Samsung QN90B Evaluation: This QLED TV From the Long term’s So Shiny

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The perfect TVs I have reviewed use OLED monitors, however OLED is not the be-all, end-all in photograph high quality. Prime-end TVs with LCD-based monitors can get brighter than any OLED tv and are available lovely shut in different necessary spaces like distinction. Samsung’s QN90B is a brilliant instance, turning in searing brightness with few different compromises due to QLED, mini-LED and native dimming generation. It is a futuristic-sounding mouthful, nevertheless it works.

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  • Reasonably worse distinction, off-angle and uniformity than OLED

I in comparison the Samsung side-by-side with an LG OLED TV and whilst the LG received, the Samsung got here as shut as any non-OLED TV I have examined. The QN90B’s skill to center of attention that mild output with little or no blooming or stray illumination produces superb punch, distinction and general constancy, surpassing the efficiency of remaining 12 months’s superb QN90A.

And as standard Samsung’s design and contours are top-notch. From the slick stand to the tricked-out far off to a raft of gaming extras, together with a brand new cloud gaming hub with Xbox Sport Cross compatibility, the QN90B is just stacked. If you are within the high-end TV marketplace and in search of an alternative choice to OLED, otherwise you simply have a vibrant room, the QN90B merits a glance.

Samsung QN90B sizes

I carried out a hands-on analysis of the 65-inch QN90B however this overview additionally applies to the opposite display screen sizes within the sequence. All sizes have an identical specifications and will have to supply an identical photograph high quality. 

The QN90B sits on the high-end of Samsung’s 4K Neo QLED TV line for 2022. Its major growth over the less-expensive QN85B is best native dimming, in keeping with the spec sheet. Samsung does be offering a more-expensive 4K style, the QN95B, however its major perk over the QN90B is a separate OneConnect field for the inputs that lets you run a unmarried cable to the TV. Samsung additionally fees extra for its 8K sequence, however we do not suppose it is price paying additional for that increased solution. The flagship 8K QN900B has higher native dimming than the QN90B and will have to ship a awesome photograph, however it is greater than two times as costly.

Not like many TVs that use legs unfold out to both sides, the QN90B has a central pedestal stand.


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Unique touches, superb far off

At the outdoor the QN90B appears mainly the similar as remaining 12 months’s QN90A, and that’s the reason a just right factor. Minimalist and just about all-picture, its maximum unique characteristic is the stand, which Samsung’s site calls a “bending plate.” I am right here for that. Targeted, with a small footprint, it appears cleaner and sleeker than the twin legs discovered on maximum TVs. My favourite facet is the way it suspends the massive panel above my credenza, seeming to waft. 

The remote for the Samsung QN90B QLED TV includes mic and streaming service buttons.

The clicker comprises voice get entry to by the use of the mic button in addition to streaming shortcuts keys.


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Samsung’s swish, rounded far off is my favourite TV clicker general due to awesome shape and serve as. The keys are well-placed, pleasantly sparse and absence garish colours, the raised quantity and channel bars are a pleasant exchange from common buttons and the metal, wraparound end feels high-end. I really like that it is rechargeable slightly than reliant on batteries, and you’ll height it off by the use of USB-C, the sun cellular at the again or RF harvesting. I did not take a look at the latter two strategies.

Cluttered menu, cool cloud gaming

I went thru my court cases with Samsung’s new 2022 TV menu design in my Q60B overview so I’m going to point out them handiest in brief right here. An excessive amount of display screen actual property is wasted with commercials, litter and pieces I do not care about, whilst many helpful purposes are buried deep in sub-menus. All of the choices may also be a laugh to discover, however general the menu appears dated and feels much less private than Google TV on Sony, for instance. I am nonetheless a fan of Roku TV for its simplicity, and this iteration of Samsung’s TV menus is the other. Not like the Q60B, on the other hand, I did not come across any lag with the QN90B — responses have been lots fast.

The Samsung QN90B QLED TV has a game hub with built-in cloud gaming.

A brand new characteristic for 2022 is Samsung’s sport hub, which options cloud gaming from products and services like Xbox Sport Cross and Google Stadia, in addition to fast get entry to to attached online game consoles.


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Like any Samsung TVs the QN90B has Samsung’s new gaming hub, which connects to cloud gaming products and services together with Xbox Sport Cross, Google Stadia, Nvidia GeForce Now and Amazon Luna. I attempted it out with a quick stressed out Ethernet connection, as Samsung recommends, and the revel in taking part in Halo: Limitless was once lovely just right. My Xbox controller paired simply to the TV and responses have been fast as I fought grunts and rode the Mongoose around the map. Graphics have been somewhat somewhat softer than the sport on an Xbox Sequence X, as anticipated, however gameplay was once an identical.

As with any cloud products and services your mileage would possibly range. I attempted out a miles slower Wi-Fi connection, for instance, and the sport was once unplayable. However assuming you have got a just right connection (Samsung recommends 50 Mbps or extra), the facility to play video games the usage of simply the TV, without having a console in any respect, is truly cool.

The Samsung QN90B QLED TV offers instant access to Xbox Game Pass.

Xbox Sport Cross Final on Samsung TVs means that you can play video games immediately at the TV the usage of cloud streaming, no console required.


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As with remaining 12 months you’ll make a choice from Alexa, Google Assistant and Samsung’s personal Bixby in your voice assistant, available by way of talking into the far off or by the use of talking the wake phrase (“Alexa,” for instance) into skinny air. (The always-listening mic may also be disabled if you need.) The TV additionally works with Apple AirPlay.

State-of-the-art LCD TV tech

Crucial symbol high quality characteristic at the QN90B is that Neo QLED, mini-LED powered backlight with full-array native dimming. Native dimming improves LCD symbol high quality by way of making sure spaces of the image dimmer or brighter in response to what is at the display screen, which considerably boosts distinction, whilst CNET’s checking out has discovered mini-LEDs are brighter than greater ones. Judging from Samsung’s difficult to understand “quantum HDR 32X” spec the QN90B has extra dimming zones and brighter photographs than the step-down Q85B, and less zones than the 8K fashions, however Samsung does not say precisely what number of zones (or how vibrant). It does tout new-for-2022 “form adaptive mild keep watch over” processing, mentioned to cut back blooming and stray illumination, and it sort of feels to paintings properly.

Key options

Show generation LED LCD
LED backlight Complete array with native dimming
Solution 4K
HDR appropriate HDR10, HDR10 Plus
Sensible TV Samsung Sensible Hub
Far off Voice with USB, sun recharging

Like any of Samsung QLED TVs, in addition to maximum higher-end TVs from Vizio, Hisense and TCL, the QN90B’s LCD panel is augmented by way of a layer of quantum dots — microscopic nanocrystals that glow a selected wavelength (this is, colour) when given power. The impact is best brightness and colour in comparison to non-QD-equipped TVs. The QN90B makes use of a true 120Hz panel, which improves the TVs’ movement efficiency.

The set helps excessive dynamic vary content material within the HDR10 and HDR10 Plus codecs. Samsung TVs lack the Dolby Imaginative and prescient HDR reinforce discovered on maximum competition’ HDR TVs. I have noticed no proof that one HDR structure is inherently “higher” than the opposite, so I for sure do not imagine the loss of Dolby Imaginative and prescient a deal-breaker in this TV.

The Samsung QN90B QLED TV has 4 HDMI, 2 USB and a few other ports.

Connectivity is plentiful at the Samsung QN90B TV, with 4 HDMI that may all care for 4K/120Hz alerts, 2 USB ports, an Ethernet connection and extra.


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Connectivity is superb. All 4 of its HDMI inputs have compatibility with 4K/120Hz alerts, so in case you have a couple of units that output it — like a PlayStation 5 and an Xbox Sequence X and a high-end PC card ( who you might be…), you are all set. The QN90B additionally handles variable refresh fee, together with AMD’s FreeSync Top class Professional and common VRR codecs, ALLM (sometimes called Auto Sport Mode) which shall we it robotically transfer to sport mode to cut back enter lag when it detects you are taking part in a sport, and eARC.

  • 4 HDMI inputs with HDMI 2.1, HDCP 2.2
  • Two USB 2.0 ports
  • Optical virtual audio output
  • RF (antenna) enter
  • RS-232 port (minijack, for carrier handiest)
  • Ethernet (LAN) port

The checklist is most commonly cast, until you occur to possess a legacy tool that calls for analog video (element or composite) or audio. Like many new high-end TVs the QN90B lacks analog inputs solely, audio or video. At the flipside, it’s one of the vital few TVs with a integrated ATSC 3.0 tuner for Subsequent-Gen TV alerts.

The Samsung QN90B QLED TV can hide power and HDMI cables using built-in channels.

The channels additionally run the duration of the TV from the ability cable to the enter segment.


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Image high quality comparisons

For my comparisons I arrange the Samsung QN90B subsequent to 2 different high-end TVs, the Sony KD-65X95K, some other mini-LED-equipped style, and the LG OLED65C1P, an OLED-based TV and my present Editors’ Selection. I might have favored to make use of the more moderen C2 in my comparability nevertheless it wasn’t to be had, and the C1 is a superb change for the reason that two have an identical photograph high quality.

TV and flicks: As standard I began my comparability with the montage from the Spears and Munsil HDR benchmark, and the Samsung’s brightness merit over the opposite two was once right away obvious. The snowcapped mountains, desolate tract sand, clouds and different well-illuminated spaces had extra affect subsequent to the Sony and LG. In the meantime in darkish scenes with blended content material, like a midnight cityscape, the LG regarded extra herbal with more true shadows, whilst the Samsung and Sony seemed rather extra washed-out. The colour of the white snow and different spaces at the Samsung additionally regarded somewhat bluer and less-accurate than the others, however it is not anything that may be noticeable outdoor of a side-by-side comparability.

The Samsung did a excellent task of controlling blooming, or stray illumination that may leak into darkish spaces from adjoining vibrant ones. Within the montage’s tough black-background scenes, for instance the pen tip and the honey dripper, I noticed handiest very faint brightness close to the threshold of the brightest gadgets at the Samsung whilst the Sony was once worse. Particularly taking into consideration its brightness the QN90B’s loss of blooming is outstanding, even supposing after all the OLED did not display any blooming in anyway.

Switching to a real film, The Grey Guy on Netflix, the LG pulled forward somewhat. Within the dramatic darkish scenes just like the preliminary interrogation or the Bangkok nightclub, the OLED TV’s skill to keep darkness in shadows sport it a extra theatrical glance. The Samsung was once nonetheless superb, on the other hand, and the brightness merit within the fireworks over town, for instance, was once transparent over the dimmer OLED. Once more the Sony trailed the opposite two rather, with dimmer highlights than the Samsung and extra obtrusive blooming, in particular within the letterbox bars.

The Samsung QN90B QLED TV has a settings screen with different game modes.

Sport Mode on Samsung TVs comprises a lot of settings for quite a lot of sorts of video games, in addition to standing shows for complex options like variable refresh fee and frames in line with 2nd.


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Gaming: The QN90B is an excellent gaming TV however I favored symbol high quality in sport mode at the different two higher. Enjoying Stray at the PS5, colours regarded over-saturated and erroneous in many of the Samsung’s modes, making the leaves of the foliage seem lime-colored, for instance. The exception was once Sports activities mode, which tamed colours (particularly inexperienced) moderately and taken them moderately nearer to the more-accurate LG and Sony. Of the opposite photograph modes – Same old, RGP, RTS, FPS and Customized – I discovered it tough to peer any distinction between the primary 4.

I additionally spotted occasional banding in bright-to-dark spaces of Stray, for instance across the lighting when the kitty fell down the sewer and the image light to black after which again up. The LG and Sony regarded clean by way of comparability. In positive blended scenes the Samsung’s brightness was once an excessive amount of in a depressing room, and I stopped up the usage of Customized photograph mode and decreasing brightness from the default 50 to round 10, however that is principally an issue of private desire and room lighting fixtures.

I did recognize that the TV robotically detected my Xbox and switched to sport mode, and that the sport bar displayed standing icons for quite a lot of settings, confirming when I used to be the usage of VRR or 120 frames in line with 2nd, for instance. Murderer’s Creed: Valhalla, for instance, regarded buttery clean in the ones settings. There are 3 possible choices to cut back enter lag and I stored it on “Quickest,” which measured a decent 10 milliseconds, in comparison with 14ms and 23ms for “Quicker” and “Speedy,” respectively.

Shiny lighting fixtures: The QN90B is technically the brightest TV I have ever examined, beating out the Hisense U8G in its brightest settings. I say “technically” as a result of its Dynamic numbers, indexed under, are badly inflated. Even so it is exceedingly vibrant in its correct modes too, particularly in comparison to competing OLED fashions.

Gentle output in nits

TV Brightest mode (SDR) Correct mode (SDR) Brightest mode (HDR) Correct mode (HDR)
Samsung QN65Q90B 2,625 974 3,316 1,981
Hisense 65U8G 1,619 1,612 2,288 2,288
Sony KD-65X95K 1,268 421 1,400 1,305
TCL 65R635 1,114 792 1,292 1,102
Vizio P65Q9-J01 1,099 463 1,130 762
LG OLED65C2 413 389 812 759
LG OLED65C1 409 333 790 719

As standard the Samsung’s brightest atmosphere, Dynamic, has woefully erroneous colour. For the correct measurements I used Film mode with each HDR and SDR, even supposing for SDR the Film quantity was once accomplished by way of atmosphere the native dimming to Prime (cross to House > Menu > Settings > All Settings > Image > Professional Settings > Native Dimming). 

The QN90B maintained stable HDR mild output over the years in Film and Filmmaker modes, however in Dynamic mode with each HDR and SDR it fluctuated considerably, beginning out at 3,300 and a pair of,600 nits respectively however falling nearly right away to round 500 — nearly a sevenfold lower, which is huge. I have noticed that conduct on previous Samsung TVs as properly and it sort of feels designed to succeed in prominence in charts like the only you notice above. No different TV emblem I have examined displays anyplace close to that degree of brightness exchange. This factor in Dynamic mode is not an enormous deal for me, on the other hand, as a result of I do not counsel the usage of that mode anyway.

Samsung’s light-rejecting display screen stays the most efficient within the trade, keeping up distinction and punch in vibrant lighting fixtures, and decreasing reflections, higher than the Sony and the LG. The display screen, mixed with the QN90B’s prodigious mild output, make it the most efficient TV I have ever examined for vibrant rooms.

Uniformity and viewing attitude: With take a look at patterns I noticed minor diversifications in brightness around the Samsung’s display screen, extra so than the Sony and LG, however I did not realize them all through common video. From off-angle seats to both sides of the candy spot immediately in entrance of the TV, the 2 LCDs misplaced colour and black degree constancy at about the similar fee, whilst the LG was once necessarily highest. The Sony’s blooming was once extra noticeable from off-angle, on the other hand.

The Samsung QN90B QLED TV expert picture settings menu includes access to local dimming adjustments..

In-depth photograph settings at the Samsung QN90B come with changes for its full-array native dimming characteristic, amongst many others.


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Image atmosphere and size notes

The default Film and Filmmaker modes have been essentially the most correct, and just about similarly so. For HDR, grayscale in vibrant spaces was once less-accurate (skewed an excessive amount of towards inexperienced) than I anticipated within the default Heat 2 atmosphere – switching to Heat 1 helped somewhat (it was once nonetheless too blue, however higher) so that is what I would counsel the usage of. For the Geek Field measurements under I went with Filmmaker/Heat 1. In its desire the Samsung’s EOTF for HDR was once superb.

Any other reviewers have reported that 2022 Samsung TVs, specifically the S95B QD-OLED TV and the QN95B QLED TV, “cheated” measurements by way of bettering brightness and accuracy with common 10% window patterns. When the usage of non-standard-sized home windows, they reported considerably less-accurate colour in addition to decrease brightness. 

I didn’t see proof of dishonest on my Samsung-supplied QN90B overview pattern. I took measurements with quite a lot of non-standard grayscale window sizes (7%, 9%, 11% and 13%) in HDR (Filmmaker mode) and so they have been somewhat constant on the subject of top brightness, colour accuracy and EOTF in comparison to the usual 10% window. The similar is going for 9% and 10% home windows with colour patterns (ColorMatch HDR). I additionally measured top brightness over the years and for a two-minute length the picture maintained a wholesome 1900-ish nits in Filmmaker mode (even supposing as discussed above, it fluctuated wildly in Dynamic). I do not doubt the experiences of different reviewers, however for no matter explanation why I did not revel in this factor. 

Smoothing, sometimes called the cleaning soap opera impact, is totally disabled in Filmmaker Mode, which I choose for TV displays and flicks. In Film mode there is more-noticeable smoothing became on by way of default (Judder Aid = 3), however you’ll alter it for your middle’s content material by way of opting for a preset or tweaking the Customized sliders (Menu > All Settings > Image > Professional Settings > Image Readability Settings > Customized).

Geek Field

Take a look at End result Ranking
Black luminance (0%) 0.003 Just right
Top white luminance (SDR) 2625 Just right
Avg. gamma (10-100%) 2.14 Just right
Avg. grayscale error (10-100%) 3.85 Moderate
Darkish grey error (30%) 3.31 Moderate
Shiny grey error (80%) 5.21 Deficient
Avg. colour checker error 3.27 Moderate
Avg. saturation sweeps error 3.51 Moderate
Avg. colour error 2.97 Just right
1080p/24 Cadence (IAL) Cross Just right
Enter lag (Sport mode) 10.73 Just right
HDR10
Black luminance (0%) 0.003 Just right
Top white luminance (10% win) 3315 Just right
Gamut % UHDA/P3 (CIE 1976) 94.71 Moderate
ColorMatch HDR error 2.50 Just right
Avg. colour checker error 2.10 Just right
Enter lag (Sport mode, 4K HDR) 10.50 Just right

See How We Take a look at TVs for extra main points and explanations of the Geek Field effects.

Portrait Shows Calman calibration tool was once used on this overview. 

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