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Reviewed on Apr 08, 2019

Samsung Q60/Q60R QLED
TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.3
7.9
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Vizio P Series 2018
7.2
Movies
7.8
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.

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

Test Results
Design 8.5
Picture Quality 7.5
Motion 8.8
Inputs 9.6
Sound Quality 6.4
Smart Features 8.0
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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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.

8.5

Design

Curved : No

The Q60R has a great design, similar to the Q6FN, but with an all-black finish. The stand supports the TV well, but does require a larger surface as it is nearly the full width of the TV. The back of the TV has a textured plastic finish, very similar to older Samsung TVs, and includes guide tracks for cable management. Although there were no obvious issues with the build quality of the TV, the exterior casing is almost entirely made of plastic, and our unit was slightly damaged during shipping.

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".

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.

Borders
Borders : 0.47" (1.2 cm)

The borders are thin and not very noticeable, but slightly thicker than last year's Q6FN.

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.

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 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.

7.5

Picture Quality

The Samsung Q60R delivers good overall picture quality. It has an excellent native contrast ratio that delivers deep blacks, but it doesn't have a local dimming feature. There is some noticeable flashlighting on one side of the screen, which may be distracting when watching in a dark room. It has good peak brightness in SDR, but unfortunately isn't very bright in HDR. Like the majority of TVs with VA panels, the image degrades when viewed at an angle. Gray uniformity is decent, but the sides of the screen are noticeably darker than the center, though this shouldn't be very noticeable with normal content.

9.2 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 480p Input

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

8.0 720p Input

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

9.0 1080p Input

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

10 4k Input

Native 4k content is displayed perfectly, with no obvious issues.

7.8 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 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 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 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 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.

Pixels
8.8

Motion

The Samsung Q60R has excellent motion handling. It has an incredibly fast response time, faster than the Q6FN, which delivers very clear motion with little blur trail behind fast-moving objects. Unfortunately, the backlight uses PWM to dim, which can cause duplication in some motion. The fast response time results in a higher frame hold time, which can cause low frame rate content to stutter. Like Samsung's 2018 QLEDs, the Q60R supports FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, which is great for Xbox One gamers.

9.4 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 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 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 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 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 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 Variable Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
:
120 Hz (except 43", 49")
Variable Refresh Rate
:
FreeSync
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

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.

Unfortunately, the Q60R's FreeSync implementation is not currently compatible with NVIDIA's current Adaptive Sync drivers, as they only work over DisplayPort at the moment.

Note that the 43" and 49" models do not support FreeSync.

9.6

Inputs

The Samsung Q60R has excellent low input lag in most modes, and supports the majority of the most common resolutions and refresh rates. It can display chroma 4:4:4 perfectly, but only in PC mode. It has a good selection of inputs, but doesn't support eARC.

9.6 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.

The Q60R has outstanding 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 gaming, or for Xbox One owners.

Like the 2018 QLEDS, the Q60R also supports low latency game mode interpolation. When interpolating all the way up to 120Hz, the input latency increases to 43.5 ms. Game motion interpolation has higher latency than last year's models. We don't know why this is.

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

Update 05/28/2019: We retested the 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 does not skip frames.

9.6 Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4
:
Yes
1080p @ 120 Hz
:
Yes (native support)
1440p @ 60 Hz
:
Yes (native support)
1440p @ 120 Hz
:
Yes (native support)
4k @ 60 Hz
:
Yes
4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4
:
Yes
4k @ 120 Hz
:
No
8k @ 30 Hz or 24 Hz
:
No
8k @ 60 Hz
:
No

Update 08/02/2019: We've retested the TV with the latest firmware, and it is now able to display 1080p and 1440p @ 120Hz without skipping frames in PC mode.

The Q60R supports most common resolutions and refresh rates, including 1440p @ 60Hz, which is not supported on the 2018 Q6FN. Most high bandwidth signals require Input Signal Plus to be enabled for the port in use, which is the new name for HDMI UHD Color.

It can also display chroma 4:4:4 or RGB content properly, but only when the input label is set to 'PC.' The TV usually automatically detects this automatically. Note that in PC mode, many of the settings are unavailable and there are only two picture modes. Chroma 4:4:4 does not work properly with 1440p @ 120Hz.

The 43" and 49" models have 60Hz panels, and do not support 120Hz inputs.

Input Photos
Total Inputs
HDMI : 4
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 Specifications
HDR10
:
Yes
HDR10+
:
Yes
Dolby Vision
:
No
HLG
:
Yes
3D
:
No
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth
:
Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
HDMI 2.1
:
No
CEC : Yes
HDCP 2.2 : Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
USB 3.0
:
No
Variable Analog Audio Out : No
Wi-Fi Support : Yes (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)
Audio Passthrough
ARC
:
Yes (HDMI 4)
eARC support
:
No
Dolby Atmos via TrueHD via eARC
:
No
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

Like the Q900 and 2018 Samsung TVs, the Q60R does not support DTS, nor does it support eARC. Like the Q900R, it likely does support lossy Atmos passthrough from Dolby Digital Plus sources, including the native Netflix app.

6.4

Sound Quality

The sound on the Samsung Q60R is mediocre, and nearly identical to the Q6FN. It can't get very loud, and doesn't have any thump or body in its bass. It does provide a decent amount of punch, though, and delivers relatively clear dialog. For a better sound, it is recommended to add dedicated speakers, or a soundbar.

6.6 Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
:
89.80 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
:
2.75 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
:
3.45 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
:
6.20 dB
Max
:
86.3 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
:
4.20 dB

The frequency response of the Q60R is decent. Low-Frequency Extension (LFE) is at about 90Hz, which results in bass that lacks thump and body. This is noticeably worse than the Q6FN. Above the LFE point, the frequency response is decent and well balanced, resulting in clear and intelligible dialog. Unlike 2018 Samsung TVs, the Q60R has a room correction feature, but it isn't very effective. The TV gets decently loud, but might not be loud enough for large or busy environments.

We tested the Q60R with the Adaptive Sound feature enabled, but left Adaptive Volume disabled, as it drastically limited the max volume. This feature could be useful if you find that commercials play at a higher volume than the content you are watching.

5.9 Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
:
0.350
Weighted THD @ Max
:
0.655
IMD @ 80
:
16.78 %
IMD @ Max
:
36.61 %

Disappointing distortion on the Q60R, similar to the Q6FN. The total harmonic distortion is elevated, even at moderate volumes, but it doesn't increase significantly at maximum volume, which is good.

8.0

Smart Features

Smart OS : Tizen
Version : 2019

The Samsung Q60R has great smart features. Little has changed with the latest iteration of their Tizen smart interface, but it is still easy to navigate and has one of the widest selections of smart apps available. The remote has great voice controls, and is very similar to last year's, with the addition of three quick access buttons for Hulu, Netflix, and Prime Video.

8.0 Interface
Ease of Use
:
Easy
Smoothness
:
Very Smooth
Time Taken to Select YouTube
:
2 s
Time Taken to Change Backlight
:
7 s
Advanced Options
:
Many

The interface of the Q60R is very easy to use, and has a polished, modern design. It is much smoother than the Q6FN, resulting in a faster, cleaner interface.

There were no serious issues during our testing, but the Fit-to-Screen setting didn't always work, and we had to go to the setting (without changing it) to force it to 'On.'

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

Like all Samsung TVs we've tested so far, ads are present in a few places. The biggest, most intrusive ads appear in the app store, and these can't be disabled. There is also the occasional ad in the main interface, though these are relatively small and not as intrusive.

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

The Q60, like most other Samsung TVs, has an impressive selection of apps. The built-in apps can play most of the common audio and video formats.

8.5 Remote
Size
:
Small
Voice Control
:
Many Features
CEC Menu Control
:
Yes
Other Smart Features
:
Yes

The premium remote is nearly identical to the one included with last year's QLEDs, including the Q6FN, but there are now three additional quick access buttons allowing you to open Netflix, Prime Video, or Hulu directly. Like the other premium Samsung remotes, it doesn't require direct line-of-sight for most functions.

The remote has a built-in microphone for voice control. Voice controls allow you to access most of the TV's functions, including settings and launching apps, but can't perform functions within apps, like searching Netflix for a specific movie.

The OneRemote feature allows you to control other devices with the remote, even if they don't support HDMI-CEC.

6.0 Remote App
Acts as the Remote
:
Yes
Directly Launches Apps and Inputs
:
No
Inputs Text in YouTube
:
No
Inputs Text in Netflix
:
No
Streams Device Files
:
No
Controls TV Settings
:
No
Voice Control
:
Yes

The remote app is very basic, essentially working as a virtual remote control. Voice control is supported, but can be slow, and doesn't always pick up the first syllables.

TV Controls

Like most Samsung TVs, the controls are in the center of the TV, underneath the Samsung logo. The controls are similar to the Q6FN, with a single button that brings up a menu. From the menu, you can turn the TV off, adjust the volume, or change channels/inputs.

In The Box

  • Quick Setup Guide
  • Batteries
  • VESA Spacers
  • Remote
  • User Manual
  • Power Cable

Misc
Power Consumption : 51 W
Power Consumption (Max) : 128 W
Firmware : 1060

Differences between Sizes and Variants

We tested the 55" Q60R (QN55Q60R) version FA01, and we expect our results to be valid for the 65" Q60R (QN65Q60R), the 75" Q60R (QN75Q60R), and the 82" Q60R (QN82Q60R). Most of our results should also be valid for the 43" Q60R (QN43Q60R) and 49" Q60R (QN49Q60R), but they have some differences that are noted below.

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their Samsung Q60R doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review. Note that some tests such as the gray uniformity may vary between individual units.

UPDATE 06/07/2019A Q6DR variant has appeared in some regions. It is available in the same sizes, and appears to be identical, but with worse speakers.

Size US Model EU Model Panel Type Refresh Rate Notes
43" QN43Q60R QE43Q60R VA 60Hz No FreeSync
49" QN49Q60R QE49Q60R VA 60Hz No FreeSync
55" QN55Q60R QE55Q60R VA 120Hz  
65" QN65Q60R QE65Q60R VA 120Hz  
75" QN75Q60R QE75Q60R VA 120Hz  
82" QN82Q60R QE82Q60R VA 120Hz  

The QN55Q60R we reviewed was manufactured in February 2019.

Compared to other TVs

Top left: Samsung NU7100 (UN55NU7100) Bottom left: LG SK8000 (55SK8000). Middle: Samsung Q60R (QN55Q60R). Top right: Sony X950G (XBR55X950G). Bottom right: Samsung Q6FN (QN55Q6FN). Unlike our other photographs, this picture wasn't taken under a controlled environment, so do not draw conclusions from it.

The Q60R is a decent entry-level QLED TV, but there are better TVs for the same price. See our recommendations for the best TVs, the best HDR gaming TVs, and the best smart TVs.

Samsung Q70/Q70R QLED
49" 55" 65" 75" 82" 85"

The Samsung Q70R is much better than the Samsung Q60R. The Q70R supports local dimming and has a better black uniformity that allows it to deliver a better dark room performance. The Q70R can get brighter, which is great if you have a bright room. Finally, the Samsung Q70R has slightly better reflection handling, and it's more suitable if your room has many light sources.

Samsung RU8000
49" 55" 65" 75" 82"

The Samsung Q60/Q60R QLED and the Samsung RU8000 both have very similar performance. The RU8000 has better black uniformity that helps deliver more uniform blacks in a dark room, and a bit better gray uniformity, which is great if you're a sports fan.

Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED
55" 65" 75" 82"

The Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED TV is much better than the Q60/Q60R QLED. The Q80 has a full array local dimming feature and excellent black uniformity, great for dark room performance. The Q80 can also get a lot brighter and has a better viewing angle, and has better reflection handling.

Sony X900F
49" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The Sony X900F is better than the Samsung Q60/Q60R QLED. The Sony X900F has a local dimming feature that enhances dark room performance and also can get brighter both in SDR and in HDR, and has better reflection handling to minimize distracting reflections from the room's light sources. The Samsung Q60R is better for gaming as it has lower input lag, supports FreeSync variable refresh rate, and has a few other gaming goodies that gamers will appreciate.

Sony X800G
43" 49" 55" 65" 75"

The Sony X800G and the Samsung Q60R have different panel types,  each with advantages and disadvantages. The Sony X850G uses an IPS panel, has much better viewing angles, and better reflection handling, which is nice for a bright, wide room. The Samsung Q60R has a VA panel that delivers a much better dark room performance. It has lower input lag and can remove 24p judder from any source. The Q60R also supports FreeSync variable refresh rate and has low input lag with motion interpolation, which is great for gaming.

Samsung Q6FN/Q6/Q6F QLED 2018
49" 55" 65" 75" 82"

The 2018 Samsung Q6FN is a bit better than the 2019 Samsung Q60R. The Q6FN is much brighter, especially in HDR, and can produce a wider color gamut. The Q6FN also has a local dimming feature, although it isn't very effective. The Q60R, on the other hand, has a faster response time, and the smart interface is somewhat smoother.

Samsung NU8000
49" 55" 65" 75" 82"

The Samsung NU8000 is a bit better than the Samsung Q60R. It's much brighter, especially in HDR, and has better gray and black uniformity. The NU8000 has a local dimming feature, although this isn't very effective. The Q60R has a faster response time, great for gaming or watching fast action movies.

Samsung RU7100
43" 50" 55" 58" 65" 75"

The Samsung Q60R is better than the Samsung RU7100. The Q60R has a faster response time which is great for fast-moving content like sports, and it can also remove 24p judder from any source. The Samsung RU7100 has a little lower input lag, which is great for video games, but the Q60R supports FreeSync.

LG B8 OLED
55" 65"

The LG B8 is much better than the Samsung Q60R for most uses, unless you're concerned about the possibility of burn-in. The LG has true blacks and delivers an excellent dark room performance. The B8 is a better choice for those who watch sports as it has a faster response time, better viewing angles, and excellent reflection handling. The Samsung Q60FN has lower input lag and supports FreeSync for tear-free gaming, and it doesn't have a risk of burn-in.

Sony X850F
65" 75" 85"

The Sony X850F and the Samsung Q60R are similar but use different panel types, so they each have their own advantages and disadvantages. The Sony X850F uses an IPS panel, and has much better viewing angles, but worse dark room performance. The Samsung Q60R has a much better native contrast ratio, lower input lag, and a more versatile black frame insertion feature. The Q60R also supports FreeSync variable refresh rate.

Samsung Q7FN/Q7/Q7F QLED 2018
55" 65" 75"

The Samsung Q7FN is better than the Samsung Q60R. The Samsung Q7FN can get brighter and can handle reflections better, so it's suitable for brighter rooms. Also, the Q7FN has a local dimming feature that helps dark room performance. In HDR, the Q7FN can get brighter and can display a wider color gamut and better color volume, which is great for HDR enthusiasts. The Samsung Q60R has slightly lower input lag, which is great for video games, a faster response time, which is great for sports, and can display judder-free movies from any source.

TCL 6 Series/R617 2018
55" 65" 75"

The TCL R617 is slightly better than the Samsung Q60R. The R617 has a mediocre local dimming feature, whereas the Q60R has no local dimming. The TCL is much brighter in both SDR and HDR. The Samsung Q60R has a faster response time, great for fast action movies or gaming, and it supports FreeSync.

Vizio P Series Quantum 2018
65"

The Vizio P Series Quantum is much better than the Samsung Q60R. The Vizio has a much better dark room performance thanks to its deeper and more uniform blacks. The Vizio can also get brighter and handle reflection better so you can easily place it in a bright room. The P Series Quantum better HDR performance and display crisper motion thanks to the faster response time. The Samsung Q60R is loaded with gaming features like FreeSync support to please serious gamers.

LG UM8070
82" 86"

The Samsung Q60R is somewhat better than the LG UM8070. The Samsung can get much brighter and so it can fight the glare of a brighter room, but it can't handle reflections as well as the LG can. The Q60R has much deeper blacks thanks to the higher contrast ratio and supports BFI to make motion look crisper. The Q60R is loaded with gaming goodies like FreeSync support and low input lag with motion interpolation, to please gamers.

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Conclusion
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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.
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.
7.8 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.