Bigger and better go seemingly almost always together in the world of technology, particularly with screens. And at CES 2022, Samsung demonstrated a 55-inch curved monitor that could rotate from horizontal to vertical. So yes, you could fire up a flight in Microsoft Flight Simulator with ease.
Samsung (SSNLF) is now giving us all some more information on the Odyssey Ark Screen, including price and preorder. And I got to spend about an hour with one. So let's go through everything you need to know about this massive screen, thats both a monitor and a TV.
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How to Preorder The Samsung Odyssey Ark Screen
Samsungs got an exciting preorder offer for the 55-inch Odyssey Ark Screen, which is certainly a premium, but also a high-end display with plenty of amenities.
If you preorder the Odyssey Ark Screen today, you'll receive $300 off the display, bringing it down to $3,199.99. You may also choose to just reserve it and get $100 off. Either way, both promotions expire on September 11 and the screen should ship soon thereafter.
- Samsung 55-inch Odyssey Ark Screen ($3,499.99; samsung.com)
If youre also looking for a big screen but don't mind that it's only horizontal, Samsung's 49-inch Odyssey G9 and 49-inch CRG9 Curved QLED Monitor are a bit cheaper. And the tech giant makes some monitors that live in the more affordable range as well.
- Samsung 49-inch Odyssey G9 Gaming Monitor ($1,199.99, originally $1,599.99; samsung.com)
- Samsung 49-inch CRG9 Dual QHD Curved QLED Gaming Monitor ($899.99, originally $1,199.99; samsung.com)
- Samsung 27-inch JG56 WQHD Gaming Monitor ($299.99; samsung.com)
- Samsung 27-inch Odyssey G52A QHD Gaming Monitor ($429.99; samsung.com)
What You Should Know About Samsung's Odyssey Ark Screen
The Odyssey Ark is a 55-inch 1000R Curved Display, meaning that it will curve over or around you and take up most of your desk space. This combination screen, monitor, and display will most likely require a wide surface.
The Odyssey Ark Screen is very heavy, and as you can see in the TikTok below, anyone who is shorter than myself can switch it from vertical to horizontal in a matter of seconds. It's also smart enough, thanks to sensors, to change your visuals in a few seconds.
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The 55-inch screen was sharp, vibrant, and had excellent contrast levels, despite whether it was vertical or horizontal. The display's technology is similar to Samsung's 2022 QLED lineup.
It has a 3,840 X 21,60 resolution and a 16:9 aspect ratio, as well as a 16:9 aspect ratio. This chip will also handle all of the scaling of content.
The content here appeared to be quite slick and up to par. Forza playing off an Xbox Series X was particularly fluid, with the Odyssey Ark Screen delivering a latency-free experience with excellent HDR visuals. Likewise, Doom allowed this display to hit contrast points, and Microsoft's Flight Simulator felt and looked realistic. It's wonderful to see it put through the paces in the future.
The listening was quite immersive, with the Odyssey Ark Screen producing excellent sound from a four-speaker setup, totaling 60 watts. Dolby Atmos is also supported here, which aims to increase immersion.
It's a new Samsung Odyssey line of gaming monitors, smaller than other QLED TVs, and comes with a classic Samsung remote. Both systems work seamlessly, so you don't need to add any additional hardware.
Samsung didn't mess around with its ports. Like a Frame TV, you have a "one connect box," which means only one cable connects to the monitor itself. It includes an ethernet port as well as four HDMI 2.1 slots. It also includes a standard control as well as the Ark Dial. Essentially a rectangular control with a dial for selecting items, directional controls inside for picking, and buttons above for entering and switching between inputs.
The Odyssey Ark's advantage is that you can resize the primary input as small as a 27-inch screen or full the screen. You can also have three different inputs, including a PC, a web browser, and a streaming app, in a horizontal or vertical orientation.
Lets look at Samsung's Odyssey Ark screen.
The Odyssey Ark Screen is a hybrid between Samsung's earlier gaming monitors and their higher-end QLED TVs. It's designed to be ultra-immersive with a 55-inch 4K Mini LED display with a 165Hz refresh rate and one that can be used in either a horizontal or vertical mode. It's also pairing it with several new software features like the Gaming Hub and the ability to take multiple monitor experiences with this single big screen.
It's also a very affordable $3,499.99 product, depending on what you have available. After nearly an hour with it, it's impressive and excellent visuals. And remember, Samsung makes many other monitors with sharp, vivid pictures at more affordable prices.
Prices are accurate and items are in stock at the time of publication.