Samsung has announced, before CES 2022, that it will move the curved monitor in the form of Odyssey Ark to some super-ergonomic area. With active backlighting, a stiff 1000R rotation, and heaps of adjustable capabilities, it looks to be a very versatile one. In addition to the gaming monitor swamp. And it comes with some nifty tricks.
At 55 inches, it’s a wide ‘vertical cockpit-style rotating display’ and should make the most of its 4K resolution. Interestingly, Samsung has added the option to adjust the screen size inside the panel. Basically, when you lower the resolution or deviate from the screen’s standard 16: 9 ratio, you’ll have the option to leave unused pixels, instead of scaling to fit the full screen.
This feature works like this when you watch a movie in letterbox format, except the spare pixels are not only black, but also passive – great for saving energy, I’m sure. Odyssey Arc will also offer ‘MultiView’ options in this mode, like the Windows 11 Windows Layout feature, so you can decide which pixels you need, and which can be skipped.
It even comes with a wireless dial to control the monitor interface and lighting … Goody, another neat gabion to create clutter on my desk. Still, that means avoiding “where the hack is buttons, anyway” adventure.
A few days ago, Samsung hit us with the announcement of Odyssey Neo G8, the world’s first 240Hz 4K gaming monitor. And although there is no word on Odyssey Ark’s refresh rate or response time, if this trend is going to continue, we are expecting something impressive.
Still, the main focus here is ergonomics. With a stand for adjusting height as well as axis and tilt capability, this is a gaming monitor that should be easily integrated into a very specific gaming setup, without compromising your health. But we’ll see about that when we get our hands on the reviewer model.