Samsung Odyssey G7 Review: Almost perfect gaming monitor
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Samsung Odyssey G7 (full model code LC32G75TQSIXCI) is a more traditional 16: 9 monitor with a 32-inch screen. Actually, the exact length of the diagonal is 31.5 inches, however, in order not to create additional inconvenience for buyers and sellers, the model was classified in the 32-inch category.
The screen resolution is 2560 x 1440 pixels (WQHD), and the display is based on the proprietary VA matrix, which has been supplemented with elements of QLED quantum dot technology. We have already talked about this technology many times in our materials, however, since it is less common in computer monitors, we will briefly recall its basic principles.
This name was invented by Samsung to refer to a special kind of LCD display. The abbreviation QLED stands for a combination of two technologies – LED backlighting and elements of quantum dot technology or “Quantum Dot” in English. It uses not simple white LEDs, but blue, or rather even violet-blue and much more powerful ones. There is a special phosphorescent layer between them and the LCD panel in the monitor. Diodes with their powerful glow make it glow, but since the area of this layer is hundreds of times larger than the radiation area of simple white diodes, the brightness of the glow turns out to be an order of magnitude higher.
Thanks to full direct backlighting and local diode control, Samsung’s QLED models have excellent contrast, and thanks to the powerful LEDs and such a layer behind the matrix, the brightness is simply excellent. The same can be said for color saturation. Overall, QLED monitors represent a real breakthrough for gamers.
But the Odyssey G7 is not only good for the principle of image formation. Like the flagship monitor in the series, it boasts a 1000R curved screen, which helps to fully utilize the player’s peripheral vision, which means that it helps to maximize immersion in the gameplay. Surprisingly, the monitor mount can be used in a vertical orientation. Such a scenario is more in demand by designers than by gamers, but the stock does not hold a pocket, as they say.
The main visual “feature” of the model is, of course, a luminous hemisphere on the rear panel, complemented by LED triangular windows on the front panel. This backlight system in the dark makes the monitor look like an incredible spaceship, especially when you choose blue.
The technical characteristics of the display inspire respect – a refresh rate of 240 Hz and support for the HDR600 format (the number indicates the maximum brightness) promise stable picture and smooth transmission of even the fastest movements, as well as realistic display of bright and dynamic scenes. The declared viewing angle is 178 degrees vertically and horizontally, and the response time of the panel is at the theoretically minimum possible level of 1 ms.
The color gamut of the monitor is in perfect order and is, according to different scales, 95% DCI and 125% sRGB, while the maximum number of displayed colors tends to 1.07 billion.
Unlike the older model G9, the Odyssey G7 in question has less requirements for free space during installation, so most likely you will not need to change the usual location of the gaming complex. Slightly lower picture density compared to the flagship is almost invisible to the eye, unless you bury your nose in the screen, but the riot of colors is just as impressive. In general, the decision to introduce QLED panels into gaming monitors has fully justified itself – against their background, ordinary LCD models have, as they say, a pale appearance. Moreover, both figuratively and literally. Only QLED displays can provide such rich and vibrant colors combined with high brightness.
What we liked the most was how smoothly and naturally the monitor handles even the most dynamic scenes in the shooter DOOM Eternal – both the excellent panel response and the support for G-Sync mode affect. The immersion in the scary world of the future in Cyberpunk 2077 turns out to be so deep and long that it was almost impossible to tear yourself away from the game. By the way, unlike the flagship model, watching ordinary movies on the Odyssey G7 screen is more familiar.
While the G9’s screen looks great when it comes to 2.35: 1 pictures that take up the entire display area, the G7 looks more like a traditional TV. And this is another plus in the collection of indisputable advantages of the model – after all, you get both a luxury monitor for games and a display device for watching movies and TV programs. In which all smart functions will be performed by the most powerful gaming PC, for operation with which the Odyssey G7 is intended. Considering how much QLED TVs cost today, the offer is very profitable.
And for those who have limited space to install even a 32 “monitor, there is a version of the G7 with a 27” screen. Its only difference, apart from the display size, is a denser pixel grid, which allows the player to position themselves even closer to the screen.
The model of a more familiar form factor from the Odyssey series shows almost as great as the flagship G9, but does not require a separate room for installation, costs reasonable money and is able not only to provide the gambler with amazing emotions, but also act as a QLED TV.