Samsung’s QLED series and LG’s NanoCell series are probably the biggest competitors among the mid-range TVs. This time we compare the two entry-level models Q60T and NANO81 with each other to see which of the two less expensive models is the better TV for your needs. Because these are lower-priced models in the middle class, the features of both TVs are comparatively low, as the manufacturers save these features for more expensive models. Since both use completely different display technologies, the respective strengths and weaknesses also differ greatly. Therefore, you should think carefully about what is most important to you and under which conditions you want to use the new TV.
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Samsung Q60T and LG NANO81 compared
Which TV is better?
- Deep Blacks
- Low input lag
- Good Smart Features
- Smart Home Availability
- Dolby Atmos via Dolby True HD
- No local dimming
- No DTS
- No VRR
- Viewing angle
- Low input lag
- Viewing angle
- Edge Lit Local Dimming
- Smart TV Features
- 60Hz panel
- Contrast ratio 1350:1
- Black levels
- No Dolby Vision & HDR10+
- No DTS & Dolby Atmos
Detailed comparison: Samsung Q60T or LG NANO81
The Q60T is the most affordable TV from Samsung's famous QLED series. It uses like all other QLEDs a VA panel, which has deep blacks and a high contrast ratio of 7000:1. Therefore it produces a good picture quality in dark surroundings, which unfortunately cannot be further improved by the missing local dimming feature. The low peak brightness and the moderate reflection handling ensure that the picture quality is not quite as attractive in bright rooms. In addition, the viewing angle of the VA panel is very narrow, so that colors fade even at a slightly oblique viewing angle. Its motion handling is okay for a TV in this price range, but with a response time of ~8ms it is not very impressive. Therefore, fast movements cause motion blur, which the Q60T cannot reduce further. With the HDMI eARC interface it can create a rich, spatial Dolby Atmos sound in connection with external sound systems.
Because the Q60T uses an IPS panel, its contrast ratio of 1350:1 and its black is not really convincing. This has a negative effect on the picture quality in dark surroundings - deep black scenes look rather grayish under this condition. On the other hand, it has a quite respectable image in bright rooms, which is due to its excellent reflection handling. In addition, IPS panels have the advantage that their viewing angle is quite wide, so there is no fading of the colors when you sit at an oblique angle to the display - which is probably the biggest advantage of the NANO81 compared to the Q60T. The IPS panel's response time of ~6ms is lower than the Q60T's, so its motion handling is slightly better; therefore, less motion blur is noticeable during fast movements. Gaming is really fun on the NANO81, as it has a very low input lag, but just like the Q60T, the LG TV doesn't have much extra features. The Edge Lit Local Dimming is not really an advantage as it is so poorly implemented and doesn't really improve the picture.
|Panel type||VA Panel||IPS Panel|
|Resolution||3840 x 2160 pixels Ultra HD (UHD) / 4K / 2160p||3840 x 2160 pixels Ultra HD (UHD) / 4K / 2160p|
|Contrast ratio||7000 :1||1400 :1|
|Local Dimming||Nein||Edge Lit Local Dimming|
|Frequency||60 Hz||60 Hz|
|Input Lag||< 10 ms||< 10 ms|
|Color space coverage|
|Operating system||Tizen 5.5||webOS 5.0|
|Improved viewing angle|
Our conclusion: Q60T vs NANO81: VA vs IPS Panel
Because of the better picture quality in dark environments and the similar one in bright surroundings, the Q60T is the slightly more powerful TV. However, you should keep in mind that the characteristics of these two TVs are very different. If you want better picture quality and an HDMI eARC to create the best possible sound when using an external sound system, the Q60T is the right TV for your needs. If you do not want to do without a wide viewing angle and also want to have superior motion handling, the NANO81 is a good choice. Since both devices are entry level TVs in the QLED or NanoCell series, additional features have not been integrated. Both TVs do not have Dolby Vision, Variable Refresh Rate and no HDMI 2.1 interface – which was not to be expected in this price level. So if you want to take next gen gaming to its limits, you have to buy the next most expensive TVs of the respective series, because the Q70T and the NANO86 have a 120Hz panel and an HDMI 2.1 interface. But if you can do without that and are looking for a decent Smart TV, which otherwise has a pretty good performance, you can take a closer look at both models.