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Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75 Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v2.0
Review updated Apr 08, 2024 at 12:58 pm
Latest change: Writing modified Apr 17, 2024 at 10:15 am
Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75 Picture
7.9
PC Gaming
8.7
Console Gaming
8.4
Office
7.9
Editing
7.6
Brightness
8.1
Response Time
7.7
HDR Picture
8.2
SDR Picture
7.9
Color Accuracy

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75 is a 32-inch 4k monitor that Samsung released in 2022. Part of the Odyssey gaming lineup, it's different from other G7 models like the Samsung Odyssey G7/G70B S32BG70 because it uses Mini LED backlighting and quantum dot technology to display a wider range of colors, similar to the higher-end Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 S32BG85. It also features a 1000R curved screen to bring the edges more within your field of vision. It focuses on both console and PC gaming because it has a 165Hz refresh rate, VRR support, and HDMI 2.1 bandwidth that allows you to play 4k games at a high frame rate, as long as your graphics card supports it.

Our Verdict

7.9 PC Gaming

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 is very good for PC gaming. It has a 165Hz refresh rate with VRR support to reduce screen tearing. It has low input lag for a responsive feel and motion looks sharp for the most part, but there's more inverse ghosting at lower refresh rates with VRR enabled. It also has noticeable VRR flicker with changing frame rates, which is mostly distracting in dark scenes. On the plus side, it delivers good picture quality thanks to its decent local dimming feature and high brightness that makes small highlights pop.

Pros
  • Supports all common VRR formats.
  • Fast response time with most refresh rates.
  • Decent local dimming.
  • Small highlights pop against dark backgrounds.
  • Low input lag with most settings.
Cons
  • Distracting VRR flicker with changing frame rates.
  • Some blooming around bright objects.
  • More inverse ghosting at lower refresh rates.
8.7 Console Gaming

The Samsung Neo G7 is excellent for console gaming. It takes full advantage of the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S due to its HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, and it delivers detailed images thanks to its 4k resolution. Motion looks sharp, but it doesn't eliminate all blur, and it has low enough input lag for a responsive feel, which is great for playing reaction-based games. It also provides life-like images, especially when playing HDR games, as it has a decent local dimming feature that helps it display deep blacks, and colors are vivid.

Pros
  • HDMI 2.1 bandwidth.
  • Fast response time with most refresh rates.
  • Decent local dimming.
  • Small highlights pop against dark backgrounds.
  • Low input lag with most settings.
Cons
  • Some blooming around bright objects.
  • More inverse ghosting at lower refresh rates.
8.4 Office

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 is great for office use. The 32-inch screen and high 4k resolution are good enough to open multiple windows at once, and the text clarity is fantastic. It also has good reflection handling, and it gets bright enough to fight glare, but there are distracting changes in the brightness when you leave the local dimming feature on. Sadly, it has narrow viewing angles that make the image look washed out from the sides.

Pros
  • 4k resolution results in sharp text.
  • Bright enough to fight glare.
  • Great ergonomics.
Cons
  • Narrow viewing angles.
7.9 Editing

The Samsung Neo G7 is great for content creators. With a 32-inch screen and 4k resolution, you can edit photos and videos with sharp detail and see more of your work area at once. It also has excellent overall ergonomics that make it easy to adjust, but with a curved screen and narrow viewing angles, it's hard to share the screen with someone else next to you. While it displays a wide range of colors and has decent accuracy before calibration, you still need to calibrate it for the best accuracy.

Pros
  • 4k resolution results in sharp text.
  • Bright enough to fight glare.
  • Great ergonomics.
  • High contrast ratio.
Cons
  • Narrow viewing angles.
  • Some blooming around bright objects.
  • Needs full calibration for best accuracy.
7.6 Brightness

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 has good brightness. It gets bright enough to fight glare in a well-lit room. It also gets bright in HDR, making small highlights pop, but it can't maintain that high peak brightness with larger objects.

Pros
  • Bright enough to fight glare.
  • Small highlights pop against dark backgrounds.
Cons
  • Larger highlights don't stand out.
8.1 Response Time

The Samsung Neo G7 has a great response time that makes motion look sharp, but it doesn't eliminate all blur. Also, there's more inverse ghosting at lower refresh rates, which can get distracting.

Pros
  • Fast response time with most refresh rates.
Cons
  • More inverse ghosting at lower refresh rates.
7.7 HDR Picture

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 is great for HDR. It has a high contrast ratio to make blacks look deep, and the decent local dimming feature helps improve the picture quality in dark scenes, but there's still some blooming around bright objects. It also displays a wide range of colors in HDR, and it makes them look vivid.

Pros
  • Decent local dimming.
  • High contrast ratio.
  • Displays wide range of colors.
Cons
  • Some blooming around bright objects.
8.2 SDR Picture

The Samsung Neo G7 has great picture quality in SDR. It displays a wide range of colors and has a good native contrast ratio, but there's backlight bleed in dark scenes with local dimming disabled.

Pros
  • High contrast ratio.
  • Displays wide range of colors.
Cons
  • Some blooming around bright objects.
7.9 Color Accuracy

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 has very good color accuracy. You need to calibrate it for the best accuracy, but once you do, it has good gray uniformity that keeps the image consistently accurate over the entire screen.

Pros
  • Displays wide range of colors.
Cons
  • Needs full calibration for best accuracy.
  • 7.9 PC Gaming
  • 8.7 Console Gaming
  • 8.4 Office
  • 7.9 Editing

Performance Usages

  • 7.6 Brightness
  • 8.1 Response Time
  • 7.7 HDR Picture
  • 8.2 SDR Picture
  • 7.9 Color Accuracy
  1. Updated Apr 17, 2024: Updated text throughout the review according to Test Bench 2.0, mainly in the Verdict and Motion sections.
  2. Updated Apr 17, 2024: We've converted this review to Test Bench 2.0. This includes new tests for VRR Motion Performance, Refresh Rate Compliance, Cumulative Absolute Deviation (CAD), and VRR Flicker. You can read the full changelog here.
  3. Updated Dec 14, 2023: Added that the AOC Q27G3XMN has higher HDR Brightness.
  4. Updated Dec 13, 2023: Removed the Real Scene video in Local Dimming because it isn't part of our regular testing, and it wasn't processed properly.
  5. Updated Dec 08, 2023: Changed the Text Clarity score to 9.0 to better reflect other monitors that we've tested.
  6. Updated Dec 05, 2023: Reuploaded the Real Content videos linked in Local Dimming with better processing, as the black levels were raised in the original videos.
  7. Updated Jun 23, 2023: Clarified that the Acer ‎Predator X32 Fpbmiiiiphuzx is another 32-inch, 4k monitor with a better Horizontal Viewing Angle.
  8. Updated Apr 18, 2023: Confirmed that 1440p works on this monitor with the PS5.
  9. Updated Jan 24, 2023: Added that this monitor is different from the Samsung Odyssey G7/G70B S32BG70 in the Variants section.
  10. Updated Jan 20, 2023: Compared this monitor's Black Uniformity to that of a QD-OLED monitor like the Dell Alienware AW3423DWF.
  11. Updated Dec 16, 2022: Added that the Cooler Master Tempest GP27U is a similar monitor that has a USB-C input, unlike this monitor.
  12. Updated Sep 12, 2022: We bought and tested the Sony INZONE M9, and added relevant comparisons to this review.
  13. Updated Aug 25, 2022: We bought and tested the LG 32GQ950-B, and added a few relevant comparisons in the text.
  14. Updated Aug 08, 2022: We recently reviewed the Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 and we clarified in the Variants box which differences they have.
  15. Updated Aug 03, 2022: Clarified what the Contrast Enhancer does and added that it has a Black Equalizer feature.
  16. Updated Aug 03, 2022: Clarified which picture modes are available in HDR and fixed a mistake with a result in the Pre-Calibration box.
  17. Updated Aug 02, 2022: Removed text that said the 'Auto' local dimming setting performs like 'High' in HDR. It's a separate mode that performs differently.
  18. Updated Jul 29, 2022: Review published.
  19. Updated Jul 20, 2022: Early access published.
  20. Updated Jul 07, 2022: Our testers have started testing this product.
  21. Updated Jul 05, 2022: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  22. Updated Jun 26, 2022: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the 32-inch Samsung Neo G7, which is the only size available, and the results are only valid for this model. There are other models in Samsung's Odyssey lineup that share the G7 name, but they're different monitors. They also have the higher-end Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 S32BG85, which is very similar to the Neo G7 but has a higher 240Hz refresh rate. You can see the differences between them below.

Size Name US Model Code Resolution Refresh Rate Panel Type Mini LED Tizen OS Release Year
28" Odyssey G7 S28AG70 LS28AG700NNXZA 4k 144Hz IPS No No 2021
32" Odyssey G7 S32BG70 LS32BG702ENXGO  4k 144Hz  IPS No Yes 2022
32" Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75  LS32BG752NNXGO 4k 165Hz VA Yes No 2022
32" Odyssey Neo G8 S32BG85  LS32BG852NNXGO 4k 240Hz VA Yes No 2022
43" Odyssey Neo G7 S43CG70 LS43CG702NNXZA  4k 144Hz VA  Yes   Yes 2023

Our unit was manufactured in May 2022, and you can see the label here. The monitor was tested with firmware M-B7532GGZA-1009.0.

Compared To Other Monitors

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75 is a great gaming monitor with useful features like the 165Hz refresh rate and HDMI 2.1 bandwidth. Its Mini LED backlighting provides better picture quality in dark rooms than many other LED-backlit 32-inch monitors, including the LG 32GQ950-B. It's a good cheaper alternative to the Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 S32BG85 if you don't need such a high refresh rate, but like the S32BG85, it has noticeable VRR flicker with changing frame rates in dark scenes. That said, this isn't so much of an issue if your PC can maintain consistent frame rates.

Also see our recommendations for the best HDR gaming monitors, the best 4k HDR monitors, and the best 4k gaming monitors.

Samsung Odyssey G7 C32G75T

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75 is a newer version of the Samsung Odyssey G7 C32G75T, and both monitors are very different. The S32BG75 has a 4k screen with HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, allowing you to play high-frame-rate games in 4k, which the C32G75T can't do. The S32BG75 also has Mini LED backlighting with a much better local dimming feature than the C32G75T. If you want a high-end 4k monitor, the S32BG75 is the better choice, but the C32G75T is better if your graphics card can't take full advantage of the 4k resolution.

Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 S32BG85

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 S32BG85 and the Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75 are very similar monitors. They likely use the same panel as the picture quality is the same, but the main difference is that the Neo G8 has a 240Hz refresh rate, while the Neo G7 has a 165Hz refresh rate. Another difference is that the Neo G8 uses a different screen coating with much better reflection handling. However, it introduces some haziness, so if that bothers you, the Neo G7 is the better choice.

Gigabyte M32UC

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75 and the Gigabyte M32UC are similar gaming monitors. They each have a VA panel with a 4k resolution, but the main difference is that the Samsung has Mini LED backlighting, which the Gigabyte doesn't have. It means it has better dark room performance for deeper blacks, but the Gigabyte still gets brighter in SDR if you want to use it in a well-lit room. While the Samsung monitor has better motion handling, there are fewer bugs with the VRR support on the Gigabyte, especially with low-frame-rate games.

Samsung Odyssey G7/G70B S32BG70

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75 is a higher-end version of the Samsung Odyssey G7/G70B S32BG70, so it's better overall. The main difference is that the Neo G7 has a VA panel with Mini LED backlighting, resulting in a much better contrast and local dimming feature. It also gets brighter in HDR, particularly with smaller highlights. On the other hand, the G70B has better motion handling as there's less overshoot.

Samsung Odyssey G7 S28AG70

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75 and the Samsung Odyssey G7 S28AG70 are both 4k gaming monitors with a few differences. The S32BG75 is better for dark room gaming because it has a higher contrast and its Mini LED local dimming results in deeper blacks, while the S28AG70 is better for co-op gaming as it has wider viewing angles. The S32BG75 is also slightly better for gaming as it has a quicker response time, especially with lower frame rates.

Gigabyte M32U

The Gigabyte M32U and the Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75 are both 4k, 32-inch gaming monitors with a few advantages and disadvantages. The Gigabyte is the better choice if you want something for co-op gaming as it has wide viewing angles, while the Samsung performs better in dark rooms as it has improved local dimming and better contrast. The Samsung also has a quicker response time with low-frame-rate content, but there's flicker when the frame rate drops too low.

LG 32GQ950-B

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75 is slightly better than the LG 32GQ950-B. The Samsung has much better contrast and a significantly better local dimming feature, resulting in better dark scene performance with less blooming around bright objects. On the other hand, the LG has better motion performance, as the Samsung shows significantly more smearing behind some transitions, and the LG has a much wider viewing angle, whereas the Samsung relies on an aggressive curve to keep the sides of the screen in your field of view.

AOC Q27G3XMN

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75 and the AOC Q27G3XMN are both great gaming monitors with a few differences. They each have Mini LED backlighting, and while the Samsung has many more dimming zones, the feature on the AOC does a better job at improving the contrast without too much black crush. The AOC also gets brighter in HDR, making highlights pop more. Additionally, the AOC is the better choice for PC gaming as it has a faster response time with most refresh rates, but the Samsung is better for console gaming thanks to its 4k resolution and HDMI 2.1 bandwidth.

Dell G3223Q

The Dell G3223Q and the Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75 are both excellent gaming monitors with different panel types with strengths and weaknesses. The overall picture quality is better on the Samsung as it delivers deeper blacks with much better local dimming and makes smaller highlights pop more in HDR. However, the Dell is better for co-op gaming thanks to its wide viewing angles. If you care about image accuracy, the Dell has much better out-of-the-box accuracy and better motion handling with high-frame-rate signals.

Sony INZONE M9

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75 is better than the Sony INZONE M9. The Samsung has a much more versatile stand, so it's easier to place it in an ideal viewing position or turn the screen to share it with someone else. The Samsung also has much better contrast, delivering deeper blacks in a dark room and less blooming around bright objects thanks to its Mini LED backlight.

Samsung Odyssey Neo G9/G95NA S49AG95

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G9/G95NA S49AG95 and the Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75 are both great monitors with similar features but different screen specs. While the Neo G7 has a 32-inch screen with a 4k resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio, the Neo G9 is an ultrawide display with a 49-inch screen, 5120x1440 resolution, and 32:9 aspect ratio. Choosing one over the other depends on which format you prefer. Besides that, they each have Mini LED local dimming, which performs better on the Neo G9, but they each have the same flicker issues with low-frame-rate content.

Samsung 43 QN90B QLED

The Samsung 43 QN90B QLED and the Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75 are both great gaming monitors with a few differences. The Neo G7 is a typical monitor with a smaller 32-inch screen that's the better choice if you find the 43-inch screen of the QN90B too big. However, if you care about picture quality, the QN90B is the better choice as it has a better local dimming feature and gets brighter in HDR.

Dell Alienware AW3423DWF

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75 and the Dell Alienware AW3423DWF are both high-end gaming monitors with a 165Hz refresh that are different in a few areas. The Samsung is a 4k monitor with HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, making it an ideal choice for console gaming, while the Dell has an ultrawide screen if you like to play atmospheric games. In terms of picture quality, the Samsung monitor uses Mini LED backlighting that lets it get much brighter, and the Dell is better for dark rooms thanks to its near-infinite contrast ratio.

INNOCN 27M2V

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75 and the INNOCN 27M2V are good gaming monitors with Mini LED backlighting. While the Samsung has a higher native contrast, there's less blooming on the INNOCN with local dimming on. The Samsung has lower input lag with 60 fps signals, which is great if you play games at a low frame rate. However, the INNOCN gets much brighter in HDR, especially with real content, and it has wider viewing angles.

LG 27GP950-B

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75 and the LG 27GP950-B are both excellent 4k gaming monitors, each with HDMI 2.1 bandwidth. As they have different panel types, they each have strengths and weaknesses. The LG is better for co-op gaming as it has wide viewing angles, while the Samsung performs better in dark rooms as it displays deeper blacks and has better contrast. While the overall picture quality is better on the Samsung, it also has some flicker issues that the LG doesn't have.

Dell Alienware AW3423DW

The Dell Alienware AW3423DW and the Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75 are both excellent gaming monitors with different features. If you want something for ultrawide gaming, the Dell has an ultrawide screen, while the Samsung is the better choice for high-resolution gaming as it has a higher 4k resolution. They also use different technologies to improve the picture quality as the Dell has a QD-OLED panel with perfect blacks, which is great for dark room gaming, while the Samsung gets brighter in SDR if you want to use it in a bright room.

Cooler Master Tempest GP27U

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75 and the Cooler Master Tempest GP27U are both excellent 4k gaming monitors. They each have Mini LED local dimming that performs decently, and while the Cooler Master has lower native contrast, it still displays deep blacks like on the Samsung. The Cooler Master also has better motion handling and doesn't have the same bugs the Samsung has, like flicker with low frame rates, and it has a few extra features like a USB-C port and a KVM switch.

ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQR

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75 and the ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQR are different types of 4k gaming monitors. The Samsung is bigger and delivers better picture quality thanks to its Mini LED backlighting, which helps display deeper blacks. The Samsung also lets small highlights get brighter in HDR, so they pop more. The Samsung has a curved screen, while the ASUS has a flat screen with wider viewing angles, so it's the better choice for sharing your screen with others.

Acer ‎Predator X32 Fpbmiiiiphuzx

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75 and the Acer Predator X32 Fpbmiiiiphuzx are both great 32-inch, 4k monitors with many similarities, but they have their strengths and weaknesses. They both use Mini LED backlighting, and while the Samsung has over double the number of dimming zones, the Acer does a better job at reducing blooming around bright objects. The Acer also gets much brighter in HDR, so highlights pop more. However, the Samsung model is better for gaming because it has better motion handling thanks to its faster response times. Lastly, the Samsung displays text better than the Acer, producing superior text clarity.

LG 27GN950-B

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75 is better overall for gaming than the LG 27GN950-B. The Samsung has better picture quality with deeper blacks and a better local dimming feature, and it also makes highlights pop more in HDR. If you want to play games from the Xbox Series X or PS5, the Samsung is also the better choice as it has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth to take full advantage of the consoles, which the LG doesn't have.

Samsung Odyssey G9

The Samsung Odyssey G9 is a different monitor than the Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75. While the G9 has a super ultrawide screen with a 32:9 aspect ratio, the G7 has a standard 16:9 screen with a higher 4k resolution. The G9 has a higher 240Hz refresh rate, but the motion handling is better on the G7. If you care about picture quality, the G7 is the better choice as it uses Mini LED backlighting to produce deeper blacks than the G9.

ASUS ROG Swift OLED PG42UQ

The ASUS ROG Swift OLED PG42UQ and the Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75 are gaming monitors with different panel types, each with strengths and weaknesses. The ASUS has an OLED panel with perfect black levels and no blooming around bright objects, while the Samsung has an LED panel that gets brighter in SDR, and some highlights are brighter in HDR too. While the Samsung has a higher 165Hz refresh rate, motion is much better on the ASUS as it has a near-instantaneous response time.

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved
Yes
Curve Radius
1000R

The Samsung Neo G7 has a gamer-oriented design with a black plastic body that has a ring of zone lighting. The curve helps bring the edges of the screen more within your field of vision, but some people may also find it too aggressive.

Design
Accelerated Longevity Test
Uniformity Pictures N/A
8.0
Design
Build Quality

This monitor has great build quality. It's mainly plastic that feels good, and the base of the stand is metal. The stand is easy to adjust, and it holds the screen well. There's a bit of wobble on the stand, but this is only an issue if you don't have a stable desk. Overall, it feels well-made, and there aren't any major issues of concern.

8.3
Design
Ergonomics
Min Height To Top Of Panel
18.6" (47.2 cm)
Height Adjustment
4.7" (12.0 cm)
Tilt Range
-12.5° to 7.5°
Rotate Portrait/Landscape
Yes, Both Ways
Swivel Range
-15° to 15°
Wall Mount
VESA 100x100

The ergonomics are great. You can adjust it in several ways, but its swivel range is a bit narrow, which is disappointing if you often need to turn the screen for someone next to you. The stand has a clip for cable management to route your cables to the inputs.

Design
Stand
Base Width
22.3" (56.7 cm)
Base Depth
12.4" (31.5 cm)
Thickness (With Display)
11.9" (30.1 cm)
Weight (With Display)
19.2 lbs (8.7 kg)

The stand has wide-set metal feet that support the screen well, but they don't prevent all wobble. Due to the large footprint of the stand, you'll need a big desk to put it on.

Design
Display
Size
32"
Housing Width
28.1" (71.4 cm)
Housing Height
17.4" (44.2 cm)
Thickness (Without Stand)
7.2" (18.3 cm)
Weight (Without Stand)
14.3 lbs (6.5 kg)
Borders Size (Bezels)
0.4" (0.9 cm)
Design
Controls

There's a directional pad with a power button to navigate the on-screen menu instead of the traditional joystick found on other Samsung monitors. The buttons are mushy and don't feel as convenient as the joystick, and it takes time to get used to.

Design
In The Box
Power Supply
External Brick

  • DisplayPort cable
  • USB-B to USB-A cable
  • Power supply and cable
  • VESA-mount adapter
  • User guides

Picture Quality
8.4
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
3,326 : 1
Contrast With Local Dimming
19,238 : 1

The Samsung Neo G7 has a high native contrast ratio that displays deep blacks next to bright highlights in dark rooms. Thanks to its Mini LED local dimming, the contrast gets much better with local dimming enabled.

7.0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
Yes
Backlight
Full-Array

This monitor has a decent Mini LED local dimming feature that has a 46x26 array with 1,196 dimming zones. With Local Dimming on 'High', HDR content looks great because small highlights pop against dark backgrounds, but it struggles to make larger highlights pop in bright scenes. There's some blooming that's more noticeable if you're viewing the screen from the sides than from in front. The blooming isn't always present, but it can be visible in some scenes, like moving the mouse against a dark background or around players in FIFA. There's some blooming around subtitles too, but it's still better than most monitors. That said, there's less blooming than on non-Mini LED monitors.

Sadly, there's black crush in darker scenes, causing you to lose fine details. Also, the local dimming enables the Dynamic Brightness setting, which can be distracting as minimizing and maximizing windows in the desktop causes a change in brightness. The algorithm keeps up with fast-moving content well, but there's some blur trail behind fast-moving objects with it on 'High'.

8.2
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene
358 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
798 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
1,129 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
920 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
540 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
308 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
790 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
1,105 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
905 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
539 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
306 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.070
Minimum Brightness
14 cd/m²

The SDR peak brightness is great. With the Local Dimming on 'High', it gets bright enough to fight glare, but it has an aggressive Automatic Brightness Limiter that's distracting when you're miniziming and maximizing windows, even with Local Dimming on 'Low', but isn't so much of an issue with static content. You can either set the brightness to a really low level, or you can simply disable the local dimming to avoid an aggressive ABL, and the monitor is still bright enough to fight glare:

  • Peak 2% Window: 316 cd/m²
  • Peak 10% Window: 316 cd/m²
  • Peak 25% Window: 315 cd/m²
  • Peak 50% Window: 314 cd/m²
  • Peak 100% Window: 314 cd/m²
  • Sustained 2% Window: 316 cd/m²
  • Sustained 10% Window: 316 cd/m²
  • Sustained 25% Window: 315 cd/m²
  • Sustained 50% Window: 314 cd/m²
  • Sustained 100% Window: 313 cd/m²

These results are from after calibration in the 'Custom' Picture Mode.

7.2
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
VESA DisplayHDR Certification
No Certification
Real Scene
416 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
795 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
1,101 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
946 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
560 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
311 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
788 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
1,081 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
931 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
558 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
308 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.068

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 has decent HDR peak brightness. It gets really bright with small highlights as they stand out and pop against a dark background, but it gets dimmer with larger areas of bright colors. Unfortunately, the EOTF doesn't follow the target PQ curve well, as it crushes blacks and over-brightens brighter details. However, because there's a sharp cut-off at the peak brightness, it lets your computer do any tone mapping.

Samsung advertises Quantum HDR 2000, but this isn't a real VESA certification, and it doesn't hit 2000 nits.

These results are in the 'Custom' Picture Mode with the Brightness at its max and Local Dimming set to 'High'. The EOTF is also similar with Local Dimming set to 'Low', as you can see here, but then the screen is dimmer.

If you want a monitor with Mini LED backlighting that gets brighter, then look into the AOC Q27G3XMN.

5.9
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
33°
Color Washout From Right
33°
Color Shift From Left
59°
Color Shift From Right
61°
Brightness Loss From Left
34°
Brightness Loss From Right
33°
Black Level Raise From Left
14°
Black Level Raise From Right
13°
Gamma Shift From Left
14°
Gamma Shift From Right
13°

This monitor has a narrow horizontal viewing angle. The image looks washed out from the sides, but the curved screen helps bring the edges closer to you if you sit directly in front. If you want a 32-inch, 4k monitor with better viewing angles, look into the Acer ‎Predator X32 Fpbmiiiiphuzx.

5.3
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
31°
Color Washout From Above
29°
Color Shift From Below
45°
Color Shift From Above
48°
Brightness Loss From Below
31°
Brightness Loss From Above
29°
Black Level Raise From Below
10°
Black Level Raise From Above
Gamma Shift From Below
14°
Gamma Shift From Above

The vertical viewing angle is disappointing. The image looks washed out if you're standing up and looking down on the monitor.

7.8
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
2.050%
50% DSE
0.172%

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75 has good gray uniformity. Although there's a bit of dirty screen effect in the center, it isn't too bad, and the screen looks good throughout.

7.6
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
1.156%
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
0.236%

This monitor has good black uniformity if you have the Mini LED local dimming feature enabled. It helps it display deep blacks without too much blooming around bright objects. However, the uniformity is worse without local dimming as there's backlight bleed along the top and bottom edges. If you prefer a monitor that has perfect black uniformity thanks to its OLED panel, check out the Dell Alienware AW3423DWF.

7.4
Picture Quality
Color Accuracy (Pre-Calibration)
Picture Mode
sRGB
sRGB Gamut Area xy
105.0%
White Balance dE (Avg.)
5.45
Color Temperature (Avg.)
6,169 K
Gamma (Avg.)
2.21
Color dE (Avg.)
3.36
Contrast Setting
N/A
RGB Settings
Default
Gamma Setting
Mode 1
Brightness Setting
100
Measured Brightness
310 cd/m²
Brightness Locked
No

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 has decent accuracy before calibration. The sRGB mode locks the colors to the sRGB space, but the white balance is off, and gamma doesn't follow the target sRGB curve well, as dark scenes are too dark and bright scenes are over-brightened. The sRGB mode locks the Contrast, Color, Black Level, and Screen Adjust settings, but not the brightness. If you want to change the other settings, you'll need to use other picture modes that are less accurate with oversaturated colors, as you can see here.

9.6
Picture Quality
Color Accuracy (Post-Calibration)
Picture Mode
Custom
sRGB Gamut Area xy
101.0%
White Balance dE (Avg.)
0.49
Color Temperature (Avg.)
6,521 K
Gamma (Avg.)
2.19
Color dE (Avg.)
0.83
Contrast Setting
75
RGB Settings
45-50-47
Gamma Setting
Mode 1
Brightness Setting
28
Measured Brightness
100 cd/m²
ICC Profile
Download

The accuracy after calibration is fantastic, and any remaining inaccuracies can't be spotted by the naked eye. Gamma and the color temperature are both nearly spot-on with their targets.

9.4
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB Coverage xy
99.3%
sRGB Picture Mode
Custom
Adobe RGB Coverage xy
85.1%
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Custom

This monitor has an incredible SDR color gamut. It has perfect coverage of the sRGB color space used in most web content, and it has good Adobe RGB coverage, but it undersaturates greens and oversaturates reds.

8.0
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI-P3 Coverage xy
89.9%
DCI-P3 Picture Mode
Custom
Rec. 2020 Coverage xy
67.9%
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
Custom

The Samsung Neo G7 has a great HDR color gamut. It has amazing DCI-P3 coverage, which is the common color space used in most HDR content. However, it has more limited coverage of the Rec. 2020 color space with tone mapping issues.

Unlike past Samsung monitors, there aren't dedicated HDR picture modes like 'HDR Dynamic' or 'HDR Game', and instead the HDR picture modes are the same as in SDR, but they perform differently. You can also change picture settings like Contrast, Sharpness, and Color.

8.2
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
1,000 cd/m² DCI-P3 Coverage ICtCp
79.0%
DCI-P3 Picture Mode
Custom
10,000 cd/m² Rec. 2020 Coverage ICtCp
37.2%
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
Custom

This monitor has a great HDR color volume. It displays most dark and bright colors well.

9.0
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Pixel Type
VA
Subpixel Layout
RGB

The text clarity is fantastic. You won't have any issues reading text, and even though Windows ClearType (top photo) helps improve the clarity, you might not need it.

7.5
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Matte
Total Reflections
5.2%
Indirect Reflections
3.0%
Calculated Direct Reflections
2.2%

The reflection handling is good. It performs well when there are a few light sources around, but reflections from strong light sources can get distracting. Luckily, it gets bright enough to fight that glare.

9.8
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit

The Samsung Neo G7 has incredible gradient handling. You won't notice any banding with different shades of the same color.

Motion
7.5
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
165 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
165 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over DP
165 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over HDMI
165 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over DP @ 10-bit
165 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over HDMI @ 10-Bit
165 Hz
Motion
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
FreeSync
Yes
G-SYNC
Compatible (Tested)
VRR Maximum
165 Hz
VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors
DisplayPort, HDMI

NVIDIAVRR MinVRR Max
DisplayPort<20Hz165Hz
HDMI<20Hz165Hz

AMDVRR MinVRR Max
DisplayPort<20Hz165Hz
HDMI<20Hz165Hz

On top of supporting FreeSync VRR and G-SYNC compatibility, this monitor also supports HDMI Forum VRR.

8.0
Motion
VRR Motion Performance
Recommended VRR OD Setting
Adaptive-Sync
Variable Overdrive Advertised
No
Avg. CAD
155
Best CAD
132
Worst CAD
198

Refresh RateCAD HeatmapRT ChartPursuit Photo
164HeatmapChartPhoto
144HeatmapChartPhoto
120HeatmapChartPhoto
100HeatmapChartPhoto
80HeatmapChartPhoto
60HeatmapChartPhoto

The motion handling across the VRR range is great. Using VRR disables any of the overdrive settings, and while there isn't too much noticeable blur, there's more inverse ghosting at lower refresh rates, which is disappointing if your PC can't maintain a consistently high frame rate.

7.9
Motion
Refresh Rate Compliance
Compliance @ Max Hz
61%
Compliance @ 120 FPS
66%
Compliance @ 60 FPS
78%

The refresh rate compliance is very good. While its response time isn't fast enough to take full advantage of its max refresh rate, it gets better at lower refresh rates.

8.4
Motion
CAD @ Max Refresh Rate
OD Transition Max Refresh Rate
Recommended Overdrive Setting
Standard
Avg. CAD
117
Best 10% CAD
44
Worst 10% CAD
193

Overdrive ModeCAD HeatmapRT ChartPursuit Photo
StandardHeatmapChartPhoto
FasterHeatmapChartPhoto
ExtremeHeatmapChartPhoto
VRRHeatmapChartPhoto

The CAD at the max refresh rate is impressive. If you disable VRR you can use the overdrive settings, in which case 'Standard' has a lot less inverse ghosting than 'Faster' and 'Extreme'. However, even using VRR results in similar motion handling.

Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Recommended Overdrive Setting
Standard
First Response Time
3.5 ms
Total Response Time
6.2 ms
RGB Overshoot
5 RGB
Worst 10% First Response Time
6.3 ms
Worst 10% Total Response Time
12.3 ms
Worst 10% RGB Overshoot
18 RGB

Overdrive ModeFirst Response HeatmapTotal Response HeatmapRGB Overshoot Heatmap
StandardHeatmapHeatmapHeatmap
FasterHeatmapHeatmapHeatmap
ExtremeHeatmapHeatmapHeatmap
VRRHeatmapHeatmapHeatmap

8.2
Motion
CAD @ 120Hz
OD Transition 120Hz
Recommended Overdrive Setting
Standard
Avg. CAD
132
Best 10% CAD
42
Worst 10% CAD
228

Overdrive ModeCAD HeatmapRT ChartPursuit Photo
StandardHeatmapChartPhoto
FasterHeatmapChartPhoto
ExtremeHeatmapChartPhoto
VRRHeatmapChartPhoto

The CAD at 120Hz is great. Like at the max refresh rate, if you disable VRR, the recommended overdrive setting is 'Standard' because it has less inverse ghosting than 'Faster' and 'Extreme', but there's still a bit of noticeable blur and inverse ghosting. Motion is similar even if you enable VRR.

Motion
Response Time @ 120Hz
Recommended Overdrive Setting
Standard
First Response Time
4.5 ms
Total Response Time
7.4 ms
RGB Overshoot
4 RGB
Worst 10% First Response Time
9.0 ms
Worst 10% Total Response Time
13.7 ms
Worst 10% RGB Overshoot
18 RGB

Overdrive ModeFirst Response HeatmapTotal Response HeatmapRGB Overshoot Heatmap
StandardHeatmapHeatmapHeatmap
FasterHeatmapHeatmapHeatmap
ExtremeHeatmapHeatmapHeatmap
VRRHeatmapHeatmapHeatmap

7.9
Motion
CAD @ 60Hz
OD Transition 60Hz
Recommended Overdrive Setting
Standard
Avg. CAD
143
Best 10% CAD
43
Worst 10% CAD
280

Overdrive ModeCAD HeatmapRT ChartPursuit Photo
StandardHeatmapChartPhoto
FasterHeatmapChartPhoto
ExtremeHeatmapChartPhoto
VRRHeatmapChartPhoto

The CAD at 60Hz is very good. It performs similarly to higher refresh rates as there's a bit of blur, but it isn't overly distracting either. Without VRR, the 'Standard' overdrive setting once again performs the best, and using VRR results in similar motion handling.

Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Recommended Overdrive Setting
Standard
First Response Time
6.4 ms
Total Response Time
6.5 ms
RGB Overshoot
0 RGB
Worst 10% First Response Time
16.8 ms
Worst 10% Total Response Time
16.8 ms
Worst 10% RGB Overshoot
2 RGB

Overdrive ModeFirst Response HeatmapTotal Response HeatmapRGB Overshoot Heatmap
StandardHeatmapHeatmapHeatmap
FasterHeatmapHeatmapHeatmap
ExtremeHeatmapHeatmapHeatmap
VRRHeatmapHeatmapHeatmap

Motion
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
Yes
Maximum Frequency
165 Hz
Minimum Frequency
120 Hz
Longest Pulse Width Brightness
235 cd/m²
Shortest Pulse Width Brightness
235 cd/m²
Pulse Width Control
No
Pulse Phase Control
No
Pulse Amplitude Control
No
VRR At The Same Time
No

Refresh RatePursuit Photo
165HzPhoto
120HzPhoto

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 has an optional backlight strobing feature, commonly known as black frame insertion. It only works properly within a narrow range and there's flicker below 120Hz. Enabling the feature also locks the VRR and local dimming features. The pulse phase isn't matched up to the refresh rate, so the timing is constantly shifting, which means there's noticeable image duplication at times, and it looks better at other times. The BFI features also locks the brightness setting, but if you set the brightness before enabling the BFI, it stays on that brightness.

5.7
Motion
VRR Flicker
Dark Gray Flicker
3.8 RGB
Middle Gray Flicker
2.0 RGB
Light Gray Flicker
1.7 RGB

Unfortunately, there's noticeable VRR flicker with changing frame rates. It's distracting in both dark and bright scenes, but this isn't so much of an issue if you have a consistent frame rate. Samsung added a VRR Control setting to eliminate this flicker. Using it can improve the flicker, but it also increases input lag, so the best way to avoid this flicker is by using a consistent frame rate.

10
Motion
Image Flicker
Flicker-Free
Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
>1000 Hz

The Samsung Neo G7 has a flicker-free backlight with the brightness at higher levels, which helps reduce eye strain. With the local dimming disabled, the flicker starts with the brightness set to '10' or lower, and the flicker is high enough that you won't notice it. However, the pulse width modulation (PWM) behaves differently with the local dimming enabled. With the brightness at '19', it flickers at 240Hz, and the flicker fluctuates as the brightness goes down until it's at 165Hz with the brightness at '0'. This flicker is more noticeable as you lower the brightness, so if a bright screen doesn't bother you, it's best to leave it at high brightness, especially if you have local dimming enabled. You can see the flicker chart with the Local Dimming on 'High' here.

Another issue is with scanlines. Scanlines are most noticeable with test patterns, like patterns 2a and 2b from Lagom. You can see an example of the scanlines in the green section here and you can also see it more clearly with a zoomed-in image here. Other test patterns cause the scanlines, and you can see an image of what the scanlines look like here. This video is a good example to see the scanlines and flicker issues in the green section with the Local Dimming set to 'High', VRR enabled, VRR Control off, and the Brightness at '100'. Keep in mind that these scanlines are most noticeable with test patterns, and they're hard to see and rarely happen with real content. If you notice them, lowering the Sharpness can help reduce the issue, but it doesn't completely fix it.

Inputs
8.9
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution @ Max Hz
4.0 ms
Native Resolution @ 120Hz
5.1 ms
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
9.1 ms
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
4.3 ms

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 has low input lag for a responsive feel when gaming. Unlike past Samsung monitors, the input lag doesn't increase when the frame rate of your source drops below the set refresh rate of the monitor. Unfortunately, the VRR Control setting increases the input lag, as you can see below:

SettingVRR Control OnVRR Control OffLocal Dimming
165 fps10.8 ms4.3 ms4.8 ms
120 fps15.4 ms5.2 ms5.8 ms
60 fps23 ms9.1 ms9.7 ms

8.5
Inputs
Resolution
Native Resolution
3840 x 2160
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Megapixels
8.3 MP
Pixel Density
138 PPI
10
Inputs
PS5 Compatibility
4k @ 120Hz
Yes
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
1440p @ 120Hz
Yes
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
1080p @ 60Hz
Yes

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 is fully compatible with the PS5 thanks to its HDMI 2.1 bandwidth. Both the 'PC' and 'AV' modes in the monitor's OSD perform the same, and neither have an impact on text clarity. The 'AV' modes lock you out of the regular Picture Modes available, including sRGB, while you can still use those modes in the 'PC' mode.

10
Inputs
Xbox Series X|S Compatibility
4k @ 120Hz
Yes
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
1440p @ 120Hz
Yes
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
1080p @ 60Hz
Yes

The Samsung Neo G7 is fully compatible with the Xbox Series X|S. Keep in mind that the Xbox doesn't support HDR with 1080p or 1440p signals, so this isn't an issue with the monitor.

Inputs
Inputs Photos
Inputs
Video And Audio Ports
DisplayPort
1 (DP 1.4)
Mini DisplayPort
No
HDMI
2 (HDMI 2.1)
HDMI 2.1 Rated Speed
40Gbps (FRL 10x4)
DVI
No
VGA
No
Daisy Chaining
No
3.5mm Audio Out
1
3.5mm Audio In
No
HDR10
Yes
3.5mm Microphone In
No
Inputs
USB
USB-A Ports
2
USB-A Rated Speed
5Gbps (USB 3.2 Gen 1)
USB-B Upstream Port
Yes
USB-C Ports
0
USB-C Upstream
No USB-C Ports
USB-C Rated Speed
No USB-C Ports
USB-C Power Delivery
No USB-C Ports
USB-C DisplayPort Alt Mode
No USB-C Ports
Thunderbolt
No

It doesn't have a USB-C input but if you want a similar 4k monitor that does, then look into the Cooler Master Tempest GP27U.

Inputs
macOS Compatibility

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 works well with macOS, but there are some issues. The max refresh rate is limited to 120Hz, and there's noticeable flicker with the VRR Control setting disabled. Enabling it eliminates this flicker, but it also increases the input lag. HDR looks okay, as highlights pop but some colors look a bit washed out. Also, windows return to their original position after the monitor goes to sleep when using a MacBook, but they don't if you close the laptop lid.

Features
Features
Additional Features
Speakers
No
RGB Illumination
Controllable
Multiple Input Display
PIP
KVM Switch
No

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 has a few extra features to improve your gaming experience, like:

  • Black Equalizer: Adjusts the gamma so that you can see opponents better in dark areas of games.
  • Dynamic Brightness: Brightens the screen on a scene-by-scene basis. Automatically enabled with Local Dimming on.
  • Eco Light Sensor: Changes the brightness of the screen according to the ambient environment.
  • Eye Care: Removes blue light to help with eye strain.
  • Infinity Core Lighting: Controls the lighting on the stand, and can sync with the on-screen colors.
  • Ultrawide Game View: Displays an ultrawide 21:9 image, with black bars at the top and bottom.
  • Virtual Aim Point: Displays a crosshair that your system won't detect.

Features
On-Screen Display (OSD)