The idea of using a television as a computer monitor is nothing new. Many users do this today and enjoy the benefits of a large screen along with streamed movies and TV shows. But not everyone wants to sit three feet away from a 55-inch panel. And if you want high refresh rates and Adaptive-Sync for PCs with DisplayPort, a dedicated gaming screen is the only way to go. Samsung has managed to pack a TV and a high-performance gaming monitor into the OLED G8.
Physically, it’s a gaming monitor with its 34-inch curved screen and WQHD resolution. The 175 Hz refresh rate is fast enough for perfect motion resolution and input lag is low enough to qualify for competition. Adaptive-Sync works equally well for AMD and Nvidia platforms and there’s no need for tricks like overdrive or strobing. It, like every OLED I’ve reviewed, delivers a next-level gaming experience.
The best part about the OLED G8 is image quality. With a huge color gamut, perfect accuracy out of the box and infinite contrast, the picture is just stunning. It makes gaming addictive and it’s great for watching movies and TV shows; which you can do easily thanks to the Smart TV feature built right in and the handy remote control. The OLED G8 is a great all-in-one desktop entertainment solution.
I have few complaints. There’s no option for external sound through either audio output connections or HDMI ARC. That is something that any display calling itself a TV should have. And the user interface is needlessly complex with disparate menus that have overlapping functions. You get a different experience from the remote versus the OSD joystick, versus the Smart TV menu. A little more massaging to make the experience more cohesive would be welcome.
That aside, I reveled in the Samsung OLED G8’s gorgeous picture and addictive gaming feel. It’s a premium display for sure but if you have the budget for a high-end monitor, you should definitely check it out.
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