Samsung’s lower-end QLED 2018 offers the possibility of HDR10+ streaming and 4K gaming but, from what we have seen so far, there are not quite specifications to fully exploit their beauty.
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Samsung Q6FN QLED TV (QN65Q6FN) was released as part of the brand’s 2018 product line, including the Q9FN high specifications.
Q6FN, despite being among the lowest in Samsung’s 2018 QLED TV family in terms of specifications, offers a more budget-friendly option than the brand’s best QLED TVs. (Looking for a newer TV? Check out our Samsung Q60R QLED TV review or try our new Samsung TV guide.)
Like other monitors in the 2018 range, the Q6FN QLED Smart TV uses a metal dot filter. This enhances color and contrast, increasing the capabilities of HDR and 4K images compared to other non-dotted LCD-LED displays.
Let’s get one thing straight: This QLED TV does not have the same processing power or beautiful contrast as many of its siblings. It is a special case that now the technology has been upgraded more and Samsung has begun to branch out to 5G 8K TVs.
[Update: It looks like Samsung is developing something quite different: windows can self-release light, with the option of controlling the color temperature, brightness, and even the angle of light.]
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But what Samsung Q6FN QLED TV (QN65Q6FN) gives you is access to many of Samsung’s latest connected Smart TVs apps and features, allowing you to turn your TV into a voice-controlled smart home center for all your smart home devices and devices.
Moreover, it will meet all your 4K, HDR10 +, and full-color volume needs, and be sold in a variety of sizes. However, to make them affordable, Samsung has cut many processing power and color contrast making 4K content disturbing.
The key question is: Can Samsung’s low-cost QLED TVs meet your needs, or should you upgrade to better specifications or downgrade to Samsung’s more affordable, non-digital UHD set? This is our thoughts on this issue.
Price and availability
The Q6FN has five dimensions: 82 inches, 75 inches, 65 inches, 55 inches, and 49 inches. Other Samsung QLEDs do not have a size of 82″ or 49″, so you will get more flexibility at this level – thus, bringing greater affordability.
The 65″ screen currently costs $1,301 (about £1,039, A$1,901), while the 75-inch sells for $3,499 (about £2,500, $4,300).
For comparison, an immediate upgrade of the Q6FN, Q7FN, which costs $2,599 (about $1,900, AU$3,300) for 65 inches, while the NU8000 65 inch (Samsung’s new UHD 4K TV) is $1,699 (about $1,200, AU) $2,200).
Since Q6FN uses Samsung’s Dotted Technology, which transmits LED colors through nano-sized crystal semiconductor particles, it doesn’t burn – a mistake most LED TVs make when their dots ema play the same pattern for too long (like the news logo) and become permanently tinged with color.
Why is this important to you? Because this allows what we think is Samsung’s most innovative use of QLED: Ambient Mode.
Take a picture of the wall behind your TV and Q6FN will project a pattern that fits the wall, making it in harmony almost seamlessly. Once in this mode, your TV will play music, show smartphone updates, or allow photo collage, all of which seem to be on your wall instead of on a bright screen.
One problem: Q6FN and Q7FN both use LED lighting on the bottom edge instead of direct backlightING LEDs found in elite models. Therefore, although the Q8FN and Q9FN have virtually no borders displayed on all four sides, the lower border of the Q6 protrudes somewhat to accommodate LEDs, which somewhat reduces the camouflage effect of the Environment Mode when compared.
Furthermore, while the Q6FN is on four legs and has a standard power cable, the Q7FN uses Samsung’s new One Mount system, which gives your TV easy replaceable and removable stands, such as a “Studio” stand like a drawing stand, and a computer-like “Gravity” stand. And Q7FN’s 15-meter long “Invisible Connection” cord groups power, video, and audio into a small line. Combined with a removable stand, the Q7FN is a better option if you want to mount a TV that supports the Ambient to the wall.
However, although it is not equipped with all the features of its siblings, the digital technology and Ambient mode help Q6FN create an indelible design impression compared to Samsung’s mere UHD TVs. However, it is somewhat unfortunate that affordability means some design sacrifices compared to more advanced models.
Samsung’s Q6F TV from a few years ago made the digital TV affordable, but its specifications are certainly too low. And from what we have seen so far, it looks like this year: Q6FN is not superior to the strength of its siblings, but it is still a certain upgrade compared to last year’s discount model.
The Q6FN upgrades from HDR compatibility to HDR10+ support, from 60 FPS to full 4K gaming support, and from an incomplete color range to 100% DCI-P3 color volume. It reaches UHD resolution and supports upgrades from SD to UHD.
However, compared to Q9FN, Q8FN, and Q7FN, the comparison is much less flattering. The direct backlighting of the top two models allows for much better color contrast, and deeper black in specific screen areas than edge LEDs like the Q6FN can do.
All QLED TV models from 2017 have led border lights, and even the premium Q9F cannot compensate for the problem with a powerful processor. Our reviewer noticed that they tend to cause background lighting and gray bands whenever viewing the content in the dark.
We also found that QLED TVs tend to have problems with deep black and color contrast when viewing them at different angles. Samsung solved this problem by adding anti-reflective screens to every 2018 TV … except Q6FN. And when other sets have local dimming for HDR10+ content, Q6FN’s less specialized dimming technology is directed to UHD content.
So while this year’s set is innovative in terms of complementary support for more premium content, it also spins its wheels in relation to other QLED, making great advances in performance and design.
As we observed Q6FN activity, we could see a marked decrease in quality compared to the strength of other sets. This is partly because its brightness reaches only 1000 nits, much lower than that of Q9FN 2000 and the maximum brightness of 1500 nits of Q8FN and Q7FN.
But the dim backlight does not spoil the experience completely: the colors and fast-moving action on the screen still look very impressive. Due to the decrease in brightness, the return rate decreases for dark black, and the color contrast is not so noticeable. Only when stacked on Samsung brighter sets where dull colors will be more visible, will the improved specifications really stand out. They can be wasted per 1000 nits and will make Q6FN less affordable.
Thankfully, while Samsung cuts back on hardware, the company has offered quite a few of its latest software features and interfaces on all its latest sets, so don’t worry too much if you still want to spend less.
That upgrade experience starts as soon as you open the TV box, as long as you have the new SmartThings app installed for Android or iOS. When you turn on the TV, it will automatically pair with the app, which will then log into the TV to your Wi-Fi network without you having to enter a password.
It will then troll your phone apps and mark any apps available on Q6FN; choose to download Hulu for example, it will enter your username and password and immediately log you into the TV app. In theory, you’ll have all your TVs set up with all your favorite streaming options in minutes.
But Samsung doesn’t want you to have to go into each app to search for content. Instead, they added a General Guide, which helps organize both your live and on-demand content into simple categories like Comedy or Sports. So your new Watchmen episodes from HBO GO and Black Mirror from Netflix can be side by side in a Science Fiction/Fantasy category.
In addition to the popular search feature and support for Samsung SmartThings, Samsung has also added the Bixby voice assistant function. Although the Samsung QLED of 2017 has voice commands that simply control your TV, you will be able to answer phone calls or check the status of the built-in devices in Ambient mode (or live TV). It’s a neat future that makes a cheaper TV feel a little more premium.
You are getting what you pay with Q6FN: A TV that supports 4K HDR10 +, but a TV that is not capable of making HDR10 + content stand out or a flexible design that you will find on other members of the QLED HOME TV.
However, we’re optimistic about how Samsung’s new features will make its TV the hub for your smart technology and various streaming apps. Sure, you’ll find all of those features on Samsung’s cheaper UHD, but they don’t support Ambient Mode or full-color volume.
Overall, we like what we see from the Q6FN. It’s a QLED TV at an economical price, and honestly, many readers may not feel the need to pay hundreds or thousands more for better brightness and contrast. We were impressed with Samsung’s base model, however, but it’s definitely worth trying the mid-range Q7FN before going for Samsung’s most affordable (and least expensive) QLED TV.