If you’re in the market for an excellent HDTV that comes with nearly every imaginable perk, look no further than the Samsung Q90T QLED.
This highly regarded model doesn’t quite match up with OLEDs in terms of overall picture quality, but it is still considered to be within that high-end tier. And the price points will surely reflect that—$1,800 for the 55-inch model and $2,500 for the 65-incher. If you have your eyes set on the 75-inch monster, that will set you back $3,800.
In short, you can be sure that the Q90T will provide a wonderful viewing experience, from everyday TV-watching to your weekend Netflix movies. Its simple and classy design fits perfectly into any room, and know that if that room does get bright during the day, this set does a superb job in still giving you that cinema-like viewing experience.
Whether its Hulu or HBO, HDR content is delivered with noticeable brightness, vibrant colors and great contrast. While there’s still no support for Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HLG are all good to go.
For a QLED panel, the picture is surprisingly good even from extreme viewing angles. Compared to their OLED counterparts, be aware that this is something that QLEDs usually have a hard time keeping up with.
For all you gamers out there, know that the motion handling is outstanding thanks to its incredibly fast response time, and the set also flaunts super-low input lag and FreeSync support, reducing any potential screen tearing.
As for the software features, the Q90T comes with the ultra-cool ambient mode, which enables you to display a digital photo that matches the wall behind the TV. This set supports Samsung’s own Bixby digital assistant, which can be a mixed bag for some, in addition to the big guns Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
Although not as fluid as Roku, Android TV or webOS, the Samsung Smart TV platform is relatively user-friendly and easy on the eyes. For the average user, there are plenty of apps to choose from, and you don’t have to worry about missing out on new content from the likes of Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and Disney Plus.
There are plenty of ports for your other devices as well. The set boasts four HDMI ports (eARC support on one), coax for cable or an over-the-air antenna, Toslink digital audio out, a 3.5mm analog audio out and two USB ports on the back. Connectivity options include 10/100 Ethernet, Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth 4.2.
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.