Samsung goes flat with 2021 Odyssey gaming monitors, lineup includes new 4K 120Hz model designed for PS5, XBSX
Samsung has rolled out three new gaming monitors under its Odyssey gaming brand. Until now, all but one of Samsung’s Odyssey gaming monitors have featured a 1000R curve, which is the most sharply curved panel you can currently buy. The 2021 Odyssey monitors have dropped the curve in favor of a traditional flat panel approach but don’t appear to supersede the previous range, but rather, sit alongside them.
The headlining model is the new 28-inch Odyssey G7 (G28AG70) which Samsung is clearly targeting at owners of either the Sony PS5 or Microsoft Xbox Series X game consoles. It is among the few new 4K monitors on the market to support HDMI 2.1 which means that it can support native 4K resolutions at 120 Hz -- in fact, it can stretch its legs even further to 144 Hz when connected to a PC over a DisplayPort cable. It also supports AMD FreesSync Premium Pro and Nvidia G-Sync, uses IPS technology, offers a fast 1 ms response time and comes with an HDR 400 rating.
The next model down the rung is the new 27-inch Odyssey G5 (G27AG50). It is also an IPS panel and has a 1 ms response time but actually ramps up the refresh rate to 165 Hz over DisplayPort. However, rather than a 4K resolution, it is specified at 1440p resolution (2560 x 1440). While it supports AMD FreeSync Premium, it drops the Pro support of its larger stablemate. It does, however, support Nvidia G-Sync. Bright reaches up to 350 nits which is good enough for it to warrant an HDR10 rating.
The most affordable of the new models is the new 24-inch Odyssey G3 (G24AG30). Where the other two models utilize IPS technology, this model relies on the same VA technology found in most of the curved Odyssey range. That said, it still offers viewing angles up to 178-degrees. It still has plenty of other features including support for up to 144 Hz over DisplayPort along with support for AMD FreeSync Premium, but forgoes support for Nvidia G-Sync. It also comes in a 27-inch option but both panels are limited to a 1080p resolution (1920 x 1080).
Pricing and availability details are yet to be published.