If you’re out seeking envious looks from your friends or neighbors, there’s a pretty good chance that a 75-inch-plus HDTV will do the trick.
But you also know that these monster panels don’t come cheap—as it’s common for these sets to be priced north of a grand. You will really have to do your homework to find something more affordable.
This really is an intriguing deal, as you are getting a top-notch non-QLED panel from one of the planet’s most reputable companies. And the size—it’s humongous—which will be relevant in the fast-changing tech world for years to come.
As for the picture quality, the NU6900 gets the job done with its 3840x2160 Ultra HD resolution and support for HDR, which includes the much-coveted HDR10+. Especially considering its affordable price point, this set will likely surprise you with its dynamic color range and contrast ratio.
No, the NU6900’s panel doesn’t rival the much more expensive OLED or QLED HDTVs out there, but know that for most folks, it’s more than adequate for everyday TV-watching, gaming and movie nights. Just be aware that its 60Hz refresh rate can, at times, run into hiccups whenever there’s incredibly fast-moving scenes.
As with most LCD-based panels, be aware that the NU6900’s wide-angle viewing may fall short of what you’re looking for—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, it may be in your best interest to purchase a heavy-duty curtain or blinds to reduce those annoying glares and reflections.
Although not as fluid as Roku, Android TV or webOS, the NU6900’s 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+. However, take note that the platform isn’t that flexible when it comes to sideloading apps, which could affect the TV’s use in different markets and regions.
Surprisingly, the NU6900 is equipped with only two HDMI ports (one with ARC) and a single USB connection. If you need more connectivity, getting an HDMI switch would be a good idea. There is also a coaxial connector for antennas, an optical audio port, a built-in Wi-Fi and Ethernet for network connectivity.
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.