With a 32-inch, in other words just 80 centimetres screen diagonal, this QLED TV from Samsung is also something for small living rooms. But can it still keep up with the large models from the renowned Q series? On tvfindr we will shed light on this for you and help you find out whether it is suitable for you.
In terms of finish and design, the Samsung Q50R is in no way inferior to its big sister model: As the Q60R’s optical miniature, it is also quite flat and stands on two feet. That’s why it only has a small footprint – perfect for those with limited space. Otherwise, it can also be attached directly to the wall with a vesa mount. Only the frame is slightly wider at 1.1 cm in relation to its overall size. The cable management is kept rather simple with a clip on the back of the foot.
High quality design
Completely made of plastic
Relatively thick frame
Compatible with this:
TV mount swivel
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Satisfactory image quality from frontal sitting position
The Samsung Q50R has a VAVertical Alignment, type of LCD Panel panel and thus brings a deep black and a relatively high contrast, so that it also delivers a good picture quality in the evening. Nevertheless, this is not enough to display HDRHigh Dynamic Range – image/video with more dynamic range (contrast range) content impressively. It also has no local dimming feature. Its 4K resolution cannot be criticized in relation to its size, of course. It’s just questionable whether this is fully effective at 32 inches and a normal distance between seat and device.
Unfortunately, the VA panel ensures that the image quality decreases significantly when viewed at an angle, which is why it is best placed in front of the sofa – or as an additional monitor on the desk.
10 Bit VA-Panel (8 Bit + FRC)
Maximum brightness ~310 Nits
Wide Color Gamut
No local dimming
Poor viewing angle
Good motion handling for movies
The model has a good response time of about 5.5 ms. There is a weakness in the backlight, which flickers at 240 HzHertz is the derived SI-unit of frequency with 1Hz=1/s – When talking about TVs this means how many different pictures a TV can display in one second. in a brightness below the maximum, but at 120 Hz in game mode. This is enough for movies, but not optimal for sports and gaming, as there can be noticeable duplication. If you’re searching for better alternatives for gaming, you should look around for a comparably large monitor.
The Q50R has a refresh rateHertz is the derived SI-unit of frequency with 1Hz=1/s – When talking about TVs this means how many different pictures a TV can display in one second. of 60 Hz and can’t remove JudderInconsistent time frame due to the input frequency not mismatching the TV’s frequency (e.g. 24p via 60Hz).
Quick Response Time ~5,5ms
Cannot remove Judder
Suitable as second monitor and at the console
The Q50R is suitable for gaming in that it can be used as an additional monitor due to its size or connected to a console. The decisive point here is that it doesn’t have HDMI 2.1, but provides analogue inputs. That means it is perfectly suited for gaming with the Play Station or older consoles. The input lag is quite low with 13.1 ms in HDRHigh Dynamic Range – image/video with more dynamic range (contrast range) and the ALLM is activated automatically when connected to the console.
Unfortunately the Q50R doesn’t offer any additional gaming features like the FreeSync variable refresh rateHertz is the derived SI-unit of frequency with 1Hz=1/s – When talking about TVs this means how many different pictures a TV can display in one second., which all other QLEDs have. Thus, it doesn’t stand out from comparable entry-level TVs from Samsung.
Low Input Lag
No HDMI 2.1
No additional gaming features
Below average sound
The Samsung Q50R can’t convince with its sound. Dialogues can be clearly understood, but the bass is less balanced and strong. It also doesn’t have HDMI eARC, Dolby Atmos or DTS and won’t be able to thrill the enthusiast. But the rest convinces you, you can consider adding a soundbar to your setup.
2.0 channels with 20W (RMS)
Comprehensible sound, but unbalanced bass
No HDMI eARC
No Dolby Atmos
For stronger basses:
Samsung HW-T450 soundbar
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Many Smart TV Features via One Remote
With the usual interface for the Q-Series, the Q50R offers the integrated language assistant Bixby, but can just as well be connected to the Amazon Alexa or the Google Assistant. Besides streaming services, such as Amazon Prime Video and Netflix, Apple TV is also pre-installed. Smart Home applications are controlled via Samsung SmartThings as the control centre. The TV is also compatible with AirPlay 2. It’s all done with the One Remote.
What’s missing are features like PVRPersonal Video Recorder, recording TV programs to a USB-Memory Device, Time-Shift and a Twin Tuner.
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Single tuner only
No USB recording (PVR) or timeshift
Apple AirPlay 2
Amazon Alexa & Google Assistant
Large selection of apps
Small QLED with entry level features
The Samsung Q50R stands out because it has a high price for its relatively small size, due to the fact that it is a QLED. However, since “QLED” is more of a marketing term used by the company, it is questionable whether the purchase of the Q50R is worth it when an entry-level model from Samsung such as the RU7409 is available for considerably less money and the same features.
Overall, the Q50R unfortunately can’t keep up with the larger models in the range, which is mainly due to the fact that it can’t remove a judder and doesn’t offer local dimming or features like VRR for gaming.
The Samsung TU8079 is from the new generation of 2020, and compared to the Q50R, it doesn’t have Wide Colour GamutThe complete subset of colors which can be displayed by the screen, but HDMI eArc and Dolby Atmos are available.
The Samsung RU7409, even in its smallest version with 43 inches, is considerably larger than the Q50R, but is also cheaper because it is not a QLED model. It also allows Timeshift and recording via USB.
The Q60R is the “big sister” of the Q50R, so to speak. It is therefore also much more expensive and starts with the smallest version in 43 inches. It can remove judder and is noticeably brighter than the Q50R.