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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Samsung Odyssey G3 doesn't support HDR.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Samsung Odyssey G3 doesn't have a local dimming feature. The video above is provided for reference only.
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.
The Samsung Odyssey G3 doesn't support HDR.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Samsung Odyssey G3 doesn't support HDR.
This monitor doesn't support HDR.
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.
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.
There are no signs of color bleed on the Samsung G3.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
The Samsung G3 has a flicker-free backlight, which helps reduce eye strain.
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.
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.
The input lag is extremely low, even with VRR enabled, so you shouldn't notice any delay.
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.
This monitor doesn't have a USB service port, so you can't install firmware updates on it, but the newer version, the Samsung Odyssey G3 S24AG30, has one.
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.
The controls are located on the back right side, and they control the on-screen menu and power the monitor On/Off.
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.
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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.
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.
The Samsung Odyssey G3 LF27G35T and the Samsung Odyssey G3 S24AG30 are very similar monitors that are both part of the same lineup. The LF27G35T we tested has a 27 inch screen, while the S24AG30 we tested is 24 inches, but both are available in 24 and 27 inch models. They have many of the same features, but the LF27G35T performs better in a few areas. It gets brighter and has better motion handling, but its response time is still mediocre. The S24AG30 has a different design with a worse swivel range, and it has a USB input, but you can't use it for charging.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Samsung Odyssey G3 LF27G35T is much better than the Dell S2421H, but it uses a different panel type. The Samsung has a VA panel, which delivers much better contrast for dark-room viewing. The Samsung also has much better ergonomics and a faster refresh rate. On the other hand, the Dell has better viewing angles and a faster response time, despite the faster refresh rate on the Samsung.
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.
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.
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.