QLED technology generally offers a good compromise between LCD and OLED while being a little more accessible. Here is our comparison of the best QLED TVs of the moment.
The TOP 3 of the best QLED TVs
Although the acronyms OLED and QLED look alike to be mistaken, it should not be believed that the technologies are identical, quite the contrary. While each pixel in an OLED TV emits its own light, QLED is fundamentally an LCD screen and requires proper backlighting. In reality, a QLED television is an LCD television, with the addition of a layer of nanocrystals – the famous quantum dots – between the panel itself and the backlight.
Compared to OLED, which to this day remains the dominant technology on blacks – even if the gap is tending to close –, QLED is an interesting proposition insofar as it offers a better quality image than LCD, especially on colors, while keeping prices a little softer. They also offer a greater number of diagonals ranging from 43 inches to over 90 inches.
If Samsung is not the only manufacturer to offer QLED, the Korean brand has invested heavily in technology and is one of the few to offer a full range of QLED televisions. However, the brand has also announced the launch of OLED TVs. The Korean also took advantage of CES 2022 to present a complete range of Neo QLED TVs. However, no release date has yet been given.
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Samsung QE55QN95A (QLED 2021) The best of QLED
Faced with the infinite contrast of OLED, Samsung had a hard time competing. However, the situation is changing this year with the introduction of mini LED technology in its QLED televisions. Behind this term hides in fact the multiplication of lighting zones for more finesse in the contrasts. This model, the most advanced in the range, therefore offers several hundred.
The QE55QN95A is the most advanced representative of the range and indeed offers a beautiful image, much brighter than the best OLED TVs. The contrast is significantly improved, but it remains a notch below the OLED. We also notice some blooming problems, but it is possible to partially correct this weakness.
For once, Samsung has made an effort in terms of calibration, with fairly accurate colors as soon as the box is opened. Competitors like LG or Panasonic do however always do better on this point. Players will also be delighted to see full support for HDMI 2.1 and the (unofficial) arrival of Nvidia’s G-Sync for PC enthusiasts.
Samsung therefore offers here the best QLED (and LCD) on the market and makes up for part of the accumulated delay against OLED. And to top it off, it is available at a price that is already down sharply from several retailers. We tested its 65-inch version, the Samsung QE65QN95A.
TCL 65C825 A good price-performance ratio
While QLED is largely dominated by Samsung, a few other players are trying it out, sometimes with success. This is the case of this television signed TCL with a rather successful look. More surprisingly, it is possible to add a webcam to make video calls via Google Duo.
Manufactured by TCL, the slab uses a panel quantum dot lined with a mini LED backlight. Without reaching the heights of OLED, the contrast is simply excellent for an LCD panel. The brightness just exceeds 1000 cd / m²; it’s not the highest value we’ve measured, but it’s still enough to enjoy HDR in good conditions.
We measured a Delta E of 2.53, so the colorimetry is correct, but we are far from the perfection found at LG or Sony. On the gaming side, we are entitled to HDMI 2.1 (VRR included) and a input lag in the high average of the sector. On the other hand, no Freesync or GSync for PC players.
Finally, we are entitled to Google TV for the operating system, it’s simple and effective, with a complete software offer. If it is not the most impressive on the market, this TV has a very interesting price-quality ratio, especially if you are looking for a large diagonal. We tell you more in our test of the TCL 65C825.
Samsung QE65QN800A (QLED 2021) Upgrade to 8K
With 8K TVs at very aggressive prices, Samsung had surprised everyone and proved that 8K was not a gimmick. The Korean is back this year using much improved Neo QLED panels. A nice little detail: the One Connect box, allowing you to deport the connectors, is making a comeback and is still just as practical.
Main evolution of this model: the transition to mini LED technology. As a result, the backlight zones are now very numerous. There are thus 1300 on this model and the rendering is impressive. Thus, the contrast explodes and is very close to what OLED offers while offering much better brightness. The light peak therefore reaches 1200 cd/m². The only weakness is the blooming is sometimes noticeable on the subtitles. Korean engineers have for once made efforts on color calibration.
The scaling is correct, even if we strongly recommend that you use 4K sources. The video game functions are neat. We are entitled to HDMI 2.1 for consoles next-genbut also G-Sync and Freesync for PC gamers.
So certainly it is expensive, but given the advanced technologies on board it remains almost reasonable.
Samsung QE43LS03A (The Frame 2021) The look above all
Samsung is also known for its “The Frame” and “The Serif” televisions, products that are very design-oriented and designed to hide as well as possible in interiors. The Frame, as its name suggests, seeks to pass for a painting by allowing the addition of wooden rods to surround the screen. The TV also has an “art” mode which displays works of art, all in all you have the impression of a real painting, especially if the TV is hung on the wall.
Interchangeable frame point for The Serifbut a very modern design.
The TVs support HDR and HDR 10+ with QLED panels, but these are the entry-level panels, matching the Q60 series we were talking about above. This aesthetic work is also paid for. With identical diagonals, the two televisions are significantly more expensive than their “classic” equivalents. This is the price to pay to have a television perfectly integrated into its interior.
Better understand QLED TVs
What are the advantages of QLED over OLED?
QLED screens have two main advantages over OLED. They are brighter, with some models reaching light peaks in excess of 1500 nits (or cd/m²). This is particularly practical for managing HDR. Also, because it’s LCD-based, QLED is much less susceptible to lighting problems. burn in of OLEDs. This makes these screens great for gaming, as they won’t score after long gaming sessions. Some QLED TVs also offer “game modes” with a input lag lower than those of OLED.
Why choose a QLED TV?
As mentioned above, the strengths of the technology lie in the brightness as well as the fidelity to the colors. If you choose a QLED television, it is above all to highlight your gaming sessions. This will enhance the most beautiful games in your catalog. Likewise if you enjoy watching sports competitions, the color dynamics will make every match more immersive.
What is Mini LED?
Introduced a few years ago, Mini LED technology will become more popular in 2022. This backlighting technique miniaturizes the light sources in the television. As a result, the backlight zones are multiplying, amounting to more than 1000 on certain models. This makes it possible to obtain a much better contrast than conventional LED TVs, without however reaching the absolute blacks of OLED. Last bonus, Mini LED TVs are much thinner. Note, however, that while mini LED TVs are all QLED, the reverse is not necessarily true.
What is QD-OLED?
Were you already a little lost in all these terms? Samsung adds a layer by presenting its QD-OLED technology. The latter takes the best of OLED panels (absolute blacks) by adding Quantum Dots for better brightness.
The result is an OLED panel much brighter than average and offering much better color rendering. Initially distributed by third-party manufacturers, these new tiles do not however seem to be part of the Samsung 2022 range.
Why are there only Samsung QLED TVs?
Samsung isn’t the only QLED TV maker in the market. Other brands have also entered the niche, such as TCL for example. That being said, it was the Korean who popularized the technology and bet on it the most. Investments in R&D and communication which mean that today Samsung is not only the best brand for QLED, and that we also tend to forget that it is not the only firm to offer QLED.
How to choose the right TV?
It is important to take into account the screen technology, but also other important points such as the definition, the video standards supported or the diagonal that best suits your home. We answer all these questions and many more in our guide to choosing the right TV.
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