How much would you spend on an uncompromising mini-LED gaming monitor? Samsung thinks it has the answer. The company will start taking pre-orders for its own long teased Display of the Odyssey Neo G9 on July 29 for $ 2,500. Yes, you could buy a nice PC for less than the price of this curved, 49-inch beast – although you may have good reasons to buy it smaller, flatter Odyssey screens.
As you might have guessed, the use of mini-LEDs gives very high contrast ratios for the LCD monitor. Samsung claims a black level of only 0.0004. However, you also get extremely bright HDR thanks to a maximum brightness of 2,000 nits, which makes many TVs look muted in comparison. Customizable lighting effects help add flash.
You should also see the same resolution of 5,120 x 1,440, a refresh rate of 240Hz and a response time of 1ms pixels last year’s Odyssey G9, not to mention a connection that includes two HDMI ports, a DisplayPort and a pair of USB 3.0 connections.
You clearly get features that are hard to match. However, it’s also obvious that Samsung is targeting a fairly narrow audience – the Neo G9 is aimed at players with incentives who want a more impressive non-VR experience. This could easily come in handy if you’re in that demographic category, but creative professionals (and anyone with a budget) will probably want to look elsewhere.
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