Marcelo Jabulas | GameCoin Writing – Electronic games have never been a cheap pastime. Assembling a gaming PC with can easily exceed R$5,000, as these are machines that demand high performance video cards, processors and monitors, as well as components with robust sources, large memory capacity and heavy refrigeration so you don’t let anything “melt” in there.
The problem is that these machines that run games in high definition video quality and with absurd processing speeds are usually parked in a corner of the house. Transporting the junk is work and there is always a risk of damage. Laptops are an option to have good performance in games and with mobility. However, not all titles (especially modern ones) run on conventional machines. And when they turn they heat up a lot and the performance is not always satisfactory.
Therefore, gaming laptops emerge as an effective solution for those looking for high performance and mobility. We tested the Samsung Odyssey (name that refers to the Phillips console from the 1970s), which was developed precisely for games. With a configuration that doesn’t look bad in front of a desk, the machine is equipped with a 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 8 GB of RAM, 1 TB HD and a powerful 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card.
With a 15.6-inch screen capable of displaying Full HD graphics, the highlight of the Odyssey is its ventilation system which manages to keep the temperature stable even when the machine is at its maximum. The solution is even very simple.
Samsung applied a screen called Hexaflow, as if it were a kitchen hood. This screen allows the fans to draw in cold air to circulate inside the machine and push warm air under the monitor. The screen is also easy to remove, making upgrades such as replacing USB drives easier, as well as replacing the hard drive with a solid-state SSD.
Like any self-respecting gaming machine, the Odyssey is flashy, with a big logo on top of the monitor that reflects the color red. Repeated tone on keyboard and touchpad. To be spotless, only if it had an SSD and at least 16GB of RAM, but then the price of the game would be way beyond the not-so-modest R$5,200.
Samsung Odyssey competitors
DELL Inspiron 15 Gaming – R$3,898 Dell has experience in the gamer segment and has long offered the Alienware range. The Inspiron i5 Gaming emerges as a more affordable option for those who want to run their games wherever they go. Despite a less robust processor (Intel Core i5), it offers the same GeForce GTX 1050 card with 4 GB, 1 TB HD and 8 GB of RAM.
Acer Predator Helios 300 – R$8,999 Acer has spared no expense (but the consumer will pay) with the mighty Predator Helios 300, which costs a chilling R$9,000. But it is a very robust laptop, equipped with an Intel Core i7 processor, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 video card, with 6 GB, 2 TB HD and 32 GB of RAM. It even offers a high-performance Dolby sound system and Wi-Fi.
HP omen 17-an053nr – US$1,699 (R$5,474) HP entered the gamer segment four years ago, but still does not offer its products in Brazil. The OMEN line has several versions, with prices between US$750 and US$1,700. The most powerful version is the 17-an053nr, which has an i7 processor, a GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card, with 8 GB and 4K support, a 256 GB SSD, 32 GB of RAM. Over here, it would cost no less than R$13,000.
Games tested on Samsung Odyssey
Project CARS 2 One of today’s best simulators arrived in September with spectacular graphics and realistic physics. On Odyssey, the game was running at its maximum visual setting, with all filters enabled, showing excellent textures with no loss of frame shifts sometimes with high volumes of cars in the same scene. It was very hot, but it was also cooling very quickly.
Forza Motorsport 7 Game responsible for pushing the Xbox One X to its visual limit. Forza 7 is the racing game with the best current graphics. During the tests, it was possible to go to the limit of what the machine offered. In Full HD, it experienced no loss in performance. The game allowed to go up to 3K. In this configuration, there was a drop in the exchange of frames per second (FPS), but without the perception of graphical improvement, since it exceeded the capacity of the device.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus The third title in the franchise’s current phase (i.e. three games) arrived at the end of October. When testing on PS4, it showed good graphics in Full HD. Already in the test with the Oydssey, we raised the visual configuration to the maximum and the machine did not back down. Visual quality and change in frame rate (FPS) remained stable when characters appeared on screen.
Doom The first test we did on Doom was on PS4. And the impression we had was that the console was going to melt away as the game demanded it from the machine. When testing with Odyssey, we raised the graphics quality to the maximum it allowed and tested it for at least two hours. The machine got very hot, but after closing the app, the temperature returned to normal within a few minutes.
Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin Despite being a veteran, Dark Souls II punished an HP with an AMD A4 processor (with integrated video) and 6 GB of RAM, which ended up making us curious how he would fare in the Odyssey. The result was amazing, the game ran with great lightness and with maximum configuration and did not raise the CPU temperature much.
Cuphead was like playing River Raid on Xbox One X. The spectacular action game entered the test so we could review it, which was released in December.
The Samsung Odyssey is an excellent machine, it offers good performance even without an SSD and more RAM, thanks to the great performance of the GTX card and the i7 processor. However, it is well known that this upgrade would further increase its final price. The question that remains is: is it worth spending so much on a laptop? Money that would allow you to build an office as powerful or more powerful? Or with a little more to buy a 4K TV and an Xbox One X? The question remains, what would you do with that R$5,200?