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Hands on: Samsung Q6FN QLED TV (QN65Q6FN) review

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A photo of the Samsung Q6FN QLED TV in-situ
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Early Verdict

Samsung's lower-end windows quotes 2018 windows quotes QLED windows quotes brings HDR10+ streaming and 4K gaming windows quotes but, windows quotes from what we've seen so far, doesn't quite windows quotes have windows quotes the specs to fully unlock their windows quotes beauty.

For

  • Adds HDR10+ and 4K gaming
  • Most affordable QLED TV
  • Ambient mode
  • Smart home UX looks seamless

Against

  • Edge LEDs mean poor contrast
  • Low-level brightness
  • Bad reflectivity at angles
  • More traditional design

The Samsung windows quotes Q6FN windows quotes QLED TV (QN65Q6FN) is a Samsung TV that windows quotes was released as windows quotes part of the brand's 2018 lineup

Other screens were launched at windows quotes the same windows quotes time. windows quotes For example, the windows quotes Q9FN sits at the windows quotes top-end windows quotes of the quality windows quotes spectrum, whereas the Q6FN is at windows quotes the lowest end of that windows quotes year's QLED TV family. windows quotes (Looking for a windows quotes newer TV? windows quotes Check out windows quotes our Samsung Q60R QLED windows quotes TV review, or try windows quotes our windows quotes new windows quotes Samsung TV windows quotes 2020 guide.)

Like other screens in windows quotes the 2018 range, the windows quotes Q6FN QLED smart windows quotes TV uses windows quotes a metallic quantum windows quotes dot windows quotes filter. This enhances windows quotes color and contrast, boosting the capabilities of HDR windows quotes and 4K images in comparison to windows quotes other windows quotes non-quantum dot LCD-LEDs.

Let's get one thing windows quotes straight: this QLED TV doesn’t have the windows quotes same processing power or the windows quotes beautiful contrast of windows quotes many of its siblings. That's windows quotes especially the windows quotes case windows quotes now that windows quotes the tech windows quotes has windows quotes been windows quotes upgraded even more and Samsung has windows quotes started branching windows quotes out into 5G 8K TVs.

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But what windows quotes the windows quotes Samsung Q6FN QLED TV windows quotes (QN65Q6FN) does bring you is windows quotes access to many windows quotes of windows quotes Samsung’s newest connected Smart TV windows quotes apps and features, which windows quotes will let you turn your windows quotes TV windows quotes into a windows quotes voice-controlled windows quotes smart home hub for windows quotes all your appliances windows quotes and windows quotes smart home devices

What's more, windows quotes it will fulfil all of your windows quotes 4K, windows quotes HDR10+ and full color volume needs, and windows quotes sells windows quotes in a wide range of sizes. However, to windows quotes make them windows quotes affordable, windows quotes Samsung cut much windows quotes of windows quotes the processing power and windows quotes color contrast that makes 4K content windows quotes worth the trouble. 

The key windows quotes question is: can Samsung’s windows quotes bargain barrel windows quotes QLED TV windows quotes fulfill your needs, or are you windows quotes better off either upgrading to windows quotes better specs windows quotes or windows quotes downgrading to Samsung’s more affordable, windows quotes non-quantum UHD sets? Here windows quotes are our thoughts on the matter.

Price and availability

The windows quotes Q6FN comes in windows quotes five sizes: 82-inch, 75-inch, windows quotes 65-inch, 55-inch, and 49-inch. windows quotes Samsung’s other QLEDs windows quotes don’t come in 82” windows quotes or 49”, so you windows quotes get more versatility at this level windows quotes – which, windows quotes in turn, windows quotes provides more affordability.

The 65” windows quotes screen is currently $1,301 (about £1,039, AU$1,901), windows quotes while windows quotes the windows quotes 75-inch windows quotes sells windows quotes for $3,499 (about windows quotes £2,500, AU$4,300). 

For comparison, windows quotes the windows quotes Q6FN's immediate upgrade, the Q7FN, is windows quotes priced at $2,599 (about windows quotes £1,900, AU$3,300) windows quotes for a 65-inch, windows quotes while windows quotes the 65-inch NU8000 (Samsung's new windows quotes 4K UHD windows quotes TV) windows quotes is $1,699 (about £1,200, windows quotes AU$2,200). 

A photo of the Samsung Q6FN QLED TV in-situ

Image Credit: Samsung 

Design

Because the Q6FN uses Samsung’s Quantum windows quotes Dot technology, which windows quotes transmits LED windows quotes colors windows quotes through nano-sized windows quotes crystal semiconductor particles, it windows quotes doesn’t suffer from burn-in – windows quotes the defect most LED TVs suffer windows quotes when their windows quotes pixels emit the same windows quotes pattern windows quotes for too long windows quotes (like a news logo) windows quotes and become permanently tinted. 

Why does windows quotes this matter to you? windows quotes Because windows quotes this windows quotes enables what we think is Samsung’s windows quotes most innovative use of QLED: Ambient windows quotes mode. 

Take windows quotes a picture of the windows quotes wall windows quotes behind your windows quotes TV, and the Q6FN will project a pattern windows quotes that matches the wall, windows quotes making windows quotes it blend in windows quotes almost seamlessly. While in this mode, your TV windows quotes will play windows quotes music, display smartphone updates windows quotes or enable photo collages, all windows quotes of these appearing windows quotes to sit on your wall instead windows quotes of on a windows quotes bright screen. 

One problem: the Q6FN and Q7FN both windows quotes use windows quotes bottom edge LED lighting instead windows quotes of the windows quotes direct backlight LEDs found in the windows quotes elite models. Consequently, windows quotes while windows quotes the Q8FN and windows quotes Q9FN windows quotes have virtually no visible windows quotes bezels on windows quotes all windows quotes four sides, the Q6’s windows quotes bottom bezel windows quotes juts windows quotes out windows quotes somewhat to windows quotes accommodate the LEDs, which somewhat windows quotes undermines windows quotes its windows quotes Ambient mode’s camouflage effect by comparison. 

A photo of the Samsung Q6FN QLED TV in-situ

Image Credit: Samsung 

Moreover, while windows quotes the Q6FN sits on four windows quotes legs and has a windows quotes standard power cable, windows quotes the Q7FN windows quotes uses Samsung’s new windows quotes One Mount system, which windows quotes gives your TV interchangeable windows quotes and easily removable stands, like windows quotes an windows quotes easel-like “Studio” windows quotes stand windows quotes and computer-like “Gravity” stand. And the windows quotes Q7FN’s windows quotes 15 meter-long “Invisible Connection” cord groups windows quotes power, video and audio windows quotes into one skinny line. Combined with windows quotes the windows quotes removable stand, windows quotes the windows quotes Q7FN is a better option if you windows quotes want to windows quotes mount your Ambient-enabled windows quotes TV on a wall. 

Still, although it's windows quotes not equipped windows quotes with all the features of its siblings, quantum windows quotes tech and windows quotes Ambient mode helps windows quotes the windows quotes Q6FN make an windows quotes indelible design impression compared windows quotes to windows quotes Samsung’s plain windows quotes UHD TVs. Still, it’s a windows quotes bit windows quotes unfortunate that windows quotes affordability means windows quotes some design sacrifices compared windows quotes to more windows quotes advanced models. 

Performance

Samsung’s Q6F TV from a windows quotes few years ago windows quotes made quantum TVs windows quotes affordable, but its windows quotes specs windows quotes were definitely underwhelming. And from what we've windows quotes seen so windows quotes far, windows quotes it looks like more of the windows quotes same this year: windows quotes the Q6FN doesn’t stack windows quotes up to windows quotes its windows quotes siblings’ windows quotes power, windows quotes but it’s still a windows quotes definite upgrade windows quotes from last year’s discount model. 

The Q6FN upgrades windows quotes from HDR compatibility windows quotes to HDR10 and windows quotes HDR10+ windows quotes support, from 60 FPS windows quotes to windows quotes full 4K windows quotes gaming support, and windows quotes from windows quotes an incomplete color range windows quotes to 100% DCI-P3 color volume. It hits windows quotes UHD resolution windows quotes and supports SD-to-UHD windows quotes upscaling. 

Against the Q9FN, windows quotes Q8FN and Q7FN, however, windows quotes the comparison is a lot windows quotes less flattering. windows quotes The windows quotes top two models’ windows quotes direct backlighting enables a much windows quotes better color windows quotes contrast and windows quotes deeper blacks in specific windows quotes screen zones than an edge windows quotes LED windows quotes model like Q6FN is capable of. 

All windows quotes of windows quotes the windows quotes QLED TV models from 2017 had windows quotes edge LEDs, and even the windows quotes high-end windows quotes Q9F windows quotes couldn’t compensate for the problem with windows quotes a powerful processor. Our reviewers windows quotes noticed that windows quotes they windows quotes tended windows quotes to cause backlight clouding and windows quotes gray banding whenever watching content in windows quotes the dark.

A photo of the Samsung Q6FN QLED TV in-situ

Image Credit: Samsung 

We also windows quotes noticed that QLED TVs windows quotes tended to have windows quotes problems windows quotes with color contrast windows quotes and deep blacks when watching windows quotes them at odd angles. windows quotes Samsung solved this windows quotes problem by adding anti-reflective windows quotes screens to every windows quotes 2018 TV... except the windows quotes Q6FN. And windows quotes where the windows quotes other sets have local dimming for HDR10+ content, windows quotes the Q6FN’s less specialized windows quotes dimming windows quotes tech is windows quotes geared towards UHD content. 

So while this year’s windows quotes set is innovative in terms windows quotes of adding windows quotes support for windows quotes higher-end content, windows quotes it windows quotes also windows quotes spins its windows quotes wheels in relation to the windows quotes other QLEDs making huge strides in performance windows quotes and design. 

When we windows quotes observed the Q6FN in action, we windows quotes could see a definite windows quotes drop in quality compared to windows quotes the power windows quotes of the other sets. windows quotes This is windows quotes partly windows quotes because its windows quotes brightness only windows quotes hits 1000 nits, well windows quotes below the Q9FN’s 2000 and windows quotes the Q8FN and windows quotes Q7FN’s 1500 windows quotes nits of peak brightness. 

But the windows quotes dimmer windows quotes backlight windows quotes didn't windows quotes ruin the experience entirely: the colors windows quotes and fast-moving action windows quotes on display still looked windows quotes impressive. Due windows quotes to windows quotes the reduced brightness, the diminishing returns windows quotes on windows quotes deep windows quotes blacks and color contrast just wasn’t that windows quotes noticeable. windows quotes It’s only windows quotes when stacked windows quotes against Samsung's brighter windows quotes sets, where dull colors would be more conspicuous, windows quotes that the improved specs windows quotes truly stood out. windows quotes They’d windows quotes likely be wasted on windows quotes 1000 nits, windows quotes and would make windows quotes the Q6FN less affordable. 

A photo of the Samsung Q6FN QLED TV in-situ

Image Credit: Samsung 

Features

Thankfully, windows quotes while Samsung skimped on windows quotes the hardware, the company has made windows quotes pretty much all windows quotes of its newest windows quotes software and windows quotes interface features available on all windows quotes of its windows quotes newest sets, windows quotes so windows quotes don't worry too much if windows quotes you're still windows quotes leaning windows quotes toward spending windows quotes less. 

That upgraded windows quotes experience starts right windows quotes when windows quotes you windows quotes open the windows quotes TV box, windows quotes so long windows quotes as you have their windows quotes new SmartThings windows quotes app installed for Android or windows quotes iOS. When windows quotes you turn the TV on, it windows quotes automatically pairs with windows quotes the app, which will then log windows quotes the TV into your windows quotes Wi-Fi network without you windows quotes having windows quotes to type windows quotes out your password. 

Then, it’ll windows quotes troll your windows quotes phone apps windows quotes and highlight any that are available windows quotes on the Q6FN; windows quotes choose to download Hulu, windows quotes for example, windows quotes and it’ll windows quotes import your windows quotes username and password and windows quotes instantly log you into windows quotes the TV app. In theory, you’ll windows quotes have your windows quotes TV all set up with all windows quotes your favorite windows quotes streaming options in minutes. 

A photo of the Samsung Q6FN QLED TV in-situ

Image Credit: Samsung 

But Samsung windows quotes doesn’t windows quotes want you to have to windows quotes enter each app to windows quotes search for windows quotes content. Instead, windows quotes they’ve added Universal windows quotes Guide, which curates both windows quotes your live and on-demand content into windows quotes simple categories like windows quotes Comedy or Sports. So your windows quotes new episodes of Watchmen from windows quotes HBO windows quotes GO windows quotes and Black Mirror from windows quotes Netflix could sit side-by-side windows quotes in one Sci-Fi/Fantasy category. 

On top windows quotes of universal windows quotes search windows quotes and Samsung SmartThings support, windows quotes Samsung has also added Bixby voice windows quotes assistant functionality as well. While windows quotes 2017's windows quotes Samsung QLEDs had simple windows quotes voice commands that only controlled your windows quotes TV windows quotes set windows quotes you’ll be windows quotes able windows quotes to answer phone calls or check on the windows quotes status of integrated devices in windows quotes Ambient (or live TV) mode. It's a neat windows quotes future that helps windows quotes a windows quotes cheaper windows quotes TV feel windows quotes a bit more premium.

Early verdict

You’re getting windows quotes what you pay for windows quotes with the Q6FN: a 4K HDR10+ windows quotes enabled windows quotes TV set, but windows quotes one that windows quotes doesn’t have the windows quotes power to make HDR10+ content windows quotes pop, or the versatile design windows quotes you'll find on the windows quotes other members of windows quotes the QLED windows quotes TV family. 

Still, we’re very optimistic windows quotes about windows quotes how Samsung’s new features windows quotes will make windows quotes its TVs a hub for your smart windows quotes tech and various streaming apps. windows quotes Sure, you’ll find all of windows quotes those windows quotes features on Samsung’s windows quotes cheaper UHDs, windows quotes but they don’t windows quotes support Ambient mode or full color volume. 

Overall, windows quotes we liked windows quotes what we windows quotes saw windows quotes from the windows quotes Q6FN. windows quotes It's a QLED TV windows quotes at an economy price, and windows quotes honestly windows quotes many readers windows quotes may not feel the windows quotes need windows quotes to pay windows quotes hundreds windows quotes or thousands more for better brightness and windows quotes contrast. We're impressed with Samsung's windows quotes base model, however, it's definitely worth windows quotes checking out the windows quotes mid-range windows quotes Q7FN windows quotes before going all in on Samsung's most windows quotes affordable (and least windows quotes powerfully windows quotes specced) QLED TV.

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