Harry J. Kazianis
One word: OneConnect. Samsung, get rid of it. Now.
One of the happiest tech days of my life was when I purchased my 2018 Q7F Samsung QLED TV.
I had been saving for quite some time, and scooped up the TV for $1399 at my local Best Buy in Rockville, MD, right outside of Washington, D.C. As I was becoming more and more anti-OLED by the day, I was confident I made the right choice reading countless reviews, blog posts and expert analysis.
Then, I unboxed the TV and was shocked to learn the TV has what I would consider a fatal flaw: OneConect.
You see, the one thing many of the reviews I read fail to mention how Samsung QLED TVs separate the TV and the connectors for power, sound and audio into a special connector box. This is meant to make connections easier, more streamlined and easier to hide wires when mounting.
But that all creates a very basic question: what the heck do you do with the OneConnect box? And let me tell you, the OneConnect box that came with my TV is massive. Like a big brick sort of massive.
You could, I suppose, hide it in the wall, but that might not be easy for the average do-it-yourself tech geek. You could put it on a shelf, but if you are mounting the TV that sort of defeats the purpose.
The good news is not all Samsung TVs have this. For example, I have a Samsung QLED 43 inch TV from 2019 that does not have this, it has all of the connectors built into the TV. Thank God.
I guess in some respects I should not be shocked, as I have a 2018 Samsung 8 series 65 inch 4K TV that has a small OneConnect box. However, Samsung needs to do a better job of making sure consumers are aware of this, as I can see many tech fans getting turned off by this concept. I know I am.