Samsung 8K TV review: testing QLED Q900R


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Just when you were starting to wrap your head around 4K TV, 8K is here. Samsung is one of the first in Canada to release a consumer TV with 8K resolution. We’ll take a look at what 8K is and how it compares to 4K TV, or your old HD TV, plus what this particular model, the 75″ 2019 Samsung 8K QLED Q900R is like in person. It’s got some additional features that make it an interesting upgrade too. Don’t forget to check out the video review to see the picture quality and features firsthand.

Samsung 8K TV review: testing QLED Q900R

The design of this TV is pretty standard as far as new TVs go; it’s got an ultra thin bezel or frame, and while it’s thin, it’s not as impossibly thin as some of the other TVs you may be seeing out there—that’s because it uses Samsung’s Quantum Dot and 8K Direct Full Array technology, which lights up your picture in the most precise way. It uses LEDs directly behind the image that are points of light that individually turn on and off. This precise control improves contrast, reduces blooming and makes bright scenes really pop. It comes with legs that look like they shouldn’t be able to hold up a TV of this size, and you can adjust their position to be wider or narrower, or you can wall mount it. As this TV is on loan to me, I’m keeping it here in the theatre temporarily on its legs.

Set up: Samsung 8K QLED Q900R

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Getting this TV set up is straight forward. You should first connect Samsung’s One Connect box. This box is basically the brains of the TV; and the box is big and heavy. Fortunately, it uses a near invisible cable and you can set the box far from the TV if you want; in a cabinet or even another room thanks to IR technology that means it doesn’t need to be in line of sight. The one cable links the TV to the box and the box is where you’ll connect all your peripherals. This is great for wall mounting, because you don’t have to have your streamers, consoles and peripherals or all the associated cables, right under the TV.

Samsung 8K QLED Q900R: What is 8K Resolution?

Samsung, 8K tv, Q900R, review, ambient mode, upscalingThe key feature of this TV is its 8K resolution.

Wondering exactly what 8K Resolution means, and what you’ll see? Resolution is the sharpness of the video picture, made up of pixels. There are millions of pixels in an 8K TV.

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