Best Samsung TVs Buying Guide: Welcome to What Hi-Fi?’s guide to the best Samsung TVs you can buy in 2019.
Obviously it makes sense to shop around when buying a new TV. But if you’ve previously owned a Samsung and want to stick with what you know, there are some impressive screens out there.
From monster sets to more moderately-sized ones, from (relatively) affordable to the very expensive, Samsung has sets to suit all tastes.
Before you lay down your cash, there are a few things to consider. 4K and HDR will improve the picture quality drastically, but only when fed compatible content, so check your source.
Samsung was also the first to sell 8K sets in the UK. While there’s no 8K content currently available, they do upscale 4K content using Samsung’s processing tech, and generally do it very well.
Then there’s which size to go for. Measure where you’ll put it and see which size set will suit you best. Bigger isn’t always better – if it towers over your sofa, you might need to reconsider.
You should also check the small print for things like the number of HDMI and USB sockets. While these details might seem relatively minor, they make all the difference when it comes to getting set up.
Now, on with the tellies…
This set uses Samsung’s QLED technology, which is a rival to OLED. This particular set goes almost as dark as OLED, with very similar viewing angles, while having the edge when it comes to brightness. The result? A true challenger to OLED, the current industry standard for premium big-screen TVs. Colours are brilliantly judged and the dark detail is second to none. The operating system is a real gem too, and comes with more apps than you can shake a remote control at. If you want to shun the OLED crowd, this is the set to do it with.
The Q70R might appear a little way down Samsung’s QLED range, but this is still one of the most premium and fully featured 49in TVs you can buy, thanks in no small part to OLEDs not available in sizes below 55in.
This is a very good TV, too. It doesn’t have the wide viewing angles of the Q90R and it doesn’t go quite as bright, but it does offer the punch, vibrancy and sharpness for which Samsung’s QLEDs are renowned.
It also has the same operating system as every other 2019 Samsung QLED, which means it’s a pleasure to use and is packed to the rafters with streaming apps, including the new Apple TV app. If you’re limited to 49in but still want a premium TV, this is the model for you.
First, the bad news: this has fewer backlight dimming zones than Samsung’s flagship QLED seen above, and isn’t as bright. The good news? It’s quite a bit cheaper. All of its connections are tidily placed in a separate box rather than built into the set itself, which helps it stay rather slim and elegant, while the user interface and remote control work like a dream. Despite the compromises, the picture is surprisingly good, with an astonishing level of detail. If your budget can’t stretch, this is a smart choice.
Read the full review: Samsung QE55Q85R
If brightness is what you’re after, this TV won’t disappoint. However, what it packs in brightness it sacrifices a touch in black levels, which means a bit less detail in the murkiest parts of the picture. But you won’t care a jot during daytime scenes – colours really pop, with a lush vibrancy.
The picture is amazingly detailed too, with sharp, defined edges. Viewing angles aren’t perfect, so make sure you bag yourself the best seat in the house before viewing commences.
Bear in mind this is a 2018 set, which means it’s currently available with some big discounts but won’t be around much longer.
Read the full review: Samsung QE55Q7F
Admittedly, there isn’t really anything to watch in 8K, but that still doesn’t stop this set being a hugely exciting proposition. At least it’s future-proofed for when the content does become available. The 4K picture is every bit as good as its stablemates, there’s not a hint of backlight blooming, and the motion processing is very good indeed. Those with a big budget should give this a look.
Read the full review: Samsung QE65Q900R