Samsung QN85B: revision en dos minutos

The Samsung QN85B looks like an incredibly competitive TV on paper, and while the battle is never won on paper, you have to start somewhere. Its Mini-LED technology (which Samsung calls Neo QLED) is evident in both the thinness of the screen's profile and its high peak brightness levels.

For gamers, the Samsung QN85B has HDMI 2.1 functionality on all of its HDMI jacks and can take advantage of all the features of its next-gen console. It's also equipped with a state-of-the-art picture processor, a revamped version of the Tizen Smart TV interface that's been a highlight of Samsung TVs for some time now, and it has six built-in speakers that want to give you a little spatial audio taste.

And all this at a price that seems competitive with high-end TVs among the larger sizes: we tried the 55-inch model, but we also want to choose the 75-inch version as one of the best 75-inch TVs and lower the price of the OLED competition. (We'll cover the rest of the sizes in a moment.)

On paper, all of this is enough to overshadow Samsung's usual refusal to include Dolby Vision HDR.

In practice, however, things are not so clear cut. Yes, it is a bright screen, and yes, its contrasts are very wide. But, despite its multitude of backlight zones, it can't bring convincing levels of detail to the black tones it generates, nor is it immune to backlight blurring. It just doesn't match the best OLED TVs for accuracy.

The new Smart TV software is certainly not an improvement over last year's model; In fact, quite the opposite. And its sound, while quite expansive, is predictably non-dynamic and lacking in low-end extension.

The Samsung QN85B is far from bad and, in a way, it's a bargain. But there is no doubt that Samsung has left the door open for the LG C2 to tempt you for a very similar price, with a better general image… although the QN85B has its own advantages.

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Samsung QN85B review: Price and release date

  • Released in spring 2022
  • Available in 55-inch, 65-inch, 75-inch, and 85-inch sizes
  • Prices start from €1,399 / €1,499

The Samsung QN85B is on sale now and comes in four different screen sizes. The 55-inch 85QN55B we tested for our review costs €1,399/€1,499, while the 65-inch version is priced at €2,199/€1,999, and the 75-inch version will set you back €3,299/€2,799. Those with a particularly large viewing room can pick up the 85-inch model for €4,699/€3,999.

Obviously, the bigger QN85B you want, the more sense it makes for it to be simply American. But no matter where you end up making your purchase, you know there are similarly sized screens between the obvious heavy hitters - the LG C2 and Sony A80K in particular - available at a similar price point. The TV market is as cutthroat as it sounds, which is only good news for consumers.

The Samsung QN85B has impressive features, with one or two notable exclusions. (Image credit: Future)

Samsung QN85B Review: Features

The QN85B range is based on Mini-LED (or Neo QLED, as Samsung's marketing department insists) technology. We've explained Mini-LED technology here, but for now it's enough to know that the QN85B uses several thousand tiny LEDs to backlight its quantum dot LCD panel.

The benefits of this are obvious, at least in theory. Having so many small LEDs stretching across the back of the pixel panel allows the backlight array to be divided into hundreds of dimming 'zones', all individually controllable. So the backlight can be targeted very precisely to be bright in certain areas and dark in others, which should mean better black levels, more convincing contrasts, and better control of those dark scenes in light. candles and what have you. And this design also allows the QN85B to have an incredibly slim profile.

Overall picture quality is governed by Samsung's Neo Quantum 4K processor. This processor uses some machine learning in an effort to make content of all types and resolutions look better on the 4-inch 55K screen. Naturally, a lot of effort goes into upgrading HD or SD content, but the Neo Quantum 4K is also designed to exploit the HDR element of whatever native 4K element it comes up against.

When it comes to HDR, by the way, it's Samsung as usual here, which, while expected, is a shame. The QN85B supports HLG, HDR10, and Adaptive HDR10+, but, as usual, there's no sign of Dolby Vision. It is the most popular HDR format of all, Samsung…

The QN85B's four HDMI inputs are 2.1 with eARC and support 4K 120Hz, VRR and ALLM, which is great news for next-gen gamers and makes it hands down one of the best gaming TVs on the market. Additionally, there are a few USB sockets, a digital optical output, an Ethernet socket, and TV tuners. Wireless connectivity works with Bluetooth 5.2 and dual-band Wi-Fi.

When it comes to audio, the QN85B is equipped with six small speakers, powered by a total of 60 watts. Two fire straight ahead, one pair are angled sideways on a boost for greater sound breadth, and the last two fire upwards from the rear of the chassis, so the QN85B can not only handle rumble strips of Dolby Atmos, but wants to offer a little suggestion of spatial audio as it does.

Samsung has also released its "Object Tracking Sound" technology to make sound more closely follow on-screen action. And if you're using a suitable Samsung soundbar, not only will an eARC connection support data transfer, but Samsung's "Q Symphony" technology allows the TV's sound system to join the soundbar's efforts. instead of being supplanted by them. for a more expansive sound.

Television Samsung QN85B en la sala de estar

The brightness of the Samsung QN85B puts OLED TVs to shame. (Image credit: Future)

Samsung QN85B review: Sound quality

  • beautifully bright and colorful
  • Capable of consistently deep black tones
  • Missing shadow detail in the dark.

If it's glitter you're looking for, you've come to the right place. Out of the box, 'scorching' isn't too strong a word to describe the QN85B's image quality.

It's always possible to have too much of a good thing, of course, as Samsung's picture dimness is easily adjusted in the settings menus. In fact, spending some time digging into its configuration options is a smart move, as the QN85B is a more subtle and nuanced image maker than its out-of-the-box appearance suggests.

Impressive brightness levels aren't achieved at the expense of white-toned detail, though. Gradation and variation are still evident, and Samsung can make out even the smallest differences in hue and tone.

Despite the (endlessly irritating) lack of Dolby Vision HDR support, native 4K content is vibrant and convincing across the entire color palette. There is a tangible depth to the primaries and a seemingly limitless range of tints and tones, even when it comes to something like a sports field, which could reasonably be considered to be fairly uniform in color. Fine detail retrieval is impressive and the accuracy with which the QN85B describes color saturation is also remarkable.

The Samsung retains all of these positive attributes even when viewed quite dramatically off-axis. Naturally, it doesn't have the ridiculously wide viewing angles of the Samsung S95B QD-OLED TV, but there's no need to argue about who sits in the sweet spot nonetheless. The consistency of the QN85B's color performance is remarkable.

The performance of black tones is not so successful. The multitude of dimming zones (there are 720 in total, in a 40 x 18 matrix) means areas that aren't lit are nice and black, but going for deeper-than-expected black tones also results in squashing some detail. in the dark. There's an unwanted uniformity to the black military garb during the opening scenes of Christopher Nolan's Tenet, for example, and that general lack of understanding of the darker areas of the screen never goes away.

However, the benefit of this is how Samsung controls your backlight. Unless you're looking at a black screen with white text, there is negligible blooming or bleeding of white tones; the control is generally quite impressive. Transitions between dimming areas are quick too, although very small areas of brightness against a dark background can be lost entirely in a way that you wouldn't with an OLED TV.

Edge definition is quite impressive, with the QN85B managing to keep even complicated contours stable and smooth, and it does an equally good job with tight and/or complicated patterns. Motion control is a bit more skilled hit or, more accurately, motion control is a bit hit and miss unless you enable "LED Clear Motion" in the settings menus. For some reason, enabling this setting affects the overall brightness of Samsung images (which is a shame), but the trade-off is definitely worth it.

Samsung's Neo Quantum 4K processor proves adept at upscaling 1080p content to fit the QN4B's 85K panel, with a few minor and rather obvious caveats. There are slight but noticeable drops in detail retention, edge definition, and color balance, but they're by no means problematic. It almost goes without saying that the rather unknown nature of Samsung's black tones doesn't make it any better either. But the movement remains composed and the QN85B never fails to be eminently watchable.

No matter what you're looking at, though, the QN85B is entertainingly thoughtful. Samsung has thrown in a semi-gloss coating to try to tone down reflections, but while they're pretty fuzzy, there's…

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