Samsung Q60/Q60A QLED TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.6
Reviewed Apr 12, 2021 at 09:26 am
Samsung Q60/Q60A QLED Picture
7.2
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: TCL 6 Series/R646 2021 QLED
6.9
Movies
Value for price beaten by
: TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED
7.7
TV Shows
Value for price beaten by
: TCL 6 Series/R646 2021 QLED
7.3
Sports
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense U6G
7.2
Video Games
Value for price beaten by
: TCL 6 Series/R646 2021 QLED
6.9
HDR Movies
Value for price beaten by
: TCL 6 Series/R646 2021 QLED
7.2
HDR Gaming
Value for price beaten by
: TCL 6 Series/R646 2021 QLED
7.5
PC Monitor
Value for price beaten by
: LG NANO85
Type LED
Sub-Type
VA
Resolution 4k

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.

Our Verdict

7.2 Mixed Usage

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.

Pros
  • Displays deep blacks.
  • Gets bright enough to combat glare in most lighting conditions.
Cons
  • No local dimming.
  • Sub-par viewing angles.
  • Some uniformity issues on our unit.
6.9 Movies

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.

Pros
  • Displays deep blacks.
  • Doesn't stutter much in low frame rate content.
Cons
  • No local dimming.
  • Some uniformity issues on our unit.
7.7 TV Shows

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.

Pros
  • Displays deep blacks.
  • Gets bright enough to combat glare in most lighting conditions.
  • Tons of apps from Samsung store.
Cons
  • Sub-par viewing angles.
  • Doesn't handle direct reflections well.
7.3 Sports

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.

Pros
  • Displays deep blacks.
  • Gets bright enough to combat glare in most lighting conditions.
Cons
  • Sub-par viewing angles.
  • Doesn't handle direct reflections well.
  • Some uniformity issues on our unit.
7.2 Video Games

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.

Pros
  • Displays deep blacks.
  • Low input lag.
Cons
  • No VRR support.
  • 60Hz refresh rate and no HDMI 2.1 support for new consoles.
  • No local dimming.
6.9 HDR Movies

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.

Pros
  • Displays deep blacks.
  • Doesn't stutter much in low frame rate content.
Cons
  • No local dimming.
  • Not bright enough for a true cinematic HDR experience.
  • Some uniformity issues on our unit.
7.2 HDR Gaming

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.

Pros
  • Displays deep blacks.
  • Low input lag.
Cons
  • No VRR support.
  • 60Hz refresh rate and no HDMI 2.1 support for new consoles.
  • No local dimming.
7.5 PC Monitor

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.

Pros
  • Displays deep blacks.
  • Low input lag.
  • Gets bright enough to combat glare in most lighting conditions.
Cons
  • Doesn't support 1440p.
  • Sub-par viewing angles.
  • Doesn't handle direct reflections well.
  • 7.2 Mixed Usage
  • 6.9 Movies
  • 7.7 TV Shows
  • 7.3 Sports
  • 7.2 Video Games
  • 6.9 HDR Movies
  • 7.2 HDR Gaming
  • 7.5 PC Monitor
  1. Updated Apr 12, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Apr 07, 2021: Early access published.

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Test Results

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Market Context
Market Context
Market Context

The Samsung Q60/Q60A QLED is the successor to the 2020 Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED. It's an entry-level TV that sits at the bottom of the 2021 QLED lineup, below the Samsung Q70/Q70A QLED. We expect its main competitors to be the Sony X80J and the LG NANO80 2021.

Design
Design
Style
Curved No

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.

Design
Stand

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".

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 200x200

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.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.35" (0.9 cm)
Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 1.57" (4.0 cm)

It's much thinner than the Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED, which is great for wall-mounting.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

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.

Picture Quality
8.6
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
4,653 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
N/A

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.

8.1
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene Peak Brightness
436 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
448 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
455 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
455 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
455 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
454 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
446 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
453 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
453 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
453 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
453 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.001

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'.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

There's no local dimming feature. The video above is provided for reference only.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming In Game Mode
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

There's no local dimming feature. The video above is provided for reference only.

6.5
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
Real Scene Highlight
461 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
470 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
474 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
473 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
473 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
473 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
468 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
472 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
472 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
471 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
471 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.001

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.

6.4
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness In Game Mode
Real Scene Highlight
468 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
214 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
489 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
488 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
487 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
487 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
211 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
488 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
487 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
487 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
486 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.054

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.

7.4
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
3.655%
50% DSE
0.173%
5% Std. Dev.
1.244%
5% DSE
0.114%

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.

8.9
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
0.669%
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

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.

5.7
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
25°
Color Shift
27°
Brightness Loss
33°
Black Level Raise
24°
Gamma Shift
24°

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.

7.4
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
5.2%
Indirect Reflections
0.4%
Calculated Direct Reflections
4.8%

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.

8.4
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
2.06
Color dE
1.67
Gamma
2.12
Color Temperature
7,012 K
Picture Mode
Movie
Color Temp Setting
Warm 2
Gamma Setting
2.2

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.

9.5
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.33
Color dE
0.75
Gamma
2.20
Color Temperature
6,732 K
White Balance Calibration
20 point
Color Calibration
Yes

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.

8.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

There are no issues with the upscaling of 480p content such as DVDs.

8.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

This TV upscales 720p content like cable TV well.

9.0
Picture Quality
1080p Input

This TV displays 1080p content well without any issues, nearly as good as native 4k.

10
Picture Quality
4k Input

This TV displays native 4k content perfectly, with no visible artifacts.

0
Picture Quality
8k Input

The TV can't display an 8k signal.

Picture Quality
Pixels

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.

8.1
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI P3 xy
90.42%
DCI P3 uv
94.07%
Rec 2020 xy
66.92%
Rec 2020 uv
74.31%

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.

7.5
Picture Quality
Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
85.3%
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
39.9%
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
63.9%
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
29.8%

Good color volume. It mostly has difficulty displaying bright colors due to its limited HDR brightness.

7.8
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
0.121
Green (Std. Dev.)
0.125
Blue (Std. Dev.)
0.106
Gray (Std. Dev.)
0.111

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.

10
Picture Quality
Temporary Image Retention
IR after 0 min recovery
0.00%
IR after 2 min recovery
0.00%
IR after 4 min recovery
0.00%
IR after 6 min recovery
0.00%
IR after 8 min recovery
0.00%
IR after 10 min recovery
0.00%

There are no signs of image retention after displaying a high-contrast image for ten minutes. However, this can vary between individual units.

10
Picture Quality
Permanent Burn-In Risk
Permanent Burn-In Risk
No

We don't expect VA panels to experience burn-in, as the VA panel in our long-term test appears to be immune.

Motion
6.5
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
7.2 ms
100% Response Time
17.3 ms

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.

7.9
Motion
Flicker-Free
Flicker-Free
No
PWM Dimming Frequency
480 Hz

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.

10
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Optional BFI
Yes
Min Flicker For 60 fps
60 Hz
60Hz For 60 fps
Yes
120Hz For 120 fps
N/A
Min Flicker for 60 fps in Game Mode
60 Hz

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.

Motion
Motion Interpolation
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
Yes
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
No

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.

8.1
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
24.4 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
0.0 ms

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.

7.8
Motion
24p Judder
Judder-Free 24p
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via 60p
No
Judder-Free 24p via 60i
No
Judder-Free 24p via Native Apps
Yes

This TV can remove judder from 24p content and native apps, but not from 60p/i sources. To remove judder, leave Picture Clarity off.

0
Motion
Variable Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
60 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
No
HDMI Forum VRR
No
FreeSync
No
G-SYNC Compatible
No
4k VRR Maximum
N/A
4k VRR Minimum
No VRR support
1080p VRR Maximum
N/A
1080p VRR Minimum
No VRR support
1440p VRR Maximum
N/A
1440p VRR Minimum
No VRR support
VRR Supported Connectors
No VRR support

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.

Inputs
9.7
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
10.1 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
76.3 ms
1440p @ 60Hz
N/A
4k @ 60Hz
10.2 ms
4k @ 60Hz + 10-Bit HDR
10.0 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
10.0 ms
4k @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
59.7 ms
4k @ 60Hz With Interpolation
26.3 ms
8k @ 60Hz
N/A
1080p @ 120Hz
N/A
1440p @ 120Hz
N/A
4k @ 120Hz
N/A
1080p with Variable Refresh Rate
N/A
1440p with VRR
N/A
4k with VRR
N/A
8k with VRR
N/A

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.

7.5
Inputs
Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
No
1440p @ 60Hz
No
1440p @ 120Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
No
8k @ 30Hz or 24Hz
No
8k @ 60Hz
No

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.

Inputs
Advanced Console Compatibility
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Yes
PS5, 4k @ 120Hz + HDR
No
PS5, 4k @ 120Hz
No
PS5, 4k @ 60Hz + HDR
Yes
PS5, 1440p @ 120Hz
No
PS5, 1080p @ 120Hz
No
PS5, Variable Refresh Rate
No
Xbox Series X, 4k @ 120Hz + HDR
No
Xbox Series X, 4k @ 120Hz
No
Xbox Series X, 4k @ 60Hz + HDR
Yes
Xbox Series X, 1440p @ 120Hz
No
Xbox Series X, 1080p @ 120Hz
No
Xbox Series X, Variable Refresh Rate
No

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'.

Inputs
Inputs Specifications
HDR10
Yes
HDR10+
Yes
Dolby Vision
No
HLG
Yes
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth
Yes (HDMI 1,2,3)
HDMI 2.1 Class Bandwidth
No
CEC Yes
HDCP 2.2 Yes (HDMI 1,2,3)
USB 3.0
No
Variable Analog Audio Out No
Wi-Fi Support Yes (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)
Inputs
Input Photos
Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI 3
USB 2
Digital Optical Audio Out 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm 0
Analog Audio Out RCA 0
Component In 0
Composite In 0
Tuner (Cable/Ant) 1
Ethernet 1
DisplayPort 0
IR In 0
SD/SDHC 0
Inputs
Audio Passthrough
ARC
Yes (HDMI 2)
eARC support
Yes
Dolby Atmos via TrueHD via eARC
Yes
DTS:X via DTS-HD MA via eARC
No
5.1 Dolby Digital via ARC
Yes
5.1 DTS via ARC
No
5.1 Dolby Digital via Optical
Yes
5.1 DTS via Optical
No

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'.

Sound Quality
6.1
Sound Quality
Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
126.99 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
3.61 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
4.16 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
6.20 dB
Max
88.9 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
4.90 dB

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.

4.7
Sound Quality
Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
1.316
Weighted THD @ Max
1.781
IMD @ 80
39.00%
IMD @ Max
58.85%

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.

Smart Features
8.0
Smart Features
Interface
Smart OS Tizen
Version 2021 (with reduced features)
Ease of Use
Easy
Smoothness
Very Smooth
Time Taken to Select YouTube
2 s
Time Taken to Change Backlight
5 s
Advanced Options
Many

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.

0
Smart Features
Ad-Free
Ads
Yes
Opt-out
No
Suggested Content in Home
Yes
Opt-out of Suggested Content
No

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.

8.5
Smart Features
Apps and Features
App Selection
Great
App Smoothness
Average
Cast Capable
Yes
USB Drive Playback
Yes
USB Drive HDR Playback
Yes
HDR in Netflix
Yes
HDR in YouTube
Yes

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.

8.5
Smart Features
Remote
Size
Small
Voice Control
Many Features
CEC Menu Control
Yes
Other Smart Features
Yes
Remote App Samsung SmartThings

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.

Smart Features
TV Controls

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.

Smart Features
In The Box

  • User guide
  • Remote control
  • Cable management clips (not shown)

Smart Features
Misc
Power Consumption 37 W
Power Consumption (Max) 97 W
Firmware 1051

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

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.

 

Size US Canada UK Italy Germany Costco
32" QN32Q60AAFXZA  QN32Q60AAFXZC   QE32Q60AAUXXU QE32Q60AAUXZT   - -
43" QN43Q60AAFXZA QN43Q60AAFXZC QE43Q60AAUXXU QE43Q60AAUXZT   GQ43Q60AAUXZG -
50" QN50Q60AAFXZA QN50Q60AAFXZC QE50Q60AAUXXU QE50Q60AAUXZT  GQ50Q60AAUXZG  -
55" QN55Q60AAFXZA QN55Q60AAFXZC QE55Q60AAUXXU QE55Q60AAUZXT  GQ55Q60AAUXZG  QN55Q6DAAFXZA 
60" QN60Q60AAFXZA QN60Q60AAFXZC - - - -
65" QN65Q60AAFXZA QN65Q60AAFXZC QE65Q60AAUXXU QE65Q60AAUZXT  GQ65Q60AAUXZG  QN65Q6DAAFXZA
70" QN70Q60AAFXZA - - - - -
75" QN75Q60AAFXZA QN75Q60AAFXZC QE75Q60AAUXXU -  GQ75Q60AAUXZG -
85" QN85Q60AAFXZA - QE85Q60AAUXXU  QE85Q60AAUZXT  GQ85Q60AAUXZG -

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.

Compared To Other TVs

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.

Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED
43" 50" 55" 58" 65" 75" 82" 85"

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.

Samsung Q70/Q70A QLED
55" 65" 75" 85"

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.

Samsung AU8000
43" 50" 55" 60" 65" 70" 75" 85"

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.

Sony X80J
43" 50" 55" 65" 75"

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.

Sony X85J
43" 50" 55" 65" 75" 85"

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.

LG C1 OLED
48" 55" 65" 77" 83"

The LG C1 OLED is much better overall than the Samsung Q60/Q60A QLED. The LG is a high-end TV with an OLED panel that has a near-infinite contrast ratio, but the Samsung is an entry-level QLED with a brighter LED panel. The LG has many more gaming features like VRR support, HDMI 2.1 inputs, and a much quicker response time. On the other side, LED panels are immune to permanent burn-in, which OLEDs aren't.

LG NANO75 2021
43" 50" 55" 65" 70" 75" 86"

The Samsung Q60/Q60A QLED and the LG NANO75 2021 use different panel types, each with their own strengths and weaknesses, but overall the Samsung is much better. The Samsung has much better contrast, better black uniformity, and it's significantly brighter. The only real advantage of the LG is that it has a wider viewing angle, so it might be a better choice if you have a wide seating arrangement, but only if you're not in a bright room.

LG NANO85
49" 55" 65" 75"

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.

TCL 6 Series/R635 2020 QLED
55" 65" 75"

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.

Hisense H9G
55" 65"

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.

TCL 8 Series 2019/Q825 QLED
65" 75"

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.

Sony X800D
43" 49"

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.

Sony X750D
65"

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.

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