The Samsung Q60/Q60A QLED is a decent TV from Samsung's 2021 QLED lineup, replacing the Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED. It has mostly the same features as its predecessor and performs similarly overall. There are some minor improvements when it comes to the color gamut and gradient handling, but its contrast ratio is noticeably worse than the Q60T. That said, it's still capable of displaying deep blacks, making it well-suited for dark room viewing. It has exceptionally low input lag, so gaming feels very responsive, but its refresh rate is limited to 60Hz, doesn't support any variable refresh rate technology, and its response time is only okay. Lastly, it has no local dimming, and it doesn't get bright enough for a true cinematic HDR experience.
The Samsung Q60A is a decent TV overall. It provides good visibility in bright rooms, which is great for watching TV shows or sports. However, it has pretty narrow viewing angles, so it's not the best for watching with a big group in a wide seating arrangement. It has incredibly low input lag for gaming and for use as a PC monitor, but its 60Hz refresh rate, somewhat slow response time, and lack of VRR support might disappoint some people. Unfortunately, while it has an excellent contrast ratio and a great color gamut, it doesn't have local dimming and doesn't get bright enough to deliver a true HDR experience.
The Samsung Q60A is okay for watching movies. It displays native 4k content perfectly and upscales lower resolution movies without any issues. It removes judder from 24p sources and native apps, and it doesn't stutter much in low frame rate content. It has a high contrast ratio to produce deep blacks, making it well-suited for dark room viewing, but it lacks a local dimming feature to further improve the black level.
The Samsung Q60A is good for watching TV shows. It handles reflections decently well and gets pretty bright, making it a great choice for well-lit rooms. However, its narrow viewing angles cause the image to appear washed out when viewed from the side, which isn't ideal if you like walking around while watching. Its VA panel is immune to permanent burn-in, so you can safely leave it on the news all day.
The Samsung Q60A is decent for watching sports. It handles reflections decently well and gets bright enough to combat glare. However, it has narrow viewing angles, so it's not the best for watching with a big group of people. Unfortunately, the response time is just okay, so fast motion can look a bit blurry. There's some dirty screen effect that can be distracting, although this can vary between units.
The Samsung Q60A is decent for gaming. It has exceptionally low input lag, so gaming feels responsive, but it has a 60Hz refresh rate, and its response time is a bit slow, making fast motion appear blurry. Also, it doesn't support any variable refresh rate technology to reduce screen tearing. On the bright side, its excellent contrast ratio makes it well-suited for gaming in the dark.
The Samsung Q60A is okay for watching movies in HDR. It has an excellent contrast ratio and a great color gamut, but it lacks local dimming and doesn't get bright enough to make highlights stand out. On the upside, it can remove judder from 24p sources and native apps, and it doesn't stutter much in lower frame rate content like movies.
The Samsung Q60A is decent for gaming in HDR. It has low input lag, but the refresh rate is limited to 60Hz and the response time is only okay, so fast-moving scenes look a bit blurry. Additionally, it doesn't support VRR to reduce screen tearing. It has a high contrast ratio and great color gamut, but it doesn't have local dimming and only gets bright enough to bright out some highlights.
The Samsung Q60A is good for use as a PC monitor. It has low input lag to provide a responsive desktop experience. It supports most common resolutions, except for 1440p, and it displays chroma 4:4:4 properly, which helps with text clarity. Visibility in bright rooms is good thanks to its decent reflection handling and great peak brightness, but the viewing angles are pretty narrow, so the image looks washed out at the sides if you sit up close.
The Samsung Q60A has a simple and minimalist design that's similar to its predecessor, the Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED. The most notable change is that it's much thinner, which means it doesn't stick out as much when wall-mounted. The feet are now height-adjustable so that you can raise the TV higher if you need room to fit in a soundbar.
The feet are much flatter than those on the Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED, so the TV sits lower. However, you can now adjust the height of the feet. It raises enough to fit in most soundbars or a flat gaming console like the Xbox Series S. You don't need to screw them in; they are just inserted into the TV.
Footprint of the 55 inch stand: 35.1" x 9.1".
The back is plastic with a brushed horizontal texture. All the inputs are side-facing, except for HDMI 3 and the Digital Optical Audio Out port. For cable management, there are tracks to guide the cables towards the feet, where you can secure them with the included clips.
It's much thinner than the Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED, which is great for wall-mounting.
The build quality is decent. Its all-plastic construction doesn't feel premium, but it's relatively sturdy overall and doesn't wobble much. There's a small gap between the border and the screen at the bottom left corner, but this could just be our unit, and it isn't bad enough to be a dealbreaker.
As is expected of most VA panels, the Samsung Q60A has an excellent contrast ratio, which means it can display deep blacks. However, it isn't as good as its predecessor, the Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED, or the Sony X85J, and it doesn't have a local dimming feature to improve black level further. Note that contrast can vary between individual units.
Great SDR peak brightness. It's almost identical to the Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED, but without any frame dimming in the 2% windows. It's very consistent across different content and bright enough to combat glare in well-lit environments.
We measured the SDR peak brightness after calibration in the 'Movie' Picture Mode with the Color Tone set to 'Warm 2', Gamma set to '2.2', Brightness set to max, and all other processing disabled.
If you want a brighter image and don't mind losing a bit of image accuracy, set the Picture Mode to 'Movie', Color Tone to 'Standard, and Contrast Enhancer to 'High'.
There's no local dimming feature. The video above is provided for reference only.
There's no local dimming feature. The video above is provided for reference only.
The HDR peak brightness is okay. Like in SDR, it maintains the brightness consistently across different content without any frame dimming in the 2% windows, like on the Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED, but it isn't bright enough to deliver a true cinematic HDR experience. The EOTF follows the PQ curve almost perfectly until the roll-off. If you find HDR content too dim, set Contrast Enhancer to 'High' and ST.2084 to max. These settings result in a noticeably brighter image, as you can see in this EOTF plot.
We measured the HDR peak brightness in the 'Movie HDR' Picture Mode with Contrast set to max, Brightness set to max, and all other processing disabled.
We managed to reach 511 cd/m² in the 10% windows using the 'Standard' Picture Mode with Contrast Enhancer set to 'High', but these settings result in a less accurate image.
The HDR peak brightness in Game Mode is almost the same as when it's out of Game Mode, except that there's frame dimming in the 2% windows, similar to the Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED. This means small highlights in dark scenes don't pop as much. The EOTF doesn't follow the target curve very well; most scenes appear darker than they should. If you want a brighter image when gaming in HDR, set Contrast Enhancer to 'High' and ST.2084 to max.
We measured the HDR peak brightness in Game Mode, with Color Gamut set to 'Auto', Color Tone set to 'Warm 2', Backlight set to max, Contrast set to max, and all other processing disabled.
Gray uniformity is decent, although this can vary between individual units. The edges of the screen are noticeably darker on ours, and there's also some dirty screen effect in the center, which can be distracting when watching sports or wide panning shots. Uniformity is better in near-dark scenes, but it still looks blotchy, as most of the screen is a lighter shade of gray than at the center.
Black uniformity is excellent. There's some clouding here and there, particularly on the right side of the screen, but thankfully, there's no backlight bleed. Note that black uniformity varies between individual units due to manufacturing tolerances.
The viewing angles are sub-par, which is expected of most VA panels. Images look washed out when viewed from the side, so it isn't ideal for wide seating areas. If you want something with wider viewing angles, then check out the Samsung Q80/Q80A QLED.
The reflection handling is decent. It should be fine for most lighting conditions, but it's best to avoid placing the TV opposite bright lights because it doesn't handle direct reflections all that well. If you want something with better reflection handling, then look into the Samsung AU8000.
The Samsung Q60A has impressive accuracy out of the box. Most color and white balance inaccuracies are hard to spot. The color temperature is much cooler than our 6500K target, resulting in a blueish tint. Gamma doesn't follow the sRGB curve well; most scenes appear darker than they should. Note that accuracy can vary between units.
Accuracy is exceptional after calibration. White balance and gamma are nearly perfect, and the remaining color inaccuracies shouldn't be visible to the naked eye. The color temperature is closer to our target but still on the cooler side.
You can see our recommended settings here.
This TV displays 1080p content well without any issues, nearly as good as native 4k.
This TV displays native 4k content perfectly, with no visible artifacts.
This TV uses a BGR subpixel layout. It doesn't affect image quality, but it can cause blurry text in some applications when using the TV as a PC monitor. You can read more about it here.
Great color gamut, an improvement over the Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED. It has exceptional DCI P3 coverage, the color space used in most HDR content, but its coverage of the wider Rec. 2020 is just okay.
Good color volume. It mostly has difficulty displaying bright colors due to its limited HDR brightness.
Gradient handling is good. There's a bit of banding in all colors, but it's most noticeable in the reds and greens. Setting Noise Reduction to 'Auto' helps a bit, though not by much.
There are no signs of image retention after displaying a high-contrast image for ten minutes. However, this can vary between individual units.
We don't expect VA panels to experience burn-in, as the VA panel in our long-term test appears to be immune.
The response time is okay. It's on the slow side, so fast-moving scenes can look a bit blurry, and there's also a lot of overshoot in the 0-20% transition, resulting in some motion artifacts in dark scenes. That said, it's still better than the Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED. If you want a similar TV with better response times, check out the Samsung The Frame 2021 or the Sony X85J.
This TV uses Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) to dim the backlight. It flickers at 480Hz in the 'Movie' Picture Mode, but it drops to 120Hz in the 'Dynamic', 'Standard', and 'Natural' modes. Enabling Picture Clarity also makes it flicker at 120Hz, and LED Clear Motion (BFI) drops the frequency further to 60Hz.
There's an optional Black Frame Insertion feature to improve motion clarity. It's backlight strobing, to be more precise, and it flickers at 60Hz when enabled. To use it, set LED Clear Motion to 'On'. Unfortunately, the timing is quite bad, which results in visible image duplication. Note that the BFI score is based on the flicker frequency, not the BFI's performance.
This TV can interpolate lower frame rate content to make motion appear smoother, otherwise known as the 'Soap Opera Effect'. To use it, set Picture Clarity to 'Custom' and Judder Reduction to '10'. It looks okay in quiet scenes, but there are noticeable artifacts when there's a lot of movement, and it stops interpolating altogether if it gets too intense.
Due to the slower response times, the Samsung Q60A doesn't stutter much in low frame rate content. If you notice stuttering and it bothers you, enabling motion interpolation can help.
This TV can remove judder from 24p content and native apps, but not from 60p/i sources. To remove judder, leave Picture Clarity off.
This TV doesn't support any variable refresh rate technology. If you want a similar TV with VRR support, check out the Samsung Q70/Q70A QLED.
Input lag is exceptionally low, which results in an incredibly responsive gaming and desktop experience. You can use motion interpolation to make lower frame rate games appear smoother, but it increases latency significantly and isn't recommended. To get the lowest input lag, enable Game Mode. To use motion interpolation, set Game Motion Plus to 'On' and Judder Reduction to max.
This TV supports most common resolutions, but unlike its predecessor, the Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED, it doesn't support 1440p, natively or forced. It doesn't appear as a native resolution on Windows, and when forced, it results in a 3840 x 1600 ultrawide format. It may be an issue that might get fixed through a firmware update; we'll retest it once it's available. It displays chroma 4:4:4 properly in all supported resolutions, which helps with text clarity when using it as a PC monitor. To use chroma subsampling, set the HDMI input icon to 'PC'. For signals that require the full bandwidth of HDMI 2.0, enable Input Signal Plus.
Unfortunately, this TV doesn't have any HDMI 2.1 ports and only supports up to 4k @ 60Hz on the Xbox Series X and PS5. It has an 'Auto Low Latency Mode' that enables Game Mode automatically when a game is launched from a compatible device. To use it, set Game Mode to 'Auto'.
This TV supports eARC, which lets you pass high-quality, uncompressed audio like Dolby Atmos via TrueHD to an external sound system over an HDMI connection. To use it, set HDMI-eARC to 'Auto' and Digital Output Audio to 'Auto' or 'Passthrough'.
The built-in speakers are mediocre. They're reasonably well-balanced but lack the bass extension to produce a deep, rumbling sound. They get pretty loud, which is good for large or noisy environments; however, there's a fair amount of compression artifacts at higher volume levels.
Distortion performance is bad. The amount of harmonic distortion is already quite high at moderate volume levels, and it gets worse as the volume increases. That said, it depends on the content, and some people may not hear it.
The Samsung Q60A runs on a somewhat scaled down version of Tizen OS, similar to the Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED. That said, it still has a good number of features and functionalities, and it feels smoother and more responsive than its predecessor.
Although we couldn't take a photo, there are some ads and suggested content on the home screen and in the app store. There's no way to disable them.
There are plenty of apps in Samsung's app store, and they run relatively smoothly for the most part. The built-in media player supports most common audio and video formats.
The remote has changed a bit from the Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED's. It no longer uses disposable batteries; instead, it has an internal battery that you can charge via the solar panel on the back of the remote or through the USB-C port at the bottom. The 'Ambient Mode' button has been replaced with the 'Multi View' function, which is essentially a Picture-in-Picture mode.
There's still a built-in microphone for voice control, and you can choose your preferred digital assistant: Bixby, Alexa, or Google. Most commands work, like starting an app, changing some settings, or asking for general info. However, you can't search for content within a specific app, like Netflix. The OneRemote feature lets you use the remote to control other external devices, even if they don't support CEC.
There's a single button at the bottom right corner of the screen, below the Samsung branding. It lets you power the TV On/Off, change the input and channel, as well as adjust the volume.
We tested the 55 inch Samsung Q60/Q60A QLED (QN55Q60AAFXZA). We expect our results to be valid for the other sizes and for the Costco variants. There are two similar models that are sold in some regions, the Q65A and the Q68A; however, we're not sure how they perform.
Update 07/21/2021: Samsung has announced the addition of a 32" model to the Q60A lineup. It appears to have the same specifications as the larger sizes.
If you come across a different type of panel or your Samsung Q60A doesn't correspond to our review, let us know, and we'll update the review. Note that some tests, like gray uniformity, may vary between units.
Our unit was manufactured in February 2021; you can see the label here.
The Samsung Q60A is a decent TV overall. However, it isn't much of an improvement over the Samsung Q60/60T QLED, and there are better TVs in the same price range or cheaper, such as the Hisense H9G. For more options, check out our recommendations for the best 4K TVs, the best 4k TVs for watching TV shows, and the best HDR TVs.
The Samsung Q60/Q60A QLED is the Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED's successor and nearly identical in terms of performance and features. There are some minor improvements to the color gamut and response time on the Q60A, but it has a noticeably lower contrast ratio than the Q60T. Other than that, the Q60A is much thinner, and its remote control has changed slightly to include an internal battery, which you can charge via the solar panel on the back or through a USB-C connection.
The Samsung Q70/Q70A QLED is better overall than the Samsung Q60/Q60A QLED. The Q70A offers better performance and more features. While they're both VA panels, the Q70A has a higher contrast ratio and similar viewing angles. It also has a faster response time, a 120Hz panel, and extra gaming features like VRR and ALLM, as well as an HDMI 2.1 port for advanced consoles. Meanwhile, the Q60A is limited to 60Hz and lacks most extra features. However, it's available in smaller sizes than the Q70A.
The Samsung Q60/Q60A QLED and the Sony X80J are both basic entry-level models, but they use different panel types with different advantages and disadvantages. The Samsung is a VA panel, so it has a high contrast ratio that can deliver deep blacks, making it well-suited to watching movies or dark room gaming. The Sony uses an IPS panel with low contrast and wide viewing angles. It can't produce deep blacks like the Samsung, but it has a faster response time, so it may be a good budget option to use as a PC monitor.
The Samsung Q60/Q60A QLED and the Samsung AU8000 are decent TVs from Samsung's 2021 lineup. There's not much difference between the two, but since the Q60A sits in the higher-end QLED lineup, it performs better in a few areas. It has a much wider color gamut and gets brighter in HDR, making highlights pop more than the AU8000. On the other hand, the AU8000 has much better reflection handling.
The Sony X85J is better than the Samsung Q60/Q60A QLED. The Sony has slightly better contrast, a much faster response time, and can remove judder from any source. The Sony is also better for gaming and more future-proof, as it has two HDMI 2.1 ports, a 120Hz refresh rate, and it's supposed to receive support for variable refresh rate technology (VRR) with a future firmware update.
The Samsung Q60/Q60A QLED and the LG NANO85 score similarly overall but are quite different. The Samsung has a VA panel, while the LG has an IPS panel. The Samsung is better suited for dark rooms due to its higher contrast ratio, and it also gets brighter in SDR and HDR. However, it has worse reflection handling and narrower viewing angles. The LG has slightly higher input lag, but it has better response times, a 120Hz refresh rate, and VRR support to reduce screen tearing when gaming. It also has HDMI 2.1 ports, making it a better fit for the PS5 and Xbox Series X.
The TCL 6 Series/R635 2020 QLED is much better than the Samsung Q60/Q60A QLED. While they both use VA panels, the TCL has a higher contrast ratio and a full-array local dimming feature to further improve black level. It delivers a better HDR experience overall because it has a wider color gamut and gets significantly brighter, but its gradient handling is mediocre, much worse than the Samsung. The TCL has better response times but higher input lag, and even though it has a 120Hz panel, it lacks HDMI 2.1 ports and can only display a 4k @ 60Hz signal. That said, it supports VRR, whereas the Samsung doesn't.
The Hisense H9G is much better than the Samsung Q60/Q60A QLED for most uses. The Hisense delivers better picture quality because it has a significantly higher contrast ratio, full-array local dimming, and gets a lot brighter, especially in HDR. It has better response times to deliver a clearer image in fast-moving scenes; however, you may also notice more stuttering in lower frame rate content. It has a higher refresh rate of 120Hz, but since it lacks HDMI 2.1 ports, it can only accept a 4k @ 60Hz signal. Unfortunately, neither TV support VRR. As for the smart features, Samsung's Tizen OS is easier to use and runs smoother than Android TV on the Hisense, but the Google Play Store likely has a larger selection of apps.
For most uses, the TCL 8 Series 2019/Q825 QLED is much better than the Samsung Q60/Q60A QLED. The TCL has a higher native contrast ratio, and it has a full-array local dimming feature that improves the contrast significantly. It also gets a lot brighter, enough to deliver a true cinematic HDR experience. The TCL has a 120Hz refresh rate, whereas the Samsung's is 60Hz, but it lacks HDMI 2.1 ports, so it can only display a 4k @ 60Hz signal. Also, its input lag is much higher than the Samsung's, making it less ideal for gaming.
Although the Samsung Q60/Q60A QLED and the Sony X800D both have a VA panel, they're quite different. The Samsung is available in various sizes, while the Sony is only available in a 43 inch or 49 inch size, and the 49 inch uses an IPS panel instead of VA. The Samsung has a higher contrast ratio to produce deeper blacks, and it has lower input lag, making it more ideal for gaming. However, the Sony has better response times that result in a clearer image in fast-moving scenes. The Samsung runs on Tizen OS, and the Sony runs on Android TV. Both platforms have plenty of apps available through the app store.
The Samsung Q60/Q60A QLED and the Sony X750D are very different. The Samsung is a VA panel TV available in various sizes, while the Sony is an IPS TV that's only available in a 65 inch size. The Samsung is better for dark room viewing because it has a much higher contrast ratio. It also gets a lot brighter to combat glare, though not quite enough to make highlights stand out the way they should in HDR content. The Sony has better viewing angles, which is expected of an IPS panel, and it has much better response times. That said, the Samsung is better for gaming mainly because it has much lower input lag than the Sony. The Sony has a 120Hz panel, but it can only display a 4k @ 60Hz signal since it doesn't have an HDMI 2.1 port.