Samsung Q60A QLED

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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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Design
  • Slim design
  • Suitable for wall mounting
  • Height adjustable
  • Cable management
  • No HDMI 2.1 interface

4K UHD with limitations

Thanks to the built-in VA 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 Vision or a local dimming function, which would improve the already good black level even more.

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Picture Quality
  • Color gamut
  • Screen brightness
  • 480 nits
  • Contrast 4650 : 1
  • 10 (8+2) bit VA panel
  • No local dimming function
  • Viewing Angle
  • No Dolby Vision

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 rate is unfortunately limited to only 60 Hz, which can cause the picture to appear blurry during fast movements.

motionhandling Samsung Q60A QLED
Motion Handling
  • Motion interpolation
  • Stutter free
  • 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 rate, which is particularly noticeable due to the lack of a VRR function.

Thus, the Q60A is not up to date in terms of gaming, but it is perfectly suitable for older games and consoles.

gaming Samsung Q60A QLED
Gaming
  • Input lag ~10ms
  • Good picture in dark surroundings
  • No HDMI 2.1
  • No VRR function

Average sound

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.

 

sound Samsung Q60A QLED
Sound
  • Good volume
  • Dolby Atmos
  • HDMI eARC
  • Compression artifacts
  • No DTS
  • Bass

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.

smarttv Samsung Q60A QLED
Smart TV
  • Large selection of apps
  • User friendly
  • Solar panel
  • Voice assistant
  • Built-in microphone
  • Tizen 6.0
  • Advertising - Manually removable

Variants of Samsung Q60A QLED

A Samsung QLED at a small price

Samsung’s Q60A convinces with its timeless design and the improved picture quality compared to its predecessor. The TV has all the features that are needed for everyday use, but unfortunately the missing HDMI 2.1 interface and the absence of Dolby Vision have to be criticized. Those looking for an inexpensive QLED TV that can be used for everyday use or that should be particularly well suited for wall mounting have found it in Samsung’s Q60A. Unfortunately, the TV is not suitable for gamers of the newer consoles and the Samsung Q60A is also not enough for a fully developed home theater feeling.

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A TV for everyday use
PROS
  • Good for everyday use
  • Color range
  • Easy wall mounting
  • Input Lag ~10ms
CONS
  • Viewing angle
  • No HDMI2.1
  • No Dolby Vision
  • Sound

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* All prices are in USD incl. VAT, if necessary plus shipping. Interim changes of prices, ranking, delivery time and costs are possible. Last update 2021-05-12 10:36:49
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