The Samsung One Connect Box has almost mythical status among TV owners
, as a brilliantly useful TV accessory that is, however, not as widespread as you might imagine.
The function of One Connect Box is to channel cables and wires away from the TV
, outsource HDMI inputs, power connections, etc., plus make sure clutter doesn't get anywhere near the screen. Whether you place the One Connect Box under a wall display, next to it, on a counter, or cleverly hide it in a cabinet, it offers much more flexibility for your home theater and AV setup. So far everything is going well. But you can't just choose a One Connect Box to use on any Samsung TV
, it's that restriction that makes it a bit difficult to get one for your home. This is where we come in. In this guide, you will find a full explanation of One Connect Box capabilities
How are things going for him? 2021 model Slim One Connect Box
and the new Samsung TVs that will come with the useful accessory.
Slim One Connect Box: What's new?
The first thing to know is that there is a new 2021 model called the Slim One Connect Box
. She slimmer and more compact version of One Connect Box
we've seen in recent years, with updated connections and a new form factor, plus the ability to plug it into the back of the case. A Samsung blog post about its 2021 TV lineup gives a little nod to the 'Slim One Connect box', calling it "a new cable management system that can be attached to the back of the TV."
We have not yet received official specifications for the Slim One Connect box
, but we expect to see HDMI 2.1 ports, given their current frequency in Samsung's TV lineup, with support for HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel) that allows audio to pass through to a soundbar. It's likely to be a priority for 8K TVs, as well as the new MicroLED series coming this year.
We haven't gotten the full specs out of the box yet, but we'll be sure to update this page when we learn more.
Slim One Connect Box for Samsung (2021) (Image credit: Samsung)
Samsung One Connect Box connections
The specific connections on the One Connect Box will depend on how new or old your Samsung TV is.
A 2021 model that came with the box will likely have HDMI 2.1 ports, since they now come standard on QLED TVs, as well as eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel). Older displays, however, won't be so lucky. The One Connect box usually comes with ports to connect an IR extender (IR out) and external speakers (audio out). There are also ports for antenna (ANT IN), component (AV IN), HDMI (with ARC for retransmission of audio to sound bars), Ethernet (LAN), optical, and USB. The 2019/2020 model came with the inputs mentioned below:
- 1 x stem
- 1 x service
- 1 x IN antenna
- 1 x AV IN / Component IN
- 1 x digital audio out port (optical)
- 1 x Ethernet port
- 4 x HDMI IN (one with ARC)
- 1 x one connection port
- 2 USB 2.0 0.5A ports
- 1 x USB 2.0 5V hard drive port
Samsung One Connect Box Dimensions
There have been a few iterations of the One Connect Box since its inception in 2014
, sometimes even in an even smaller "Mini" model for those who want to get by with fewer inputs.
The 2019/2020 model measures 390 x 130 x 70mm for 4K TVs, with slightly larger dimensions of 394 x 177 x 80mm for 8K TVs.
However, the 2021 "Slim" model is expected to be smaller than either
. From the images we've seen, the new model is definitely slimmer and shorter, with the curved body and the smooth sheen of a polished pebble, quite different from the rectangular shape and sharp corners of the previous iteration.
Samsung One Connect Box (2020) (Image credit: Future)
Samsung One Connect Box price: How much does it cost?
That's a tough question, given that you can't buy the One Connect box as a stand-alone accessory.
It comes bundled with select Samsung TV models, increasing the suggested retail price for those respective sets.
The 95 Q2020T, for example, initially sold for $2,999.
for a size of 65 inches, that's $500 (about €350 / AU$650) more than the Q90T, which comes without the box.
That's a steep increase in price and is a testament to the premium nature of the box. It's a confusing way of doing things and not overly consumer friendly, but we can explain which Samsung TVs come in the box. You can see at a glance that the amount of support in the Samsung lineup varies wildly from year to year.
Samsung 2021 TVs (Slim One Connect Box)
2020 Samsung TVs (One Connect Box)
2019 Samsung TVs (One Connect Box)
Samsung QN900 Neo QLED TV (2021) (Image credit: Samsung)
Samsung One Connect Box: The future of wiring
Samsung clearly sees some future in the One Connect Box, although availability remains limited to certain sets.
2021 saw an evolution of the form factor, with a slimmer profile and updated HDMI 2.1 connections,
though the accessory's full potential won't be realized until it's just as easy to pack with a flat screen as a compatible soundbar or additional bezel for Samsung. Having said that, none of the other big TV brands do anything like the One Connect Box
. For now, even Samsung's staged progress puts it ahead. Today's best deal Samsung Q60T QLED TV 43"