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Samsung Notebook Odyssey Z brings vapor chamber cooling to a 17.9 mm thick design

Samsung Notebook Odyssey Z brings vapor chamber cooling in a 17.9 mm thick design (Image source: Own)
Samsung Notebook Odyssey Z brings vapor chamber cooling in a 17.9 mm thick design (Image source: Own)
Samsung's lesser-known Odyssey gaming series is getting an overhaul. The completely new design is aiming at the thin-and-light market with its unique outer lid, keyboard design, and vapor chamber cooler to stand out from the crowd. The system will be available later this month in South Korea.

Just when Asus decided to move its Zephyrus keyboard back to the "regular" position, Samsung swoops in and brings the keyboard back down to the front yet again. The Odyssey Z is the latest in the gaming-centric Odyssey lineup and it's definitely a head-turner in more ways than one as Samsung's attempt to distinguish itself from the competition has created interesting results.

For one, the Odyssey Z aims to compete directly against super-thin gaming systems like the MSI GS series or the Razer Blade series. In order to reach such a thin design, however, Samsung has repositioned the keyboard in order to make room for a larger cooling solution towards the rear. The result is a repeat of the Zephyrus with an awkward trackpad and lightweight keyboard keys that will feel odd to first-time users.

In terms of cooling, the Odyssey Z utilizes a vapor chamber instead of traditional heat pipes similar to many high-end desktop graphics cards and the Razer Blade Pro GTX 1080. The improved cooling potential comes at the cost of weight as the Samsung is 500 g heavier (2.4 kg vs. 1.9 kg) than the competing MSI GS63VR.

 

Samsung Notebook Odyssey Z

PROCESSOR

8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 Processor

MEMORY

Up to 16GB (DDR4)

STORAGE

Up to 1TB SSD (NVMe PCIe)

GRAPHICS

NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 Graphics with GDDR5 6 GB Graphic Memory

POWER

54Wh

WEIGHT

2.4kg

COLOR

Titan Silver

DIMENSION

375.6 x 255 x 17.9 mm

PORTS

USB-C x 1, USB 3.0 X 2, USB 2.0 X 1, HDMI X1, HP/Mic, DC-in

DISPLAY

15.6” | Full HD (1920 x 1080)

CAMERA

720p

SPEAKER

1.5w X 2

KEYBOARD

Backlit KBD, Precision Touchpad

ADAPTER

180W Adapter (DC-in)


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From our short time with a pre-production unit, the keyboard keys feel a bit firmer than on the Zephyrus GX501 and the fans were not audible at all. The base is similarly firm like the Asus equivalent and also quite dense, but the lid is again more flexible than we would like. We'll reserve final judgment for a more thorough review in the coming months. As odd as it may be, its unique thermals and design philosophy have us more intrigued than its 8th gen Core i7-8750H CPU and standard GTX 1060 graphics.

The Titan Silver chassis is otherwise matte from top to bottom save for its uniquely brushed aluminum outer lid. Gamers will either love or hate Samsung's approach here, but we can at least appreciate the fact that the manufacturer is trying something very different.

The Odyssey Z launches this month in Asian territories with a planned Q3 2018 launch for North America.

(Source: Samsung)
(Source: Samsung)
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Allen Ngo, 2018-04- 3 (Update: 2018-04- 3)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.