Meet Samsung’s most affordable 4K TV to date! The UN105S9
Stephan Jukic – March 31, 2015
While most of us mere mortals are happy being able to afford a reasonably decent new home entertainment system every couple of years, it seems that some people have a slightly bigger picture in mind, literally. And for these kinds of buyers, Samsung has been busy making a 4K TV with their Samsung UN105S9 105 inch monster of an ultra HD set.
At an extremely affordable (if you’re a millionaire) $119,999 dollars, getting your hands on one might just mean telling the kids that college is going to have to go out the window for just a little while, or maybe forever…
Unbelievably, the Amazon.com page that sells the 105S9 claims that there is currently only one left in stock (but with more on the way) so either there are a lot of high-rollers out there who have been more than happy to splash down the price of a modest home for a TV that will be obsolete in just a few years or the company never actually thought anybody would be nuts enough to buy this beast and have been stocking the same single dust covered model since 2014.
Either way, for just one dollar less than $120,000 (shipping is free though! And no, the TV can’t be gift wrapped) the 105S9 doesn’t offer nearly the kind of insane features you’d expect it to have. Don’t get us wrong, it is an absolutely fantastic “future-proofed” 4K television but just about every specification except its immense screen size is something you can also find or even improve upon with much smaller Samsung, Sony or LG TVs that also don’t happen to involve second mortgages and teary eyed discussions about impending bankruptcy.
The 105S9 gives you a a full-array LED backlighting system, native refresh rate of 120Hz, a 1440 Clear Motion rate that is about the same as that of much more affordable Samsung 4K smart TVs like the HU9000 and a full Smart TV package with the company’s entire array of smart apps built into the proprietary Samsung Smart Hub interface. It also comes with voice and gesture control features! However these are only available if you buy the Samsung camera accessory, which is sold separately, just in case you have any money at all left after you scrape your savings accounts and spare couch pennies together for the 105S9.
Amazing that something with the same price as a used Ferrari doesn’t come with its own built-in camera.
Accessories that are fortunately included consist of a Smart Touch remote control, a universal remote, 2 pairs of active 3D glasses and the TV comes with a robust array of HDMI 2.0, USB, Ethernet and other typical connectivity ports.
Now that’s the funny thing about the UN105S9: for a TV that costs the same as a full PhD program at Harvard, it really sort of underwhelms with its features. The refresh rate is only half of what some of the latest TV models offer and even Samsung’s Clear Motion rate that’s been applied to this monster 4K TV is also available on numerous other models which might be smaller but cost 99% of a whole house price less. Furthermore, some of the latest Samsung 4K TVs that come with all sorts of radically new features like Quantum Dots and much better refresh rates are also dirt cheap in comparison to the 105S9 and some of them even offer also enormous 79 to 85 inch screens.
The bottom line: Unless you simply want to show off about how you can spend on a single TV what is enough money to feed a dozen large families for more than a year, there isn’t even a decent technical reason to buy this TV. Its screen size is literally the only feature it has that other Samsung 4K TVs lack.
Now, enough of what we have to say about the Samsung UN105S9, let’s see what some members of the Amazon.com reviewer audience had to say about this piggy bank buster:
From “Eric J. Smith”
“I was able to purchase this amazing television with an FHA loan (30 year fixed-rate w/ 4.25% APR) and only 3.5% down. This is, hands down, the best decision I’ve ever made. And the box it came in is incredibly roomy too, which is a huge bonus, because I live in it now.”
A review by user “mmedia”, getting right to the defects:
“The black levels and color depth on this TV are pretty good for the price. However, the small screen size is a deal breaker. I recommend buying an IMAX theater instead.”
from “W. D. Boxmeyer”
“I cashed in my daughters collage fund and sold her to a mid eastern sheik. I also had to terminate my wife’s cancer treatments to afford this amazing TV. Once I got it I realized that I was not able to sit far enough away to view the entire screen without turning my head. I was going to move out the wall but that would have put into my neighbors yard. At the moment the TV is in storage until I purchase a home large enough to hold it.”
And finally, one motivated customer solved two serious problems with his own purchase of the 105S9:
“I sold my mother in law, and got this TV. Best decision I’ve ever made.”
Story by 4k.com