Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 Gaming Monitor Review
Samsung Odyssey neo g8 monitor is perfect for me. As mentioned, 32 inches is the perfect size for a monitor. I have tried using my 55-inch TCL r646 as a monitor, which worked okay, but I feel like 32 inches is the Goldilocks size. 27 inches feels a bit too small for my liking. I have my wireless mouse dongle and webcam hooked up to the USB hub on the monitor, making it the perfect solution for work and productivity.
It's good that Odyssey neo g8 monitor isn't just used for gaming, considering its price. The curved display helps with productivity and editing, making the overall package an A+ for me. However, to reclaim some desk space, I would still want a hefty monitor arm. If you have a super deep desk or don't mind the size, this should not be an issue.
So, I finally decided to get a 4K monitor for my desk setup. I’ve had an amazing experience with my TCL r646 and LG C2 OLED TVs, but those are TVs. Not that I haven’t tried to use one of those as a monitor, but I really wanted to bring 4K back into my desk setup that’s a little more reasonable. I did try the Endzone M9 monitor from Sony not so long ago, but I didn’t end up keeping that for a couple of reasons, which I did go over in that article. But I’ve decided to try what looks like its bigger in looks, the Samsung Odyssey Neo G8. This also marks my first 4K curved monitor experience as well, and with HDR, a whopping 240Hz refresh rate, and a whole lot for your gaming experience, there’s a lot to unpack here. The thing is, it isn’t perfect, but either way, welcome to my Samsung Neo G8 review.
Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 32-Inch Gaming Monitor
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Inside the box, you’ve got the monitor itself, which is a lot thicker and heavier than I thought it’d be. I’m not sure if that’s a good or bad sign, but there’s also a power brick alongside a DisplayPort cable, as well as a USB A-to-B cable for the USB hub functionality. What’s missing, though, is an HDMI cable. Unfortunately, I feel like that should be included for a monitor of this price point. The stand itself is also super chunky but solid. I had no idea what this black metal thing is, but soon realized it’s an adapter for if you do want a base mount for this monitor. And lastly, there’s the big-ass stand, which rounds up this monitor to be super large and super thick. And as mentioned, Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 monitor is super heavy. So, if you’re planning on using a VESA mount, make sure it can hold up to 25 pounds for the weight and cables.
In terms of inputs, you do have two USB-A ports for hub usage, as well as DisplayPort and two HDMI 2.1 ports which is perfect for the new generation of consoles. For my setup, unfortunately, I didn’t have a monitor arm that could hold the weight of this, so I could not vase and mount it. That’s why I didn’t have it in my last video’s desk setup. I ended up deciding to test this with my PC setup in my office and still pair with my PlayStation 5.
There’s just so much to love here about the design and build of this monitor. It truly is a premium build product. Aesthetically, it’s the next best thing after the end zone line to match your PlayStation 5 if you do care about that. But the front end is all black, which lets it fit into just about any setup.
The display itself does have a 1000 R curve, which is actually the most curved display I think I’ve used. I didn’t think I’d actually like this as it isn’t an ultra one, but I did end up enjoying it especially while gaming. As a 32-inch panel, I think this is the smallest I’d ever go as well for a 4k monitor. After getting used to this, it’s a little bit weird going back to my Apple Studio display for Creative work, which is only 27 inches.
One glaring thing I despise though after using Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 for a bit is actually the overall size, particularly the stand. For me, it is a bit of an issue when PC gaming since I play on low sensitive Duty with my mouse, and I end up throwing my hand around a lot to pop off sick headshots in bronze, but my mouse always Clips the stem of the stand. I could adjust my sensitivity and the way I play, but for me, that’s a bit of an inconvenience, and I’d rather have a smaller stand or again throw it up on a face arm if you can. Using stand, it does put the screen almost a whole foot from the back of my desk, making it so I’m kind of uncomfortably closer to the display. I guess that also sort of depends on how deep your desk goes.
Apart from that, the cable management solution is mediocre at best. This little rubber snap flap thing doesn’t do the job that well, and it always randomly pops out by itself. It would have been nice to have a cable trunk for cable management, considering the stand is so thick. But despite what I hate about the stand, it has damn good rotation, swivel, and height adjustments. There’s lots of adjustability here if you do need a base arm. Again, just make sure it can hold at least 25 pounds if you’re accounting for the weight of the cables as well.
I will mention there are RGB LEDs on the back end too which can kind of be customized to just about any color, or it can sync to whatever is on your display using what they call Core sync. The downside here is that it’s super weak, even in a dark room, it’s not that noticeable, especially when comparing it to some of LG’s offerings, which almost illuminate your entire wall.
To jump into talking about the display itself and gaming, here’s where it really shines. With 1196 local dimming zones, this is easily the best mini LED display I’ve ever used. The HDR capabilities are absolutely wild, and games look beyond incredible. For mini LED, blacks are really, really dark, and colors still pop. For HDR, it’s crazy that thing Odyssey neo g8 has a max brightness of 2000 nits. Although I personally have no way of measuring that as somebody who doesn’t nitpick, pun intended. And again, with that, I kind of think this monitor is beyond my use case since I have no way of trying its max refresh rate of 240 hertz. I’d likely have to have one of those massive 40 series GPUs for my PC to even try it out. This will easily future-proof for 4K PC gaming and high refresh rates if you’re lucky enough to have capable hardware.
Gaming on Odyssey Neo G8
Still, gaming does look absolutely incredible for what I do have, and this is still one of the best displays I’ve ever used. This is probably the first time I felt really bad about my Xbox or PS5 only having a native 4k30 FPS since this monitor has so much unused overhead. Still, playing God of War Ragnarok and Modern Warfare 2 has been an absolute blast, and I can say that PC gaming is obviously a good choice here. My wife and I still enjoy a lot of Overwatch on PC, which I actually can run out of native 4K high refresh rate, although I do have to turn down the effects to achieve that.
While I love playing story-based games on my TV, I’m excited to try God of War on Samsung Odyssey neo g8 monitor because it looks incredible. However, my primary focus will be on playing shooters like Overwatch and Call of Duty on this monitor. For me, the curved display helps with immersion, and while everyone has their preference when it comes to curved displays, I lean more towards actually liking them. If you’re trying to dive into the menu, it’s pretty robust, with plenty of gaming-specific options like crosshairs and changing your black levels, and even checking your frame rate. However, the only thing I haven’t yet figured out is how to get VRR to work on my PlayStation 5, as this monitor indeed supports variable refresh rate. But for this monitor, it doesn’t just stop with gaming.
Multimedia content looks just as amazing on Odyssey neo g8 display. One thing you’ll need, though, is a set of speakers. While most monitors come with awful speakers, this one skips it entirely, which isn’t the worst decision. You can always plug in a good set of headphones directly if you need to. Between Netflix and Disney plus both having great HDR 4K content, there’s plenty of multimedia content to enjoy on this monitor.
Personally, Samsung Odyssey neo g8 monitor is perfect for me. As mentioned, 32 inches is the perfect size for a monitor. I have tried using my 55-inch TCL r646 as a monitor, which worked okay, but I feel like 32 inches is the Goldilocks size. 27 inches feels a bit too small for my liking. I have my wireless mouse dongle and webcam hooked up to the USB hub on the monitor, making it the perfect solution for work and productivity.
It’s good that Odyssey neo g8 monitor isn’t just used for gaming, considering its price. The curved display helps with productivity and editing, making the overall package an A+ for me. However, to reclaim some desk space, I would still want a hefty monitor arm. If you have a super deep desk or don’t mind the size, this should not be an issue.
In my use case, it’s a tad overkill since I don’t have a PC GPU that can handle 4K at high refresh rates, and my game consoles can’t push out 4K at 240 hertz. As a console gamer and creator, I could easily choose a cheaper option but for PC GPU Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 is worthy.