With a curved screen size of 32″, Odyssey G7 is a real perfection of a monitor. Samsung not only produced a large monitor with a very impressive specification, but also created one with a reasonably beautiful design as the monitor can do. The monitor is all black with the Samsung logo under the screen and has a relatively thin bezel on top and sides. The V-bracket is all black. It sounds pretty simple, but the additional features are RGB lighting on the back and front. Rear lighting creates a pleasant glow behind the monitor, and front lighting is below the screen on each side. This may not be for everyone, but it improves the look above the usual monitor design.
The stand has a lot of adjustment, with the overall adjustment height of 475 mm at a minimum of 590 mm at most. The support also tilts, pans and swirls. The stand is a bit bulky and extends 255 mm from the center of the monitor and 328 mm to the edges. The Samsung Odyssey G7 is, of course, compatible with vesa support and weighs just 6.48 kg and 8.21 kg with the stand.
The connections are not extremely generous with only 2 USB 3.0 ports (one of which is a super charging port). It has two versions 1.4 DisplayPorts and a single HDMI 2.0 port, but we would like to see another pair of USB slots. The ports are also facing down instead of backwards, which makes it a bit difficult when trying to connect anything, even if the monitor rotates so you can access them more easily this way. Fortunately, unlike the recent Acer monitors we reviewed, the Odyssey G7 doesn’t have an annoying fan.
The Samsung Odyssey G7 has an excellent response time of 1 ms which is roughly the lowest you’ll find on most game monitors. Along with the results of the delay tests and G-Sync and Free-sync Premium Pro, this gives you a monitor that worked excellently during our ghostless or screen-free tests. During our game tests we had almost no problem and at 240Hz (not that our team could approach that with any recent game, of course) the monitor gives soft and silky images. The only problem we had is that with Adaptive Sync enabled and using G-Sync, you occasionally get a screen flicker. This was only presented in one of the different games we tried, but it was annoying when it appeared. With adaptive synchronization turned off, flickering has disappeared. At the time of writing Samsung is trying to fix this issue with a firmware update.
Although not 4K, we found that a good 1440P monitor with decent size is a perfect weakness between cost and performance. A 4K gaming monitor can be great, but many won’t have a PC that can make the most of it. In our opinion, 1440P 120/144/240Hz will offer a much better gaming experience than 4K 60Hz. PS5 support is fine, it takes 4K input and downscales it which is great news until the PS5 gets 2K support. But the monitor’s HDMI port is version 2.0 so you are limited to 4K@60hz (with or without HDR) due to HDMI 2.0 bandwidth. Theoretically 2K@120Hz without HDR should be possible but I have not been able to try the PS5 beta firmware and confirm.
The quality of the display itself is excellent. With 125% sRGB coverage, colors actually appear in you along with crisp, clear text. The black levels are excellent, but since it is illuminated with the edge, unfortunately you get a slight bleeding from the light. With our full black test image this was particularly noticeable from the bottom of the screen with the top and sides to a lesser extent. You don’t notice it at all during games, but it might be a small problem watching movies.This is a VESA-certified DisplayHDR 600, the monitor must have 10-bit processing, real-time contrast ratios with local attenuation, and the maximum luminance of 600 cd/m2. By setting HDR to Windows and correcting brightness levels, you can really see what Odyssey can do. If anything, we had to lower the brightness to save our burning retines. But, perhaps to keep the price low, it only has limited mitigation zones, so it may not compete with significantly more expensive FALD monitors.
VESA Display HDR 600 is the lowest you would like to go on a monitor to consider it HDR (which even then is open to the topic). DisplayHDR 400, for example, is a certification that simply shouldn’t exist.
Now, in the most important part of this monitor, the curve. With TVs, the curves were definitely just for design and were a fad that has now disappeared fortunately. They may look good sitting out there, but it didn’t have any real benefits when they’re in use. But with a PC monitor, where you’re sitting much closer and directly in front of it, a curved monitor allows for much better immersion.
At 1000R, the Samsung Odyssey G7 has the curviest curve of all the monitors at this size. Most curved monitors in this size range have a 1800R curve, the increase in the 1000R curve here corresponds to the curvature of the human eye, which Samsung says gives maximum immersion and minimal eye fatigue.
The 32-inch Samsung Odyssey G7 curved gaming monitor, available for around 630 pounds, offers the perfect package for the PC player. 1440P resolution, 1000R curved display provides an excellent gaming experience that adds another level of immersion to the game than a traditional flat monitor. Along with the 125% sRGB color space, VESA HDR 600 display, 1ms response time and 240 Hz refresh rate, plus other features like RGB lighting on the back and under the monitor, and G-Sync and Free-sync Premium Pro support, everything means you really get a significant amount for your money.
The display quality is excellent with excellent colors, brightness level, sharpness, complete absence of ghosts and a menu system that allows a good level of adjustment to get the image exactly as you want. Arrive pre-calibrated from the factory to an exceptionally good level so you don’t have any problems outside the box.
It’s not all perfect though because there are a couple of problems. The main one is an intermittent flicker of the screen with G-Sync which hopefully will be fixed with a promised firmware update. The others are minor as the support excels a bit, so a redesign to reduce it would be welcome and could have been a bit more generous with USB ports. Photo:Samsung
Overall, the Samsung Odyssey G7 offers the perfect balance of cost, performance, features and resolution. You can spend much more on a screen that totally sings and dances 4K FALD HDR, but then the G7 is about 1/3 of the cost of this. Also, once you have played for a few hours with the curved 1000R screen, you will never return to a flat screen or even curved 1800R. At this price there is nothing that matches in terms of specifications.
Samsung Odyssey G7 specs:
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