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Samsung QN85B Neo QLED TV Review

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The Samsung QN85B impresses with its brightness, HDMI 2.1 inputs, and low lag, making it a great value for gaming, but it falls short in black-tone detail and lacks Dolby Vision HDR support, which may limit home cinema appeal.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The Samsung QN85B is a mid-range 2022-model TV available in 55, 65, 75, and 85-inch sizes. It features an IPS panel with Mini LED backlighting combined with Quantum Dots for outstanding peak brightness and color volume. 85-inch versions use a VA panel instead.

The main features include a local dimming system with over 500 dimming zones for enhanced contrast, HDMI 2.1 support, and Samsung’s Neo Quantum Processor 4K that uses AI-powered neural networks.

The TV offers 4K/120Hz, VRR, and low input lag in gaming mode. Its Tizen-based Eden platform provides a wealth of smart features. With a sleek design and impressive build quality, the QN85B stands out among the best TVs on the market as a well-rounded TV at a competitive price point.

Consensus

our Verdict

One of the best IPS TVs in its range, the Samsung QN85B delivers an impressive 1147 cd/m2 peak brightness and overcomes reflections well.

An outstanding 80,000:1 effective contrast ratio means deep black levels, though there may be some blooming around bright objects.

The 4.7 ms response time is quick, and its tested 120Hz refresh rate affords smooth motion. This TV boasts a wide color gamut, so colors pop.

HDMI 2.1 support and low 5.8 ms input lag make it great for gaming. However, the Tizen-based smart TV interface can feel sluggish, and some find the controls awkward and complicated.

The Samsung QN85B is a great all-rounder at its price point, though it does fall short in terms of black-tone detail and the lack of Dolby Vision HDR support.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Good picture quality
    • With an impressive 1147 dc/m2 peak brightness score in RTINGS’ tests, it’s in the top 20% of mid-range 4k TVs. This helps overcome reflections and deliver a clear picture even in well-lit rooms.

  • Wide color gamut
    • Colors pop and appear vivid and lifelike, great for watching movies

  • Great effective contrast ratio
    • In HDR mode, its 80,000:1 contrast ratio puts it in the top third of its category, helping create deep blacks and outstanding highlights.

  • Responsive for Gaming
    • Its 4.7 ms response time is among the best of all TVs in its category, and its 120Hz refresh rate is enough to render the maximum quality settings on most gaming consoles

Reason to Avoid

  • Some detail loss in dark scenes
    • Compared to competing OLED TVs in its category, the QLED-based QN85b doesn’t preserve as much shadow detail.

  • Cumbersome smart TV interface
    • The QN85b’s Tizen-based smart TV OS has Alexa and Google Assistant support, plus all the major streaming apps, but it’s not as responsive or user-friendly as some competitors.

  • Lacks Dolby HDR support
    • While not necessarily a deal breaker, the absence of this popular home theater format may limit the QN85b’s appeal for cinephiles.

Samsung QN85B Neo QLED TV Specs

Backlight TypeBacklight TypeFull-Array
Display TypeLED
HDMI Inputs4
HDR FormatHDR10, HDR10+, HLG
HomeKit CompatibleHomeKit CompatibleNo
LED Panel TypeLED Panel TypeQLED
Max Resolution3840 x 2160 (4k)
Refresh Rate120 Hz
Screen size55", 65", 75"
Smart PlatformSmart PlatformTizen
Sync TechnologySync TechnologyAMD FreeSync, G-Sync
VRRVRRYes
Works WithWorks WithAmazon Alexa, Bluetooth, Google Assistant, Remote Control, SmartThings, Wi-Fi

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Test Results

Color Gamut % (DCI P3 xy)92.72
Color Gamut % (DCI P3 uv)94.74
Color Gamut % (Rec 2020 xy)69.54
Color Gamut % (Rec 2020 uv)77.02
Color Gamut % (sRGB)0
Color Gamut % (Rec 709)0
Color Gamut % (BT.2020)0
Color Gamut % (Adobe RGB)0
Color Gamut % (BT.709)0
Contrast Ratio (x:1)81,120
SDR Brightness (nits)1,115
HDR Brightness (nits)983
Input Lag (ms)10.7
Response Time (ms)9.7
Color Washout (Degrees)34
Color Shift (Degrees)70
Brightness Loss (Degrees)35
Reflections (%)5.4
Low-Freq Extension (Hz)89.8
Freq Response StdDev @ 70db3.68
Freq Response StdDev @ 80db3.62
Weighted Total Harmonic Distortion @80db0.138
Intermodulation Distortion @80db1.36
EOTF (600 nit delta)0.0164
EOTF (1000 nit delta)0.0165
EOTF (4000 nit delta)0.0122

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Market Context

The Samsung QN85B is a mid-range 2022-model TV available in 55, 65, 75, and 85-inch sizes. It features an IPS panel with Mini LED backlighting…

The Samsung QN85B is a mid-range 2022-model TV available in 55, 65, 75, and 85-inch sizes. It features an IPS panel with Mini LED backlighting combined with Quantum Dots for outstanding peak brightness and color volume. 85-inch versions use a VA panel instead.

The main features include a local dimming system with over 500 dimming zones for enhanced contrast, HDMI 2.1 support, and Samsung’s Neo Quantum Processor 4K that uses AI-powered neural networks.

The TV offers 4K/120Hz, VRR, and low input lag in gaming mode. Its Tizen-based Eden platform provides a wealth of smart features. With a sleek design and impressive build quality, the QN85B stands out among the best TVs on the market as a well-rounded TV at a competitive price point.

Like the QN85B QLED TV, the Samsung QN900B has excellent brightness and supports HDMI 2.1, but the QN900B has higher contrast and black levels. While…

Like the QN85B QLED TV, the Samsung QN900B has excellent brightness and supports HDMI 2.1, but the QN900B has higher contrast and black levels. While the QN85B provides a great overall experience for various uses, the QN900B stands out for cinephiles and those seeking the best HDR performance. For more information, check out our Samsung QN900B NEO QLED TV review.

Unlike the Samsung Q80B TV,, the QN85B uses Mini LED technology to deliver a higher peak brightness of 1147 cd/m2 compared to 839 cd/m2. The…

Unlike the Samsung Q80B TV,, the QN85B uses Mini LED technology to deliver a higher peak brightness of 1147 cd/m2 compared to 839 cd/m2. The QN85B also Both models have 120Hz native refresh rates, but the QN85B also comes equipped with the Neo Quantum Processor 4K, offering advanced AI-backed picture optimization. See our Samsung Q80B QLED 4K Tizen Smart TV review for more details. Or see our Samsung QN90B NEO QLED TV review for another similar option.

LG’s C2 OLED has similar peak brightness but suffers less backlight blooming. The C2 has better contrast and more uniform, deeper black levels thanks to…

LG’s C2 OLED has similar peak brightness but suffers less backlight blooming. The C2 has better contrast and more uniform, deeper black levels thanks to its self-emissive pixels.

Backlight Type

Full-Array

Full-Array

Full-Array

Self-Emitting Pixels

Display Type

LED

QLED

LED

OLED

HDMI Inputs

4

4

4

4

HDR Format

HDR10, HDR10+, HLG

HDR10+

HDR10+, HLG

Dolby Vision, HDR10, HDR10+, HLG

HomeKit Compatible

No

No

No

Yes

LED Panel Type

QLED

QLED

OLED

Max Resolution

3840 x 2160 (4k)

7860 x 4320

3840 x 2160 (4k)

3840 x 2160 (4k)

Refresh Rate

120 Hz

120 Hz

120 Hz

120 Hz

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Score Card

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True Score

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Expert Scores

  • Rtings
    101.4

    Category Trust Rating

    82
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    80.4

    Category Trust Rating

    80
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    56.6

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    The Samsung QN85B is a brilliantly accomplished TV in so many ways for movies and… Read More

    By:

    Simon Lucas
  • Stuff.tv
    38.2

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    Good Stuff Remarkable brightness levels Fully equipped for your next-gen console Big spec for the… Read More

    By:

    Simon Lucas
  • What Hifi
    48

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    Bright, colourful and surprisingly contrast-rich Mini LED-inspired picture quality makes the QN85B a strong all-rounder… Read More

    By:

    John Archer
  • T3
    33

    Category Trust Rating

    80
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