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Welcome to T3’s Samsung Q60T/Q65T review. This Samsung’s cheapest 4K QLED TV for 2020, but has quite a few features from higher up Samsung’s QLED pecking order – including the excellent Tizen-based Smart TV interface. The reason we've mentioned two models (the Q60T and the Q65T) here is that they're functionally identical, but with different stand colours. Different retailers will stock different models, but the important stuff is all the same.

It’s available in a very wide range of screen sizes, which is one reason why it will be a hugely popular TV, but we specifically tested the 55-inch version, known as the Samsung QE55Q65T.

Pick a slightly smaller version than this and the bill will be less than four figures, which is why it's among the best TV deals of 2020 – especially with Black Friday here. Between picture quality and functionality, it makes plenty of sense, and it’s also adept as a gaming TV, thanks to its impressively low lag (though there are some concerns here that we'll come to.

It’s not perfect – very few televisions are – but keep the price uppermost in your mind and you’ll understand why we’re such big fans. It's one of the best TVs under £1000, easily.

Samsung Q60T/Q65T review: price, release date and features

The model perched on our test bench is the 55-inch Samsung QE55Q65T, priced at £899/$699. If this screen size doesn’t quite fit your requirements, the Q65T is also available in 43-inch (£599/$429), 50-inch (£699/$649), 58-inch (£999/$799), 65-inch (£1,299/$999), 75-inch (£1,999/$1,599) and 85-inch (£2,299/$2,599) sizes – which means there really should be something there to suit you.

These are the prices you should expect to pay now, before further price drops – when the Q60T/Q65T first landed in the UK, the prices were significantly higher, but we've already seen a welcome rebalancing in the market, so this is what you should be looking for (or less).

No matter the screen size you decide on, your money buys you a TV of Samsung’s dependably flawless build quality and finish. The Q65T range illuminates its pixels using LEDs arranged around the edge of the screen (what's known as 'edge-lit') rather than having lights filling the entire space behind its panel (what's known as 'direct backlighting' – because, after all, the savings to deliver an ‘entry level’ range have to be made somewhere. 

A new 'dual LED' tech is used here for the backlight – basically, two different LED colours, giving a more even and accurate light overall, helping to get those QLED colours just right.

As is usual with Samsung, every HDR standard except Dolby Vision is catered for – so you get HDR10 (the basic standard), HLG (for live broadcast) and HDR10+ (used on Amazon Prime Video and some Blu-rays).

It features three HDMI inputs (one eARC-compatible), a couple of USB, aerial posts for terrestrial and satellite tuners, composite video inputs and a digital optical output. There’s also Bluetooth 4.2 on board, along with dual-band Wi-Fi. 

As well as the edge-lighting, the Samsung gives its position in the pecking order away somewhat with its audio specification. Unlike more expensive Samsung QLEDs, which feature multiple positions of speaker drivers and some sonic tracking of on-screen motion, the Q65T sticks with two audio channels and a total of 20 watts of power. At least there’s plenty of space between its feet to position one of the best soundbars.

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Samsung Q60T/Q65T review: picture performance

Despite going without the anti-reflection technology of its more expensive Samsung TV siblings, the Q60T/Q65T is a lustrous, detailed and fully engrossing watch, even in reasonably bright sunlight. 

Despite its edge-lit arrangement theoretically being much weaker than the direct model, it generates deep, detailed and nicely differentiated black tones, only succumbing to crushing them if the majority of the screen is concerned with describing darkness. It's much like the also-impressive Panasonic HX800 in this regard.

And despite the inherent limitations of this edge-lit configuration, the Samsung controls its backlighting well, with haloing or light-bleed only making an overt appearance during, say, white text on a black background. The top-and-bottom black bars of some 21:9 content will betray some very mild clouding, too.

White tones are reasonably bright, very acceptably detailed and strongly resist bleaching even when the on-screen action is mostly white-on-white. As a consequence, the QE55Q65T does good work with contrasts, even of the most glaring kind. Fire up a black-and-white movie for some retro thrills and the Samsung is composed and entirely in control of the stark photography.

As far as actual colours go, the Samsung’ palette is wide-ranging and convincing. You’ll need to delve into the harder-to-reach corners of the set-up menus to get that balance between ‘natural’ and ‘vivid’ just so, but once the correct level of vibrancy is achieved the Q60T/Q65T is a believable and well-balanced watch. A colour gamut coverage of around 92% is not to be sniffed at in a screen as affordable as this one – it’s a big QLED plus-point. 

Detail levels, especially the essentials of skin-tone and -texture, are high. Patterns are described in depth, edges are drawn smoothly, and motion-handling is assured in all but the most trying circumstances. 

There’s certainly not the out-and-out punch to pictures that some brighter (and more expensive) Samsung QLEDs can muster – peak brightness (in a 10% white window) of around 470 nits is respectable, although the equally affordable Philips OLED754 will go both brighter and darker than the Q60TQ55T can manage, thanks to inherent advantages of OLED.

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As an upscaler, the Q60T/Q65T proves equally adept. A 1080p Blu-ray disc enjoys many of the same positives as native 4K content: impressive contrasts, a nicely nuanced colour palette, and secure motion. Some of the finest details are overlooked somewhat, and any wide shots of open sky or wide prairie (for example) can host a touch of picture noise, but the Samsung’s overall stability is praiseworthy.

Stepping down in the quality of source input inevitably results in a step-down in picture quality – although unlike some other affordable 4K TVs, the Q60T/Q65T doesn’t just throw in the towel the moment it’s confronted with a DVD or a standard-def TV broadcast. 

Pictures soften, of course, edges become less certain, and picture noise becomes uncomfortably common too, but nevertheless the Samsung manages to maintain a good colour balance and passable detail levels, even in darker scenes.

It’s also worth noting that despite a screen like the OLED754 having the better of this Samsung where black levels are concerned, the Philips can’t lay a glove on the Q60T/Q65T where gaming response time is concerned. At sub-10ms, the Samsung’s responses are razor-sharp in its gaming mode.

However, it is missing some cutting-edge gaming features supported on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X: specifically, variable refresh rates and support for 120fps video at 4K. These both allow for much smoother gaming in titles that support them, and for this reason the Q60T/Q65T doesn't quite make it into our pick of the best gaming TVs.

The closest TV equivalent with support for all these is LG's B9 OLED TV, which isn't as good for processing, but is an excellent TV in its own right. However, if you won't upgrade to the new consoles any time soon, the Q60T/Q65T is an excellent choice.

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Samsung Q60T/Q65T review: sound quality

Having more recently become quite used to TVs that don’t sound as flat-out appalling as the flatscreen-TV cliche suggests, it’s actually quite startling to hear a television that sounds just as poor as we all remember. 

Some TVs can parlay two drivers and 20 watts of power into a relatively inoffensive sound, but not the Q60T/Q65T. It sounds feeble, basically: weedy, underpowered, vague and hard. Find even £99 in your budget for a dedicated soundbar and you’ll improve on the sound of the Q60T/Q65T to a frankly indecent degree; find enough for the likes of the Sonos Beam and you'll have something to really match the image quality.

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Samsung Q60T/Q65T review: design & usability

At a touch over 5.7cm deep, the Q60T/Q65T is a reasonably discreet wall-hanging proposition. If you don't fancy that, it has a pair of the simplest push-and-click plastic boomerang-shaped feet at either end of its chassis (leaving plenty of space for that soundbar you’ll soon find so essential). And the top, left- and right-hand sides of its bezel are slim and unobtrusive. The whole thing is screwed together with Samsung’s usual solid efficiency. 

Control is via either of the two bundled remote controls (one a virtually illegible handset featuring every possible button, one a much more usable and streamlined alternative), the half-decent SmartThings app, or via voice. Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa are both available.  

The Tizen-derived smart TV interface and user interface that’s deployed to such good effect on every Samsung QLED (up to and including the super-expensive, uber-specified Samsung Q950TS 8K behemoth), and it goes a long way towards making the QE55Q65T seem more expensive than it is. Logical, legible and easy to navigate, it’s an object lesson in coherent design. And it is home to every essential catch-up and streaming service, as well as quite a few non-essentials too. Very few TVs from alternative brands can match it.

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Samsung Q60T/Q65T review: verdict

It may not be the most glamorous TV you can buy for this sort of money, at least not in the way it looks as an object, but the Q60T/Q65T has it where it counts. It looks great with 4K content, and it does gallant work upscaling lower-resolution video too. 

It’s a pleasure to use – certainly more of a pleasure than it is to listen to – and it gives every impression of being made to survive the long haul. It’s great value for money.

Its main competitor is the Philips OLED754, which is our pick as the best TV in the same kind of price range, thanks to the glorious contrast its OLED screen provides. However, its processing isn't quite as good, so for sports (and definitely for gaming), the Samsung may be a better pick. The Philips also only comes in 55-inch and 65-inch models, so size may be a big factor too.

The Panasonic HX800 is its closest LED TV competitor, and that offers a more cinematic image (it's what Panasonic is known for), and equivalently good gaming performance. The Samsung's smart TV system is better and easier to use, which may be an important factor.



Samsung Q60T QLED TV review: Specs

Price: $999
Screen size: 65 inches
Resolution: 3,840 x 2,160
HDR: HDR10+, Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG)
Refresh rate: 60Hz
Ports: 3 HDMI (1 with ARC), 2 USB
Audio: 2 channel, 20 watt (No Dolby Atmos)
Smart TV software: Samsung Smart TV (Tizen)
Size: 57.1 x 32.6 x 2.3 inches [w/o stand]
Weight: 49.2 pounds [w/o stand]

With its latest budget QLED set, Samsung giveth and taketh away, but the result is the same: The Samsung Q60T QLED TV is a good, but not great, 4K QLED TV. Samsung added Alexa inside — a nice upgrade over its Bixby voice assistant — and it lowered the price considerably (the 65-inch model now costs less than $1,000, versus $1,199 for last year’s Q60). In exchange for the lower price you lose one HDMI port — a fair trade off for most people. The Q60T also has a lower refresh rate than the previous model — which may be noticeable to some during game play and fast action sequences but isn’t a problem in most scenes.

Perhaps more significantly, the new Q60T is powered by Samsung’s Quantum Processor 4K Lite, a less powerful processor than was in last year’s model or in higher-end QLED sets this year. The overall result is a picture quality and viewing experience that doesn’t match the best LED units, such as those seen in our Vizio M-Series Quantum review or the TCL 6 Series Roku TV review

Editor's Note: We have updated the pricing and availability section of this review to reflect current information. The rating and overall recommendations of our review remain unchanged from when it ran in July of 2020.

Samsung Q60T QLED TV review: Price and availability

We tested the 65-inch model of the Q60T, which costs less than $1,000 as of this writing at Best Buy, Amazon and other retailers, making it one of the best TVs under $1,000. But if 65 inches isn’t right for you, Samsung offers a full range of other sizes — from as small as 43 inches to as large as 85 inches — all with the same features and design. 

43 inches QN43Q60TAFXZA - $529
50 inches QN50Q60TAFXZA - $788
55 inches QN55Q60TAFXZA - $899
58 inches QN58Q60TAFXZA - $999
65 inches QN65Q60TAFXZA - $999
75 inches QN75Q60TAFXZA - $1,299
85 inches QN85Q60TAFXZA - $2,499

Across these models, the Samsung Q60T QLED TV  line is virtually identical, offering the same number of ports, the same 4K resolution and HDR support, and the same QLED display. All the sets use a dual backlight and feature the same processor. As a result, we expect the performance for all sizes to have the same strengths and weaknesses  as the 65-inch model we used for this review.

Samsung Q60T QLED TV review: Design

The Q60T inherits the same simple, elegant design seen in last year’s Samsung Q60R QLED TV review. While not as thin as an OLED TV, the 57.1 x 32.6 x 2.3 unit still has a fairly narrow footprint.  It has a slim bezel to make the most of the space it takes up. The dark plastic case feels sturdy and features a ribbon-like texture along the back for a little bit of flair; it’s not as elegant as metal cases you’ll find on higher end TVs, but it doesn’t look cheap.

Samsung includes boomerang-shaped feet made of strong plastic that easily clip into the bottom of the TV and provide a solid base for resting it on top of a surface. With the stand, the unit takes up 11.4 inches at its widest. You can also use a wall mount (not included), either a standard 400 x 400-millimeter VESA mount or Samsung’s mini wall mount (convenient if you want to minimize how far the TV is separated from the wall). 

The Q60T screen uses a dual LED backlight that promises to improve contrast and color over its single LED predecessor. The dual backlight is composed of two sets of LEDs that offer different color temperatures. Higher-end Samsung QLED TVs employ a full array backlight. We saw the impact of the dual LED backlight in the unit’s brightness — it scored 414 nits, lower than the Q60’s 531 nits and well below the TCL 6 Series score of 608 nits.

Samsung Q60T QLED TV review: Ports

The Q60T has three HDMI ports — one less than last year's Q60 — including one that supports audio return channel (ARC) for one-cable connection and control of a soundbar. Will three be enough? Probably, especially with all the apps that are available through the TV’s Tizen OS, but make sure you won’t feel limited with the number of devices you can connect. 

In addition to HDMI, the Q60T has a composite connection for older devices, two USB ports, an RF coaxial input for an antenna or cable and a digital optical audio output for connecting to a soundbar or receiver. It has an Ethernet port for a wired internet connection, and also supports 5GHz and 2.4Ghz Wi-fi. It offers Bluetooth for connecting to wireless headphones.

All the ports are on the back right of the TV, which makes them difficult to access without pulling the set away from the wall — another thing to consider if you find yourself frequently swapping out devices connected to your TV. 

Samsung Q60T QLED TV review: Performance

The Q60T produces a sharp picture and good colors in most cases. While it has less processing power and a lower refresh rate than the older Q60, the impact to picture quality was only really evident in fast chase scenes, in which I saw some blurring. The TV supports HDR (high dynamic range) content, including Samsung's proprietary HDR10+ (but it doesn’t do Dolby Vision), which resulted in detailed colors on a variety of types of shows and movies. However, our testing showed its color gamut at 99.72 percent of the Rec 709 color space. That’s a bit lower than last year’s Q60 (99.96 percent) as well as the Vizio M-Series Quantum (99.96 percent) and TCL 6-Series Roku TV (99.92 percent), meaning the Q60T produces a few less colors than those models, but it’s not immediately noticeable.

Color accuracy was also off a bit, with a Delta-E score of 2.7; that’s compared to the Q60’s 1.6 and the TCL 6 Series 1.1 (lower scores are better). But it’s biggest problem is that as soon as you move too far from center, the colors quickly fade. 

From a seat straight in front of the screen, I could see the details in the scenes of Blade Runner 2049 amid the deep dark of nighttime Los Angeles, while the neon lights of the future were bright and rich. Pods of dolphins diving in and out of the blue sea in Blue Planet II were distinct and detailed. But if I moved even 30 degrees from center, the colors changed and became less true — reds looked orange and deep blues became light blues. I also noticed dimming at the edges of the screen, likely a result of the set’s dual backlight instead of a full array backlight like the Hisense H8G and Vizio M-Series use. 

When Chris Hemsworth fights a roomful of kidnappers in Extraction, the action was crisp and clean, but when he raced through the streets of Dhaka, the scenes weren’t as sharp. Similarly, the Q60T kept pace during most of the gameplay in Call of Duty, though when riding an ATV at full speed the wheels showed some blurring — perhaps due to the 60Hz refresh rate, which is down from 120Hz on the Q60, or because of the lower processing power. The unit switched to Game mode when I plugged in my Xbox One S. It clocked a fairly short lag time of 27.8 milliseconds with our Leo Bodnar input lag tester — better than the Vizio M-Series or TCL 6 Series, but significantly slower than the Q60’s 16.3 milliseconds. 

The Q60T comes with four picture presets: Dynamic, Natural, Standard and Movie. I found Movie produced the most realistic flesh tones. All presets have motion smoothing enabled by default, which I turned off for testing. Motion smoothing gives the picture the “soap opera effect,” or can make the video action look very smooth or ultraprocessed; Samsung’s implementation made me feel nauseated. 

Samsung Q60T QLED TV review: Audio

The two speakers inside the Q60T do a decent job of delivering sound, but it can’t match even the basic models from our list of the best soundbars

It handles dialog best, making it easy to understand Zoe Kravitz and David H. Holmes debating the finer points of playlists during High Fidelity, and the speakers created a wide sound as the music played on the same show. But the lack of bass was very evident during action sequences like the lobby scene in the Matrix — the deep bass pushing the action was almost undetectable. The TV supports Dolby Audio, but not Dolby Atmos, though with the quality of the built-in speakers it probably doesn’t make much difference. 

The Q60T’s 20-watts of power is half of the previous model’s but still enough to measure about 85 decibels at full volume — plenty for most rooms. When cranked up all the way, dialog became harder to understand, however. 

The TV offers three sound modes: Standard, Adaptive and Amplify. Adaptive adjusts the sound based on what you’re watching — movies or sports, for example — while Amplify boosts dialog. I found that Adaptive worked best for most viewing, balancing dialog and background music best of the available options. 

Samsung Q60T QLED TV review: Smart features

The Q60T features the same Tizen smart TV platform as higher-end Samsung QLEDs and inherits all the benefits of the OS, including a huge selection of apps and support for multiple voice assistants. 

The easiest way to set up the TV is to create a Samsung account online and install the Samsung SmartThings app on your phone. It detects the TV and walks you through set up. You can also use the onscreen menus for set up, but it’s much more laborious. With its SmartThings integration, you can also use your TV to control connected gadgets through your home.

The Tizen interface is very simple and easy to navigate for common tasks like launching frequently used apps. But it makes advanced settings a bit hard to find. For example, if you want to turn off motion smoothing, you have to go to Settings > Picture > Expert Settings > Picture Clarity Settings and then switch it off. But once you’ve got the settings the way you like them, you won’t often have to go hunting that deep in the menu system.

You won’t miss your Roku thanks to the large number of apps available through the OS. Beyond the expected — Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Disney+, YouTube — it has almost all the services we look for, including AT&T TV, Sling and YouTube TV for live streaming. HBO Max was available the day it launched. Some apps were sluggish to launch, likely because of the Q60T’s Lite processor, but once they were running I didn’t have problems with watching shows.

The biggest improvement Samsung introduced in the latest model is Amazon Alexa, which works without the need for an external Alexa smart speaker. You can still choose to use Bixby, Samsung’s voice assistant technology, but Alexa did a better job of understanding what I said and delivering relevant results. You can also connect your Google Assistant device to control the TV if that’s your preferred assistant. 

Samsung Q60T QLED TV review: Remote control

The Q60T comes with the standard Samsung wand-style remote, which feels comfortable in your hand. Its minimalist design makes it easy to control basic functions, like volume and navigating onscreen menus. There are quick launch buttons for Netflix, Prime Video and Samsung TV Plus, its free live TV option (though there’s a question about whether you’ll want to launch the service enough to warrant a quick launch button). You can activate the voice assistant by holding the microphone button.

But the remote lacks buttons you often find on other TV remotes, such as for accessing settings and switching sound or video modes; you have to go to the Home screen and navigate to it yourself or use the voice assistant. 

QLED TV review: Verdict

If you want a Samsung but can’t afford one of its premium models, the Samsung Q60T QLED TV will do the job as the most affordable model among the best Samsung TVs. It produces bright colors and sharp details in most circumstances. The addition of Amazon Alexa ups its virtual assistant game. But the changes from last year’s Q60 — less processing power and a lower refresh rate — affect performance for gaming and watching action scenes, and it still has issues with viewing angles. 

For about the same amount of money, you can get better performing LED TVs, such as the the TCL 6-Series Roku TV (R635) or the Vizio M-Series Quantum, both which feature full array backlights and have better viewing angles. 


Michael Gowan covers soundbars, TVs, portable speakers and other audio- and video-related topics for Tom’s Guide. He’s written about music and technology for more than 20 years for publications including Wired, Men’s Journal, PC World and Macworld. When he’s not reviewing speakers, he’s probably listening to one anyway. 

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Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED TV Review

The Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED, which is also sold as the Samsung Q6DT at Costco and Sam's Club, is the entry-level 4k QLED from Samsung's 2020 lineup. It's a decent all-around TV, although it lacks some features that you might find on higher-end models, like the Samsung Q80/Q80T QLED. It uses a VA panel with an outstanding contrast ratio and exceptional black uniformity, so it displays deep, inky blacks, especially in a dark room. The downside of a VA panel is that it has narrow viewing angles, making it ill-suited to watching with a group of friends as the image loses accuracy when viewed from the side. Gamers should appreciate its remarkably low input lag, which makes gaming feel responsive. However, it lacks support for variable refresh rate (VRR), and its response time is only passable, causing some motion blur in fast-moving scenes.

Our Verdict

The Samsung Q60T is a decent all-around TV for most uses. It's good for watching TV during the day since it gets quite bright and has decent reflection handling. Despite lacking local dimming, it's still decent for watching movies in dark rooms thanks to its outstanding contrast ratio and black uniformity. It has a low input lag, so gaming feels responsive, but its slow response time makes motion look blurry. It's also a bit lacking when it comes to HDR, as it doesn't get bright enough to make highlights pop in HDR content.

  • Outstanding contrast ratio.
  • Gets bright enough to combat glare.
  • Incredibly low input lag.
  • No local dimming feature.
  • Highlights don't pop in HDR.

The Samsung Q60T is decent for watching movies. It's good for dark room viewing thanks to its outstanding native contrast ratio and remarkable black uniformity, but it doesn't have a local dimming feature to further deepen any blacks. It upscales lower-resolution content from Blu-ray players well, and it can remove judder from native 24p sources.

  • Outstanding contrast ratio.
  • Remarkable black uniformity.
  • No local dimming feature.

The Samsung Q60T is good for watching TV shows. While its reflection handling is only decent, it gets bright enough to overcome glare in well-lit rooms, perfect for watching TV in the daytime. It also upscales lower resolution content from cable boxes without issue. On the downside, it has narrow viewing angles, so you lose image accuracy when watching from an angle.

  • Gets bright enough to combat glare.
  • Decent reflection handling.

The Samsung Q60T is a decent TV for watching sports. It's well suited to bright rooms thanks to its great peak brightness and decent reflection handling. However, its response time is mediocre, so there's some motion blur with fast-moving content like sports. It's not well suited for watching with a larger group because its poor viewing angles give you less image accuracy when watching from the side.

  • Gets bright enough to combat glare.

    The Samsung Q60T is a good TV for video games. It has a remarkably low input lag, so gaming feels responsive. However, its response time is mediocre, so there may be some motion blur during fast-moving games. Some gamers may also be disappointed by the lack of VRR. That said, it has a high contrast ratio, which is great for gaming in the dark.

    • Outstanding contrast ratio.
    • Remarkable black uniformity.
    • Incredibly low input lag.

      The Samsung Q60T is decent for watching HDR movies. It displays a wide color gamut for HDR content, but it doesn't get bright enough to truly make highlights pop. Its contrast ratio is outstanding, and it has remarkable black uniformity, so details in dark scenes look great, but there's no local dimming feature to further improve the quality of dark scenes.

      • Outstanding contrast ratio.
      • Displays a wide color gamut.
      • No local dimming feature.
      • Highlights don't pop in HDR.

      The Samsung Q60T is decent for HDR gaming. Its low input lag makes for a responsive gaming experience, but it only has a mediocre response time, so there may be some motion blur. It displays a wide color gamut, but its HDR brightness is lacking, so highlights don't pop as they should. While it has an outstanding contrast ratio, it doesn't have a local dimming feature to further deepen blacks.

      • Outstanding contrast ratio.
      • Incredibly low input lag.
      • Displays a wide color gamut.
      • Highlights don't pop in HDR.

      The Samsung Q60T is a decent choice for use as a PC monitor. It has a remarkably low input lag and displays chroma 4:4:4 at any resolution, which helps it render text clearly. It gets bright enough to combat glare and has decent reflection handling. Unfortunately, it has narrow viewing angles, so the edges of the screen may look washed out if you sit too close.

      • Incredibly low input lag.
      • Displays proper chroma 4:4:4.
        • 7.3Mixed Usage
        • 7.2Movies
        • 7.6TV Shows
        • 7.2Sports
        • 7.3Video Games
        • 7.1HDR Movies
        • 7.2HDR Gaming
        • 7.4PC Monitor
        1. Updated Jun 30, 2021: We've add two new local dimming videos that use real content.
        2. Updated Mar 01, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.6.
        3. Updated Jan 25, 2021: We incorrectly indicated that the backlight flickers at 200Hz instead of 240Hz. It has been fixed.
        4. Updated Jan 15, 2021: We've retested the backlight flicker with the latest firmware update (version 1460.9).
        5. Updated Sep 29, 2020: Listed Auto-Calibration Function as 'Undetermined'.
        6. Updated Sep 15, 2020: We've updated the TV to the latest firmware (1301), and retested the Black Frame Insertion feature and Netflix.
        7. Updated Aug 04, 2020: We've retested the judder with the latest firmware update (Version 1301).
        8. Updated Jun 05, 2020: We've retested the input lag using the latest firmware (version 1113).
        9. Updated May 21, 2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.5.
        10. Updated Mar 10, 2020: Review published.
        11. Updated Mar 05, 2020: Early access published.


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        Fantastic, modernist design of the Samsung Q60T

        The Samsung Q60T’s makes a very high quality robust impression. The screen’s frame hardly distracts from the picture itself as the edges are very thin, which looks fantastic on a wall. Compared to the Samsung Q60R,  assembly is much easier because the feet don’t have to be screwed down. Unfortunately, the Q60T is completely made of plastic, which is well made, but doesn’t look as high-quality as metal. Instead, they are pushed into the frame and click into place. In addition, cables can be hidden behind the feet, giving the TV a minimalist design.

        Great picture quality

        The image quality is as good as with the predecessor. The Samsung Q60T uses a VAVertical Alignment, type of LCD Panel panel and thus has a very even and deep black, which looks great in dark rooms.Despite a good contrast ratio, HDRHigh Dynamic Range – image/video with more dynamic range (contrast range) content is not displayed very well because the peak brightness of 500 nitsSI unit of luminance: 1 nit = 1 cd/m2 – The best way of measuring and comparing a TVs brightness   is not high enough to make highlights of HDR content stand out. For normal use the brightness should be sufficient. In bright rooms, the peak brightness is not sufficient and the image quality is not as good anymore, which can also be due to the display’s moderate reflection behavior. Enthusiasts and fans of cinematic picture quality will have to dig a little deeper into their pockets, as the Q60T does not support local dimming, for example. Nevertheless, it is better than the Q60R in terms of picture quality thanks to the Dual LED feature.

        Unfortunately, the VA panel also means that the TV’s viewing angle is significantly limited. In this case, it’s advisable to place the device just in front of the sofa, as the luminosity of the colors would otherwise noticeably decrease.

        Decent motion handling

        In comparison to its predecessor, the Samsung Q60T has become a bit worse in terms of motion handling. The response time is still very good, at 8ms, and the dimming frequencyHertz is the derived SI-unit of frequency with 1Hz=1/s – When talking about TVs this means how many different pictures a TV can display in one second. is also 600 HzHertz is the derived SI-unit of frequency with 1Hz=1/s – When talking about TVs this means how many different pictures a TV can display in one second., which means that flickering is not noticeable to the naked eye. In gaming mode, the dimming frequency drops to 120 Hz, which is still very high and should hardly be noticeable. Motion interpolationArtificial calculation of more frames than the source material has to offer to 60 fps works well, but Black Frame Insertion can cause a few problems – which aren’t too bad, though.

        For content with a lower frame rate – for example movies shot at 24 fps by default – stuttering is almost non-existent, but the Samsung Q60T is not capable of removing judder. We think that’s a pity, as the Q60R had this feature.

        Good enough for action packed gaming

        Gaming is fun with the Samsung Q60T – no question about it. Gamers who own a Playstation 4 Pro or an Xbox One X will enjoy the full gaming experience with 4K HDRHigh Dynamic Range – image/video with more dynamic range (contrast range) games. The input lag is extremely low at 10ms and there is an Auto Low Latency Mode. The performance potential is already exhausted with that, though, because the Q60T can’t make use of the possibilities of the Playstation 5 or Xbox Series X.

        For example, HDMI 2.1 is missing, so 4K @ 120 fps is not possible. This is no wonder in the price range of the TV, but both Sony and Microsoft have both announced that both consoles will support this resolution.

        What is surprising in this price range, however, is that the Q60T doesn’t support VRRVariable Refresh Rate – synchronizes the display’s refresh rate with the output refresh rate of the graphics card. Its predecessor was able to do so and could therefore be the better alternative for gamers with AMD graphics cards or an Xbox One X or S.

        Average, completely sufficient sound

        The sound is, simply put, nothing special. There are two speakers, each with 10 W, which are loud enough to fill the living room with sound and reproduce dialogues clearly. Only Dolby formats are supported and, as usual for Samsung, no DTSMulti-channel-sound-system (Surround Sound) competing with Dolby Digital. However, thanks to the HDMI eARC connection, there is Dolby AtmosObject-based surround sound format with 3D-Sound from any direction via Dolby True HD – which is a nice thing.

        Especially because of the latter feature, it makes absolute sense to think about a soundbar. From small devices for smaller living rooms to fully-grown sound systems, there is everything on the market that the heart of the sound enthusiast desires. We have discussed the available options in another article about soundbars.

        Modern smart features on the Samsung Q60T

        As usual for the 2020 Samsung QLED series, the Samsung Q60T runs on Smart OS Tizen 5.5, which enables voice control with Samsung Bixby, Amazon Alexa (third device required) or Google Assistant. Apple AirPlay 2 is also supported. There is no Twin Tuner, but PVRPersonal Video Recorder, recording TV programs to a USB-Memory Device and Time-Shift are supported.

        For streaming fans there are a plethora of streaming services from which you can choose freely: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+ – everything comes already pre-installed. New in the T-series of QLED TVs is support for smart home applications, for which Samsung Smart Things acts as the control center. There is also the Smart OneRemote.

        Update: It has been revealed that there is a way to block annoying ads on Samsung Smart TVs: To do so, add the two URLs and to the Internet router’s blocking list – and the advertising should finally disappear.


        Q60t nits samsung


        Two Minute review

        The Samsung Q60T QLED occupies an important spot in Samsung’s TV 2020 lineup, being the cheapest of the brand’s QLED sets – and therefore, effectively, the worst best Samsung TV has released this year.

        The main draw here is the price, with the Q60T starting at just $529 / £599 for the smallest 43-inch size (or AU$1,495 for a 55-inch model – you’ll find a full breakdown of the screen size/price options below). That’s a fraction of the cost of Samsung’s Q95T 4K QLED or flagship Q950TS 8K, and will no doubt ensure that the Q60T finds its way into more homes than its premium siblings.

        But that draw necessarily comes with drawbacks. You’re getting a drop in processing power compared to last year’s Q60R, with a Quantum Processor Lite chip instead of the Quantum Processor 4K used in most QLED models. Edge lighting, too – a lighting system that illuminates the picture from the sides rather than behind the panel – is a cheap way to light up a set’s images, but means there are issues with consistency of brightness, off-axis viewing, and the strength of HDR objects.

        This isn’t a true HDR set, then, and you’re also going to have to swallow some mild motion blur in exchange for the Q60T’s low price.

        Upscaling HD pictures to 4K is a strength of Samsung’s, though, and HD images are free of distasteful video noise, even if Samsung’s processing can lead to a slightly flat picture in order to achieve this.

        Audio can be pretty muddy, too – though an Amplify sound mode for accentuating dialogue helps matters, as does eARC (enhanced audio return channel) compatibility for lossless audio passthrough to external audio hardware. If you have a soundbar or surround-sound setup to plug the Q60T into, you won’t have a problem with the sound.

        Samsung is a TV brand that tends to hit minimum bars on all metrics, and the Q60T is a good example of a set with compromises across the board, but which still meets a benchmark for acceptable watching. And for the price, that’s not a bad sell.

        UPDATE: There's a new Samsung TV in town, with a Q60T successor (the Q60A) now being on sale. Check out our full Samsung Q60A QLED guide for more info.

        Price and availability

        The Q60T QLED starts at $529 / £599 for a 43-inch size, going up to $649 / £699 for the 50-inch, $699 / £899 for the 55-inch, $799 / £999 for the 58-inch, $949 / £1,199 for the 65-inch,  $1,499 / £1,699 for the 75-inch, and $2,199 / £2,199 for the massive 85-inch model.

        If you’re shopping from Australia, you can get a 55-inch model for AU$1,495, a 65-inch model for AU$1,895, or a 75-inch model for AU$2,895.

        There’s a generous mix of sizing options, then, and a good mix of price points. There’s also a Q65T variant, which has silver coloring rather than the Q60T’s standard black finish, but that’s the only difference.


        • HDMI 2.1 and eARC support
        • 60Hz panel only
        • Easy assembly

        The Samsung Q60T offers a pretty standard design, with black plastic casing, a thin bezel, and an elegantly curved rear. It’s similar in appearance to Samsung’s 7000 or 8000 series, which is apt given that the Q60 is a transitional set between Samsung’s LED and QLED ranges.

        The back of the set contains a good selection of ports, including two USB inputs, satellite, AIR/CABLE, and ethernet. There are three HDMI inputs, though only two are within easy reach of the sides of the set; the third will be entirely out of reach if the TV is wall-mounted, which is something to consider if you’ll need access to all three.

        One of these is an HDMI 2.1 port, too, although it’s not overly useful in this specific set.

        HDMI 2.1 is a cable standard that enables 4K/120Hz and 8K/60Hz video passthrough, but given that the Q60T is a 4K TV with a 60Hz panel, neither of those capabilities applies here. You are getting eARC support, though.

        The Q60T is mounted on two feet – rather than a central stand, which are very easy to insert, without even a need for screws.!

        As is the custom for Samsung QLEDs, you get two remotes: one standard rubber-button affair with a full numerical keypad, and a slimmed-down version with just the major buttons. Note that you will get dedicated buttons for Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Rakuten TV on both models.

        The sleeker remote appears to be made of lower-grade materials than the remotes on some other QLEDs, though, with a cheap-feeling plastic casing. The IR sensor also isn’t as responsive as we’d hope, with an occasional delay in the TV tracking inputs and a narrow directional beam – meaning you need to point the remote at the set pretty much head-on.

        The Q60T isn't overly heavy, even at the 65-inch size reviewed here (22.6kg), although all models but the smallest 43-inch size will probably need two people to lift them safely.

        Smart TV (OS)

        • Slick and comprehensive smart platform
        • Disney Plus included
        • Choice of Alexa or Bixby voice assistants

        Samsung’s Tizen OS makes a proud return on its 2020 sets, offering a sleek and largely well-organized interface. 

        Tizen is similar to webOS in that it displays an overlay of horizontally-arranged app icons when you hit the home button, with key apps like Netflix and Amazon listed first, before the likes of YouTube or web browser applications. When you hook up a games console, too, Tizen will register the hardware (i.e. Xbox, PlayStation) with its own dedicated icon that you can place wherever you like in this row.

        We found that we preferred to turn off HDMI-CEC in the TV’s external hardware settings, as this automatically turns on connected games consoles when the TV comes on, but it may be a useful function for some.

        Tizen has brilliant app support, too, All the major players here, with Netflix, Amazon, Apple TV Plus, and even Disney Plus on show (unlike Panasonic’s My Home Screen OS, which is still missing the Disney app).

        Disney Plus doesn’t come built-in, however, so you’ll need to head to Samsung’s app store to download it separately, and then head to the home bar to place it where you wish. It’s not a very straightforward process, but if you don’t see Disney Plus at startup, don’t worry – it’s very much available.

        Samsung has snuck some small ads into its home row, although these are only ever for linked services like Disney Plus, Samsung TV Plus, or Alexa. It’s possibly a slippery slope, though – and having any ads on the user interface of paid hardware is a bit of a slap in the face.

        While the interface is largely clean, scrolling down will show you the Samsung TV Plus section, which can feel a bit cluttered, with some rows offering free content and some offering available paid-for content from other streaming apps. That said, it’s worth checking it out to see what you can get for free, especially if you’re looking for kids TV or sports channels.

        New Samsung TVs also support AirPlay 2 for easy casting from Apple devices, and you can select either Amazon Alexa or Bixby as an AI assistant for voice navigation. Alexa is generally smarter, but Samsung has a comprehensive list of Bixby voice commands in the settings for those wishing to look for it.

        Picture quality

        • Edge lighting
        • Mild motion blur
        • Not bright enough for true HDR

        The main difference you’ll find from last year’s Q60R is in the processor. While the Q60R had a Quantum Processor 4K, the Q60T features a Quantum Processor Lite.

        That’s because Samsung has shuffled its 2020 TV range, saving the best performance for its 8K TV models and pushing the 4K TVs down to the bottom of the pecking order.

        What does this mean materially for the Q60T? Not that much. You’re still getting great upscaling from HD, even on the Q60T’s larger screen sizes (like the 65-inch mode reviewed here). Watching the US sitcom Community, the HD footage looked suitably detailed on the Q60T’s 4K panel. HD content isn’t indistinguishable from native 4K, and there’s a slightly ‘flat’ effect with HD images that comes from the process Samsung uses to smooth over video noise, but these aren’t so noticeable as to ruin the viewing experience.

        You’re also getting Samsung’s Wide Viewing Angle technology, which launched in 2019 on its higher-end sets, and has since trickled down to more affordable QLEDs. This ensures that images still largely hold up in terms of color and contrast when viewed from the side – although the edge lighting here means images aren’t lit consistently in all directions, and we found that a 45-degree angle still wasn’t ideal.

        The Q60T’s panel does seem to be heavy on blue light, with blues and greens tending to come out stronger (and more accurately) than reds or browns. When we reviewed Samsung’s The Frame (2020) earlier in the year, we found that this tended to cause darker skin tones to take on a reddish tint, and this is also the case on the Q60T.

        When making the move to native 4K/HDR, things certainly get more exciting. There’s a noticeable increase in the range of colors available, though there’s still a kind of flatness to the picture, with individual objects or areas lacking the brightness needed to make them stand out from the rest of the image.

        Ang Lee’s Life of Pi (4K Blu-ray) proved a great choice for the Q60T, with the set’s panel able to vividly show the bright blues of the Piscine Molitor swimming pool, and the comparative lightness of the film’s earlier scenes. The skin tone issue is apparent here, though, with Irrfan Khan’s face seeming to match the color of the wooden cabinets in his kitchen.

        Some motion blur is apparent here, too. Images of a monkey moving through branches, or schoolchildren shoving each other in a playground, looked a bit messy visually, with frames appearing to merge slightly as the processor tried to track fast-moving objects. Even a man crouching down at the edge of a swimming pool showed a small hint of judder – and while Samsung’s Quantum Processor Lite manages to keep a handle on these issues, and stop them being as problematic as on the Hisense U8QF, they are noticeable, and detract from the experience.

        HDR colors are subdued, likely due to the mid-range processor and edge-lighting. Greys and browns tend to merge with similar tones, without much nuance, which is a shame in colorful films such as Life of Pi.

        Watching Netflix’s High Score gaming documentary (in 4K/HDR) shows the Q60T at its best, thanks to the doc’s mix of static interviews (i.e. not much motion) and bright animations. However, the fact that the Q60T only comes into its own with such a specific range of content only serves to highlight its shortcomings elsewhere.

        For better HDR performance, you’ll want at least 1,000 nits, if not more – but the Q60T doesn’t get near that benchmark. For a truly bright HDR set, you should consider upgrading to the Q80T (900 nits) or Q95T (2,000 nits).

        Audio performance

        • Medicore sound quality
        • Muddy mids
        • eARC passthrough for lossless audio

        There’s not much to say about the Q60T’s audio performance. It features pretty standard 20W built-in speakers, which will do the job for everyday content but leave a lot to be desired when it comes to action-packed films or orchestral soundtracks.

        Samsung QLEDs come with a mix of sound modes that you can try out. There’s Standard, which is the default setting, and Adaptive, which adjusts automatically to the onscreen content. There’s also an Amplify mode that emphasizes dialogue. 

        When watching an ocean storm rage in Life of Pi, we felt it necessary to use Amplify to ensure that the dialogue could be heard over the chaotic weather – and while the setting works perfectly well, and the audio is general audible, the need for Amplify stems from a lack of clear separation between lows, mids and highs. It’s a far cry from the OTS audio systems of the Q90T or Q950TS, which give a real sense of depth, width and verticality to the sound.

        Through the single HDMI 2.1 port, though, you do get eARC, for lossless audio passthrough to a soundbar or external audio setup – and the Q60T is a set that’s crying out for ramped-up audio.

        Should I buy the Samsung Q60T QLED TV?

        Don't buy it if...

        You want Samsung’s cheapest 2020 QLED TV
        Samsung knows you want QLED without the QLED price, and that’s what the Q60T offers.

        You hate fiddly setups
        The Q60T is very easy to set up, with feet inserts that don’t require screws, and most models in the range are relatively light, so it won’t be a burden to lift.

        You have a soundbar or home audio setup
        The Q60T’s audio leaves a lot to be desired, but its eARC support means you can get lossless audio out of any external audio kit.

        Don't buy it if...

        You’re a true cinephile
        Edge-lighting means that brightness is inconsistent, and fails to get HDR objects really popping.

        You’re upgrading from the Q60R (2019)
        The Q60T has a cheaper processor than the Q60R, meaning you shouldn’t expect a bump in performance – and the Q60R’s successor this year is technically the Q70T, anyway.

        You want smooth action
        The Q60T suffers from some mild screen judder, and has a max 60Hz refresh rate rather than the 120Hz of higher-end sets.


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