Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.6
Updated Jan 22, 2021 at 10:29 am
Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED Picture
7.3
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: TCL 6 Series/R635 2020 QLED
7.2
Movies
Value for price beaten by
: TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED
7.6
TV Shows
Value for price beaten by
: Sony X800H
7.2
Sports
Value for price beaten by
: TCL 6 Series/R635 2020 QLED
7.3
Video Games
Value for price beaten by
: TCL 6 Series/R635 2020 QLED
7.1
HDR Movies
Value for price beaten by
: TCL 6 Series/R635 2020 QLED
7.2
HDR Gaming
Value for price beaten by
: TCL 6 Series/R635 2020 QLED
7.4
PC Monitor
Value for price beaten by
: Sony X800H
This TV was replaced by the Samsung Q60/Q60A QLED
Type LED
Sub-Type
VA
Resolution 4k

The Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED, which is also sold as the Samsung Q6DT at Costco and Sam's Club, is the entry-level 4k QLED from Samsung's 2020 lineup. It's a decent all-around TV, although it lacks some features that you might find on higher-end models, like the Samsung Q80/Q80T QLED. It uses a VA panel with an outstanding contrast ratio and exceptional black uniformity, so it displays deep, inky blacks, especially in a dark room. The downside of a VA panel is that it has narrow viewing angles, making it ill-suited to watching with a group of friends as the image loses accuracy when viewed from the side. Gamers should appreciate its remarkably low input lag, which makes gaming feel responsive. However, it lacks support for variable refresh rate (VRR), and its response time is only passable, causing some motion blur in fast-moving scenes.

Our Verdict

7.3 Mixed Usage

The Samsung Q60T is a decent all-around TV for most uses. It's good for watching TV during the day since it gets quite bright and has decent reflection handling. Despite lacking local dimming, it's still decent for watching movies in dark rooms thanks to its outstanding contrast ratio and black uniformity. It has a low input lag, so gaming feels responsive, but its slow response time makes motion look blurry. It's also a bit lacking when it comes to HDR, as it doesn't get bright enough to make highlights pop in HDR content.

Pros
  • Outstanding contrast ratio.
  • Gets bright enough to combat glare.
  • Incredibly low input lag.
Cons
  • No local dimming feature.
  • No VRR support.
  • Highlights don't pop in HDR.
7.2 Movies

The Samsung Q60T is decent for watching movies. It's good for dark room viewing thanks to its outstanding native contrast ratio and remarkable black uniformity, but it doesn't have a local dimming feature to further deepen any blacks. It upscales lower-resolution content from Blu-ray players well, and it can remove judder from native 24p sources.

Pros
  • Outstanding contrast ratio.
  • Remarkable black uniformity.
Cons
  • No local dimming feature.
7.6 TV Shows

The Samsung Q60T is good for watching TV shows. While its reflection handling is only decent, it gets bright enough to overcome glare in well-lit rooms, perfect for watching TV in the daytime. It also upscales lower resolution content from cable boxes without issue. On the downside, it has narrow viewing angles, so you lose image accuracy when watching from an angle.

Pros
  • Gets bright enough to combat glare.
  • Decent reflection handling.
Cons
  • Narrow viewing angles.
7.2 Sports

The Samsung Q60T is a decent TV for watching sports. It's well suited to bright rooms thanks to its great peak brightness and decent reflection handling. However, its response time is mediocre, so there's some motion blur with fast-moving content like sports. It's not well suited for watching with a larger group because its poor viewing angles give you less image accuracy when watching from the side.

Pros
  • Gets bright enough to combat glare.
  • No dirty screen effect.
Cons
  • Narrow viewing angles.
  • Motion looks blurry.
7.3 Video Games

The Samsung Q60T is a good TV for video games. It has a remarkably low input lag, so gaming feels responsive. However, its response time is mediocre, so there may be some motion blur during fast-moving games. Some gamers may also be disappointed by the lack of VRR. That said, it has a high contrast ratio, which is great for gaming in the dark.

Pros
  • Outstanding contrast ratio.
  • Remarkable black uniformity.
  • Incredibly low input lag.
Cons
  • Motion looks blurry.
  • No VRR support.
7.1 HDR Movies

The Samsung Q60T is decent for watching HDR movies. It displays a wide color gamut for HDR content, but it doesn't get bright enough to truly make highlights pop. Its contrast ratio is outstanding, and it has remarkable black uniformity, so details in dark scenes look great, but there's no local dimming feature to further improve the quality of dark scenes.

Pros
  • Outstanding contrast ratio.
  • Displays a wide color gamut.
Cons
  • No local dimming feature.
  • Highlights don't pop in HDR.
7.2 HDR Gaming

The Samsung Q60T is decent for HDR gaming. Its low input lag makes for a responsive gaming experience, but it only has a mediocre response time, so there may be some motion blur. It displays a wide color gamut, but its HDR brightness is lacking, so highlights don't pop as they should. While it has an outstanding contrast ratio, it doesn't have a local dimming feature to further deepen blacks.

Pros
  • Outstanding contrast ratio.
  • Incredibly low input lag.
  • Displays a wide color gamut.
Cons
  • Motion looks blurry.
  • No VRR support.
  • Highlights don't pop in HDR.
7.4 PC Monitor

The Samsung Q60T is a decent choice for use as a PC monitor. It has a remarkably low input lag and displays chroma 4:4:4 at any resolution, which helps it render text clearly. It gets bright enough to combat glare and has decent reflection handling. Unfortunately, it has narrow viewing angles, so the edges of the screen may look washed out if you sit too close.

Pros
  • Incredibly low input lag.
  • Displays proper chroma 4:4:4.
Cons
  • Narrow viewing angles.
  • Motion looks blurry.
  • 7.3 Mixed Usage
  • 7.2 Movies
  • 7.6 TV Shows
  • 7.2 Sports
  • 7.3 Video Games
  • 7.1 HDR Movies
  • 7.2 HDR Gaming
  • 7.4 PC Monitor
  1. Updated Mar 01, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.6.
  2. Updated Jan 25, 2021: We incorrectly indicated that the backlight flickers at 200Hz instead of 240Hz. It has been fixed.
  3. Updated Jan 22, 2021: Updated review for accuracy and clarity.
  4. Updated Jan 15, 2021: We've retested the backlight flicker with the latest firmware update (version 1460.9).
  5. Updated Nov 04, 2020: Updated review for accuracy and clarity.
  6. Updated Oct 21, 2020: Updated review for accuracy and clarity.
  7. Updated Sep 29, 2020: Listed Auto-Calibration Function as 'Undetermined'.
  8. Updated Sep 15, 2020: We've updated the TV to the latest firmware (1301), and retested the Black Frame Insertion feature and Netflix.
  9. Updated Aug 04, 2020: We've retested the judder with the latest firmware update (Version 1301).
  10. Updated Jun 05, 2020: We've retested the input lag using the latest firmware (version 1113).
  11. Updated May 21, 2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.5.

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Test Results

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Market Context
Market Context
Market Context

The Samsung Q60T is Samsung's entry-level QLED for 2020. It replaces the Samsung Q60/Q60R QLED in name, but because Samsung shifted their lineup in 2020, the Q60T performs worse and has fewer features. Its main competitors are the Sony X900H, Hisense H8G, and the TCL 6 Series/R635 2020 QLED.

Design
Design
Style
Curved No

This TV has an excellent style. It has a borderless design with a thicker bottom bezel. The stand has been redesigned compared to the Samsung Q60/Q60R QLED and is no longer screwed on but is instead inserted into the TV itself, which makes the setup process much simpler. The overall look is sleek and minimalist, and it comes with clips for cable management.

Design
Stand

The Samsung Q60T features a new stand, which is inserted into the body of the TV instead of being screwed on. This makes the setup process easier, but the feet aren't reversible. The stand supports the TV well, though there's still a bit of wobble.

Footprint of the 55 inch stand: 40.2" x 9.6".

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 200x200

The back of the TV is plastic with a textured finish. It comes with clips for cable management that attach to the feet. Ours were misplaced and so aren't shown in the photo. Some of the inputs are back-facing, so they may be harder to reach if the TV is wall-mounted.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.35" (0.9 cm)

The borders are very thin and aren't distracting.

Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 2.32" (5.9 cm)

The TV is fairly thin and shouldn't stick out much when wall-mounted.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

The build quality is decent. It feels well-built and there are no obvious gaps in the construction. The stand supports the TV well, but it still wobbles a bit when nudged.

Picture Quality
9.3
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
7000 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
N/A

The Samsung Q60T has an outstanding contrast ratio, which is expected from a VA panel. It displays deep blacks, but it doesn't have a local dimming feature to further improve the contrast. Note that contrast may vary between units.

8.0
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene Peak Brightness
438 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
258 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
474 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
474 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
474 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
474 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
252 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
472 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
472 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
472 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
472 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.041

This TV has a great SDR peak brightness. It gets bright enough to combat glare in most well-lit environments. It remains consistently bright for the most part, but it's noticeably dimmer when displaying small highlights.

We measured peak brightness after calibration in the 'Movie' Picture Mode with Gamma set to '2.2', Contrast Enhancer off, and Brightness at its max. These are the brightest possible settings.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

This TV doesn't have a local dimming feature, the video above is provided for reference only. If a local dimming feature is important to you, check out the Hisense H8G.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming In Game Mode
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge
6.4
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
Real Scene Highlight
464 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
260 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
488 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
488 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
487 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
487 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
258 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
487 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
486 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
486 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
486 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.041

The Samsung Q60T has mediocre peak brightness in HDR, and it doesn't get much brighter than in SDR. Once again, small highlights don't get as bright, so some vivid colors may not pop the way the creator intended.

We measured the HDR peak brightness in the 'Movie' Picture Mode with Contrast and Brightness at their max and ST.2084 set to '0'. We got the TV the brightest possible using these settings.

6.3
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness In Game Mode
Real Scene Highlight
446 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
214 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
480 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
478 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
478 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
478 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
211 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
478 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
478 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
477 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
477 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.053
7.7
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
3.528 %
50% DSE
0.159 %
5% Std. Dev.
0.951 %
5% DSE
0.102 %

The unit we tested has good gray uniformity, although the edges are noticeably darker. Fortunately, there's minimal dirty screen effect in the center, which is good for watching sports. The uniformity is better in darker scenes. Note that gray uniformity may vary between units.

9.6
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
0.494 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

Our unit has remarkable black uniformity, but this may vary between units. There's hardly any blooming around the center cross, and there's no noticeable clouding.

5.3
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
23 °
Color Shift
28 °
Brightness Loss
32 °
Black Level Raise
15 °
Gamma Shift
17 °

Like most TVs with VA panels, the Samsung Q60T has poor viewing angles. The image looks washed out when viewed from an angle.

7.3
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
5.3 %
Indirect Reflections
0.6 %
Calculated Direct Reflections
4.7 %

The reflection handling is decent. It shouldn't be an issue for moderate or well-lit rooms, but it may be harder to see the image if the TV is placed directly across from a window.

8.4
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
2.28
Color dE
1.91
Gamma
2.10
Color Temperature
6203 K
Picture Mode
Movie
Color Temp Setting
Warm 2
Gamma Setting
2.2

Out of the box, the Samsung Q60T has impressive accuracy, but this may vary between units. There are some inaccuracies with shades of gray and some colors, though they're difficult to spot. Gamma doesn't follow the curve at all, and most scenes appear brighter than they should. With Color Temperature set to 'Warm 2', it's a bit warmer than our target of 6500K, resulting in a slightly reddish tint.

9.6
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.23
Color dE
1.01
Gamma
2.20
Color Temperature
6505 K
White Balance Calibration
20 point
Color Calibration
Yes

Update 09/29/2020: We listed Auto-Calibration Function as 'Undetermined' because 2020 Samsung TVs aren't officially listed as compatible with CalMAN Auto Cal.

After calibration, color accuracy is incredible. Any remaining inaccuracies shouldn't be noticeable to the naked eye. White balance is virtually perfect and gamma follows the curve well, so most scenes appear at the correct brightness. There are still some inaccuracies with blue, though that's typical of LED TVs.

You can see our recommended settings here.

8.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

480p content like DVDs is upscaled without any issues or artifacts.

8.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

720p content like cable TV is displayed properly, with no signs of artifacts.

9.0
Picture Quality
1080p Input

1080p content looks almost as good as native 4k content.

10
Picture Quality
4k Input

Native 4k content is displayed without any obvious issues.

0
Picture Quality
8k Input

This TV doesn't support an 8k signal.

Picture Quality
Pixels

This TV uses a BGR sub-pixel layout, which can affect the way text is rendered when using the TV as a PC monitor. You can read more about it here.

7.8
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI P3 xy
85.68 %
DCI P3 uv
92.44 %
Rec 2020 xy
63.18 %
Rec 2020 uv
71.12 %

The Samsung Q60T has a good color gamut, wide enough for HDR content. It has excellent coverage of the commonly-used DCI P3 color space and okay coverage of the wider Rec. 2020.

The EOTF follows the target curve very well until it rolls off at its peak brightness. In 'Game' mode, the image is a bit darker as you can see in this EOTF.

If you find HDR too dim, set Contrast Enhancer to 'High' and ST.2084 to '+3'. This results in a noticeably brighter image, as you can see in this EOTF.

6.9
Picture Quality
Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
79.0 %
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
28.7 %
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
59.0 %
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
21.3 %

The Samsung Q60T has an okay color volume. It can produce dark, saturated colors due to its high contrast ratio but struggles a bit with brighter colors.

7.4
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
0.127 dE
Green (Std. Dev.)
0.138 dE
Blue (Std. Dev.)
0.116 dE
Gray (Std. Dev.)
0.120 dE

The gradient handling is decent. There's banding in almost all colors, although blue isn't too bad. Setting Noise Reduction to 'Auto' helps a bit, but it can't completely smooth out banding.

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 %

Like most VA panels, there are no signs of temporary image retention, but 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
6.1
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
7.8 ms
100% Response Time
18.2 ms

Update 01/15/2021: We've replaced the motion blur photo because the most recent firmware update (version 1460.9) changed the backlight flicker frequency from 600Hz to 200Hz. The score remains unchanged.

This TV has a mediocre response time. There's some blur trail in fast-moving scenes, and the overshoot in the 0-20% transition can cause some artifacts in dark scenes. If you're looking for a TV with a faster response time, check out the Samsung TU8000.

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

Update 01/25/2021: We incorrectly indicated that the backlight flickers at 200Hz instead of 240Hz. It has been fixed.

Update 01/15/2021: We've retested the backlight flicker with the most recent firmware update (version 1460.9). The backlight now flickers at 240Hz instead of 600Hz. Additionally, the rolling effect when displaying a solid color with the backlight at 600Hz has been resolved.

This TV uses Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) to dim the backlight. However, the frequency drops to 120Hz if the Picture Mode is set to Game, Dynamic, Standard, or Natural. Enabling Picture Clarity also changes the flicker frequency to 120Hz, even if you don't adjust the Judder Reduction slider.

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

Update 09/15/2020:We've updated the TV to the newest firmware (1301) and retested the BFI. It now lowers the backlight flickering frequency to 60Hz when in 'Game' mode.

There's an optional Black Frame Insertion feature, which can be enabled by setting LED Clear Motion to 'On'. Unfortunately, the flickering is always at 60Hz and its timing is quite off, resulting in image duplication, similar to the Samsung RU7100.

Motion
Motion Interpolation
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
Yes
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
No

There's a motion interpolation feature on this TV to make lower frame rate content look smoother. When enabled, it causes the backlight's flicker frequency to drop to 120Hz, which results in noticeable image duplication. Like most TVs, it sometimes struggles to keep up and stops interpolating altogether in busy scenes, and in medium-to-fast scenes, there are visible artifacts.

8.2
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
23.5 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
0.0 ms

Due to the slow response time, there's barely any stutter in lower frame rate content.

7.8
Motion
24p Judder
Judder-Free 24p
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via 60p
No
Judder-Free 24p via 60i
No
Judder-Free 24p via Native Apps
Yes

Update 08/04/2020: We've updated the TV to the latest firmware (Version 1301). The TV can now remove judder from 24p sources and from native apps, but only when Picture Clarity is disabled. It can't remove judder from 60i or 60p sources. The score has been adjusted accordingly.

This TV removes judder from native 24p sources, like Blu-ray players, as long as Picture Clarity is disabled.

0
Motion
Variable Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
60 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
No
HDMI Forum VRR
No
FreeSync
No
G-SYNC Compatible
No
4k VRR Maximum
N/A
4k VRR Minimum
No VRR support
1080p VRR Maximum