The gamer world continues to grow everywhere and Samsung also continues to bet more and more strongly on this type of audience. The Odyssey G5 monitor is one of the most recent launches by the Korean brand with this goal in mind, providing generous space for gambling and also serving as a large enough screen to work on, so that the user can pay the slips.
The Odyssey G5 is 34 inches, displays content in a 21: 9 aspect ratio, has curvature promising to deliver a view closer to what the human eye registers, in addition to placing 165 Hz for the most demanding gamers not to complain about any delay, all in only 1 ms response.
Is it worth investing so much money on a monitor with these numbers? I spent the last few weeks with him at my desk and I’ll tell you my experience in the next few paragraphs.
Review of the Samsung Odyssey G5 on video
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Design and connections
On the Odyssey G7 monitor, Samsung brought to Brazil a screen option with a more discreet footprint to be comfortable on the player’s table, but now on the G5 the situation changes and leaves the product with a feeling of being an even more hidden Christmas tree.
In short, this means that it has a more sober look, even with the ends of the lower part still showing right angles and without apparently delivering any resource that needs it. Another point that made me think what I said is the absence of LEDs and that makes me more excited to put this screen on a work table, but it can leave the player a little frustrated. I know that a lit LED does not increase the performance of the computer, but it is good to have the feeling of extra fps, right.
Another major change between the two monitors is divided into two points that meet. The first is the smaller number of ports and connections at the rear, leaving aside the USB hub function, but at the same time it puts the access of these connectors higher.
It is easier to find where each port is and the connection kit has the basics both for the gamer and for those who are going to work and that means an HDMI, another Display Port and headphone output, along with a USB service input and another for energy. It is worth remembering that the HDMI connection is standard 2.0 and this leaves out some advantages of the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series S and X.
The second point is the support of the monitor, it is bigger to support the extra weight and dimensions, but unfortunately it does not offer any height adjustment. The user can only control the inclination of the screen, which also does not deliver a very generous adjustment. Leaning on the table, the Odyssey G5 will be lower and the neck position at this time is not the best. To solve this dilemma you can put a wooden support or any other block.
If, on the one hand, there is no height control, it is very much needed, on the other hand, I felt that the G5 is firmer on the table. I well remember the G7 rattling with ease whenever I typed something on the keyboard while working.
Closing the outside, the Odyssey G5 is all black and does not have speakers, nor even support for hanging headphones. I know that these monitor speakers are never good, but as the device itself takes up so much space and stays low, it would be interesting to place the boxes just as a help for the gamer who prefers to have a cleaner table, with fewer things spread out.
Any game is always better with headphones, but every now and then you want to show a move to someone next door, you know? At that point the built-in sound system would be interesting.
The image quality is good and I could close this review like this, but it is better to explain. The Odyssey G5 has a curved design that makes a difference when the screen is so close to the eyes and is still large, in this case with 34 inches.
The measurement for curvature is in R and on this monitor it is the same as the G5, with 1000R. This means a curvature with the edges more closed, increasing the immersion of the player and dealing very well even with reflexes. All of this works as expected and the viewing angles for those who are more to the side are not so bad, even for curved screens where the focus is really just the central point, in a more personal experience than in a group.
I don’t usually choose an ultrawide monitor to play, but in some games this type of screen helps a lot, especially in first person shooter, strategy or MOBA titles, in addition to racing. Seeing more to the sides gives you more insight into what happens, without having to move the screen during the game – in a game with people on 16: 9 screens you gain a generous advantage.
On the other hand, some titles put parts of the interface on the edges and I found myself turning my face many times to look at the map in Heroes of the Storm, for example. Another important point is that displaying more pixels will make your graphics card work harder, keep that in mind.
For work, ultrawide is your best friend and an interesting solution for anyone with two monitors. So much resolution in such a wide proportion ensures two windows open at the same time and without losing any content, or else a longer timeline for those who edit videos. It is always good, at all times.
The screen resolution is 3,440 x 1,440 pixels, or the 2K stretched to fill the 21: 9 aspect ratio. The panel is VA, with a refresh rate of 165 Hz and a response in a millisecond, along with FreeSync for those who chose an AMD GPU, but also doing some work on Nvidia cards.
Everything is beautiful and wonderful, but you need to keep in mind that FreeSync will only work with the Display Port cable. Even without a local dimming, the content reproduction is good and the contrast is also part of the joy package, but with HDR hardly changing the game experience.
The monitor settings menu is small in the center of the screen, activated with the help of a joystick. I prefer this control precisely because it makes the front of the screen even more free of extra buttons, but in the first days of use I always missed the shortcuts for brightness, volume of the phone and the source selector of the image. After a while everything worked fine.
Finally, the adjustment controls appear in Portuguese, but European. That annoys me? Not at all, but know what screen is screen ok ?!
The Odyssey G5 monitor is an interesting option for those who want to combine moments of gambling with other parts of the day at work. The 2K resolution stretched in a 21: 9 ratio helps a lot at all times, but some games are not compatible with that much width. In those who already have support for this, it is only joy.
It bothered me a lot the lack of height control and the absence of a larger wire organizer, capable of holding all the cables behind the screen. I loved not seeing RGB lights, but I know that the root gamer will wrinkle his nose at this. On the other hand, the image quality is great and the curvature is comfortable.
The suggested price for the Odyssey G5 is R $ 4,199 and it is high. I know, the dollar has skyrocketed and inflation is more and more present, but even so, this monitor does its job well and hardly finds competitors in the domestic market. What comes closest is the Dell S3422DW, only that it is more expensive. The LG 34WK650 is cheaper, but with lower resolution and brightness, in addition to not being curved.
In the end, the Odyssey G5 is a good choice and will deliver you good times both for games and at work.