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Samsung QN90A Neo QLED TV: Is It Worth the Money?

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Samsung earlier this year introduced the Neo QLED, the latest entry in its QLED TV line, which Samsung describes as “an entirely new kind of display technology.”

“The introduction of this technology,” the company says, “emphasizes not only Samsung’s rich engineering and innovation heritage, but also its commitment to new advancements in accessibility and sustainability that are redefining how consumers use their TVs in their homes.”

In recent weeks, reviews have begun to appear of the flagship model in the line, the QN90A.

In their review, RTINGS gave the QN90A a mixed-usage score of 8.6 out of 10, calling it “an excellent TV.” That placed the TV 11th in RTINGS’ current rankings of available TVs, although it is the highest-ranking TV from Samsung, and the fourth-highest ranking of 2021 models.

“Its VA panel provides an excellent native contrast ratio and great local dimming to display deep blacks. It gets bright enough to combat glare and has fantastic reflection handling if you want to use it in a well-lit room. Also, gamers should enjoy its VRR support, low input lag, and quick response time for a responsive gaming experience,” the review said.

That review listed such “pros” as “excellent native contrast ratio,” the mini-LED full-array local dimming feature, wide viewing angles and “incredible” HDR peak brightness. Its only listed con was “a bit of blooming noticeable around bright objects.”

TechRadar also reviewed the QN90A, giving it a rating of four stars out of five.

“As one of Samsung’s first Neo QLED TVs, the Samsung QN90A is thinner, brighter and bolder than before, offering a high peak brightness and fantastic contrast,” the review said. “Its thinner body comes with a few caveats in the form of thinner sound and a higher center of gravity, and it only sports one full spec HDMI 2.1 port. Its fantastic picture quality makes it an appealing choice, but some minor issues prevent it from being one of the best TVs this year.”

The TechRadar review goes on to praise the TV’s “extreme brightness,” “exquisite” color saturation,” its upscaling and its remote. The “Cons” include that the TV’s pedestal stand is “wobbly,” that there’s no OneConnect box or Dolby Vision support, and its “mediocre” sound quality.

TechHive gave it a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5.

“Samsung’s Neo QLED QN90A takes the company’s already outstanding QLED color and brightness and, thanks to far more granular mini-LED backlighting, enhances it with far better blacks. The overall result is truly impressive, although Samsung still has some work to do on its zone dimming techniques,” the review said.

 Stephen Silver, a technology writer for The National Interest, is a journalist, essayist and film critic, who is also a contributor to The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philly Voice, Philadelphia Weekly, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Living Life Fearless, Backstage magazine, Broad Street Review and Splice Today. The co-founder of the Philadelphia Film Critics Circle, Stephen lives in suburban Philadelphia with his wife and two sons. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenSilver.

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Stephen Silver is a journalist, essayist, and film critic, who is also a contributor to Philly Voice, Philadelphia Weekly, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Living Life Fearless, Backstage magazine, Broad Street Review, and Splice Today. The co-founder of the Philadelphia Film Critics Circle, Stephen lives in suburban Philadelphia with his wife and two sons. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenSilver.

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