The Samsung Q90T
is Samsung's top 4K QLED model for 2020. It is available in 55", 65" and 75" screen sizes while delivering superb picture quality. This TV is great for use in the living room TV, bedroom, den... it thrives in bright as well as dark spaces.
The Q90T excels at gaming, streaming, watching movies and more. It interfaces with your phone and makes streaming content easy. If you seek a TV that can "do it all" the Q90T 4K QLED is a Top Choice 2020 selection.
Samsung Q90T 4K QLED TVs
Q90T 55” at Samsung.com
Q90T 65” at Samsung.com
Q90T 75” at Samsung.com
4K QLED Picture Quality
I recently had a chance to spend a day checking out the 65" 65Q90T, including seeing how it handles upscaling as well as native 4K content. During the evaluation I was able to directly compare the Q90T to its immediate predecessor, the Q90R.
Since this is a Samsung QLED, it comes packed with features that together make it one of the best-performing TVs you can buy. The Direct Full Array 16X FALD backlight ensures a bright, crisp image with plenty of contrast. With this TV, you get Samsung's excellent Ultra Viewing Angle feature, along a superlative anti-reflective coating that sets this TV apart from the competition.
Overall, FALD performance is very good thanks to a better backlight algorithm. Artifacts are kept at bay, resulting in a deep, rich image on screen. It allows the Q90T to maintain deep blacks (including letterbox bars) and produce brighter highlights.
Comparing the Q90T and Q90R side-by-side revealed numerous subtle improvements in performance. With the two TVs showing the same content while using same picture modes, I could see improvements in peak brightness. Samsung states that the Q90T can achieve 700 nits sustained full screen, versus 600 nits for the Q90R and 1800 nits sustained in a 10% window, versus 1600 nits for the Q90R.
Samsung equipped the Q90T with its Quantum Processor 4K. This enables superior upscaling and picture processing (noise reduction, detail retrieval) regardless of the input source. The differences between the picture of the Q90R and Q90T were mostly subtle, but tangible, with the Q90T coming out ahead thanks to its excellent FALD performance. Notably, the Q90T can survive the "torture test" of having a bright light (like a torch, or a lamp) right at the edge of the image and not have it noticeably affect the letterbox bars.
The Q90T manages to pull off a richer, more intense red than its predecessor and its sharpening algorithms are a bit more effective at bringing out texture and detail. The "long story short" here is that Samsung has refined its top 4K QLED model to offer the best performance yet.
This is a remarkably useful feature. The Q90T uses a built-in light sensor to dynamically adapt to room lighting. When a dramatic shift in ambience occurs (for example, turning light on or off at night, or the transition from a daytime window-lit living room to evening indoor lighting, this TV adjusts not just the brightness, it also tweaks color balance.
The result is an optimized picture in more applications. And let's face it, most TV viewers do not constantly tune their TVs to account for the daily changes in lighting conditions. This is a task best left to a sensor and an algorithm. Of course, it is defeatable. But for many viewers Adaptive Picture is a feature worth using.
Gamer Friendly Features
Samsung embraces gamers with its QLED lineup, offering features like AMD Freesync VRR (variable refresh rate) and an Auto Game Mode function that incorporates ALLM (auto low latency mode) with an input lag of under 10 seconds. It recognizes a connected Xbox or PS4 and when you are playing a game, it adjusts accordingly. Just as important, the Q90T will return to your preferred TV or movie-watching picture when you are not gaming.
An adjustable-strength Dynamic Black Equalizer helps reveal details in shadow areas (like an enemy hiding that you otherwise miss) without resorting to unnaturally brightening the rest of what's on screen.
The Q90T is equipped with four HDMI ports. Notably, HDMI port 4 offers a high-bandwidth connection that supports 4K/120 Hz with 10-bit color. While it takes a powerful gaming PC to push that many pixels, this capability makes the Q90T QLED an amazing high-end gaming TV.
Now for 2020 is OTS sound from Samsung. It stands for Object Tracking Sound and it uses multiple speakers to match the sound effects and dialog with what you see on screen. It also improves the sound of music by elevating and expanding the soundfield.
OTS sound has the direct benefit of placing dialog where it belongs, in the center of the screen. But it can also place sounds above and below that, and to the left and right.
What's more, OTS Sound transforms into Q Cinema when you add a compatible Samsung soundbar. The result, which I heard at CES 2020, sounds quite remarkable. A key element is the TV itself can act as the height/elevation speaker, a feat of coordination helped along by the impressive research facility and staff Samsung employs at its Valencia, CA research facility. It's an impressive lab that's able to perform scientific blind listening tests with entire TV/soundbar systems, thanks to an enormous turntable/Lazy Susan type mechanism that can switch between multiple systems rapidly.
What's key is that even without a soundbar, the Q90T sounds a lot better than many other TVs.
Samsung's Q90T ups the ante for 4K QLED, as the company says it their "finest 4K TV." You'll have to step up to the 8K Q800T to beat it, quality-wise. But if you are shopping for a more affordable premium TV and can live without 8K, the Q90T offers a lot for the money.
Based on viewing real content in a controlled-light environment, it's clear the Q90T 4K QLED TV has the picture quality and features to make it a Top Choice for 2020.
Samsung’s 65" Q90T 4K QLEDs, as well as 55" and 75" sizes, are available now from Samsung.com
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