Samsung Q60/Q60R QLED TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Updated Feb 24, 2020 at 09:17 am
Samsung Q60/Q60R QLED Picture
7.4
Mixed Usage
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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
Type LED
Sub-Type
VA
Resolution 4k

The Samsung Q60R QLED is a good 4k TV for nearly every type of content. Its VA panel has an outstanding contrast ratio, producing deep, inky blacks, and it has excellent motion handling, resulting in crisp images with minimal blur. Its high refresh rate, low input lag, and support for FreeSync are sure to please most gamers, though viewing angles may be an issue for large parties. 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 Q60 is a good TV for most uses. It has an excellent native contrast ratio, but only decent black uniformity. It has decent peak brightness, but can't get bright enough to overcome glare in a bright room. Motion looks great thanks to the extremely fast response time, and gamers will appreciate the extraordinary low input lag and FreeSync support.

Pros
  • Low input lag for gaming.
  • Excellent motion handling.
Cons
  • HDR can't get very bright.
  • Image degrades when viewed at an angle.
6.8 Movies

Decent TV for watching movies. It has an excellent native contrast ratio, which is important for dark room viewing, but it has only decent black uniformity and lacks a local dimming feature. Fast action movies look great thanks to the extremely fast response time.

7.4 TV Shows

Good TV for watching TV shows during the day. It handles older cable content well, with no obvious upscaling artifacts. The optional motion interpolation feature can improve low frame rate shows, great if you enjoy the soap opera effect. It has very good peak brightness in SDR, but might not be able to overcome glare in a bright room.

7.5 Sports

This 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 and has good reflection handling, but 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.

8.3 Video Games

The Q60 is an outstanding TV for playing video games. It has low input lag, fast response time, and supports FreeSync variable refresh rate. It also has an 'Auto Low Latency Mode', making it easy to jump right into the game when playing on a compatible gaming console. Unfortunately, it isn't the best choice for co-op gaming due to the TV's poor viewing angles.

6.7 HDR Movies

The Q60 is decent for watching movies in HDR. It can deliver a good picture quality with rich, saturated colors thanks to its wide color gamut and high native contrast ratio. However, due to its low peak brightness in HDR mode, it can't really bring out specular highlights.

7.9 HDR Gaming

The Q60 is a very good TV for HDR gaming, mainly due to the excellent gaming performance. It has an extremely fast response time and low input lag, 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.

7.8 PC Monitor

The Q60 is a very good TV for 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. Viewing angles can be an issue if you sit up close, but on the upside, you shouldn't have any issues with temporary image retention or permanent burn-in. It handles reflections decently well, but it may struggle a bit in very bright rooms due to the TV's peak brightness.

  • 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. Update 5/21/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.5.
  2. Update 2/21/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.4.
  3. Update 8/2/2019: 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 Q60R is a 2019 entry-level QLED TV. Although it replaces the Q6FN 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 R617.

Design
8.5
Design
Style
Curved No

The Q60R has a great design. It's very minimalistic, 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 Q6FN or Q8FN. 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.

Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 2.52" (6.4 cm)

The Q60 is roughly the same thickness as the Q6FN, and is roughly uniform, which looks good when VESA mounted.

6.5
Design
Build Quality

Build quality is decent. 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 Q60 has an excellent native contrast ratio. It can produce deep, inky blacks, which is great for dark room viewing.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

The Q60 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 the Q60 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 and Samsung NU8000. There's almost no difference in brightness with different content, which is great, but the 2% window is dimmed significantly by the TV's CE (Frame) Dimming feature. This can't be disabled, and may cause some very dark scenes to be dimmed more than they should be.

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 the Q60 with the latest firmware, and the HDR peak brightness is roughly in the same ballpark. Our measurements have been updated.

The 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 results are significantly worse than the Q6FN, and closer to the NU7100.

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. The sides of the screen are noticeably darker, but the center is much more uniform. There's almost no visible dirty screen effect, which is great for 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 Q60 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 but significantly worse than the Q6FN. There's noticeable flashlighting, mostly at the top right corner. If you want better black uniformity, check out the Samsung Q60T, 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 %

Reflection handling is good. You shouldn't have any issues in most cases, but if you have a lot of windows, the reflections on the screen combined with the TV's low peak brightness can make it hard to see the image clearly.

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

Out-of-the-box color accuracy is excellent. 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 6500 K.

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

After calibration, color accuracy is nearly perfect. The color accuracy wasn't improved much, but the white point is extremely close to perfection, and gamma follows the 2.2 target almost perfectly. There's 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.

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
Picture Quality
Pixels
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 the Q6FN, 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. 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.

In 'Game' mode, the EOTF follows the target curve very closely until it rolls off gradually near the TV's peak brightness.

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 Q60 has a decent color volume. It can produce dark, saturated colors, but not bright blues, though 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 Q60 has good gradient performance, though there's some banding when displaying dark green, dark blue, and dark gray. This is less noticeable in person. If this bothers you, setting Digital Clean View to 'Auto' eliminates most of it but can cause a loss of some fine details in some 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.

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 Q60 has an excellent response time. There's some overshoot in the 0-20% transition, which can cause some haloing in very dark scenes, but otherwise shouldn't be very noticeable. 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 Q60 isn't flicker-free. Like the Samsung NU8000 and Samsung Q6FN, the backlight 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 Q6FN.

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 Q60R has an optional black frame insertion feature that can reduce the flicker frequency as low as 60Hz, even in Game Mode, to reduce persistence 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 Q60 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. Once you enable this setting, the backlight flicker frequency automatically changes to 120Hz, as explained in the Flicker-Free box.

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 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