Samsung’s Odyssey Neo G9 is a high-end TV disguised as a 49-inch curved gaming monitor

The follow-up to Samsung’s excellent Odyssey G9 curved gaming monitor is pretty much here. The 49-inch Odyssey Neo G9 will cost a whopping $2,499.99 when pre-orders start on Thursday, July 29th. It’s almost $1,000 more expensive than the original, but this isn’t just a crash. The new Neo G9 now has a mini LED backlit panel that can reach a brightness of 2,000 nits, full array local dimming for deeper blacks, and definitive HDR that the original doesn’t quite manage.

I recently had the enviable opportunity to test the Odyssey Neo G9. Doom Eternal And cyberpunk 2077, and what stood out most aside from being actually surrounded by a 1000R curve was the intense brightness of the display. Whether looking at the hazy skyline of Night City or tearing the devil apart and staring at a hellish color palette, I’m impressed with a lot of things at once. A little deeper color came out in abundance. A desktop connected to a monitor barely took advantage of the 240Hz refresh rate (you’ll need a very capable computer to get the most out of this monitor), but it was still an enjoyable and immersive experience.

Like last year’s Odyssey G9, the Odyssey Neo G9 is a 49-inch curved monitor with a resolution of 5120 x 1440 (it’s like two QHD displays smashed together), but with a few major improvements and Samsung is sorting out this high-end game. Monitor with high-end TVs from the Neo series.

The mini LED is definitely the highlight. This helps the Odyssey Neo G9 display lighting scenes more accurately and smears deeper blacks less than traditional LED backlighting. In addition to peak luminance of 2000 nits or 2000 cd/m², Samsung says it has increased the number of local dimming zones from 10 on last year’s model to 2,048. It also supports HDR 10 Plus.

Another new trick, more subtle but still welcome, is the CoreSync feature, which lets you synchronize the monitor’s back light with what’s happening in-game for a deeper immersion. Obviously, you can do this without installing an app, but Samsung says you won’t notice the effect unless you’re in a dark room and your monitor is directly against the wall. (Note: The blue light behind the monitor in this image is not emitted by the back light of the Odyssey Neo G9. This is the light Samsung installed at the press briefing.)

The Odyssey Neo G9 is compatible with Nvidia G-Sync and supports AMD FreeSync Premium Pro and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR). It retains the same 240Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time as last year’s model. However, Samsung has also upgraded the Odyssey Neo G9’s two HDMI ports to the new 2.1 standard, giving PCs ample bandwidth to take full advantage of the fast refresh rates and resolutions over HDMI. That’s good considering last year’s monitors have to bring in some Display Stream Compression tricks to get 240Hz working over DisplayPort.

Using HDMI 2.1 with VRR means this monitor will support faster refresh rates on consoles when an update occurs. Currently, the Xbox Series X supports 1440p at 120Hz and up to 4K, while the PS5 currently supports 1080p at a 120Hz refresh rate. The Odyssey Neo G9 also has one DisplayPort 1.4 port with adaptive sync, along with a headphone jack and two USB 3.0 ports.

Samsung Odyssey Neo G9

Here is the port layout of the Odyssey Neo G9.
Image: Samsung

As my colleague Sean Hollister mentioned in a review of last year’s model, on this 32:9 aspect ratio screen, games can still look warped around the edges. I’ve noticed this on both titles I’ve tried, but hopefully more games will get decent ultra-wide monitor support as soon as they arrive. Halo Infinite. I’d love to see a game running on the Neo G9.

But its price is $2,499.99. This monitor is definitely for the avid gamer who values ​​a curved design more than the other advantages offered by today’s best OLED TVs and other high-end models. However, at this point, we cannot ignore the fact that larger OLED screens with similar features and specifications, and 4K resolution, are available for a similar or lower price. Even Samsung doesn’t lose the sticker shock, as it includes a free JBL Quantum One head-tracking gaming headset with pre-orders.

The Odyssey Neo G9 ships worldwide on August 9th, and then we’ll take a closer look at this monitor. Now, here are a few more photos I was able to take at the Samsung event.

Photo: Cameron Faulkner / The Verge

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