Samsung’s Odyssey Z gaming notebook now available for $1,800

Samsung announced its rebooted gaming laptop series with the 15.6-inch Odyssey Z during Intel’s 8th-generation Core i CPU launch in April, but the company’s new Core i7 hexacore laptop with Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics hasn’t shipped in the US until today. It only comes in one model, with a 1,920 x 1,080 IPS display, a 256GB SSD and 16GB DDR4 SDRAM, for $1,800.

That price seems a bit high given similarly equipped competitors, such as the HP Omen 15 or Alienware 15, run closer to $1,500 configured with more storage and a mini DisplayPort connector to drive a G-Sync compatible monitor, and in the case of the HP, a narrow-bezel 4K display.

While the Odyssey can drive a monitor via the USB-C connection with an optional adapter — or HDMI for that matter — G-Sync doesn’t work over USB-C/Thunderbolt because it’s not directly on the GPU bus like a DisplayPort connection.

It also adopts a right-side touchpad, which can be an acquired taste (but it doesn’t double as a numeric keypad, we’ve seen from Asus and Acer) and curved chicklet keycaps. It’s a traditional 15-inch size but does weigh a little less than comparable models at 5.3 pounds/2.4 kg.

It’s available now through Amazon as well as Samsung.com, and should be appearing in the Microsoft Store.