Samsung on Tuesday (14) released a new line of smart TVs aimed at a gaming audience. This is the QN90B 2022, in four sizes, designed for both PC gamers (43 and 50 inches) and console players (55 and 65 inches).
Inclination Got a 50-inch model and tested various features that promise to improve the gaming fans experience. After almost a week of evaluation, the conclusion is that the device is good, but not necessary for installing players.
The TV delivers the promised 4K resolution, but its audio system was much more impressive than any picture – and something tells me that was not Samsung’s goal.
Part of the gamer
One of the coolest points is the exclusive menu of games. Called the “Game Center”, this makes it easy to configure the sound output and image pattern.
There are pre-programmed styles for each game genre such as Sport, FPS (first person shooter like “Rainbow Six Siege”) and RTS (real time strategy like “Civilization”). Upgrade speeds can reach up to 144Hz for 43 “and 50” models and up to 120Hz for 55 “and 65”.
While impressive, there are almost no games with this resolution. In my tests on the PS4 and PS5, with game refresh rates of 120 frames per second, there was no difference even on a 50-inch TV. It was a positive experience, but not a surprise, as I already have a TV that reaches 120Hz.
The player menu feature has looked promising even since June 30, when the Xbox will release Xbox Cloud Gaming on Samsung TVs. For those who missed the announcement, Microsoft said players would be able to access the full Game Pass catalog through the brand TV app, without a console or PC.
Thus, it will be much more economical for the player to set up its configuration: instead of spending on the latest technology console and TV, just buy the latest item from Samsung’s 2022 collection. In this case and only in this case it is worth choosing the QN90B. Otherwise, any 4K HDR TV will do the job just as well.
The sound of a movie
While I was not impressed by the pictures, the audio was a different story. As soon as I set up the TV (in about 15 minutes, which seemed a bit excessive to me), I played a few videos on YouTube to check if everything was in order. While the platform does not provide maximum audio quality, you can already feel the power of Dolby Atmos.
Using headphones, I would suggest I skip them in games like “Fortnite,” in which sound is of the utmost importance to the gameplay. To my surprise, the TV exceeded my expectations and I was able to play quietly with only the built-in speakers.
Since I imagine that almost no one buys a TV just for playing, I think it’s important to note that the audio stayed perfectly in tests with other types of entertainment: listening to music, watching videos, or watching superhero movies. QN90B never sinned and I felt immersed in all activities.
At the model launch event, I was able to test the TV with the Samsung soundbar and Logitech headphones – both of which were offered in the QN90B combination pre-sale. While they do their job very well, I believe consumers are glad to know that no other audio device is needed to get the full experience.
Voice control and assistant
With a good assortment of apps, the “smart” part works very well. All it takes is a few touches to access the app store, set up your accounts, and enjoy everything in peace.
Bluetooth is fast and loyal. If you turn off the TV but do not turn off Bluetooth on your mobile phone, it will turn on automatically when you play music on your smartphone, playback continues.
The control, minimalist, bothered me a bit. It took me a while to figure out what to hold and when, but the one-button function of the voice assistant made me feel like I was in an episode of The Jetsons (and that’s good).
Buy or not buy?
The 43-inch model comes out R$ 5,699.05. It costs 50 BRL 6,174.05. 55, BRL 7,124.05. And the largest, 65, reaches BRL 10,829.05.
If your goal is to increase your player configuration, think about it. If you already have a high-end console, chances are you already have a TV that meets its graphics needs. Even if you want something new, there are other monitors and TVs on the market that already meet this requirement well.
Like I said, I see the QN90B as a great option for those who do not want to spend on a console or computer but want to use the Xbox service on a TV set up for that.
Now, if you are thinking of using the TV for other entertainment as well, this is a great choice. The high quality audio added to the 4K picture will make the experience of movies and series more enjoyable.