Samsung says that their brand new Notebook Odyssey is the first they’ve ever made specifically for gaming. I’m inclined to agree, as they’ve introduced two different versions of the Odyssey, both with aesthetics that make Samsung seem less mature in notebook styling than we know they are. Both versions of the Samsung Notebook Oyssey work with light-up keys, a “HexaFlow Vent,” and 7th-generation Intel Core i7 processors.
While the displays on these devices aren’t quite what you’d find on, for example, a Razer Blade Stealth, they seem decent for on-the-go gaming. If that’s a thing that people look for here in the year 2017, that is to say. As it is on the lesser of the Lenovo Legion laptops revealed this week, all Odyssey notebooks from Samsung (so far) have 1080p panels.
Below you’ll find specifications for both the Samsung Notebook Odyssey 17.3-inch model and the 15.6-inch model, both coming with the same sort of display. I’m looking forward to getting a peek at the final version of Samsung’s Anti-Glare setup here, as it’s become a sort of forgotten feature in notebooks of all sorts – one I wish would return in force. Graphics processing hardware on the larger device is still to-be-decided, while the smaller rolls with the powerful NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 for desktop-level performance.
It’ll be interesting to see how both the “Volcano Keycap” and “Crater Keycap” keyboards work in real life, extended play. For now they feel fairly interesting. Not necessarily great – not that we’d be able to tell quite yet, but still. It IS encouraging to see a company as large as Samsung take a new stab at the keyboard, especially on how each key is formed – not just the same for every single one.
The smaller device will be available starting at $1,199 sometime this year. Pricing has not yet been announced on the larger device.