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Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75 Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.2
Reviewed Jul 29, 2022 at 10:22 am
Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75 Picture
8.3
Mixed Usage
8.2
Office
8.8
Gaming
8.0
Media Consumption
8.2
Media Creation
8.0
HDR
Size
32"
Resolution
3840x2160
Max Refresh Rate
165Hz
Pixel Type
VA
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
HDR10
Yes

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75 is a 32-inch 4k monitor that Samsung released in 2022. It features a curved screen with a 1000R curve to bring the edges more within your field of vision. It sits alongside the Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 S32BG85, and it's the lower-end version with a 165Hz refresh rate instead of 240Hz. It replaces the Samsung Odyssey G7 LC32G75T and focuses on console and high-frame-rate gaming because it has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth that allows you to play high-frame-rate games in 4k, as long as your graphics card supports it. It has other gaming features like FreeSync variable refresh rate (VRR) support and G-SYNC compatibility. It uses Samsung's quantum dot technology to display a wide range of colors, and it has Mini LED backlighting that provides greater control over its local dimming compared to other monitors.

Our Verdict

8.3 Mixed Usage

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 is great for most uses. Designed as a gaming monitor, it has excellent gaming performance with low input lag, a quick response time, VRR support, and HDMI 2.1 bandwidth. It's also great for the office, content creation, and consuming media as its 4k resolution and 32-inch display delivers sharp text, and you see more of your screen at once, but it has narrow viewing angles if you want to share your screen with someone else. HDR content also looks great, especially because small highlights on dark backgrounds pop, but some colors look washed out in HDR.

Pros
  • 4k resolution results in sharp text.
  • Good for well-lit rooms.
  • HDMI 2.1 bandwidth.
  • Decent local dimming.
  • High contrast ratio.
Cons
  • Distracting flicker with low screen brightness.
  • Narrow viewing angles.
  • Some blooming around bright objects.
8.2 Office

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 is great for office use. The high 4k resolution and 32-inch screen are good enough to open multiple windows at once, and the text clarity is remarkable. 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.
  • Large 32-inch screen.
  • Good for well-lit rooms.
  • Adjustable stand.
Cons
  • Distracting flicker with low screen brightness.
  • Narrow viewing angles.
8.8 Gaming

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 is great for gaming. It has a high 165Hz with VRR support to reduce screen tearing. It also has a 4k resolution and HDMI 2.1 bandwidth that allows you to play high-frame-rate games. Motion looks smooth, and it has low input lag for a responsive feel. However, there are issues with flickering when the frame rate of your game drops, which can be distracting.

Pros
  • 165Hz refresh rate.
  • FreeSync support and G-SYNC compatibility.
  • HDMI 2.1 bandwidth.
  • Quick response time.
  • Low input lag with most settings.
Cons
  • Distracting flicker with low screen brightness.
  • Some blooming around bright objects.
8.0 Media Consumption

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 is impressive for media consumption. The 4k screen allows you to watch your favorite shows in a high resolution, and the 32-inch size is big enough for an immersive viewing experience. Blacks look black in a dark room thanks to its high native contrast ratio, and its Mini LED local dimming feature helps further improve the black levels, but there's some blooming around bright objects in dark scenes.

Pros
  • 4k resolution results in sharp text.
  • Large 32-inch screen.
  • Decent local dimming.
  • High contrast ratio.
Cons
  • Distracting flicker with low screen brightness.
  • Narrow viewing angles.
  • Some blooming around bright objects.
8.2 Media Creation

The Samsung Odyssey 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 great overall ergonomics. However, it has a limited swivel range and narrow viewing angles, so it isn't ideal if you need to share your screen with someone next to you. It also displays a wide range of colors in SDR and has decent out-of-the-box accuracy.

Pros
  • 4k resolution results in sharp text.
  • Large 32-inch screen.
  • Good for well-lit rooms.
  • Adjustable stand.
Cons
  • Distracting flicker with low screen brightness.
  • Narrow viewing angles.
  • Some blooming around bright objects.
8.0 HDR

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 is great for HDR. The high native contrast ratio makes 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 displays a wide range of colors in HDR and gets bright enough to make small highlights pop, but larger areas don't stand out, and some colors look washed out in HDR.

Pros
  • Decent local dimming.
  • High contrast ratio.
  • Small highlights pop against dark backgrounds.
Cons
  • Distracting flicker with low screen brightness.
  • Larger highlights don't stand out.
  • 8.3 Mixed Usage
  • 8.2 Office
  • 8.8 Gaming
  • 8.0 Media Consumption
  • 8.2 Media Creation
  • 8.0 HDR
  1. Updated Aug 08, 2022: We recently reviewed the Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 and we clarified in the Variants box which differences they have.
  2. Updated Aug 03, 2022: Clarified what the Contrast Enhancer does and added that it has a Black Equalizer feature.
  3. Updated Aug 03, 2022: Clarified which picture modes are available in HDR and fixed a mistake with a result in the Pre-Calibration box.
  4. 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.
  5. Updated Jul 29, 2022: Review published.
  6. Updated Jul 20, 2022: Early access published.

Test Results

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

The Samsung Odyssey 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.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 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 it shouldn't be a worry if you have a stable desk. Overall, it feels well-made, and there aren't any major issues of concern.

8.2
Design
Ergonomics
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 Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 has great ergonomics. 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 Samsung Odyssey Neo G7's 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
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

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 has a directional pad with a power button instead of the traditional joystick found on other Samsung monitors to navigate the on-screen menu. The buttons are mushy and don't feel as convenient as the joystick. They don't require a ton of force to press, but just enough that the screen wobbles, and it takes time to get used to.

Design
In The Box
Power Supply
External Brick

  • Power supply and cable
  • DisplayPort cable
  • USB-B to USB-A 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 Odyssey Neo G7 has a high native contrast ratio that displays deep blacks in dark rooms. Thanks to its Mini LED local dimming, the contrast gets much better with local dimming enabled, and it's one of the best on any LED monitor we've tested.

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

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 has a decent Mini LED local dimming feature. It has a 46x26 array with 1,196 zones, which is incredibly high for a 32-inch display. 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 blooming that's more noticeable if you're viewing the screen from the sides, but it isn't as bad from the 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. 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, and it's better than the local dimming on most monitors, but there's some blur trail behind fast-moving objects with it on 'High'. The overall uniformity is also remarkable, especially for an LED-backlit display. There isn't any difference with the local dimming performance with VRR on or off as long as it's near the set refresh rate, but there's flicker when the frame rate drops too low (see Variable Refresh Rate section for more).

For reference, we also filmed the real content videos like we do with TVs from straight on and from the side.

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
ABL
0.070
Minimum Brightness
14 cd/m²

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 has great SDR peak brightness. With the Local Dimming on 'High', it gets bright enough to fight glare, but it has an aggressive Automatic Brightness Limiter. It's distracting during regular desktop use, as you can see a change in brightness when opening and closing windows, even if you set Local Dimming to 'Low'. You can either set the brightness to a really low level, or you can simply disable the local dimming, 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

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
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. Even if Samsung advertises Quantum HDR 2000, this isn't a real VESA certification, and it doesn't hit 2000 nits. Unfortunately, the EOTF doesn't follow the target PQ curve well as it crushes blacks and over-brightens brighter details. There's also a sharp cut-off at the peak brightness, causing a loss of fine details in bright scenes.

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. Setting Local Dimming to 'Auto' makes it perform similarly to 'High' in HDR in terms of brightness, but it's a separate setting that performs differently overall.

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°

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 has a narrow horizontal viewing angle. The curvature helps bring the edges of the screen more within your field of vision if you sit at the center, so they shouldn't look washed out, but the image looks inaccurate as you move off to the sides.

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 on the Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 is disappointing. The image looks washed out if you need to share your screen with someone standing above you.

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

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 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%

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 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.

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 out-of-the-box accuracy in SDR. 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 over-saturated colors.

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 to the D65 white point 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
84.5%
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Custom

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 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 under-saturates greens and over-saturates reds.

9.7
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB In ICtCp
98.9%
sRGB Picture Mode
Custom
Adobe RGB In ICtCp
89.9%
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Custom

The SDR color volume is remarkable. The Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 doesn't have any issues displaying bright and dark colors.

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 Odyssey 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. It has okay Rec. 2020 coverage too, but it isn't very future-proof because the tone mapping is a bit off in that color space. Some colors in HDR look washed out, especially in the desktop with Windows HDR enabled.

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.

8.3
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 In ICtCp
84.6%
DCI-P3 Picture Mode
Custom
Rec. 2020 In ICtCp
67.6%
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
Custom

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 has a great HDR color volume. It displays dark colors well and bright colors as bright as pure white, but it's limited by its incomplete color gamut in both spaces.

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

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 has good reflection handling. It looks good 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.

9.5
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Subpixel Layout
RGB

Thanks to its 4k resolution, the text clarity on the Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 is remarkable, especially for a 32-inch display. You won't have any issues reading text, and even though Windows ClearType (top photo) helps improve the clarity, you might not need it.

There's more dead space between pixels compared to other monitors, but it isn't noticeable and doesn't negatively impact the performance.

9.8
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit

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

Motion
8.5
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

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 has a high refresh rate that you can achieve both over DisplayPort and HDMI connections, as long as your graphics card supports the high bandwidth.

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

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 has native FreeSync support, and although it's not certified by NVIDIA, it's also G-SYNC compatible. Both VRR technologies work over the entire refresh rate range over HDMI and DisplayPort.

It supports Low Framerate Compensation for the VRR to continue working at low frame rates, but there are some issues with it. There's noticeable flicker when the frame rate drops and the LFC is activated, especially with Local Dimming set to 'High'. It's a common problem amongst Samsung monitors, so Samsung added a VRR Control setting to eliminate this flicker. Enabling it effectively eliminates the flicker but also increases the input lag. Leaving it off causes the flicker at low frame rates with VRR enabled. You can notice the flicker in some real content and when scrolling through web pages.

8.8
Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Recommended Overdrive Setting
Adaptive Sync
Rise / Fall Time
2.2 ms
Total Response Time
7.4 ms
Overshoot Error
6.6%
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
3.3 ms
Worst 3 Total Response Time
13.5 ms
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
28.6%

Overdrive SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
VRRChartTablePhoto
StandardChartTablePhoto
FasterChartTablePhoto
ExtremeChartTablePhoto

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 has an excellent response time at its max refresh of 165Hz. Enabling VRR locks the overdrive setting, and luckily the response time is best with VRR enabled. The response time is quick, with only some overshoot in dark transitions, leading to black smearing. If you don't use VRR, the recommended overdrive setting is 'Standard' because it performs similarly, and the 'Faster' and 'Extreme' settings have too much overshoot, leading to inverse ghosting.

Enabling the local dimming feature causes some more motion blur behind fast-moving objects, especially with it on 'High'. You can see an example of it on High and on Low. There's some blur trail, but it isn't enough to be distracting with most content.

8.5
Motion
Response Time @ 120Hz
Recommended Overdrive Setting
Adaptive Sync
Rise / Fall Time
2.4 ms
Total Response Time
9.3 ms
Overshoot Error
6.7%
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
3.9 ms
Worst 3 Total Response Time
17.2 ms
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
30.4%

Overdrive SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
VRRChartTablePhoto
StandardChartTablePhoto
FasterChartTablePhoto
ExtremeChartTablePhoto

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G7's response time is also excellent with 120 fps signals. Once again, it looks best when you enable VRR, and it performs similarly to its max refresh rate. Otherwise, the 'Standard' overdrive setting performs best because it has the least amount of overshoot.

8.4
Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Recommended Overdrive Setting
Adaptive Sync
Rise / Fall Time
3.2 ms
Total Response Time
10.5 ms
Overshoot Error
1.3%
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
6.7 ms
Worst 3 Total Response Time
21.3 ms
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
5.7%

Overdrive SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
VRRChartTablePhoto
StandardChartTablePhoto
FasterChartTablePhoto
ExtremeChartTablePhoto

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 has an impressive response time at 60Hz. Unlike the higher refresh rates, there isn't any overshoot with the VRR enabled, but instead, it has a slower total response time, leading to some motion blur. Once again, if you disable VRR and use the overdrive instead, 'Standard' has the quickest response time with the least amount of overshoot.

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

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 has an optional backlight strobing feature, commonly known as black frame insertion, but sadly it isn't that useful. It only works properly within a narrow range because below 120Hz, there's flicker, and it doesn't look good. Enabling the BFI also locks the VRR and local dimming features. The timing is quite off because the pulse phase isn't matched up to the refresh rate, so the timing is constantly shifting. It means there's noticeable image duplication at times, and it looks better at other times. You can see examples below of what it looks like at its best and its worst with 165Hz and 120Hz signals.

165Hz120Hz
BestBest
WorstWorst

The BFI features also locks the brightness setting, but if you set the brightness before enabling the BFI, it stays on that brightness.

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

The Samsung Odyssey 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 the lower the brightness drops, 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. We also took a motion blur photo with VRR enabled, the Local Dimming on 'High', and the Brightness at '18', resulting in a 165Hz flicker, but it's hard to see the flicker based on the photo. Enabling the VRR Control setting also helps reduce and nearly eliminate this flicker.

Another issue the Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 has 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

9.0
Inputs
Resolution And Size
Native Resolution
3840 x 2160
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Megapixels
8.3 MP
Pixel Density
139 PPI
Measured Screen Diagonal
31.5"
Screen Area
426 in²
10
Inputs
PS5 Compatibility
4k @ 120Hz
Yes
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
1440p @ 120Hz
PS5 doesn't output 1440p
1440p @ 60Hz
PS5 doesn't output 1440p
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
1080p @ 60Hz
Yes
HDR
Yes
VRR
Yes

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 is fully compatible with the PS5 thanks to its HDMI 2.1 bandwidth. Setting the input you're using to the 'PC' or 'AV' modes both 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
HDR
Yes
VRR
Yes

Like with the PS5, the Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 fully works with the Xbox Series X, but it doesn't support Dolby Vision.

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
3.5mm Microphone In
No

Both of the HDMI ports on the Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 support HDMI 2.1 bandwidth.

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

You need to connect the USB-B to USB-A cable to your computer for the USB ports to work, meaning you can connect your peripherals like a mouse and keyboard.

Inputs
macOS Compatibility

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 works well with recent MacBooks, 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, even better than on a Windows PC, as highlights pop but some colors look a bit washed out. Also, windows return to their original position after the monitor goes to sleep, 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.
  • Contrast Enhancer: Optimizes the contrast according to the content.
  • 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.
  • Local Dimming: Mini LED local dimming feature with 1,196 zones to further improve the contrast and picture quality in dark scenes.
  • Low Input Lag: Provides the lowest input lag possible.
  • 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.
  • VRR control: Helps eliminate flicker with low-frame-rate signals.

Features
On-Screen Display (OSD)

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

 We tested the 32-inch Samsung Odyssey Neo G7. It's only available in this size and replaces the Samsung Odyssey G7 LC32G75T. Although the Samsung Odyssey G7 S28AG70 shares the same name, they're different monitors, and this monitor doesn't replace it. The Samsung S32BG75 sits below the Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 S32BG85, and although they aren't variants, you can see the differences between the different Odyssey monitors below.

Size Model Code Resolution Refresh Rate Panel Type Curve Release Year
27"
32"
LC27G75TQSNXZA
LC32G75TQSNXZA
2560x1440 240Hz VA Yes 2020
28" LS28AG700NNXZA 3840x2160 144Hz IPS No 2021
32" LS32BG752NNXGO 3840x2160 165Hz VA Yes 2022
32" LS32BG852NNXGO 3840x2160 240Hz VA Yes 2022

If you come across a different type of panel or your Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 doesn't correspond to our review, let us know, and we'll update the review.

Our unit was manufactured in May 2022, and you can see the label here. The monitor was initially tested with firmware M-B7532GGZA-1002.1.

Compared To Other Monitors

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 is a great overall gaming monitor with high-end features like the 165Hz refresh rate and HDMI 2.1 bandwidth. It's one of the few monitors available with Mini LED local dimming, so it looks better in dark rooms than most monitors, but its HDR performance still isn't anything like a Mini LED TV. Unfortunately, it's still plagued by the same scanline and flicker issues from past Samsung monitors, which are problematic if your PC outputs games in low frame rates. If your PC maintains a consistently high frame rate, you won't get this issue, and you'll enjoy gaming on this monitor.

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

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.

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.

Samsung Odyssey G7 LC32G75T

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75 is a newer version of the Samsung Odyssey G7 LC32G75T, 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 LC32G75T can't do. The S32BG75 also has Mini LED backlighting with a much better local dimming feature than the LC32G75T. If you want a high-end 4k monitor, the S32BG75 is the better choice, but the LC32G75T 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 between them, 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.

Samsung Odyssey Neo G9

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 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 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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