when Mini LED technology comes out on top

Our detailed test

Design, ergonomics and features

After excellent QLED models, Samsung is now adopting mini LED technology under the Neo QLED banner. Unsurprisingly, the latter is currently reserved for the manufacturer’s high-end 4K and 8K televisions. With smaller LEDs than before, it is possible to offer an even thinner chassis while displaying high brightness and contrast ratio.

The Samsung QE65QN95B is therefore illustrated with a very successful design, with very thin edges. Added to this is a thickness of only 15 mm for those who want to hang it on the wall. Thanks to its central stand, the TV is slightly raised and can be placed on almost any piece of furniture. It comes with the One Connect remote box, which also evolves compared to the previous version. Now square and thinner, it can easily be stored out of sight. A single cable connects it to the television. It carries both the audio/video signals and the power supply.

The connectivity of the Samsung QE65QN95B is very complete, with no less than four HDMI 2.1 inputs including an eARC (HDMI 3). All allow you to connect a latest generation console to activate 4K at 120 frames / second, or to ensure compatibility with AMD Freesync Premium Pro and VRR technologies. Gamers will therefore be thrilled. Three USB 2.0 ports are also integrated, as well as an optical digital audio output, an Ethernet port and terrestrial/cable/satellite antenna connectors. No change on the Wi-Fi side which unfortunately remains blocked at Wi-Fi 5 (Wi-Fi 6 is currently reserved for 8K models). On the other hand, Bluetooth goes to 5.2.

The audio part of the Samsung QE65QN95B is rather well endowed and common to all Neo QLED models. The television thus benefits from a 4.2.2 channel system, with a comfortable power of 70 W. Dolby Atmos is supported and several technologies are offered, such as the Q-Symphony already present on the previous ranges. This synchronizes the speakers of the Samsung QE65QN95B with a soundbar from the Q-Series 2022 range. In addition, OTS+ (Object Tracking Sound +) dynamically transcribes the movements of objects on the screen using the various TV speakers.

No change in the operating system of the TV. The Samsung QE65QN95B is still based on Tizen, which offers an interface that is very easy to learn and very practical on a daily basis. It comes in the form of a banner displayed superimposed at the bottom of the image, which allows you to continue following a program while using the interface. Only regret, it is not uncommon to sometimes see advertising appear for a VOD service, certainly discreet, but still unwelcome.

Samsung Tizen
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The Samsung QE65QN95B comes with the new version of the small remote control that equips the brand’s televisions. Very refined, it has only a few buttons, which does not prevent it from controlling all the features of the television brilliantly, even blindly. It now has a small solar panel on the back to recharge it with solar energy or even with the interior light. Not enough to fully recharge it, but enough to maintain its capacity. Composed of 24% recycled materials, the remote control also includes a USB port for faster full charging.

Finally, like all the manufacturer’s high-end televisions, the Samsung QE65QN95B benefits from all the advanced features available today. For example, it integrates voice assistants, AirPlay 2 compatibility or Multi View, to display a TV program and the content of a smartphone on the same screen simultaneously. Note that you can also take advantage of Samsung TV Plus which gives free access to more than 40 channels.

General

Screen diagonal (in inches)

65

Screen diagonal (in cm)

164 cm

Contrast

Contrast

A screen’s contrast is its ability to display very dark and very bright images. We speak of contrast ratio (the light intensity ratio between the whitest point and the blackest point).
* OLED screens don’t show any light in the dark, so no contrast ratio can be calculated.

Mini LED technology promises high brightness. A promise that our test of the Samsung QE65QN95B confirms. The latter indeed displays 348 cd / m2 in the axis of the 65-inch 4K UHD panel. In addition, the tiny size of the LEDs makes it possible to manage light leaks perfectly. The proof, by applying a mask on the slab, we found a homogeneous and almost perfect black level on the four edges: 0.009 cd/m2 above and below the mask, 0.001 cd/m2 on the left edge and 0.002 cd/m2 on the right edge.

As for the contrast ratio announced as higher than on a QLED panel, it does indeed reach a stratospheric level of 116,000. A real success!

Progressivity

Progressivity

This is the gradient measurement. Each level of gray should neither be too light nor too dark.

The progressiveness of the television is evaluated by comparing the gamma curve of the video signal at the output, with that of the reference signal at the input. The gamma curve of the Samsung QE65QN95B is correct, with a slight shift as can be seen in the graph above.

We complete this test with directivity measurements from five observation zones, and an angle that varies by 45 degrees. By doing so, we simulate the different viewing positions of the TV, as if the viewer were sitting in front or on the sides of the Samsung QE65QN95B. As we saw above, the brightness is 348 cd / m2 in the center of the slab. However, it drops by half to 158 cd/m2 in the left corner, and even 145 cd/m2 in the right corner. Please note that these values ​​are nevertheless very correct and much better than on most LCD televisions.

Directivity

Directivity

Be able to look at the screen regardless of the position of the viewer (keep the same image quality from the front as from the sides) *OLED screens have no backlight, so there will be no leaks light in the dark

The directivity test also allows us to evaluate the drift of colors depending on the point of observation. For this test, the brightness is set to the maximum value for the duration of the operations. The scan is performed on several points with different observation positions. Put more simply, this test evaluates the viewing angles of the Samsung QE65QN95B, this time focusing on the black level and the contrast ratio.

Whatever the viewing angle, Mini LED technology allows you to benefit from an exceptional black level: 0.003 cd/m2 in the axis of the television and 0.004 cd/m2 in the corners. No directivity is therefore to be deplored.

Moreover, if the contrast ratio drops sharply in the corners, it retains a sufficiently high level. We thus go from a rate of 116,000 in the axis to 39,500 in the left corner and 36,250 in the right corner.

Colorimetry

Color

We measure color fidelity. The higher the note, the closer the colors are to reality

In addition to the brightness and a high contrast ratio, the mini LED technology is illustrated in terms of colorimetry. The Samsung QE65QN95B indeed gets almost the maximum mark and turns out to be a feast for the eyes.

Uniformity

Uniformity

An image of the same quality, color and luminance over the entire surface of the panel

We often repeat that the large diagonals are struggling in terms of uniformity of brightness and colors over the entire surface of the panel. We could therefore hope that mini LED technology will remedy this, like OLED.

Good news, this is indeed the case with regard to brightness. The LEDs deliver perfectly homogeneous light and we measured a negligible difference in luminance uniformity, at 16%. The least luminous point still displays 233 cd / m2 in the lower right corner. Conversely, the brightest point with 279 cd/m2 is just to the left of the center of the Samsung QE65QN95B panel.

On the other hand, this good result cannot hide the fact that the difference in color uniformity is too great. Indeed, we measured a high delta U’V’ of 0.0109. However, the closer the measurement is to zero, the more faithful and uniform the colors are over the entire surface of the slab. This is not the case here.

Connectors

ARC compatible on 1 HDMI

Yes

Digital audio output

optical

Features

USB recording functions

Yes

Consumption

Standby consumption (in W)

0 W

Consumption in operation (in W)

0 W

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