Samsung hasn’t been a name in gaming laptops until last year (2017), when the company launched a duo in its brand new Odyssey product range. Now, the Korean manufacturer adds another model to the series, with a distinct new look.
Last year’s 17-inch and 15-inch Samsung Odyssey models had a rather standard design as far as gaming devices go, namely black with red accents and some LED-lit highlights. The new 15.6-inch Odyssey Z instead seems to take its design cues from Samsung’s own thin-and-light business segment. Samsung has also opted for the more unconventional placement of the trackpad, on the right-hand side of the keyboard.
The hardware is in line with what you’d expect from a recent gaming notebook in the mid- to high-end tier, with a hexacore, 45W Core i7-8750H processor from the Coffee Lake generation, paired with Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics (6 GB GDDR5).
In addition, you get 16 GB of DDR4 RAM (soldered + 1 slot), 256 GB of NVMe SSD storage and a 15.6-inch 1080p PLS display. The materials are aluminum and plastic and the machine weighs in at 5.28 lbs (2.4 kg).
In spite of its slim design, Samsung claims that the Odyssey Z will stay reasonably cool thanks to its ‘Z AeroFlow’ cooling system with dual fans. So, provided that no serious throttling occurs, the laptop should offer excellent frame rates at the display’s native 1080p resolution.
However, if long battery life is important you may want to look elsewhere, as the Odyssey Z’s battery is rated at 54Wh. For comparison, Dell’s slimmer but less powerful XPS 15 is available with either a 56 Wh or a 97 Wh battery.
The Samsung Odyssey Z is available now (only in the US market so far), and can be purchased from Samsung, Microsoft Store or Amazon for $1,799.99.