In television land, excellent black levels have been the name of the game for nearly a decade. By providing better contrast with new backlight technologies such as organic LEDs (OLEDs) or mini LEDs, companies have slowly given us a more realistic (and less gray) view of our favorite images.
For years, high-end TVs like the new Samsung QN90B have had near-perfect contrast between light and dark. But many models lacked the punchy brightness you might need to get through a sunny California afternoon in a modern glass-enclosed living room.
Therefore, if I were to buy a new high-end screen, I would definitely consider this model in particular. The slim TV set on a pedestal has excellent contrast controlled by mini LEDs, but at brightness levels that could literally hurt your eyes in a dark room. There’s probably no better viewing experience for indoor viewing during the summer.
The QN90B is thin, but not too thin to be easily gripped by two people during assembly and assembly. That’s why I’m ashamed to admit that I chipped a corner of my first review unit on my coffee table while mounting it on the included stand, ruining it. (Editor’s note: It had to happen sometime, Parker!) A few weeks later, a new unit and a slightly bruised ego later, I repeated the process without incident.
Get it set up and you’ll be impressed by the looks of the QN90B. The pedestal mount really makes it look like the TV is floating behind my soundbar, with the screen high enough to look at. It’s a design that’s surprisingly rare on modern screens, and many get a little blocked at the bottom.
Since I’m using a Samsung phone, the setup was almost instant. I just logged into my Samsung account on my phone, told the TV what apps I wanted to download, and was off to the races. You still have to sign in to individual apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and more, but all the apps you’ll need are likely here. It even has Paramount+ and Plex apps.
One criticism of the Samsung Tizen smart TV interface is that it can be a bit difficult for newcomers to navigate. You’ll get used to the odd assortment of offerings under a single bar of apps you’ll actually want to use, but it’s easy to get lost among Samsung’s free content. Heck, I still can’t figure out how to add the aforementioned Paramount+ and Plex apps to my home screen. I’m sure there is a way, but I haven’t been motivated enough to find it yet.
I would encourage Samsung’s UI designers to take a deeper look at what people actually use these interfaces for. I don’t really need endless lists of suggested items to watch under the actual apps. One thing I definitely won’t complain about? Remote control that is rechargeable via the solar cell on the back. I’ll never have to hunt for pesky AAA batteries again. Eureka!
You look good
Once you’ve found something to look at, you’re sure to be impressed with how it looks on the QN90B. The TV is equipped with quantum dot technology for bright colors in a high dynamic range. A matrix of mini LEDs behind the screen prevents even fast-moving objects like soccer balls from creating strange shadows.
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