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Samsung S49AG95N Super UltraWide with 2048 dimming zones

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21:9 UltraWide monitors can provide an engrossing experience, with 32:9 Super UltraWides making things even wider. Keeping your peripheral engaged. The Samsung S49AG95N (LS49AG95N with various regional suffixes) of the Odyssey G9 series is built for immersion – as a very wide and heavily curved monitor. This follow-up to the C49G95T maintains its signature styling, with a combination of matte black and glossy white plastics and a wide penguin-foot stand design. The top and side bezels are dual-stage, with a slim panel border that’s flush with the rest of the screen plus a slender hard plastic outer component. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by a joystick facing downwards beneath the Samsung logo at the front.

Built for immersion

The monitor adopts a 49″ VA panel, in 32:9 Super UltraWide format with a 5120 x 1440 (DQHD) resolution. This is like having two 27″ 2560 x 1440 (WQHD or 1440p) monitors beside one another, without a central bezel. The monitor adopts a light matte anti-glare screen surface with a 1000R (steep) curve to boost immersion and potentially enhance viewing comfort. A 240Hz refresh rate is supported, alongside Nvidia’s ‘G-SYNC Compatible Mode’ and AMD FreeSync Premium Pro – VRR range not currently known. 10-bit colour is supported whilst a 4000:1 (needs official confirmation) static contrast ratio and 178° horizontal and vertical viewing angles are specified. A Quantum Dot Mini LED backlight with 2048 dimming zones is included, which Samsung markets as ‘Quantum Matrix’. This offers 95% DCI-P3 coverage and an extremely impressive peak luminance of 2000 cd/m². The idea here isn’t for a full screen sustained brightness that is so high, and we doubt that is even supported. But rather for the 2048 dimming zones to be put to good use under HDR, with some going exceptionally bright whilst others remain much dimmer. The monitor responds to HDR10 content – although any specific mention of ‘VESA DisplayHDR 2000’ should be ignored as this isn’t a current VESA certification level. In addition to the exceptional peak luminance and contrast advantages of the Mini LED backlight, the fairly generous colour gamut can be put to good use alongside 10-bit colour processing.

A 1ms grey to grey response time is specified, which should be taken with the usual pinch or two of salt. Low input lag is also specified. The rear of the monitor is mainly glossy white with some contrasting matte black elements. The eye is drawn to the stand neck, which includes an ‘InfinityCore’ RGB LED lighting feature. This can be customised to display 5 different lighting effects and 52 different colours. The included stand offers height, tilt and swivel adjustment and can be replaced by an alternative 100 x 100mm VESA compatible solution. The ports face downwards beneath a removable plastic port cover, which blends in with the rest of the rear when attached. These include; 2 DP 1.4 ports (with DSC), HDMI 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 ports (plus upstream) and a 3.5mm headphone jack. 2-way PBP (Picture by Picture) support is also included. We assume an AC power input is included (internal power converter) like it was on the predecessor to this model.

A striking rear

Further details can be found on Chinese shopping website Taobao (requires translation into English). Be aware that some details may be incorrect, especially when listed in text form. The graphical elements and logos covering the main features are usually accurate from this source, however. The monitor is listed there for an eye-watering 30000 Chinese Yuan or $4600 USD, with availability from mid-June 2021. International pricing and availability to be confirmed.

Samsung S49AG95N