If you’re a QLED fan who is willing to sacrifice a little on the screen dimensions to save a few bucks, you’re surely in luck because Samsung has the perfect TV for you.
The Samsung 32-inch Q50 TV might be on the smaller end of the scale for 4K sets, but you’ll be receiving excellent overall picture quality with deep blacks and outstanding color gamut.
Perhaps best of all, this TV is retailing for only $500 right now.
Essentially, the Q50 is a shrunken down version of the Q60, so you know that you will be on the receiving end of a top-of-the-line viewing experience. The only real differences are that the Q60 gets a bit brighter, has a slightly faster video processor and comes in larger sizes than just the 32-inch model.
Like most QLED panels, however, the image can degrade somewhat when viewed at extreme angles, so if you have side or wraparound seating, make sure to take note of that.
Still, the Q50—as the smallest 4K TV on the market—is a product to be reckoned with, thanks largely to its QLED technology and excellent overall image quality that boasts plenty-deep black levels.
The Q50 delivers more than enough light output to work incredibly well with HDR, and you’ll surely enjoy the accurate colors, solid video processing and extremely low input lag, which will be a boon for hardcore gamers out there and lovers of intense action films.
If you need today’s cutting-edge smart capabilities, you’re definitely in luck. With Samsung Smart TV, you can seamlessly stream your favorite TV shows and movies directly from popular apps like Netflix, Hulu, Disney Plus and more.
This TV is also fully compatible with the neat SmartThings app, which enables you to control and monitor your TV and connected devices via your smartphone. Moreover, the built-in Apple TV app enables you to buy, rent and watch diverse titles from Apple’s video library. Know that you’ll also be able to stream content wirelessly from your iPhone or iPad.
The only real downside is the built-in digital assistant Bixby—and many users have already shared their frustrations with this feature. Bixby, unfortunately, doesn’t come close to the skills of Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa, which can be found on rivals from LG to Sony. Keep in mind that the latest generation of Samsung TVs, though, is able to respond to voice commands issued via Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant smart speakers.
Ethen Kim Lieser is a Minneapolis-based Science and Tech Editor who has held posts at Google, The Korea Herald, Lincoln Journal Star, AsianWeek and Arirang TV. Follow or contact him on LinkedIn.