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Samsung unveils the Odyssey Ark 2nd Gen: The 55-inch 4K Mini LED gaming monitor comes with new upgrades

By The Count - on 8 Dec 2023, 7:06pm

Samsung unveils the Odyssey Ark 2nd Gen: The 55-inch 4K Mini LED gaming monitor comes with new upgrades

Note: This article was first published on 21st November 2023.

The 55-inch Odyssey Ark 2nd Gen, Samsung's newest addition to its monitor lineup. This giant 4K Mini LED display, with its 165Hz refresh rate, is designed to streamline the clutter of multiple monitors into a single, expansive screen.

The price? A cool S$4,488.

The Odyssey Ark 2nd Gen (G97NC), as it's formally known, brings some notable improvements over its predecessor. Firstly, it addresses connectivity limitations. While maintaining the same number of video inputs, Samsung has replaced one of the HDMI ports with a DisplayPort 1.4 connector, a subtle but significant tweak for users requiring varied connections.

But what really stands out is the monitor's enhanced Multi View feature. Unlike the previous model, which limited simultaneous display to just one HDMI input, the latest Odyssey Ark can now show video feeds from all four inputs at once. This is a game-changer for multitasking, allowing, for example, gaming on a PlayStation 5 on one part of the screen while simultaneously working on a PC on another. This versatility also offers a workaround for any Multi View compatibility issues with built-in apps like Netflix, since external HDMI streaming devices can now be used.

Another addition is the built-in KVM switch, facilitating control over multiple PCs with a single mouse and keyboard. However, Samsung notes that each computer must be connected via its own USB upstream cable, which is sold separately. The Odyssey Ark 2nd Gen also boasts an integrated audio system, complete with four corner speakers and two woofers, and supports Dolby Atmos.

Otherwise, the new model largely parallels last year's model. It retains the Cockpit Mode which allows vertical rotation and the display of up to three screens simultaneously. The monitor also comes with the Ark Dial, serving as a remote control, and features a suite of smart TV-style apps, including cloud gaming services from Xbox and NVIDIA, and streaming services like Amazon Prime and Netflix. Don't miss out on what we thought about the original Ark.

Pre-order starts from Nov 23 till Dec 6, 2023. General availability will then start from Dec 7 onwards.  All purchases made during the pre-order period will include a free Samsung Bespoke Jet Bot+ Robot Vacuum with Clean Station, worth S$1,109. (Limited stocks only).

The Odyssey Ark 2nd Gen is available for purchase directly from Samsung's online store.

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