Samsung announced several new gaming monitors at CES 2023, including the 57-inch Odyssey Neo G9 and the 49-inch Odyssey OLED G9. However, the company held one additional release close to the vest until now: the 43-inch Odyssey Neo G7 (G70NC), which could be a good candidate to land on our best 4K gaming monitor list.
The standout feature of the Odyssey Neo G7 is its use of a 43-inch Quantum Mini-LED panel, which is the first of its kind from Samsung. Samsung boasts of "ultra-fine and precise control" of the Mini LEDs and the richer black resulting from this technology. We've seen a surge in panels equipped with Mini LED and OLED technology, and we welcome these advancements as the prices have declined. In addition, to help minimize reflections, Samsung uses a matte finish on the panel.
Regarding specs, this is a run-of-the-mill 4K (3840 x 2160) gaming monitor with a 144 Hz refresh rate, AMD FreeSync Premium Pro support, a 1ms MPRT, 400 nits (typical) brightness, and VESA HDR 600 certification. As for connectivity, Samsung has you covered whether you want to pair the monitor with a high-end gaming rig or current-generation console like the PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X. You'll find two HDMI 2.1 ports and a single DisplayPort 1.4 port. You'll also find two USB 3.0 ports along with dual 20-watt speakers.
The inclusion of Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi 5, and an Ethernet port is even more interesting. The inclusion of networking enables the Odyssey Neo G7's Samsung Smart Hub and Samsung Gaming Hub. The Samsung Smart Hub allows the monitor to serve as a streaming entertainment hub with direct access to services like Netflix, YouTube, and Prime Video. The Samsung Gaming Hub, on the other hand, allows for standalone gaming without a PC or game console. You can enjoy streaming services like Xbox xCloud Gaming and Nvidia GeForce Now. You can hook up a wireless controller using the Bluetooth mentioned above wireless radio or plug your controller into one of the USB 3.0 ports.
Samsung says that the Odyssey Neo G7 will launch in North America during the first quarter; however, it hasn't quite nailed down pricing yet.
Black smearing can be a problem with VA monitors, but higher end panels have greatly eliminated this problem, older and cheaper VA panels for sure had lag time between grey, black and white transitions. Not saying these would not have it, I be surprised if it did, noticeably. And wait for reviews.
Also, I mean isn't the whole deal with mini leds is to act like OLED in that each point is its own dimming zone, while you may not have the millions that OLED does, it will still be in the thousands that mini tech is.
Mini LEDs do "sort of" behave like OLED, but they're not on an individual pixel level like that. They use very small backlighting LEDs still. The Asus PG32UQX is a good example with 1152 lighting zones. However, the updated PG32UQXE that was shown at CES only has a bit over 500 lighting zones. I would think if this Samsung panel had a pretty high amount, they would advertise it as a selling point, but even on their own webpage for the monitor I can't seem to find that information. That's kind of a bad sign to me, because you would want the highest number possible.
Anything over $1k and why bother as I can just go get an OLED.
BTW, the DPI of 4k @ 43" is about the same as 1440p @ 27". So, if you like the size of small fonts at that resolution but simply want more screen realestate, then 43" is the perfect size 4k monitor for you.
It's the exact same size as the PG42UQ and LG C2 42, and neither of those have a curvature either. It's not really necessary on a non-Ultrawide panel, especially a larger one such as this.
Then again, if you sit like 5 feet away, it's a non-issue. But then you don't really need 4k, either. At that distance 1440p would be just as good. So, I don't really "get" this product.