June 17, 2024

Samsung 49 Odyssey OLED G95SC Ultrawide Monitor: Where to Buy

The latest offering in Samsung’s ultrawide 49-inch OLED gaming monitors, the Odyssey OLED G95SC is now available for purchase. It went up for pre-orders last month and claims to be the first 49-inch OLED monitor. It features a massive DQHD OLED with 5120X1440p resolution and a blazing-fast 240Hz refresh rate. Priced at $2200, it follows the futuristic design of the Samsung Odyssey hardware lineup and has money on the back.


Ultrawide Samsung 49 Odyssey OLED G95SC Monitor Specifications

Samsung Odyssey OLED G9

The Best Ultra-Ultrawide Monitor on the Market

An immersive single-monitor gaming experience like no other

The Samsung G95SC G9 OLED Ultra-Wide Monitor is Samsung’s latest take on the G9 premium ultra-wide monitor lineup, taking advantage of OLED technology for superior display quality and infinite contrast available and offering 240Hz refresh rates and 0.03ms response times into what is a strong contender for the best gaming display money in 2023

Brand
Samsung

Secret
5120×1440

Renewal Rate
240 Hz

Screen Size
49′

Ports
HDMI, DP, USB

Display Technology
OLED

Directional ratio
32:9

Battery
N/A

Screen Brightness
250 (Typical)

Display Weight
28.4 Ibs

Sound
Yes

Tilt
-2° ~15.0°

HDR
Yes

Update Variable
Yes, FreeSync Premium Pro

Response time
0.03ms

As the name suggests, the ultrawide gaming monitor comes with a 49-inch curved OLED display and has an 1800R curvature for total immersion. It has an aspect ratio of 32:9 and a resolution of 5120X1440p. Although it has a typical brightness of 250 nits, Samsung says that it is compatible with VESA DisplayHDR True Black 400 and supports HDR10 +. What makes this massive display a true gaming monitor is the 240Hz refresh rate and advertised 0.03ms response time.

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Samsung 49 Odyssey OLED G95SC Ultrawide Monitor Availability

Last month, the monitor was available for pre-order through Samsung, Best Buy, and Amazon with a $250 credit or gift card as a pre-order bonus. Now that the monitor is available for purchase, those looking to invest will have to shell out the full $2200 before taxes to experience Samsung’s latest and greatest G9 monitor in all its OLED glory. The Samsung 49 Odyssey OLED G95SC can be purchased from Amazon, Best Buy, Newegg, or directly from Samsung.

The 49-inch Ultrawide Gaming Monitor Market

Currently, there are many 49-inch gaming monitor options on the market, some more budget-friendly than others, but none offer black-black OLED panels and ultra-low response times. Besides Samsung, brands like LG, Asus, Dell, Phillips, AOC, and more have offerings in the 49-inch ultrawide gaming monitor segment. The LG 49WL95C-W has the same 5120x1440p resolution as the Odyssey OLED G95SC, but has an LED panel and only a 60Hz refresh rate. Dell has an UltraSharp U4924DW, which is an LED-backlit LCD monitor with a DQHD resolution, but also only a 60Hz refresh rate. Both of these options are much cheaper than Samsung’s offering.

For ultrawide 49-inch monitors with a high refresh rate, the options are somewhat limited. The Asus ROG Strix XG49VQ has a 144Hz refresh rate and 4ms GTG response time, but comes with a lower 3840x1080p resolution. Another high refresh rate offering is the AOC Agon AG493UCX2, which has a snappy 165Hz refresh rate with a QHD 5120x1440p resolution. Although the resolution and refresh rate is quite comparable to the Samsung Odyssey G95SC, the VA panel holds it back compared to the OLED screen’s infinite contrast and excellent viewing angles.

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With monitors of this size, there is usually a lot more planning involved in setting it up. The Samsung 49 Odyssey OLED G95SC will look tiny on most desks and take up a lot more space, especially considering how much it curves. Viewing distance will be another consideration as the user would be constantly moving their head from side to side sitting too close to the monitor. In addition, due to the weight of 28.4 lbs of the Odyssey G95SC, users will have to be careful in choosing the suitable monitor arm in case they intend to mount the monitor on a wall or on their desk to have more space.

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Another thing to consider is that since this is an OLED panel, it may not be the best choice for those who need to do a lot of reading. Because of the way the pixels are laid out on this Samsung OLED monitor, and most other OLED panels for that matter, the text seems to look a little odd. ClearType text settings in Windows do not work well with OLEDs. However, this is not an issue when it comes to gaming.

Final Thoughts

Samsung seems to be leading the market right now when it comes to 49-inch ultrawide gaming monitors. Although users can get most of the features such as 5120X1440p resolution and a comparably high refresh rate (165Hz on AOC’s offer) from other brands for cheaper, no ultrawide 49-inch gaming monitor offers an OLED display and the ultrafast 240Hz refresh rate. These features are what take the price of the Samsung 49 Odyssey OLED G95SC over $2000.

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Q: Is OLED better for competitive gaming?

OLED panels are capable of much higher response times than LED-backlit IPS, VA, or TN panels. Considering that there are OLED gaming monitor options that reach a refresh rate of 240Hz, OLED panels are great for competitive gaming. However, they are generally more expensive than their IPS, VA, or TN counterparts, and can suffer if parts of the screen display a static image for long periods of time. For this reason, most modern panels come with Pixel Shift technology that prevents OLED burn-in.

Q: What is the difference between VA and OLED?

VA or Vertical Alignment panels generally offer good color accuracy and viewing angles compared to TN (Twisted Nematic) panels, but can suffer from ghosting due to poor pixel response times. OLED or organic light emitting diode technology differs from LCD in that it does not require a backlight. They offer the fastest response times, accurate colors with deep blacks, and are more energy efficient. However, OLED monitors or TVs can suffer from burn-in and are usually more expensive.

Q: Is OLED worse for the eyes than LCD?

OLED is believed to be better for the eyes as it emits lower levels of blue light compared to LCDs which can minimize eye strain. OLED also has the advantage of more accurate color reproduction as well as better contrast.

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