[Review] Samsung QLED TV
Samsung recently launched its QLED TV series after making its debut during CES 2017. Held at the Centre Court of Mid Valley Megamall, Samsung’s QLED TV series features state-of-the-art technology from the Korean conglomerate, capable of rivaling even the best in the business, like LG, Sharp and Sony to name a few. We were one of the lucky few to get a hands-on approach on Samsung’s QLED TV as it was too expensive to have it delivered to our labs for testing (in fear we might break it and knowing my clumsy self, they had every right to be wary of me).
What is Quantum Dot?
For those who aren’t sure as to what Quantum dots (QD) are, they are very small semiconductor particles that are only nanometres in size and is capable of emitting light of specific frequencies if electricity or light is applied to them. In Samsung’s case, its QD technology helps to create an even brighter TV without causing friction with the colour and contrast, giving you a perfect blend of sharpness and brightness.
Designed to Please and Entertain
Samsung’s QLED TV series comes in a host of sizes, ranging from 55-inches to a whopping 88-inches. Prices would differ depending on the screen size but every TV provides the same level of pleasure and entertainment (it all depends on whether you want to believe that size does matter). The TVs also come in two designs, either straight or curved; to tell the difference between models, if the model number you’re look at has the letter C in it, it’s curved.
What I love about the approach Samsung has taken into the design aspect for its QLED TVs is the fact that there is no need for cable management. With every necessary cable able to fit into a single optical cable, Samsung diminishes the possibility of a cluttered entertainment system.
As you can see above, the QLED TV only has a single optical cable connecting it through its One Connect Box. If you wanted to connect your gaming console, your soundbar or even a Blu-ray player, you can connect all those devices to the One Connect Box, which will in turn connect to the TV. Clutter-free cable management is here and I for one am loving it.
The QLED TVs also come with three different variations on how you would want to present it; if you rather have it standing on your TV console alongside your devices, you can pair up the TV with Samsung’s Gravity Stand, which also allows you to rotate the TV to a certain degree. This makes it much easier to watch TV, whether you’re in the dining room or in the living room. The QLED TVs can also be wall-mounted without leaving any gap between the TV and the wall, ensuring that it becomes one with your decor and doesn’t jut out unnecessarily. The wall mount can also be rotated and tilted to a certain degree to give you the best viewing angle possible. There is also an easel-like Studio Stand that props the TV up like a piece of artwork – much to Samsung’s delight – to give your home that touch of sophistication and class.
What I loved most about its QLED TVs was its bezel-less design, allowing you to appreciate the full dynamics of the TV without having a border to disrupt the image. It’s sleek, metallic design also blends into the modern household seamlessly – giving you that added touch of elegance and class.
Perfecting Its Craft
Samsung has made claims that its QLED TVs will outperform the likes of LG’s OLED – a pretty bold claim to say the least. What Samsung has done with its TVs is mesh together QD technology alongside the OLED display to get the best of both worlds – vibrant, realistic and diverse colours paired with the deepest blacks possible. That was certainly the case during the hands-on review as the Samsung QLED TVs on display showed top-notch natrual colours without making it look over-saturated or too realistic to the point it looks way too fake. From displaying the colour to the contrast and in high dynamic range (HDR) as well as the viewing angle, Samsung covered all grounds on what sets apart a great TV from a good TV. Fun fact: the QLED TVs are capable of displaying up to 2,000 nits, which is the level of brightness it can produce.
This shows the comparison of colour between a conventional TV (bottom) and the QLED TV (top). From the picture above, it shows the QLED TV having much brighter colours but not enough to offset your eyes while the conventional TV’s colours look pretty dim and dull. It’s also worth noting that the colours on the QLED TV is a lot more vibrant of the two.
In terms of contrast, you can see the difference between the two TVs shown above as the QLED displays sharper and consistent blacks when needed while still keeping it bright enough to differentiate between a black cat with a black background. it also gives off sharper colours for its eyes, whiskers and ears while maintaining its deepest black.
This next comparison talks about HDR and how it goes great with Samsung’s QLED TVs. As HDR aids in the contrast of the display, it will further increase the brightness of colours while still maintaining the deepest blacks on a much wider range as compared to what is provided with a conventional TV. The HDR feature in QLED TVs will read the information given and will build the image from a wide gamut of colour and brightness. From the comparison above, you can see the dog at a much brighter and clearer picture while still being able to differentiate between its white fur and the white background. It will also show its eyes and snout more objectively, allowing for greater colour consistency.
From the slideshow above, this comparison talks about the viewing angle of the QLED versus the conventional TV. The viewing angle of the QLED remains constant, no matter which angle you’re looking at it from. Whether it’s straight ahead, to the left or to the right, the colours of the QLED TV remains consistent throughout while the conventional TV starts looking a little pale when viewed at different angles.
An Added Plus
Sound is of course another big factor when it comes to touting a premium and high-end TV. When wall-mounted, the Samsung QLED TV comes with an additional mount for the Samsung Sound+ soundbar, giving it a much cleaner aesthetic and outlook. The Sound+ soundbar can also connect to the TV through a single cable, thus eliminating the need for cable management. If you’re wondering whether the audio quality of the soundbar is up to par with the TV, Samsung integrated Harman/Kardon audio technology from Harman International as Samsung did recently acquire the audio giant.
Fit for your Home
After spending some time with the Samsung QLED TVs, I have been steadily convinced that I need one in my home. Although the wants outweigh the necessity of it, Samsung’s QLED TVs are a gem to have in your household, especially if you’re looking to upgrade your home TV. However the price for them are pretty steep – with the most affordable of the lot is the Q7F, which stands at 55-inches and retails at RM12,999. On the opposite end of the spectrum is the Q9F, which stands at 88-inches and retails at RM99,999.
If I had that amount of money, I will splurge on the Samsung QLED TV without even blinking an eye. Whether it’s for the affordable-ish 55-inch, the crowd favourite curved 65-inch or even the abnormally large 88-inch, I will still get it and have no regrets.