Samsung MU6290 vs MU6300 Review
At a glance, Samsung MU6290 and Samsung MU6300 are parts of Samsung 2017 4K TV 6 Series or the entry level of Samsung’s 2017 4K HDR TV lineup. At a glance, they look similar. The excepting of 49 Inch and 50 Inch (UN49MU6290 vs UN50MU6300), both of them come with the same screen size option those are 40 inch (UN40MU6290 vs UN40MU6300), 43 Inch (UN43MU6290 vs UN43MU6300), 49/50 Inch (UN49MU6290 vs UN50MU6300), 55 Inch (UN55MU6290 vs UN55MU6300, 65 Inch (UN65MU6290 vs UN65MU6300), and the largest is 75 inch (UN75MU6290 vs UN75MU6300). In the market, both of them are priced at varying prices. At some screen sizes, MU6300 is sold more expensive than MU6290, but at other some screen sizes, MU6290 is even priced more expensive than MU6300. But of course, their prices are not fixed and could still change at any time. So, what are the differences between Samsung MU6290 and MU6300 and which is a better choice between them?
Samsung MU6290 vs MU6300 Key Specs
|Specs and Features||Samsung MU6290||Samsung MU6300|
|Size Available||40 Inch (UN40MU6290), 43 Inch (UN43MU6290), 49 Inch (UN49MU6290), 55 Inch (UN55MU6290), 65 Inch (UN54MU6290), 75 Inch (UN75MU6290)||40 Inch (UN40MU6300), 43 Inch (UN43MU6300), 50 Inch (UN50MU6300), 55 Inch (UN55MU6300), 65 Inch (UN65MU6300), 75 Inch (UN75MU6300)|
|Resolution||4K (2160 x 3840)||4K (2160 x 3840)|
|Panel Technology||VA Panel||VA panel|
|Backlighting||Direct Led||Direct Led|
|HDR||4K HDR Pro||4K HDR Pro|
|HDR Formats||HDR 10 and HLG (with upcoming software update)||HDR 10 and HLG (with upcoming software update)|
|Color Technology||4K Color Drive||4K Color Drive|
|Black Technology||Essential Black pro||Essential Black pro|
|Other Important Technology||UHD Dimming, Ultra Clear Panel||UHD Dimming, Ultra Clear Panel|
|UHD Up-scaling||Samsung UHD Up-scaling||Samsung UHD Up-scaling|
|Motion Handling||Motion Rate 120||Motion Rate 120|
|Refresh Rate||Native 60 Hz||Native 60 Hz|
|Smart TV||Tizen 2017||Tizen 2017|
|Processor||Quad Core||Quad Core|
|Remote||Basic Remote||Smart Remote|
|Sound Output||20 Watts||20 Watts|
|Price||Please click here||Please click here|
Features and Technology of Samsung MU6300 and MU6290
As an entry level of Samsung’s 2017 4K HDR LED TV, the features and technology offered by Samsung MU6300 and MU6290 certainly are not as many and great as the higher series. But even so, for their price range, what offered by them are fairly good. On their panel, both of them equally use flat panel with VA technology and direct LED backlight. But unfortunately, there is no local dimming technology behind them. Like most of 4K TVs which released in 2017, both Samsung MU6290 and 6300 also already support HDR with 4K HDR Pro Engine behind them. The HDR formats which supported are HDR 10 and HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma). Nevertheless, in order to support HLG, you might need to update their software. Meanwhile, for maximizing the contrast and black level, both MU6300 and MU6290 are also equally powered by the same technologies those are UHD Dimming and Essential Black Pro. Additionally, there is also Ultra Clear Panel technology that can reduce the glare and reflection of ambient light to maximize their performance in bright room. While to maximize their color performance, they are also equally powered by 4K Color Drive Technology.
Meanwhile, for maximizing their performance when handling motion blur, both of Samsung MU6290 and MU6300 are powered by Motion Rate 120 based on native 120 Hz refresh rate panel. This allows you to enjoy your favorite sports program or fast movies with smooth and clear picture quality. Additionally, both of them are also equally have low inputs lags in “PC Mode”, allow you to play any games comfortably and responsively. And that is not less powerful is about their smart TV platform where with Tizen OS as their platform, they offer simple, responsive, and attractive smart TV experience in your home.
The differences between Samsung MU6290 and MU6300
As we see on comparison table above, there are not many differences between Samsung MU6300 and MU6290. Their differences between them are only found on the technology and features that support their smart feature. The main difference between them is on their remote where MU6300 comes with Samsung Smart Remote while MU6290 comes with Samsung’s standard remote. This is not just on their remote, but also their ability and features. This means, although you buy separated Samsung smart remote, you cannot use it on MU6290 because it doesn’t support smart remote and also smart features that offered like Voice command or other features. The other difference between them is about built in Bluetooth where MU6300 is equipped with built-in Bluetooth and support Bluetooth headset while MU6290 is not equipped.
Samsung MU6290 vs MU6300 Performance
Since both Samsung MU6290 and MU6300 are powered by similar technologies, this certainly also makes their picture quality is not far different and essentially, both of them have good picture quality. Although Samsung MU6300 has a bit stronger native contrast ratio than MU6290, but essentially their native contrast ratio are equally strong. This certainly makes both of them are able to produce deep black level. Combined to their excellent black uniformity, this makes both of them can deliver very good dark room performance. Blacks look really black and indirectly, this also makes darker colors looks very accurate, results in excellent dark scene. Additionally, when inputted by HDR signal, their black level is also quite dark to reveal details of images in night or dark scene of HDR images, make shadow details of HDR images looks excellently like the intended. Essentially, their performance is satisfactory when used to watch movies in dark room.
Meanwhile, their performance in a bright room is not also to far different and also fairly good, particularly when displaying SDR images. Their peak brightness is fairly bright to dampen the glare and combination their good performance when handling reflection of ambient light, this makes the picture displayed on their screen looks remains good. This allows you to watch TV in a bright room with good picture quality. But unfortunately, when inputted by HDR signal, there is not significant improvement on their peak brightness and their peak brightness tends to be similar to when inputted by SDR. Although it can show HDR images fairly bright, but their peak brightness is not quite bright to show the highlight of HD images like the intended. As we know, since HDR images are usually mastered in 1000 nits – 4000 nits of brightness range, to show highlight of HDR images like the intended, a HDR TV must have at least 1000 nits of peak brightness. With about 350 nits, their peak brightness certainly is still far from what required. Nevertheless, for their price range, overall, their HDR performance is fairly good.
Talking about their color reproduction, their performance is not also far different. When displaying SDR images that require colors in Rec.709 color space, their color reproduction might be good enough. However, they don’t support wide color gamut that means their color gamut cannot cover more than 90% of colors in DCI P3 color space like what required by HDR images. The result, when showing HDR images, some certain saturated colors cannot be shown fairly saturated like the TVs which already support wide color gamut. Nevertheless, overall, most of colors of HDR images in DCI P3 or even Rec.2020 can be shown fairly accurate on their screen. On the other hand, color volume of Samsung MU6290 and MU6300 are not so good. Nevertheless, this is due mostly to they don’t have wide color gamut because in their brightness range, they can show their color gamut fairly good. Only on extremely darker colors and approaching the peak of their brightness their color gamut narrows. Still about color performance, Samsung MU6300 and MU6290 also have good color gradient. The result, when displaying 10 bit depth of colors of HDR images, color gradient of images displayed on their screen looks very smooth without any major color banding. Some small irregularities might be still visible in darker shades of colors, but overall, this should not be a problem and disturb your comfort when watching movies. Overall, color performance of Samsung MU6290 and MU6300 is good for their class.
Meanwhile, for anticipating the many non-4K contents which available in the market, both Samsung MU6300 and MU6290 are already equipped with great performance UHD Up-scaling engine. This means, no matter the resolution of your video sources, they allow you to enjoy them in nearly 4K quality. Even for DVD movies that has 480p resolution only, the final images in 4K produced still looks sharp and clear. And of course, the higher resolution of the source like 720p videos or 1080p videos, the final images in 4K produced will looks sharper with small details preserved well.
The use of VA panel might make both of them have good native contrast ratio and deep black level, but on the other hand, this makes their side viewing angle coverage is poor. As we know, poor side viewing angle coverage is the main shortcoming of VA panel. Started at 20 degrees off center and front, color will shift and black will tend to looks grey, while brightness will be reduced at wider angles. This certainly makes the picture displayed on their screen will not look as good as when viewed from the center and front. But even so, as long as you don’t often watch movies from side angles, this certainly will not be a problem.
Motion Handling and 24p Playback
Although Samsung MU6300 offer a bit better performance than MU6290 when handling motion blur of fast moving images, but their performance is also not far different. Although not the best in class, but the pixel response time of both Samsung MU6290 and MU6300 is also fairly good. The result, although not as smooth and clear as other TVs with lower pixel response time, overall, the picture displayed on their screen still looks smooth and clear when playing fast moving images like sports or fast movies. Following fast moving object, motion blur might still be visible, but it is only a faint short trail where most people might not notice about that. Meanwhile, performance of Samsung MU6300 and MU6290 when playing 24p movies is equally disappointing. No matter the frame rate of the source, whether its 24p videos via 60p signals, via 60p signals, or even when the source is native 24p videos like Blu-Ray Movies, they are not able to remove the judder. Luckily, most of people don’t notice judder, so if you include people who are not sensitive to judder, this should not be a problem for you. Additionally, since both of them have native 60 Hz refresh rate panel, this certainly also makes both of them only can interpolate 30 fps videos only and unable to interpolate 60 fps videos.
Both of Samsung MU6290 and MU6300 are also equipped with the same inputs outputs. They have 3 HDMI ports ver.2.0. All of HDMI ports support HDCP 2.2 and CEC, while that supports ARC (Audio Return Channel) is HDMI 3. Additionally, there are also 2 USB ports, but their HDMI ports only support USB 2.0 and have not support USB 3.0. In addition to HDMI and USB ports, there are also 1 Composite In (AV In), 1 Component In, 1 RF IN (Antenna In), 1 Ethernet, and 1 Digital Audio Out (Optical). Meanwhile talking about their input lags, both of Samsung MU6300 and MU6290 also equally have excellent input lags in PC mode and Game Mode. With about 20 ms of input lags at any source, no matter it is 1080p or 4K source, this allow you to play any games comfortably and responsively without laggy, even for fast paced games which require fast reflexes.
As their smart TV platform, both of them also equally features Tizen OS that powered by a quad core processor. As we know, Tizen OS has attractive interface and simple navigation. Additionally, its performance is also fast and responsive. The core of this platform is Smart Hub. Once you entering the home menu, there is narrow bar across the bottom of the screen contains quick access to many popular apps, smart features, and settings. This certainly makes you to launch them without leaving the home menu, make navigation feels easily. Additionally, there are also many interesting apps installed as their preinstalled apps like YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Videos, Web Browser, Live TV, Cloud Game, and many more. Additionally, there is also Samsung apps store provides tons of attractive and useful downloadable apps where you can directly download them from your TV. It provides more apps than WebOS as LG’s smart TV platform, but not as many as apps provided by Google Play Store of Sony TV.
The difference between them is about their controller where Samsung MU6300 is equipped with Samsung Smart Controller while MU6290 is only equipped with Samsung’ Basic Remote. This is not just about their remote because MU6290 doesn’t support smart remote. Even if you buy Samsung Smart Remote separately, it cannot be used for MU6290. On the remote of MU6300, there is not many buttons, but it has some smart features and excellent voice command that facilitate you in navigating. Additionally, the remote of MU6300 also can be used to control some functions of other device connected to MU6300 via HDMI ports. Meanwhile, the remote of MU6290 is larger and has many more buttons. There are some dedicated buttons for setting, inputs and other functions. However, it doesn’t have smart features and not equipped with built in microphone for voice command.
|Performance||Samsung MU6290||Samsung MU6300|
As we have discussed a lot above, although Samsung MU6300 has a bit better picture quality and better performance of features offered, but essentially, their performance if not far different, even tend to similar. As long as not viewed from an angle, overall, both of Samsung MU6290 and MU6300 have excellent picture quality for their class. Motion handling is also can be said fairly good for their class. The excellent performance that offered by them is their extremely low input lags. Additionally, smart TV platform also becomes the other interesting thing offered by MU6290 and MU6300. Otherwise, in addition to poor side viewing angle, their poor performance when playing 24p movies also becomes their major drawback. But even since most of people might not too sensitive to judder, we can ignore their poor performance when playing 24p movies.
So, which is a better choice between them? As we have mentioned above, although on some certain screen size, MU6290 is priced more expensive than MU6300, but overall, MU6300 is priced a bit more expensive than MU6290. But of course, their prices are not fixed and could still change at any time. The advantages that offered, MU6300 is equipped with Smart Remote that makes you easier when navigating or operate smart TV. Additionally, it is also equipped with built-in remote. Now the decision comes back to you according to your need and preferences. If you smart TV features also becomes your main consideration in addition to picture quality, MU6300 might be a better option for you. But if you don’t care about smart features, MU6290 might be a better choice for you because it is sold cheaper. But keep in mind, some certain screen sizes of MU6290 might be priced more expensive than MU6300.