Hands on: Samsung Q6FN QLED TV (QN65Q6FN) review
The Samsung Q6FN (QN65Q6FN) was launched as part of the brand’s 2018 lineup – a series of other screens as well as the top-end of the Q9FN and the lowest end of that year’s QLED TV family with the Q6FN Was revealed at (Looking for something new. Review our Samsung Q60R QLED TV, or check out our new Samsung TV 2020 guide.)
Like its siblings, the Q6FN QLED Smart TV uses a metal quantum dot filter to enhance color and contrast, enhancing the capabilities of HDR and 4K images compared to other non-quantum dot LCD-LEDs.
The QLED TV does not have the same processing power and beautiful contrast as its siblings – especially now that the technology has been even more advanced, and Samsung has begun branching into 5G 8K TVs.
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But it shares many of Samsung’s new connected smart TV apps and features, which will turn your TV into a voice-controlled smart home hub for all your devices and smart home devices.
It will meet all of your 4K, HDR10 + and full color volume needs, and sells in a wide range of sizes – but, to make them affordable, Samsung cut a lot of the processing power and color contrast that 4K content provides. Makes it worth the trouble.
The key question is, can Samsung’s Barrel Barrel QLED TV meet your needs, or are you better off upgrading to better specs or upgrading to Samsung’s more affordable, non-quantum UHD sets? Here are our thoughts on this matter.
Price and availability
The Q6FN comes in five sizes: 82-inch, 75-inch, 65-inch, 55-inch and 49-inch. Samsung’s other QLEDs don’t come in 82 “or 49”, so you get more versatility at this level – which, in turn, offers more power.
The 65 ”screen is currently $ 1,301 (£ 1,039, about AU $ 1,901), while the 75-inch sells for $ 3,499 (about £ 2,500, AU $ 4,300).
For comparison, the Q6FN’s immediate upgrade, the Q7FN, is $ 2,599 (about £ 1,900, AU $ 3,300) for the 65-inch, while the 65-inch NU8000 (Samsung’s new 4K VHD TV) is $ 1,699 (about £ 1,200, AU ) $ 2,200).
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Because the Q6FN uses Samsung’s quantum dot technology, which transmits LED colors through nano-sized crystal semiconductor particles, it does not suffer from burns – the drawback most LED TVs suffer when their Pixels emit the same pattern over a longer period of time (eg news logos) and are permanently tinted.
Why does it matter to you? Because it enables what we think is the most innovative use of Samsung QLED: Ambient Mode.
Take a picture of the wall behind your TV, and the Q6FN will present a pattern that matches the wall, making it almost blend into the original. While in this mode, your TV will play music, display smartphone updates or enable photo collages, all of which appear on your wall instead of on a bright screen.
There is a problem: both the Q6FN and Q7FN use bottom edge LED lighting instead of the direct backlight LED found in elite models. As a result, while the Q8FN and Q9FN have no visible bezels on almost all sides, the Q6’s bezel has somewhat jute to adjust the LED, which somewhat reduces the camouflage effect of its ambient mode by comparison .
Also, while the Q6FN sits on four legs and has a standard power cable, the Q7FN uses Samsung’s new One Mount system, which gives your TV an easily removable and easily removable stand, such as An axil-like “studio” stand and a computer-like “gravity.” And Q7FN’s 15-meter-long “invisible connection” cord grouping power, video and audio in a thin line. Combined with a removable stand, the Q7FN is a better option if you want to mount your ambient-capable TV on a wall.
Nevertheless, although it is not equipped with all the features of its siblings, the quantum technology and ambient mode help the Q6FN to make an indelible design impression compared to Samsung’s plain UHD TV. Nevertheless, it is a bit unfortunate that affordability means some design sacrifice when compared to more advanced models.
A few years ago, Samsung’s Q6F TV made Quantum TV affordable, but its specs were decidedly low. And what we’ve seen so far looks similar to this year: The Q6FN is not on par with the power of its siblings, but it’s still a definite upgrade from last year’s rebate model.
Q6FN upgrade from HDR compatibility for HDR10 and HDR10 + support to 60 FPS to full 4K gaming support, and incomplete color range to 100% DCI-P3 color volume. It hits UHD resolution and supports SD-to-UHD upscaling.
Against Q9FN, Q8FN and Q7FN, however, the comparison is much less flattering. The direct backlighting of the top two models enables an improved LED contrast and darker blacks in specific screen zones, as compared to the Edge LED model Q6FN.
All QLED TV models of 2017 had Edge LEDs, and even the high-end Q9F could not compensate for the problem with a powerful processor. Our reviewers observed that whenever viewing material in the dark they cause backlight clouding and gray banding.
We also noticed that viewing QLED TVs at odd angles causes color contrast and dark black. Samsung solved this problem by adding anti-reflective screens to every 2018 TV … except the Q6FN. And while the other set has local dimming for HDR10 + content, the Q6FN’s less specialized dimming tech is geared towards UHD content.
So while this year’s set is innovative in terms of adding support for high-end materials, it also extends its wheels in relation to other QLEDs making huge advances in performance and design.
When we saw the Q6FN in action, we could see a definite drop in quality compared to the power of the other sets. This is partly because its brightness only hits 1000 nits, below Q9FN2000 and Q8FN and Q7FN 1500 peak brightness.
But the dimmer backlight did not completely ruin the experience: the color and fast-moving action on display still looked impressive. Due to the low brightness, the low returns on dark black and color contrast are simply not noticeable. This is only when stacked against Samsung’s brighter sets, where the dull colors would be more distinct, which is what the better specs really stood out. They would potentially waste over 1000 nits, and would make the Q6FN less economical.
Thankfully, while Samsung has skimp on the hardware, the company has made all of its new software and interface features available on all of its new sets, so if you’re still leaning towards spending less, don’t worry too much .
This advanced experience starts right when you open the TV box, so until you have their new SmartThings app installed for Android or iOS. When you turn on the TV, it automatically connects with the app, which will then log the TV into your Wi-Fi network without typing your password.
Then, it will troll your phone apps and highlight any available on the Q6FN; For example, choose to download Hulu, and it will import your username and password and immediately log you into the TV app. In theory, you will have your TV set in minutes with all your favorite streaming options.
But Samsung does not want you to have to enter every app to find content. Instead, they have added Universal Guide, which incorporates your live and on-demand content into simple categories like comedy or sports. So your new episodes of Watch Mirror of HBO GO and Black Mirror from Netflix can sit next to you in a sci-fi / fantasy category.
On top of universal search and Samsung SmartThings support, Samsung has also added Bixby voice assistant functionality. While the 2017 Samsung QLEDs had simple voice commands that controlled only your TV set, you would be able to answer or check phone calls on the status of integrated devices in ambient (or live TV) mode. It is a neat future that helps a cheap TV feel a bit more premium.
With the Q6FN you are getting what you pay for: a 4K HDR10 + capable TV set, but one that does not have the power to make HDR10 + content pop, or the versatile design family you find on other members of QLED TV.
Nevertheless, we are very hopeful about how Samsung’s new features will make your TV the center of your smart technology and various streaming apps. Sure, you can find all of those features on Samsung’s cheap UHD, but they don’t support ambient mode or full color volume.
Overall, we liked what we saw from the Q6FN. This is a QLED TV at an economy price, and honestly many readers may not feel the need to pay hundreds or thousands more for better brightness and contrast. We’re impressed with Samsung’s base model, however, it’s definitely worth checking out the mid-range Q7FN before moving to Samsung’s cheapest (and least powerfully specified) QLED TV.