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Samsung Launches Curved 55-Inch Odyssey Ark Gaming Monitor at $3,499

Samsung Odyssey Ark Gaming Monitor
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Samsung’s Odyssey Ark Gaming Monitor has been launched, with specification tables, pricing, and pre-orders now live. The humungous 55-inch curved gaming monitor caught many folks’ imaginations at CES 2022, so it is good to see it scheduled for retail at last. Key news bites from the official Samsung announcement are that the monitor, justifiably described as a “personal gaming theater,” is up for pre-order for $3,499 and will ship in September. As for the specifications, there is a lot to be digested, so we have tabulated the essential data below.

Samsung Odyssey Ark

Screen physical

55-inch diagonal, 3,840 x 2,160 pixels, matte display

Curve

1000R curvature

Screen tech

Quantum Matrix Mini LED with local dimming

HDR

HDR10+, Quantum HDR 2000

Contrast ratio

1,000,000:1

Refresh rate

Max 165Hz with FreeSync Premium Pro

Response time

1ms (GtG)

Ports

HDMI 2.1 (4EA), HDMI-CEC, RJ45 (1EA)

Sound

60W array with 4 speakers and 2 woofers, Dolby Atmos support

Stand

Height Adjustable Stand (HAS) with tilt and pivot, VESA mounting options for 200×200, 300×300, 400×400

Though the headlining specs look pretty impressive, there are at least two metrics that are conspicuous by their absence: max brightness and color gamut measurements.

Like many modern gaming monitors, the Samsung Odyssey Ark offers a lot more beyond the specs you typically find in a table, such as above. For starters, the Quantum Mini LED screen is wedded to 14-bit processing and sophisticated lighting control tech and claimed to offer 16,384 black levels.

An unusual feature for a curved gaming monitor is its proposed use in ‘Cockpit Mode’ and the supplied stand which facilitates this towering display aspect. Whether it really is appealing and useful in some games would probably be a matter of personal opinion.

This 55-inch screen with a tight 1000R curve would probably feel very immersive in normal landscape mode. However, Samsung reckons it heightens this feeling into a “personal gaming theater” with the addition of its Sound Dome Tech’ featuring AI Sound Booster and Dolby Atmos.

Samsung also offers a decidedly different way to interact with the monitor OSD with this new display. The Odyssey Ark comes bundled with the solar-powered (and USB-C chargeable) Ark Dial. Think of it as a remote for all the OSD adjustments you might like to do, with the convenience of placing it anywhere on your desk and the fast, intuitive dial and buttons control.

The Ark Dial might be pretty useful, with features such as; Multi View (up to four inputs on one screen), Quick Settings, Flex Move Screen (scale the screen area used between 55- and 27-inches with ambient fill), and Game Bar (FPS, VRR, HDR stats toggles, pictures modes, and more.

Finally, this large monitor features the Samsung Gaming Hub. This allows users to connect directly to game streaming services like Xbox, NVIDIA GeForce NOW, Google Stadia, Utomik and Amazon Luna – no PC required.

The Samsung Odyssey Ark Gaming Monitor (opens in new tab) can be pre-ordered now for $3,499. Customers will start to receive their monitors in September.

If you are looking to buy a 4K gaming monitor, and the above is not to your taste, please check out our Best 4K Gaming Monitors for PC 2022: 144Hz, Curved and More guide.

Mark Tyson
Freelance News Writer

Mark Tyson is a Freelance News Writer at Tom's Hardware US. He enjoys covering the full breadth of PC tech; from business and semiconductor design to products approaching the edge of reason.

  • oofdragon
    I didn't get it .. it's just a curved 55" tv, but priced at $3 grands 🤷 nice try. gimme a 240hz ultra wide oled then we talk about grands mate
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  • Dantte
    I like it, but the curve is wrong, its more than 100% off what it should be for a display of this size.

    There is a direct correlation between viewing distance and screen size, more specifically, for "detailed" viewing Image(height) should be Viewing(distance)/3. If the screen is bigger than this your eye cannot see the whole image at once and it results in strain and fatigue; if smaller than this you run the risk of not viewing fine details.

    A 55" display has a I(h) of 26.96", which makes the optimum viewing distance 80.88", or 2054mm (2054R).

    With the 55" having a 1000R curve your Viewing(distance), well, needs to be 1000mm or 39.37". If you figure the math on this, the screen height would be 13.12" which works out perfectly for a 27" 16:9, 34" 21:9, and 49" 32:9 monitor(s). Not sitting at the proper distance again means eye fatique, but even worse, you get an off-angle view of the display, and for a VA panel this is very bad!

    If you are the type of person who likes to sit in the front row at the movie theater, this display is for you!
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