Samsung Q60/Q60R QLED TV Review

Updated Apr 08, 2019 at 09:42 am
Samsung Q60/Q60R QLED Picture
Usage Ratings - Version 1.3
7.9
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2019
7.2
Movies
7.7
TV Shows
7.8
Sports
8.9
Video Games
7.2
HDR Movies
8.3
HDR Gaming
8.4
PC Monitor
Type LED
Sub-Type
VA
Resolution 4k

The Samsung Q60R QLED is a good 4k TV that delivers good overall picture quality, with deep blacks and a wide color gamut. It has a nearly identical design to last year's Samsung Q6FN. It has outstanding motion handling and excellent low input lag, great for gaming or fast action movies. Like the rest of Samsung's QLED lineup, it supports FreeSync, and has an optional low latency game motion interpolation feature. Unfortunately, the image degrades when viewed at an angle, it doesn't have a local dimming feature, and it can't get very bright in HDR.

Our Verdict

7.9 Mixed Usage

The Q60R 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 really bright room. Motion looks great thanks to the extremely fast response time, and gamers will appreciate the extraordinary low input lag and FreeSync support.

See our Mixed Usage recommendations
7.2 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.

See our Movies recommendations
7.7 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 really bright room.

See our TV Shows recommendations
7.8 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 reflections handling, but may have a tough time overcoming glare in a really 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.

See our Sports recommendations
8.9 Video Games

Outstanding TV for playing video games. It has excellent low input lag for a responsive gaming experience, even from older 1080p sources. It supports FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, which is great for Xbox One owners or PC gamers with an AMD graphics card. Fast action games look great thanks to the fast response time. Unfortunately, the image degrades when viewed at an angle, which isn't ideal for co-op gaming.

See our Video Games recommendations
7.2 HDR Movies

The Q60R is only decent for watching movies in HDR. It has an excellent native contrast ratio, which is great, but lacks a local dimming feature. The biggest issue is that it can't get very bright in HDR, so small highlights in some scenes aren't very bright and don't stand out the way they should.

See our HDR Movies recommendations
8.3 HDR Gaming

The Q60R 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.

See our HDR Gaming recommendations
8.4 PC Monitor

Very good TV for use as a PC monitor. It has an extremely fast response time and low input lag, which is great, but unfortunately, the image degrades when viewed at an angle. It supports most common input formats, and does not appear to be susceptible to temporary image retention or permanent burn-in.

See our PC Monitor recommendations
  • 7.9 Mixed Usage
  • 7.2 Movies
  • 7.7 TV Shows
  • 7.8 Sports
  • 8.9 Video Games
  • 7.2 HDR Movies
  • 8.3 HDR Gaming
  • 8.4 PC Monitor
Pros
  • Low input lag for gaming
  • Excellent motion handling
Cons
  • HDR can't get very bright
  • Image degrades when viewed at an angle
  1. 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

The Samsung Q60R is a 2019 entry-level QLED TV. Although it replaces the Q6FN in Samsung's lineup, it is meant as a more basic model, and lacks some more advanced features found on the higher-end QLEDs. It is comparable to most other mid-range LED TVs, like the Sony X850F or TCL R617.

Design
Design
Stand

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

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 200x200

The back of the Q60 is very plain, with the same textured plastic as the 2018 QLEDS like the Q6FN or Q8FN. There is 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 not very noticeable, but slightly thicker than last year's Q6FN.

Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 2.52" (6.4 cm)

The Q60R is roughly the same thickness as last year's Q6FN, and is roughly uniform, which looks good when VESA mounted.

Design
Temperature
Maximum Temperature
120 °F (49 °C)
Average Temperature
98 °F (37 °C)

The Q60R gets very warm along the bottom edge, likely due to the edge LEDs. This shouldn't cause any issues, though.

6.5
Design
Build Quality

Update 5/10/2019: We added a picture of the cracked corner.

The Q60 has decent overall build quality. There are no obvious issues or flaws, but the external casing is almost entirely made of plastic and feels more like the Samsung NU7100 than the Q6FN.

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 Q60R has an excellent native contrast ratio, great for watching movies in a completely dark room. Unfortunately, there is no local dimming feature to improve the contrast ratio.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

Unlike the 2018 Q6FN, there is no local dimming on the Q60R. The above video is provided for reference only.

8.1
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 have 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 is significantly dimmer than the Q6FN and NU8000. There is 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 cannot 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.

6.7
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 have 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 so 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 %

Decent gray uniformity, with some noticeable dirty screen effect. The sides of the screen are darker than the rest, and the image is more uniform towards the center, good for sports fans. In near-black 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 °

The Q60R has disappointing viewing angles, typical of VA panels. The image becomes washed out even slightly off-angle, and the image appears darker the more you move away from center. Colors also lose accuracy and appear washed out when sitting even slightly off center.

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

Decent black uniformity, but significantly worse than the Q6FN. There is noticeable flashlighting, mainly in the corners on the right hand side. Unfortunately, there is no local dimming feature to improve black uniformity.

7.5
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
5.9 %
Indirect Reflections
0.6 %

The Q60R has good reflection handling. The semi-gloss screen handles reflections almost identically to the Q6FN. In most rooms there shouldn't be any issues, but if you have a lot of windows, the reflections on the screen combined with the low peak brightness might make it hard to see a clear image.

8.7
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, the Q60R has excellent color accuracy. The white balance is very good. Any color inaccuracies are relatively minor, and most people won't see them. Gamma is closer to 2.0, which is strange. With color temperature set to 'Warm 2', the color temperature is very close to our target of 6500 K.

9.4
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, the Q60R delivers nearly perfect accuracy. The color accuracy was not improved much, but the white point is extremely close to perfection, and gamma follows the 2.2 target almost perfectly. There is an auto-calibration function, this still requires a colorimeter and specialized software.

You can see our recommended setting 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 is some subpixel dimming. The score has been updated.

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

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 has a very good color gamut, and 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 that of the Q6FN, and is actually closer to the 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 again, 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 %

Decent color volume on the Q60R, slightly worse than the NU8000. Like most LED TVs, it can't produce very bright blues, but otherwise can produce bright and dark colors across most of its gamut.

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

Good overall gradient handling on the Q60R, but some fine banding is noticeable in all dark shades. In person, this isn't as noticeable. If you do see banding and it 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.

Picture Quality
Pixels
Motion
9.4
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
3.6 ms
100% Response Time
10.4 ms

The Q60R has an excellent response time, much better than the Q6FN. There is some overshoot in the 0-20% transition, which can cause some haloing in really dark scenes, but otherwise shouldn't be very noticeable. There is still some very minor blur noticeable, but there are noticeable duplications due to the backlight flicker.

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

The Q60R is not flicker-free. Like the NU8000 and 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, in order 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.

10
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 fast response time of the Q60R, low frame rate content is held on screen for longer periods of time, 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

Like last year's QLEDs, the 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. 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
FreeSync and HDMI Forum VRR
G-SYNC Compatible
Yes
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 11/28/2019: Although not officially supported by NVIDIA, the Q60R works with NVIDIA's new G-SYNC compatible mode when connected to a recent NVIDIA graphics card. Unlike officially supported TVs, like the LG C9, this must be manually enabled from the NVIDIA Control Center.

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 do not support FreeSync.

Inputs
9.6
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