Samsung QN90B review: The best TV for bright rooms | MarketingwithAnoy

In TV land, excellent black levels have been the name of the game for nearly a decade. By providing better contrast via new backlight technologies like organic LEDs (OLED) or mini LEDs, companies have slowly given us a more realistic (and less gray) image of our favorite images.

For years, high-end TVs like the new Samsung QN90B have had almost perfect demarcation between light and dark. However, many models lacked the punchy brightness you might need to overcome a sunny California afternoon in a modern conservatory.

That’s why, if I were looking for a new high-end monitor, I’d be sure to consider this model specifically. The thin, pedestal-mounted TV has excellent, mini LED-driven contrast, but at brightness levels that can downright hurt your eyes in a dark room. For indoor viewing in the summer, there is probably no better viewing experience.

All class

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The QN90B is thin, but not too thin to be easily gripped by two people when mounting and mounting. Therefore, I am ashamed to admit that I broke the corner of my first review unit on my coffee table when I mounted it on the included pedestal, thus destroying it. (Ed. note: It had to happen sometime, Parker!) A few weeks, a new device and a slightly bruised ego later and I repeated the process without incident.

Get it set up and you’ll be impressed by the QN90B’s looks. The pedestal mount really makes it look like the TV is floating behind my soundbar, with the screen just high enough to peek over the top. It’s a design that’s surprisingly rare in modern monitors, many of which end up being a bit blocked at the bottom.

Because I use a Samsung phone, setup was almost instantaneous. 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’ll still need to sign in to individual apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and more, but all the apps you need are likely here. It even has Paramount+ and Plex apps.

One criticism of Samsung’s Tizen smart TV interface is that it can be a bit difficult to navigate for beginners. You get used to the odd assortment of menus below the single app bar that you actually want to use, but it’s easy to get lost among Samsung’s free content. Heck, to this day I can’t figure out how to add the aforementioned Paramount+ and Plex apps to the home screen. I’m sure there is a way, but I have yet to be motivated enough to find it.

I would encourage Samsung UI designers to take a deeper look at what people actually use these interfaces to do. I don’t really need endless lists of suggested items to see below the actual apps. One thing I absolutely will not complain about? The remote control, which is rechargeable via a solar cell on the back. I never have to hunt for pesky AAA batteries again. Eureka!

Looks good

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Once you’ve found something to watch, you’re sure to be impressed with how it looks on the QN90B. The TV has quantum dot technology for bright colors in a high dynamic range. The matrix of mini-LEDs behind the screen prevents even fast-moving objects like footballs from having strange shadows.

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