Samsung Notebook Odyssey marks the company’s first solid effort to venture into the gaming scenes. What probably happened is Samsung realized every major vendor was heading out towards the gaming sector and they reckoned they needed to catch up.
From our analysis the specs on our reviewed unit, the Samsung Notebook Odyssey NP800G5M-X01US are incredibly top notch but fall short in a few ways to what hardcore enthusiasts yearn for. But as the sector grows, avid gamers and new entrants to the sector will probably have their eye on it, sooner rather than later.
Samsung Odyssey 15.6 Review
- Great dedicated graphics Nvidia GTX 1050
- Large screen estate 15.6 inches
- Fast processor 2.8 GHz
- Full HD display
- Ample storage space 1TB HDD and 128GB SSD
- Premium looks without much gamer flare
- Easily upgradeable through the dragon scale
- Lack USB Type-C port
- There’s always a difference between gaming desktops and gaming laptops. Both PC can handle a gaming experience all too well, but desktops are more often than not considered too bulk and heavy to be thought of as portable. The new Samsung Notebook Odyssey NP800G5M-X01US See at Amazon is out to prove it’s a light packaged machine to set out to fill those shoes as a gaming laptop in a portable form factor. With its feature packed specifications and gallant gamer centric looks, it shows more promise of an entry level gaming laptop though.
DESIGN AND FEATURES
Like many gaming laptops, the Samsung Notebook Odyssey NP800G5M-X01US can grab your attention from a single glance. And like the majority of hardcore gaming rigs, it does so with a combination of gamer centric looks and lights; red lights just as the traditional red and black combination adopted by major gaming rig companies. The cover features a large series logo, rather large in size to burn a clear impression so you don’t forget.
Our reviewed unit comes in black although there is an option for white if you chose so. White for me sounds like more cleaning so I prefer the black especially for gaming. The color spreads through the lid, bezel and palm rest creating an alluring effect which is a breath of fresh air in a sea of overwrought gaming laptop designs.
The screen is 15.6 inches backed with a 1920 x 1080 resolution display. Viewing angles are great but I wouldn’t say this is a laptop that has multiple users sharing the screen; so no need to worry.
The bottom side was impressive. What grabs your attention first is the removable panel with visually arresting patterns called the dragon scale. You can open up the screws to this panel and have access to whichever part of specification you wish to tweak; up to 256 SSD and 32 GB RAM. Additionally, the bottom section also features the ventilation system codenamed Hexaflow Vent that runs along most of the bottom of the laptop.
In terms on weight and measurements, the Samsung Notebook Odyssey NP800G5M-X01US is a lean 14.9 x 0.9 x 10.2 inches and weighs 5.5 pounds making it a gaming laptop easy to tag along with. It’s also somewhat similar to the Acer Aspire VX5-591G-75RM See at Amazon (10.45 x 15.31 x 1.14 inches, 5.51 lbs) but heavier than the Dell’s Inspiron 15 7000 (14.9 x 9.9 x 0.7 inches, 4.8 pounds).
The port selection on the Odyssey is pretty decent but lacks some major latest ports like the USB Type –C. But I guess Samsung know their audience and have a good reason for it.
The ports present as for now are:
• 1 x USB 3.0 port
• 2 x USB 2.0 ports
• 1 x HDMI-out
• 1 x COMBO audio jack
• 1 x RJ45 (LAN)
• 1 x SD/HC/XC card reader
The Samsung Notebook Odyssey NP800G5M-X01US is powered by a fast processor, but mediocre graphics. It has the state of the art 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7 7700HQ Quad-core Processor with a Turbo Boost of 3.8 GHz and Cache of 6MB coupled with four physical cores.
The processor on this notebook is new with Kaby Lake H architecture that was announced at the Jan CES 2017 as a successor to the Core i7-6700HQ from the Skylake generation. It is a formidable system that runs on 45watts-hour and sure to heat every now and then, but fortunately Samsung has got that covered with the mega-cooling vent system.
While the Core i7 might seem overkill for an entry level gaming laptop the 16GB DDR4 RAM is sufficient for gaming purposes and might cover you for the next few years to come. If not you can equip I with up to 64GB, spread across its 4 –SODIMM slots( up to 32GB for this smaller model with 2 slots)As for storage, the Samsung Notebook Odyssey NP800G5M-X01US works with 1TB of HDD and 128GB SSD.
The SSD works marvelously to in helping the system to load and boot faster. And you can reconfigure to add more SSD and RAM anytime you need a boost. Most gaming rigs work best with 256GB SSD which would have been nicer to see here, but it’s not such a compromise.
The Odyssey’s graphic are mediocre in comparison to major gaming brands but great for entry level gaming. It comes with Nvidia GTX 1050, a mainstream GPU based on Pascal architecture. The GPU is pretty fresh off the shelves too, having being announced recently at Jan 2017.
It has highest performance at cool ideal conditions which and plays 2016 games pretty well too. We tried our hands on a few games to check it out. Watch Dogs 2 and Dishonored 2 both played amazingly well at 1280 x 720 p and 72 fps and 76 fps respectively. It also delivered silky smooth 1080p ultra gaming with some of our favorite games like the Battlefield 1, Titanfall 2 and Call of Duty; all at high settings and at Full HD display.
Playing at 4K was a little different however and our benchmark games hit a limit of 28 fps, which is still playable but not completely entertaining at 60 fps. We managed to hit Ultra HD just with Overwatch and other lower graphic games.
The Odyssey comes with an array of hardware that is impressive especially for an entry level gaming laptop. Usually Core i5 is better for entry level gaming and Core i7 is considered overkill. Hardware aside, the Samsung Notebook Odyssey NP800G5M-X01US comes with a 43 watt-hour battery which is on the lower side of gaming laptop spectrum. In comparison, the larger Samsung Odyssey Notebook has a 93Wh battery which almost resembles the 2015 MacBook Pro 15’s 99.5Wh battery.
While users don’t buy these laptops for endurance, it would be nice to have a battery that lasts. Most gaming laptops equip a battery in the 60 to 80 watt-hour range. Still, the Samsung Notebook Odyssey NP800G5M-X01US managed to gather 5 hours 34 minutes when we put it through its paces in our battery test.
Samsung Notebook Odyssey NP800G5M-X01US features a full RGB keyboard, which is still only available on a few gaming laptops; Razer, MSI and Aorus laptops last I checked.
The touchpad is impressive with a light-up rhombus surrounding the pointing device. It looks a little superfluous – but we’re always open to something new in the market. The visual flourish makes the touchpad look much larger than it really is which was really cool.
Samsung Notebook Odyssey Specs
|Processor||2.8 GHz Intel Core i7 7700HQ Quad-core Processor|
|RAM||16 GB DDR4|
|Graphics||NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1050|
|Internal Storage||1000 GB Hybrid Drive 128 GB NVMe SSD|
|Display||15.6″ LCD | 1920×1080 pixel | LED backlight|
|Keyboard||WASD Backlit Keyboard | Backlight – Yes|
|Connectivity||802.11ac – Wi-Fi | Gigabit Ethernet|
|Operating System||Windows 10 Home | 64 Bit|
|Battery||Lithium ion | 43Wh|
|Dimensions||14.9 x 0.9 x 10.2|
Our final take of the Samsung Notebook Odyssey Price and Review.
Samsung’s intention to join the gaming territory isn’t a bad idea. In fact we welcome the thought with wishes of an improved breed of gaming laptops from Samsung. We are rooting for gaming laptops in a portable form factor similar to Samsung’s new release. Although the territory is already occupied by HP’s Envy, Dell’s Alienware and Lenovo’s Y, the room for improvement is still available. For now we accept Samsung’s Odyssey into the competitive realm of everyday gamers in the low end of the market even though it isn’t ultimate gaming rig replacement.
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