The Samsung Q70 is sweet information for individuals on some type of a price range who need the slick design and options of a Samsung however nonetheless worth image high quality. It is not low-cost by any means, however it’s the least-expensive Samsung QLED TV to function full-array native dimming (FALD), which supplies it a superb image.
Samsung graces its finest LCD TVs with the QLED title, however do not confuse it with LG’s OLED fashions. QLED and OLED are positively not the identical, and in our checks OLED has at all times overwhelmed QLED. Sadly higher-end QLED TVs just like the Q80 and Q90, to not point out Samsung’s 8K fashions, are actually costly, occupying the identical excessive finish of the market as OLED TVs. The Q70, in the meantime, prices a whole bunch much less, making it one of the best worth in QLED TVs this 12 months.
In my comparability checks in opposition to different FALD-equipped units just like the cheaper Vizio M8 and more-expensive Sony X950G, the Q70 held its personal. Total picture high quality was wonderful, and whereas black ranges weren’t fairly as deep as some opponents, particularly in excessive dynamic vary (HDR) video, brightness and pop had been nonetheless nice, particularly in vibrant rooms, and the Q70’s colour and video processing had been additionally top-notch.
Samsung additionally slathers on the options, extras and design perks. It consists of Ambient Mode — type of like a screensaver for while you’re not watching TV — a slick administration system and a very good Good TV suite anchored by the Apple TV app and AirPlay, the previous unique to Samsung (for now). On the draw back, the one built-in voice system remains to be Bixby.
All instructed the Q70 strikes a compelling steadiness between worth, image high quality and the sorts of options and design you possibly can solely get from a Samsung TV. It is not nearly as good a worth because the TCLs and Vizios of the world, but it surely’s probably not attempting to be.
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Slickness by Samsung
Samsung TVs at all times go the additional mile in design, feeling and looking a step above many others, and the Q70 isn’t any exception. There’s nothing distinctive about its front-facing components — customary super-thin border and black stand legs — until you depend the truth that the underside fringe of the body (thicker on many TVs) is similar width as the highest and sides. However the again is actually cool, with a smooth channel that stretches the size of the TV and lets you disguise cables, and even run them by the legs.
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The Q70 boasts Samsung’s Ambient mode, which is designed to point out stuff on the display screen while you’re not watching TV. It is a cool function should you do not like the massive black rectangle of an inert TV, and might show your images, designer artwork, the climate, headlines and even alter backgrounds to match your wall. Samsung retains including to the steady of ambient mode content material, and most of it’s free.
The distant is the nicest of any TV, with a small manageable measurement and button depend. Devoted buttons for Netflix, Amazon and Hulu are new for 2019, and welcome.
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Bixby on TV, now hands-free
The topmost distant key summons Bixby, Samsung’s voice assistant and, as you would possibly count on, a far cry from Google Assistant on Sony and LG TVs (LG’s 2019 units even have Alexa built-in). Bixby was advantageous for primary instructions like launching apps and altering quantity, and searches like “present me comedies” had been acknowledged, though the record of outcomes wasn’t as well-put collectively as Google Assistant’s. It was additionally annoying that merely to see climate outcomes I needed to dive deep right into a permissions part.
Bixby is disabled fully inside Netflix. That is not the case with Google Assistant, for instance, which functioned usually whether or not or not I used to be in Netflix. And should you care about sensible dwelling integration, Bixby — which ties into Samsung’s SmartThings universe — cannot work with almost as many gadgets as Google Assistant or Alexa.
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New for 2019 you possibly can set Bixby to work hands-free, with out having to push a button on the distant. As a substitute you say “Hey Bixby” and the distant’s mic — wherever it’s, sitting in your espresso desk for instance — “hears” the command and prompts Bixby. It labored advantageous in my checks however had bother when the quantity from the TV was too loud or the distant too far-off, and general did not appear as delicate as an Alexa speaker. This perform is disabled by default and you may flip it on or off within the Bixby settings menu.
New for 2019, Samsung TVs additionally work with Alexa and Google House ($99 at Walmart) audio system, like most different TVs accessible immediately. I did not take a look at this function.
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Apple’s TV app lives in Samsung’s app tray.
Apple and Samsung, like chocolate and peanut butter
Apart from Bixby, Samsung’s sensible TV system is superb, with fast responses and loads of apps. I nonetheless like Roku higher general, nonetheless, as a result of it has much more apps and will get options updates rapidly. It does not have Apple TV ($169 at Walmart), nonetheless.
The most important addition for 2019 Samsung sensible TVs is the power to work with Apple content material and gadgets, specifically the Apple TV app and iPhones, iPads and Mac computer systems through AirPlay. The Apple TV app is welcome should you purchased numerous stuff on iTunes — it permits quick access to your bought TV exhibits and flicks, and allows you to hire new ones — or should you subscribe to Apple TV channels like HBO or Showtime. Not like the app on Apple TV bins, nonetheless, it will probably’t present content material from apps like Hulu, Amazon Prime or ESPN. As a substitute you may must launch these apps individually on the TV.
AirPlay labored properly in my testing, though it is price noting that it now not helps Netflix. I used to be in a position to fireplace up my iPhone to share images and video to the Q70’s display screen from the Pictures app. Display mirroring additionally labored as anticipated and was in a position to play movies on the TV, and management them from the telephone, through Amazon Prime, Hulu, YouTube and YouTube TV. Mirroring my Mac display screen additionally labored too; the TV confirmed up as an choice on my Mac’s AirPlay menu and I used to be in a position to stream video in a browser window. It was a bit choppier on the Samsung than through an Apple TV 4K, nonetheless.
Options and connectivity
Full-array native dimming units the Q70 other than cheaper Samsung TVs. This expertise, which improves LCD picture high quality considerably in our expertise, boosts black ranges and distinction by making sure areas of the image dimmer or brighter in response to what’s on the display screen. The step-up Q80 and Q90 have extra dimming zones and a brighter picture than the Q70, in keeping with Samsung, however the firm does not say precisely what number of zones every has. These two TVs even have superior viewing angles and anti-reflective screens in comparison with the Q70, in keeping with Samsung.
Key TV options
Full array with native dimming
HDR10 and HDR10+
Commonplace with voice
Like all of Samsung QLED TVs, the Q70’s LCD panel can also be augmented by a layer of quantum dots — microscopic nanocrystals that glow a selected wavelength (i.e. colour) when given power. The impact is healthier brightness and colour in comparison with non-QD-equipped TVs. The Q70 makes use of a real 120Hz panel, which improves the TVs’ movement efficiency, however as common the “Movement Price 240” specification is made up (word that the 49-inch measurement is 60Hz/MR 120).
The set helps excessive dynamic vary (HDR) content material within the HDR10 and the HDR10+ codecs. It lacks the Dolby Imaginative and prescient HDR help discovered on most opponents’ HDR TVs. I’ve seen no proof that one HDR format is inherently “higher” than the opposite, so I positively do not contemplate lack of Dolby Imaginative and prescient a deal-breaker on this TV — as an alternative it is only one extra issue to contemplate.