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Samsung QN95A review

For a long time, I have stuck by Samsung's excellent quality TVs. In fact, since 2005 I have only owned Samsung TVs apart from the one Sony TV which ended up being sent back twice within a few weeks before finally being replaced by a Samsung. But why do I keep going back to Samsung despite all the concerns around port-slashing that people like Sony hadn't quite done? Well, it's simple. The most important thing about buying a new display, is well, the display, right? And Samsung displays are miles ahead of the Sony competition. There's only one other brand that can really compete with the Samsung displays and that is LG. 

After my last Samsung TV acted as a stopgap prior to me moving out to my own house, I decided to go Samsung again. Seeing how far that TV had progressed since the one prior to it, helped me make my mind up to go for Samsung again. But it wasn't as simple as that and there were other reasons for picking this TV.

In this review, I will discuss what I love about the Samsung QN95A and what I don't love, as well as the reasons for choosing this particular TV. I specifically am reviewing the 65-inch model that I have myself and it should be noted that smaller models may not have the exact same feature set as this model.

Design

As many of my readers will know, I like to have all of my devices plugged into my TV at one time. This often involves a spaghetti junction of splitters, such as HDMI splitters (most of which work automatically or work with the Harmony Hub) and converters. One thing that wasn't great about the previous TV was the lack of HDMI ports, featuring only three where its predecessor had four. Anyway, during the (short) time of this TV, it went from my parents' house on a media unit to being wall mounted in my new home. One of my main upsets with it was that I had so many cables running from the unit underneath to the TV and it just didn't look good. I thought about making an incision into the wall and running cable through but it wasn't ideal because every time I needed to replace a cable I would have to figure a good way of getting the cables out and through. Plus with so many cables going up, it was going to be a problem once again with the side of the TV being cluttered. 

I have wanted to get a new TV with the Samsung One Connect Box feature for a long time - in fact since the day it was announced. This was the main reason for me choosing this TV after the display itself. 

The One Connect Box lets you connect all of your external devices to your TV with just one cable, keeping your space and the back of your Samsung Smart TV uncluttered and clean. You can even have all your external devices in a different room or a cupboard, giving you more possibilities than ever before.

As a result of the One Connect feature, just one cable runs from my TV to my unit. This cable then enters the One Connect Box, which acts as the kind of computer of the QN95A. The result of this is a very slim TV - so slim that when I was lifting it the first time both my father and I were concerned it was going to snap as it is so flexible! When I wall mounted my QN95A in the living room, there was a huge difference compared with its predecessor in the exact same place. It sits so close to the wall (although this is partially down to Samsung's Slim Fit Wall Mount I also have) compared due to its very slim design and flat back.

Features

On the rear of it, you have three standard HDMI 2.1 ports (hooray! 🥳), one HDMI 2.1 eARC port, an RJ-45 Ethernet port, a power port, three USB ports (one of which is 5V and 1A for a hard disk drive), two satellite connectors, a single standard RF connector, an optical audio connector, a Common Interface slot and the One Connect port. This is a really kitted out TV in terms of connectivity. 

Posted by jamiebalfour04 in Hardware
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