If you're in the market for a 4K TV that supports 120Hz and provides exceptional HDR content even on the brightest of days, there's little competition. The Samsung QN90B does cost a premium, but for many users, its a price worth paying to get that seemingly no-compromise viewing experience.Key FeaturesSpecificationsProsConsBuy This Product Samsung 65Q90BShop at Samsung
Samsung's upcoming 65" QN90B (or more formally: QN65QN90B) has impressive specs that offer an exceptional 4K viewing experience for steaming content or 120Hz gaming. It manages to provide a punchy picture with deep blacks and minimal glare—even in very sunny or bright rooms. If you prioritize picture quality in all conditions and don't mind its rather steep asking price of $2500, the QN90B with its Neo QLED panel is a sleek TV that leaves little to be desired.
Throughout this review, you'll find comparisons to my budget Hisense 65" R6+, which for the most part was a decent sub-$500 4K HDR TV when purchased a few years ago. But when placed side-by-side and viewing the same content, Samsung has quickly spoiled me.
In the side-by-side photo examples shared, my old Hisense is wall-mounted on the left and the Samsung QN6590B is on the bookcase to its right. When turned off and viewed from afar, the two 65" TVs look nearly identical. But turn them both on, especially in my sunny living room, and there's no competition. Sure, they're not in the same class (with the QN90B costing almost four times as much), but it makes you really appreciate the significantly better panel, powerful speakers, and all the additional features that Samsung has managed to pack into a more elegant and smaller body.
All this to say, whether you're considering a new TV for a room or upgrading from an older one, even a similarly sized 4K model, you'll be very impressed.MAKEUSEOF VIDEO OF THE DAY
Samsung's latest QN90 models use Neo QLED "Quantum Matrix Technology", which are mini LEDs (40 times smaller than traditional LEDs). These use a "vast array of tiny light cells using exclusive Mini LED designed technology for hyper-focused brightness and dimming in all the right areas."
This helps deliver better HDR content with deeper blacks, better highlights, and details. Interestingly, as with previous models, Dolby Vision is still missing, which limits you to HDR10 with Netflix. However, it does support HDR10+ Adaptive & HDR10+ Gaming.
|HDMI (High Frame Rate)||4K 120Hz (for HDMI 1/2/3/4)|
|USB 2.0 Ports||2|
|Digital Audio Out (Optical)||1|
|RF In (Terrestrial / Cable input / Satellite Input)||1/1(Common Use for Terrestrial)/0|
Many of its smart features and modes are powered by the Neo Quantum Processor 4K that "utilizes advanced AI-based deep-learning analysis to analyze the signal, source, and scene-by-scene content to deliver Samsung's best 4K optimized experiences". That means it can upscale content to 4K more effectively, giving you a sharper image overall.
Also impressive, the Samsung QN90B packs important gaming features, including 4K 120Hz support for all four HDMI inputs. Their recently released GameView offers unique aspect ratios including 21:9 or 32:9 if you want an ultra-wide monitor experience when connected to a compatible computer. The Game Bar feature displays your current frames per second (FPS) and variable refresh rate (VRR).
|Object Tracking Sound||OTS+|
|Sound Output (RMS)||60W|
|Active Voice Amplifier||Yes|
|Dual Audio support (Bluetooth)||Yes|
Not unlike their other TVs and monitors, an HDMI cable is not included. As I'll share in the next section, the included stand is actually very good for those who don't choose to wall mount and is much more practical compared to the traditional two feet design. Similarly, the remote (model TM2280E) complements the QN90B's minimalist design while still offering easy navigation and smart features.
The QN90B looks modern and is largely unchanged from its previous year's models, but that's not a bad thing.
Its bezels are thin, measuring about 0.19 inches all around, including at the bottom where some manufacturers tend to add some height to house other components. With its nearly zero-gap and flush finish, it almost perfectly blends with the borders of the panel. When viewing darker content with lots of blacks, the bezels almost completely disappear.
The Samsung logo and IR receiver are housed in a small bump located on the far right side of the TV. It somewhat takes away from Samsung's perfectly clean design and if you're OCD about symmetry, it might raise a hair.
When you carefully inspect this unit from the bottom you will find a small power menu/power button. When clicked, this lets you toggle between channel up, channel down, volume up, volume down, inputs, and of course power. Once you're over the selection you want, press and hold that same menu button to make changes.
For a single-button setup, it's surprisingly simple to use. With TVs that have several dedicated buttons on the bottom or side for quickly changing dedicated controls, they can often be harder to use because of their hidden locations where you often can't actually tell which button you're toggling.
Underneath as well you'll find a small switch to turn off the microphone built into the TV, which privacy advocates will appreciate.
While budget options like my Hisense 65" R6+ have bezels that appear just as thin from a normal viewing distance, its side profile is noticeably chunkier at about 3.5 inches deep from the bottom. I understand how less attention to the back design of a TV is an easy way for a manufacturer to lower costs without being too noticeable for consumers, however, with the Samsung, the back of the TV in its own way is almost just as impressive as the front.
At its thickest, which is also at the bottom middle section, the Samsung QN90B measures just an inch deep. It gradually tapers off to the other edges. Unlike many TV designs, the rear of the QN90B (except the attached base) is made of a single flat piece of premium-looking plastic. This allows the TV to lay very flat against your wall when mounting, but also important, if you use a swivel mount or use a stand and have the TV placed in a location where you can easily peer behind the unit, you'll appreciate the sleek finish on the back.
The QN90B has hidden cable management built-in via four cut-outs that run along the bottom 1/4 of the entire back. This was effective at hiding the power cord which plugs into the right side of the TV and running it across the back to the wall outlet which is located on the left side of the TV. This can also be used for thinner HDMI and audio cables, however, many of my longer HDMI cables were too thick for this.
I had the TV on its included stand atop a small bookcase shelf for the entirety of the review. This itself is a very "stand-out" feature. Because of how the bending late stand is centered, weighted, and rather compact, it allows users to place the TV on smaller surfaces.
The base/pedestal installs easily, but it is recommended that two people do it together to avoid the need to place the TV flat on its front. Included in the box are the stand; a plastic attachment that goes directly on the back of the TV and features two grooves for the stand to grab onto when installing; and a total of eight Phillips head screws.
First, attach the plastic piece to the back of the TV. With the base placed in the desired location, the TV is lifted and carefully dropped onto the stand. With the plastic attachment properly slid over the stand, one person can install the screws which hold the two together on their own, but of course, it doesn't hurt to have someone nearby just to keep the tv from moving while doing so. I think this stand design is one of the easiest to install and best to use. Fully attached, it looks very similar to an iMac stand, however, it is rigid and does not give you any movement for adjusting viewing angles.
I haven't been the biggest fan of Samsung's past remote designs. Generally, I've felt that they were trying too hard to be so futuristic that they ended up being difficult to use or awkward to hold. The QN90B's controller is much slimmer and more premium-looking. It might not be as ergonomic as some, especially with its lack of molding underneath to better hold and grip it, however, it can be operated one-handed without needing to fidget around to reach buttons.
Because of its flush buttons, easily identifying what you're pressing isn't as obvious. Likewise, it isn't backlit, meaning this could be difficult to use in the dark. On the bright side, this remote has a solar panel on its backside which recharges it when exposed to sunlight: just place it button-side down when not in use. I haven't had long enough test the solar recharging, but thus far the TV reports that the battery level is still 100%. Another great feature is USB-C charging, should you not get enough sun. This seems like such an obvious feature that it immediately makes other remotes look dated.
The remote also has a built-in microphone. When you press and hold the dedicated input button, you will trigger your chosen smart assistant (Bixby, Alexa, or Google), to control the TV, search for content, or do any of the other usual tasks they handle: ask questions, set reminders, adjust your thermostat, etc.
The smart features are powered by the Samsung Tizen operating system. This features a modern home page design with your pinned apps and inputs, as well as has an auto-populated list of suggested and sponsored content (which if you're like me, will find to be too cluttered). I would prefer a cleaner home page, one that lacks all that sponsored content which at times makes this feel like an ad-supported app. Even Roku's platform has less, with them usually being limited to a sponsored, non-intrusive ad on the side. With this being such a premium TV, this is easily the biggest weakness with the QN90B.
Once you move past that, everything else about the interface feels very snappy, whether you're opening or switching between apps, changing settings, or using the Samsung internet browser. iPhone and Android users can enjoy fast content casting and advanced connectivity options. Samsung also offers several smart assistant options beyond Bixby, giving you powerful voice control for your TV and smart home control straight from your TV.
With Google selected as my smart assistant, I could speak directly into the remote to change what I was watching on the TV, ask what the score of a game was, or just as easily turn the lights off in my kitchen. Google has a handy "what can you do" on-screen tutorial which gives you a wide selection of examples of how to best use the assistant. Voice recognition worked flawlessly and responses were quick. Even if you're not the biggest fan of Tizen, it's great to see Samsung give so much choice with its assistants.
This is the first TV I've tasted in a long time to support multi-view. I was able to watch YouTube and use the internet browser simultaneously without any slow down. You can have both sized the same, which leaves a lot of blank space on the screen, or one app larger than the other, which better uses the screen real-estate. You have the option to switch the audio source between the two or listen to both at the same time. Curiously, Xbox didn't support multi-view.
Samsung has extra features if you have a compatible Galaxy phone. You can quickly mirror the content from your phone to the TV with just a single tap. Casting and Airplay of course still available, but this new Tap View takes it a step further and makes it feel a bit more seamless.
The Samsung QN90B is impressive, to say the least. Whether you're streaming YouTube, over-the-air news, or playing 4K games, it delivers excellent picture quality. Even the Auto/Smart picture mode looks great, without feeling overly sharp or contrasted.
Compared to OLEDs, the black levels aren't quite as deep, but in turn, you can expect increased brightness support. Again, if you're planning on using this TV in a room with lots of light, that extra brightness is noticeable. Combine that brightness with its anti-reflection properties, and you can enjoy rich content on sunny days with minimal glare.
While for the most part, reflections and glare are significantly reduced compared to my Hisense, they are still slightly noticeable at certain angles and in parts of the image without lit pixels.
|Picture Engine||Neo Quantum Processor 4K|
|One Billion Color||Yes|
|HDR (High Dynamic Range)||Quantum HDR 32x|
|HDR10+||Certified(HDR10+ Adaptive & HDR10+ GAMING)|
|Contrast||Quantum Matrix Technology|
|Color||100% Colour Volume with Quantum Dot|
|Contrast Enhancer||Real Depth Enhancer|
|Motion Technology||Motion Xcelerator Turbo+|
|Auto Motion Plus||Yes|
|Clear Motion||LED Clear Motion|
|Dynamic Refresh Technology||N/A|
I also found the 4K upscaling to be much more effective than I was used to with my Hisense. You'd be forgiven that HD content would look much the same on any 4K TV, but the difference that a good upscaling engine can make is profound: text is much crisper, and soft edges looked sharper.
I played a mix of Xbox Series X and PS5 games on the QN90B. 4K 120Hz is incredible and even coming from 4K 60Hz, it's very noticeable in games like Forza 5, Halo Infinite, and Uncharted. Since all four HDMI ports support the full 4K 120Hz, you can connect several compatible devices without an external AV receiver (or juggling HDMI cables)
The TV will automatically detect the input type and the menu shows the name and logo of the console, which is a nice touch. Game Mode is also automatically applied to the input. One of its stand-out features is FreeSync Premium Pro which helps reduce stuttering and screen tearing.
Long pressing the play/pause button on the remote brings up the Game Bar where you can see your input lag, FPS, VRR, HDR, and audio output. The optional 21:9 and 32:9 aspect ratios found in Super Ultra-Wide Game View are limited to computer outputs, but I did not have the opportunity to test them out.
|Auto Game Mode (ALLM)||Yes|
|Game Motion Plus||Yes|
|Dynamic Black EQ||Yes|
|Super Ultra-Wide Game View||Yes|
|Game bar 2.0||Yes|
|Mini Map Zoom||Yes|
|FreeSync||FreeSync Premium Pro|
If you're in the market for a 4K TV that supports 120Hz and provides exceptional HDR content even on the brightest of days, there's little competition. The Samsung QN90B does cost a premium, but for many users, it's a price worth paying to get that seemingly no-compromise viewing experience.
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