Samsung Q9FN QLED Smart TV Review 2019 Review – We’ll go over the design of the TV, and then focus on the picture quality. We’ll then look at the motion handling and input lag before comparing to competing models which are currently available.
Design of Samsung 65-inch Q9FN QLED 2019
The design of the Samsung Q9FN is excellent. It looks modern and has a relatively small stand which fits well on most tables. Like other high-end Samsung TVs for the past few years, the Q9FN has an external OneConnect Box. This provides a central hub which can be far away from the TV to connect other devices. Compared to previous year’s models, this one is much larger as it contains the power supply for the TV. There is only a single cable connecting the OneConnect Box and the TV – the TV doesn’t plug in anywhere else. When viewed from the side the TV isn’t as thin as previous edge-lit models but still sits close to a wall. There is also the option of a no-gap wall mount which allows it to.
sit almost completely flush. If we take a thermal picture of the TV we can see most of the heat is given off by the external OneConnect box which contains the power supply.
Picture Quality of Samsung Q9FN QLED 2019
Now we’ll look at the picture quality. The Samsung Q9FN QLED can produce deep blacks due to the high native contrast ratio. This allows the TV to produce deep dark scenes when viewed in a dark room. It is much better than IPS TVs like the LG SK9000. The TV also has a local dimming feature, which is great at reducing blooming. It is quite aggressive though, and although it does effectively produce deep dark scenes it does also crush small highlights. This is most obvious when compared side-by-side to another TV like the Sony Z9D.
Comparing the C8 OLED, Samsung Q9FN and Sony Z9D, we can see that the Samsung crushes small stars on the Star Wars clip regardless of the local dimming setting. When viewed at an angle, the image does lose accuracy and brightness. Different people notice this more or less, but for a room with wide seating, an OLED TV like the C8 or an IPS TV like the SK9000 is a better choice. The reflection handling of the TV is excellent. The glossy finish does result in defined reflections, but the coating is excellent at reducing their intensity. Compared to other high-end TVs, it does have less of a good purple tint. Even for a bright room, this is great. The Q9FN has excellent brightness.
This TV can produce bright highlights in real scenes at about 900 nits in HDR. Unlike OLED TVs, the Q9FN can also get the whole screen very bright which is excellent for overcoming glare in a bright room. The grey uniformity of the Q9FN is decent, but there are some nonuniform vertical bands. This results in noticeable dirty screen effect when watching sports like hockey or football, or when playing games with large uniform areas. This is quite common for LCD TVs, and those sensitive to uniformity problems may prefer the results of an OLED TV. Like other QLED TVs, the Q9FN supports an excellent wide colour gamut. This helps to produce vivid, saturated highlights when watching
HDR and is an improvement over other LCD or OLED TVs.
Response Time of Samsung Q9FN QLED 2019
The response time of the Q9FN is swift, so only a very short trail can be seen following fast-moving content. This is slightly visible as the short red smear following our moving logo. Some duplications can also be seen due to the flicker of the backlight at 480Hz, but this isn’t very noticeable in regular content. The TV also has the option to reduce the backlight flicker frequency to 60Hz with the ‘LED Clear Motion’ option. This flicker frequency matches each frame of 60Hz content, producing apparent motion without persistence blur. This option isn’t for everyone though, as the flicker is quite noticeable and reduces the brightness of the image. The input lag of the Q9FN is excellent. With ‘Game Mode’ activated the lag is about 20ms regardless of the resolution and with SDR or HDR content. This feels responsive whether you’re playing on the Xbox One X or a Nintendo Switch. Especially interesting is the ‘Game Motion Plus’ feature.
This is a motion interpolation feature results in a smooth image even if the frame rate drops due to graphically intensive sequences or for 30 fps games. This has a low input lag of 21 milliseconds, which is matched only by other 2018 Samsung TVs. At the moment, the Q9FN doesn’t support a variable refresh rate. This will likely change
In the coming months as Samsung has announced it will be updated to support both HDMI Forum’s variable refresh rate feature and FreeSync. We will update the description and pin a comment
The smart platform is easy to navigate and straightforward to use. The Samsung 65-inch Q9FN QLED 2019 comes with a metal remote similar to the QLEDs of last year. It has a built-in microphone with Bixby assistance for searching through content and
changing TV settings too. So overall, the Q9FN is a strong performer across the board and for a wide range of different usages. If you’re after the best LCD and price isn’t a concern, then go with the Q9FN.