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Classy-looking TV impresses with its ease of use

The Samsung 65KS9000 lives up to its billing.
The Samsung 65KS9000 lives up to its billing. PHOTO: SAMSUNG

Curved screens do have their drawbacks but the 65KS9000 looks rather sleek and elegant

Despite what TV manufacturers say, I am unconvinced that curved TV sets provide greater immersion and enhance the sense of depth.

To me, curved sets look awkward when mounted, suffer from reflections and have limited viewing angles. They generally cost more, too.

The Samsung 65KS9000 fails to change my mind, though I must admit that its curved frame looks very sleek and elegant.

  • TECH SPECS

  • PRICE: $7,199

    PICTURE FEATURES: Maximum resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels, HDR

    AUDIO FEATURES: 4.2ch, 60W output

    OPERATING SYSTEM: Tizen OS

    CONNECTIVITY: 4 x HDMI 2.0a, 3 x USB, Ethernet, Wi-Fi Direct


    RATING

    FEATURES: 4/5

    DESIGN: 5/5

    PERFORMANCE: 4/5

    VALUE FOR MONEY: 3/5

    OVERALL: 4/5

It looks good even from the back as most of the connectors, such as HDMI and USB ports, are on an external box. I found this separate box more convenient than having to fumble around plugging in cables at the back of the TV set.

The screen coating appears to minimise reflections. But it still looks less vivid and significantly more washed out when viewed from the sides.

The KS9000 suffers from slight vertical banding issues related to its edge-lit backlighting system. These bands are visible when you have a dark background and the backlight is set to a high level. They are also more obvious in a darkened room.

For instance, I could see these bands on the dark blue home screen of the Sony PlayStation 4. And, once I saw these bands, it became hard to ignore them subsequently.

The KS9000 carries the Ultra HD Premium logo, which means it meets the requirements to display HDR content. This model can churn out more than 1,000 nits at peak brightness and produces rich, accurate colours because of its wide colour gamut.

 
 
 

In my testing, the KS9000 lives up to its billing. In HDR mode, the TV brightness is set to maximum and colours look vivid and lively.

I manually turned off Samsung's Auto Motion Plus feature, as it increases the frame rates, producing the so-called soap opera effect where everything looks so smooth that it becomes almost unreal.

I was pleased at how good standard-definition content from my StarHub cable connection looked on this TV set. The vertical bands mentioned earlier are less visible as the screen is not as bright as it is for HDR content.

The KS9000 is my first encounter with Samsung's Tizen operating system. The TV interface is polished and responsive. I get the impression Samsung started from scratch when developing this interface and stripped out the less important options and settings, which is good for consumers.

This platform has far fewer apps than Android TV - I counted fewer than 50. But I am actually satisfied with just having the Netflix and YouTube apps.

I really like the minimalist remote control, which curves nicely to fit the hand. But there are some downsides: The remote's lack of shortcuts means you end up pressing more buttons during navigation, while the buttons are not tactile and hence harder to use in the dark.

•A classy-looking TV set that produces excellent images for both standard definition and HDR content. The remote control is a delight to use and the interface is a breeze to navigate.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 06, 2016, with the headline 'Classy-looking TV impresses with its ease of use'. Print Edition | Subscribe