The Samsung Odyssey G3 LF24G35T belongs in the budget-friendly end of the Odyssey lineup, but it is still a capable gaming display. It’s worth noting that it is flat unlike the other monitors in its series which have deep 1000r curvatures. Let’s check the Samsung Odyssey G3 LF24G35T to see how it performs as the entry-level option and if it can go head to head with the excellent IPS variants we have today.
Samsung Odyssey G3 LF24G35T Specifications
- Screen Size: 24 Inches
- Resolution:1920 x 1080 FHD
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Panel Technology: Vertical Alignment (VA)
- Refresh Rate: 144Hz
- Response Time: 1ms MPRT
- Contrast Ratio: 3000:1 (Static)
- Brightness: 250 cd/m²
- Speakers: None
- Stand: Height -Yes
- Stand: Tilt – Yes
- Stand: Swivel – Yes
- Stand: Pivot – Yes
- VESA Compatibility: Yes (100 x 100)
- Connectivity: HDMI 2.0 x 1, DisplayPort 1.2 x 1, VGA x 1, 3.5mm Jack x 1
- Dimensions (W x H x D): 21.34” x 19.45” x 10.46”
- Weight: 9.92 lbs
Design and Features
The Samsung Odyssey G3 has a typical aesthetic that makes it look like an office monitor instead of something from the Odyssey lineup. The device has a matte black finish and it doesn’t have the bulge of its bigger siblings since it’s flat. The display is bezel-free on three sides, but you will still see inner borders when it’s in place.
We like how slim the monitor looks when it’s viewed at an angle, although its stand is quite massive and overbuilt. It needs over ten inches of depth when assembled and upright, so you might have to move your peripherals around if your desk is small. But despite that, it doesn’t weigh a lot since it manages to stay under ten pounds without any cables attached.
Build quality for the Samsung Odyssey G3 is great even if it belongs in the budget-oriented segment where cheaper materials and construction quality are common. The plastic panels feel thick and durable, so it won’t crack or deform under normal circumstances. The stand is stable and firm, so the display won’t shake or sag while you are enjoying your games.
What defines the Samsung Odyssey G3’s budget-oriented nature and what we dislike about it is it uses buttons instead of a joystick. The keys are located at the back near the edge of the chassis so they are easy to reach. However, you don’t see them directly so it makes more time to get to a specific setting since you need multiple presses.
The stand included with the Samsung Odyssey G3 offers tilt, pivot, swivel, and height adjustments by default. It’s easy to get a viewing angle that suits your setup and posture, so using aftermarket mounts won’t be necessary. However, VESA mounts can still be used, although you’ll only need them if you have multiple displays or if space is very limited.
The Samsung Odyssey G3 LF24G35T’s connectivity layout also took a hit to help lower its price point. The panel at the back includes a slot each for DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 2.0, and VGA, plus a 3.5mm jack for headphones. It doesn’t carry valuable extras like USB slots, but that’s okay since your PC will surely have some anyway.
The Samsung Odyssey G3 LF24G35T doesn’t have speakers, unlike its upper-tier siblings. However, that’s okay since gamers will most likely prefer headsets for better immersion and focus. Built-ins can still be used for basic tasks, and they increase the value per dollar spent on a certain display product if they are included.
Display and Performance
The Samsung Odyssey G3 LF24G35T sports a 24-inch VA panel with a 1920x 1080 resolution, a 144Hz refresh rate, and a 1ms boosted response time. The backlight has a 250 cd/m2 brightness while the contrast is listed at 3000:1. It’s more common to see Fast IPS panels in this category, but they cannot match the main thing they aren’t capable of contrast ratios at this level.
1080p monitors are still popular because they are easy to use and they can be seen almost anywhere such as in schools, at the office, or even in E-Sports arenas. They are easy on the eyes for reading and browsing, and it doesn’t take a lot to run games at maximum refresh rates. You don’t need a flagship GPU to enjoy your games at full potential, so many still pick this monitor so they don’t overspend on the necessary gear.
The Samsung Odyssey G3 LF24G35T renders 99% sRGB gamut which is on par with most monitors in the same price category. It’s decently vibrant for games, and its default accuracy only has a dE average of 2.77. It’s not dead-accurate like prosumer displays, but most users won’t notice the differences or errors unless they have a better monitor beside it for comparison.
Calibrating the Samsung Odyssey G3 LF24G35T with a colorimeter improved its dE average to 1.12 which is excellent for a VA panel. However, you need to enlist the assistance of a colorimeter to get it, and those don’t come cheap. It is not worth buying one just for gaming, so we can only recommend using it if you already have access to one.
Its backlight reached 285 cd/m2 at 100% brightness while its contrast ratio peaked at 3163:1 at 50% brightness. The screen can fight off glare in dark rooms, plus it is able to produce deep blacks and rich saturation levels. This kind of performance is what makes VA great, so it should be your choice if you play immersive titles, especially those with plenty of nighttime scenes.
Pixel response time, on the other hand, isn’t the best with the Samsung Odyssey G3 LF24G35T. Some blurs can show up in fast-paced or highly contrasting instances and it can be annoying if you are sensitive to them. Turning the overdrive on helps in alleviating it, but it does induce some minor overshoot in select scenes.
The Samsung Odyssey G3 LF24G35T is compatible with both FreeSync and G-Sync so you can always enjoy buttery smooth visuals with either GPU brand. This duality is handy since the video market isn’t stable, so it’s challenging to find a suitable card in stock and at the right price. Input lag sits at 5ms at 144Hz, so there is no need to worry about delays while gaming.
Thoughts on the Samsung Odyssey G3 LF24G35T
The Samsung Odyssey G3 LF24G35T is a decent pick if you want a gaming monitor with strong contrast and rich colors. Most users can get away with using it right away, but it would never hurt to try and tweak it according to individual preferences. It is well-designed and good-looking even if it is missing a few creature comforts like USB ports, but that’s okay since the omissions lowered the price.
It’s also not as fast as its IPS counterparts when it comes to pixel transition times, so it’s more prone to blurring. However, it’s not a deal-breaker, and it is fully expected since the monitor uses VA technology which makes up for it with three times as much contrast. The Samsung Odyssey G3 LF24G35T is a decent buy, although there are faster monitors at a lower price if you are willing to sacrifice its high contrast ratio.
- Excellent Design
- FreeSync/G-Sync Compatible
- High Contrast and Rich Colors
- Prone to Blurring
- Basic Connectivity
- Oversized Stand
About the Author: Paolo is a gaming veteran since the golden days of Doom and Warcraft and has been building gaming systems for family, friends, and colleagues since junior high. High-performance monitors are one of his fixations and he believes that it’s every citizen’s right to enjoy one. He has gone through several pieces of hardware in pursuit of every bit of performance gain, much to the dismay of his wallet. He now works with Monitornerds to scrutinize the latest gear to create reviews that accentuate the seldom explained aspects of a PC monitor.