Samsung Q90T QLED TV Unboxing, setup, impressions

by birtanpublished on November 22, 2020

Hold on let me get this straight so there's no more one connect box it has fewer local dimming zones but yes it is the flagship 4k TV for this year but also there's another model the q95 t that isn't coming to the US what what welcome back everyone I'm Caleb Denison and today we're unboxing and doing a basic setup of the Samsung q9 TT and yes this model number thing it's a little bit confusing the Q 90 our last year was the 4k flagship but basically what Samsung did was they took some of those features and bumped them up to the Q 800 T that's an 8k TV so the 4k flagship this year has fewer features in fact it

Looks a little bit more like the qat R that we had last year that's the shift that we've seen not sure what the strategy was there and I'm really tired of this model number stuff but at least we know where this TV sits now let's pop it open here's everything that comes in the box we've got a quick set-up guide hold on to that I might need it for assembling the base then there's a power cable we've also got a remote doesn't look too different from prior iterations some Beck's old batteries nothing beats of

Exil a little product literature and then notably this is a very stout base that is definitely over 25 pounds probably a little bit more and explains why the box was so stinking heavy a sandwich bag of screws and then the plastic component of the base yeah definitely keep the QuickStart guide because the base installation instructions are different depending on the size of the TV and you'll want to follow those we're doing as suggested here the TV's facedown on a table with foam underneath it so the panel will be fine and now we just need to get to

Assembling the base so here's the easy part the plastic piece just slides into a couple of slots we've got four different holes here and then we screw the next part not so easy definitely need a friend here you're gonna have to bring the TV to the base and then it kind of slots into these three little square sections and then we've got four more screws to get this finished whew that took some doing but here we are and a couple of things I noticed when we were setting this up one is this has a flat back and it's also got that kind of groove texture thing that

Samsung has done before also unlike the qadr instead of having legs at either side of the TV we've got this very heavy stand in the center however I'm not feeling super confident about the stability of this definitely put a strap on this so that it doesn't tip over if you're going to use the stand at all and also on the back you see these screws here that's the cable management and yeah I hope your HDMI cable is not too thick because it's a little tough to get it in there but it's serviceable one final note before we turn it on the screen is super glossy but the anti

Glare works pretty stinkin well and that's something that we've noticed in the past we're gonna see how that plays out with the off angle viewing though in just a minute so we'll pal it on the TV and I can tell you right now being a samsung TV it's gonna offer to use the smart things app on your phone to sort of automate setup I skipped that I'm going go straight to more conventional setup just understand that it'll automatically import your Wi-Fi settings and do some other convenient things we've got an Ethernet connection so no need to set up

Wi-Fi again terms and conditions guys probably worth taking a second to go through this stuff and make sure that you're not divulging information about your viewing habits and whatnot that you don't want to for the sake of this I'm gonna go ahead and agree I really don't want to sign into my samsung account definitely selecting Amazon Alexa as the voice assistant I have had nothing but difficulty with Bixby sorry Samsung it's just not worth it next since I've chosen Alexa it's going to ask me to sign into my Amazon account and I've done that here you can't skip

It if you want to you don't have to do any of that and we'll go through it Alexa training if you need to I don't moving right along put in your zip code presumably so that it can download some local programming information right now I've got connected in here is a blu-ray player I'm going to use mostly apps and then some testing equipment later so this is fine next you get an opportunity to add apps I'm gonna go with what's built-in by default and add as needed next is an interesting option intelligent mode this is basically going to change the sound

Quality the brightness and the volume by looking at the viewing environment and making necessary adjustments and that's more than just like an auto dim the idea here is that it wants to change the tone curve based on the brightness in the room so that you maintain HDR highlights and saturation depending on how bright it is for now I'm going to skip this but I will have the opportunity to enable it later that way I can make a comparison between defaults and intelligent mode next and this again is a Samsung thing if you want to be able to view your phone on

Your TV you can very easily just use the NFC chip inside and tap it to the corner of the screen finally a little bit of a remote test to make sure that everything is working as it's supposed to and mine is and now we're finally ready to start watching TV fantastic and boy I can tell you right now that this picture mode is not going to do so let's do what we always do and get straight into that I've navigated to picture settings obviously this is the standard mode that's to be expected and we'll go straight to movie there's only four presets right out of the box here

Might as well go for a movie yes it darkened the picture we can adjust that later if we want to the other thing I'm gonna go to and this is always the second thing I do is find the picture clarity settings is what Samsung calls it and basically turn that off I want to see what the TV's default this will definitely remove soap-opera effect but it also might have some negative consequences so we're gonna swing back around and explore that later especially LED clear motion we're going to talk about that in the full review and the rest I'm going to leave ya I'll

Leave local dimming set to standard and again we'll experiment with some of these deeper picture settings when we get into our full review as you know Samsung uses Tizen for its Smart TV interface and it's absolutely fine it's very responsive certainly not hard to drive here when I click I get an immediate action apps load quickly that's all fine as far as first impressions of the picture quality pretty sure I saw some vertical banding there I think we might have some panel uniformity problems but we'll dig into that in the full review also I'm seeing

A little bit of noise with low bitrate content it seems like the banding is being contoured out a little bit but I am seeing some noise so we'll want to explore that a little bit more deeply for the full review as well we definitely have a pretty TV here both from an aesthetic standpoint also some of the picture quality elements but there are a few things to dig into I think we're gonna learn a lot about this TV in the full review thanks as always for watching everyone what do you think about samsung's move with the q9 TT it is a thousand dollars cheaper than the

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