- The Samsung S90C OLED panel offers top-notch picture quality with vibrant colors and flawless blacks.
- The gaming mode on the S90C includes 120 Hz on all four HDMI ports, making it ideal for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.
- The S90C has best-in-class 4K upscaling capabilities with Samsung’s Neural Quantum Processor.
- The sound quality on the S90C is impressive, with Samsung’s Object Tracking System and Dolby Atmos providing immersive and crisp audio.
- The Samsung S90C has a beautiful design with a slim profile and almost bezel-free look.
In the world of OLED televisions, LG has been the dominant player for some time. Well, LG’s reign at the top of the TV world has some tough competition with Samsung’s OLED models. Specifically, I mean the Samsung S90C which could be the best television available for most people this year.
While the Samsung S95B was Samsung’s first OLED panel to shake up the top end of the market, its price also meant it was out of reach for many price-conscious shoppers.
Fast forward to the release of the Samsung S90C with its wonderful OLED panel and down-to-earth pricing. There is little question the S90C is going to give models like the LG C3 and LG G3 a run for their money. With this in mind, let’s jump into all of the reasons the Samsung S90C is worth a good look.
It should go without saying that picture quality is the single best reason to buy the Samsung S90C. The combination of Samsung’s quantum dot technology and OLED panel has given rise to vibrant colors and flawless blacks. On top of the color quality, you also have one of the brightest televisions that pairs with near-infinite contrast.
Needless to say, there is no question that the Samsung S90C, which is decidedly middle-of-the-road as far as pricing, feels far more premium. LG might have a slight edge on brightness with the LG C3, but there is no question in mind most people will never notice a difference (and pay less).
Whether it’s movies or TV shows, there should be almost no room for complaints with the picture quality. This is applicable in both light and dark-room viewing, though dark-room movie streaming is one of the best reasons to pick up the Samsung S90C.
When it comes to gaming televisions, you want the very best for both your PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. The good news is that all four of the HDMI 2.1 ports on the Samsung S90C are capable of 144 Hz, so you won’t have any concerns running 120 frames per second. Better yet, if you have an eARC-enabled soundbar, you can plug that into an HDMI port and have room-filling sound to go along with your Call of Dutysessions.
On top of HDMI 2.1, the Samsung S90C arrives with support for ALLM (auto low latency mode) and VRR (variable refresh rate). In addition, Samsung also packed this television with AMD FreeSync premium for low-latency gaming.
Plus, one of my favorite Samsung TV benefits is the addition of a Game Mode. When enabled, the S90C includes various software enhancements to enhance gameplay. While I’m sure some will miss Dolby Vision, there is almost nothing else to complain about gaming-wise with the Samsung S90C.
There are a ton of televisions that promise 4K upscaling as a major selling point. Even truly budget-friendly televisions one-third the price of the Samsung S90C make commitments around 4K upscaling. However, few of these televisions can match Samsung’s Neural Quantum Processor with 4K upscaling.
Samsung indicates that HD movies, live sports, or old home videos are all going to be transformed by 4K upscaling. Using an AI-powered processor behind the scenes, Samsung is also able to utilize 20 specialized networks that help deliver what it claims is an “expertly upscaled 4K resolution.”
Of course, it isn’t a perfect system by any stretch, but I think for anyone who wants to enjoy as much as possible in 4K quality, the S90C is as good as it gets.
With the release of the Samsung S95B, there were a lot of positives, but audio was one of the only areas Samsung fell behind LG. Fortunately, Samsung has seen the light and has revamped the S90C sound for a truly great experience.
Everything begins with Samsung’s Object Tracking System, a staple part of Samsung’s better televisions. This processor allows you to hear sound from the screen wherever the action is taking place. In other words, if you see an explosion during a movie in the top left of the screen, this is also where you’ll be hearing the sound. This is one of the most unique aspects of Samsung TV ownership and it just works so well.
Along with object tracking, Samsung included Dolby Atmos on the S90C. The result is an impressive virtual surround sound that performs far better than you would think it could. Dialog, in particular, sounds crisp and you will never struggle to hear what a character is saying on screen. If you pair the S90C with a Samsung soundbar, you also take advantage of Q-Symphony 3.0, which gives you a virtual surround sound that’s hard to beat.
Unless you are looking at a television like Samsung’s The Frame, there is every reason to think television design is of secondary importance. Regardless, the Samsung S90C is one good-looking television and it deserves to be listed as a reason to buy this TV in 2024.
While the Samsung S90C won’t sit flush against the wall like The Frame, it’s close enough to feel like it won’t push out from a wall either. With only 4 mm of depth and an almost bezel-free look, there is little to complain about with the Samsung S90C’s design.
The eARC, HDMI, and optical inputs are all easily accessible, which isn’t true of all televisions these days. Sometimes placement for the most important inputs can be oddly centered, but the Samsung S90C does well to make everything within reach.
One of the more unique features of the Samsung S90C, the SolarCell remote, is great to use. The biggest highlight is the inclusion of a solar panel for charging, which makes batteries a thing of the past. Add in a built-in microphone and you can take full advantage of voice controls for changing channels or adjusting volume. There is support for both Samsung Bixby and Amazon Alexa, both of which can change apps and inputs as well.
The remote design itself is identical to the model being used with the Samsung S95C, which is a testament to Samsung’s commitment to this new design. Of course, if you do need to plug it in for a quick charge, the SolarCell remote supports USB-C charging.
It shouldn’t come as any surprise the Samsung S90C is packed with smart features. For the most part, the centerpiece of the S90C is the SmartThings ecosystem. This technology allows you to control both the S90C and other smart devices in your home through the SmartThings smartphone app. SmartThings includes voice support for Samsung Bixby and Alexa, so voice commands work beyond the television set itself.
Beyond smart home features, the rest of the Samsung S90C is focused on the Tizen operating system. I can’t say that Tizen, Samsung’s smart OS, is my favorite to use, but it’s not the worst. There is a quick access bar to your most recent apps, which I think is a nice inclusion. It’s almost in the center of the screen, so it immediately draws your attention.
The top of the screen is a banner, which often showcases hit movies and TV shows. However, my least favorite part of the Samsung Tizen system is it can also be home to ads as well. Generally, these ads focus on Samsung-specific features, but any ad is a bad ad on your television.
In the menu system, you can quickly move between the different TV modes, including Gaming Mode. Last but not least, you have quick access to Samsung TV Plus, which is the company’s live-stream app. I can’t imagine many people spending a whole lot of time with this app, but it’s available all the same.
7 Reasons I’m Buying a Samsung S90C Series OLED TV Summary
|When it comes to picture quality, the Samsung S90C OLED panel is top-notch.
|Gaming mode on the S90C is feature-rich and includes 120 Hz on all four HDMI ports.
|Upscaling to 4K content is best-in-class on the S90C.
|With Dolby Atmos, watching movies and TV shows sounds great on the S90C.
|The beautifully slim design of the S90C looks great in every home.
|Samsung’s SolarCell remote offers a minimal design and solar recharging.
|The Tizen OS offers access to every streaming app under the sun.
- 65" OLED 4K display
- Quantum HDR
- Dolby Atmos Object Tracking Sound Lite
- Q-Symphony 3.0
- Gaming hub
- Alexa built-in
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