The Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 evokes emotions

When Samsung product developers asked what features the Neo G9 should have, the CEO probably simply replied, “Yes.” The monitor’s flagship came out. Unfortunately, he is still not perfect.

Wow not only accounts for about half of all Owen Wilson’s subtitles, but also describes Samsung’s Odyssey Neo G9 quite well. It was also my first reaction when the huge package finally stood in front of me after several months of internal strife between reason and madness. While the neighbors were still asking me if we could get a new fridge, I was already laughing from ear to ear. And that’s what sets Samsung’s Neo G9 apart across the board: it evokes emotion. And all of them.

What my twelve year old TV has over every screen



What my twelve year old TV has over every screen

Everything your heart desires (and more)

First the basics: The Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 aims to be the ultimate gaming screen. In return, Samsung gives it practically absolutely everything that is possible at the moment. It starts with the dimensions: 49-inch screen diagonal with a 1000R curvature of 5,120 x 1,440 pixels in a 32: 9 ratio. Exactly two 24-inch QHD monitors without an annoying bar in the middle.

Thanks to AMD FreeSync Premium Pro and G-Sync and an update speed of 240Hz, the hack should only be a weak memory from days gone by. In practice, however, this is not always the case. However, this is due to the smaller screen than the countless graphics settings that need to be coordinated. The computer’s performance also plays a role, after all, a total of 7,372,800 pixels – that is equivalent to almost 4K level (8,294,400 pixels). On the back there are two HDMI 2.1 ports, a monitor port 1.4, two USB 2.0 ports, a USB 3.0 port and a jack for your headset.

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Gaming PC, work laptop and console can be connected at the same time. Two of them in parallel in Picture by picture– or Picture in picturemode can run. This can be done in either a 1: 1 or 2/3 to 1/3 ratio and can be easily changed with just a few button presses on the screen. But as soon as it is activated, it is with 240 Hertz, because then only 120 Hz is possible – HDR is also omitted.

Light and shadow – in the truest sense of the word

So far so good. However, the range of features does not justify the exorbitant price of just over two thousand euros. The highlight of the Neo G9 is not its insane size, its extraordinary curvature or its fast 240Hz refresh rate. No, the real selling point is above all the mini-LED backlight including HDR 2000. Yes, you read that right, 2000! With this, Samsung prominently advertises for this screen that becomes Goliath on all sides.

However, we also come to the topic that casts its great shadow over this screen: Manufacturer Samsung. It starts with the fact that HDR 2000 is not an official certification, but a certification created by Samsung, which indicates the maximum brightness that can be achieved. This is actually possible, but only briefly and not in practical use, but only with demo images.

However, Samsung could have done without the somewhat misleading advertising, because – as much as you can say – the brightness is not the problem with the Neo G9. The problems relate to two points that only Samsung can write on its tie: Software and panel lottery. If you buy the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 or the predecessor Odyssey G9, you have one at the same time Come on received and must fear.

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