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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
The borders are thin and aren't very noticeable. They're slightly thicker than the Samsung Q6FN/Q6/Q6F QLED 2018.
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.
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.
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.
The Samsung Q60R doesn't have a local dimming feature. The above video is provided for reference only.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
480p content, like DVDs, is handled well, with no obvious upscaling artifacts.
720p content from older game consoles or cable TV is displayed well, with no obvious issues.
1080p content, like Blu-ray movies or non-4k consoles, is displayed almost as well as native 4k content.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are no signs of temporary image retention, which is typical of VA panels. However, this may vary between units.
We don't expect VA panels to experience permanent image retention, as the VA panel in our long-term test appears immune.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.