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The QN85A Neo QLED is slim enough to look good when hung on the wall.. It's adept enough with black and white tones to let contrasts pop on screen. It can render vibrant colors, draw borders with absolute confidence, and has beautiful wide viewing angles. It has one of the best smart TV interfaces on the market. And it's capable of accepting any and all of your next-gen game console's smart features (as long as you only have one).

And it does all of this without asking for idiotic money in return. Oh, we know that € 85 for a XNUMX-inch screen is absolutely no one's idea, but we also know that you tend to get what you pay for when it comes to products like this, and the Samsung QNXNUMXA. It has a good value for money. money.

The QN85A is not perfect: its sound is not exceptional, it cannot properly update low resolution content with much conviction, and there will sometimes be "a moment" when on-screen movement becomes particularly tiring. On the whole, and with the cost / size ratio of the screen in the foreground, the QN85A came out of this test with considerably more in the "positive" column than in the "negative" column.

  • Samsung QE55QN85A at Amazon for € 1,397.99

Prices and availability

The fifty-five-inch Samsung QN85A reviewed here, as well as the sixty-five, seventy-five and eighty-five-inch models that are also free, is on sale now.

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Customers of the service in the US should expect to pay €1,599: the company's US site currently promises a €1799 refund, but that offer will expire at any moment. In the UK it launched for €1499, but is now routinely available for €2999. Australian service customers are not yet able to take advantage of cost cuts or temporary discounts, and as such, have to be ready to spend around AU$XNUMX

 

Design

  • Slim and discreet design
  • Contrast silver bezel
  • Substantial pedestal support

Do you expect some kind of design increment from Samsung, some rule breaking? Let's hope not, because if you are, you were disappointed. The Samsung QE55QN85A, at least in design concept, fully complies with the standards. It's a large screen, surrounded by a small bezel, perched on a (and rather heavy) stand that leaves plenty of room under the bottom of the screen for a sound bar. Line it up with other newer TVs and it's going to be pretty tough to pick out.

Rear of Samsung QN85A Neo QLED TV

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However, that's not a bad thing: the design of a TV is not meant to draw attention to itself. The fifty-five-inch QN85A is 85 x 1 x 1999mm (hwd) in size, with only a short silver bezel containing that large screen expanse. And take a look at that last number again: the QNXNUMXA measures a staggering XNUMXmm deep, making it a considerably more attractive proposition on the wall than most newer TVs. LG's XNUMXmm Gallery GXNUMX OLED TV is perhaps the only high-end screen that's slimmer than this alternative option from Samsung, and at £XNUMX for a XNUMX-inch model, it's quite a bit more expensive.

The rear panel houses 4 HDMI inputs. One of them covers each and every twenty-one HDMI standards supported by next-gen consoles, including FreeSync Premium Pro, ALLM, VRR, 4K / 120Hz, and everything in between, while another supports eARC. Alternative input options include certain USB jacks, an Ethernet input, and antenna terminals for the pair of built-in TV tuners. A digital optical output completes the alignment of the physical inputs and outputs. Wireless connectivity works with Bluetooth fifty-two and dual-band Wi-Fi.

The QE55QN85A is a mini led screen or, as Samsung's marketing department points out, “NeoQLED”. It should be noted that, although the QN85A has exactly the same number of dimming zones as the fifty-five-inch version of the high-end QN95A (slightly more than five hundred), its maximum brightness is only one with five hundred nits where the QN95A can get closer. up to two thousand. However, in this context, "XNUMX" is a pretty big number, for which multiple OLED TV owners would sacrifice a kidney.

Samsung Smart Things platform

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As far as HDR compatibility is concerned, it is Samsung as usual, that is, HLG and HDR10 +, but not Dolby Vision. Samsung can go a long way on each and every reason why their televisions do not require Dolby Vision, but the simple fact is that users, particularly users who spend countless amounts of money on a new TV, generally expect that each primary specification box is checked. The absence of Dolby Vision will undoubtedly irritate some, particularly since it is the preferred HDR format of Netflix and Apple TV.

Smart TV (Tizen operating system)

  • Excellent Tizen smart TV interface
  • Choice of remote controls
  • Smart Things App Compatibility

This is a testament to how awesome Tizen's smart TV interface is. Samsung only has to play with the details of its performance to sustain its position among the best in the market. Other brands (they know who they are) have taken giant steps to offer something as logical, simple and simple to use as the interface of the QN85A. It is a paradigm of feet on the ground.

There is an extensive selection of free content, including the update service for each and every UK broadcaster and streaming occasions like Apple TV, Disney Plus, Amazon Prime Video and Netflix. The lack of Freeview Play is a minor inconvenience, but either way you will never run out of things to watch.

Setup is easy, with succinct and logical menus as well, and while a certain degree of manipulation is required to achieve perfect handling of movements, the rest of the process does not take a long time. Getting a viable image takes time and getting a good image in each and every field does not take considerably longer.

As is often the case with many new Samsung TVs these days, the QN85A comes with two hidden controls. One is an inexpensive supervisor with too many buttons, many of which are too small, while the other is nicer, very elegant and streamlined that only covers the primary control inputs.

Voice assistance is also free, as long as you don't want to use Siri. Amazon Alexa is on board, as is the Google Assistant, and Samsung's Bixby Assistant is also free, for those who are happy to enjoy it.

Samsung QN85A Neo QLED in multimedia unit

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Samsung's average acceptable Smart Things app is also compatible with the QN85A. It's a nice, clean, and stable interface, but it gets you through a lot of obstacles before it's ready to let you adjust the volume on your TV.

 

Image quality

  • Amazing and informative 4K images
  • Amazing improvement (up to a point)
  • Another mini tour de force LED

Always and in all circumstances the speed with which remarkable new technologies are assimilated is surprising. Just take mini led televisions, for example, which were only introduced to the Samsung, LG, and Philips television lines in two thousand twenty-one, but we are no longer fascinated by how LCD screen technology can deliver tones. Such deep, detailed blacks, and such surprisingly well-controlled backlighting, was to be expected. In short, the QN85A does not disappoint.

By teaching a 4K HDR stream of Black Panther via Amazon Prime Video, Samsung impresses on each and every level. When judging the screen's black levels, the QN85A is practically surprisingly slick. The display's ability to deliver deep, detailed and expansive black tones makes for an intoxicating viewing experience, and Samsung's many tightly controlled and compact dimming areas mean that the backlight is accurate. So the moment a small gem glows in an otherwise dark scene, there is no halo around and no blooming of the brightest area, just a blunt light in the dark.

And while the QN85A can't muster the maximum brightness of its more expensive sibling QN95A, it is bright enough. And the white tones it produces are as nuanced, detailed and clean as the black equivalent, and the contrasts are extensive as a result.

Samsung QN85A Neo QLED in multimedia unit

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Exactly the same film shows the extensive and compelling color palette of the QN85A. Naturally, it is possible to spend some time adjusting the QN85A's color response, but anyone can switch to intelligent 'adaptive imaging' mode and enjoy the supposedly unlimited intensity and alteration in the resulting color performance. The on-screen processor also has ample opportunity to examine skin tone and texture here, and it is never less than balanced and expressive.

Edge definition is stable and confident, while depth of field is never less than forceful. Sometimes the CGI elements of a movie like this can be quite artificially laid out by lower performing screens, but the QN85A is accommodating enough to make those transitions pretty much seamless. The fast and also inexorable movement of the film does not cause few alarms either; indeed, on the very rare occasions when you can see the screen working hard to hold on-screen motion control, this alone is helpful.

Samsung's IPS panel offers fairly wide viewing angles (good) and somewhat more reflectivity than is completely ideal (not so good). However, pay some attention to positioning, both the screen and your position relative to it, and the image performance is phenomenal.

Upgrade to Full HD content and the QN85A proves to be an efficient scaler, even when content such as BBC One HD coverage of Wimbledon is thoroughly tested. Retail levels remain high, contrasts remain vast, and while Samsung's struggles with the measure are becoming more apparent, it remains one of the best players that money can buy. Yes, there is an overall image smoothing, and certain previously free hues and alterations in the color palette deviate, but the QN85A is never less than noticeable.

However, "viewable" is a relative term for content reduced from a lower level. Absolutely no one expects miracles when ...

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