The Samsung Q60A - A 2021 QLED at an entry-level price
The Samsung Q60A is the most affordable 2021 QLED. It is the successor of the Q60T, which is optically almost identical.
In terms of features, the Q60A offers all the features expected from a smart TV and the picture is also extremely satisfactory, especially in terms of color gamut and for the price range it is in.
Certainly, this TV is not for everyone, which is unavoidable in this price range. But for whom is the Samsung Q60A worthwhile and for whom not?
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Slim, modern and minimalistic
The Samsung Q60A convinces with its simple and slim design. Compared to its predecessor, the already thin Q60T, the 2021 model goes one better and is ideally suited for wall mounting with its 4.0 cm.
Apart from the depth of the TV, the Q60A does not differ considerably from its predecessor. Only the stand feet stand out in the 2021 model, as they are now height-adjustable so that the TV can be raised if necessary, for example for a console or soundbar. The feet are also quite a bit flatter than the older model, which makes for a better stand, but also a deeper seat when the feet are not fully extended.
The cable inputs are on the back and, apart from two ports, are aligned sideways, which again simplifies wall mounting. Cable management is extremely convenient thanks to the included clips, which make it possible to fix the cables to the feet.
Unfortunately, the Q60A does not have an HDMI 2.1 interface, which should annoy gamers in particular.
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4K UHD with limitations
Thanks to the built-in VAVertical Alignment, type of LCD Panel panel, the Q60A achieves a remarkable color gamut and the good screen brightness ensures that there are hardly any restrictions due to lighting conditions even in very bright rooms.
The dreaded burn-in risk does not play a role for the immune VA panels and as long as the TV is not exposed to direct light, reflections on the screen are not a problem either.
Unfortunately, a limited viewing angle degrades the picture, drastically worsening the TV experience with multiple people or a angled seating area.
The Q60A offers high contrast levels and it also reproduces deep blacks remarkably well. Unfortunately, the TV does not have Dolby VisionDynamic HDR-format with a color depth of up to 12 Bits and Mastering of up to 10,000 Nits or a local dimming function, which would improve the already good black level even more.
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Stutter free image
The Q60A offers the option to use Motion Interpolation, which allows the TV to increase the frame rate of content and smooth out motion. This feature is also helpful if you notice a stuttering picture when using the TV, which is rather the exception with this model. Furthermore, the Q60A can remove judder from 24p content, but not from 60p content.
The 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. is unfortunately limited to only 60 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., which can cause the picture to appear blurry during fast movements.
Limited to 60Hz
Retro-Gaming on the Samsung Q60A
In terms of gaming, the Q60A is a good option due to its very low input lag, which makes for a responsive experience. Even gaming nights into the night are no problem, as the Q60A provides a good picture even in dark surroundings.
Still, it has to be mentioned that some video game lovers won’t get their money’s worth.
This is partly due to the lack of an HDMI 2.1 port, which makes it less than ideal for next-gen consoles, and partly due to the limited 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 is particularly noticeable due to the lack of a VRRVariable Refresh Rate – synchronizes the display’s refresh rate with the output refresh rate of the graphics card function.
Thus, the Q60A is not up to date in terms of gaming, but it is perfectly suitable for older games and consoles.
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The sound of the Q60A unfortunately leaves much to be desired and is mediocre at best. The lack of bass can’t provide the necessary depth in some places, which can make for a less immersive experience. However, this is not a big deal in everyday use and is only noticeable in action-packed movies and games.
The speakers fill even large rooms with their high maximum volume, but compression artifacts can occur at particularly high volumes, which severely degrade the sound experience. On a positive note, the Q60A has eARC support and Dolby Atmos is also included.
Many often neglect the sound, when choosing a new TV, which is why that certain something can be missing. The Q60A cannot provide an above-average sound experience on its own. Therefore, the purchase of an external soundbar is recommended.
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Smart TV thanks to Tizen 6.0
Samsung’s Q60A has Tizen 6.0 and is fully equipped in terms of its smart TV features. There is a large selection of apps that run without problems and are user-friendly. The only complaint is that there are some ads on the home screen and in the app store that cannot be removed.
The included remote control has an internal battery that can be charged via a solar panel on the back of the remote. A built-in microphone makes the TV easy to use. The typical voice assistants Alexa, Google and Bixby are also included for maximum convenience.
As it became known, there is a possibility to block annoying ads on Samsung Smart TVs: Add the URLs ads.samsung.com and samsungads.com to the Internet router’s blocking list – and the ads should finally disappear.
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