Samsung’s first Mini LED TV of 2023 takes on the newest OLED era with a large improve in dimming zones – and the outcomes are nothing in need of spectacular.
- Stunningly vibrant, vibrant photos
- Groundbreaking LCD black ranges
- Glorious gaming help and connectivity
- No Dolby Imaginative and prescient help
- A couple of backlight niggles
65-inch 4K display screenThe display screen accommodates a pixel rely of 3840 x 2160
Mini LED lighting systemThe display screen is illuminated by LEDs just one fortieth the scale of normal TV LEDs
OTS+ sound systemSpeaker ranged across the display screen assist to make sound results look like coming from the right a part of the display screen
Tizen Sensible systemSecond gen of the brand new full-screen interface Samsung launched in 2022
1344 native dimming zonesThe variety of independently managed lighting zones the TV is ready to use when illuminating its photos
Whereas a lot of the chatter forward of 2023’s TVs hitting store cabinets has been about numerous kinds of OLED expertise.
Samsung’s new QE65QN95C is out to show that Mini LED expertise not solely nonetheless has a spot on the excessive finish TV desk, however can nonetheless do a couple of issues that even probably the most superior of the newest OLEDs can’t.
The Samsung QE65QN95C (QN65QN95C within the US) has launched with a UK value of £3,699 and a US value of $3,299.99. The set doesn’t look like accessible in Australia on the time of writing, with solely the step down QN90C and QN85C fashions at present listed.
Its UK and US costs clearly set up the QN95C as a premium TV – in reality, they’re £100 and $100 larger than the costs of Samsung’s eagerly anticipated new 65-inch S95C Quantum Dot OLED TVs. Which clearly tells you one thing about how a lot retailer Samsung places within the QE65QN95C’s Mini LED-based capabilities.
The Samsung QE65QN95C has simply turn into accessible for pre-order on the time this assessment was written in each the US and the UK, with 85-, 75- and 55-inch choices accessible alongside the 65-inch mannequin into consideration right here.
- Monolith-style profile
- Photo voltaic-powered distant management
- No One Join field this yr
The Samsung QE65QN95C efficiently continues the custom for monolithic design that’s marked Korean model’s premium Neo QLED Mini LED fashions out for the previous couple of TV generations. The rear panel is just about as flat because the entrance, creating an attractively slender, futuristic profile effectively suited to wall-mounting.
The rear isn’t as slim as OLED screens are typically, not less than at their edges, however the so-called Neo Slim sculpting is actually skinny sufficient to remind you that this TV is lit by mini LEDs reasonably than the 40 instances larger lights present in Samsung’s common LED TVs. In truth, the design’s all-round slimness by LED requirements finds Samsung classifying it as having an Infinity One Zero-bezel design of the kind that you simply beforehand solely obtained with Samsung’s 8K TVs.
The darkish end of the ultra-thin body across the display screen maybe lacks a little bit of the glamour and glimmer of earlier Samsung Mini LED flagships, however the 65QN95C remains to be a superb wanting factor general.
For those who’re not wall hanging it, the Samsung QE65QN95C will be mounted on a properly made central foot plate that matches comfortably onto even very slim help furnishings.
Maybe the largest change from earlier flagship 4K mini LED TVs is that the QN95C now not homes its connections on an exterior One Join field. A transfer Samsung has presumably made to make the 65QN95C a bit cheaper.
As with most Samsung TVs for years now, the 65QN95C ships with two distant controls: a typical button crammed one, and a stripped again, a lot smaller ‘good’ one. The usual one appears to be like primary and feels plasticky, however is definitely very simple to make use of. The good one, although, will possible be the primary daily handset for many households. So it’s a disgrace that it feels reasonably plasticky and small for the primary handset for a TV as high-end because the Samsung QE65QN95C.
One wonderful thing about the good distant, although, is that it’s powered by both a photo voltaic panel constructed into its again edge or, remarkably, the Wi-Fi alerts being beamed round your own home by your broadband router. By no means having to purchase a battery for this distant will assist recoup not less than a couple of quid of your outlay on the TV over time.
- 4K decision
- Mini LED lighting with 1344 dimming zones
- 4K 120Hz and VRR gaming help on all HDMI inputs
Whereas Samsung’s 2022 Mini LEDs mainly relied on improved processing and a form adaptive gentle management enhancement to differentiate them from their predecessors, for 2023 Samsung has gone way more radical by becoming the 65QN95C with a whopping 1344 native dimming zones versus 720 on the 65QN95B.
Along with Samsung’s already well-established prowess with regards to native dimming and energy administration, this big dimming zone improve has the potential to take image high quality to an entire new stage.
Samsung’s newest Neural Quantum processor drives each the QE65QN95C’s backlight engine and its myriad different image enhancement processing programs, and this too has been improved over its predecessor. It now attracts on the mixed collected information of a large 20 totally different neural networks, and introduces a brand new Actual Depth Enhancer Professional function that mixes object detection and manipulation with the TV’s additional dimming controls to create a extra three-dimensional, lifelike depth to the image.
The enhancements to the Quantum processor additionally apparently yield improved upscaling of HD and SD sources, and Samsung has lastly additionally determined the time is correct to convey again HDR Remastering after abandoning it a couple of years in the past. Although on the time of writing the total operation of this promised function seemed to be nonetheless awaiting firmware activation.
Maybe probably the most sudden new function of the Samsung QE65QN95C is that it ships with a slim-fit digital camera within the field. This may simply be connected to the TV as and while you wish to allow video calls, however it additionally introduces the potential for gesture controls in addition to opening up the choice in some territories to watch your type whereas following work out movies, and even checking and managing important indicators reminiscent of coronary heart price, oxygen ranges and stress. All with out the necessity for any additional equipment.
The QE65QN95C’s connections are dominated by 4 HDMI ports all of which, I’m happy to say, can help 48Gbps. Meaning they will all deal with 4K at 120Hz gaming alerts (refresh charges of as much as 144Hz are doable), in addition to variable refresh charges together with the AMD FreeSync Premium Professional and (though it’s not formally acknowledged) Nvidia G-Sync.
Additionally there to maintain avid gamers pleased is auto low latency mode switching, and the return of the Sport Bar Samsung launched final yr. Accessed by holding down the play button on the good distant, this menu provides you key details about the gaming sign the TV is receiving, and supplies fast entry to particular gaming associated options.
These embody having the ability to select your most popular balanced between enter lag and film high quality (with the quickest lag determine being an impressive 9.8ms with 1080p/60Hz feeds, which rises to 16.6ms within the ‘Sooner’ mode and 26ms in ‘Quick’ mode). You may also modify the brightness of simply darkish elements of the image (to make hidden enemies simpler to see), and the talents to place a digital goal level within the centre of the display screen and amplify and share a sport’s mini-map.
The QE65QN95C’s audio specs of 70W of energy fed right into a 4.2.2 channel speaker configuration are spectacular on paper, and ship extra energy than you get with the step-down QN90C vary. Dolby Atmos decoding is built-in too, and this must be bolstered properly by the 65QN95C’s premium model of Samsung’s Object Monitoring Sound expertise.
This makes use of audio system ranged across the TV’s body to ship a bigger, extra precisely detailed sound stage that manages to make results sound as in the event that they’re coming from the right a part of the display screen.
The QE65QN95C additionally gives an AI-enhanced model of Samsung’s Q Symphony function this yr, too, enabling the audio system within the TV to mix with these in a Samsung soundbar extra successfully to create a bigger, extra detailed soundstage.
Followers of correct photos can be happy to listen to that in addition to comparatively ‘true’ Film and, particularly, Filmmaker mode, the Samsung QE65QN95C helps the fullest model of Samsung’s Sensible Calibration system, the place you possibly can carry out a close to professional-grade calibration of your TV utilizing simply your smartphone.
The QE65QN95C’s Tizen-based good interface initially appears to be like the identical because the newly designed one launched final yr – and maintains a few of that reboot’s unhelpful design and navigation decisions. Nearer examination reveals that Samsung has put extra helpful content material cabinets on the house web page this time spherical, in addition to increasing the channels provided on its free and curated live-streaming TV Plus service and including extra content material and choices to its Gaming Hub of streamed and linked sport sources.
Image High quality
- Phenomenal brightness
- Outstanding, OLED-like black ranges
- Daring colors and excessive sharpness
In most methods the QE65QN95C’s photos enhance considerably on the already stellar efforts of its predecessors, with the substantial improve in dimming zones proving significantly useful in taking issues to a brand new stage.
The additional backlight precision really impacts just about each facet of the QE65QN95C’s photos, however is particularly noticeable with regards to the presentation of mid-dark scenes. With this substantial improve in gentle management means there’s a lot much less have to compromise such photographs with both watered-down black ranges or diminished brightness in a bid to keep away from the type of backlight blooming round vibrant objects that Samsung sees – with some justification – as being image high quality enemy primary.
There’s even much less likelihood of you catching a glimpse of any blooming the place the occasional vibrant object punctuates an in any other case very darkish shot both.
In truth, until you watch the Samsung QE65QN95C from a reasonably steep angle above or beneath the display screen, you’ll wrestle to identify any backlight blooming round even probably the most stark and excessive distinction areas. There’s merely no different LCD TV on the market that makes use of native dimming that limits backlight blooming in addition to the QE65QN95C. Even viewing the TV from down its left or proper sides doesn’t trigger blooming to turn into considerably apparent this yr.
Making this dimming-zone based mostly achievement all of the sweeter is the truth that the Samsung QE65QN95C can ship a sensational mixture of inky black ranges and excessive brightness. Fade to blacks and the darkest corners of the darkest photos obtain just about good blackness in most presets, with no overlying greyness or infusion of blue or inexperienced sub-tones.
Whereas on the different finish of the spectrum, I measured a whopping 2240 nits of brightness on a ten% white HDR window within the TV’s Customary mode, and this solely drops to a nonetheless large 1995 and 1990 nits while you change to the much less punchy/extra correct Film and Filmmaker modes respectively.
The QE65QN95C’s extra refined gentle engine makes it virtually ridiculously good, too, at discovering an additional gear of depth for stand-out vibrant image parts even after they seem inside an already super-bright full-screen picture.
Even the brand new MLA OLEDs and second-gen QD OLEDs received’t get shut to those kinds of numbers – and the Samsung QE65QN95C stretches its brightness benefit over these OLED rivals even additional with an enormous full-screen brightness of greater than 800 nits.
In fact, brightness isn’t all the pieces. Even within the HDR world, with its expanded brightness vary, the darkish finish of the sunshine spectrum is not less than as necessary as the brilliant stuff. However the QE65QN95C’s brightness actually provides it a resplendent canvas to color its photos on.
This QE65QN95C’s intense brightness performs right into a severely voluminous color palette that sustains wealthy saturations even within the very brightest image areas. There’s treasured little signal of clipping in these ultra-bright highlights, both, that means they keep good detailing and tonal subtlety reasonably than flaring out.
The a lot finer gentle controls ushered in by 65QN95C’s elevated dimming zone rely additionally assist the TV produce extra persistently wealthy and balanced colors throughout the picture, particularly in mid-bright photographs.
Whereas it’s the vibrancy and consistency of colors that you simply discover first, not less than within the default Customary and enjoyable however finally over-cooked Dynamic image presets, you quickly additionally spot how delicate they’re. There’s treasured little signal of color banding or striping, whereas even the slightest skin-tone gradations are delivered superbly, avoiding the patchy or plasticky look lesser TVs can show.
This color finesse performs into an exceptional sense of sharpness and element with native 4K sources too (offered you’ve turned the TV’s noise discount system off). In contrast to Samsung TVs of some years in the past, furthermore, there’s nothing pressured or noisy about this spectacular sharpness, even if you happen to persist with the default out of the field sharpness settings.
Upscaling of HD and even SD sources is expertly carried out, with lots of element and picture density added with out noise being exaggerated or vital color shifting.
With a little bit cautious manipulation of the TV’s Image Readability settings (personally I just like the Customized Mode with judder and blur discount set to round stage three), the Samsung QE65QN95C can deal with 24p film movement fairly successfully too, whereas the set’s knowledgeable dealing with of 120Hz gaming content material and variable refresh charges contributes to some of the spectacular, responsive and fascinating gaming experiences I’ve had on any TV.
In all probability inevitably, the exceptional vary of the QE65QN95C’s accomplishments doesn’t come with no few efficiency strings connected. Probably the most distracting of which is the extent of the backlight’s changes when a scene switches sharply between very darkish and really vibrant photographs within the out of the field Customary preset.
The quantity that the picture dims after the reduce to a really darkish shot occurs, and the slight delay on this dimming taking place, along with the same delayed re-infusion of brightness when a scene cuts sharply again to a a lot brighter shot, will be actually very noticeable.
To be truthful, content material that causes this drawback is fairly uncommon, and you can even repair the difficulty by turning off the TV’s Distinction Enhancer function. This does rob the picture of among the punch that can make the Customary preset so endearing, I believe, to many 65QN95C patrons.
Even with all its additional dimming zones, in the meantime, the 65QN95C nonetheless generally dims down small vibrant objects that seem in opposition to darkish backdrops fairly closely. This occurs much less incessantly than it did with the QE65QN95B, however Samsung’s drive to remove backlight blooming means the article dimming difficulty has actually not disappeared.
The Customary and, extra surprisingly, Filmmaker modes can endure with some shadow element crushing of their default states too, with the Filmmaker mode being additionally barely extra susceptible with actually extraordinarily darkish photographs to struggling with a mix of ‘black holes’ and gentle blooms than the opposite presets.
The Film mode, however, arguably brings a little bit an excessive amount of shadow element out, leaving all three presets in want of some light handbook intervention – not less than if you happen to’re within the behavior of watching ‘tough’ movies filled with TV image high quality torture exams.
The 65QN95C’s default Image Readability settings are a multitude for the Customary preset, inflicting manner an excessive amount of cleaning soap opera impact and undesirable processing detritus (I’ve already mentioned the repair for this), whereas 24p judder appears a contact extreme if you happen to flip movement processing off altogether. Maybe that is made extra noticeable, partly, by the TV’s excessive brightness.
Whereas SDR HD footage can look spectacularly vibrant within the Customary preset, this brightness could cause the occasional shot to look a little bit noisy until you calm issues down a bit within the image settings. Lastly – although that is extra of a touch upon an inevitable scenario reasonably than a criticism – if you happen to spend a lot time watching the Customary preset, it’s possible you’ll discover the a lot duller, much less dramatic look of the Film and particularly Filmmaker Modes fairly laborious to adapt to.
In fact, these presets are solely doing what they’re speculated to do in adhering to mastering values, so it’s really a constructive reasonably than a unfavorable to see Samsung not attempting to muck round an excessive amount of with these settings this yr.
When push involves shove, although, there’s nothing mistaken with the QE65QN95C’s photos that may’t be enormously improved by a little bit considered tweaking, or is severe sufficient to cease the TV from being finally outlined by the numerous issues it will get spectacularly proper.
Sound High quality
- 4.2.2-channel sound
- Dolby Atmos decoding
- OTS impact works very effectively
The QE65QN95C’s audio is a welcome step up from that of its predecessor, having fun with extra energy, extra readability and extra scale, whereas concurrently being a lot much less susceptible to speaker crackling or cupboard buzz.
The newest Object Monitoring Sound system manages to place results in a busy combine in the appropriate a part of the picture so precisely that it’s laborious to imagine there isn’t a financial institution of audio system sat proper behind the display screen. It helps the OTS impact, too, that the overall audio supply is cleaner and barely higher projected, pushed by energy that appears capable of emerge with extra pressure from a row of eight drivers alongside the TV’s rear and the opposite element audio system ranged across the TV’s body.
The audio system are delicate sufficient and the facility dealing with is astute sufficient to convey out even the subtlest particulars in a mixture too, and whereas bass nonetheless isn’t as deep or forceful as I’d ideally like, the general cleaner presentation provides dynamic-sounding scenes a extra rounded and immersive really feel.
The 65QN95C’s audio strengths assist it get extra worth out of Dolby Atmos mixes than most built-in TV audio programs too. On the identical time, highly effective Atmos moments do reveal that the TV’s sound solely actually tasks sideways or backwards reasonably than pushing ahead into your room, and that it doesn’t have fairly sufficient uncooked energy to satisfy the total scale of probably the most excessive soundtrack moments.
Do you have to purchase it?
Dazzling vibrant and vibrant photos meet class-leading black ranges: In order for you sufficient punch to show HDR as much as 11 and photos that also excite in a vibrant room, the 65QN95C’s mini LED engine is uniquely efficient.
Some settings want care: Regardless of the 65QN95C sporting a mighty processing mind, some elements of its default image settings must be tweaked to provide the greatest outcomes.
The Samsung QE65QN95C isn’t precisely low cost and appears set to search out itself up in opposition to some fierce competitors this yr from a brand new era of OLED expertise.
Fortunately, although, virtually doubling the variety of dimming zones it makes use of to gentle its mini LEDs in contrast with its predecessor has a profound impact on all the pieces from black ranges to distinction and color, making certain that the 65QN95C nonetheless sufficient distinctive strengths to face tall in opposition to the newest OLED onslaught.
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That is the identify Samsung provides to its TVs that mix Quantum Dot colors with mini LED lighting.
This describes a system the place totally different areas of a TV’s backlighting can output totally different ranges of sunshine at any given second, to extend distinction.
This stands for Object Monitoring Sound, a Samsung audio system that mixes audio system ranged round a TV’s bodywork with intelligent audio processing to make sound results appear to be coming from the right place on the display screen.
Trusted Evaluations check information
Enter lag (ms)
Peak brightness (nits) 10%
Quiet Mark Accredited
Display screen Measurement
Measurement (Dimensions with out stand)
First Reviewed Date
Forms of HDR
Refresh Price TVs
Audio (Energy output)
1444.3 x 270.9 x 890.4 MM
829.3 x 1444.3 x 21.3 MM
QE55QN95C, QE75QN95C, QE85QN95C
3840 x 2160
HDR10+, HDR10, HLG
24 – 144 Hz
4 HDMI 2.1 inputs, two USBs, CI slot, LAN, digital audio output (optical)
eARC, VRR, ALLM, 4K 120Hz
Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi
Mini LED, VA, UHD, LED
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Dolby Atmos is an object-based audio format. It expands on 5.1 and seven.1 soundtracks by including overhead channels. Sounds are known as “audio objects”, of which there will be as much as 128 audio channels, and these ‘objects’ will be precisely positioned inside a 3D soundscape. This permits soundtracks that help the expertise to put sounds above and across the listener with appropriate package.
Samsung’s branding for its TVs that function a Mini LED backlight with their Quantum Dot color expertise