It was not long ago that Samsung entered the gamer world of PCs head on, delivering a very interesting line of notebooks that also gave a name to monitors. This is the case of the Odyssey G7, which has 27 inches, refresh rate set at 240 Hz, high brightness and reproduces everything in 2K, on a display that is quite curved.
Does all this result in a more comfortable game for the eyes? Going further, is it that spending so much money on a gaming monitor is also good for when you need to work just to pay all that money? I used the Odyssey G7 in the last few weeks and I’ll tell you my experience in the next few paragraphs.
Review of the Samsung Odyssey G7 on video
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Design and connections
This is a gamer monitor, but Samsung has not decided that it needs to be a Christmas tree, or be more prominent on the table than the computer itself next door. This, in fact, is a thought that already permeates even Odyssey notebooks. Here the monitor Odyssey G7 is a little sober and has a look already characteristic of others from Samsung itself: that means black base and rear with lines strolling on all sides.
To remind the user that the monitor is a gamer, Samsung placed a set of LEDs on the base fixation point, along with two others just on the sides, further down and a centralized LED that stays on when the screen is off or all the time, you choose. But seriously, what really calls attention is the curvature of the whole.
This is one of the most closed curvature monitors on the market, at 1000R and that means visual comfort, or it should. At just 27 inches and so close to the eyes, I didn’t notice any significant advantage in curvature. In fact, for using this type of canvas for the first time, it took me a long time to get used to that long lines appear twisted, but in fact they are straight.
The base that holds the monitor is very generous and occupies a considerable space on the table, much more than my work monitor, which is similar in size, being a 29-inch ultrawide. Around here, on the table, the base took up more than a third of the space, but this was not a real problem, since the feet are open. I was really bothered by the ease with which the monitor flickers.
When typing the text of this review the screen is shaking noticeably, and look that I don’t even hit the keys too hard. Speaking of support, the only support point serves as a hiding place for cables and has support for headphones. It’s cool, but it is behind and I haven’t used it at any time. It would be more interesting from the side.
It is even possible to adjust the position of the screen in several ways, leaving the display standing if you want to watch videos shot with the smartphone in this orientation, without the black bars.
The connections are all in the background, one HDMI 2.0, two USB 3.0 with fast charging, two DisplayPort 1.4 ports, together with a connection for headphones or speakers and the socket, which uses a small brick as a source on the outside . You can connect two image sources at the same time and split the screen, but since 16: 9 is not that wide, the experience will not be the best. This feature is a beauty in the 42 inches at 32: 9 of another monitor from Samsung itself, but not here.
Now, a monitor is for imaging and if it slips on a few negative points in the finish, in the specifications it is a delight. Starting with the curved and brightly lit VA panel, it has peaks of 600 nits, response time of just 1 millisecond and refresh rate that can reach 240 Hz, in 2K resolution (2,560 x 1,440 pixels), resulting in more or less 110 pixels per inch.
All of this with very thin edges in the front, delivering an interesting immersion for the gamer or even for those who use the monitor for work.
In the tests I did, I noticed little or almost no color bending and the viewing angles are small, as expected for a type of screen curved to the center and that has VA panel, not IPS. It’s a problem? Obviously not, the monitor is a product to be used alone, especially for the gamer who does not play a coop sharing the same screen with a friend.
The color reproduction tends to a higher saturation and the QLED technology ends up delivering good results, right when the Odyssey G7 is removed from the box, but you have total control in the adjustments if you prefer more or less strength at that point.
I also didn’t notice any major problems with the brightness in my test unit, which has already been passed by other people before arriving here. Opening a completely white image, only the lower left corner seemed to have less light.
Speaking of brightness, the HDR600 is present and the maximum light intensity is very high. I liked the contrast, but you can change it on several levels in a setting called Black Equalizer, which can help when the player is in a darker game. The dimming location uses some zones and it is competent, but you can turn the feature off if you don’t like it.
In the settings you can also change the screen update speed, increase or decrease the input lag and connect the G-Sync to the Nvidia or FreeSync cards of AMD GPUs.
With tearing solutions turned on, many adjustments cease to exist, including saturation control, refresh rate, contrast and dynamic brightness. On my Nvidia GPU I didn’t notice any glitches with G-Sync enabled, so it works fine.
If you are looking for a 2K monitor with 240 Hz, 27 inches and generous curvature, along with very low response time, I already know that money is not a serious problem in your life. Thinking about this point, I believe that the Samsung Odyssey G7 will meet the needs of those who want to play with more resources at hand.
It is big and takes up a lot of table space, keep that in mind. The VA panel with QLED technology is competent and the gamer side of it is less glaring, but it is still possible to illuminate the table, mouse and keyboard with the LEDs spread across the housing. The connections are generous and it just bothered me how much it rocks as I type.
If you give up some features focused on the gamer audience like the very low response time and the 240 Hz refresh rate, thinking more about the monitor as a work tool, I recommend the Dell U2719D. It has a wider viewing angle and is cheaper than the Samsung Odyssey G7, but it looks like an executive in a tie.
I spoke Dell and not another Samsung precisely because of the lack of options of the Korean company in the Brazilian market. On her website she only has the Odyssey G7 as a representative of 2K monitors, even when “gamer” is not taken into account in the brand’s filters.