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Samsung QN90B review: The best TV for bright rooms

Samsung QN90B review: The best TV for bright rooms

In TV land, Excellent black levels have been the name of the game for nearly a decade. By providing better contrast via new backlight technologies such as organic LEDs (OLEDs) or mini-LEDs, companies have slowly given us a more realistic (and less gray) view of our favorite images.

For years, high-end TVs such as the new Samsung QN90B have had almost perfect separation between light and dark. However, many models lacked the powerful brightness you might need to overcome a sunny California afternoon in a modern glass living room.

That’s why if I were to buy a new high-end monitor, I’d be sure to consider this model specifically. The thin, pedestal-mounted TV has excellent mini LED-powered contrast, but at brightness levels that can simply hurt your eyes in a dark room. For indoor viewing in the summer, there is probably no better viewing experience.

All class

Photo: Samsung

The QN90B is thin, but not too thin to be easily gripped by two people when assembled and assembled. That’s why I’m ashamed to admit that I broke the corner of my first review unit on my coffee table when I mounted it on the included plinth, thus ruining it. (Editor’s note: It had to happen sometime, Parker!) A few weeks, a new device, and a slightly bruised ego later, and I repeated the process without incident.

Set it up and you’ll be impressed by the looks of the QN90B. The pedestal mount really makes it look like the TV is floating behind my soundbar, with the screen just high enough to peek over the top. It’s a design that’s surprisingly rare in modern monitors, many of which end up being a bit blocky at the bottom.

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Because I use a Samsung phone, the setup was almost instantaneous. I just logged into my Samsung account on the phone, told the TV what apps I wanted to download, and was off to the races. You’ll still need to sign into individual apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and more, but all the apps you need are likely here. It even has Paramount+ and Plex apps.

One criticism of Samsung’s Tizen smart TV interface is that it can be a bit difficult to navigate for beginners. You’ll get used to the odd selection of menus below the simple app bar that you’ll actually want to use, but it’s easy to get lost among Samsung’s free content. Heck, to this day I can’t figure out how to add the aforementioned Paramount+ and Plex apps to my home screen. I’m sure there is a way, but I haven’t been motivated enough to find it yet.

I would encourage Samsung UI designers to take a deeper look at what people actually use these interfaces to do. I don’t really need endless lists of suggested items to see below the actual apps. One thing I certainly won’t complain about? The remote control, which is rechargeable via a solar cell on the back. I never have to hunt for pesky AAA batteries again. Eureka!

Looks good

Photo: Samsung

Once you’ve found something to look at, you’re sure to be impressed with how it looks on the QN90B. The TV has quantum dot technology for bright colors in a high dynamic range. The matrix of mini-LEDs behind the screen prevents even fast-moving objects such as footballs from casting strange shadows.

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