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Samsung Odyssey G9 Neo QLED preorders start July 29 for $2,500

CNET logo CNET 7/27/2021 Lori Grunin
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Whither Samsung's mainstream TVs go, its monitors are bound to follow. In this case, Samsung's updated 49-inch curved Odyssey G9 gaming monitor (model G95NA), teased earlier this year, features its Quantum HDR 2000 with a typical peak brightness of 2,000 nits and is the first to incorporate the company's new Neo QLED screens. You can preorder it starting July 29 for $2,500, about the same as the price of its 1,000-nit predecessor, and it begins shipping Aug. 9.

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Neo QLED is Samsung's brand line name for its Quantum Mini-LED-based local-dimming backlight, which boosts brightness and offers more precise control over pixel-by-pixel illumination. The G9 has 2,048 zones, which is a good number given the size of the display (by the math, each zone is about 0.3 square inch or 2 square cm). 

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The monitor also uses Samsung's Quantum Matrix technology, which helps focus the LED light more accurately. According to the company, that means it delivers better HDR highlights with minimal blooming -- stray illumination that bleeds from bright into dark areas -- better shadow detail and a minimum black level of 0.0004 nits for improved contrast. 

Gamers still get a 240Hz refresh rate with 1ms gray-to-gray pixel response, but now the monitor includes two HDMI 2.1 ports -- it loses one of the DisplayPort connections in favor of being able to connect to a PC and a console -- and FreeSync Premium Pro/G-Sync Compatible adaptive refresh. 

For the day-to-day, it keeps the same 5,120x1,440-pixel resolution, which means a usable pixel density of about 109ppi and a typical brightness of 420 nits -- higher than your average work monitor.

In most other respects It's the same housing and design as the previous model, including the lighting, the tilt-and-swivel (but not height-adjusting) stand, the 100x100 VESA mount and 1000R curvature.


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