’s foundation is pretty solid. However, you may experience greater support wobble, which does not affect the overall experience, but is something to watch out for if you are moving more abruptly, such as when you bump into a table angrily while losing a game.
On the back, you’ll find two removable protective covers, and the one on the base covers and organizes the cables installed on the device for a cleaner setup. However, care must be taken during installation to avoid damage.
Another cap is used to cover the connections available on the Samsung Gaming Monitor. Care must be taken in reinstallation as cables must be routed carefully to prevent the space from getting “tight” and affecting closure.
As far as the connectivity built into the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 is concerned, this generation has the potential to find welcome improvements. There are two HDMI 2.1 inputs, as the presence of this option allows the monitor to be used without problems even with Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 consoles.
That’s the complaint of next-gen analyst Diego Sousa, and it’s great to see that Korea has given the expected improvements in a new model of a solid gaming product, taking into account the opinions of experts and users.
Another advantage of this update is the ability to stream signals from two different sources to the G9’s display. Therefore, using peripherals to connect video games to play games while using a computer to manage free streaming gives the product more versatility.
As I mentioned above, the panel comes in at 49 inches, a size that gives the product a 32:9 aspect ratio, as it’s the equivalent of two 27-inch displays (ordinary 18:9) side-by-side.
As a curved screen product, this design is an advantage for content visibility. The exaggerated screen “hugs” the face for a wider field of view and provides an enhanced experience.
At first, being able to see everything that is being displayed in a natural way may seem strange to someone who is not used to curved screens. However, after a few minutes, you will get used to it.
The panel of the new Odyssey is the Mini LED, technology that allows the same display of information that we have on the brand’s TVs with the same internal lighting spot options. As a result, color fidelity is higher, brightness is more intense and black accuracy is very close to OLED.
Other technologies built into the Odyssey Neo G9 include HDR2000, HDR10+, G-Sync, FreeSync Premium Pro, 240Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time. Even with all these options, using the highest frequency requires a PC with the most modern configuration on the market to take advantage of all these features.
Games and media consumption
As it is a gamer product, and also focused on entertainment, it is essential to test in both cases to see what the public can expect to make the most of what is available on the device.
To get an estimate, I tested it on a simpler gaming laptop with lower settings than current specs as it has a GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card, Intel Core i5-9300HF processor, and 16GB of RAM.
When playing Euro Truck Simulator 2, the game was automatically adjusted to a setting where the game window occupies the entire usable area of the Odyssey Neo G9. Therefore, the experience of simulating driving a truck with this product is even better.
However, it’s important to note that not all games (especially consoles) support screens of this size, which results in some games being centered on the screen and having lots of edges on the sides.
This visibility deficiency can also be felt when watching movies, series and other types of content. Since this media is mostly recorded in 16:9, changing the aspect ratio is not easy. So, in order to “fix” this problem, you need to use the PIP (Picture in Picture) mode.
As I am using the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 on a Windows computer, I can utilize the system’s productivity tools and monitor to my advantage.
Those who already use Windows 11 can take advantage of the ability to split the screen and sections, with 10 the numbers being smaller. One option that can help with this versatility is the Easy Setting Box program, which Samsung offers, with different layout options to organize open software.
During testing, I was able to watch WWDC 2022 while fine-tuning my analysis in Word and follow the news about the event without using the ALT+TAB shortcut.
The Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 is a 49-inch gaming monitor, which makes its competition even smaller. A good choice is the AORUS FO48U gaming product.
At 48 inches, it features an OLED panel and FreeSync Premium technology to help improve visibility in gaming environments. Unlike the Neo G9, it’s not curved and looks closer to what you’d see on a regular TV because of its 16:9 aspect ratio.
One thing that stands out about the product is the thickness, as it is similar to what LG uses in its OLED TVs. As a gaming product, the frequency of FO48U is 120Hz, the resolution is 4K, and the response time is 1ms.
In addition, two HDMI 2.1 connections allow the use of high-end consoles in the product. Like the Odyssey Neo G9, the AORUS FO48U is expensive, with an average price of BRL 13,000.
Is the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 worth it?
The Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 gaming monitor is ideal for anyone who can afford a big screen, unlimited visual quality capabilities, and a resolution as powerful as the implementation specs.
The device caters to gamers who can invest in a very high quality setup without looking at the price. After all, the built-in differential really pleases those who want premium peripherals.
The Odyssey Neo G9 is an almost perfect product because its flaws don’t directly affect the user experience. After all, you can dribble the instability of the base by hanging the product on a properly articulated arm or even directly on the wall for greater safety of use.
In addition, the fact that there are no speakers on the perimeter will only hinder those who want to know the reproduction of the external sound of the product. However, those who configure gamers settings with the G9 in their bank have better-suited replacement speakers.
Speaking of the importance of hardware balance, a price close to R$ 14 thousand for those who invested heavily in one can bring the best finish on the market.