Samsung has announced a huge 55” Curved Monitor known as the Odyssey Ark.
Though designed primarily with gamers in mind, the curved 4K Quantum mini-LED HDR display has the potential to be a valuable tool for video editing with its ability to stack multiple sources in a multi-window configuration, and therefore offering plenty of screen real estate for gaming or content creation.
If users can get over the $3,500 price tag, that is.
“The 1000R curvature to wrap around your field of vision for maximum immersion. There’s no better monitor to upgrade your gaming setup than Odyssey Ark.”
The 1600 nit 4K UHD monitor offers a 165Hz refresh rate and 1 millisecond response time while being able to display over one billion colors with a DCI gamut of 95 percent.
According to Samsung, the monitor is driven by Samsung’s AI-Powered processor which analyzes images with 20 multi-layer neural networks to reproduce every detail, pixel by pixel.
The monitor includes what looks to be a separate control box, which includes four separate HDMI 2.1 ports that can accept multiple inputs to display on the monitor simultaneously.
It also has an onboard speaker system that supports multi-channel Dolby Atmos audio technology.
The Odyssey Ark also comes with two separate video remotes, one for controlling video the traditional way, and the other for controlling the monitor’s “command center” with custom key function buttons and a rotatable dial. The remotes can also be charged, even with a solar panel connection.
The monitor is operated by Samsung’s independent Tizen operating system, which offers smart display options like streaming YouTube and AppleTV, plus support for Samsung’s Gaming Hub for connecting to Xbox Game Pass, Google Stadia, and Amazon Luna game streaming services.
The display can also provide picture-in-picture screen support for that “Let’s play” configuration while streaming.
But the interesting feature is its ability either sit vertically for a stacked, multi-window configuration, or in “cockpit mode” where the display wraps around the user for an in-depth immersive experience.
Samsung says that the vertical orientation is a more natural way for users to consume a variety of content since the scanning for information doesn’t usually move from side to side. This seems odd since content creators have been doing that very thing for years.
This is why Cockpit mode would be a better tool for photographers and videographers, who often use multiple monitors for opening up various windows in a video editor to provide preview video options, while still editing the main timeline.
With a screen this large, those windows can be positioned, even with a variety of aspect ratios including 16:9, 21:9, and 32:9.
As stated above, the price of the Samsung Odyssey Ark 55” Display is $3500, but it’s being reported that users can preorder it with a $300 discount through Samsung direct.
- Samsung Odyssey Ark 55″ 4K HDR 165 Hz Curved Gaming Monitor (B&H)
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