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Samsung Odyssey G85SB Review

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The Samsung Odyssey G85SB is great for gaming, with strong image quality, near-infinite contrast ratio, deep blacks, great refresh rate, and low input lag. However, it has low peak brightness.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The Samsung Odyssey G85SB was released in late 2022 and is Samsung’s first-ever wide QD-OLED monitor. Its 34-inch display boasts a handful of gaming features found in many of the best computer monitors, including a 175 Hz refresh rate with AMD FreeSync™ Premium Pro. It also has a specific game HDR to adjust brightness when displaying in HDR, supports a variable refresh rate, and a G-Sync compatibility display.

The monitor has 2 USB-C ports and is powered by the Tizen OS, which includes a remote control for changing settings. The design features the Slim Metal Design, an adjustable stand, and customizable lighting. If you want to check out more of the best gaming monitors, feel free to read up on more of our stuff, such as our piece on what monitor Pewdiepie uses.

Best For

  • Curved

  • HDR Content

  • OLED

  • Photo Editing

  • Samsung

  • Ultrawide

  • Video Editing

Consensus

our Verdict

When it comes to a gaming monitor, the Samsung Odyssey G85SB provides impeccable image quality with a color gamut that tests at 109.6% along with an Inf:1 contrast ratio, placing it as one of the best in the gaming monitor category. Furthermore, the wide 70-degree horizontal and vertical viewing angles mean that image quality retains its quality even from off-center seating. The gaming features are equally impressive, with a 175 Hz refresh rate for smooth image handling and a rapid 3.45 ms response time that produces very little delay when inputting commands.

The main drawback, however, is the peak brightness, which sits at 237 nits, meaning the image quality degrades in brightly lit rooms.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Great image quality
    • The Samsung Odyssey G85SB QD-OLED monitor delivers superb visuals for gaming, media, and HDR content with deep blacks.

    • It offers a dynamic color range, with a 109.6% color gamut, and the OLED display tests at a near-perfect Inf:1 contrast ratio.

  • Fast response time
    • The screen changes pixels at a rapid pace, providing more accurate images during gameplay, given its response time of 3.4 ms. Overall, it ranks in the top 10% of tested gaming monitors.

  • Low input lag
    • The monitor delivers a fast response for command inputs, given its 13.4 ms input lag in the top half of our certified, tested gaming monitors. The result is virtually no delay when gaming in fast-paced settings.

  • Outstanding refresh rate
    • The monitor is incredible at refreshing new frames, leading to an exceptional and smooth gaming experience. At 175 Hz, it sits at the top of the gaming monitor category.

Reason to Avoid

  • Low peak brightness
    • The screen fails to display strong images in brightly lit rooms, given its peak brightness of 237 nits, which ranks in the bottom 10% of our certified gaming monitor list.

  • Subpar ergonomics
    • The monitor lacks any swivel whatsoever, limiting its ergonomic mobility.

Samsung Odyssey G85SB Specs

Aspect RatioAspect Ratio21:9
Available InputsAvailable InputsHDMI, USB
Bluelight FilterBluelight FilterYes
Built-In SpeakersBuilt-In SpeakersYes
Built-In WebcamBuilt-In WebcamNo
Curved ScreenCurved ScreenYes
Display TypeOLED
Flicker FreeFlicker FreeYes
HDMI Inputs1
HDR FormatHDR10, HDR10+, HDR10+ Gaming, HDR400
High Dynamic Range (HDR)Yes
Max Resolution3440 × 1440
Panel TypePanel Typen/a
Refresh Rate175 hz
Response TimeResponse Time0.1 ms
Rotating ScreenRotating ScreenNo
Screen size34"
Sync TechnologySync TechnologyAMD FreeSync Premium Pro

All Specs

Test Results

Brightness (nits)237.452
Contrast Ratio (as ratio, x:1)0
Color Gamut/Accuracy % (DCI P3 xy)109.6
Color Gamut/Accuracy % (DCI P3 uv)0
Color Gamut % (Adobe RGB Coverage xy)95.75
Color Gamut % (sRGB Coverage xy)141.3
Color Gamut % (Rec. 2020 Coverage xy)79.5
Color Gamut % (Rec. 709 Coverage xy)0
Input Lag (ms)13.4
Response Time (ms)3.45
Reflections % (Total Reflections)1.4
Horizontal Viewing Angle (Washout Left)70
Horizontal Viewing Angle (Washout Right)70
Vertical Viewing Angle (Washout Above)70
Vertical Viewing Angle (Washout Below)70

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The Samsung Odyssey G85SB was released in late 2022 and is Samsung’s first-ever wide QD-OLED monitor. Its 34-inch display boasts a handful of gaming features…

The Samsung Odyssey G85SB was released in late 2022 and is Samsung’s first-ever wide QD-OLED monitor. Its 34-inch display boasts a handful of gaming features found in many of the best computer monitors, including a 175 Hz refresh rate with AMD FreeSync™ Premium Pro. It also has a specific game HDR to adjust brightness when displaying in HDR, supports a variable refresh rate, and a G-Sync compatibility display.

The monitor has 2 USB-C ports and is powered by the Tizen OS, which includes a remote control for changing settings. The design features the Slim Metal Design, an adjustable stand, and customizable lighting. If you want to check out more of the best gaming monitors, feel free to read up on more of our stuff, such as our piece on what monitor Pewdiepie uses.

The Samsung Odyssey G7 S28AG70 has a peak brightness of 285, while the Samsung Odyssey G85SB sits at 237. However, the G85SB has a significantly…

The Samsung Odyssey G7 S28AG70 has a peak brightness of 285, while the Samsung Odyssey G85SB sits at 237. However, the G85SB has a significantly better color gamut of 109.7, whereas the G7 S28AG70 has a gamut of 86.7. The G7 S28AG70 has a better response time at 12.8 ms and an input lag of 2.8 ms, compared to the G85SB, which has a 3.45 ms response time and input lag of 13.4 ms. For another high-quality gaming monitor, we have an in-depth Viewsonic XG2431 review.

The Samsung Odyssey G9 has a 337 peak brightness, which is much higher than the G85SB, which is at 237 nits. However, at 109.7%, the…

The Samsung Odyssey G9 has a 337 peak brightness, which is much higher than the G85SB, which is at 237 nits. However, at 109.7%, the G85SB has a much more impressive color gamut compared to the G9’s 86%. The G85SB also has much wider viewing angles, which are 70 degrees, while the G9 has narrow 39-degree viewing angles. If you want to see a similar model to the G9, check out our Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 review. If you want to research an option with top-notch display quality, we have a Dell Alienware AW3423DW review.

The Dell Alienware AW3423DW’s input lag is 20.5 ms, compared to the Samsung G85SB’s 13.4 ms input lag. However, Dell’s response time, which is 1.9…

The Dell Alienware AW3423DW’s input lag is 20.5 ms, compared to the Samsung G85SB’s 13.4 ms input lag. However, Dell’s response time, which is 1.9 ms, is superior, as Samsung has a 3.45 ms response time. Lastly, Samsung has a superior display, with a wider color gamut—109.6% compared to Dell’s 99.8%. If you want to look further into some great gaming monitors, we have more content, such as our Tempest GP27U and Acer Nitro XV340CK PBMIIPPHX reviews.

Aspect Ratio

21:9

21:9

Available Inputs

HDMI, USB

3.5mm, DisplayPort, HDMI, USB

3.5mm, DisplayPort, HDMI, USB

Bluelight Filter

Yes

Yes

Yes

Built-In Speakers

Yes

No

No

Built-In Webcam

No

No

No

Curved Screen

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Display Type

OLED

IPS

VA

OLED

Flicker Free

Yes

Yes

Yes

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Score Card

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