An absolute behemoth – the best way to describe the upcoming Samsung Odyssey Ark display designed for gaming performance.
Fresh off the market with its new ViewFinity business and Odyssey range of gaming monitors, Samsung recently announced the Ark as another display option coming in the coming months. At around 55 inches, the 4K 1000R curved gaming monitor is large by monitor standards. Featuring a cutting-edge 165Hz VA panel, the Odyssey Ark features a fast 1ms response time and is illuminated by Samsung’s Quantum Mini LED technology.
In addition to the standard landscape orientation, you can flip the screen vertically, in what Samsung calls “Cockpit Mode.” This configuration allows you to display three screens on top of each other, while the horizontal configuration allows you to display four. There’s also a bit of customization with multitasking. Within the 55-inch monitor, you can change the screen size to be between 27 inches and full size, as well as switch between 16:9, 21:9, and 32:9 aspect ratios.
Behind the quick customization options is a new controller that Samsung has created exclusively for Odyssey Ark: the Ark Dial. Solar powered and chargeable via USB-C, the controller switches between multitasking settings and screen size with a touch. It also grants access to the Game Bar, an overlay that displays performance metrics like frames per second, and access to HDR and variable refresh rate options.
From a visual perspective, Odyssey Ark has a viewing angle of 178 degrees in both horizontal and vertical alignments. Its matte screen also reduces annoying glare and reflections in case you have to deal with natural light. In addition to the visual features, the monitor incorporates four speakers in each corner and two centrally located woofers for an integrated surround sound experience with support for Dolby Atmos. Samsung claims the resulting 60W, 2.2.2-channel system produces the lowest 45Hz notes of any gaming soundbar or display.
Although a precise launch window and price for Australia have not yet been specified, we are told to expect availability in the coming months. If you’re interested in a large gaming monitor, you can register your interest in Odyssey Ark through Samsung’s website.
It certainly looks like an impressive screen, but the main question is the price. Depending on the cost, you may be wondering if a reasonably priced TV would be a better choice as a large monitor. Computer monitors tend to have less latency, thus reduced input lag, than TVs, plus the Odyssey Ark’s portrait and landscape modes could be good if the price is right.
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