The Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED, also sold as the Samsung Q6DT at Costco and Sam's Club, is an 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 full-array local dimming or HDMI 2.1 bandwidth ports. It uses a VA panel with an outstanding contrast ratio and exceptional black uniformity, meaning it displays deep, uniform blacks in a dark room. Unfortunately, it has narrow viewing angles, so it's not as well-suited for a wide seating arrangement. It has remarkably low input lag, resulting in a responsive desktop and gaming experience. However, it doesn't support advanced gaming features, like variable refresh rate technology (VRR), and its response time is only passable, causing some motion blur in fast-moving scenes.
The Samsung Q60T is a decent TV for most uses. It's good for watching TV during the day since it gets 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 remarkable 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 for HDR, as it doesn't get bright enough to make highlights pop in HDR content.
The Samsung Q60T is decent for watching movies in a dark room. It looks good in a dark room thanks to its outstanding native contrast ratio and remarkable black uniformity, resulting in deep, uniform blacks. However, it doesn't have a local dimming feature to improve contrast. It upscales lower-resolution content from DVD or Blu-ray players well, and it can remove judder from native 24p sources, ensuring a smooth movie-watching experience.
The Samsung Q60T is good for watching TV shows in a bright room. While its reflection handling is only decent, it gets bright enough to overcome glare in well-lit rooms. It also upscales lower resolution content from cable boxes without issue, and the Tizen smart interface has a great selection of streaming apps. Unfortunately, the image degrades when viewed at an angle, so it's not well-suited for a wide seating arrangement or if you like to move around with the TV on.
The Samsung Q60T is a decent TV for watching sports. It has great peak brightness in SDR and decent reflection handling, so it can easily overcome glare in a bright room. It also has good uniformity, with just a bit of dirty screen effect in the center of the screen. However, its response time is mediocre, so there's some motion blur with fast-moving content like sports. Unfortunately, it's not well suited for watching sports with a wide seating arrangement, as the image degrades when viewed at an angle.
The Samsung Q60T is a decent TV for playing video games. It has remarkably low input lag, so gaming feels responsive. However, its response time is mediocre, so there's some motion blur behind fast-moving objects. It's great for gaming in the dark, thanks to its high contrast ratio and fantastic black uniformity. Unfortunately, it lacks advanced gaming features, like variable refresh rate support, and it doesn't support 4k @ 120Hz gaming.
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 for bright highlights to stand out. 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 contrast. It supports HDR10 and HDR10+, but not Dolby Vision, so HDR content from some streaming sources will be limited to HDR10, which isn't as good.
The Samsung Q60T is decent for HDR gaming. Its low input lag makes for a responsive gaming experience, but it has a mediocre response time, so there's some motion blur. It displays a wide color gamut, but its HDR brightness is mediocre, so bright highlights don't stand out as well as they're supposed to. While it has an outstanding contrast ratio, it doesn't have a local dimming feature to improve contrast. Unfortunately, it lacks advanced gaming features, like variable refresh rate support, and it doesn't support 4k @ 120Hz gaming.
The Samsung Q60T is a decent choice for a PC monitor. It has a remarkably low input lag, and it displays chroma 4:4:4 properly at any resolution, which is necessary for clear text. It's bright enough to combat glare and has decent reflection handling. Unfortunately, it has narrow viewing angles, so the edges of the screen look washed out if you sit too close. It also has a mediocre response time, resulting in some noticeable blur in fast-moving content.
This TV looks more like a premium TV than an entry-level model. It has a borderless design with a thicker bottom bezel. The stand has been redesigned compared to the Samsung Q60/Q60R QLED. The overall look is sleek and minimalist, and it comes with clips for cable management.
The Samsung Q60T features a new stand inserted into the body of the TV instead of being screwed on. It 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, but we lost ours. The most commonly-used inputs face to the side and are easy to access, but some face to the back and are difficult to access.
The build quality is decent. It's 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, so blacks look black in a dark room. Unfortunately, there's no local dimming feature to improve contrast.
This TV has a great SDR peak brightness. It's bright enough to combat glare in well-lit environments. There's very little variation in brightness with different scenes, but it's noticeably dimmer when displaying small highlights in dark scenes. The cause of this is the TV's frame dimming feature (also known as CE dimming or global dimming).
These measurements are from 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, as well as the most accurate.
This TV doesn't have a local dimming feature. We still film these videos on the TV, so you can see how the backlight performs and compare it with a TV that has local dimming.
There's no local dimming feature on this TV. We still film these videos on the TV, though, so you can see how the backlight performs and compare it with a TV that has local dimming.
The Samsung Q60T has mediocre peak brightness in HDR, and it doesn't get much brighter than in SDR. Once again, small highlights in an otherwise dark scene, like a street lamp in a dark alley, are significantly dimmer than other scenes. The peak brightness tracks the EOTF very well, so most scenes are displayed at the brightness level the content creator intended. There's a smooth roll-off near the TV's peak brightness, preserving fine details in bright scenes.
These measurements are from the 'Movie' Picture Mode with Contrast and Brightness at their max and ST.2084 set to '0'. These are the brightest and the most accurate settings.
The peak brightness in HDR in 'Game' mode is slightly worse than out of it. The peak brightness is slightly lower, and small bright scenes are even dimmer than before. The EOTF doesn't track correctly in 'Game' mode, as all scenes are dimmer than the content creator intended. The roll-off isn't as smooth as before, and fine details in bright scenes are washed out.
This TV has just good gray uniformity overall. The sides of the screen are darker than the center. There's very little dirty screen effect in the center of the screen, which is great for watching sports or using it as a PC monitor. It's a bit better in near-dark scenes, but there are still some distracting uniformity issues.
This TV has fantastic black uniformity. There's very little clouding and no noticeable backlight bleed. Since there's no local dimming feature, there's no blooming around bright objects, either.
Unfortunately, the Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED has a disappointing viewing angle. The image fades, and colors shift noticeably as you move off-center, so this isn't a good TV for a wide seating arrangement or if you like to move around with the TV on.
This TV has decent reflection handling. The semi-gloss finish reduces the intensity of direct reflections a bit, but it can still overcome glare in well-lit rooms thanks to its relatively high peak brightness.
Out of the box, the Samsung Q60T has impressive accuracy. There are some inaccuracies with shades of gray and some colors, though they're difficult to spot. Gamma doesn't follow the curve, and most scenes appear brighter than they should. With Color Temperature set to 'Warm 2', it's a bit warmer than the calibration target of 6500K, resulting in a slightly reddish tint, but this isn't very noticeable.
After calibration, color accuracy is incredible. Any remaining inaccuracies aren't 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 the 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 negatively affects the way text renders when using the TV as a PC monitor. You can read more about it here.
The Samsung Q60T has a good color gamut, with excellent coverage of the commonly-used DCI P3 color space. Colors look vivid and life-like with the majority of current HDR content. Its limited coverage of Rec. 2020 means it's not very future-proof, as more and more content will eventually switch to that color space.
The Samsung Q60T has an okay color volume. It displays dark, saturated colors well due to its high contrast ratio. It struggles a bit with brighter colors, which aren't as bright as pure white.
This TV has good gradient handling. There's some banding in almost all colors, but blues aren't as bad. It's especially noticeable in large areas of similar color, like shots of the sky. Setting Noise Reduction to 'Auto' helps a bit with low-quality content, but it can't completely smooth out banding.
Like most VA panels, there are no signs of temporary image retention.
We don't expect VA panels to experience permanent image retention, as the VA panel in our long-term test appears immune.
Unfortunately, this TV has a mediocre response time. There's some blur trail in fast-moving scenes, and there's some overshoot in the 0-20% transition, which causes some artifacts in dark scenes. The TV's flicker causes duplications in motion as well. If you're looking for a TV with a faster response time, check out the Samsung TU8000.
This TV uses pulse-width modulation (PWM) to dim the backlight, and there's flicker at all brightness levels. 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. This low flicker frequency causes noticeable duplications in motion, and it can cause headaches and eye strain if you're sensitive to flicker.
There's an optional backlight strobing feature, commonly known as black frame insertion, designed to reduce the appearance of persistence blur. Unfortunately, with this feature enabled, it always flickers at 60Hz, and its timing is 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.
This TV removes judder from native 24p sources, like Blu-ray players, as long as Picture Clarity is disabled. It can't remove judder from 60Hz sources, like a cable box.
This TV has remarkably low input lag at all resolutions as long as you're in 'Game' mode. It's too high for competitive gaming when using Game Motion Plus, but it's low enough for games that don't require fast reflexes, like turn-based RPGs or strategy games.
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. To do so, change the icon for the HDMI input you're using to 'PC'.
This TV is a bit limited for PS5 or Xbox Series X gaming. It doesn't support high-frame-rate gaming, and it doesn't support any advanced gaming features, like variable refresh rate technology. There's an Auto Low Latency Mode; this turns on 'Game' mode automatically when the TV detects a game launching from a compatible gaming console like the Xbox Series X.
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, which is disappointing, as many UHD Blu-rays use DTS for their lossless audio tracks.
This TV has an okay frequency response. It has a fairly well-balanced sound profile, so dialogue sounds good at moderate listening levels. It's decently loud, but it doesn't produce enough bass to get especially rumbly. There's no room correction feature to adjust the sound to your room's configuration.
The Samsung Q60T's distortion performance is mediocre. It's most significant in the bass range, but this is hardly noticeable as the TV can't produce much bass. It's not really noticeable in the vocal range, either, even at max volume. There's a bit more distortion at max volume, but it's not noticeable unless you have a well-trained ear.
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 ads and suggested content on the home page and 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 supports 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 is now 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 and change channels, volume, and inputs.
We tested the 55 inch Samsung Q60T, but the results are valid for the other sizes available, which you can see in the table below. You can find it sold as the Q6DT at warehouse stores, and the 70 inch model is only sold at Costco in the U.S. Note that with Samsung TVs, the five letters after the short model code (AFXZA in this case) can vary between regions and even between different retailers.
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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.
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, 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 is 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 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.
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 a faster response time, and its superior gradient handling results in less banding.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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 Samsung Q60/Q60B QLED is a newer version of the Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED that's very similar overall. The picture quality is very similar between both, and any differences are hard to tell, but the biggest change is with the included Tizen smart platform. The Q60B has a newer version that feels better and has a full-screen page to control your apps, and the remote doesn't need disposable batteries like the remote with the Q60T.
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 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 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 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 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 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 LG NANO85 2020 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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 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 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 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 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.