After launching a wacky vertical monitor, Samsung is back with something a bit more traditional. Well, it’s still a bit weird—the new Odyssey OLED G8 seems to pack in every feature imaginable, including an advanced QD-OLED panel, rear lighting that matches on-screen content, and built-in smart TV software.
The headlining feature, of course, is Samsung’s QD-OLED display. It uses a 34-inch 21:9 panel with Quantum Dot technology, which ensures the benefits of OLED (deep blacks, great colors, a speedy response time) with a higher maximum brightness and reduced burn-in risk.
Along with a QHD (3,440 x 1,440) resolution and 175Hz refresh rate, the Odyssey OLED G8 packs a DCI-99.3% color gamut and a million-to-one contrast ratio. It’s VESA DisplayHDR 400 True Black Certified and offers AMD FreeSync Premium for tear-free gameplay.
The rear of this monitor is also pretty impressive. An LED strip matches on-screen content for colorful, immersive bias lighting. But the port selection is kind of strange; there’s USB-C video input, of course, but Samsung also includes Micro HDMI and Mini DisplayPort inputs.
Additionally, this monitor features Samsung Smart Hub integration. It’s a weird name for a pretty straightforward feature—basically, the Odyssey G8 OLED doubles as a smart TV with streaming apps, cloud gaming apps, and SmartThings controls. It also comes with a TV remote. You can disable this feature if you don’t want to use it.
Samsung launched the Odyssey G8 OLED on February 6th, 2023. It costs a whopping $1,500. In the grand scheme of things, this is actually a pretty reasonable price for a Samsung Odyssey monitor, as other models cost well over $2,000.
Samsung Odyssey OLED G8 Gaming Monitor
The Samsung Odyssey OLED G8 gaming monitor offers a 34-inch QD-OLED panel with a QHD resolution, 175Hz refresh rate, and .03ms response time. It also features a rear bias light that matches onscreen content.