Samsung’s 2022 range of gaming monitors is here – and it’s headed up by a new model that Samsung claims is the world’s first native 4K model to support a 240Hz refresh rate.
This premium screen is the Odyssey Neo G85NB, and as well as its 4K resolution and unprecedented refresh rate it delivers a 32-inch curved (1000R) panel for enhanced immersion, an ultra-fast 1ms response time, and VRR support that includes AMD FreeSync Premium Pro.
Colour coverage on the G85NB is claimed to be as much as 95% of the DCI-P3 colour spectrum, and thanks to the G85NB’s use of a contrast-rich VA panel, it claims to be able to combine a million-to-one static contrast ratio together with what would be a remarkable 2000 nits of peak brightness if it’s genuinely able to achieve anything like such a number in real world. Though I should stress that Samsung claims a much less extreme 350 nits of typical (rather than peak) brightness for the G85NB.
Key to these extreme contrast and brightness claims is the Neo G85NB’s use of Quantum Mini LED technology: a combination of Quantum Dot colour technology and LEDs lighting its screen that are just a fraction of the size of those found in regular LED screens. Samsung doesn’t specifically discuss local dimming in relation to the G85NB’s mini LED lighting system, but it does state that its “Quantum Mini LED technology enables ultra-fine and precise control of the densely packed LEDs”.
The G85NB’s design is based on the famed looks of Samsung’s 49-inch Odyssey Neo G9 from 2021, and includes so-called CoreSync technology that analyses the colours being shown on the screen and uses LEDs on the screen’s rear to cast a matching colour onto your wall, enhancing your sense of immersion in what you’re playing.
The G85NB sports anti-glare Matte Display technology, too, while a height adjustable stand together with a swivel and tilt mount make it easy to get the screen in just the position you need to keep you comfortable throughout even the most epic gaming sessions.
Connectivity on the Neo G85NB, finally, includes one Display Port 1.4 and two HDMI 2.1 ports.
One step down in Samsung’s new monitor range is the 32-inch G75NB. This matches the spec of its more premium sibling in most ways, except that its frame rate tops out at 165Hz rather than 240Hz, and it gets a less designer black rear panel rather than the glamorous white backing of the G8 model.
Samsung’s new entry level Odyssey monitors are the G40Bs. Available in 27 and 25-inch screen sizes, these screens revert to flat rather than curved screens made using IPS rather than VA screen technology. They also ditch the mini LED lighting, stick at a native full HD resolution rather than 4K, and only claim a 400-nit typical brightness level, with no 2000-nit peaks.
While there’s still VRR support on the G40Bs, the FreeSync Premium Pro support is replaced with FreeSync Premium and G-Sync, and connectivity drops to Display Port 1.2 and two HDMI 2.0 connections.
Samsung’s three new gaming monitors will be launching globally throughout June, with the G85NB already available now in the US for $1,499.
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