Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 Review: Fast, mini-LED, True HDR Gaming

VitalyT

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DSC stands for display stream compression...
It don't matter no more, because first reviews from real buyers are in, and they are bad. They say, the HDR on this monitor is horrible, colors are washed out badly. So much for the paid and biased YouTube promoters.
 

Junglist724

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It don't matter no more, because first reviews from real buyers are in, and they are bad. They say, the HDR on this monitor is horrible, colors are washed out badly. So much for the paid and biased YouTube promoters.
I know, I have one and just printed my return label. The screen uniformity is so bad I can count the dimming zones on a solid white background. I'm an HDR junkie but this thing is just awful.
 
I just got one of these. My HDR does NOT look like the images here. It works correctly in both standard and dynamic mode. I believe there are faulty units out there. So unfortunately there's a bit of panel lottery. However, I do have the grid pattern from the FALD. It's faint and visible only against certain solid colors, but it's there.
 

Junglist724

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I decided to wait a little while to do some tweaking and testing with a colorimeter before returning and... The neo g9 could only manage a pathetic 650 nits in the same scene my PG35VQ could hit 1450 nits in!!! Are you kidding me Samsung? A cheaper DisplayHDR1000 panel from 2 years ago outperforms a "Quantum HDR2000" panel by 223%? Off to Fedex it goes after labor day.
 

Gastec

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I can't see how a 49-inch 5120 x 1440 VA panel with a 1000R curvature is user-friendly as a gaming monitor. Like the kids would say, "do you even game?" :)
 

Gastec

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At that price, they can keep it. I'll take an Oculus Rift, Samsung HMD Odyssey+, HTC VIVE Pro or Pimax Vision 8K X instead. For gaming, I'd rather have a VR headset than a display panel. Especially considering that the most expensive VR headsets are a fraction of this price.
But why would you want to torture yourself with a "VR" headset?
 

Gastec

Posts: 164   +85
I paid $1350 for the G9, and wouldn't pay close to the double for better HDR. But given the current market all "true" HDR monitors are in the +$2000 range, so it fits well into the market. (not taking the OLED TVs into account)

Also I would wait for a firmware update to fix HDR before contemplating buying it.
HDR will go to the recycle bin of tech if they keep up those prices for too long.