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Samsung QN90B Neo QLED TV Review

In the battle between OLED TVs and mini-LED LCD TVs, the two technologies used in today’s best smart TVs, people who need a brighter picture generally choose an LCD screen. For those who want an intensely bright TV, Samsung has upped the ante with its QN90B Neo QLED 4K Smart TV. It makes good use of its brightness, creating a sharp image with excellent contrast that rivals OLED screens.

The QN90B is more than just brilliance. It includes the technology that gamers want to get the most out of the latest gaming consoles. It also integrates cloud gaming services like Xbox Cloud Gaming and Amazon Luna so you don’t even need a console to play the best games. While not perfect, it will be a great option for many people.

A bright smart TV

The Samsung QN90B is one of the brightest TVs you’ll find, making it ideal for sunny rooms. The brightness, along with the mini-LED and local dimming technology, also help it produce excellent contrast in dark scenes. It’s also packed with the latest gaming technology, including cloud gaming.

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Did I mention the glitter? Because this TV is really brilliant. The first thing I had to do was turn down the brightness to avoid burning my eyes. The room I used the TV in gets average sunlight and the QN90BThe brightness of can exceed much more. If you’ve been having trouble not being able to see what’s on your TV during the day, this TV should be able to overcome them.

The QN90B uses mini-LED backlighting and local dimming, allowing for a more nuanced image. Thanks to those mini LEDs, images from the QN90B are very sharp and detailed. I especially appreciated the sharp images while watching college football in 4K, where the blades of grass had excellent definition and the ball flew without blur.

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The set also has excellent contrast, which is important for seeing details in dark scenes, as is common on shows like House of the Dragon, Sandman, and Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. While it doesn’t support Dolby Vision, it does use HDR10+ to adjust the brightness of each frame so you don’t miss out on the exquisite detail of Khazad-dûm when Elrond visits Durin in The Rings of Power.

The TV can deliver accurate colors, but I needed to adjust the settings to get a picture that was right for me (more on that below). Overall, I thought the LG C2 produced a more pleasing image, but others may prefer what the QN90B offers.

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That sharp picture combined with the QN90B’s 120Hz refresh rate and variable refresh rate support, low-latency auto mode, and Nvidia FreeSync Premium Pro make for a great gaming TV. Each of the four HDMI ports supports HDMI 2.1 to take full advantage of your PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, or high-end gaming PC, meaning it can deliver extra-smooth 4K gaming.

Playing Forza Horizon 5 on an Xbox Series X, the screen delivered excellent detail with no blurring, even when the car was running at full speed. In Fortnite, characters and backgrounds were sharp, although colors seemed a bit dull compared to the LG C2.

The QN90B also includes the Samsung Gaming Hub, which lets you stream games from Xbox, Stadia, Geforce Now, and other services without a console. Streaming gameplay isn’t too bad either: playing Forza 5 and Fortnite via Xbox Game Pass was similar to the quality you’d get from an Xbox One.

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The QN90B’s speakers produce surprisingly good sound for a TV. With its 4.2.2-channel audio (55-inch models and larger) and support for Dolby Atmos, vocals were easy to hear, and with Smart Mode on, it created an impressively wide sound and even produced a bit of bass.

So technically you don’t need to add a soundbar. But do yourself a favor and get one for your home entertainment system anyway – it will add more depth to the sound and enhance bass for a better viewing experience.

Samsung manufactures the QN90B in sizes ranging from 43 inches ($1,099.99) to 85 inches ($3,299.99), with many models available in between. That means you can find one that is suitable for the room you plan to place it in. I tried the 55-inch drive ($1,499.99). Expect similar performance from other models, except for sound in the 43-inch and 50-inch units: They have fewer channels than TVs 55 inches and larger.

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While the end result may be impressive, you may need to work to get a pleasing image on the QN90B’s screen. Out of the box, I found the image too bright and the colors weren’t quite right for my room. I really didn’t like the image produced with the smart mode setting, which is supposed to automatically adjust to room conditions; the LG C2’s AI mode produced a much better picture.

But the QN90B offers plenty of adjustments you can make, so you can find the setting that’s right for you if you take the time. I liked the picture better when I turned off smart mode; switched to movie image mode; made some adjustments to brightness and sharpness; turned off Picture Clarity; and increased local dimming to default settings. You see what I mean about working for it.

The QN90B runs Samsung’s Tizen, which is one of the most robust smart TV operating systems. It has apps for popular streaming services like Netflix and HBO Max, and integrates with Samsung’s SmartThings app to enable control of other smart devices. It offers voice control through Alexa, Google Assistant or Samsung Bixby.

But on the QN90B, everything seems to take Always to launch and load. It actually takes a few seconds, but it’s slower compared to a Roku or the relatively fast WebOS on LG’s evo C2. Those extra seconds while waiting for a show to start are enough to make your question your choice in life. You can of course avoid this by adding a streaming device and skipping Tizen altogether.

Support gets in the way

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Similar to the complaints I had about the LG evo C2, the stand that Samsung includes with the QN90B, while sleek and attractive, doesn’t quite work for the way I want to set up my TV. It sticks out about three inches beyond the screen, which meant I had to place my sound bar in front of the TV. It also only raises the TV 2.75 inches above the surface, which is better than the C2, but that can still result in a sound bar or center speaker blocking the bottom of the picture.

Size

43, 50, 55, 65, 75 and 85 inches

83, 77, 65, 55, 47 and 43 inches

panel type

QLED-LCD

OLED

tickets

4 HDMI (all support HDMI 2.1, one eARC), 2 USB, Wifi, Ethernet, coaxial antenna

4 HDMI 2.1 (one with eARC), 3 USB, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, coaxial antenna

Departures

Optical digital audio, Bluetooth

Optical digital audio, Bluetooth

HDR

HDR10+

Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG

Audio

4.2.2 channels, support for Dolby Atmos

2.2 channels, support for Dolby Atmos

Price

From $1,099


From $1,149

Fans of LCD TVs will love what Samsung QN90B Deals It’s so shiny and packed with the latest technology. That allows it to deliver a sharp, detailed image with excellent contrast.

My issues with color were overcome by tweaking the settings, although the QN90B couldn’t match the vibrant colors of the lg c2. In the battle of OLED versus LCD, I still prefer OLEDs, but the gap continues to narrow and no OLED can come close to the brightness of the QN90B. The LG C2 is the best TV overall, but the QN90B would be the right choice if you have a sunny room and need its extreme brightness.

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