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Samsung TU690T TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.11
Reviewed Oct 24, 2023 at 10:54 am
Latest change: Writing modified Nov 24, 2023 at 12:47 pm
Samsung TU690T Picture
6.8
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: TCL Q5/Q550G QLED
6.5
TV Shows
Value for price beaten by
: Toshiba C350 Series 2023
6.8
Sports
Value for price beaten by
: Roku Select Series
7.4
Video Games
Value for price beaten by
: TCL Q5/Q550G QLED
6.7
HDR Movies
Value for price beaten by
: TCL Q6/Q650G QLED
7.4
HDR Gaming
Value for price beaten by
: TCL Q5/Q550G QLED
7.4
PC Monitor
Value for price beaten by
: TCL Q5/Q550G QLED

The Samsung TU690T is an entry-level Samsung TV released in 2022. It's a variant of the Samsung TU7000, which was originally released in 2020. It's a very basic model with very few extra features. It competes with other entry-level models released in 2022, like the Sony X75K, The Hisense U6/U6H, and the TCL 4 Series/S455 2022. It uses Samsung's Crystal Processor 4K, first introduced in 2020 and designed to provide powerful 4K upscaling. It runs a simplified version of Samsung's 2021 Tizen OS interface, which offers most of the features of more advanced models. It's available in an incredibly wide range of sizes, from 43 to 85 inches, so there's something for everyone.

Our Verdict

6.8 Mixed Usage

The Samsung TU690T is an okay TV overall. It's best suited for watching in a moderately lit room, as it's not a good choice for either a perfectly dark room or a bright room with lots of light. It offers a decent gaming experience, with low input lag and a quick response time, but it lacks any advanced gaming features like VRR or HDMI 2.1 bandwidth. It's alright for watching movies, but even though it technically supports HDR, this adds nothing, as it's very dim in HDR and can't display a wide color gamut.

Pros
  • Great response time.
  • Decent contrast for deep blacks in dark scenes.
  • Great selection of streaming apps.
Cons
  • Can't smooth out low bitrate content.
  • Lacks a local dimming feature to improve dark scene performance.
  • Not very bright.
  • Washed out when viewed at an angle.
  • Very limited selection of inputs; only two HDMI ports.
6.5 TV Shows

The Samsung TU690T TV is alright for watching shows during the day. It's not bright enough to use in a bright living room with lots of windows or bright lights, so it looks best in a moderately lit room. It also has very limited picture processing capabilities, so it can't do much to smooth out low-quality or low-resolution content. On the other hand, the built-in smart interface has a huge selection of streaming apps, so you can quickly find your favorite shows.

Pros
  • Great selection of streaming apps.
Cons
  • Can't smooth out low bitrate content.
  • Not very bright.
  • Washed out when viewed at an angle.
  • Very limited selection of inputs; only two HDMI ports.
6.8 Sports

The Samsung TU690T is just okay for watching sports during the day. It looks best in a moderately lit room, as it's not bright enough to overcome glare from windows or bright lights. Motion is clear and easy to make out thanks to its quick response time, and there's just a bit of dirty screen effect in the center. It's a poor choice for a wide seating arrangement, though, as the image looks washed out when viewed from the sides.

Pros
  • Great response time.
Cons
  • Not very bright.
  • Washed out when viewed at an angle.
  • Very limited selection of inputs; only two HDMI ports.
7.4 Video Games

The Samsung TU690T is just decent for gaming. It has low input lag and a quick response time, resulting in a smooth, responsive gaming experience with minimal motion blur in bright scenes. Dark scenes don't fare as well, though, as there's significant black smearing in shadows. Unfortunately, it doesn't support any advanced gaming features like VRR, and it's limited to a 60Hz refresh rate.

Pros
  • Great response time.
  • Low input lag for a responsive gaming experience.
Cons
  • Not very bright.
  • Limited to 60Hz and no VRR support.
  • Very limited selection of inputs; only two HDMI ports.
6.7 HDR Movies

The Samsung TU690T is alright for watching movies in a dark room. It has a high native contrast ratio, so blacks are deep and uniform in dim scenes, but it lacks a local dimming feature to improve its dynamic range in more complicated scenes. It supports HDR, but HDR adds nothing to this TV as it's very dim, can't display a wide color gamut, and doesn't track the content creator's intent properly.

Pros
  • Removes judder from 24p sources.
  • Decent contrast for deep blacks in dark scenes.
Cons
  • Can't smooth out low bitrate content.
  • Lacks a local dimming feature to improve dark scene performance.
  • Not very bright.
  • Can't display a wide color gamut.
  • Very limited selection of inputs; only two HDMI ports.
7.4 HDR Gaming

The Samsung TU690T is decent for gaming in HDR. It has low input lag and a quick response time, so games feel responsive, and there's little motion blur in bright scenes. Unfortunately, although it supports gaming in HDR, this adds nothing, as it's not bright enough to bring out bright specular highlights in HDR, and it can't display a wide color gamut. It lacks a local dimming feature, so bright areas of the screen don't stand out at all, and it's so dim that HDR looks dull overall.

Pros
  • Great response time.
  • Low input lag for a responsive gaming experience.
  • Decent contrast for deep blacks in dark scenes.
Cons
  • Lacks a local dimming feature to improve dark scene performance.
  • Not very bright.
  • Can't display a wide color gamut.
  • Limited to 60Hz and no VRR support.
  • Very limited selection of inputs; only two HDMI ports.
7.4 PC Monitor

The Samsung TU690T is decent for use as a PC monitor. It has very low input lag, so your cursor movements on the desktop feel responsive. It also has a great response time with minimal blur behind fast-moving objects in bright scenes, but shadows look worse with some noticeable black smear. On the other hand, it has a narrow viewing angle, so the sides of the screen fade and look washed out if you're sitting up close.

Pros
  • Great response time.
  • Low input lag for a responsive gaming experience.
  • Chroma 4:4:4 is displayed properly for clear text from a PC.
Cons
  • Not very bright.
  • Can't display a wide color gamut.
  • Limited to 60Hz and no VRR support.
  • Washed out when viewed at an angle.
  • Very limited selection of inputs; only two HDMI ports.
  • 6.8 Mixed Usage
  • 6.5 TV Shows
  • 6.8 Sports
  • 7.4 Video Games
  • 6.7 HDR Movies
  • 7.4 HDR Gaming
  • 7.4 PC Monitor
  1. Updated Nov 24, 2023: Mentioned the newly reviewed Roku Select Series in the SDR Brightness section of this review.
  2. Updated Oct 24, 2023: Review published.
  3. Updated Oct 19, 2023: Early access published.
  4. Updated Oct 10, 2023: Our testers have started testing this product.
  5. Updated Oct 05, 2023: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  6. Updated Sep 29, 2023: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We bought and tested the 65-inch Samsung TU690T, and these results are also valid for the 43-inch, 50-inch, 55-inch, 58-inch, 60-inch, 70-inch, 75-inch, and 85-inch models.

Size US Model CA Model Short Model Code
43" UN43TU690TFXZA UN43TU690TFXZC UN43TU690TF
50" UN50TU690TFXZA UN50TU690TFXZC UN50TU690TF
55" UN55TU690TFXZA UN55TU690TFXZC UN55TU690TF
58" UN58TU690TFXZA UN58TU690TFXZC UN58TU690TF
60" UN60TU690TFXZA UN60TU690TFXZC UN60TU690TF
65" UN65TU690TFXZA UN65TU690TFXZC UN65TU690TF
70" UN70TU690TFXZA UN70TU690TFXZC UN70TU690TF
75" UN75TU690TFXZA UN75TU690TFXZC UN75TU690TF
85" UN85TU690TFXZA UN85TU690TFXZC UN85TU690TF

Our unit was manufactured in August 2023; you can see the label here.

Compared To Other TVs

The Samsung TU690T is an okay budget TV available in a wide range of sizes. A variant of the Samsung TU7000, but released a year later, it's often available on sale for major events like Black Friday. It's a very basic TV with limited picture processing capabilities and no advanced gaming feature. If you care about picture quality or gaming features, slightly more expensive models from budget brands like the Hisense A6/A65K, Hisense U6/U6K, or the TCL Q6/Q650G QLED offer significantly better performance for just a bit more.

See our recommendations for the best budget TVs, the best smart TVs, and the best 4k TVs.

Samsung CU7000/CU7000D
43" 50" 55" 58" 65" 70" 75" 85"

The Samsung TU690T is slightly better than the Samsung CU7000/CU7000D, but the differences are incredibly minor. With a few quick settings changes, the TU690T is more accurate out-of-the-box, and the TU690T has a wider viewing angle, as colors remain consistent at a wider viewing angle than the CU7000.

Samsung CU8000
43" 50" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The Samsung TU690T is slightly better than the Samsung CU8000 for the most part. The TU690T offers better accuracy out-of-the-box, a wider viewing angle, and better contrast. The TU690T also has a much faster response time, so motion in games and sports is much more clear, with less blur around fast-moving objects.

LG UQ7590 [UQ75, UQ7570]
43" 50" 50" 55" 55" 65" 65" 70" 75" 86"

The Samsung TU690T is much better than the LG UQ7590. The Samsung looks significantly better in a dark room thanks to its higher contrast ratio and better black uniformity, resulting in deeper blacks and less cloudiness in dark scenes. The Samsung is also better for gaming thanks to its much faster response time, resulting in smoother motion with less blur behind fast-moving objects.

Samsung TU7000
43" 50" 55" 58" 60" 65" 70" 75" 82" 85"

The Samsung TU690T is a variant of the Samsung TU7000, but there are a few surprising differences between them. The TU690T is a bit better overall and has a faster response time, with significantly less motion blur behind fast-moving objects, especially in bright scenes. The TU690T also offers better accuracy out of the box, and it can remove judder from 24p sources, so motion in movies is smoother.

LG UR8000
43" 50" 55" 65" 70" 75" 86"

The LG UR8000 is better than the Samsung TU690T. The LG gets a bit brighter, so it can handle more glare in a bright room, and HDR looks a bit more vivid and realistic than it does on the Samsung. The LG also has better image processing, so low-quality content looks much better. The 86-inch version of the LG is significantly better, as it supports advanced gaming features like VRR and a 120Hz refresh rate.

Insignia F30 Series 2022
65" 70"

The Samsung TU690T is better than the Insignia F30 Series 2022 in most ways. The Samsung has better black uniformity and a higher contrast ratio for deeper blacks, so it’s better suited for a dark room. The Samsung also has a faster response time, so there is less blur behind quick movements, which makes it the better option for playing video games or watching sports. However, the Insignia does a better job at smoothing out low-quality content, so it’s a good choice if you regularly watch DVDs or other low bitrate content. The Insignia also has a wider viewing angle, so it’s better suited for watching shows or sports as a group.

Samsung AU8000
43" 50" 55" 60" 65" 70" 75" 85"

The Samsung AU8000 and the Samsung TU690T are similar TVs, but there are some minor differences. The TU690T is better for gaming thanks to its quicker response time and the ability to play games in 1440p. However, the AU8000 is better with HDR content, as it can display a wide color gamut, has higher peak brightness in HDR, and has better PQ EOTF tracking, so it can display a wider range of colors, can show highlights a bit better, and is more accurate when it comes to the creator’s intent.

Hisense U6/U6K
55" 65" 75"

The Hisense U6/U6K is significantly better than the Samsung TU690T. The Hisense has a full array local dimming feature that delivers a much wider dynamic range, with brighter whites and deeper blacks. The Hisense also gets significantly brighter, so it delivers a better experience in a bright room. Finally, gamers will appreciate the VRR feature on the Hisense, which helps smooth out the frame rate and reduce tearing in games.

Hisense A6/A65K
43" 50" 55" 65" 75"

The Hisense A6/A65K is much better than the Samsung TU690T. The Hisense delivers a far more impactful HDR experience, as it has a much wider color gamut, a higher peak brightness, and supports Dolby Vision HDR. The Hisense also looks better with SDR content, as it gets brighter in SDR and has better upscaling. Finally, the Hisense has much better connectivity, with 4 HDMI inputs instead of 2 on the Samsung.

TCL Q6/Q650G QLED
55" 65" 75" 85"

The TCL Q6/Q650G QLED is much better than the Samsung TU690T. The TCL gets a lot brighter, so it can handle more glare in a bright room, and HDR content looks more vivid and punchy. The TCL also supports more advanced gaming features, including support for VRR and 120Hz gaming at 1080p or 1440p, whereas the Samsung is limited to a 60Hz refresh rate.

Roku Select Series
24" 32" 40" 43" 50" 55" 65" 75"

The Roku Select Series is better than the Samsung TU690T. It gets much brighter in HDR and SDR, with a much better color volume, so all content pops more on the Roku than on the Samsung. The Roku is also the more accurate TV of the two. The Samsung does remove 24p judder from more sources and supports a 1440p resolution, but overall, it's outmatched by the Roku TV.

LG UQ8000
43" 50" 55" 65" 70" 75" 86"

The LG UQ8000 and the Samsung TU690T are better than each other in different ways. The Samsung has a higher contrast ratio and better black uniformity, so blacks are deeper and more uniform than on the LG. The Samsung also has a faster response time, so there is less blur behind quick moving objects than on the LG. The LG has better low-quality content smoothing, so if you regularly watch your content through streaming, there is less artifacts present than on the Samsung. The LG tracks the PQ EOTF much better, so the image is closer to the creator’s intent than on the Samsung, and the LG is the better option for watching content in a group setting, since it has a much wider viewing angle. The 86-inch version of the LG is significantly better for gaming, as it supports advanced gaming features like VRR and a 120Hz refresh rate.

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved No

The Samsung TU690T has a basic design that doesn't look bad, but it's not premium, either.

Design
Accelerated Longevity Test
Uniformity Pictures N/A
Design
Stand

The feet are very basic and sit close to the sides of the TV, so you'll need a large cabinet for the larger sizes if you're not planning to wall-mount it. The feet lift the screen about 3.1" above the cabinet, so most soundbars fit in front without blocking the screen. There's no alternate position for the stand.

Footprint of the 65" stand: 44.9" x 11.3".

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 400x300

The back of the TV is plastic and has an etched horizontal texture. The inputs are side-facing, but they're set into the back of the TV, so they're tough to access when the TV is wall-mounted. There are tracks on the back of the TV that could be used for cable management, but they're not very useful, and it doesn't come with any clips for the feet.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.36" (0.9 cm)
Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 2.40" (6.1 cm)
7.0
Design
Build Quality

The Samsung TU690T is decently built. It's mostly made of plastic, but there are no significant issues. The back panel flexes easily, but this won't cause any issues and is fairly common. The feet are also pretty basic, and the TV wobbles easily. There's a slight quality issue with the front bottom bezel, as it doesn't seem to be properly attached to the display, and there's a slight gap.

Picture Quality
6.4
Picture Quality
Contrast
Contrast
5,988 : 1
Native Contrast
5,988 : 1

The Samsung TU690T has a good native contrast ratio but lacks a local dimming feature to improve it. This means that simple, dim scenes look good with deep, uniform blacks, but blacks are gray and washed out when very bright highlights are on the screen.

10
Picture Quality
Blooming

This TV doesn't have a local dimming feature, so there's no blooming around bright objects or subtitles in dark scenes.

10
Picture Quality
Lighting Zone Transitions
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge
Dimming Zones Count Of Tested TV
N/A

This TV doesn't have a local dimming feature, so it can't adjust the backlight of individual zones to brighten up highlights without impacting the rest of the image. But this means that there's no distracting flicker or brightness changes as bright highlights move between zones.

7.5
Picture Quality
Contrast And Dark Details In Game Mode

Switching to Game Mode makes no noticeable difference in dark scene performance.

4.2
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
Hallway Lights (~1950 cd/m²)
168 cd/m²
Yellow Skyscraper (~700 cd/m²)
153 cd/m²
Landscape Pool (~300 cd/m²)
83 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
132 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
237 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
236 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
235 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
234 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
130 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
237 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
236 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
235 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
234 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.042

Unfortunately, the peak brightness of this TV is bad in HDR. Almost all HDR content is too dark, and bright highlights don't stand out at all. Dark scenes look even worse, as the TV's global dimming (also known as CE dimming) feature artificially dims bright highlights in dark scenes, like a star field.

These measurements are after calibrating the HDR white point, with the following settings:

  • Picture Mode: Movie
  • Brightness: 50
  • Contrast: 50
  • Color Tone: Warm2 (0)
  • Gamma: ST.2084 (0)

4.2
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness In Game Mode
Hallway Lights (~1950 cd/m²)
172 cd/m²
Yellow Skyscraper (~700 cd/m²)
161 cd/m²
Landscape Pool (~300 cd/m²)
96 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
95 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
212 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
210 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
209 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
208 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
95 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
211 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
210 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
208 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
208 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.057

The peak brightness in the 'Game' Picture Mode is about the same as out of it. With test slides, the brightness is a bit lower overall, but with real content, it's about the same. Bright highlights in games still don't stand out at all, and bright scenes are dull.

These measurements are after calibrating the HDR white point, with the following settings:

  • Picture Mode: Game
  • Brightness: 50
  • Contrast: 50
  • Color Tone: Warm2 (0)
  • Gamma: ST.2084 (0)
  • Game HDR: Enabled

6.9
Picture Quality
PQ EOTF Tracking
600 Nit Tracking Delta
0.0293
1000 Nit Tracking Delta
0.0292
4000 Nit Tracking Delta
0.0294

The PQ EOTF tracking on this TV is just alright. Near blacks are raised a bit by the TV's relatively low contrast ratio, but everything else is darker than it should be. The brightness cuts off sharply at the TV's peak brightness, causing a loss of bright details.

5.4
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene Peak Brightness
213 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
232 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
231 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
231 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
230 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
230 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
231 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
231 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
230 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
230 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
229 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.001

The peak brightness of this TV is sub-par in SDR. It's bright enough to see clearly in a moderately lit room, but it's not bright enough to overcome glare from windows or bright lights opposite the TV. Unlike in HDR, there's no global dimming in SDR, so small highlights in dark scenes aren't dimmed artificially. If you watch a lot of SDR content, look up the much brighter Roku Select Series instead.

These measurements are after calibration, with the following settings:

  • Picture Mode: Movie
  • Brightness: 50
  • Contrast: 45
  • Color Tone: Warm2 (0)
  • Gamma: 2.2

6.9
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
No
DCI P3 xy
75.43%
DCI P3 uv
81.57%
Rec 2020 xy
54.75%
Rec 2020 uv
61.78%

The color gamut on this TV is just okay. It can't display a wide range of colors with HDR content, so most content looks dull and lifeless. The tone mapping is good for the most part, with content mastered in the DCI-P3 color space, but dimmer shades are a bit off. In the wider Rec. 2020 color space, it's much worse, and the tone mapping is noticeable off with just about everything, but especially with any highly saturated color.

4.8
Picture Quality
Color Volume
1,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
31.5%
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
13.5%
White Luminance
131 cd/m²
Red Luminance
20 cd/m²
Green Luminance
86 cd/m²
Blue Luminance
4 cd/m²
Cyan Luminance
87 cd/m²
Magenta Luminance
26 cd/m²
Yellow Luminance
122 cd/m²

Unfortunately, this TV has poor color volume. It's limited by just about everything, as it can't display a wide color gamut. Bright colors are limited by the TV's low peak brightness.

8.5
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
1.88
Color dE
2.08
Gamma
2.03
Color Temperature
6,520 K
Picture Mode
Movie
Color Temp Setting
Warm 2
Gamma Setting
2.2

With just a few settings changes out-of-the-box, the Samsung TU690T has excellent SDR accuracy. The white balance is excellent, and except for saturated blues, most colors are displayed accurately. The color temperature is really close to the target. Gamma is too low, though, tracking close to 2 even with the '2.2' setting, so most content is brighter than it should be.

9.1
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.22
Color dE
2.15
Gamma
2.19
Color Temperature
6,539 K
White Balance Calibration
10 point
Color Calibration
Yes

The calibration system on this TV is a bit limited, so it's not perfect even after calibration. The white balance and gamma are both nearly perfect, but the color calibration system doesn't appear to do anything, as adjusting the color calibration didn't improve the color accuracy at all.

You can see the full settings used for our calibration here.

7.1
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
4.849%
50% DSE
0.194%
5% Std. Dev.
0.859%
5% DSE
0.090%

The Samsung TU690T has decent gray uniformity. The center of the screen is fairly even, which is great for watching sports, but the sides are noticeably darker.

8.6
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Std. Dev.
N/A
Native Std. Dev.
0.730%

The black uniformity on this TV is excellent. There's some cloudiness throughout the screen and a few small bright patches, but it's not too distracting.

6.7
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
44°
Color Shift
70°
Brightness Loss
40°
Black Level Raise
27°
Gamma Shift
14°

The viewing angle of this TV is just okay, but it's better than most TVs that use VA panels. Colors barely shift even if you're sitting off to the side, but the gamma shift is more noticeable and causes the screen to appear washed out. Overall, it's an okay TV for a wide seating arrangement.

7.1
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
5.8%
Indirect Reflections
0.8%
Calculated Direct Reflections
5.0%

The reflection handling is decent. The semi-gloss coating helps reduce the intensity of strong light sources but doesn't eliminate glare entirely.

6.5
Picture Quality
HDR Native Gradient
100% Black to 50% Gray
4.0
50% Gray to 100% White
8.0
100% Black to 50% Red
6.0
50% Red to 100% Red
10
100% Black to 50% Green
6.0
50% Green to 100% Green
6.0
100% Black to 50% Blue
6.0
50% Blue to 100% Blue
6.0

The gradient handling on this TV is alright. There's noticeable banding in all darker shades, but it's worse in dark shades of gray and shadow details.

4.8
Picture Quality
Low-Quality Content Smoothing
Smoothing
3.0
Detail Preservation
9.0

Unfortunately, this TV has poor low-quality content smoothing. Even with all processing settings enabled, macro-blocking and pixelization are still very noticeable. On the other hand, fine details are still preserved well.

6.0
Picture Quality
Upscaling: Sharpness Processing

The Samsung TU690T has okay upscaling and sharpness processing. Fine details in low-resolution content are a bit blurry, and text isn't very sharp.

The optimal sharpness settings for low-resolution or low-bitrate content, with no over-sharpening, are as follows:

  • Sharpness: 5
  • Picture Clarity: Off

Picture Quality
Pixels
Subpixel Layout
BGR
Type LED
Sub-Type
VA

This TV uses a BGR (Blue-Green-Red) subpixel layout instead of the traditional RGB layout. It doesn't cause any issues for video content, but if you're planning on using this TV as a PC monitor, it impacts text clarity, and some text will look blurry. You can read more about this here. Blue subpixels are dithered, with part of the subpixel brighter than the rest, but this doesn't cause any noticeable issues with regular content.

Motion
8.3
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
4.2 ms
100% Response Time
11.3 ms

The Samsung TU690T has a quick response time for the most part, but there are some noticeable issues. Like most VA panels, dark scenes have significantly slower response times, which causes black smearing behind dark objects and shadow details.

7.9
Motion
Flicker-Free
Flicker-Free
No
PWM Dimming Frequency
480 Hz

Unfortunately, this TV uses pulse width modulation (PWM) to dim its backlight. The backlight flickers at 480Hz in the 'Movie' and 'FILMMAKER' modes, but it flickers at a much lower 120Hz frequency in the 'Standard', 'Natural', and 'Game' modes.

Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Optional BFI
Yes
Min Flicker For 60 fps
60 Hz
60Hz For 60 fps
Yes
120Hz For 120 fps
N/A
Min Flicker for 60 fps in Game Mode
120 Hz

The Samsung TU690T has an optional backlight strobing feature, commonly known as black frame insertion, to help improve the appearance of motion. Like the Samsung TU7000, though, it doesn't work well. The strobe timing is off, causing bad crosstalk, resulting in visible image duplication. It always flickers at 120Hz in 'Game' mode with the backlight set to any level below its maximum, and once again, image duplication is noticeable due to the TV's 60Hz refresh rate.

Motion
Motion Interpolation
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
Yes
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
No

This TV has an optional motion interpolation feature to help improve motion clarity. Unfortunately, it's not very good, and there are noticeable artifacts around fast-moving objects. In really busy scenes, the TV stops interpolating entirely, resulting in a sudden change in frame rate that can be jarring.

7.0
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
30.4 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
5.4 ms

Due to this TV's fairly quick response time, there's some noticeable stutter in movies and TV shows. It's especially noticeable in slow-panning shots.

7.8
Motion
24p Judder
Judder-Free 24p
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via 60p
No
Judder-Free 24p via 60i
No
Judder-Free 24p via Native Apps
Yes

This TV automatically removes judder from 24p sources and the native apps; no additional settings are required.

0
Motion
Variable Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
60 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
No
HDMI Forum VRR
No
FreeSync
No
G-SYNC Compatible
No
4k VRR Maximum
N/A
4k VRR Minimum
No VRR support
1080p VRR Maximum
N/A
1080p VRR Minimum
No VRR support
1440p VRR Maximum
N/A
1440p VRR Minimum
No VRR support
VRR + Local Dimming No Local Dimming

Unfortunately, all sizes of this TV are limited to a 60Hz fixed refresh rate.

Inputs
9.6
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
12.3 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
36.3 ms
1080p @ 120Hz
N/A
1080p @ 144Hz
N/A
1440p @ 60Hz
12.3 ms
1440p @ 120Hz
N/A
1440p @ 144Hz
N/A
4k @ 60Hz
12.3 ms
4k @ 60Hz + 10-Bit HDR
12.3 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
12.3 ms
4k @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
19.4 ms
4k @ 60Hz With Interpolation
36.2 ms
4k @ 120Hz
N/A
4k @ 144Hz
N/A
8k @ 60Hz
N/A

This TV has fantastic low input lag. It's extremely low when in 'Game' mode, and it's only slightly higher outside of 'Game' mode. To get the lowest input lag when using a PC, the input in use must be labeled 'PC', and you must be in 'Game' mode as well.

7.1
Inputs
Supported Resolutions
Resolution 4k
480p @ 59.94Hz (Widescreen)
Yes
720p @ 59.94Hz
Yes
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
No
1080p @ 144Hz
No
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes
1440p @ 120Hz
No
1440p @ 144Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
No
4k @ 120Hz @ 4:4:4
No
4k @ 144Hz
No
8k @ 30Hz or 24Hz
No
8k @ 60Hz
No

This TV supports most common resolutions. Chroma 4:4:4 is displayed properly with all supported modes, ensuring that text is displayed properly when used with a PC.

Inputs
PS5 Compatibility
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
No
1440p @ 120Hz
No
1080p @ 120Hz
No
HDR
Yes
VRR
No

As this TV doesn't support any advanced gaming features, it can't take full advantage of the PS5. There's an 'Auto Low Latency Mode' mode, though, which triggers 'Game' mode when the TV detects a game being launched from a compatible device.

Inputs
Xbox Series X|S Compatibility
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
No
1440p @ 120Hz
No
1080p @ 120Hz
No
HDR
Yes
VRR
No

As this TV doesn't support any advanced gaming features, it can't take full advantage of the Xbox Series S|X. There's an 'Auto Low Latency Mode' mode, though, which triggers 'Game' mode when the TV detects a game being launched from a compatible device.

Inputs
Inputs Specifications
HDR10
Yes
HDR10+
Yes
Dolby Vision
No
HLG
Yes
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth
Yes (HDMI 1,2)
HDMI 2.1 Class Bandwidth
No
CEC Yes
HDCP 2.2 Yes (HDMI 1, 2)
ATSC Tuner
1.0
USB 3.0
No
Variable Analog Audio Out No
Wi-Fi Support Yes (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)
Inputs
Input Photos
Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI 2
USB 1
Digital Optical Audio Out 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm 0
Analog Audio Out RCA 0
Component In 0
Composite In 0
Tuner (Cable/Ant) 1
Ethernet 1
DisplayPort 0
IR In 0

Unfortunately, this TV has very limited connectivity. With no component or composite inputs, users with older devices will need to use an external HDMI converter to use them with this TV.

Inputs
Audio Passthrough
ARC/eARC Port
eARC
eARC: Dolby Atmos Over Dolby Digital Plus
Yes
eARC: Dolby Digital Plus 7.1
Yes
eARC: LPCM 7.1 Over Dolby MAT
Yes
eARC: Dolby TrueHD 7.1
Yes
eARC: DTS:X Over DTS-HD MA
Yes
eARC: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1
Yes
eARC: LPCM Channels (Bitstream)
7.1
ARC: Dolby Digital 5.1
Yes
ARC: DTS 5.1
Yes
Optical: Dolby Digital 5.1
Yes
Optical: DTS 5.1
No

The Samsung TU690T supports eARC, allowing you to passthrough lossless audio to a compatible receiver. Unlike more recent Samsung TVs, it even supports DTS:X audio formats, which is great if you plan on watching movies on Blu-ray or other physical media.

Sound Quality
7.1
Sound Quality
Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
95.14 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
2.08 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
2.13 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
3.89 dB
Max
86.1 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
3.77 dB

The Samsung TU690T has a decent frequency response. It has a well-balanced sound profile, and dialogue is clear and easy to understand, but like most TVs, there's very little bass. It doesn't get very loud, so it's not well-suited for loud environments. A soundbar or a dedicated surround sound setup is recommended for the best sound possible. See the best soundbars for watching movies.

7.0
Sound Quality
Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
0.198
Weighted THD @ Max
0.490
IMD @ 80
2.12%
IMD @ Max
8.20%

The distortion performance of this TV is decent. It's most significant in the bass range, but this is hardly noticeable as the TV can't produce much bass. It's not really noticeable in the vocal range, either, even at max volume.

Smart Features
7.5
Smart Features
Interface
Smart OS Tizen
Version 2021 (with reduced features)
Ease of Use
Easy
Smoothness
Average
Time Taken to Select YouTube
2 s
Time Taken to Change Backlight
5 s
Advanced Options
Many

The Samsung TU690T runs the 2021 version of Samsung's Tizen smart interface, with fewer animations than the more advanced models.

0
Smart Features
Ad-Free
Ads
Yes
Opt-out
No
Suggested Content in Home
Yes
Opt-out of Suggested Content
No

Unfortunately, like most TVs on the market, there are ads throughout the smart interface, and there's no way to disable them.

8.5
Smart Features
Apps and Features
App Selection
Great
App Smoothness
Average
Cast Capable
Yes
USB Drive Playback
Yes
USB Drive HDR Playback
Yes
HDR in Netflix
Yes
HDR in YouTube
Yes

The Samsung app store has most of the popular streaming services available.

6.0
Smart Features
Remote
Size
Medium
Voice Control
No
CEC Menu Control
Yes
Other Smart Features
No
Remote App Samsung SmartThings

This TV comes with an older-style remote that has a lot of buttons and a numpad. There are a few quick access buttons for streaming services. There's no voice control on the remote or hands-free voice control, but you can use the remote app on your smartphone.

Smart Features
TV Controls

There's a single button underneath the Samsung branding on the center of the TV. You can turn the TV on and off, change the volume and channels, and select inputs.

Smart Features
In The Box

  • Remote control
  • Power cable
  • User guides
  • 2x AAA Batteries

Smart Features
Misc
Power Consumption 72 W
Power Consumption (Max) 165 W
Firmware 2141