In this Samsung Odyssey G7 review, we are going to take a look at the features and specifications of this monitor that is a part of Samsung’s 2020 Odyssey gaming lineup.
Whenever you look at a high refresh rate monitor, you think you will have to give up on various features. You might wonder you will have to compensate on resolution, screen display, and panel. Surprisingly, that’s not the case with this monitor by Samsung.
The Odyssey G7 boasts a whopping 240Hz on a 1440p VA panel that measures 32 inches. Consider this as the tip of the iceberg, as Samsung has pushed the boundary with this monitor.
It’s all about the extreme with Samsung’s G7, which includes its unique V-shaped stand. Due to the size of the monitor, it might be a bit shaky if you aggressively press on the keyboard, but the screen remains firm in the overall usage. You can even twist this monitor up to 90 degrees to convert the screen into portrait mode. One of the defining features of this monitor is its impressive 1000R screen curvature.
SAMSUNG Odyssey G7 Specifications
As far as size is concerned, Samsung Odyssey G7 is fairly a large-sized monitor. It has a diagonal measurement of 31.5 inches and its stand has a depth of 30cm. You can also get the 27 inches version of this monitor if you have a small working space. Other than the size, its 27-inch counterpart comes with the same resolution and features.
Despite the large screen size, it might be a relief for you that it is not a 4K display screen. With a lower resolution of 2560×1440, you can enjoy smooth gameplay without any glitches. Also, you would not have to invest in a high-end GPU to cater to the high frame rates of the monitor.
One of the best things about this monitor is that it is HDR 600 certified. This means that it can reach a peak brightness of 600 nits if you use it for HDR visuals. While the peak brightness might not be high enough when compared with a high-quality HDR TV, it is something impressive in a gaming monitor.
With a standard brightness of 407 nits and a contrast ratio of 2035:1, Odyssey G7 boasts a display that is far better than any IPS display panel out there. The gradient handling and vibrancy of this monitory are out of this world, and there are few that compete with it in this price range.
G7 has a Delta E color accuracy of 2.68 and a color temperature of 6587K, which is perfect for a gaming environment. With a diverse color gamut, the Odyssey can perform well in a diverse range of color spaces. Surprisingly, the monitor can retain this display quality benchmark even if you switch to conventional display settings.
If you are a gaming enthusiast, then there is a minor caveat for you: high-speed ghosting and halo effects. These display irregularities might not be a big deal for you if you are not a competitive gamer.
As far as design is concerned, the Samsung Odyssey G7 monitor is a great display device. After unboxing the product, you will first have to attach the triangular base with the neck of the stand. Once you are done with it, you would need to attach the top part of the stand with the back of the monitor.
Get ready to witness an absolute behemoth of a display when you take the monitor out of the box. While it is a considerably large display, it is not as big as the Odyssey Neo G9 which is about two times wider. Nevertheless, you will have to make some room for this monitor because of its large Y-shaped stand. With a weight of 18.1 pounds, you would be able to easily lift it.
Unlike the G3 product line, the Odyessy G7 monitors have an impressive build quality. The plastic panel is rigid enough to stand firmly, as long as you handle it with care. The monitor stands firm on your desk without any wobbling, so you can play online games conveniently.
This monitor includes impressive RGB LED lights located on its rear side and the bottom bezel. With CoreSync technology, the monitor can adjust the screen colors to take the strain off your eyes. While this is a handy feature, it might not work for every user because some people don’t like colorful lighting.
There is no denying the fact that Odyssey G7 devices provide seamless VA displays that are the best in the market. With a 240Hz refresh rate, you get to enjoy distortion-free motion handling. Additionally, it only has an input lag of 2m, you don’t experience any delays during gameplay.
While you might experience occasional blurry images on this VA panel, it mostly handles fast-paced games well. You can tweak the monitor’s response time up to three degrees: Standard, Faster, and Fastest as well as the ‘Fastest (MBR)’ mode. The last overdrive enables backlight strobing for enhanced motion handling but you would have to give up on the brightness levels.
It is better to stick to either the Faster or Fastest overdrive option. Even though you will experience a smoother picture motion in the “Fastest” setting but it will result in a higher pixel overshoot. Similarly, you can also use the Fastest (MBR) for the optimum response time without paying too much attention to the brightness. Make sure to remember that you cannot run MBR and FreeSync at the same time.
Samsung’s monitor has the option of variable refresh rate (VRR) and is compatible with AMD FreeSyncand NVIDIA G-SYNC technologies. You will have higher VRR range variations in NVidia cards compared to AMD cards.
If your frame rate is higher than the VRR range, then you can expect to have a smooth display, as your monitor keeps on updating the refresh rate in relation to your FPS. The GPU will switch to Low Framerate Compensation as soon as your FPS shrinks below the VRR range.
To avoid any brightness errors associated with VRR, you would have to install 1009.3 firmware. While this firmware reduces the odds of getting brightness oscillations, you might experience frequent screen stuttering. As a gamer, you might not be able to tolerate this sudden micro stuttering issue.
To give the users a complete product understanding, we explained all the basics in this Samsung Odyssey G7 review. As the Odyssey G7 is an upgrade to the Samsung C32HG70, it has a much better display and UI experience. Even though its installation can be troublesome, you will only have to do it once.
The Samsung Odyssey G7 boasts a much better display than its other counterparts in the Odyssey product line. Based on a VA panel, it has no major flickering issues or pixel inversion errors. It’s a solid monitor that promises uninterrupted gaming sessions on a large display.
Furthermore, offers crips visuals to gaming fans with excellent HDR picture quality. As long as you are not into competitive gaming, this monitor is going to deliver amazing results for everyday use.