The Samsung Serif QE65LS01TA is very much a one-of-a-kind design as far as TVs go. It has a bizarre design that almost looks like a chalkboard with its huge metal legs. The main features it boasts are:
- 8 million pixel display
- Advanced HDR technology to adjust the picture with each frame
- Plenty of movies and online content at the press of a single button
- Touch screen and Voice Control options for easy personalised navigation
And here is the main info you’ll want to know:
- Manufacturer: Samsung
- Model: Serif QE65LS01TA
- Year Released: 2020
- Resolution: 4K, Ultra HD, HDR10+
- USB Ports: 2
- HDMI Ports: 2
- Bluetooth: Yes
Available screen sizes: 43”, 50”, 55”, 65”
The first thing that stands out about the Serif QE65LS01TA is the design… it’s more than just a boring rectangle with its white colour scheme (also available in blue), and not to mention its surprising thickness given how slimness is the game for TV design nowadays. This thickness comes with a unique feature that’s not visible at first: the top acts like a shelf, where you can easily fit a Nintendo Switch and some plant pots on there, for example.
Another important thing to note is that the big black stands can be detached giving this TV something not many TVs have: portability. This means you can seamlessly integrate it into furniture and shift it around the home. If you like it in your living room 90% of the time but feel like taking it to bed, due to its extremely light weight you can easily take it with you.
Perhaps if you’re a bit weedy on the strength side, you might want to consider this design as its weight is a pretty major reason to buy the TV. Not only is it easy to transport to other rooms, but it can also blend in with them! The Serif has ambient mode which acts like a pause screen displaying images such as calendars, clocks and wallpapers which match the colour scheme of the room!
Like all TVs it comes with a remote which, like the Serif itself, has a slick white design. To call it minimalist would be an understatement, as it has very few buttons including designated ones for Ambient Mode, Rakuten TV, Amazon Prime and Netflix. If for any reason this inoffensive remote bothers you, fret not, you can connect your phone and navigate that way.
The back of the TV comes equipped with a series of cable slots that can be hidden through the use of a metal flap and there’s also a portion of the TV that lets you manage the length by winding the cables up so they do not ruin the elegance of the TV’s design.
Speaking of streaming services, let’s talk about the UI and interface. The menu screen is well arranged and responsive to the remote presses and works with TizenOS, meaning you don’t really need to plug anything in for access to plenty of apps such as YouTube and Netflix.
A remote isn’t the only way you can use your phone with it however. The top shelf has an NFC spot for instant connection to your phone for streaming music. There’s even a neat little music screen to show it’s connected.
The image quality is excellent, which is good news considering the giant price tag. The TV is able to display an astounding 1 billion different colours so you won’t have to worry about incorrect colour display. The TV is highly adaptive with HDR10+ to change the brightness in conjunction with the environment for the best picture so it will look good both in the dark and in well-lit rooms.
Unfortunately, the contrast is not up to scratch with other same price QLED TVs by Samsung as the image panel used here originates from an older 2018 model. The TV also struggles to render extremely deep blacks and might also struggle when handling dark scenes. But the picture is still sharp as ever and clear, so unless you want maximum quality performance, you have no need to worry, it still produces a breathtaking picture.
The TV is fairly limited viewing angle-wise, as looking at it from certain positions can cause darker visuals and colour distortion. Be sure to sit in front of the TV if you want the best picture quality. But due to its portability, placing it somewhere you can have it facing straight towards you is very easy.
The speakers are solid in terms of performance but they aren’t really anything too exceptional. They can reach high volumes without becoming distorted and have a nice tone for dialogue. The Serif QE65LS01TA isn’t designed for use with soundbars but the speakers are good enough to justify not needing an external device.
If you’re looking into getting a TV with games in mind, then this isn’t the worst choice, but you might want to make sure it’s a 55 inch model as that will provide you with the best connection and has 120 FPS as well as a variable refresh rate.
If you take pride in your home and want a TV that blends in with your decor, this has got you covered. It’s a solid choice as it doesn’t have any major downsides. The only major deterrent might be the price, in which case you might want to opt for one of the smaller models.
Author: Jason MacMillan