The Samsung UN55KU6290 Review
The only difference between the KU6290 and the KU6300 above it in the Samsung lineup is that the KU6300 has the Smart Remote, and the KU6290 has a standard remote control.
Samsung UN55KU6290 ReviewSpecs
- Diagonal Screen Size – 65”
- 4K UHD (3840 x 2160)
- TV without stand: 65” Model 57.6″ x 33.2″ x 2.5″
- TV with stand: 65” Model 57.6″ x 35.7″ x 14.5″
- Contrast Enhancer
- Motion Rate 120 (60Hz native panel with backlight scanning)
- Speaker output power: 10W x 2
- Quad Core Processor
- Samsung Smart View (Mirroring)
- MHL-compatible HDMI input for viewing photos/videos from a compatible smartphone on the TV’s screen
- 3 HDMI, 2 USB Connections
- Wi-Fi Built-in (802.11ac)
- HEVC decoder included (for watching streamed 4K content)
- Mobile to TV Mirroring; DLNA
- Free downloadable apps for iOS and Android™ enable you use a compatible smartphone or tablet as a remote control
- Other Dimensions: UN60KU6300 – 53.7″ x 33.6″ x 14.5″ with stand, 53.7″ x 31.1″ x 2.5″ without
- UN55KU6290 – 48.9″ x 31.0″ x 12.2″ with stand, 48.9″ x 28.3″ x 2.5″ without stand
- UN65KU6300 – 57.6″ x 33.2″ x 2.5″ without stand, 57.6″ x 35.7″ x 14.5″ with stand
Strengths the Samsung UN55KU6290 Review
- Screen Reflection is not severe
- Upscaling and conversion of lower HD and standard def to 4K is solid for the price point
- Contrast and Color from front and centerGreat light flow through from LED edge lights
- Web browser included
- On-screen menu system is easy
- Low input lag in game mode
- Gaming Mode input lag (good TV for Gaming)
- HDR Premium with Active Crystal Color for future proofing
Weaknesses then Samsung UN55KU6290 Review
- 60Hz TV, judder can be apparent with Automotion turned off especially with lower end resolutions
- Automotion Plus “Telenovela” effect
- Side Angle Viewing contrast and color saturation degrades
- Aesthetic Appeal not a super high end look
- Slow starting time on some Apps 6-12 seconds for some Apps like Netflix and Amazon Instant
- Small selection of preset picture modes
Picture Quality Samsung UN55KU6290 Review
As we’ve mentioned many times before, edge lit LED backlit LCDs are not the ideal picture technology (even in 4K), however Samsung’s semi clear coat screen is a big plus. Images are clear and color information is accurate. Over time, some light bleed is likely to occur – noticeable during very dark or black background scenes. Colors pop very well for an LED TV and Samsung has the brightest LEDs (peak Whites) in the industry if you need a very bright screen. The clear panel technology in this screen which helps to absorb ambient light is an excellent feature.
LED Edge Backlight – A Standout Feature
The light flow through created by the Samsung LED backlights has been a major positive for the last couple of years and continues with this UHD offering. It’s one of the TVs best characteristics. Some complain that it can cause screen uniformity issues. To tone down the LED backlight from causing some uneven screen uniformity issues turn the backlight setting (found in the picture settings menu) down to a more reasonable level – around 80% is what we recommend. This will keep screen uniformity issues from arising and you still have plenty of brightness from this super bright LED TV. Having powerful LED backlighting in case you need it for super bright room conditions is a plus.
Samsung Smart Hub
The KU6290 does not get the top Samsung Tizen OS Smart Hub of the top models, but instead gets a similar Smart Hub suite to last year with the same basic design. Samsung hit the mark with their user interface and intuitive navigation. This time around you will see the Game tab as one of the major smart TV pages. The On TV page allows for individual logins. This means different members of the family can have different recommendation settings. This is a big plus for a home with multiple TV users. The Smart Hub for the KU6300 includes a full web browser.
The quad-core processor greatly increases the speed of the Smart TV function and browsing. It is a welcome addition since processing speed and multitasking were slow before the upgrade to the quad-core.
Appearance and Design
The KU6290 has a nice design with a half inch border charcoal black matte frame surrounding the screen. The screen is 2.5” in depth so plenty thin for wall mounting. It’s no knockout design, but I like thee lines of the new stand. It’s also very sturdy while looking updated and modern.
The KU6290 has a standard remote control with a 5-way controller for Smart TV controls.
There is plenty of volume from the inbuilt 10w speakers. It’s not what I would call high quality defined audio, but it gets the job done.
Other Features for this Samsung UN55KU6290 Review
The KU6290 is DirecTV ready for 4K content. The TV has built in Wifi, and plenty of HDMI inputs (4) and 3 USB inputs. It also has mobile to TV mirroring and a Game Picture Mode for gamers. Though we were not able to test the HDR Premium picture, it’s nice to have some future proofing HDR compatibility included. This just means that it will be able to display some types of HDR content on the screen, even though the TV does not have a wide enough color gamut to capture all the nuances of HDR. There is a Game Mode for gamers. This is a good gaming TV with around 28ms input lag when Game Mode is enabled.
Design the Samsung UN55KU6290 Review
The Samsung’s UN55KU6290 design is generally good. The frame is thin for such a big TV. And the dark grey color looks good also. However the stander is big and somehow exaggerated. We expected more from the Samsung.