Samsung Q60/Q60R QLED TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Updated Jan 12, 2021 at 12:45 pm
Samsung Q60/Q60R QLED Picture
7.4
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense H9G
6.8
Movies
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense H9G
7.4
TV Shows
Value for price beaten by
: Samsung Q80/Q80T QLED
7.5
Sports
Value for price beaten by
: Samsung Q80/Q80T QLED
8.3
Video Games
Value for price beaten by
: Samsung Q80/Q80T QLED
6.7
HDR Movies
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense H9G
7.9
HDR Gaming
Value for price beaten by
: Samsung Q80/Q80T QLED
7.8
PC Monitor
Value for price beaten by
: Samsung Q80/Q80T QLED
This TV was replaced by the Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED
Type LED
Sub-Type
VA
Resolution 4k

The Samsung Q60/Q60R QLED is a decent 4k TV for most uses. Its VA panel has an outstanding contrast ratio, producing deep, inky blacks, and it has great motion handling, resulting in crisp images with minimal blur. Its high refresh rate, low input lag, and FreeSync support should suit most gamers, though viewing angles may be an issue for large parties, as image accuracy degrades when viewed from the side. Samsung's Tizen interface is user-friendly, and it has a vast selection of apps readily available at the press of a button.

Our Verdict

7.4 Mixed Usage

The Samsung Q60R is a decent TV for most uses. It has an outstanding native contrast ratio, but only decent black uniformity. It has good peak brightness but may not get bright enough to overcome glare in a bright room. Motion looks great thanks to the extremely fast response time, and gamers should appreciate the amazing low input lag and FreeSync support.

Pros
  • Excellent low input lag.
  • Excellent motion handling.
  • Outstanding contrast ratio.
Cons
  • HDR can't get very bright.
  • Image degrades when viewed at an angle.
6.8 Movies

The Samsung Q60R is an okay TV for watching movies. It has an outstanding native contrast ratio, so it performs best when watching in a dark room. That said, its black uniformity is only decent and it doesn't have local dimming. On the upside, it displays 1080p content, like Blu-ray movies, almost as well as native 4k content.

Pros
  • Outstanding contrast ratio.
  • Upscales lower-resolution content without issue.
Cons
  • Image degrades when viewed at an angle.
  • No local dimming.
7.4 TV Shows

The Samsung Q60R is decent for watching TV shows. It has good peak brightness in SDR and can upscale 720p content, such as from a cable box, without any issues. Unfortunately, its reflection handling is only decent, so it may struggle to overcome glare in bright rooms. Like most VA panels, its viewing angles are poor, so the image degrades when viewed at an angle.

Pros
  • Easy-to-use interface with streaming apps at the click of a button.
  • Upscales lower-resolution content without issue.
Cons
  • Image degrades when viewed at an angle.
  • Only decent reflection handling.
7.5 Sports

The Samsung Q60R is a good TV for watching sports. It has an extremely fast response time, so fast action produces very little motion blur. It can get bright enough for an average-lit room, but it has only decent reflection handling, so it may have a tough time overcoming glare in a bright room. Unfortunately, the image degrades when viewed at an angle, which isn't ideal for watching the big game with a group of friends.

Pros
  • Excellent motion handling.
  • Minimal dirty screen effect.
  • Good peak brightness.
Cons
  • Image degrades when viewed at an angle.
  • Only decent reflection handling.
8.3 Video Games

The Samsung Q60R is a great TV for playing video games. It has a low input lag and supports FreeSync variable refresh rate technology to reduce screen-tearing. It also has an outstanding contrast ratio and excellent motion handling, which is great for fast-moving content like video games. Unfortunately, it isn't the best choice for co-op gaming due to its poor viewing angles.

Pros
  • Excellent low input lag.
  • Excellent motion handling.
  • Native FreeSync support.
Cons
  • Image degrades when viewed at an angle.
  • Only decent reflection handling.
6.7 HDR Movies

The Samsung Q60R is okay for watching movies in HDR. It can deliver good picture quality thanks to its outstanding contrast ratio and wide color gamut. However, it lacks local dimming and doesn't get bright enough to deliver a truly satisfying HDR experience.

Pros
  • Outstanding contrast ratio.
  • Wide color gamut.
Cons
  • HDR can't get very bright.
  • No local dimming.
7.9 HDR Gaming

The Samsung Q60R is a very good TV for HDR gaming, mainly due to its great gaming performance. It has an extremely fast response time and a low input lag, making for a responsive gaming experience. It also supports FreeSync variable refresh rate, which is great. Unfortunately, although it can display a wide color gamut, it can't get very bright in HDR.

Pros
  • Excellent low input lag.
  • Excellent motion handling.
  • Outstanding contrast ratio.
Cons
  • HDR can't get very bright.
  • No local dimming.
7.8 PC Monitor

The Samsung Q60R is a good TV to use as a PC monitor. Its fast response time and low input lag provide a responsive desktop experience, and it can display chroma 4:4:4 properly, so text appears crisp. Viewing angles can be an issue, as the edges appear darker if you sit up close, but on the upside, you shouldn't have any issues with permanent burn-in even with a static user interface frequently on display. It handles reflections decently well, but it may struggle a bit in very bright rooms.

Pros
  • Excellent low input lag.
  • Excellent motion handling.
  • Can display chroma 4:4:4 properly.
Cons
  • Image degrades when viewed at an angle.
  • Only decent reflection handling.
  • 7.4 Mixed Usage
  • 6.8 Movies
  • 7.4 TV Shows
  • 7.5 Sports
  • 8.3 Video Games
  • 6.7 HDR Movies
  • 7.9 HDR Gaming
  • 7.8 PC Monitor
  1. Updated Jan 12, 2021: Updated review for accuracy and clarity.
  2. Updated May 21, 2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.5.
  3. Updated Feb 21, 2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.4.
  4. Updated Aug 02, 2019: We retested the Q60R with the latest firmware. The SDR Peak Brightness, HDR Peak Brightness, and Input Lag measurements and scores have been updated, and it is no longer skipping frames in PC mode with a 120Hz signal.

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Test Results

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Market Context
Market Context
Market Context

The Samsung Q60/Q60R is a 2019 entry-level QLED TV. Although it replaces the Samsung Q6FN/Q6/Q6F QLED 2018 in Samsung's lineup, it's meant to be a more basic model and lacks some more advanced features found on higher-end QLEDs. It's comparable to most other mid-range LED TVs, like the Sony X850F or TCL 6 Series 2018.

Design
8.5
Design
Style
Curved No

The Samsung Q60R has an excellent, minimalist design, with thin bezels that aren't distracting. The TV is mostly made out of plastic, and it has built-in cable management on the back. The feet are wide-set and they support the TV well, with no sign of wobbling.

Design
Stand

The stand has a large footprint that's nearly the entire width of the TV. The legs are angled, but can't be reversed.
Footprint of the 55" stand: 38.5" x 10.4".

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 200x200

The back of the TV is very plain, with the same textured plastic as the 2018 QLEDs, like the Samsung Q6FN/Q6/Q6F QLED 2018 or the Samsung Q8FN/Q8/Q8F QLED 2018. There's only basic cable management, using two clips attached to the back of the legs. Cables can also be run along the guide tracks near the bottom of the TV.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.47" (1.2 cm)

The borders are thin and aren't very noticeable. They're slightly thicker than the Samsung Q6FN/Q6/Q6F QLED 2018.

Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 2.52" (6.4 cm)

The Samsung Q60R is roughly uniform and about the same thickness as the Samsung Q6FN/Q6/Q6F QLED 2018, so it won't stick out much when wall-mounted.

6.5
Design
Build Quality

The build quality is alright. The TV has a mostly plastic construction and there aren't any obvious issues or flaws. However, the bottom left and right corners of the bezel on our unit were cracked in shipping. We think this is an isolated issue, and it doesn't affect our tests in any way.

Picture Quality
9.2
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
6292 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
N/A

The Samsung Q60R has an outstanding native contrast ratio. It can produce deep, inky blacks, which is great for dark room viewing, although this can vary between units.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

The Samsung Q60R doesn't have a local dimming feature. The above video is provided for reference only.

7.7
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
411 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
209 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
416 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
417 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
420 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
422 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
206 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
415 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
416 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
419 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
421 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.047

Update 08/02/2019: We've retested with the latest firmware, and the SDR peak brightness is roughly in the same ballpark. Our measurements have been updated.

The Samsung Q60R has very good peak brightness, but it's significantly dimmer than the Samsung Q6FN/Q6/Q6F QLED 2018 and the Samsung NU8000. There's almost no difference in brightness with different content, which is great, but small highlights aren't as bright, as seen in the dip in brightness with the 2% window test.

We measured the peak brightness after calibration, using the 'Movie' Picture Mode and 'Warm 2' Color Temperature. Different picture modes and color temperatures may be brighter.

6.1
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
424 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
179 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
439 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
438 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
437 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
437 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
176 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
437 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
437 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
436 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
436 cd/m²
HDR ABL
0.056

Update 08/02/2019: We've retested with the latest firmware, and the HDR peak brightness is roughly in the same ballpark. Our measurements have been updated.

The Samsung Q60R has mediocre peak brightness in HDR. Small, bright highlights in some scenes aren't very bright and don't stand out the way they should in HDR.

These measurements were taken in the 'Movie' Picture Mode, with no calibration settings and no extra image processing options. Some settings may produce a brighter image.

7.0
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
5.368 %
50% DSE
0.170 %
5% Std. Dev.
1.955 %
5% DSE
0.105 %

Gray uniformity is decent, but this can vary between units. The sides of the screen are noticeably darker, but the center is much more uniform. There's some slight dirty screen effect, which could get distracting, particularly when watching sports. In dark scenes, the uniformity is much better.

5.1
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
23 °
Color Shift
19 °
Brightness Loss
31 °
Black Level Raise
15 °
Gamma Shift
16 °

Like most VA panels, the Samsung Q60R has poor viewing angles. Images appear washed out when viewed from the side, and the brightness also decreases the more you move away from the center.

7.1
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
1.242 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

Black uniformity is decent, although this can vary between units. There's noticeable flash lighting, mostly at the top right corner. If you want better black uniformity, check out the Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED, which is the successor to this TV.

7.0
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
5.9 %
Indirect Reflections
0.6 %
Calculated Direct Reflections
5.4 %

The Samsung Q60R has decent reflection handling. Its semi-gloss finish helps diffuse indirect light, but it struggles in well-lit environments, so it's best to avoid placing it directly in front of bright lighting.

8.6
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
1.68
Color dE
2.10
Gamma
2.06
Color Temperature
6447 K
Picture Mode
Movie
Color Temp Setting
Warm 2
Gamma Setting
2.2

The color accuracy out-of-the-box is excellent, although this can vary between units. Aside from the color blue, most inaccuracies are difficult to spot. White balance is very good, though the gamma is too low for the most part, causing images to appear brighter than they should. With Color Temperature set to 'Warm 2', the color temperature is very close to our target of 6500K.

9.3
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.35
Color dE
1.51
Gamma
2.19
Color Temperature
6498 K
White Balance Calibration
20 point
Color Calibration
Yes
Auto-Calibration Function
Yes

The color accuracy is remarkable after calibration. While it isn't improved much, the white point is extremely close to perfection, and gamma follows the 2.2 target almost perfectly. Any inaccuracies shouldn't be noticeable to the naked eye. There's also an auto-calibration function, but it still requires a colorimeter and specialized software.

You can see our recommended settings here.

8.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

480p content, like DVDs, is handled well, with no obvious upscaling artifacts.

8.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

720p content from older game consoles or cable TV is displayed well, with no obvious issues.

9.0
Picture Quality
1080p Input

1080p content, like Blu-ray movies or non-4k consoles, is displayed almost as well as native 4k content.

9.5
Picture Quality
4k Input

Update 10/17/2019: During retesting, it was discovered that there's some subpixel dimming. The score has been updated to reflect this.

Native 4k content is displayed almost perfectly, with no obvious issues. There's some subpixel dimming out of game mode.

0
Picture Quality
8k Input

This TV doesn't support an 8k signal.

Picture Quality
Pixels

Like other LCD panels, the Samsung Q60R uses a BGR subpixel layout, which can affect the way text is rendered when using the TV as a PC monitor. You can read about it here.

7.8
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI P3 xy
86.04 %
DCI P3 uv
92.54 %
Rec 2020 xy
63.81 %
Rec 2020 uv
71.61 %

The Samsung Q60R can display a wide color gamut, which is great for HDR content. As an entry-level QLED, it can't produce a color gamut as wide as some of the higher-end QLEDs and is closer to the Samsung NU8000, but this isn't unexpected. We confirmed these results multiple times.

The 'Movie' EOTF follows the input stimulus very closely until it starts to roll off near the TV's peak brightness. In 'Game' mode, the EOTF is similar, except some scenes may be a little brighter.

If you find HDR too dark, you can try increasing the Gamma to maximum and the Brightness to '5.' If this is still too dark, you can try setting Contrast Enhancer to 'Max.' With all of these enabled, the image is noticeably brighter, as shown in this EOTF plot.

6.9
Picture Quality
Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
78.2 %
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
25.5 %
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
59.9 %
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
19.5 %

The Samsung Q60R has an okay color volume. It can produce dark, saturated colors, but not bright blues, although that's typical of most LED TVs.

7.7
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
0.115 dE
Green (Std. Dev.)
0.128 dE
Blue (Std. Dev.)
0.119 dE
Gray (Std. Dev.)
0.105 dE

The Samsung Q60R has good gradient handling, though there's some banding when displaying dark green, blue, and gray. If banding bothers you, setting Digital Clean View to 'Auto' eliminates most of it but can cause the loss of some fine details in certain scenes.

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 temporary image retention, which is typical of VA panels. However, this may vary between units.

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

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

Motion
8.5
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
3.6 ms
100% Response Time
10.4 ms

The Samsung Q60R has an excellent response time. There's some overshoot in the 0-20% transition, which can cause some haloing in very dark scenes, but it shouldn't be very noticeable otherwise. In other transitions, there's still some very minor blur, and there are visible duplications due to the backlight flicker.

6.0
Motion
Flicker-Free
Flicker-Free
No
PWM Dimming Frequency
240 Hz

The Samsung Q60R uses Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) to dim its backlight. It's only flicker-free when the backlight is at its max. Otherwise, it flickers at 240Hz in most modes, but the flicker frequency changes depending on the mode. In 'Movie' and 'Game' mode, or when Auto Motion Plus is set to either 'Custom' or 'Auto,' the flicker automatically changes to 120Hz, similar to the Samsung Q6FN/Q6/Q6F QLED 2018.

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

The Samsung Q60R has an optional Black Frame Insertion feature meant to further reduce motion blur. Enabling Auto Motion Plus automatically changes the flicker to 120Hz, and setting LED Clear Motion to 'On' reduces the flicker frequency to 60Hz, or 120Hz when displaying 120Hz content.

When motion interpolation is enabled with the flicker at 120Hz, the pulse timing isn't very good, causing some strange motion artifacts in some areas of the screen, as seen in our 60 fps Motion Interpolation picture.

Motion
Motion Interpolation
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
Yes
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
Yes

The Samsung Q60R can interpolate lower frame rate content up to 120Hz. To add the 'Soap Opera' effect, set Auto Motion Plus to 'Custom' and adjust the Blur Reduction slider for 60Hz content, and the Judder Reduction slider to interpolate low frame rate content, like movies, up to 60Hz.

Note that, like many Samsung TVs, simply setting Auto Motion Plus to 'Custom' changes the backlight flicker from 240Hz to 120Hz.

The 43" and 49" models have 60Hz panels and can only interpolate up to 60Hz.

6.8
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
31.3 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
6.3 ms

Due to the TV's fast response time, low frame rate content is held on screen for longer periods, which can cause the image to appear to stutter. This may bother some people, especially in slow panning shots or landscape shots. If this bothers you, enabling motion interpolation can help.

10
Motion
24p Judder
Judder-Free 24p
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via 60p
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via 60i
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via Native Apps
Yes

The Samsung Q60R can remove judder from all sources. To do so, set Auto Motion Plus to 'Custom' and leave both sliders at '0,' unless you want to add motion interpolation.

8.2
Motion
Variable Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
120 Hz (except 43", 49")
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
HDMI Forum VRR
Yes
FreeSync
Yes
G-SYNC Compatible
No
4k VRR Maximum
60 Hz
4k VRR Minimum
48 Hz
1080p VRR Maximum
120 Hz
1080p VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
1440p VRR Maximum
120 Hz
1440p VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors
HDMI

Update 12/17/2019: A flaw was discovered in the way we were testing for G-SYNC compatibility with TVs. We've corrected the flaw, and have retested the 2019 Samsung and LG TVs, and found that the Samsung Q60R doesn't work properly with NVIDIA's current Adaptive Sync drivers.

Like the 2018 QLEDS, the Samsung Q60R supports FreeSync variable refresh rate (VRR) technology. When gaming at 1080p or 1440p, the VRR range is excellent and is effectively always tear-free. At 4k, the range is narrower, as the TV only supports up to 4k @ 60Hz.

Note that the 43" and 49" models don't support FreeSync.

Inputs
8.7
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60 Hz
14.7 ms
1080p @ 60 Hz Outside Game Mode
71.3 ms
1440p @ 60 Hz
14.5 ms
4k @ 60 Hz
14.6 ms
4k @ 60 Hz + 10 bit HDR
14.6 ms
4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4
14.6 ms
4k @ 60 Hz Outside Game Mode
64.8 ms
4k @ 60 Hz With Interpolation
21.3 ms
8k @ 60 Hz
N/A
1080p @ 120 Hz
6.0 ms
1440p @ 120 Hz
6.1 ms
4k @ 120 Hz
N/A
1080p with Variable Refresh Rate
6.0 ms
1440p with VRR
6.2 ms
4k with VRR
13.9 ms
8k with VRR
N/A
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Yes

Update 08/02/2019: We've retested the TV with the latest firmware, and the input lag has decreased slightly across the board. The TV is no longer skipping frames when sent a 1080p or 1440p @ 120Hz signal. We've updated our numbers and scores.

Update 05/28/2019: We retested the Samsung Q60R input lag in 1080p @ 120Hz and in 1440p @ 120Hz. We initially tested it in Game Mode, but the TV skips frames in Game Mode. Therefore, it was retested in Movie mode, where it doesn't skip frames.

The Samsung Q60R has an excellent low input lag, as long as Game Mode is activated. With variable refresh rate enabled, at 1080p and 1440p the input lag is almost as good as high-end gaming monitors, which is great for PC or Xbox One gaming.

Like the 2018 QLEDS, it allows for motion interpolation in Game Mode, and even though the input lag increases, it's still fairly low.

In PC Mode, Game Mode is also required for the lowest input lag.

9.6
Inputs
Supported Resolutions