Samsung QE49Q6FN: is this discounted QLED TV worth buying?

Samsung QE49Q7FN: Is this QLED TV deal any good?

The Samsung QE49Q6FN is the smallest and most affordable model in the firm's QLED range, and it's already available with a decent discount. But is this tempting deal too good to be true? Let's find out.

The short answer: OLED TVs don't go down to 49-inch and this is the only QLED available at this size, making it one of the most premium sub-55in TVs you can currently buy.

That said, not all QLEDs are equal, and the Q6FN does miss out on some of the more advanced features of its siblings. It lacks the direct full array backlight of the top-of-the-range Q9FN, instead opting for a less bright, less controlled edge backlight. But the HDR 1000 rating that Samsung has given it suggests it's got a peak brightness of around 1000 nits, which is more than enough to deliver a bright and punchy picture.

The Q6FN also misses out on the One Connect box of other QLEDs, so the cable connections are built into the rear of the set rather than a neat, separate box, which is a bit of a shame.

But many of the features of its bigger brothers are here, from the excellent, wand-like One Remote, support for 4K with HDR10, HDR10+ and HLG, an excellent operating system with every streaming service you'll likely need and, of course, the colour-enhancing quantum dots that give QLEDs their edge.

Although we've not reviewed this specific model, it's got a lot in common with last year's Q7FN, which we liked a lot. The rival Sony KD-49XF9005 is more of a known quantity, though (we recently gave it an Award), and is currently available for just a little more.

View the Sony KD-49XF9005 £799 at Currys

Samsung QE49Q6FN: everything you need to know

The Q6FN is the entry-level model in Samsung's 2018 QLED range, which also includes the Q7FN, Q8FN, Q8DN and Q9FN. It's also the only variant available in any size below 55-inch. Seeing as the smallest OLEDs are also 55in, that makes the QE49Q6FN one of the most premium 49in TVs currently available.

Core to the QLED range are quantum dots - tiny semiconductor particles capable of producing far superior colours to LCD and, arguably, slightly superior colours to OLED. The long and short of it is that every QLED we've ever seen has been fabulously vibrant in the recreation of colours, and we've no reason to think the Q6FN will be any different.

Unlike the far pricier Q9FN and Q8DN, the Q6FN uses an edge LED backlight to shine light through its quantum dots. That's a shame, but Samsung's got a long history of producing edge backlights that go very bright but stay relatively bloom-free. That said, it's also got a history of producing TVs with relatively poor viewing angles - definitely something to consider if you regularly have lots of people watching your TV from all corners of the room.

The Q6FN has the same operating system as the rest of the QLED range, and it's great. Neat, colourful, responsive and customisable, it also boasts all of the smart apps you're likely to need - in full 4K and HDR where available - and even gets Samsung's Ambient mode, which allows the TV to blend into the wall around it when not in normal use. The stripped-back remote is a delight to use, too.

Gamers will appreciate the brightness and colours of the screen, plus the super-low input lag.

And while it's a shame that the Q6FN lacks the neat One Connect box of other QLEDs, having to plug external devices into the rear of the telly is perfectly normal for most brands.

Which connections does it have? Four HDMI inputs, two USBs, an optical output, and aerial and satellite sockets.

VERDICT: Having not reviewed the QE49Q6FN specifically we can't say for sure how good it is, but we expect its performance to be roughly similar to the QE49Q7 of last year - a TV we liked a lot.

If you'd rather something more sure than that, our current favourite 49in TV, the Sony KD-49XF9005, is available for £130 more than the discounted QE49Q6FN. That's quite a big difference at the moment, but new deals are springing up all the time, so you never know how low it will go...

View the deal: Sony KD-49XF9005 £799 at Currys

Tom Parsons

Tom Parsons has been writing about TV, AV and hi-fi products (not to mention plenty of other 'gadgets' and even cars) for over 15 years. He began his career as What Hi-Fi?'s Staff Writer and is now the TV and AV Editor. In between, he worked as Reviews Editor and then Deputy Editor at Stuff, and over the years has had his work featured in publications such as T3, The Telegraph and Louder. He's also appeared on BBC News, BBC World Service, BBC Radio 4 and Sky Swipe. In his spare time Tom is a runner and gamer.