Samsung Q6FN/Q6/Q6F QLED Review – Best 4K TV

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The Samsung company released the best 4K TV Samsung Q6FN QLED TV in the year 2018. The performance and the resolution of this TV are very high. The picture quality is very good with a wide range of colors. Due to the high contrast ratio in the darker rooms black color appears more and we feel like we are in the theater. The visual is brighter than the bright room. The person who likes to play games more experience smooth gaming while playing games on this TV. This is the best 4k TV for gaming.

The q6fn is a bit more expensive than the Samsung q8fm, but still has the same advantages as q8fm. The Samsung q6fn is also much better in terms of performance and reliability compared to Samsung q8fm. This is because the q6fn does not require any additional hardware or software upgrades.

The Samsung Q6FN is a solid option for anyone looking for a serious upgrade to their TV set. This UHD 6 Series model offers a great picture with its wide color gamut and insanely high native contrast ratio all while still managing to have a low response for quick-moving content types. The smooth picture is maintained well thanks to its ability to interpolate all content levels and the fact that it offers variable refresh rate support.

It can also get bright which is very nice for fighting glares or preventing reflections. Additionally, the Q6FN also has a low input lag which is ideal for video games. Though you will need ‘Game Mode’ enabled to properly lower the input lag. Though, some issues are its narrow viewing angle (which VA panels are known for) and it poor local dimming features that experience too much blooming to consider actually enabling settings higher than ‘Low’.

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PROS:

  • Blacks are deep and uniform
  • Low input lag for gamers
  • Great color rendering for normal and HDR content
  • Does come with some basic local dimming
  •  Very good contrast ratios and black levels
  • Supports FreeSync for Variable Refresh Rates

CONS:

  • Image degrades when viewed at an angle
  • Not nearly as bright as other 2018 QLED TVs
  • No Dolby Vision HDR

TV Sizes Available

Currently, the Samsung UHD 6 Series variants only offer five sizes. They are:

Samsung Q6fn  49 inch” QN49Q6FN Flat QLED 4K UHD 6 Series Smart TV 2018  

Samsung Q6fn 55 inch” QN55Q6FN Flat QLED 4K UHD 6 Series Smart TV 2018 

Samsung Q6fn 65 inch” QN65Q6FN Flat QLED 4K UHD 6 Series Smart TV 2018 

Samsung Q6fn 75 inch” QN75Q6FN Flat QLED Flat 4K UHD 6 Series Smart TV 2018  

Samsung Q6fn 82 inch” QN82Q6FN  Flat QLED 4K UHD 6 Series Smart TV 2018 

Preferred Usage

As with other 6 Series smart TVs, the Q6FN is built for a mixed range of uses. These will include movies, TV shows, sports, and video games.

  • Video Games
  • PC Monitor
  • Movies
  • Sports
  • TV Shows

Design:

Samsung Q6FN’s design is very good and attractive. Some of its features are similar to the higher-end model of Samsung Q8FN, such as the stand, the back, and the cable management system. Just like the Q8FN, the Q6FN doesn’t have the external One Connect box, so if you decide to place it on the wall, you don’t have to plan for it. The TV is thin with beautiful borders and the design quality seems to be all right but lacks those finishings that premium models have.

The Samsung Q6FN stand is plastic, serves the TV well, and feels only marginally more compact like the Samsung Q8FN. The borders are metallic with a silver finish. They are slightly thinner than Q8FN.  The build quality is all correct. There are no gaps in it and it feels solid. This loses Q8FN’s luxury look.

Samsung 65Q6FN QLED TV Specs

Price $1,999
Screen Size 65 inches
Resolution 3,840 x 2,160
HDR HDR10, HLG, HDR10+
Refresh Rate 120Hz
Ports 4 HDMI, 2 USB
Audio 2.1 Channel 40 Watt, with Subwoofer
Smart TV Software Samsung Smart TV with Bixby Voice
Size 56.9 x 32.8 x 2.2 inches [w/o stand]
Weight 53.4 pounds [w/o stand]

Picture quality:

The Samsung Q6FN has excellent performance of the display. The TV delivers deep black images with a strong contrast ratio and will work well in both a dark room and a bright room, although there are some display problems. Both SDR and HDR items look nice and most individuals will be pleased with the maximum brightness. The Samsung Q6FN updates from HDR to help for HDR10 and HDR10 +, from 60 FPS to complete 4 K capability for gaming, and from an unfinished color spectrum to 100% DCI-P3 color density. It reaches the visibility of UHD and promotes the upscaling of SD-to-UHD.

Specifications:

  • Screen sizes (US): 49 inch QN49Q6FN, 55 inch QN55Q6FN, 75 inch QN75Q6FN, 82 inch QN826FN
  • Resolution: 3,840 x 2,160 pixels UHD Flat panel
  • Processor: Quad-Core Processor
  • HEVC (H.265) Included: Yes
  •  VP9 Included: Yes
  • Color: Q Color
  • 10-bit Support: Yes
  • HDR (High-Dynamic Range): Q HDR – HDR10, HDR10+ and HLG support
  • Picture Engine: Q Engine
  • HD to UHD upscaling: Yes
  • Motion Rate: 240
  • Screen Lighting: Edge-Lit LED
  • Depth Enhancing Technology: Contrast Enhancer
  • Smart TV: Tizen Smart TV platform
  • Connectivity: 4 HDMI 2.0a – HDCP 2.2 ports, 2 USB ports, 1 Ethernet port, 1 Digital Audio Out, 1 RS232
  • Built-in WiFi, Bluetooth, and Ethernet port
  • Sound: 40W, 2.1 channels
  • Remotes: Samsung One Remote Smart Remote
  • Maximum Peak Brightness: 996 nits (cd/m2)
  • 3D Technology: N/A
  • TV dimensions (65 inch model): 56.9″ x 32.8″ x 2.2″ inches w/o stand, 56.9″ x 35.8″ x 11.2″ w stand
  • TV weight (65-inch model): 54.7 lb w/ Stand, 53.4 lb without stand

Samsung Q6FN HDR Brightness

  • Overall HDR peak brightness for normal content: 720 nits
  • Peak 2% display area display HDR brightness: 760 nits
  • Peak 10% display area HDR brightness: 810 nits
  • Peak 100% display area HDR brightness: 551 nits
  • Sustained 10% HDR brightness: 519 nits
  • Sustained 100% HDR brightness: 543 nits

Motion Handling

The Samsung Q6FN has easily the best handle over motion compared to other 6 Series variants. Granted, this particular 6 Series UHD TV is a bit more advanced. It offers a variable refresh rate on top of its native 120 Hz refresh rate which is great for any kind of scene or content on screen. The 120 Hz refresh rate offers both full 24p playback and motion interpolation support. This couples well with the low response time which prevents eye tracking on the Q6FN.

Motion Blur

Response Time: ~11 ms
Bottom Line: Good
Here the Q6FN competed well with other 2018 Samsung smart TVs. The low response time allows for a smoother picture without actually effecting the frames that are being queued.

24p Playback
24p: Yes
24p via 60p: Yes
24p via 60i: Yes
Bottom Line: Ideal
The ‘Real Cinema‘ option needs to be turned on, and ‘TrueMotion‘ must be set to ‘User‘ while both the ‘De-Judder‘ and ‘De-Blur‘ sliders set to zero. Once this criterion is met on the LG E8, 24p content will have the inherent judder removed. Though, when BFI is enabled, the judder will not be removed.

Motion Interpolation

30 FPS: Yes
60 FPS: Yes
Soap Opera Effect: Yes
Bottom Line: Great

With my Samsung Q6FN TV review, I found the motion interpolation to be quite good. Though as with any other smart TV, there will be some artifacts that present themselves when you least expect it. I do not recommend these settings be enabled, but below are the needed menu options to activate them. Also note, the 49-inch version can only interpolate 60 fps content as it only ha a 60 Hz refresh rate.

‘Auto Motion Plus‘ to ‘Custom‘. Then you’ll notice the ‘Judder Reduction‘ slider can be adjusted. This is for low frame rate content, and the ‘Blur Reduction‘ slider is to help clear up motion on 60 fps content. Otherwise, you’ll just need to move them around until you’re satisfied with the picture.

Variable Refresh Rates
Native Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate: FreeSync
4K VRR Range: 49-60 Hz
1080p VRR Range: <20-120 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors: HDMI
On the Q6FN you’ll need to turn on ‘Game Mode’ and then activate the ‘FreeSync’ options. Both 1080p and 4K ranges seem good, but 4K is a tad smaller than you’d want if you’re targeting specific targets. Though many types of content are 60 FPS which is supported.

I used an Xbox One X for console and an ASUS Radeon RX Vega 64 for PC testing.

Input Lag

Best Input Lag: ~15 ms
Bottom Line: Good
Considering the other great metrics of the Samsung Q6FN, it makes a case as one of the best smart TVs of 2018 with its low input lag. There’s just about nothing this 6 Series television cannot do..

Input Features

HDR10: Yes
Dolby Vision: No
5.1 ARC Dolby Digital: Yes
5.1 Passthrough ARC DTS: No
5.1 Optical Dolby Digital: Yes
5.1 Optical DTS: No
ARC: Yes (HDMI 4)
Dolby Vision is not supported, but both HDR10 and HLG signals are. So it’s a win in the end with my Samsung Q6FN TV review.

Contrast Ratio

Contrast Ratio: ~6500:1
Bottom Line: Great
I found the Q6FN to perform as well as the other 6 Series options from Samsung. The high contrast ratio means that scenes will look distinct and then retain that clarity in both dark or light rooms. For consistent viewing experiences, this is especially crucial.

Local Dimming

Local Dimming: Yes
Backlight: Edge-lit
Bottom Line: Insanely poor
The Samsung Q6FN has very poor local dimming features. It blooms entirely too much and obstructs the intentions of the original picture. I recommend you set it to ‘Low’ since there are no options to actually turn it off unless you enter the service menus

Viewing Angle

Viewing Angle:~28°
Bottom Line: Nearly Perfect
As with other QLED smart TVs, the Q6FN has a rather poor viewing angle. This is also expected of a VA (vertically aligned) panel inside of a television. Though the picture is good on the Q6FN, I wouldn’t recommend it if you plan to use it where people are sitting off the side too far.

Smart features:

The Samsung Q6FN runs the 2018 Tizen operating system. It works for all the typical smart TV features, but there are some drawbacks to the most recent updates. There are currently too many animations for even the smallest setting adjustment and then those same animations lag or experience a “frame drop” as the industry calls it. Coupled with the long path you need to follow to actually get to the settings you’re interested in makes for average user experience. Though, with that aside it works quite well with all of the downloadable applications, smart setting options, and voice controls. Even the remote and remote application works well on the Q6FN.

Sound quality:

This tv doesn’t sound very loud or don’t make any vibration in its bass. But it provides a good quantity of punch and dialogs that are comparatively clear. For better sound, it is suggested to use specialized amplifiers or soundbars. The frequency response is about the average. The LFE (Low-Frequency Extension) is decent at 76Hz. It means this television will produce a decent amount of punch, but no thumping or rumbling. The response above the LFE point is also decent but may lack a little bit of clarity and presence for dialogs. Additionally, this TV doesn’t get very loud and doesn’t have a room correction system either. That’s why it wasn’t able to remove the modes of our test room around 200Hz.

Operating System

Operating System: Tizen 2018
Bottom Line: Clunky, but Feature Filled
While the Tizen operating system can be easy to use and is relatively smooth, the long path you need to take to applications or settings it just too long sometimes. On the other hand, there are tons of advanced settings and features that make the path worth it instead of sometimes on the Q6FN.

Conclusion:

The 6 Series Samsung QLED Q6FN is a great smart TV that offers a ton of good options to its users. A nice surprise is its very high native contrast ratio and good brightness to fight glares or reflections. Additionally, with my Samsung Q6FN TV review, I noticed that its input lag is very low which is similar to last year. This combined with the variable refresh rate/ 120 Hz native refresh rate makes games that much more pleasing. Though the local dimming features do not work well and the viewing angle is quite small with the Q6FN it manages to be a great smart TV option.

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