Samsung NU6900 Review — Tom’s Guide
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The Samsung NU6900 Smart 4K TV gives you ultra-HD resolution and a solid smart TV for an affordable price, but it could use more ports.
Tom’s Guide Verdict
The Samsung 65-inch LED NU6900 Smart 4K TV gives you ultra-HD resolution and a solid smart TV for an affordable price, but it could use more ports.
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Samsung NU6900 specs
Model number: UN65NU6900
Screen size: 65 inches
Resolution: 3840 x 2160
HDR: HDR10, HLG, HDR10+
Refresh rate: 60 Hz
Ports: 2 HDMI, 1 USB
Audio: 2x 20-Watt
Smart TV software: Samsung SmartThings (Tizen)
Size: 57. 4 x 33 x 2.4 inches [w/o stand]
Weight: 55.1 pounds [w/o stand]
The Samsung NU6900 65-inch LED TV ($479) offers many of the features you would get from the best TVs, for an attractive price. The LCD TV may not offer Samsung’s quantum-dot QLED display, but everything on offer is poised to match whatever entry-level TV you might find on the market. For under $500 you can get 4K resolution, HDR support and Samsung’s excellent smart TV platform, but the lower price does require a few compromises.
Editor’s Note (8/13/2020): The Samsung NU6900 is still available to buy, so we’ve updated our review to reflect current pricing. The original rating remains unchanged.
Samsung NU6900 review: Price and availability
Our testing and evaluation focuses on the 65-inch model from Samsung’s NU6900 line, the UN65NU6900. As of this writing, the 65-inch UN6900 sells for $479 through Best Buy. But the NU6900 model line includes other models, with the same feature set and overall performance that can be found with different screen sizes, ranging from 43-inches up to 75-inches at the largest.
Additional sizes of the NU6900 can be found through Best Buy and other consumer electronics retailers, in the following models and screen sizes:
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While the screen size and dimensions will obviously vary by model, the entire NU6900 line offers the same aesthetic design, port selection and smart features. Picture quality and audio performance may vary from one model to the next. At present, our testing includes only the 65-inch model.
For a basic 4K LCD TV, the NU6900 looks surprisingly chic. The plastic chassis is basic black, but it’s dressed up with a textured finish that looks much nicer than most plain rear panels. The attachable feet are also black plastic, but they are sturdy enough that you won’t need to worry about the TV wobbling or getting knocked over by your kid.
The TV measures 57.4 x 33 x 2.4 inches without the stand attached, and weighs 55.1 pounds, making it just big and heavy enough that you’ll want to have a second person to help with setup and moving of the TV. The attachable stand lifts the TV another 3.4 inches, and has a footprint of 6.7 x 12.5 inches. If you want to put the TV on a wall, the chassis will support a 400mm x 400mm VESA mount.
On the back of the set is a strip of grooves running the length of the TV. Upon closer inspection, these grooves aren’t merely decorative, they also serve as cable management, letting you run the cables for power, HDMI and coaxial connections while keeping them tucked out of sight.
Samsung NU6900 review: Port selection
On the back of the TV is a panel of connections along the right-hand side of the chassis. The side-facing orientation of the ports makes it easy to add and remove devices, especially compared with other TVs that use a downward-facing panel.
The set is equipped with just two HDMI ports (one with ARC for soundbars and other speaker setups), and a single USB connection. That’s not a lot — we generally recommend getting a TV with at least four — but it will let you connect two external sources, such as a game console and a cable box. If you want more connectivity and don’t want to swap cables in and out by hand, you’ll want to pick up an HDMI switch.
The rest of the port selection is fairly sparse, and it’s a little surprising what you won’t find, like a 3.5 millimeter jack for headphones, RCA audio connectors or any component and composite video outputs. It’s all HDMI on this TV, which may be frustrating to some users.
There is a coaxial connector for attaching an antenna, and an optical audio port for connecting older surround sound systems. The set has built-in Wi-Fi and Ethernet for network connectivity, but there is no additional wireless capability, so don’t bother getting Bluetooth connected headphones or speakers for this TV.
Samsung NU6900 review: Performance
The NU6900 is a solid performer, with 3840 x 2160 Ultra HD resolution and support for HDR, including HDR10+, Samsung’s proprietary high-dynamic range format. I was impressed with how well the TV handles color and contrast, and it offers decent picture quality for everything from movies and TVs shows to gaming in 4K.
Watching a scene from Spider-Man: Homecoming, the costumed hero climbed the Washington Monument. The scenery included bright blue skies and lush green foliage on the ground, with the gleaming monument stone. But while there were bright colors, it wasn’t all as true-to-life as other TVs have managed. Additionally, while the NU6900’s 60Hz refresh rate is more than adequate for most TV viewing, we did notice that fast motion was just a little choppy.
The vibrance of colors are a bit muted due to the set’s limited color gamut. When tested with our X-Rite i1 Pro spectrophotometer, the NU6900 produced 96.25 percent of the sRGB colorspace, which is pretty lackluster when compared with other midrange sets, like the TCL 6 Series Roku TV or the Vizio E-Series 65-Inch (E65-F1), which both approached 100 percent, measuring at 9. 96 and 99.23 percent, respectively. This sort of narrow gamut is more in line with what we expect from budget-priced sets, like the Sharp 65-inch 4K Roku TV, which produced a similar 97.13 percent color gamut and sells for under $500.
The NU6900 is a solid performer, with 3840 x 2160 Ultra HD resolution and support for HDR, including HDR10+, Samsung’s proprietary high-dynamic range format.
Color accuracy was also off, with the NU6900 getting a Delta-E rating of 3.08 (0 is perfect). That deviation from the color that should be displayed may not be drastic enough to look wrong in most circumstances when viewing the TV alone, but it is worse than we saw on the Vizio E-Series (1.36). And when compared the set side-by-side with the TCL 6-Series (1.1), the differences were noticeable.
That said, you’ll find worse color performance the lower down the price scale you go; the Sharp 65-inch 4K Roku TV had a Delta-E rating of 4.06, and the Sceptre 65-inch 4K TV (U650CV-U) tested at 12. 8 — both skewed heavily with unnatural color.
With a standard edge-lit LCD display, the 65-inch NU6900 struggles with many of the problems that dog other inexpensive sets. Black levels are closer to a dark gray, and while bright colors look great, more subdued colors and dimmer environments lose a lot of that luster.
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Watching a scene from Blade Runner 2049, a night scene set next to a campfire displayed some good and bad performance. It did well with highlighting brightly lit objects in the dark, thanks to excellent contrast performance. But the lack of dimmable local backlighting meant that those high-contrast scenes were filled with bright halos of unwanted light spilling over into dark portions of the picture. A shot of sparks rising up from the fire into a black sky highlighted this problem, showing large swaths of screen that glowed bright despite showing a mostly black image.
When connected to an Xbox One X, the Samsung supported 4K gaming at 60Hz, making it more than capable enough for console gamers. However, the nicer extras, like HDR support for games, aren’t available. The TV itself has a lag time of 22.7 milliseconds in game mode, making it OK regarding responsiveness, but you might not like the choppy motion we saw during testing.
Samsung NU6900 review: Audio
The NU6900 is outfitted with a pair of 20-watt speakers, which made enough sound to fill our testing lab, and they offered good clarity even at high volumes. Listening to The Ramone’s “The Blitzkrieg Bop,” the audio stayed clear as I dialed up the volume. Even when we approached 100 percent volume, there was none of the buzzing that plagues so many inexpensive TVs.
The only real complaint I had about the audio was the lack of bass; some TVs manage to produce decent bass levels without a subwoofer, but the NU6900 wasn’t one of them. If you want fuller sound, you should look into getting a soundbar with an included subwoofer.
Samsung NU6900 review: Remote control
A basic remote offers enough functionality to navigate menus with a 4-button directional pad, but it’s a far cry from the more intuitive minimalist design offered on the Samsung One Remote that comes with more premium QLED sets. It’s covered with additional buttons: Up and down rockers for volume control and channel selection, media playback buttons, contextual menu buttons and numbers for entering specific channels.
The remote is a far cry from the more intuitive minimalist design offered on the Samsung One Remote that comes with more premium QLED sets.
If you’ve seen the sleek, minimalist design of the One Remote, you might be disappointed to see that this is a throwback to earlier, chunkier designs. When similarly priced smart TVs from other manufacturers come with the sleek Roku remote and other more modern controls, it’s hard not to think that Samsung’s old-school remote is a holdover from the days of dumb TVs.
Samsung NU6900 review: Smart TV features
The NU6900 is outfitted with Samsung’s SmartThings interface, which we consider one of the better smart TV platforms available. You’ll have access to all of your favorite apps, thanks to Samsung’s fairly expansive app store, and new additions to the Samsung ecosystem include support for iTunes video content.
But you don’t get the full experience Samsung offers on its more premium sets. The biggest omission is the lack of voice interaction. The remote has no built-in microphone, and even the Samsung remote app lacks the option to use the Bixby voice assistant found on Samsung’s higher-end models. The good news is that you can still connect your Samsung smart TV to Alexa, letting you add voice controls on your own.
Samsung NU6900 review: Verdict
The Samsung NU6900 is a good option for anyone who wants to get a solid 4K smart TV without spending a lot. The attractive design, strong contrast and a decent smart TV experience make it a great set to pick up on sale.
But it has some flaws, like a limited port selection, middling picture quality and a less expansive collection of smart TV features than other Samsung sets. The TCL 6-Series Roku TV offers better picture quality and more robust smart TV software, but it also costs about $150 more. So if you want a big screen for less, the Samsung NU6900 is worth a look.
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Brian Westover is currently Lead Analyst, PCs and Hardware at PCMag. Until recently, however, he was Senior Editor at Tom’s Guide, where he led the site’s TV coverage for several years, reviewing scores of sets and writing about everything from 8K to HDR to HDMI 2.1. He also put his computing knowledge to good use by reviewing many PCs and Mac devices, and also led our router and home networking coverage. Prior to joining Tom’s Guide, he wrote for TopTenReviews and PCMag.
Samsung NU6900 Review: Adequate with Some Flaws
Are you looking for an affordable TV with many features that you’d get from pricier models? If yes, then you should read this Samsung NU6900 review.
By James Namo | Updated February 23, 2023 | 13 minutes read | 74 Reads
Itechguides’ Take on Samsung NU6900
The Samsung NU6900 is a decent entry-level 4K smart TV that offers an adequate display performance. In addition to that, the television features the Tizen OS that has major streaming apps. Unfortunately, the Samsung NU6900 lacks Bluetooth for wireless connectivity.
- Good viewing angle
- Plenty of streaming apps
- Slim build
- High contrast ratio
- Limited number of ports
- No Bluetooth
- Operating system contains ads
The purpose of this review is to provide all the necessary information you need to know about the Samsung NU6900. Hence, I will be discussing the design, display features, ports and connectivity features, and sound features of the television.
Additionally, since the Samsung NU6900 is a smart TV, I’ll be discussing its smart features as well. To give you a better insight into the performance of the television, I will be rating the TV on a scale of ten at the end of each section.
Therefore, reading this article to the end will provide you with all the important information you need about the Samsung NU6900.
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My Initial Thoughts
Samsung released some entry-level TVs in 2018, one of which is the NU6900. The Samsung NU6900 is a 4K smart television that is available in six different models/sizes.
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However, in this review article, we’ll be discussing the 70-inch model of the NU6900 – the Samsung NU6900 70. Similar to the Samsung NU6900 65 that we reviewed earlier and other sizes of the television, this 70-inch Samsung television packs a lot of interesting features.
These features include a decent 4K resolution display, Tizen OS with SmartHub interface, and a cable management system. With these features, the 70-inch Samsung NU6900 had a reasonable starting price of $499.98 in March 2022 (when I wrote this review).
Having said all that, I am sure you are interested in knowing more about the television’s features. Well, to know more, you need to read the subsequent sections below.
The Samsung NU6900 comes with a very simple but brilliant design. Although the television is entirely made of plastic, it looks good and classy like high-end televisions.
However, this Samsung television features fairly thick bezels surrounding its 70-inch display. Furthermore, these bezels have a glossy-black finish and they might cause a bit of distraction when viewing the TV.
On a bright note, the bottom bezel houses a “Samsung” inscription that adds to the television’s sleekness.
Moving on, the Samsung NU6900 comes with a pair of attachable legs which are made of plastic and have a textured finish. However, one design flaw with the legs is that they are not tall.
Thereby, narrowing the space at the bottom of the TV where the soundbar should fit. Regardless, the short legs of the television are quite sturdy and offer enough stability.
Hence, the Samsung NU6900 should not wobble even when nudged with force.
That said, let us now proceed to discuss the back of the television. On that note, the Samsung NU6900 has a plain black textured panel on its back.
Furthermore, the entire back panel of this television is made of solid plastic with some dented stripes at the bottom edge. If you look up close at these dented stripes, you will notice some clips that serve as a form of a cable management system.
That said, now let us talk about wall mounting the television in case you don’t want to place it on a desk. To start with, the Samsung NU6900 features 200 x 200 mm VESA holes that you can use to wall-mount the TV.
Moreover, the television shouldn’t bulge out of the wall when wall-mounted due to its slim form factor. Speaking of the form factor, this brings us to talk about the weight and dimension of this television.
The Samsung NU6900 measures 1574.8 x 60.9 x 873.7 mm (W x D x H) and weighs 24720.7 g. Impressively, this television is lighter than some smaller-sized televisions.
For instance, the TV is lighter than the 65-inch Samsung UA65NU7100 and Samsung UN65NU6950 which both weigh 25000 g each.
Therefore, the Samsung NU6900 deserves a rating of an eight out of ten in this design review section.
Samsung NU6900 Display Features and Picture Quality Review
The Samsung NU6900 boasts a gorgeous 70-inch display with a 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution. Performance-wise, this display should be able to deliver clear, realistic, and colorful picture quality thanks to its 4K resolution.
Apart from its 4K resolution, this television’s display comes with an impressive contrast ratio. For better understanding, the contrast ratio is the proportion between the brightest and darkest shades of a display.
Furthermore, a good contrast ratio implies that the display will be able to render deep blacks. Impressively, the Samsung NU6900’s display registered a good native contrast ratio of 6,107:1.
As a result, this television’s display should be able to produce deep black. Thereby, making the television suitable for watching films with lots of dark scenes or dark room viewing.
Sadly, the Samsung NU6900’s display doesn’t have local dimming. For clarity, the local dimming is a picture technology that strengthens the black level and contrast ratio of a display by dimming backlight layers.
Thus, if the display had local dimming, blacks will look darker than they would if the display doesn’t have local dimming. Nevertheless, because this television’s display already has a high contrast ratio, the lack of local dimming isn’t a major issue.
However, a disappointing issue about the Samsung NU6900’s display is that it doesn’t produce enough brightness for bright room viewing. Basically, the display recorded a peak brightness of 273 nits.
With this peak brightness, the display can easily get overwhelmed by glares from direct sunlight or bright areas. Therefore, for a good viewing experience, a dim or moderately-lit room will be the best place to view the Samsung NU6900.
Moving on to the viewing angles of this display, this is an important display feature if you watch TV with a large group of people in a wide room. This is because a good viewing angle is important for making the display viewable from acute or extreme angles.
However, you might want to brace up because the Samsung NU6900’s display doesn’t have good viewing angles. Hence, when you view the display off-center or from extreme angles, you might observe slight brightness loss or color distortion.
In addition to all the display features we have discussed in this section, let’s also talk about HDR (High Dynamic Range). To begin with, the Samsung NU6900’s display supports HDR which enhances its brightness and color accuracy when viewing HDR-supported content.
For context, you will mostly find HDR-supported content on streaming platforms such as Netflix and Disney+.
In terms of motion handling, the Samsung NU6900 offers a response time of 16.2 milliseconds. Briefly, response time refers to how fast display pixels can change from one color to another.
Thus, with a response time as fast as 16.2 milliseconds, there will be minimal blur trails when the Samsung NU6900’s display is viewing fast-motion content. Thus, the Samsung NU6900 is ideal for watching sports, action movies, and other fast-motion content.
Moving on, the Samsung NU6900’s display has an input lag of 22.5 milliseconds. For more understanding, input lag is the delay between when a display registers a signal input and when the signal input is sent.
Thus, for an enjoyable gaming experience, a display must have an input lag of 15 milliseconds or less. Well, as you can see above, the Samsung NU6900’s display’s input lag is nowhere near 15 milliseconds.
Thus, the Samsung NU6900 isn’t ideal for competitive or hardcore gaming. However, with its display’s low input lag, the television is okay for casual or not-too-serious gaming.
In conclusion, the Samsung NU6900 offers a 4K display with adequate picture quality. However, the television’s display has some disappointing flaws such as its poor viewing angles and mediocre peak brightness.
Therefore, I will be rating the Samsung NU6900 an eight out of ten in this display review section.
Sound Features Review
The Samsung NU6900 is equipped with a pair of 2CH 20-watts speakers. That’s a total sound output of 40-watts, which should be fairly loud enough to fill a large room with sound.
Moreover, the television’s speakers offer decent audio quality. However, due to the fact that the television lacks a subwoofer, its speakers won’t be able to produce adequate bass.
Thus, bass-heavy movies or movies with lots of rumbling and thumping sounds might not be particularly suitable to watch on the Samsung NU6900. As a result, to get an adequate amount of bass, you should consider purchasing a soundbar.
On a positive note, the Samsung NU6900’s speakers can produce clear and well-balanced audio, good enough for clear dialogue. For clarity, dialogue refers to the conversation between two or more characters in a movie or TV show.
Another sound feature of the Samsung NU6900 worth talking about is its compatibility with Dolby Digital Plus. Dolby Digital Plus is a sound technology that allows a sound device to produce 5-channel surround audio.
Thus, creating an illusion that sound is coming from numerous angles of your environment. As a result, when viewing the Samsung NU6900, you sure will get a cinematic audio and viewing experience.
That said, the Samsung NU6900 offers an average distortion performance. To be more specific, on a THD test, the television delivered a score of 0.541% at 80% volume and 1.189% at maximum volume.
For clarity, THD (Total Harmonic Distortion) test is an audio test that evaluates the amount of distortion that a sound device can produce. Furthermore, on this test, a score of 1% or below means the sound device produces minimal distortion.
However, if the score is above 1%, that means the sound device produces a noticeable amount of distortion. Well, according to the Samsung NU6900’s THD test result, the television will produce minimal distortion at a moderate volume level (80% or below).
However, at the maximum volume level, the distortion that the television will produce will be noticeable and significant. In case you’re wondering, distortion in this context is the deformation of sound frequencies, allowing the sound device to produce disturbing sound quality.
Having considered all we have discussed in this sound features review section, I will rate the Samsung NU6900 a seven out of ten.
Samsung NU6900 Ports and Connectivity Features Review
Port-wise, the Samsung NU6900 offers a limited number of ports. To make things worse, all the ports are located on the back of the television.
As a result, users won’t be able to easily access the ports whenever the television is mounted on the wall. Having said that, let us now discuss the types of ports that the television comes with.
To start with, the Samsung NU6900 features two HDMI ports. As with most televisions nowadays, one of these television’s HDMI ports supports ARC (Audio Return Channel).
Hence, using the HDMI-ARC port, users will be able to connect a soundbar or ARC-supported speakers to the television. Aside from the HDMI ports, this television also comes with a single USB port, RF port, Ethernet port, and an optical digital out.
Meanwhile, for wireless connectivity, the Samsung NU6900 features an in-built 802.11 ac WiFi but lacks Bluetooth.
Next up in this section is the remote control of the television. To begin with, the Samsung NU6900 comes with a standard (TM1240A) remote control that is very basic but functional.
To give more details, the TM1240A remote control features a chunky design and is made of plastic with a matte black finish. In addition to that, the remote control comes with quite a number of buttons.
Among its numerous buttons includes a full number pad, volume and channel rockers, and a plus-shaped navigation button.
However, this television’s remote lacks dedicated buttons for quick access to streaming apps. Another thing that the remote lack is a built-in microphone for voice input.
All things considered, I will rate the Samsung NU6900 a seven out of ten in this ports and connectivity review section.
Smart Features Review
Like other Samsung televisions, the Samsung NU6900 comes with the Tizen operating system. This operating system offers an easy-to-use interface called SmartHub.
Unfortunately, navigating this interface isn’t smooth as it lags a lot and takes a bit of time to respond to commands. In addition to that, the operating system has a lot of ads on its interface that users cannot disable.
On the bright side, the Tizen operating system features quite a number of pre-installed streaming services and applications. To mention a few, the OS comes with Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Netflix, Disney+, HBO, and so on.
Moreover, if you don’t find your choice among the pre-installed streaming apps, you can download more apps from the Samsung Store.
As a matter of fact, the Samsung NU6900’s Tizen OS supports AirPlay. Thus, you will be able to stream/share content from any Apple device to the television.
Besides, you can also stream/share content from Andriod and Widows devices to the Samsung NU6900. To do this, you need to download the SmartThings application on the device.
Aside from streaming content to the television, you can also use this SmartThings application to control the television.
In conclusion, the Samsung NU6900 features an interesting operating system that offers plenty of streaming apps and supports AirPlay. However, the interface of the OS lags and contains advertisements that users cannot disable.
Hence, I will be rating the Samsung NU6900 an eight out of ten in this smart feature review section.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What Year Was The Samsung NU6900 Released?
Samsung released the NU6900 in 2018.
2. Is The Samsung NU6900 A Smart TV?
Yes, the Samsung NU6900 is a decent entry-level smart 4K television that runs on the Tizen operating system.
3. Does The Samsung NU6900 Have WiFi?
Yes, the Samsung NU6900 features a built-in 802.11 ac WiFi for wireless connectivity.
4. Does The Samsung NU6900 TV Have Bluetooth?
Unfortunately, the Samsung NU6900 doesn’t come with Bluetooth.
5. Does The Samsung NU6900 Have A Voice Remote?
No, the Samsung NU6900 comes with a standard remote control that doesn’t support voice input.
My Final Thoughts
The Samsung NU6900 is an entry-level 4K smart television that offers a decent display performance. To be more specific, this television’s display comes with a high contrast ratio and supports HDR.
Moreover, the television is equipped with the Tizen OS that offers plenty of streaming apps. Also, this Samsung television features a cable management system that we rarely see on entry-level TVs.
However, the television has some drawbacks that may make potential buyers have second thoughts. These drawbacks include inadequate ports, laggy OS interface, and lack of Bluetooth.