Is QLED Still King?

 LG C10 OLED Vs. Samsung Q90T QLED

Welcome back everyone and today I have pleasure of pitting the LG C10 OLED against the Samsung Q90T QLED, both of them are heavy hitters this year, both cost a good chunk of money and if you are going to spend that much money on a TV should definitely get the one that is right for you. We’re going to talk about the core differences in the technology behind these TVs, go through the user experience and some other feature differences but ultimately land on picture quality which I think is what matters most. There’s lot to cover so let’s get right into it.


Let’s start with Samsung’s Q90T which by the way looks a lot like last’s year Q90R at least from the outside. It’s got the same stylish of stand,  it’s have a stylish stand which leaves enough room for a sound bar that’s good news also it’s about the same thickness as we saw last year with the Q90R which is to say it’s not particularly thin but it needs room for its back lightning system more on that in a second. Other design elements include really thin bezels although you do get a little bit of a black matrix border around the image and then also Samsung offers a no gap wall mount which put this thing right against the wall and it’s is really attractive look. From the screen tech side it got both an anti-glare and a wide angle viewing filter put together increases the experience of the TV you get better black levels that way and you can also get better color saturation when you are not sitting right smack dab in the center of the TV. The only downside to having those layers in place is that in very limited situations where you’ve got a bright light source. This TV can do up to 1100 nits in HDR which is going to do great things for HDR highlights we’ll show you that in a few minutes. But it also has really good black levels for an LED TV. Samsung really figured out how to control light bleeding from around bright objects on a black background we called those halos so you get a really good contrast out of television. At the end of the day though it is an LED backlit TV with and LED panel so where does the Q come in for QLED well that refers to quantum dots which essentially help expand the color gamut of the TV and the overall brightness potential of the TV but as a LED backlit LCD TV it also comes with a few problems and that’s something that you just don’t get with OLED, stepping away from the QLED Technology though for a minute I want to talk about the gaming powers of this TV. It doesn’t have full on HDMI 2.1 inputs but it’s got all all the fun stuff that people associate with HDMI 2.1, so that is to say that it does do 4k 120 Hz gaming. It does do variable refresh through free sync so that’s going to be great for the new consoles that come out and it also has an auto game mode that it flips into to reduce input lag and give you the best most responsive experience. As LCD TV it does have a very good response time overall although it’s not as lightening fast as OLED.




Now let’s take a minute to talk about the LG C10 OLED and starting with design it really hard to compete with an OLED TV I mean they’re just so incredibly thin but one thing about this TV is that it does have a little bit of a bump out on the back so if you are mounting it to the wall it’s not going to go flush up against the wall like the Samsung we just told you. The TV got super thin bezels in fact they’re almost not there but it also has a black matrix border as you will see in actual which is little bit bigger than Samsung. Then the stands a little bit different obviously it’s wider but it’s not as deep, it also serves to aid the audio which I’ll talk about in a second. Overall though the impression that you get from an OLED TV is just striking. Now this TV has anti-glare layer over it but it’s not nearly as effective as what what you see on the Samsung so there is some glossiness to this screen but on the other hand you don’t get that problems. Now let’s talk about brightness this TV can get up to about 750 nits in HDR which obviously is significantly lower than the 1100 or so that the Samsung can do, on the other hand also gets perfectly black  like there is absolutely no light whatsoever coming from the TV in the black areas when you start with that foundations of black then you get a really great contrast so even though this TV isn’t as zingy as may be the Samsung is. It has a richer overall picture and that is possible because of OLED Technology. OLED – Organic Light Emitting Diode. There is no backlight there is no LCD Panel layer there is no multiple other layers between them. So that’s why it’s razor thin but basically what you have got is little tiny pixels filled with organic compounds that light up when you apply electricity to them and when you take that electricity away it gets completely black and that’s why even though it doesn’t get as bright you still get amazing perceived contrast with this TV. What that mean is that it does just fine with wide color gamut and great color saturation overall it doesn’t need that kind of assistive technology. On the input front it has four HDMI 2.1 inputs. I say HDMI 2.1 because they have been certified by HDMI. They are not full spec HDMI and I almost don’t even want to go there just suffice to say that it does have enough throughput to handle anything that you might plug into it and what it means for gamers specifically is that it does 4k 120 Hz gaming with variable refresh rate but the difference when we get into the variable refresh rate or VRR is that this TV supports both NVIDIA-G-Sync as well AMD free sync, so if you want that enhanced capability and I think a lot of high end pc gamers might want that this TV supports it. 


As for the user experience on these TVs I would say it’s a draw both of them have some fun things going on for them and some minor annoyances. Both the TVs are serviceable in terms of letting you get to apps and watch content, both offer voice assistance so Samsung added Amazon ALEXA while LG uses it own voice assistant along with Google voice assistant.

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