The Samsung Odyssey G5 LC27G55T is a good budget gaming monitor with a 1440p resolution. It's better suited for a dark to moderately-lit room, as it has a high contrast ratio to produce deep blacks but doesn't get bright enough to overcome intense glare. It has a quick response time, high refresh rate, and low input lag, resulting in a smooth and responsive gaming experience. On top of that, it has FreeSync support and G-SYNC compatibility. Unfortunately, it has sub-par viewing angles and terrible ergonomics, so it isn't the best choice for co-op gaming or sharing content. Also, even though it supports HDR, it has a low peak brightness and can't display a wide color gamut.
Overall, the Samsung Odyssey G5 is okay. It performs well enough to satisfy most gamers thanks to its quick response time, high refresh rate, and variable refresh rate support. However, it can't display a wide color gamut and doesn't get very bright, resulting in a mediocre HDR experience. Its large screen and high resolution are great for productivity, but it has terrible ergonomics and sub-par viewing angles, making it hard to adjust the monitor to your ideal viewing position or share your work with others.
The Samsung Odyssey G5 is mediocre for office use. It has a high resolution and a large screen with plenty of space for multitasking. It has good reflection handling, but it might not be able to overcome intense glare, especially if there's sunlight. Ergonomics are terrible because it only allows for tilt adjustment, and its VA panel's narrow viewing angles aren't ideal for sharing work with coworkers.
The Samsung Odyssey G5 is a good gaming monitor. It has a large screen and high resolution, great for playing atmospheric games like RPGs. Motion handling is good, as it has a high refresh rate and quick response time to make fast motion look clear and buttery smooth. Its input lag is exceptionally low, and it supports variable refresh rate technology to reduce screen tearing. Sadly, it has terrible ergonomics and sub-par viewing angles, so it isn't the best option for co-op gaming.
The Samsung Odyssey G5 is okay for media consumption. It isn't the best choice for sharing content on the screen with others due to its narrow viewing angles and terrible ergonomics. However, it delivers good picture quality and has a large screen. It has a good contrast ratio that allows it to produce deep blacks, but there's a lot of backlight bleed. That said, uniformity can vary between units, so your experience might be different.
The Samsung Odyssey G5 is okay for media creation. It has a large screen and high resolution, allowing you to work comfortably with multiple windows opened side-by-side. It has a great SDR color gamut with excellent coverage of the sRGB color space, and its gradient handling is superb. Unfortunately, it has terrible ergonomics and narrow viewing angles, which isn't ideal for sharing your screen with others.
The Samsung Odyssey G5 is mediocre for gaming in HDR. It can deliver a pretty good gaming experience due to its fast response time, low input lag, and 144Hz refresh. However, HDR content doesn't look much different from SDR because it can't display a wide color gamut and doesn't get bright enough to make highlights pop.
From the front, the Samsung Odyssey G5 looks similar to its bigger sibling, the Samsung Odyssey G7, with thin borders on three sides and a wide V-shaped stand. However, the back is very different, as it looks noticeably cheaper due to its small basic stand. It also lacks the RGB lighting that's present on the G7.
The stand's feet are wide-set, but they're relatively thin, which leaves you a good amount of usable desk space. It's made out of cheap plastic and wobbles quite a bit.
The ergonomics are terrible. It only allows for a narrow tilt adjustment. If you want something with much better ergonomics, look into the Samsung Odyssey G3.
The back of the monitor is made out of textured plastic. All the inputs are bottom-facing, and there's a passthrough at the top of the stand for cable management. You don't need any tools to set up the stand; it just clicks into place.
The Samsung Odyssey G5 has thin borders on three sides and a thicker bottom bezel. They aren't distracting.
The monitor is very thick due to the screen's curvature, and the stand sticks out a bit at the back.
The Samsung G5 Odyssey's build quality is decent. It's entirely plastic, but it feels relatively sturdy overall. However, the VESA mounting holes don't line up with the display's center of gravity, causing the display to tilt downwards when VESA-mounted. The tilting hinge doesn't feel like it's strong enough to hold the display up, as it also causes the screen to tilt downwards to the minimum tilt angle. The stand feels cheap, and although it's easy to install, it's hard to remove.
The Samsung Odyssey G5 has a good contrast ratio. It's slightly higher than the advertised 2500:1; however, contrast can vary between individual units.
The Samsung Odyssey G5 doesn't have a local dimming feature. The video above is provided for reference only.
The Samsung G5 Odyssey has decent SDR peak brightness. Except for the dimmer 2% window caused by frame dimming, brightness is very consistent across different content. However, it isn't bright enough to overcome intense glare, so it's better suited for a dark to moderately-lit room.
We measured the SDR peak brightness after calibration in the 'Custom' Picture Mode, with Brightness set to max.
Disappointing HDR peak brightness. It isn't bright enough to make highlights stand out in HDR content, and just like in SDR, the 2% window is dimmer. Samsung's website has an icon indicating VESA HDR600 certification, although it could just be a mistake, as the brightness doesn't get anywhere near 600 cd/m².
We measured the HDR peak brightness after calibration in the 'Custom' Picture Mode, with Brightness set to max.
Like most VA panels, the Samsung Odyssey G5 has sub-par horizontal viewing angles. The image looks inaccurate when viewed from the side, which isn't ideal for co-op gaming or sharing content.
Poor vertical viewing angles. This makes the image look washed out if you have the monitor mounted above or below eye level. Although still not great, if you want a similar monitor with better viewing angles, check out the Dell S2722DGM instead.
Gray uniformity is outstanding; however, this can vary between individual units. It's a little darker on the right edge of the screen, but thankfully, it isn't that noticeable, and there's almost no dirty screen effect. Uniformity is better in near-dark scenes.
Black uniformity is bad on our Samsung Odyssey G5; however, this varies between individual units. There's a lot of backlight bleed along the top and bottom edges of the screen, making the entire screen look gray.
Out of the box, the Samsung Odyssey G5 has decent accuracy; however, this can vary between individual units. There are visible inaccuracies with a few colors and shades of gray. Gamma doesn't follow the sRGB curve at all, causing most scenes to appear darker than intended. The color temperature is just a bit cooler than our 6500K target, which results in a slight blueish tint.
Accuracy is exceptional after calibration. White balance is nearly perfect, and the color temperature is almost right on target. There are still some color inaccuracies, but they're very hard to spot. Gamma is much improved; however, very dark and very bright scenes are over-brightened.
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 G5 Odyssey has a great SDR color gamut. It has excellent coverage of the sRGB color space used in most content and decent coverage of the Adobe RGB color space, which is used for photo editing.
Decent SDR color volume. It can display dark colors relatively well, but it has trouble producing bright colors.
Although the Samsung Odyssey G5 supports HDR, it can't display a wide color gamut. It has mediocre coverage of the commonly-used DCI P3 color space and poor coverage of the wider Rec. 2020.
Samsung hasn't indicated what percentage of the HDR color gamut the monitor is supposed to cover. Due to the way we measure the DCI P3 coverage, our measurement is likely lower than most other reviewers. We measure it by sending a Rec. 2020 signal, but unlike most reviewers, we limit the colors to the DCI P3 primaries. This results in a lower but arguably more accurate measurement.
The HDR color volume is bad, mainly due to its limited color gamut and low brightness. It has difficulty displaying bright colors as well as very dark and saturated colors.
The Samsung Odyssey G5 doesn't exhibit any signs of image retention, even after displaying a high-contrast image for ten minutes. However, this can vary between units.
Gradient handling is superb. There's a tiny amount of banding in the darker shades of gray, red, and green, but it shouldn't be noticeable in most content.
There are no signs of color bleed on this monitor.
The Samsung Odyssey G5's reflection handling is good. Its matte anti-reflective coating does a good job of diffusing bright reflections; however, visibility can still be an issue in well-lit environments due to the monitor's low brightness.
Text clarity is decent. Windows ClearType (top photo) helps with diagonal lines, such as on the R and N, but it can make vertical lines look slightly thinner.
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The Samsung Odyssey G5 has a good response time when running at its max refresh rate, resulting in only a short blur trail behind fast-moving objects. The recommended overdrive setting is 'Faster', as it provides the best performance with almost no overshoot.
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The response time at 60Hz is decent. It's a bit slow in the darker transitions, causing slightly more motion blur in dark scenes. The recommended overdrive setting is again 'Faster' because 'Fastest' causes much more overshoot.
The Samsung G5 Odyssey is advertised to have a flicker-free backlight. It's flicker-free when the backlight is set above 0%; however, there's a 144Hz flickering when the backlight is at 0%, which matches the monitor's refresh rate. If flicker bothers you, the Dell S2722DGM is a similar monitor that's completely flicker-free.
The Samsung G5 Odyssey has an optional Black Frame Insertion feature to improve motion clarity, but like most monitors, it can't be used at the same time as VRR. When enabled, the screen becomes noticeably darker due to the lack of brightness compensation, and it remains active as long as you don't adjust the screen's brightness. It sometimes causes the screen to dim so much that we can barely navigate the on-screen menu, and we could only get the brightness to return to normal after unplugging the monitor. Additionally, it causes noticeable dark smearing behind fast-moving objects. To use BFI, set the monitor's overdrive setting to 'Fastest (MBR)'.
The Samsung G5 Odyssey supports FreeSync natively to reduce screen tearing. It's compatible with NVIDIA's G-SYNC as well, but it only works over a DisplayPort connection. If you want something with a higher 165Hz refresh rate, then check out the MSI Optix G27CQ4.
The Samsung Odyssey G5 has exceptionally low input lag, but it's significantly higher when playing at 60Hz. We measured the input lag with 10-bit HDR at 60Hz because it's the highest refresh rate possible over an HDMI connection when sending a 10-bit signal, and we can't measure the input lag with HDR over a DisplayPort connection. Over DisplayPort, the maximum refresh rate at 10-bit is 120Hz.
The 1440p resolution on the Samsung Odyssey G5 makes it great for multitasking and results in sharp images and text. There's also a larger variant with a 21:9 aspect ratio and 34 inch screen, the Samsung Odyssey G5 LC34G55T.
The Samsung Odyssey G5 has only a few extra features. You can add a virtual crosshair, and there's an Eye Saver Mode that helps reduce eye strain.
During testing, we noticed that the monitor's OSD doesn't reflect the active refresh rate, it only shows the maximum refresh rate. This means that even if you set the refresh rate in the graphics card's control panel to 60Hz, it would still show 144Hz in the on-screen menu.
There's a single joystick located just below the Samsung branding at the center of the bottom bezel. It allows you to turn the monitor On/Off and navigate the monitor's on-screen menu.
We tested the 27" Samsung Odyssey G5, and it's available in a 32" size as well, which we haven't tested but expect to perform similarly. It's part of Samsung's Odyssey gaming monitor lineup, which includes the Samsung Odyssey G7 and the Samsung Odyssey G9.
Our unit of the G5 Odyssey was manufactured in July 2020; you can see the label here.
The Samsung G5 Odyssey is a good budget gaming monitor. However, it doesn't perform as well as other similar monitors in its price range, such as the ViewSonic VX2758-2KP-MHD. The ViewSonic has a faster response time, much wider viewing angles, and gets a lot brighter. For more options, check out our recommendations for the best 1440p 144Hz monitors, the best curved gaming monitors, and the best gaming monitors.
The Gigabyte G27QC is better than the Samsung Odyssey G5. The G27QC has a higher contrast ratio, quicker response time, and a slightly higher refresh rate. It also has better ergonomics and gets brighter. However, the Odyssey G5 has a Black Frame Insertion feature to improve motion clarity.
The AOC CQ27G2 is much better than the Samsung Odyssey G5. The AOC has significantly better ergonomics, faster response time, and lower input lag, especially when playing at 60Hz. However, the Samsung provides better visibility in well-lit rooms due to its higher peak brightness and better reflection handling.
The MSI Optix G27CQ4 and the Samsung Odyssey G5 LC27G55T are both good gaming monitors. They each have a VA panel with a 1440p resolution, and they offer similar features, but the MSI has a 165Hz refresh rate compared to the Samsung's 144Hz. The MSI is also flicker-free at all brightness levels, while the Samsung flickers at lower brightness levels. The Samsung supports HDR, which the MSI doesn't, but it doesn't add much because it can't display a wide color gamut.
The LG 27GL850-B is much better than the Samsung Odyssey G5 LC27G55T for most uses. The LG has a much quicker response time to deliver smoother motion in fast-moving scenes. The LG uses an IPS panel that provides wider viewing angles, while the Samsung uses a VA panel that produces deeper blacks for a better dark room viewing experience.
The Samsung Odyssey G5 LC27G55T and the Gigabyte M27Q are both 1440p gaming monitors, but with different types of panels. The Samsung has a VA panel that's better suited for dark rooms, while the Gigabyte uses an IPS panel with wider viewing angles. As for gaming performance, the Gigabyte performs much better. It has a higher refresh rate of 170Hz and a much faster response time. The Gigabyte supports a wide color gamut for HDR, gets brighter, and offers more features like a USB-C input.
The Samsung Odyssey G7 LC32G75T is significantly better than the Samsung Odyssey G5. The G7 has a better contrast ratio, higher refresh rate, and much faster response time. It also has a better SDR and HDR color gamut, and it gets a lot brighter. On the other hand, the G5 has built-in speakers and is much cheaper.
Gaming-wise, the ASUS TUF VG27AQ performs better because it has a slightly higher refresh rate and faster response time to deliver a clearer image with less smearing behind fast-moving objects. The ASUS has better ergonomics, and its IPS panel provides wider viewing angles. However, the Samsung is better suited for dark rooms because it uses a VA panel that produces much deeper blacks.
The LG 27GN800-B is much better than the Samsung Odyssey G5 LC27G55T overall. The LG has a much quicker response time, which results in a clearer image with less blur trail behind fast-moving objects. The LG has an IPS panel with wider viewing angles, making it better for sharing content or playing co-op games, but it isn't as ideal for dark rooms as the Samsung because it has a low contrast ratio that makes blacks appear gray.
The Gigabyte G27Q is better than the Samsung Odyssey G5 LC27G55T because it has a better response time that results in a clearer image with a shorter blur trail behind fast-moving objects. It also has wider viewing angles that make it easier to share content and gets significantly brighter to combat glare. The Gigabyte can display a wide color gamut for HDR, but the Samsung has a much better contrast ratio to produce deeper blacks.
The Dell S2721DGF is much better than the Samsung Odyssey G5 overall. The Dell has better gaming performance due to its higher refresh rate, faster response time, and lower input lag. It also has wider viewing angles, higher peak brightness, and significantly better ergonomics. However, the Samsung's VA panel has a better contrast ratio, and it has a Black Frame Insertion feature to improve motion clarity.
The Samsung Odyssey G5 LC34G55T is a larger variant of the Samsung Odyssey G5 LC27G55T with a 34 inch screen and 21:9 aspect ratio. The 27 inch version is also available in a 32 inch size, and they each have a 16:9 aspect ratio. Each variant has mainly the same features and design, but the 34 inch variant has a DisplayPort 1.4 input, allowing it to produce a higher 165Hz refresh rate. We encountered a lot of bugs with VRR and input lag on the 34 inch model that we didn't see on the 27 inch model, but your experience may vary.
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 Dell S2721HGF and the Samsung Odyssey G5 are both 27 inch, 144Hz VA panel monitors, but the Samsung has a 1440p resolution while the Dell is 1080p. The Dell has a better response time, especially in dark scenes. It has better ergonomics because it allows for height adjustment, and the viewing angles are better, quite good for a VA panel. The Dell gets brighter to combat glare; however, you might still have some visibility issues in very well-lit, sunny environments. The Samsung has HDR support, but it doesn't add much since it can't display a wide color gamut.
The ViewSonic VX2758-2KP-MHD is much better than the Samsung Odyssey G5. The ViewSonic has a much faster response time, higher peak brightness, and its IPS panel provides much wider viewing angles. However, the Samsung is better suited for dark rooms due to its good contrast ratio, and it's available in two sizes, 27" and 32".
The ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV is much better than the Samsung Odyssey G5; however, they aren't intended for the same use. The ASUS is a budget monitor for content creators with superb ergonomics and wide viewing angles. It also has a faster response time, but gaming feels smoother and more responsive on the Samsung due to its higher refresh rate.