With so many seemingly wonderful panels out there, TV shopping has indeed become more complicated than ever. But if you’ve already short-listed your options to Samsung’s high-end QLED models and have about two grand to part with, here is one strong contender to consider: the 65-inch Q70 Series.
Sporting a reasonable price tag of $1,600, know that the Q70 is much cheaper than its OLED TV rivals—which can easily creep into the $2,000 to $3,000 range. Despite the smaller investment, you can rest assured that you’ll still be getting the second-best panel on the planet.
With this particular model, you’re on the receiving end of outstanding overall image quality with plenty-deep black levels. The high light output—a major strength of QLEDs—and next-generation full-array local dimming also work wonderfully well, so you’ll surely enjoy the lively and accurate colors.
You’ll also be blessed with a true 120Hz panel, which does improve the TV’s overall motion performance, and know that it fully supports HDR content in HLG and HDR10+ formats. The set’s robust video processing is known to be a welcome boon for hardcore gamers and lovers of intense action films.
Be aware that wide-angle viewing falls a bit short of the Q80 Series model, so if you have wider or wraparound seating arrangements, make sure to take note of that. And if you find yourself often watching TV during the daytime or in a bright room, the Q70 really does an honorable job of masking those annoying glares and reflections.
Bixby, unfortunately, doesn’t come close to the skills of Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa, which can often be found on rivals from LG to Sony. Keep in mind that the 2019 and later versions, though, will be able to respond to voice commands issued via Alexa and Google Assistant smart speakers.
The design of the Q70 Series can be described as a classic Samsung. The panel is as thin as you can get for a QLED TV right now and it does exude a slick and refined look. The legs, however, are set quite far apart, so if you’re using a TV stand or a table, make sure that it is long enough. This set also allows you to hide unsightly cables by running them through the legs.
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.