With the Q60R, Samsung has further lowered its entry into the QLED segment in 2019 than in the previous year. The low priced QLED TV comes without local dimming and without the high brightness you know from other QLED TVs. Nevertheless, it already offers virtually all the smart features that Samsung has to offer.
Entry level quality of the Q60R
Externally, the Samsung QLED Q60R is more on the level of the RU8000 or even RU7100. It doesn’t yet have the noble design of the more expensive QLEDs. It comes in 6 different sizes. The screen diagonal of the smallest TV is 43 inches, while the screen area of the largest, at 82 inches, is about 4 times bigger. All six units have two feet on both sides so that a soundbar can be placed between them.
The QLED TV is also quite suitable for wall mounting, as the inputs are all facing sideways. However, only the most important inputs are available: HDMI, USB, digital optical, Ethernet and Sat/Antenna.
The cable management consists of grooves on the back of the television that lead to clips on the feet. This is how cables are accommodated and fastened.
The Smart TV interface Tizen 5 is also part of the equipment, but more about this later.
High contrast image quality
The Samsung Q60R has very deep blacks and a native contrast of over 6000:1 thanks to the 10 The color depth is measured in Bit. 8 Bit stands for 28 different values for each color channel, for TVs those are red, green and blue. By combining the 3 rgb channels 28*28*28=16.777.216 colors are possible. HDR10 or the dynamic HDR formats work with 10 or even 12 Bit. Vertical Alignment, type of LCD Panel The panel is the actual screen of a television. There is different types of panels like OLED, LCD or Micro LED and different sub-types of LCD like VA or IPS. (8 The color depth is measured in Bit. 8 Bit stands for 28 different values for each color channel, for TVs those are red, green and blue. By combining the 3 rgb channels 28*28*28=16.777.216 colors are possible. HDR10 or the dynamic HDR formats work with 10 or even 12 Bit. + FRC).
The characteristics for good High Dynamic Range - image/video with more dynamic range (contrast range) unfortunately are left to be desired. There is no local dimming and the maximum brightness is only 380 SI unit of luminance: 1 nit = 1 cd/m2 - The best way of measuring and comparing a TVs brightness , which is not enough to make High Dynamic Range - image/video with more dynamic range (contrast range) details pop. Although the color The complete subset of colors which can be displayed by the screen is wide, the Quantum Dot layer and the resulting color space are clearly below the level of the more expensive QLED TVs.
Because of the VA panel, the image quickly becomes pale when viewed at an angle. This is much better for OLED TVs or TVs with IPS panels like the LG SM8600.
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Gaming with Variable Refresh Rate - synchronizes the display's refresh rate with the output refresh rate of the graphics card on the Samsung Q60R
Gaming on the Q60R is really fun. Especially the price of the TV is very beginner-friendly considering the features on offer. Thanks to Variable Refresh Rate - synchronizes the display's refresh rate with the output refresh rate of the graphics card through FreeSync, games can be played without tearing. This feature can be used with the Xbox One S or X or most current PCs with AMD graphics cards. The Time it takes for the input signal to appear on the screen (delay) is very short with 6 ms through FreeSync. Without FreeSync the Time it takes for the input signal to appear on the screen (delay) is 14 ms. These features make the Q60R one of the best gaming TVs in its price range.
Mediocre sound quality
The 2.0 channel sound system on the Samsung Q60R is unfortunately only average. The sound is enough for the afternoon program, but if you’re looking for a more powerful sound experience, you won’t be satisfied without extras.
Although the QLED TV supports neither DTS:X nor Dolby Atmos, it is worth purchasing a Blu-ray player that can process object-based sound formats. The only thing missing is a soundbar for object-based sound formats.
If you don’t need this and prefer classic surround sound, you can use a Dolby Digital or Dolby Digital Plus sound system with up to 7.1 channels. But even an affordable soundbar is worth it to spice up the mediocre sound of the Q60R.
Wide range of Smart TV features
The redesigned Tizen 5 Smart TV interface leaves nothing to be desired and is very easy to use. Important apps such as Amazon Prime Video, Netflix or media libraries are already pre-installed. Controlling with the Smart Remote is very intuitive, and the trend is definitely going towards the included voice controls.
The Q60R supports Samsung’s Bixby, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Screen transfers via Apple AirPlay 2 are also possible. The somewhat poor Smartphone Remote app could have been cut in our opinion, as both voice control and Smart Remote are more intuitive and feature-rich.
Smart Home is also possible with the Q60R. Samsung’s Smart Things makes it possible for the Smart Remote to become the remote control of intelligent living. Of course, the devices used must be compatible with the TV. For example a refrigerator, a vacuum cleaner or a washing machine. Lights can also be controlled via Smart Things. If you want to use a Non-SmartHome product, a connection via Smart Things Hub is required.
However, the fact that advertising is regularly displayed in the Smart Hub favorites menu should be rated negative. Using the Service Menu, you can theoretically deactivate advertising yourself, but you should have some experience in handling it. In addition, the warranty claim is forfeited!
Variants of the Samsung Q60R
Samsung “The Frame”
Thanks to its chic design and space-saving One Connect Box, “The Frame” fits into any living room and reproduces any content in 4K quality, whether digital artwork or the afternoon program. However, this TV is aimed more at art lovers than football fans.
The television’s frame is even interchangeable. The standard black frame can be supplemented with a bezel in a different look on request: Walnut, beige or white. It is available in 43, 49, 55 and 65 inches.
Samsung “The Serif”
If “The Frame” is not arty enough, “The Serif” could be a contender. This TV stands out not only because of its razor-sharp content in 4K UHD quality, but also because of its extravagant design language. From the side it resembles a big I. Optionally on the wall or on the supplied supports, it easily blends into industrial and modern interiors.
Decent QLED TV for Budget Gaming
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