Samsung Odyssey G3 LF27G35T Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.1
Reviewed Apr 29, 2021 at 10:09 am
Samsung Odyssey G3 LF27G35T Picture
7.3
Mixed Usage
7.5
Office
7.8
Gaming
7.1
Multimedia
7.2
Media Creation
5.8
HDR Gaming
Size 27"
Resolution 1920x1080
Max Refresh Rate
144 Hz
Pixel Type
VA
Variable Refresh Rate
FreeSync

The Samsung Odyssey G3 LF27G35T is a good entry-level gaming monitor. It's the only flat monitor from Samsung's Odyssey lineup, and while it has similar features to the higher-end models, it performs quite differently. It has a 1080p resolution that may be good enough for most gamers, but that means it's not very versatile for other uses as text looks a bit blurry. It has a 144Hz refresh rate with native FreeSync variable refresh rate (VRR) support for gaming. Sadly, it has a slow response time that makes motion look blurry, and there's noticeable smearing, which can be distracting. It has a VA panel with a high native contrast ratio to display deep blacks, but that means it has narrow viewing angles as the image looks darker when viewing from the side.

Our Verdict

7.3 Mixed Usage

The Samsung Odyssey G3 is decent overall. It delivers good gaming performance thanks to its 144Hz refresh rate, VRR support, and low input lag. It's also great for dark room gaming due to its high contrast ratio. However, it has a slow response time, so motion looks blurry. It's good for office use and decent for content creators because it has a large screen and great ergonomics, but the 1080p resolution results in blurry text.

Pros
  • Great ergonomics.
  • 144Hz refresh rate with VRR support.
  • High native contrast ratio.
Cons
  • Low 1080p resolution; text looks a bit blurry.
  • Narrow viewing angles.
  • Noticeable motion blur and smearing.
7.5 Office

The Samsung Odyssey G3 is good for office use. Although its 1080p resolution may be low for some, it has a 27 inch screen that offers enough space to multitask. Its stand has great ergonomics, so it should be easy to place in an ideal viewing position. It also gets fairly bright and has decent reflection handling for most office environments, but it doesn't perform well in really bright rooms.

Pros
  • 27 inch screen.
  • Great ergonomics.
  • Gets fairly brightness and has decent reflection handling.
Cons
  • Low 1080p resolution; text looks a bit blurry.
  • Narrow viewing angles.
7.8 Gaming

The Samsung Odyssey G3 is good for gaming. It has a high 144Hz refresh rate with native FreeSync support and G-SYNC compatibility to reduce screen tearing. It has low input lag, but sadly, the slow response time results in blurry motion. If you want to use it for dark room gaming, it has an impressive native contrast ratio, but there's no local dimming feature.

Pros
  • 144Hz refresh rate with VRR support.
  • Very low input lag.
  • High native contrast ratio.
Cons
  • Noticeable motion blur and smearing.
7.1 Multimedia

The Samsung Odyssey G3 is decent for watching multimedia content. Its 27 inch screen is big enough to deliver an immersive viewing experience, but its 1080p resolution may be too low for some. It has great ergonomics to make it easy to place in an ideal viewing position, but with narrow viewing angles, it's not suggested for sharing your screen with others.

Pros
  • Great ergonomics.
  • High native contrast ratio.
Cons
  • Low 1080p resolution; text looks a bit blurry.
  • Narrow viewing angles.
7.2 Media Creation

The Samsung Odyssey G3 is decent for content creators. While its screen is large enough to open multiple windows side-by-side, some people may find the 1080p resolution too low to see fine details. It has great ergonomics, but it may not be a great choice for sharing the screen with a client or coworker due to its narrow viewing angles.

Pros
  • Great ergonomics.
  • Gets fairly brightness and has decent reflection handling.
Cons
  • Low 1080p resolution; text looks a bit blurry.
  • Narrow viewing angles.
5.8 HDR Gaming

The Samsung Odyssey G3 doesn't support HDR.

  • 7.3 Mixed Usage
  • 7.5 Office
  • 7.8 Gaming
  • 7.1 Multimedia
  • 7.2 Media Creation
  • 5.8 HDR Gaming

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved No
Curve Radius Not Curved
Weight (without stand)
10.1 lbs (4.6 kg)
Weight (with stand)
14.1 lbs (6.4 kg)

The Samsung Odyssey G3 looks different from other Samsung Odyssey monitors because it's the only flat model in that lineup. It also has a unique three-legged stand. The all-black plastic body has a few gamer-oriented designs on the back panel, but it doesn't stand out too much if you want to use it in an office environment either.

Design
Stand
Width
20.6" (52.3 cm)
Depth
11.1" (28.1 cm)

The tripod stand takes up a good amount of space, but the back leg is shorter than the other two. There's also enough space between the front legs to place stuff in front.

8.2
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
4.7" (12.0 cm)
Switch Portrait/Landscape Yes, Both Ways
Swivel Range -30° to 30°
Tilt Range -20° to 5°

The Samsung Odyssey G3 has great ergonomics, making it easy to place the screen in an ideal viewing position. Unlike the Samsung Odyssey G5 LC27G55T, it can even rotate into portrait mode.

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 100x100

The back of the Samsung Odyssey G3 is all plastic with a few etched designs. There's a cutout in the stand for cable management.

Design
Borders
Borders
0.4" (1.0 cm)
Design
Thickness
Thickness (with stand)
10.7" (27.1 cm)
Thickness (without stand)
2.2" (5.6 cm)

The panel itself is quite thin, but you may need a fairly deep desk to place it if you want to use it with the stand.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The Samsung G3 has good build quality. Although it's made entirely out of plastic and lacks any premium materials, it feels solid, and there aren't any noticeable issues. It even feels better than the higher-end Samsung Odyssey G5 LC27G55T. However, there's some flex at the bottom of the back panel, and the screen wobbles a bit on the stand, but it shouldn't be an issue for most people.

Picture Quality
8.4
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
4,173 : 1
Contrast With Local Dimming
N/A

The Samsung Odyssey G3 has an impressive native contrast ratio, which is expected from a VA panel. It's higher than the advertised 4000:1 contrast, but this can change between units. Also, there's no local dimming feature to further improve it.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

The Samsung Odyssey G3 doesn't have a local dimming feature. The video above is provided for reference only.

7.2
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene
271 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
277 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
279 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
279 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
279 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
278 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
276 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
279 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
279 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
279 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
278 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.000

The SDR peak brightness is decent. It's higher than the advertised 250 cd/m², and while it should be enough for most environments, it's still not enough to fight intense glare. Luckily, the brightness doesn't vary between content. We tested SDR brightness after calibration in the 'Standard' Picture Mode with Brightness at its max.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene
N/A
HDR Peak 2% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 10% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 25% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 50% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 100% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 2% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 10% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 25% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 50% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 100% Window
N/A
HDR ABL
N/A

The Samsung Odyssey G3 doesn't support HDR.

6.5
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
41°
Color Washout From Right
37°
Color Shift From Left
56°
Color Shift From Right
70°
Brightness Loss From Left
38°
Brightness Loss From Right
38°
Black Level Raise From Left
25°
Black Level Raise From Right
24°
Gamma Shift From Left
18°
Gamma Shift From Right
18°

The Samsung Odyssey G3 has okay horizontal viewing angles. It's better than most VA panel monitors because there isn't too much color washout or shift at wide angles, but the image becomes noticeably darker when viewing from the side. It's not very ideal for sharing your screen with others.

6.0
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
37°
Color Washout From Above
32°
Color Shift From Below
51°
Color Shift From Above
70°
Brightness Loss From Below
35°
Brightness Loss From Above
31°
Black Level Raise From Below
15°
Black Level Raise From Above
13°
Gamma Shift From Below
19°
Gamma Shift From Above
15°

The vertical viewing angles are mediocre. Once again, the colors remain fairly accurate, but you'll notice that the screen looks darker if you mount it above eye level.

8.8
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
3.034%
50% DSE
0.099%
5% Std. Dev.
0.796%
5% DSE
0.064%

The gray uniformity is excellent. The 50% gray image looks darker than some other monitors we've tested, like the Samsung Odyssey G5 LC27G55T. It still looks fairly uniform overall, except the sides are slightly darker. Uniformity is even better in near-dark scenes. Keep in mind that uniformity can vary between units.

6.6
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
1.582%
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

Our unit has okay black uniformity, but this can vary between units. There's noticeable backlight bleed along the left and right edges, and there's a bit of blooming around the center cross. Sadly, there's no local dimming feature to improve it.

8.2
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
Standard
Luminance
181 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
50
Contrast Setting
50
RGB Controls
Warm
Gamma Setting
Mode 1
Color Temperature
6,688 K
White Balance dE
2.05
Color dE
2.58
Gamma
2.11

The out-of-the-box accuracy is great. Most colors and the white balance are only slightly inaccurate, but not enough for most people to notice. The color temperature is also close to the 6500K target, but it's slightly on the cold side. Unfortunately, gamma doesn't follow the sRGB target; dark scenes are over-darkened while others are too bright. Keep in mind that accuracy can vary between units.

9.5
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
Picture Mode
Standard
Luminance
101 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
5
Contrast Setting
45
RGB Controls
50-51-48
Gamma Setting
Mode 1
Color Temperature
6,464 K
White Balance dE
0.63
Color dE
0.69
Gamma
2.19

After calibration, the accuracy is fantastic. You shouldn't be able to spot any remaining inaccuracies without the aid of a colorimeter. Color temperature is even closer to the target, and gamma follows the target much better.

You can download our ICC profile calibration here. This is provided for reference only and shouldn't be used, as the calibration values vary per individual unit, even for the same model, due to manufacturing tolerances.

8.5
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
95.5%
Adobe RGB xy
74.8%
sRGB Picture Mode
Standard
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Standard

The Samsung Odyssey G3 has an excellent SDR color gamut. It has fantastic coverage of the sRGB color space used in most web content. Its Adobe RGB coverage is good enough if you want to do some casual photo editing, but it may not be good enough for professionals.

8.9
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB In ICtCp
96.4%
Adobe RGB In ICtCp
80.6%
sRGB Picture Mode
Standard
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Standard

The Samsung G3 has an amazing SDR color volume. Thanks to its high contrast ratio and decent peak brightness, it can display colors at a wide range of luminance levels.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
N/A
DCI P3 xy
N/A
Rec. 2020 xy
N/A
DCI P3 Picture Mode
No HDR
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
No HDR

The Samsung Odyssey G3 doesn't support HDR.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 In ICtCp
N/A
Rec. 2020 In ICtCp
N/A
DCI P3 Picture Mode
No HDR
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
No HDR

This monitor doesn't support HDR.

9.7
Picture Quality
Image Retention
IR After 0 Min Recovery
0.11%
IR After 2 Min Recovery
0.00%
IR After 4 Min Recovery
0.00%
IR After 6 Min Recovery
0.00%
IR After 8 Min Recovery
0.00%
IR After 10 Min Recovery
0.00%

There's some very minor image retention after displaying a high-contrast static image for 10 minutes. However, it's hard to spot, it disappears quickly, and can vary between units.

8.6
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
8 Bit

The Samsung Odyssey G3 has excellent gradient handling. It's fantastic for an 8-bit panel, but you still may notice some banding in darker colors, especially with grays, greens, and a bit of blue.

10
Picture Quality
Color Bleed
Pixel Row Error
0.001%
Pixel Column Error
0.001%

There are no signs of color bleed on the Samsung G3.

7.3
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Matte
Total Reflections
5.3%
Indirect Reflections
2.9%
Calculated Direct Reflections
2.6%

The Samsung Odyssey G3 has decent reflection handling. It handles a moderate amount of light well, but even at that, there's a beam of light stretched across the screen that can be distracting. We don't suggest placing this opposite a window with direct sunlight.

6.5
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Sub-Pixel Layout
RGB

Due to the lower 1080p resolution, text clarity is just okay. Even after enabling Windows ClearType (top photo), text still looks a bit blurry. The 24 inch version of the Samsung Odyssey G3 has a higher pixel density that should result in better text clarity, but we don't know for sure.

Motion
6.2
Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Best Overdrive Setting
On
Rise / Fall Time
7.5 ms
Total Response Time
23.4 ms
Overshoot Error
7.9%
Dark Rise / Fall Time
10.1 ms
Dark Total Response Time
28.8 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
4.2%

Overdrive SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
OnChartTablePhoto
OffChartTablePhoto

The Samsung Odyssey G3 has a mediocre response time. The total response time is very slow, resulting in motion blur and smearing. Although VA panels can have noticeable smearing, this one is worse than other monitors like the Samsung Odyssey G5 LC27G55T. You can either enable or disable the overdrive setting, and there aren't any specific settings for it; we recommend using it because it results in a quicker response time than if you don't enable it, but motion looks blurry either way.

Note: There are visible horizontal lines in the photo because of the slow response time and the way the camera captures the pixels. However, this shouldn't be noticeable in regular content.

5.6
Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Best Overdrive Setting
On
Rise / Fall Time
9.8 ms
Total Response Time
22.5 ms
Overshoot Error
3.3%
Dark Rise / Fall Time
17.5 ms
Dark Total Response Time
33.7 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
0.0%

Overdrive SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
OnChartTablePhoto
OffChartTablePhoto

The response time at 60Hz is also disappointing. Like at its max refresh rate, the slow response time results in motion blur. If you enable the overdrive there's less black smear than with it disabled, but it doesn't improve the appearance of motion all that much.

10
Motion
Image Flicker
Flicker-Free Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
0 Hz

The Samsung G3 has a flicker-free backlight, which helps reduce eye strain.

6.0
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Yes
BFI Maximum Frequency
144 Hz
BFI Minimum Frequency
120 Hz

There's a Black Frame Insertion feature to try to reduce motion blur. However, it works within a narrow range and creates some image duplication. You can't enable it at the same time as VRR. Also, enabling the BFI feature brightens the screen to over 100 nits, and if you change the brightness setting, it turns the BFI off. Keep in mind that the BFI score is based on the flicker range and not its actual performance.

9.0
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native
144 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
144 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
FreeSync
Yes
G-SYNC
Compatible (Tested)
VRR Maximum
144 Hz
VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors DisplayPort, HDMI

The Samsung Odyssey G3 has VRR support to reduce screen tearing. Although it's not officially certified by NVIDIA, G-SYNC still works over a DisplayPort connection. Over HDMI, only FreeSync works. If you want something similar with a higher 165Hz refresh rate, check out the MSI Optix G27C6.

Inputs
9.4
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution
5.0 ms
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
10.0 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
5.4 ms
Variable Refresh Rate @ 60Hz
10.8 ms
10 Bit HDR
N/A
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
7.6 ms

The input lag is extremely low, even with VRR enabled, so you shouldn't notice any delay.

7.1
Inputs
Resolution And Size
Native Resolution 1920 x 1080
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Megapixels 2.1 MP
Pixel Density
82 PPI
Screen Diagonal 27.0"
Screen Area 310 in²

The 27 inch Samsung G3 has enough screen space for multitasking, but the 1080p resolution results in low pixel density. The smaller 24 inch model would have a higher pixel density, but we didn't test it.

Inputs
Inputs

The VGA input is labelled as D-Sub.

Inputs
Total Inputs
DisplayPort 1 (DP 1.2)
Mini DisplayPort No
HDMI 1 (HDMI 2.0)
DVI No
VGA 1
DisplayPort Out No
USB No
USB C No
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm 1
Microphone In 3.5mm No
Digital Optical Audio Out No
Analog Audio Out RCA No
Power Supply External Brick
Features
Features
Additional Features
RGB Illumination
No
Speakers
No
HDR10 No
Multiple Input Display
No

There are limited extra features, but you can display a virtual crosshair or timer. Also, it has an 'Eye Saver Mode' that aims to reduce eye strain.

Features
On-Screen Display (OSD)
Features
Controls

The controls are located on the back right side, and they control the on-screen menu and power the monitor On/Off.

Features
In The Box

  • HDMI cable
  • Power cable
  • Power supply
  • User guide

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the Samsung Odyssey G3 in a 27 inch size. There's also a 24 inch model available, but it has a lower advertised contrast ratio. While we expect it to perform similarly, we don't know for sure. It's part of Samsung's Odyssey lineup, which includes the Samsung Odyssey G5 LC27G55T, Samsung Odyssey G7, and the Samsung Odyssey G9.

Model Code Size Type Resolution Refresh Rate Advertised Contrast
LF24G35TFWNXZA 24" VA 1080p 144Hz 3000:1 contrast
LF27G35TFWNXZA 27" VA 1080p 144Hz 4000:1 contrast

If someone comes across a different type of panel, or their Samsung Odyssey G3 doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we'll update the review. Note that some tests, like the gray uniformity, may vary between individual units.

Our unit was manufactured in December 2020, and you can see the label here.

Compared To Other Monitors

The Samsung Odyssey G3 is a good budget gaming monitor. It has better ergonomics than the Samsung Odyssey G5 LC27G55T and has features most gamers are looking for. However, it has a slow response time, and the motion blur is noticeable. There are other options with much quicker response times, like the Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx.

Also see our recommendations for the best budget monitors, the best 1080p monitors, and the best gaming monitors.

Samsung Odyssey G5 LC27G55T

The Samsung Odyssey G5 LC27G55T and the Samsung Odyssey G3 LF27G35T are part of the same monitor lineup, but they have different features and performance. The G5 is a curved monitor with a 1440p resolution, while the G3 is flat and has a 1080p resolution. The G5 is better for gaming mainly because it has a much quicker response time that results in smoother motion. It also supports HDR, which the G3 doesn't, but it doesn't add much because it has low HDR peak brightness and can't display a wide color gamut. On the other hand, the G3 has much better ergonomics because it offers height and swivel adjustments.

Samsung Odyssey G7 LC32G75T

The Samsung Odyssey G7 LC32G75T is a higher-end monitor than the Samsung Odyssey G3 LF27G35T, so it performs better overall. The G7 has a curved screen with a 1440p resolution and 240Hz refresh, while the G3 is flat and has a 1080p resolution and 144Hz refresh rate. The G7 has much quicker response times, so motion looks smoother in fast-paced games, and it also supports HDR, which the G3 doesn't. However, the G3 has better ergonomics because it has a wider swivel range.

ASUS VG279Q

The ASUS VG279Q is a better gaming monitor than the Samsung Odyssey G3 LF27G35T, but they have different panel types. They each have a 1080p resolution with a 144Hz refresh rate, but the ASUS has an IPS panel with wider viewing angles, and the Samsung has a VA panel with better contrast. Motion looks much smoother on the ASUS due to its quick response times. It's also a better choice for use in well-lit rooms because it gets brighter and has a bit better reflection handling.

Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx

The Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx is much better than the Samsung Odyssey G3 LF27G35T. They each have a 1080p resolution, but they have different panel types. The Acer has an IPS panel with wider viewing angles. It also has a significantly faster response time, so motion looks smoother, and you can overclock its 144Hz refresh rate to 165Hz. Although the Acer has a smaller screen, it has a higher pixel density to provide better text clarity. On the other hand, the Samsung has a VA panel with a higher contrast ratio, displaying deeper blacks.

Dell S2721HGF

The Dell S2721HGF and the Samsung Odyssey G3 LF27G35T are both decent monitors. They share similar characteristics with VA panels, a 1080p resolution, and 144Hz refresh rate, but the Dell is curved while the Samsung is flat. The Dell is a bit better for gaming mainly because of its quick response times, especially at its max refresh rate, so motion looks better. The Dell is also a bit better for use in bright rooms because it has better reflection handling and higher peak brightness. However, the Samsung has a more ergonomic stand as you can swivel it or rotate it into portrait mode.

Samsung T55

The Samsung Odyssey G3 LF27G35T is better for gaming than the Samsung T55, mainly because the G3 has a higher 144Hz refresh rate than the 75Hz on the T55. They each have a VA panel with a 1080p resolution, and the G3 is flat while the T55 has an aggressive 1000R curve. Despite having a lower refresh rate, the T55 has a quicker response time, but motion looks blurry on either monitor. The T55 is better for well-lit rooms because it gets brighter and has better reflection handling. However, the G3 is better for office use because it has much better ergonomics.

MSI Optix G27C6

The Samsung Odyssey G3 LF27G35T and the MSI Optix G27C6 are both good budget-friendly gaming monitors. They each have a VA panel with a 1080p resolution, but the MSI has a higher 165Hz refresh rate than the 144Hz on the Samsung. They're very similar in performance; they have native FreeSync support, G-SYNC compatibility, and low input lag, but their response times are slow. The Samsung is a bit more versatile for other uses because it has much better ergonomics, but the MSI gets brighter if you want to use it in a well-lit room.

ASUS ZenScreen MB14AC

The ASUS ZenScreen MB14AC and the Samsung Odyssey G3 LF27G35T are very different monitors. The ASUS is a 14" portable monitor with a basic 60Hz refresh rate, while the Samsung is a 27" budget desktop gaming monitor with a 144Hz refresh rate. The ASUS has a very narrow color gamut that makes colors look washed out, so it's not ideal for work that requires image accuracy or media consumption. It's also not a good choice for gaming because it has bad response times and no VRR support.

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