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Samsung Odyssey OLED G8 (2024) review: Superb display

Samsung Odyssey OLED G8 (2024) review: Superb display

Samsung Odyssey OLED G8
Lovely OLED screen
Unrivalled reflection handling
Sleek futuristic design
PC features not as comprehensive as competitors
Cable management feels like an afterthought

The Samsung Odyssey OLED G8 (G80SD) is the first flat 32-inch 4K OLED monitor from the company. Previous models bearing the G8 moniker have been curved ultra-wide displays. The latest version also has a conventional 16:9 aspect ratio that's preferred by some gamers, especially when coupled with the monitor's 240Hz refresh rate.

My favourite feature of the Samsung Odyssey OLED G8, though, is its OLED Glare Free matte anti-reflection layer. It's just as amazing as the version I tested on the Samsung S95D OLED TV. There's not even a hint of my reflection on a sunny day with the light coming in from the window. Just pure black goodness. And the blacks remain deep and dark, as you'd expect from an OLED screen. Due to the lack of reflections, I almost feel as if I'm looking at an ebook reader. In addition, there's practically no text fringing when browsing text-heavy webpages and documents.

Quick specs

  • 32-inch QD-OLED panel, 3,840 x 2,160 pixels
  • Up to 240Hz refresh rate, 0.03ms response (GTG)
  • Smart TV apps with AI
  • DisplayPort 1.4a, 2x HDMI 2.1, USB hub, headphone jack

The Samsung Odyssey OLED G8 has a sleek, modern design that shows off its thin OLED panel. Its matte silver finish contrasts nicely with the RGB ring light, which grabs all the attention — should you choose to have it on, that is. Because of its slim build, the ports are easily accessible at the rear. You can see them clearly, and don't have to fumble around trying to attach cables to a clunky underside row of ports like most LCD monitors. A downside of a thin chassis: The speakers sound anemic, without sufficient depth or body. But there's a decent dialogue enhancement feature in the settings if you don't like reading subtitles.

The cable management feels like an afterthought. It's just an elastic band around the stand, unlike many monitors that build this feature right into the stand itself. The Samsung Odyssey OLED G8 does have pivot, tilt and swivel functionality, as well as height adjustment, which is nice. There's also a small joystick next to the ports at the back of the monitor to let you navigate the settings. But I rarely used it during my testing. It was just more handy to bust out the included remote control. Yes, this monitor has a smart TV built-in. You have to log in to your Samsung account to use the TV streaming apps, though.

Samsung Odyssey OLED G8
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In fact, the Samsung Odyssey OLED G8 uses the same NQ8 AI Gen3 processor as the company's flagship 8K TV. Navigating the smart TV interface was certainly smooth and responsive, though I'm still not a fan of the interface. More importantly, the processor upscales lower-resolution content in its streaming apps. 720p content looked fine. Noise is kept in check, but images are still not as crisp as native 4K content. I recommend the Movie profile for more natural and realistic-looking videos. HDR support is available, and the HDR performance is among the best on a monitor. But no Filmmaker Mode, unlike Samsung TVs, and no Dolby Vision, of course.

Samsung claims to have added a “pulsating heat pipe” to the Samsung Odyssey OLED G8 to prevent OLED burn-in. The new cooling system is also said to be five times better than the previously-used graphite sheet for heat management. However, the display still feels warm to the touch, and also when you put your hand close to it, like the MSI OLED monitor I tested recently.

Samsung Odyssey OLED G8
Credit: Vincent Chang/Can Buy or Not

Where the Samsung Odyssey OLED G8 falters in comparison with other PC monitors is the lack of certain PC features. There are no extras like a built-in KVM switch. Nor does it have a USB-C PD charging port. There are just three display profiles available in PC mode, of which only the Graphic picture mode is worth using for everyday productivity and content creation apps. The monitor settings are basic and limited compared with gaming monitors from Asus and MSI. Samsung's Game Bar overlay is easy to use, but feels designed more for console gamers. In short, PC gamers may find the options and features here relatively limited.

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At S$2,058, the Samsung Odyssey OLED G8 is expensive for a monitor, but you're getting a premium 32-inch 4K OLED monitor with excellent visuals, smart TV features, and quite possibly the best reflection handling currently. Alternatively, Dell's curved 32-inch QD-OLED monitor has similar specs (4K resolution and 240Hz refresh rate) for around S$1,500, albeit without the smart TV features. I think the Samsung is worth it if you want an all-rounder for both entertainment (movies and games) as well as work. Not to mention how sleek it looks on the desk. Get it now from Lazada and Shopee.

Note: Review unit provided by Samsung.

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Superb OLED for work and play

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