Quality time with the mighty 4K, 75-inch Samsung Q90 QLED TV
4.8Overall Score
Name: Samsung 4K, 75-inch, Q90R QLED
Price (RRP): $9399
Manufacturer: Samsung

How do you know what the best TV for most well-heeled Aussie’s needs is? You ask someone that has spent quality time with the top-of-the-range 4K, 2019 Samsung Q90 QLED TV.

In the reviewer’s game, you get invited to swanky hotels, plied with room service and grog and watch a 4K movie or three on a flagship 4K Samsung Q90 QLED TV. That is the fun bit. Going home and watching content on a lesser TV is the hard bit.

I could say that Samsung Q90 QLED is the best TV I have seen. I could say that if you have a spare $6,499/9,399/11,799 for a 65/75/82-inch version, then you can’t go wrong. And I would be right!

But I want to be objective, avoid hyperbole and empirical (observed but not scientifically proven) claims.

Review: Samsung Q90 QLED TV

Australian Website here
GadgetGuy price and 2019 range overview here

How does a flagship 4K, Q90 QLED TV look – technically?

We test grey-scale to determine black levels. It was able to reproduce 97.5% black, and that is very good.

Samsung Q90 QLED

Otherwise, the grey scale was perfect going up in 2% increments to 100% white. I have not seen another LED/LCD do that.

Samsung Q90 QLED
Although not visible in this photo the white bands right up to 100% are clear and well delineated. The first 2.5% black bands merge.

Next colour bars.

Most TVs succeed in reproducing primary red, green and blue (the use RGB LEDs after all) but fall over with secondary colour mixes and white. This test also reveals the effectiveness of the backlight and allows you to see if its edge-lit or back-lit.

Samsung Q90 QLED

Colour bars were perfect with no overlap and even brightness. Yes, I expect this of a Samsung Q90 but these were pin-sharp and had even brightness.

I did not have a colourimeter with me but to my eyes, primary RGB was perfect (as it should be) and secondary colours like pink, yellow, light blue and white were very good too.

There was no banding at all courtesy of 480 individual lighting zones. At one stage we did detect a very slight light bleed on a large, fast moving white square that zooms around the screen (tests tearing and light zones). Lesser TVs have perceptible light trails!

Even at 75° off-angle viewing the colours were perfect – I have not seen that on an LED/LCD before.

Samsung Q90 QLED
Note the reflectivity at the top of the screen

Samsung claims to have addressed the reflectivity issues of its 2018 Q9 series.

Yes and no. It is better (see the 2018 Q9 photo), but you still need to be very careful with placement of overhead lights, rear lights and external light sources like windows.

Samsung Q90 QLED
Q90 – reflectivity was much less over the 2018 model below. Glare control seems better too.
Samsung Q90 QLED
Reflectivity on the 2018 model

How does it look – with a movie?

I have seen most of the 4K movies, and so I watched SpiderMan – Into the Spider-Verse. It is a Marvel cartoon, 4K (upscaled from 2160), HDR10, HEVC/H.265 encoded, with 24-bit/48kHz Dolby Atmos 7.1.4 sound. The photo below probably does not do the reality justice, but the detail in the bag texture and bag tag, the HDR10 detail in the shadow crossing the bag and under his chin were very good.

Samsung Q90 QLED

I am still concerned that Samsung does not support Dolby Vision, but for 99% of the time, its HDR10+ and HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) makes this excellent for Hollywood movies.