Samsung unveiled its first OLED gaming monitor, the Odyssey, at IFA 2022 and that’s a big deal as this monitor series is extremely popular and benefits from an incredible “Odyssey” brand that has been built up over many years.
This monitor is an excellent counterpart to LG, which has also launched innovative gaming monitors: the UltraGear 45GR95QE and the bendable Flex monitor.
The technology isn’t entirely new as the Odyssey OLED G8 monitor features the same QD OLED panel as the Alienware QD-OLED34a celebrated gaming monitor – maybe this was used as a scout?
Note that QD stands for Quantum DOT, a technology that uses charged particles to control light waves and optimize the color of light. It used to be used to ensure superior color accuracy, but recently Samsung has found a new use for it.
In QD OLED panels, Samsung can use QD technology to convert a blue light into red and green. Being able to do this has several advantages. Typically, OLED comes with different materials, at least blue OLED and yellow OLED. Samsung only has to produce and trade one type instead of two.
Second, the lifespan of blue differs from that of yellow. Blue tends to degrade much more slowly and the yellow decay can cause color accuracy issues (years later). By only having Blue OLED. The color stays more even and longer. Samsung has a DCI 99.3% color gamut, making this a “professional” monitor.
That essential tech aside, the monitor is a 34-inch QHD (3,440×1,440) display with a 21:9 aspect ratio (perfect for movies), a 1ms response time, and a 175Hz refresh rate. The 1800R curvature provides full immersion for the user – imagine playing MS Flight Simulator with it. Only full VR can beat that, but not for the wide field of view.
You can continue to use the monitor when your computer is off because it accepts video streaming via Samsung Smart Hub. That means Youtube, Amazon Prime, Netflix and more services are still available.
The monitor even has an embedded IoT HUB that allows you to check all compatible smart devices in your home without the need for a phone or computer. The built-in Samsung Gaming Hub lets you stream games from GeForce NOW, Google Stadia, Utomik, and Amazon Luna so you can nearly Buy it to play even if you don’t own a gaming PC.
As with other Odyssey monitors, the design of the OLED G8 is stunning. Users can also adjust the height and incline for maximum comfort. Samsun says the monitor will arrive by the end of the year – we’re hoping in time for Christmas shopping.
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