A humongous, curved gaming monitor with a powerful audio system.
What just occurred? Samsung is now accepting pre-orders for the first curved 55-inch 1000R gaming display in the world. The colossal display, which was unveiled for the first time at January’s Consumer Electronics Show, is appropriately named the Odyssey Ark.
The recipient of the CES Innovation Award features a 4K (3,840 x 2,160 resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio) matte display with a maximum 165Hz refresh rate and AMD FreeSync Premium Pro support. Response time is rated at 1ms (GtG), and the static contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1 is said to accentuate even the most subtle of details.
Samsung’s Neural Quantum Processor Ultra, which it claims is powered by data from 20 neural networks, is also used to upsample content to 4K. A six-speaker system (one in each corner and two subwoofers in the middle) with a frequency response range of 45Hz to 20KHz and a total power output of 60 watts. Additionally, Dolby Atmos is supported for enhanced immersion.
The available ports consist of four HDMI 2.1 ports and an RJ45 network jack. The display is height-adjustable, tiltable, and compatible with 200×200, 300×300, and 400×400 Vesa mounting patterns. For a one-of-a-kind user experience, it can be manually rotated to a vertical orientation.
Samsung includes both a conventional television remote and a secondary control device called the Ark Dial. It can be charged via USB Type-C and also features a solar panel.
Flex Move Screen allows you to adjust the software screen size from 55 inches to 27 inches, as well as change the screen position and toggle between screen ratios. Multi-View eliminates the need for multiple monitor setups by displaying up to four screens in horizontal mode or three in vertical mode.
The 55-inch Odyssey Ark from Samsung is now available for pre-order for $3,499.99 and is anticipated to arrive in early September. There are significantly cheaper alternatives, including Samsung’s Odyssey G9 with a 49-inch display and its 55-inch OLED television.