Samsung Odyssey G3, Odyssey G5, Odyssey G7 Gaming Monitors With 178 Degrees Viewing Angle Launched
Samsung Odyssey G3, Samsung Odyssey G5, and Samsung Odyssey G7 gaming monitors have been unveiled. Samsung Odyssey G3 comes in 24-inch and 27-inch display size, Samsung Odyssey G5 comes with a 27-inch display, and Samsung Odyssey G7 comes with a 28-inch display. Samsung claims that the new gaming monitors deliver “hyper-real picture quality, a higher response level, tailored ergonomics, and intuitive usability.” The Odyssey G5 and G7 come with Nvidia G-Sync compatibility and all three gaming monitors are compatible with AMD FreeSync Premium.
The South Korean tech giant announced its three new gaming monitors — Samsung Odyssey G3, Samsung Odyssey G5, and Samsung Odyssey G7 — will start selling globally starting today, June 21.
Samsung Odyssey G7 specifications
Let’s start with the biggest monitor from the lineup, Samsung Odyssey G7. Samsung has given it a 28-inch 4K UHD (3,840×2,160 pixels) display with 178-degrees viewing angle, HDR400 support, 144Hz refresh rate, and 1ms response time. It is also compatible with Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync Premium Pro for real world accuracy. Samsung Odyssey G7 also features HDMI 2.1 compatibility that can help it connect with next-gen gaming consoles with 4K 120Hz support. Other connectivity options include a Display Port 1.4 and a USB 3.0 port. The Odyssey G7 features height-adjustable stand that can tilt, swivel, and pivot the monitor.
Samsung Odyssey G5 specifications
Samsung Odyssey G5 is offered with a 27-inch QHD (2,560×1,440 pixels) display with 178 degrees viewing angle, 165Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time, and HDR10 support. It is also offered with Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync Premium compatibility for high graphic performance. Samsung has given the Odyssey G5 a height-adjustable stand that can tilt, swivel, and pivot the monitor as per the user’s preferences. Connectivity options include a Display Port 1.2 and HDMI 2.0.
Samsung Odyssey G3 specifications
Samsung is offering the Odyssey G3 in two display sizes — 24-inch and 27-inch. The gaming monitor offers 178 degrees viewing angle, 144Hz refresh rate, a full-HD (1,920×1,080 pixels) display, and 1ms response time. However, the Odyssey G3 only comes with AMD FreeSync Premium, unlike the other models in the range. It also comes with a height-adjustable stand. Connectivity options on the Odyssey G3 include a display port 1.2 and HDMI 1.4.
The Odyssey G5 and Odyssey G7 also feature picture-by-picture (PBP) and picture-in-picture (PIP) with flexible customisation for better multitasking. Samsung has also added an Auto Source Switch+ feature that lets users shift between sources to instantly recognise and switch to the active input.
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Samsung Odyssey G5 LC27G55T Monitor Review
The Samsung Odyssey G5 LC27G55T is a good budget gaming monitor with a 1440p resolution. It's better suited for a dark to moderately-lit room, as it has a high contrast ratio to produce deep blacks but doesn't get bright enough to overcome intense glare. It has a quick response time, high refresh rate, and low input lag, resulting in a smooth and responsive gaming experience. On top of that, it has FreeSync support and G-SYNC compatibility. Unfortunately, it has sub-par viewing angles and terrible ergonomics, so it isn't the best choice for co-op gaming or sharing content. Also, even though it supports HDR, it has a low peak brightness and can't display a wide color gamut.
Overall, the Samsung Odyssey G5 is okay. It performs well enough to satisfy most gamers thanks to its quick response time, high refresh rate, and variable refresh rate support. However, it can't display a wide color gamut and doesn't get very bright, resulting in a mediocre HDR experience. Its large screen and high resolution are great for productivity, but it has terrible ergonomics and sub-par viewing angles, making it hard to adjust the monitor to your ideal viewing position or share your work with others.
- Good reflection handling.
- Great resolution and size.
The Samsung Odyssey G5 is mediocre for office use. It has a high resolution and a large screen with plenty of space for multitasking. It has good reflection handling, but it might not be able to overcome intense glare, especially if there's sunlight. Ergonomics are terrible because it only allows for tilt adjustment, and its VA panel's narrow viewing angles aren't ideal for sharing work with coworkers.
- Good reflection handling.
- Great resolution and size.
The Samsung Odyssey G5 is a good gaming monitor. It has a large screen and high resolution, great for playing atmospheric games like RPGs. Motion handling is good, as it has a high refresh rate and quick response time to make fast motion look clear and buttery smooth. Its input lag is exceptionally low, and it supports variable refresh rate technology to reduce screen tearing. Sadly, it has terrible ergonomics and sub-par viewing angles, so it isn't the best option for co-op gaming.
- Great resolution and size.
The Samsung Odyssey G5 is okay for media consumption. It isn't the best choice for sharing content on the screen with others due to its narrow viewing angles and terrible ergonomics. However, it delivers good picture quality and has a large screen. It has a good contrast ratio that allows it to produce deep blacks, but there's a lot of backlight bleed. That said, uniformity can vary between units, so your experience might be different.
- Good reflection handling.
- Great resolution and size.
The Samsung Odyssey G5 is okay for media creation. It has a large screen and high resolution, allowing you to work comfortably with multiple windows opened side-by-side. It has a great SDR color gamut with excellent coverage of the sRGB color space, and its gradient handling is superb. Unfortunately, it has terrible ergonomics and narrow viewing angles, which isn't ideal for sharing your screen with others.
- Good reflection handling.
- Great resolution and size.
The Samsung Odyssey G5 is mediocre for gaming in HDR. It can deliver a pretty good gaming experience due to its fast response time, low input lag, and 144Hz refresh. However, HDR content doesn't look much different from SDR because it can't display a wide color gamut and doesn't get bright enough to make highlights pop.
- Great resolution and size.
- Can't display a wide color gamut.
- 6.8Mixed Usage
- 6.7Media Creation
- 6.3HDR Gaming
- Updated Nov 12, 2020: Review published.
- Updated Nov 05, 2020: Early access published.
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The Samsung C32G55T/C27G55T is a more affordable variant of the Samsung G7 series, with slower response time, lower refresh rate, less saturated colors and no proper HDR support.
It does offer a decent viewing and gaming experience for the price, especially if you prefer the steep 1000R screen curvature.
Do you like the design and aggressive screen curvature of the G7 but can’t afford it? Then look no further, Samsung’s Odyssey G5 series is a stripped-down version of the popular Odyssey G7 line-up.
The Samsung C32G55T features a 31.5″ sized screen with a 2560×1440 Quad HD resolution, which results in a decent pixel density of 93 PPI (pixels per inch).
Simply put, you get the same amount of screen real estate and detail clarity as you would on a 24″ 1920×1080 monitor, but on a much larger screen. Further, because the screen is bigger, you can sit a bit further from it, making individual pixels less distinguishable from one another.
Moreover, another advantage of 1440p is that it’s significantly less demanding than 4K UHD, allowing you to enjoy higher frame rates with a decent gaming graphics card.
As if that’s not enough, the monitor has a high 2,500:1 static contrast ratio, which results in deep and inky blacks. On top of that, there’s no IPS glow, so you’ll be able to enjoy vivid details in shadows and dark scenes, especially if the monitor is in a dark room.
The peak brightness is minimal at only 250-nits. Under normal viewing conditions, this will be plenty, and you’ll even want to reduce the brightness down from the maximum. If your room has a lot of direct sunlight though, you will need to throw in some curtains or blinders for the optimal viewing experience.
Next, the Samsung Odyssey C32G55T supports 8-bit color depth for 16.7 million colors and it covers ~100% of the standard sRGB color space. Unlike many VA gaming monitors, there’s no wide color gamut support.
So what does that mean for you? Colors will be less vibrant and saturated, but more accurate when watching sRGB content, which includes most video games and web content. In fact, a lot of people prefer accurate sRGB color representation to over-saturated colors.
Ideally, you would have an option to choose between the two, but many wide gamut monitors don’t have a proper sRGB mode.
Lastly, HDR (High Dynamic Range) is supported, but due to the lack of local dimming, high brightness, and wide color gamut, you’re not getting a noteworthy HDR viewing experience.
The Samsung C32G55T has a very low input lag of ~4ms, so you won’t be able to notice any delays between your actions and the result on the screen.
However, its performance is not entirely spotless.
Probably the biggest letdown of the Samsung G5 is the pixel response time speed performance, as it’s not as fast as the G7. Some ghosting, especially in darker scenes, is visible behind fast-moving objects. So, we don’t recommend the Samsung C32G55T for competitive FPS players.
Even so, if you’re not sensitive to ghosting and just play fast-paced games casually, the response time speed won’t be an issue for most users.
There are three overdrive modes: Standard, Faster, and Fastest — plus the backlight strobing mode: Fastest (MBR). The standard mode doesn’t push the pixels to transition fast enough while the Fastest mode pushes them too hard, thus creating pixel overshoot.
Luckily, the Faster mode will eliminate most of ghosting without introducing overshoot. The Fastest (MBR) mode offers the clearest motion clarity, but it sacrifices picture brightness in the process, and it cannot be active at the same time as FreeSync, only at fixed 144Hz.
FreeSync is supported with a 48-144Hz variable refresh rate (VRR) range over HDMI for compatible AMD cards and over DisplayPort for both AMD and NVIDIA graphics cards. VRR synchronizes the monitor’s refresh rate with GPU’s frame rates in order to eliminate screen tearing and stuttering with imperceptible input lag penalty.
Unfortunately, as it’s the case with most VA panels, some units of the Samsung C32G55T monitors are affected by the FreeSync brightness flickering issue.
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This issue even plagues some units of the significantly more expensive G7 models, despite their official ‘G-SYNC Compatible’ certification by NVIDIA.
Now, the OSD (On-Screen Display) menu of the monitor is user-friendly and easy to work with thanks to the directional joystick placed beneath the bottom bezel of the screen.
Also, other noteworthy gaming features include Virtual Aim Point (custom crosshairs), pre-calibrated picture presets (FPS, RTS, RPG, etc.) and Black Equalizer (improves visibility in darker scenes).
The backlight of the monitor is flicker-free and there’s an integrated low-blue light filter (Eye Saver Mode).
Other settings in the OSD menu include the standard image adjustment tools such as brightness, contrast, sharpness, etc.
In case you’re wondering: what is G5’s key selling point? The main feature of the Samsung Odyssey G5 monitors is the steep 1000R curvature. However, while some people will absolutely love it, others might despise it. Generally, it just takes some time to get used to it.
There are similar 32″ 1440p 144Hz curved gaming monitors with less aggressive screen curvature, such as the Gigabyte G32QC (1500R), the AOC CQ32G1 (1800R) and there are even flat-screen models, such as the LG 32GN650.
Design & Connectivity
The stand of the Samsung C32G55T monitor is sturdy and sleek, but the stand is tilt-only by -2°/18° and there’s no RGB lighting. The screen is 75x75mm VESA mount compatible though.
Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 2.0, a headphone jack and a USB port for service.
Price & Similar Monitors
The Samsung C32G55T goes for ~ $350 – $380. We only recommend it if you really want a display with such steep curvature.
Otherwise, you can get a similar gaming monitor with a more subtle curvature for ~$320.
The Samsung C32G5 is also available as a 27″ sized model, the Samsung C27G55T, for ~$300, and the verdict is the same; there are similar but cheaper 27″ 1440p 144Hz models available, so go with the Samsung Odyssey C27G55T only if you personally find the steeper curvature worth the extra cost.
Visit our comprehensive and always up-to-date gaming monitor buyer’s guide for more options and information.
What’s the bottom line? The Samsung Odyssey G7 set a high bar for pixel response time performance regarding VA monitors, which leaves a somewhat bad taste after reviewing the G5 series.
We’re really looking forward to affordable high refresh rate VA gaming monitors with fast response time. Ideally in both flat-screen and curved-form factors. Until then, the Samsung C32G5 and the Samsung C27G5 are good options for those who like the aggressively curved design, but can’t afford the high-end G7 models.
|Aspect Ratio||16:9 (Widescreen)|
|Response Time (GtG)||Not specified|
|Response Time (MBR)||1ms (MPRT)|
|Ports||DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 2.0|
|Other Ports||Headphone Jack|
|Contrast Ratio||2500:1 (static)|
|Colors||16.7 million (true 8-bit)|
- High contrast ratio
- Plenty of features including FreeSync and MBR up to 144Hz
- Tilt-only stand
- Minor ghosting in fast-paced games, mainly in darker scenes
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Rob is a software engineer with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver. He now works full-time managing DisplayNinja while coding his own projects on the side.
Samsung Odyssey G5 (LC27G55T) Review – Affordable 144Hz 1440p Curved Gaming Monitor8 min read
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The Samsung Odyssey G5, specifically the LC27G55T, is the most affordable Odyssey monitor currently available in the market. It aims to provide quality performance without asking for a lot of money, offering the same 1000r VA screen of its G7 counterpart minus the niceties. Let’s see if the Samsung Odyssey G5 is worth your money even if it doesn’t offer the extras which made the Odyssey monitors so attractive.
Samsung Odyssey G5 (LC27G55T) Specifications
- Screen Size: 27 Inches
- Resolution: 2560 x 1440 WQHD
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Panel Technology: Vertical Alignment (VA)
- Refresh Rate: 144Hz
- Response Time: 1ms MPRT
- Contrast Ratio: 2500:1
- Brightness: 250 cd/m²
- Built-in Speakers: No
- Stand: Height – No
- Stand: Tilt – Yes
- Stand: Swivel – No
- Stand: Pivot – No
- VESA Compatibility: (Yes 75 x 75)
- Connectivity: DisplayPort 1.2 x 1, HDMI 2.0 x 1, USB 2.0 x 1, 3.5mm x 1
- Dimensions With Stand(WxHxD): 24.3″ x 18.8″ x 10.7″
- Weight: 9.9 lbs
Design and Features
The Samsung Odyssey G5 looks identical to its G7 upperclassman, but it is noticeably lacking a few extra features. The monitor has a carbon fiber-like texture on its shell, and it’s mostly finished in matte black which is easier to maintain. The display isn’t bezel-free, but the thin borders sit almost flush against the outer layer.
This model is also slightly smaller and lighter than the G7 variant since it doesn’t have the same stand. However, it is still chunky from the side since it has a 1000r curve which is considerably deeper than all the other curved monitor options in the market. The base takes up more space than what’s necessary, but it gives the slightly larger monitor more footing.
The Samsung Odyssey G5 is also made mostly of plastic, but it feels solid and reliable overall while wobbling is minimal. There are no cosmetic defects on the monitor and its plastic panels don’t feel thinner compared to its premium siblings. The only weakness in this aspect is the hinge on the stand which isn’t firm enough to hold the monitor permanently when it is angled downward.
The Samsung Odyssey G5 is controlled by a single joystick with a small indicator LED just under the Samsung name on the bottom bezel. The brand has been doing this for most of their monitors, so most of the monitors are easier to use, especially in the budget categories. The joystick also doubles as the power button, but it’s not easy to mistakenly power down the screen due to the menu’s layout.
One of the main weaknesses of the Samsung Odyssey G5 is it only offers tilt for ergonomics, so you have to exactly center it to your seat to get the most out of the curved screen. Thankfully, it has VESA bolt holes, unlike the C27RG50 which is excellent for gaming, but severely limited in this regard. You can use a VESA mount, but the high placement means that the center of gravity is off so it can tilt down if the arm isn’t tightened properly.
It is also worth noting that the Samsung Odyssey G5 doesn’t have the Infinity core Lighting feature of the G7 and G9 monitors. That’s fine since having LEDs means that the price is higher, but they are useful if you want to set a theme or bias lighting for your setup.
The Samsung Odyssey G5 only has DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 2.0 for video input, along with a single USB 2.0 slot for service such as updating the firmware. That’s all you will need for a PC and another platform like a gaming console, but we would have loved to see more ports such as usable USB connectors. There is also a 3.5mm jack for headphones, but we know most have USB headsets or would rather use the motherboard’s I/O instead.
The Samsung Odyssey G5 doesn’t have speakers, but that’s ok since its immersive aspect is amplified by using a good pair of cans. Most of the monitor’s intended audience will opt for the latter or speakers since they will be able to provide the oomph necessary for entertainment. A built-in pair would enhance the value per dollar, but it’s hard to argue here since the product already quite affordable for a 1440p variant.
Display and Performance
The Samsung Odyssey G5 sports a 27-inch curved VA panel with a 2560 x 1440 resolution, a 144Hz refresh rate, and a boosted 1ms response time. The backlight on this model is limited to 250 cd/m2 while its contrast is listed at 2500:1. The G5 monitor doesn’t have an effective HDR implementation, but it supports HDR inputs and translates it as best it could.
The 2560 x 1440 resolution and a 27-inch screen is a match made in heaven due to its perfect balance between sharpness and visibility. Reading walls of text doesn’t become a chore, but you do get a nice bump in virtual space and crispness which will enhance games and editing work. It will need more GPU horsepower, but it isn’t difficult to push 144Hz nowadays since the newer cards have become quite powerful.
The Samsung Odyssey G5 only goes up to 99% sRGB coverage which is decent for a gaming display, but underwhelming compared to the other Odyssey models. Color accuracy out of the box is decent since the DeltaE average sits at 2.89. It isn’t perfect for editing or creative use, but gamers will be hard-pressed to notice the errors.
Calibrating the Samsung Odyssey G5 is beneficial since you can lower the dE average to 1.16 which is considerably better. However, we don’t think paying for a colorimeter is worth it since the screen looks great even if you only apply a few tweaks. The gadget is only advisable if you are designing or creating content but buying a higher-tiered model specific for that use is a better path.
The Samsung Odyssey G5 punches through its brightness rating, reaching as much as 280 cd/m2 at 100% backlight. The contrast ratio at 60% brightness reached as much as 2950:1, but it’s still insufficient in producing an appreciable HDR experience. We also noticed that the screen looks dim when it is subjected to glare, so you need to close your blinds or curtains if you are gaming during the day.
Panel uniformity for the Samsung Odyssey G5 isn’t so great since there are some backlight leaks at the top and bottom edges of the screen. it affects the screen’s black uniformity since it adds clouding to the adjacent quadrants. It is not as noticeable when the screen is in full color and it varies between every unit due to tolerances.
The Samsung Odyssey G5’s pixel response time is decent at 144Hz and if your framerate can max it out. The trails are minimal at best as long as the monitor’s overdrive feature is set to its Faster setting and if your graphics settings are optimized to reach 120Hz or higher. We don’t recommend the Fastest level since it induces overshoot which is counterproductive in this aspect.
The Samsung Odyssey G5 is a FreeSync gaming monitor, but it’s also compatible with Nvidia’s G-Sync even if it’s not certified. You have to use DisplayPort for the latter, but that’s typical for PC users nowadays. Input lag sits at 5ms at 144Hz, so there is no need to worry about de-synced instances or delays.
Thoughts on the Samsung Odyssey G5
The Samsung Odyssey G5 is an excellent gaming monitor if you consider that it’s only $300 even if it has a 1440p resolution. Its image quality and gaming performance are great, but you lose out on some creature comforts and valuable extras the G7 variants and its more expensive competitors offer. It’s FreeSync and G-Sync compatible, so its value extends a bit more since you don’t have to change monitors if you swap GPU brands.
However, there are some design flaws and limitations that you have to consider first before pulling the trigger. One example is the monitor’s center of gravity when mounted, which will be a deal-breaker if the monitor arm you use cannot hold it up. These are minor factors and can be easily solved, so it is still a great buy if you are after a good quality screen that will not break the bank.
- Reasonable Color Performance for a Budget Monitor
- 144Hz 1440p for $300!
- Good Pixel Response Time
- FreeSync/G-Sync Compatible
- Limited Stand and Brightness
- Low Center of Gravity When Mounted
- Tilt-Limited Stand
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About the Author:
Paolo is a gaming veteran since the golden days of Doom and Warcraft and has been building gaming systems for family, friends, and colleagues since his junior high years. High-performance monitors are one of his fixations and he believes that it’s every citizen’s right to enjoy one. He has gone through several pieces of hardware in pursuit of every bit of performance gain, much to the dismay of his wallet. He now works with Monitornerds to scrutinize the latest gear to create reviews that accentuate the seldom explained aspects of a PC monitor.
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