The premium tag accompanying curved displays is not limited to their steep price. It’s also part of the wow factor they bring to the table, quite literally! You see, the Samsung Odyssey range of monitors are easily one of the finest gaming displays around, which means this mid-tier G7 is no exception, and the notoriously expensive G9 demands that six-digit figure for all the right reasons. So is this 32in beauty worth breaking the bank and hiding the receipt from your loved ones?
We reviewed LG’s 27in 4K display just a month ago and pitted it against our reference gaming monitor - the BenQ EX2780Q. Both monitors have a lot of features and uniqueness that might swing your buying decision, the Samsung G7 at hand is probably charting its own niche too. It’s one of the only curved gaming displays with 1000R (we’ll explain this as you read along) and if you’re looking for one, the Odyssey series is a good choice.
Physically the G7 demands more desk space than your usual monitor. The fork-shaped legs poke and spread like a bodybuilder next to you in the subway. It eats into desk space so ideally it's good to wall mount this monitor and save yourself the trouble. A good wall mount will also give better tilt adjustment for this monitor because there’s not much of it from the stand itself. Height adjustment is plenty, however. There’s a 27inch (₹40,000) variant as well, with the same curves and specs, and hopefully a less desk-hungry appetite.
Well, Samsung didn’t make a hulking beast to eat into your furniture, right? Damn straight, that thick rear holds the curviest screen. This particular set of Odyssey monitors have 1000R which means they have a 1000 millimetre radius. That’s the lowest radius possible for any curve monitor available today. So essentially, if multiple G7s are arranged in a circle, it’ll have a 1 meter (1000 millimetre) radius. Also, the smaller the ‘R’ number, the curvy the screen.
The 1000R also matches the curve of the human eye, so there’s less strain on the eyes and in our use, it felt like it too. The curve also helps with deep blacks and less glare. And even though this is a VA panel, the colours are quite remarkable. This QLED display comes with Samsung’s Quantum Dot tech which does a fantastic job of colour reproduction and to some extent colour accuracy too.
The 2K resolution at 240Hz is quite the banger combination for PC gaming. Valorant, Cyberpunk 2077 and other latest games look smooth thanks to G-Sync and FreeSync support. Games don’t benefit much from the HDR implementation but it does look nice on consoles. Windows HDR implementation is rather chaotic.
Colours with Xbox Series X games look rich and punchy. And because it has an HDMI 2.0 the Xbox Series X offers only 2K resolution and at 144hz meanwhile the PlayStation 5 shows an upscaled resolution of 4K at 60Hz. So in terms of support, it’s a little messy for console gaming. Once you peak around the back, it’s easy to tell why. There’s only a single HDMI port, whereas the two DisplayPort are meant to harbour PC gaming hearts and not indulge in console chivalry. The monitor also has a 1ms response time, which means it’s not only cut out for PC gaming but it also meant for competitive gaming. Since it's a VA panel, the 1ms response time isn’t hidden under marketing jargon and response time modes like the LG monitor. It’s a clear cut 1ms response time with a 240Hz refresh rate at 2K resolution. Which makes this monitor quite easy to understand and use as well. Even the OSD software is straightforward and very easy to understand and navigate. In fact, it’s the best one we’ve seen. You can change your display settings and it will even give you the basic details that are currently available on the top. Quite useful and easy to navigate.
The Black Equaliser setting will let you adjust the level of blacks and local dimming helps enhance the experience further. Playing around with the two will help you adjust the best settings to your needs and in our opinion, the display colours look absolutely great right out of the box too.
At 1000R, the Odyssey G7 has achieved a remarkable curve and it makes gaming that much immersive. Even if you don’t feel the benefits of curved monitors first, your eyes will definitely feel comfortable during long gaming sessions. On top of that, the monitor doesn’t lose its charm with colours. It’s colourful and punchy. I wouldn’t say it's as accurate as the LG monitor but good enough to pass our gaming scrutiny.
HDR is just thrown in for marketing purposes, with the little effect it has on the picture quality we wouldn’t recommend it for HDR purposes and it could do with a bit more brightness. That said, viewing movies and tv shows is great because of the massive 32in real estate with a 16:9 aspect ratio. It feels immersive and massive in equal measure.