We've tested over 15 Samsung monitors. Samsung's monitor lineup is mainly known for their gaming models, but they make everything from cheap entry-level desktop models to the largest and most advanced gaming monitors on the market. Almost all of their monitors use VA panels, resulting in deep blacks but narrow viewing angles. They're well-known for their impressive gaming features, but, unfortunately, also for their numerous bugs that have been an increasingly common issue with some models.
Samsung is also extremely well-known for their TVs; find out more about the Samsung TV lineup here.
The Samsung G7 LC32G75T is the best Samsung monitor that we've tested. It's available in both a 27 inch and 32 inch size, and both sizes use VA panels. The 32 inch model we tested has great contrast, so blacks look black in a dark room, and we expect the 27 inch model to perform similarly. Overall, it's one of the best gaming monitors on the market, with an outstanding response time, incredibly low input lag, and great additional gaming features. It offers native AMD FreeSync variable refresh rate (VRR) support, but it's also certified to work with NVIDIA's G-SYNC Compatible mode, ensuring a nearly tear-free gaming experience from almost any source. There's an optional local dimming feature, but like most monitors, it's not very good. It has great peak brightness and very good reflection handling, so glare shouldn't be an issue in most rooms. It supports HDR, and although it can't get bright enough to deliver a true cinematic experience, it can display a wide color gamut, and it's bright enough that most games look good.
Unfortunately, the VA panel also means this monitor has limited viewing angles, so it's not a good choice for co-op gaming. The stand is also a bit limited, with a limited tilt range and very small swivel range. There are also a few reported issues with this monitor, including reports that the backlight starts to flicker when VRR is enabled, but we couldn't reproduce this issue on our unit. Overall, it's a versatile monitor that should please most people.
The Samsung Odyssey G5 LC34G55TWWNXZA is the best ultrawide Samsung monitor we've tested. It's available in multiple sizes: 27, 32, and 34 inches, but there's a significant difference between them. The 34 inch has an ultrawide 21:9 aspect ratio, delivering a far more immersive gaming experience, while the 27 inch model is a standard 16:9 format screen. Although intended for a more immersive gaming experience, the ultrawide format is also excellent for office use, as you can comfortably place two windows side-by-side for better multitasking. It's a great gaming monitor with a good response time at the max refresh rate, but some black smearing is noticeable in dark scenes. It has outstanding low input lag, resulting in a very responsive gaming experience, and it's certified to work with AMD's FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, which can reduce visible tearing when gaming.
Unfortunately, it has narrow viewing angles. This means that despite the wide format screen, it's not ideal for co-op gaming. The curve does help to reduce the impact of this, but our testing doesn't currently account for that. Some firmware bugs can cause increased input lag in some cases and some strange limitations with the variable refresh rate feature. Hopefully, these issues will be fixed, and as long as you use the correct settings, it's a great gaming monitor that should please most gamers.
The Samsung Odyssey G3 LF27G35T is the best budget Samsung monitor that we've tested. It delivers a good gaming experience, with a fast refresh rate and support for FreeSync and G-SYNC Compatible variable refresh rate technologies. It has very low input lag, meaning that you can respond in sync with the action on-screen. There are a few extra gaming features, including an optional backlight strobing feature, but you can't enable it when gaming with a variable refresh rate. It has an impressive native contrast ratio, making it a good choice for a dark room, and it's bright enough for most brighter environments as well.
Unfortunately, despite the fast refresh rate, it has a mediocre response time, so there's more noticeable motion blur behind fast-moving objects. Competing monitors from other brands with TN or IPS panels typically perform much better than this, even at the same price point. As expected for a VA panel, the image degrades when viewed at an angle. Unlike the more expensive Odyssey gaming monitors, this one has a flat screen, so this can be an issue if you're viewing the monitor up close. Overall, although it's a budget model with limited features, it's a decent monitor.
Dell and Samsung both release a wide range of monitors, from entry-level office monitors to high-end gaming displays. Dell monitors tend to have better quality control and better ergonomics. Samsung monitors typically use VA panels, resulting in high contrast but poor viewing angles, while Dell typically uses IPS monitors, which have better viewing angles but worse contrast.
LG releases more monitors each year than Samsung and caters to a wider range of users. LG monitors typically use IPS panels for their gaming monitors, and they have faster response times and better viewing angles but worse dark room performance. LG offers many monitors for office users, too, with better office features like picture in picture and built-in USB hubs.
Entry-level Samsung monitors are typically out-performed by the competition, but their high-end gaming monitors are some of the best on the market. They're not without their flaws, though, so buying a Samsung might not be the safest option for everyone.
Samsung releases a large lineup of products each year. You can identify their most recent gaming monitors by the "Odyssey" name.
The full model name includes extra information, meaning that you can often determine the size, shape, and design by the model code. The exact structure can vary from year to year, though, so it's not all that useful.
Samsung releases a wide range of monitors each year, from basic, entry-level office monitors to some of the most advanced gaming monitors on the market. Their high-end gaming monitors are typically a safe bet; aside from a few firmware issues, they generally perform well. Samsung's main focus seems to be on their high-end gaming monitors; their entry-level lineup doesn't change much from year to year and is consistently outperformed by many of their competitors.