Samsung's 55-inch rotating gaming monitor is everything we love about CES
The shockingly big, versatile new monitor debuted at CES 2022
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On Tuesday during CES 2022 in Las Vegas, Samsung unveiled a truly jaw-dropping new monitor: the Odyssey Ark, a massive 55-inch curved display especially geared toward gaming and productivity.
While pricing and the majority of specs are still forthcoming, what Samsung has shown off about the Ark thus far is truly impressive, and the concept images do not do it justice. The huge screen describes a 16:9 aspect ratio, a 1000R curve radius, and 4K resolution. But its flexibility is perhaps the coolest thing about it: it raises/lowers, tilts, and turns like most high-end monitors. But it can also be rotated from traditional landscape to portrait orientation, something that's assuredly less common with monitors of this size (if indeed there are any others of this size).
This flexibility and rotation works in tandem with some pretty svelte Multiview options, if CES show floor demos are to be believed. For example, three side-by-side windows in landscape mode will automatically shift to sensibly fill the screen when it's rotated to portrait orientation. This not only seems like an ingenious way to comfortably play video games while you work remotely, but it also proffers a wealth of potential benefits for a range of professionals, as well as streamers, hardcore gamers, and so on.
One of the coolest applications Samsung showed of was a split-screen portrait mode that hosted a live video chat with friends placed above and below the gaming screen.
While the Ark's display specs haven't been confirmed, it's likely a "QLED" display in the same vein as Samsung's previous Odyssey gaming monitors, meaning it uses an LED array for a backlight and enhances its color fidelity with quantum dots. To sweeten the pot, the Ark also includes a wireless dial controller to allow for skillful adjustments of screen qualities and other settings, though what you can tweak and change has not been confirmed.
We can't yet go all-in on the Odyssey Ark until we knock out a wall so it fits into our testing labs, but what Samsung has shown during CES 2022 is highly intriguing. Stay tuned to Reviewed for all of our CES 2022 coverage this week.