Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Updated Oct 21, 2020 at 03:12 pm
Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED Picture
7.3
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense H9G
7.2
Movies
7.6
TV Shows
7.2
Sports
7.7
Video Games
7.1
HDR Movies
7.3
HDR Gaming
7.3
PC Monitor
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Type LED
Sub-Type
VA
Resolution 4k

The Samsung Q60T QLED is a decent 4k TV that performs well for most uses. However, it's also rather disappointing at the same time, as it feels more like a downgrade from its predecessor, the Samsung Q60/Q60R QLED. It still uses a VA panel with an outstanding native contrast ratio, and its black uniformity is simply remarkable, making it a perfect choice for dark rooms. Most gamers should be content with its remarkably low input lag, but support for variable refresh rate (VRR) is noticeably lacking and it's limited to a 60Hz refresh rate. Motion handling is mediocre as its response time is slow, leading to motion blur. Nevertheless, if you want to give QLED TVs a try, this one is a good start.

Our Verdict

7.3 Mixed Usage

The Samsung Q60T is a decent TV for most uses. It's well-suited for dark room viewing thanks to its outstanding native contrast ratio and remarkable black uniformity. Unfortunately, its peak brightness prevents it from delivering a great HDR experience, and its poor viewing angles aren't ideal for large rooms. While gamers should be satisfied with its low input lag, there's no support for any variable refresh rate technology and motion handling is mediocre.

Pros
  • Outstanding native contrast.
  • Gets bright enough to combat glare.
  • Incredibly low input lag.
  • Displays wide color gamut.
Cons
  • No local dimming feature.
  • Motion looks blurry.
  • No VRR support.
  • Highlights don't pop in HDR.
7.2 Movies

The Samsung Q60T is decent for watching movies. It has an 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 well, such as from Blu-ray players, and it removes judder from native 24p sources.

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

The Samsung Q60T is good for watching TV shows. It's suitable for watching TV during the day, as it has decent reflection handling, great peak brightness to overcome glare, and lower resolution content from cable TV is upscaled without any issues. However, its poor viewing angles cause the image to look washed out if you watch from the side.

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

The Samsung Q60T is decent for watching sports. It has a mediocre response time that results in some motion blur, but luckily, there's almost no dirty screen effect. The image is easily visible even in bright rooms due to its great peak brightness and decent reflection handling, but its poor viewing angles aren't suitable for rooms with wide seating arrangements.

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

The Samsung Q60T is a good TV for gaming. Its low input lag makes gaming feel incredibly responsive; however, there's a bit of motion blur due to its mediocre response time. Sadly, the refresh rate is limited to 60Hz and it doesn't support variable refresh rate technology to reduce screen tearing.

Pros
  • Outstanding native contrast.
  • 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, but there's no local dimming feature to improve the quality in dark scenes.

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

The Samsung Q60T is decent for HDR gaming. It has low input lag but its mediocre response time results in motion blur. It doesn't have many extra gaming features like VRR support. HDR content looks decent as it displays a wide color gamut and has an outstanding contrast ratio, but it has mediocre HDR brightness and lacks local dimming.

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

The Samsung Q60T is a decent TV for use as a PC monitor. It has low input lag for a responsive desktop experience, and it displays proper chroma 4:4:4, which is great for text clarity. Viewing angles may be an issue if you sit too close, but on the bright side, there's no risk of temporary image retention or permanent burn-in.

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
  • 7.7 Video Games
  • 7.1 HDR Movies
  • 7.3 HDR Gaming
  • 7.3 PC Monitor
  1. Update 10/21/2020: Updated review for accuracy and clarity.
  2. Update 9/29/2020: Listed Auto-Calibration Function as 'Undetermined'.
  3. Update 9/15/2020: We've updated the TV to the latest firmware (1301), and retested the Black Frame Insertion feature and Netflix.
  4. Update 8/4/2020: We've retested the judder with the latest firmware update (Version 1301).
  5. Update 6/5/2020: We've retested the input lag using the latest firmware (version 1113).
  6. Update 5/21/2020: 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
8.5
Design
Style
Curved No

The Samsung Q60T has an excellent style. It has a borderless design on the sides and at the top, 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 aesthetic 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" stand: 40.2" x 9.6".

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 200x200

The back of the TV is made of plastic and has an etched horizontal dotted pattern. There are clips included for cable management, and they clip onto the back of the stand to guide the cables; however, ours have been misplaced and aren't shown in the picture. Some of the inputs are back-facing, so they may be harder to reach if you plan on wall-mounting the TV.

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)

This TV shouldn't stick out much when wall-mounted unless you use the back-facing ports.

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 extremely deep blacks, but it doesn't have a local dimming feature to improve the contrast. Note that contrast may vary between units.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

The Samsung Q60T 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.

8.0
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
438 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
258 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
474 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
474 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
474 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
474 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
252 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
472 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
472 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
472 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
472 cd/m²
SDR 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 small areas are noticeably dimmer due to the aggressive frame dimming.

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. We got the TV the brightest possible with these settings.

6.3
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
436 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
259 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
476 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
475 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
475 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
475 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
254 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
474 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
474 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
474 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
473 cd/m²
HDR ABL
0.040

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.

7.7
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
3.528 %
50% DSE
0.159 %
5% Std. Dev.
0.951 %
5% DSE
0.102 %

Our unit of the Samsung Q60T has good gray uniformity, but this may vary between units. The edges are noticeably darker, but there's very little dirty screen effect in the center, which is good for sports fans. The screen is much more uniform in near-dark scenes.

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

Like most VA panels, viewing angles are poor. The image looks washed out when viewing from the sides. IPS TVs, like the Sony X800H or the LG NANO81, have much better viewing angles.

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

Our unit of the Samsung Q60T 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.

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 color 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
Auto-Calibration Function
Undetermined

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 outstanding. Any remaining inaccuracies shouldn't be noticeable to the naked eye. White point 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
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. It displays a wide color gamut needed for HDR content thanks to its QLED technology. 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.

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, with blue being slightly better. 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 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

The Samsung Q60T 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. The Samsung TU8000 has a much better response time.

8.7
Motion
Flicker-Free
Flicker-Free
No
PWM Dimming Frequency
600 Hz

This TV uses Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) to dim the backlight and it has a very high frequency, so it shouldn't be noticeable for most people. 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.

The TV exhibits strange behavior when displaying a single uniform color with the backlight flicker at 600Hz, causing a rolling effect from the bottom to the top of the screen, which you can see here.

10
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Optional BFI
Yes
Min Flicker for 60 fps
60 Hz
60 Hz for 60 fps
Yes
120 Hz for 120 fps
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.

The Samsung Q60T has 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 duplication of the image, 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 flickering frequency to drop to 120Hz, which results in noticeable image duplication. Like most TVs, it sometimes struggles to keep up and stops interpolating altogether, 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, lower-frame rate content doesn't stutter.

7.8
Motion
24p Judder