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, but you need to know, that the 43 inch version was equipped with an IPS panel and not with a VA panel. 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 bit VA panel (8 bit + FRC).
The characteristics for good HDR unfortunately are left to be desired. There is no local dimming and the maximum brightness is only 380 Nits, which is not enough to make HDR details pop. Although the color gamut 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.
The refresh rate is 120 Hertz – but only from 55 inches. For the smaller 43- and 49-inch models the frequency is only 60 Hertz. Fast moving objects can be displayed clearly with a response time of only 4 ms with very little motion blur.
Since the 43 inch variant uses an IPS panel, its image properties are quite contrary to the other variants. This panel has a low contrast ratio and a weak black. In a dark environment, black therefore looks rather grayish. But it has a wide viewing angle and can be used much more versatile than the other variants.
Gaming with VRR 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 VRR 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 input lag is very short with 6 ms through FreeSync. Without FreeSync the input lag 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.