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Samsung 49-Inch Odyssey G9 Gaming Monitor Review: Big Screen, Big 1000R Curve

The 49-inch Odyssey G9 is on another level.

Samsung 49-Inch Odyssey G9
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(Image: © Samsung)

Games played from a first-person perspective are all about one thing: suspension of disbelief. You want to become part of the game’s environment and feel as if you’re there. That requires a lot of technology to assault the senses of sight and sound. Curved ultrawide monitors achieve this in a way no flat screen can. And the wider you go, the better the experience.

The 49-inch megawide class only has a few members. But short of donning a high-end set of VR goggles, there’s no better way to immerse yourself in a virtual world. We’ve been impressed with the AOC Agon AG493UCX and Viotek SUW49DA, but Samsung’s 49-Inch Odyssey G9 is the best one yet.

Samsung 49-Inch Odyssey G9

(Image credit: Samsung)

The G9 has plenty of pixel density to ensure a sharply detailed image with no pixel structure visible from 2-3 feet away. It delivers super-accurate color right out of the box and covers over 88% of the DCI-P3 gamut for a saturated, lifelike image. Meanwhile, contrast is excellent, thanks to a VA panel and effective local dimming edge backlight. With 1,000-nit capability for HDR content, it has one of the largest dynamic ranges available.

To all this, it adds super speed. 144 Hz monitors are practically a dime a dozen these days, but 240 Hz is where the real fun begins. There’s nothing like watching objects flash by in high resolution with smooth motion and no loss of detail. The Odyssey G9 is the fastest and most responsive large monitor we’ve seen yet. The primary things missing are ultra-low motion blur reduction and a framerate counter. Some good built-in speakers would be nice too. But these omissions do not detract from an addictive gaming experience.

The 49-Inch Odyssey G9 delivers a premium gaming experience that can’t be found elsewhere. It’s expensive, but it’s unique. For players with high-end systems, it’s a great choice.

Christian Eberle
Christian Eberle is a Contributing Editor for Tom's Hardware US. He's a veteran reviewer of A/V equipment, specializing in monitors.
  • Murissokah
    I was hoping this would be about the supposed 2021 mini-led refresh for the G9, since the original model covered here is a year old by now. It could fix my main gripe with the G9 which is the awfully subpar 10-zone local dimming.

    yflpMod7huQ:134View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yflpMod7huQ&t=134s

    Any news on the 2021 model would be appreciated.
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  • Rocastroca
    I just love mine. It is really a great experience, it sets PC gaming apart. Regardless of the screen size and format, fast, great color, acceptable contrast. Mini LED local dimming would be great IF they are fast enough for gaming.
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  • Murissokah
    Rocastroca said:
    I just love mine. It is really a great experience, it sets PC gaming apart. Regardless of the screen size and format, fast, great color, acceptable contrast. Mini LED local dimming would be great IF they are fast enough for gaming.

    Shouldn't affect the panel frequency since it's just a backlight change. Besides, it should be faster than the current dimming tech. There's a supposed leak on the updated version that pretty much keeps all the other specs, but flaunts a VESA DisplayHDR 2000 certification (doesn't even exist yet). Same resolution, response times and support for G-Sync and AMD FreeSync Pro, so no changes there.
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  • littlechipsbigchips
    49 inch ultra wide? thats out of the eye visual field ...
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  • archv
    I had the previous version of this monitor (the 49" Samsung CRG9). I'd add one "Con" to the list for the G9, which is that the aspect ratio does NOT play well with some games. If stick to the big AAA titles, you'd probably be fine, but if you like to mess around with some indie games, or more niche games, you'll have trouble. Of course you can force it into some terrible 16:9 resolution and have half the monitor be black bars... but that kinda ruins the point doesn't it? I gave the 49" to my 15 yr old son, and got the Samsung G7 32" 16:9 works with everything :) Oddly, I don't miss widescreen AT ALL.
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  • usiname
    littlechipsbigchips said:
    49 inch ultra wide? thats out of the eye visual field ...
    This is 2x 27inch 16:9 monitors width, how is that out of the eye vision field?
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  • littlechipsbigchips
    usiname said:
    This is 2x 27inch 16:9 monitors width, how is that out of the eye vision field?

    2x27 Monitors are also out of eye vision field. you wont see the edges of the game and the center at the same time
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  • g-unit1111
    I've seen this thing in person and it's a behemoth. I would love to get one, but a bit out of my price range. I think it would be awesome for Flight Simulator!
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  • littlechipsbigchips
    g-unit1111 said:
    I've seen this thing in person and it's a behemoth. I would love to get one, but a bit out of my price range. I think it would be awesome for Flight Simulator!

    I prefer VR for flight sims ... Actually VR is perfect for it
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  • g-unit1111
    littlechipsbigchips said:
    I prefer VR for flight sims ... Actually VR is perfect for it

    I have thought about buying a VR headset at one point, that is definitely something on my list.
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