Gaming Laptop[INQ. NO. 1810E03] Recently, ultra-high-end games have come to the stage of requiring high performance that the conventional gaming laptops cannot solve. Though it is not a problem to install highperformance hardware, increasing heat in proportion to performance is a challenge for gaming laptops.
Until now, gaming laptops have selected the air-cooled type that cools the heat by rotating a cooling fan. The aircooled type embedded a thick heat pipe in order to cool heat, and it caused the gaming laptops to become too heavy.
Odyssey Z, Samsung Electronics’ gaming laptop, has discarded the air-cooled type and boldly adopted the water-cooled type to order to become thinner and lighter. Compared with the previous model which adopted the air-cooled type, its thickness was reduced by more than 1cm and the weight was also decreased by 0.34kg compared with the previous model, so that it has become easier for the users to hold the laptop with one hand despite a weak grip.
Due to the slim thickness, it is hard to imagine that a cooler is equipped merely by judging the appearance. However, this new cooling scheme is efficient enough to easily control the strong heat of the GPU and CPU.
Odyssey Z controls the heat with ‘the Z Aero Flow Cooling System.’ By placing a thin watercontaining ‘Dynamic Spread Vapor Chamber’ under the heatgenerating CPU and GPU, it induces an endothermic reaction by generating steam at the same time as the heat generation.

The principle is that the steam is rapidly cooled by the blast that two coolers located at the bottom generate, losing the heat energy and becoming water again. Z Aero Flow can release heat more effectively than the conventional air-cooled type by repeating and circulating such endothermic and exothermic reactions.
Odyssey Z with Samsung Electronics’ unique cooling technology has enabled equipping of the highperformance hardware required for high-end games, such as GTX 1060 MAX-P, 8th CFL-H CPU, PCIe SSD, DDR4-2400, etc.
This high-performance hardware can be easily recognized by the fact that you can activate new high-end options that were not previously available when you are accessing games with Odyssey Z. In the FPS game of which the victory or defeat is determined by momentary context awareness and judgment, the gamers will be able to have an advantage by choosing the high refresh rate of maximum 120Hz provided by ‘GTX 1060 MAX-P’ and G sync option with Odyssey Z.
G sync minimizes the phenomena of screen cut-off, distortion and delay by synchronizing to GeForce GTX-based PC GPUs and dramatically improving display refresh rates. Increasing the screen scanning rate to the maximum 120Hz can result in a smoother screen and higher responsiveness, which is more advantageous when the players are fighting a fierce battle.

PCle SSD, a storage device of Odyssey Z, is also a factor enabling a pleasant game play. Odyssey Z PCle SSD, which is a step ahead of the conventional SATA SSD, boasts the processing speed up to 5.2 times as fast as that of SATA SSD (maximum 2,800MB per second) and 14 times faster than general HDD.
Capacity is also provided up to 512GB, reducing the storage burden. The gamers who know well about the working principle of SSD combining the function of a virtual memory tend to intentionally leave over 30% of the storage space for optimal play. You can even use the advantage of such big capacity for victory.
RAM is also key hardware that maximizes the capability of CPU. No matter how good the CPU you may use, it cannot function well unless the RAM is backed up. Odyssey Z has also selected the DDR SDRAM and, especially, mounted DDR4 2400MHz realizing speeds of up to 37.5GB per second, thereby raising up the processing power of ‘8th CFL-H CPU,’ which is the 8th-generation Intel CPU, to the maximum. DDR4 2400MHz memory is 1.5 times as fast as the previous generation DDR3 1600MHz memory.
You can easily feel the speed that can be demonstrated in conjunction with the above-mentioned memory and CPU from the screen showing the booting is already completed as soon as you open Odyssey Z. The capability to process as if to omit booting makes you experience the start and finish without having to wait even in the situation that you have to load multiple times or in the excessive multitasking that consume a lot of memory.
Odyssey Z provides screen shot and recording functions required by broadcasters as a basic program named ‘Odyssey Control Center’ as well as game plays. If you record a video by connecting a microphone to the laptop, the sound will also be recorded at the same time.
This program is easy to use as you can proceed with screen shot and video recording immediately by pressing the separate keyboard shortcuts (Gaming Hot Keys) at the top of the mouse pad located on the right side of the Odyssey Z keyboard.
Gaming hot keys consist of four keys including a screen shot, a record button, a quiet mode, and a beast mode. Dual quiet mode and beast mode hot keys are useful as they enable you to change the arrangement of Odyssey quickly to suit your environment.
Quiet mode is a power-saving function that helps you reduce the noise to less than 22dBA by decreasing the speaker volume and minimizing the cooler rotation speed by simply pressing a shortcut, and it is suitable for you to use your laptop for daily web surfing or video watching rather than gaming.
In contrast, the beast mode is the function of maximizing the hardware performance by boosting the cooling fans by 17% more than usual and it is suitable for game plays. Of course, the battery consumption gets faster to that extent but with Odyssey Z’s battery, you can play games for about 4 hours without power connection.
The recording function used by pressing the combination key of ‘Fn + F11’ in previous Odyssey has been replaced with the function to change the proper image quality according to the game environment such as FPS, RTS, AOS, RPG, etc. in Odyssey Z. The FPS mode is automatically adjusted to high Gamma for detecting the enemies quickly, and color is also emphasized to enhance the realistic atmosphere.
In the RTS mode, comparison of contrast and color is noticeable for easy unit identification. Compared to this, AOS or RPG mode, which is played for a long time, blocks the blue light to be able to reduce fatigue, thereby providing comfortable color.


Ergonomic design adding convenience to the users

The red LED keyboard lighting that was checked in previous models is also provided to Odyssey Z. Thanks to this, even in a dark environment, you will have no difficulty in finding the correct keys on the keyboard.
Odyssey Z’s unique keyboard touch sense is dull to the extent that there seems to be little difference compared to ordinary desktop keyboards, so you can feel the unique pleasant feeling of crackling the combo.

It is also noticeable that the keyboard moved to the lower position where the pads were located in a typical laptop. When usually working with laptops, it is common to experience unwanted pointer movement and click by touching the mouse pad located in the front of the keyboard. By changing the location like this, such inconvenience has come to be solved in advance.
Above all, as the keyboard is far away from the upper part causing the heat, the concern of light burnt fingers due to long-term use of the laptop has been reduced. | Blog Magazine of korean electronics, brands and Goods