Samsung’s Odyssey Ark gaming monitor was unveiled at this 12 months’s CES and has now discovered its method into the fingers of some reviewers. We do not usually report on gaming displays, however the Odyssey Ark is an altogether totally different beast. The 55″ Quantum Mini-LED 1000R curved show boasts a 4K UHD decision, 1ms response time and 165Hz refresh fee. All that efficiency comes at a lofty price ticket of $3,500.
Samsung writes, ‘The huge 55″ display delivers a show that overwhelms your senses, creating an adrenaline-fueled expertise superior to something seen earlier than. The 1000R curvature to wrap round your sight view for max immersion. There’s no higher monitor to improve your gaming setup than Odyssey Ark.’ These are daring claims, however based mostly on early hands-on studies from The Verge and CNN, the Odyssey Ark is a powerful show. You can even see hands-on movies from Engadget and Digital Tendencies additional down.
The monitor runs on Samsung’s Tizen OS, which incorporates streaming apps, like YouTube and Apple TV, plus Samsung’s Gaming Hub with cloud streaming through fashionable platforms reminiscent of Xbox Sport Cross, Google Stadia, and Amazon Luna. The OS additionally permits for some fairly fascinating options, together with picture-in-picture and display manipulation. You’ll be able to stack a number of home windows of various inputs and alter the show facet ratio and measurement, offered you do not all the time wish to use all 55″ of show area.
You can even rotate the show and use what Samsung calls cockpit mode. You’ll be able to stack a number of home windows vertically, which is a extra pure solution to eat totally different content material moderately than transferring your head aspect to aspect, particularly since it is a big show in your desk. This setup might show useful for photographers and videographers alike who wish to maintain a number of home windows open throughout post-production, much like how LG’s DualUp monitor successfully means that you can stack two full-sized home windows atop each other.
With the aggressive curve, The Verge wrote that in cockpit mode, ‘it type of appears to be like just like the Ark is a wave that’s about to crash on high of you.’ The show can also be wall-mountable and features a VESA mount.
In contrast to most pc displays, however like LG’s 48″ OLED displays, the Samsung Odyssey Ark ships with remotes. One distant is conventional, whereas the opposite consists of the unique Ark dial. This distant is a command middle with key operate buttons and a rotatable dial. You’ll be able to even cost it utilizing a photo voltaic panel.
The Odyssey Ark consists of all of the show expertise you’d count on for $3,500, together with HDMI 2.1 ports (4x), HDR and variable refresh fee (VRR). The show does not have DisplayPort, which is a curious omission. The show guarantees as much as 1,500 nits of peak brightness. The show covers 95% of the DCI shade gamut and might present a most of 1B colours. It additionally packs some highly effective audio expertise, together with Dolby Atmos.
You will want numerous area for the show, plus deep pockets, nevertheless it’s an interesting show with highly effective expertise. You’ll be able to reserve the Samsung Odyssey Ark beginning at the moment. Preorders embody as much as a $300 low cost, lowering the value to a barely much less eye-watering $3,200. For extra data, go to Samsung.