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Review of Samsung Odyssey G9 49-Inch Curved Monitor

The Samsung Odyssey G9 is one of the most interesting monitors of the moment. This is the most ambitious proposal in its range of Odyssey gaming monitors , and it seeks to conquer us with its 49 ″ ultra-wide QHD panel equivalent to two screens , an aggressive 1000R curve, 240Hz refresh rate and much more.

As one of the highest-end monitors on the market, we could not forget features such as HDR1000 certification or its compatibility with G-Sync or AMD FreeSync Premium Pro. Will this monitor handle the tough demands that correspond to its market segment? ? In this review we will find out.

Mount and stand design

The assembly of the monitor is an especially complex process given the large dimensions of the panel, which also weighs no less than 14 kilos, which amounts to 16.7 kg if we count the base. Here more than ever it is important that the assembly process is well thought out.

If we look at the instruction manual, it already suggests that we use a person to help us remove the monitor from the box, something that is precisely one of the last steps that they recommend in disassembling. Someone can do it alone, but the essential thing is to be careful and follow the entire manual calmly.\\

The stand is particularly robust, with a strong predominantly metal construction, with white plastic elements used as trims.

The design of the base is triangular, with dimensions that reach 42 centimeters on each side, which with the angle formed and the centimeters over the base leaves us a length of almost 30 centimeters, which we consider the extreme of the curvature. of the monitor can reach 40cm.

This is the minimum space that you must leave on the table so that the monitor can be placed, my board is 75cm and the truth is that it shows how I am somewhat more limited than normal in space, but it is normal: you have to keep the center of gravity in such a monitor with a good base.

Naturally, we also have the possibility of putting the monitor on a universal VESA mount thanks to the adapter provided (on the right in the photo), but do not forget how necessary it is that it can support the weight of the monitor, do not put it in any support or you will get a good surprise.

Continuing with what is the assembly process, the truth is that at all times it has been very clear to us and we have been able to appreciate the good details that Samsung puts in the design to ensure that, as difficult as we knew it would be, we make it as comfortable as possible. It is not a 5 minute montage, but thanks to its good design and conceptualization it is not a nightmare either.

External Design

The external construction of the monitor is mostly plastic, but Samsung has done its best to maintain a very good quality throughout the body, which is particularly thick with a maximum of about 4-5 centimeters in the central part, due to the length. and the aggressive curve. At least that way we get rid of an external power supply that with the monitor’s 108W consumption would be quite large.

At this point we want to go into a little more detail about cable management, something that Samsung has taken great care of and that really leaves us very satisfied. The mounting system is designed so that the cables can be passed through the base itself very easily , in a cleaner way than what we see in other monitors, and for more we can cover all the part of the connections thanks to a trim of plastic.

If we add the rear lighting to this , then we have without a doubt a monitor that will look impressive from behind. Many of you will think that it does not matter, but there are really many people whose setups make the entire body of the monitor visible, and they will appreciate these details.

Connectivity

How could it be otherwise, this is a monitor with quite complete connectivity. We have 2 DisplayPort 1.4 connections, 1 HDMI 2.0 (we miss 2.1), a headphone port and a USB hub with 2 USB 3.0 ports, as well as an audio input. Note also at this point that the monitor does not have speakers.

And as we said before, we have a trim that allows us to completely hide the outputs of the connections of the Samsung Odyssey G9. You must bear in mind that it implies the clear disadvantage that we will have to remove it every time we want to connect something, but this is something that happens whenever we look for excellent cable management. In any case, we could be proactive and make some extra connection to have it prepared.

Ultra-wide format

As we already told you, this incredible ultra-wide format is equivalent to two QHD screens, specifically we are facing a 32: 9 aspect ratio compared to the 16: 9 we are used to. Thus, the screen has 5120 × 1440 pixels.

This is combined with a 1000R bend . This is really aggressive since the usual thing is that the curved panels are 1600R, 1800R, etc … which are much more modest curves. This is done with the intention of giving a greater immersion, something whose success we will confirm or deny in the last points of the review. Of course, for such an immense size it looks very good.

Let’s see now what level of ergonomics the base of this Samsung Odyssey G9 offers us. We have the possibility to tilt it up or down, turn the entire monitor to the left or right, in addition to adjusting its height. The latter is achieved by moving a small locking lever behind the base, so we can ensure that such a heavy panel never falls off by itself.

These details are very important and demonstrate the care and excellence with which Samsung has sought to design this Samsung Odyssey G9. And it is that we honestly did not even expect that the height could be adjusted, it would seem reasonable to us that it had not been allowed due to the great difficulty of ensuring that the bulky and heavy monitor remains totally safe and upright at all times.

Speaking of numbers, the regulation that we are allowed is between 3 degrees downwards and 13 degrees upwards of inclination, between 15 degrees to the left and 15 to the right of rotation, and a maximum regulation of the base of about 12 centimeters .

To recap a bit about this first part, we believe that the work that Samsung has done in regards to the assembly, construction and ergonomics of the Samsung Odyssey G9 is simply sensational, and especially remarkable. It is not easy to build a monitor that weighs 14 kilos and measures more than a meter long, and the work that the company’s engineers have done is impeccable, because we do not miss any features, the details are very careful and the final result it’s excellent.

Panel Details

Now let’s leave the external construction of the monitor and move on to thoroughly analyze what its panel is like. We are facing a QLED screen , which could be said to be essentially a Samsung trademark to refer to its best panels, but it really also has peculiarities such as the quantum dot that allows us to achieve purer and more precise colors.

The panel technology is VA, as one might guess from the fact that we are dealing with a curved panel. The brand guarantees a static contrast of 2500: 1, which is higher than what we get with almost any IPS monitor but is below what is expected for a VA monitor. This is normal within the specific family of panels we are facing, taking into account the size and aggressive curvature. We could even expect some clouding or light leakage on the panel. Regarding color and brightness, Samsung promises us a 125% sRGB coverage and 92% Adobe RGB, with a minimum brightness of 300 nits, normal of 420 nits and peak of 1000 nits (for the HDR1000). All of these metrics arewell above the conventional, although we will have to confirm them in our color tests.

This Samsung Odyssey G9 is certainly a milestone monitor , and we do not stop seeing features that clearly differentiate it from the rest of the market. An example is how they have achieved a panel with a refresh rate of 240Hz and response time of 1ms GtG without having opted for the inferior image quality of a TN. Of course, it is not the first VA or IPS panel with 240Hz and 1ms GtG on the market, but if we add all the other features we are left with a real beast.

What is it like to have such a long monitor?

Of course, what is most surprising about this Samsung Odyssey G9 is its format. It is not necessary to go into characteristics to make one gape, it is enough with the tremendous size that it has so that it does not leave us indifferent.

Recall that this is a gaming monitor, designed to be used by demanding players of those games in which it is beneficial to have this screen size, such as racing, history games, simulation, etc. But what about productivity? Can we be more productive with this format?

If you are not only interested in gaming but also want to know this, our experience has been surprisingly positive. Personally, the initial feeling of having to move your neck to cover the entire screen has become quite rare, but quickly one begins to see immense productivity potential, and personally I have taken advantage of programs like Microsoft’s PowerToys to organize the desktop. And I don’t even tell you how fluid it is to switch between different tasks at the same time, for example.

And what about the curve? That is another aspect that can be very controversial, especially with a 1000R curvature, which is not exactly small. Again, you quickly get used to it and begin to see its benefits in such an elongated size. The truth is that it makes it much more natural to have to move for such a length, so we think it is phenomenal.

Final words

Samsung is a company with a very long history in everything that has to do with the image, both in televisions and monitors. And for the latter, the Odyssey G9 is a show of force with a monitor whose characteristics and performance leave anyone speechless.

The first thing to comment on is undoubtedly the impressive 32: 9 ultra-wide format used by its 49 inches, equivalent to having two monitors together, and also with an aggressive 1000R curvature that greatly improves the entire immersive experience that the monitor gives, both for gaming (your target market) as well as productivity.

And not only is there an incredible format, but the panel itself brings cutting-edge features. With double QHD resolution (5120×1440, QHD doubled horizontally) on a VA QLED panel with excellent color coverage of 125% sRGB (which we have been able to confirm with our measurements)

In addition, Samsung also leaves us very special features to play with: it is a luxury that all of the above is combined with a refresh rate of 240Hz and a response time of 1ms GtG. These two points were until recently reserved for TN panels, where image quality was greatly sacrificed for them.

Not everything is really perfect, and it did take some sacrifices to give all these positive characteristics, such as a 2000: 1 contrast that is halfway between an IPS panel and a VA. Still, nothing clouds the great experience we have had with this great monitor.

The factory calibration is not particularly good, but this is something that will only worry designers since in everything else that has to do with colors the truth is that the panel does not disappoint, with its sRGB coverage of 130% according to our measurements. . Those of you who are going to give it a professional image use should definitely consider a colorimeter calibration.

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