The best TVs of the 2020 Samsung lineup
The best TVs of the 2020 Samsung lineup
Samsung, one of the largest technology companies in the world, is one of the biggest players in the current television business.
On this page we present the best Samsung televisions the South Korean company currently has to offer. There is something for every budget and every application. If you are interested in a Samsung TV, you will find all the necessary information here or on our more detailed lineup article.
If you want to spend less money and do not need any technical extras, you should take a closer look at the Samsung TU8000. Despite the low price you get a very good picture here, which is aimed at beginners who only want to stream a movie once in a while or watch the afternoon program. Also as a second device or just for gaming with the PS4 or Xbox Series X it is great.
Our recommendation for the currently best Samsung TV is the Q90T. If you have a large budget, you can get one of the best TVs currently available. Every feature is absolutely right here and there are few features it doesn’t have. Its performance makes it the best QLED TV of the 2020 lineup.
Admittedly, the Samsung The Terrace is more of a lifestyle model. The TV has been designed so that you can use it outdoors without any problems – and thanks to the certified IP55 standard, it is really weatherproof. It also has a really impressive picture quality and High Dynamic Range – image/video with more dynamic range (contrast range) performance, which is created by its impressive peak brightness of 4000 Nits.
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The best Samsung TV 2021: Samsung Q90T QLED
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Samsung Q90T QLED compared to the alternatives
The Samsung Q90T is a television on which almost any content looks good. It has Full ArrayLocal Dimming as well as an additional display layer to greatly expand the narrow viewing angle, which also has a positive effect on its reflection handling. Especially in bright surroundings, the high brightness of 1400 Nits allows it to produce a brilliant image quality that can be achieved by almost no other TV. In dark environments it also performs convincingly, but in the OLED competition it has to draw the short straw here.
Its High Dynamic Range – image/video with more dynamic range (contrast range) performance is also outstanding, but with Dynamic HDR-format with a color depth of up to 12 Bits and Mastering of up to 10,000 Nits it could be a lot better than it already is. Its gaming performance is also well rounded off. It supports HDMI 2.1, has a 120Hz panel, Variable Refresh Rate – synchronizes the display’s refresh rate with the output refresh rate of the graphics card via FreeSync/HDMI Forum, ALLM and a low input lag – in short, everything you could wish for in the upcoming Xbox Series X and PS5 consoles. In addition, its motion handling with a response time of less than 4ms is really outstanding, so there are few other TVs that can hold a candle to it, apart from OLEDs.
Unfortunately, it no longer has the One Connect Box in its equipment like last years Q90R. Samsung saved that feature for their High End 8K Series.
Samsung Q90T QLED Pro / Contra
- Deep Blacks
- Contrast Ratio: 10500:1
- Full Array Local Dimming (FALD)
- 96 Dimming Zonen
- 1400 Nits Peak Brightness
- FreeSync VRR
- 120Hz VA-Panel
- Viewing Angle
- No DTS
- No Dolby Vision
Alternatives to the Samsung Q90T QLED as Samsung TV
The Samsung The Terrace is a lifestyle model from the 2020 lineup. It can convince with a similarly good image quality in both bright and dark environments as the Q90T. But that is not what really makes it stand out. The Terrace is designed to be used outdoors, for example, at a barbecue or while drinking coffee in the afternoon.
It gets super bright with an average of nearly 2000 Nits and that even during soccer broadcasts and not only in HDR details, this way it can counteract possible reflections in an optimal way – even though it already can handle reflections very well. With a peak brightness of up to 4000 Nits it is bright enough for almost any task.
Unfortunately, Samsung has not equipped it with a wide viewing angle, which is a significant factor, especially outdoors. And unfortunately there is no HDMI 2.1 port either, so you’ll probably have to wait until next year to play on next gen consoles outside your four walls.
Nevertheless, it is a fascinating television, which is definitely an eye-catcher at every garden party.
For newcomers to the world of 4K, this Samsung TV could be interesting: the Samsung TU8000. Here the price-performance ratio is perfect! It has a VA panel with 60 Hz. This brings some advantages: good black and a reasonable contrast ratio. Unfortunately, the viewing angle of VA Panels is somewhat limited, which causes colors and brightness to decrease when viewed from the side. To avoid this, you should sit straight in front of the TV.
Blacks and the contrast ratio are good, but unfortunately the peak brightness of the TU8000 is not very high. It is therefore less suitable for very bright rooms with direct sunlight on the device. There won’t be any problems with moderate brightness. Furthermore, the display of high-contrast HDR content becomes difficult. The color gamut is unfortunately too average for this, despite the support of HDR10, HDR10+ and HLG. In dark rooms its performance is good, even if it does not have local dimming.
It is an excellent choice for gaming. The input lag is 10 ms at 1080p @ 60 Hz and 4K @ 60 Hz. It also has Auto Low Latency Mode, which causes the TV to automatically reduce latency when using a game console. But it does not have HDMI 2.1 – which cannot be taken for granted due to its low price.