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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
The TV is fairly thin and shouldn't stick out much when wall-mounted.
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.
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.
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.
Update 06/30/2021: We've added two new videos demonstrating the local dimming feature with real content.
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.
Update 06/30/2021: We've added two new videos demonstrating the local dimming feature with real content.
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.
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.
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.
Like most TVs with VA panels, the Samsung Q60T has poor viewing angles. The image looks washed out when viewed from an angle.
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.
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.
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.
720p content like cable TV is displayed properly, with no signs of artifacts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Like most VA panels, there are no signs of temporary image retention, but 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Due to the slow response time, there's barely any stutter in lower frame rate content.
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.
Update 06/05/2020: We've retested the input lag with the latest firmware (1113). Most of the results are the same except for three instances. The input lag when playing at 4k @ 60Hz + 10-bit HDR dropped nearly 20ms, 4k @ 60Hz outside of 'Game' mode dropped by 16ms, and 1080p @ 60Hz outside of 'Game' mode increased by 10 ms.
This TV has remarkably low input lag at all resolutions as long as you're in 'Game' mode. It's slightly higher when using Game Motion Plus, but it shouldn't be noticeable for most people.
Game Motion Plus interpolates low frame rates when gaming to make motion smoother, but it can only interpolate up to 60Hz.
There's an Auto Low Latency Mode, which turns on 'Game' mode automatically when the TV detects a game being launched from a compatible gaming console like the Xbox One. To use it, enable Game Mode Auto and HDMI-CEC.
This TV supports most common resolutions at 60Hz. It displays proper chroma 4:4:4, which is important for reading text if you want to use it as a PC. For it to do so, change the icon for the HDMI input you're using to 'PC'. For signals that require full bandwidth, enable Input Signal Plus.
This TV has eARC support, allowing you to send high-quality audio, like Dolby Atmos via TrueHD, to a compatible receiver over an HDMI connection. Set HDMI eARC to 'Auto' and Digital Output Audio to 'Auto' or 'Passthrough'. Sadly, it doesn't support any DTS formats.
This TV has an okay frequency response. It has a fairly well-balanced sound profile, so dialogue sounds good at moderate listening levels. It can get decently loud, but it can't produce enough bass to get especially rumbly. There's no room correction feature to adjust the sound to your room's configuration.
The distortion performance on the Samsung Q60T is mediocre. It sounds okay at moderate volume levels, but it distorts a lot at maximum volume. That said, distortion depends on the content and not everyone may hear it.
Update 09/15/2020: We've updated the TV to the newest firmware (1301) and retested Netflix. It no longer crashes.
Like all Samsung TVs, the Samsung Q60T runs on Tizen OS. It has been slightly redesigned with reduced features compared to the 2019 version, as the interface is now simpler and has a 'Dark Mode' instead of a white background.
There are a few issues that came up during testing that are worth mentioning. There was a bug that prevented us from switching out of 'PC' mode and caused the entire menu to freeze, though the issue resolved itself after a few minutes. When in 'Game' mode, the LED Motion Clarity setting didn't seem to do anything, which is supposed to enable the 60Hz Black Frame Insertion feature. Furthermore, there was a bug that caused the Netflix app to crash.
There's still a bug with the overscan, but it can be fixed by going into the aspect ratio menu and changing the settings to 16:9 and Fit to Screen.
There are ads and suggested content on the home page as well as the app store, and they can't be disabled.
Samsung's app store has a large number of apps and they run smoothly for the most part. The built-in media player can play most common audio and video formats from a USB drive.
The remote for the Samsung Q60T remains relatively unchanged from the Samsung Q60/Q60R QLED. The Hulu button has been replaced by Samsung's TV Plus shortcut, and it also has the OneRemote feature, which lets you use the remote as a universal remote for other devices, even if they don't support CEC. There's a built-in microphone for voice control, which you can use to change inputs, launch apps, ask for information like the weather or time, or change certain settings; however, it can't search for specific content within an app like Netflix.
There's a single button located beneath the Samsung branding on the front of the TV. It allows you to turn the TV On/Off, change channels, volume, and inputs.
We tested the 55 inch Samsung Q60T but it's available in various sizes, which you can see in the table below, and it's also sold as the Samsung Q6DT. The 70 inch (QN70Q6DT) inch model is only sold at Costco. For the most part, we expect our results to be valid for the other variants as well.
|Size||US Model||EU Model||Warehouse Variant||Refresh Rate||Notes|
If someone comes across a different type of panel or their Samsung Q60T doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we'll update the review. Note that some tests like the gray uniformity may vary between individual units.
Our unit was manufactured in February 2020; you can see the label here.
The Samsung Q60T is the entry-level QLED TV for 2020. It's a bit of a step down from 2019's Samsung Q60/Q60R QLED, which might explain its considerably lower price tag, as some of the more high-end features like variable refresh rate are now only available on the Samsung Q70/Q70T QLED and higher. It's a good entry-level TV if you still want to have a decent HDR experience, but there are better options available for cheaper, like the Hisense H8G. See our recommendations for the best TVs, the best 4k TVs, and the best QLED TVs.
The Samsung Q60/Q60A QLED is the Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED's successor and nearly identical in terms of performance and features. There are some minor improvements to the color gamut and response time on the Q60A, but it has a noticeably lower contrast ratio than the Q60T. Other than that, the Q60A is much thinner, and its remote control has changed slightly to include an internal battery, which you can charge via the solar panel on the back or through a USB-C connection.
The Samsung Q70/Q70T QLED and The Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED are very similar TVs in many respects. The main difference is that the Q70T has a faster response time and a higher refresh rate, so motion looks smoother. Also, the Q60T can't remove judder from every source and it doesn't support VRR. Gradient handling on the Q60T isn't as good, but it has better color accuracy, which is great if you don't plan on calibrating your TV.
Overall, the Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED is much better than the Samsung TU7000. The Q60T has a higher contrast ratio to deliver deeper blacks, it gets brighter, and it can display a wide color gamut with better color accuracy. However, the TU7000 has faster response time, and its superior gradient handling results in less banding.
The Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED and the Samsung TU8000 perform quite similarly overall, although the Q60T has a slight edge. The Q60T can get much brighter and has a much wider color gamut, making it a better choice if you plan on watching a lot of HDR content. It also has better gray uniformity, much more accurate colors out-of-the-box, and better gradient performance. On the other hand, the TU8000 has slightly better motion handling thanks to its faster response time.
The Samsung Q80/Q80T QLED is higher-end than the Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED and has much better performance. The Q80T has a local dimming feature that improves its contrast and it has Samsung 'Ultra Viewing Angle' technology that improves the viewing angles. The Q80T also has VRR support and a much quicker response time for a better gaming experience. However, because the Q60T doesn't have an 'Ultra Viewing Angle' layer, it has a much better native contrast ratio.
The Sony X900H is better overall than the Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED. The Sony has a local dimming feature that allows it to display deep blacks, and it also gets brighter in HDR, so highlights pop the way the creator intended. The Sony also has a 120Hz panel, which results in a much quicker response time and smoother motion, and it has HDMI 2.1 support, which is great for next-gen console gamers.
The Samsung Q60T QLED is slightly better than the Sony X800H, but most of their differences are because they use different panels. The VA panel on the Samsung has a much better contrast ratio and black uniformity, so it performs a lot better in dark rooms. On the other hand, the IPS panel on the Sony gives it great viewing angles, so it's better suited for wide seating arrangements, and the slightly better peak brightness and reflection handling means it's better suited at overcoming glare in bright rooms.
The Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED and the Samsung AU8000 are both decent 4k TVs. Being Samsung TVs, they have many of the same features, but the main difference is that the Q60T uses quantum dot technology to produce a wide color gamut for HDR content, which the AU8000 can't do. The Q60T also gets much brighter, making it a better choice for well-lit rooms or watching HDR content. They each have similar panel types, and even though the Q60T has a higher contrast, this can vary between units.
The Samsung Q60/Q60R QLED is slightly better than the Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED. Although the Q60T has some improvements in terms of performance, some features that were on the Q60R have been removed, such as 24p judder reduction and variable refresh rate. However, the Q60T's contrast ratio is a bit better and it has much better uniformity, though response time is not as good as the Q60R.
For most uses, the Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED is much better than the LG UN7300. The Samsung has a VA panel with a much higher contrast ratio, gets a lot brighter, and has better color accuracy. On the other hand, the LG has a faster response time and wider viewing angles.
The Hisense H8G is better overall than the Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED. The Hisense has a full-array local dimming feature, a quicker response time, and it's able to remove judder from any 24p source. The Samsung has a better native contrast ratio and black uniformity, so it may be better suited for watching movies in the dark. The Samsung also has much better out-of-the-box color accuracy, although this can vary between units.
The Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED is a better budget-friendly TV than the Sony X750H. The Samsung gets brighter in both SDR and HDR, so it's a better choice for use in well-lit rooms or for watching HDR content. It also displays proper chroma 4:4:4, so it displays clear text when using it as a PC monitor. As for the Sony, it has a quicker response time and has a flicker-free backlight for smoother motion.
The Samsung RU8000 and the Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED are very similarly performing TVs. The Q60T has a slightly higher contrast ratio and a more accurate picture out of the box, although this can vary between units. The Q60T also gets brighter and has a slightly wider color gamut, delivering a more satisfying HDR experience. That said, the RU8000 is better for gaming since it has VRR support and a much faster response time.
The Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED is a bit better overall than the LG NANO81, but they have different panels. The Samsung has a VA panel, displaying much deeper blacks, and it has much better black uniformity. It also has more accurate colors, it gets brighter, and it has a wider color gamut. However, the LG has an IPS panel with wider viewing angles, it handles reflections much better, and it has a quicker response time.
The Samsung Q70/Q70R QLED is a better TV than the Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED. The Q70R looks and feels more premium and well-made, has full-array local dimming, is better for HDR content due to its higher HDR peak brightness and slightly wider color gamut, and has a smoother smart interface. The Q70R also supports VRR, while the Q60T doesn't. On the other hand, the Q60T has more accurate colors out-of-the-box and supports Samsung's new dual-LED technology for improved contrast, though its contrast performance is similar to the Q70R.
The Samsung RU9000 is marginally better than the Samsung Q60T QLED. The RU9000 has significantly better motion handling due to its much faster response time, it can remove judder from all sources, and it has a better HDR color gamut. However, the Q60T has a higher contrast ratio, higher peak brightness in SDR and HDR, and it has much better color accuracy out of the box. The Q60T has lower input lag but it doesn't support variable refresh rate, which the RU9000 does.
The Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED and the LG SM8600 have very similar overall performance. The Samsung has a significantly better contrast ratio and black uniformity due to its VA panel, but the LG's IPS panel has much better viewing angles, and it has better reflection handling for bright rooms. Response time is much faster on the LG, and it can remove judder from low frame rate content; however, the Samsung has better uniformity and gets a lot brighter.
The Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED is much better than the LG NANO80 2020, although they use different panel types with different advantages. The Samsung uses a VA panel with a much better contrast ratio, gets significantly brighter, has better color accuracy, and better uniformity, but this may vary between units. The LG, however, has an IPS panel with wide viewing angles, and it also has a quicker response time for less motion blur.
The LG NANO85 is a bit better than the Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED, but their differences come down to their different panels. The LG has an IPS panel, so it has better viewing angles, while the Samsung has a VA panel, producing much deeper blacks. Besides that, the LG has better reflection handling and quicker response time, while the Samsung gets brighter and has better out-of-the-box color accuracy.
The LG NANO90 2020 is a bit better overall than the Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED, but they have different panel types. The LG has an IPS panel with wider viewing angles. It also has a 120Hz refresh rate with VRR support to reduce screen tearing, and the response time is much quicker on the LG, providing a better gaming experience. However, the VA panel on the Q60T has a much better contrast ratio, and it gets much brighter, making it a better choice for dark room viewing.
The TCL 6 Series/R635 2020 is much better than the Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED. The TCL has a 120Hz refresh rate, a much quicker response time, a wider color gamut, and gets much better. On the other hand, the Samsung has much better out-of-the-box color accuracy and lower input lag.
The Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED is a better TV than the Samsung TU8300. The Q60T has better contrast, can get much brighter, has much better black uniformity, and much more accurate colors out-of-the-box. On the other hand, the TU8300 has a curved screen, which some people may prefer.
The TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 is better overall than the Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED. The TCL has a full-array local dimming feature, it displays a wider color gamut, it has better gradient handling and quicker response time. On the other hand, the Samsung gets brighter, handles reflections a bit better, and has better out-of-the-box color accuracy.
The Samsung The Frame 2021 and the Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED are very similar overall. The main differences are that the Frame 2021 has a 120Hz refresh rate, much quicker response times, and VRR support, making it better for gaming. Also, its backlight flickers at a higher frequency, so there's less image duplication than on the Q60T. The Q60T has a higher contrast ratio to display deeper blacks, but it doesn't get as bright and has some frame dimming that isn't present on the Frame 2021, which means small objects in dark scenes tend to look dimmer.
The Samsung The Frame 2020 is a bit better overall than the Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED, but they're designed for different uses. The Frame is very well-built because it's designed to look like a piece of art. It's also better for gaming thanks to its HDMI 2.1 and VRR support, which the Q60T doesn't have, but that's only available on the larger sizes of The Frame. In terms of picture quality, each TV is similar with a high native contrast ratio and great SDR peak brightness.
The Hisense H9F is significantly better than the Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED in most uses. The Hisense has a much higher peak brightness to deliver a great HDR experience, and it has a full-array local dimming feature. The Hisense is also better suited for bright rooms thanks to its excellent reflection handling, while the Samsung has better color accuracy and a lower input lag.
The Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED is better than the Sony X800G for most uses. The Samsung's VA panel has much better dark room performance, and its color accuracy and uniformity are also a lot better. The Samsung has a higher peak brightness and lower input lag, but the Sony has a faster response time and better build quality.
The Sony X950G is a much better TV overall than the Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED. The Sony has better reflection handling and gets brighter, better for overcoming glare in bright rooms. The Sony is also a better choice for HDR since it can get significantly brighter for HDR content, though the Samsung's native contrast is quite a bit higher. The Samsung's smart OS is easier to use but doesn't feel nearly as smooth. The Samsung also has a lower input lag, but the Sony has a faster response time.
The LG GX OLED is a far better TV than the Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED, but they have different panel types. The LG's OLED panel allows it to display perfect blacks with an infinite contrast ratio. It also has wider viewing angles, which is great if you have a wide seating area. The LG is better for gaming because it has HDMI 2.1 support, allowing it to support 4k @ 120Hz games, and it has VRR support. However, the LED panel of the Samsung doesn't have permanent burn-in risk like on an OLED.