The Samsung Q60T QLED, or also sold as the Samsung Q6DT at Costco and Sam's Club, 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 an excellent choice for watching movies in 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.
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 wide seating arrangements. While gamers should be satisfied with its low input lag, there's no VRR support and motion handling is mediocre.
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.
The Samsung Q60T is good for watching TV shows. It gets bright enough to combat glare in well-lit rooms and it has decent reflection handling. It doesn't have any issues upscaling lower-resolution content, such as from cable boxes. It sadly has narrow viewing angles, so you lose image accuracy if you walk around while watching TV.
The Samsung Q60T is decent for watching sports. It's a good choice for a bright room as it has great peak brightness and decent reflection handling. Unfortunately, its slow response time results in motion blur with fast-moving content. It also has narrow viewing angles and it's not ideal for watching the big game in a wide seating arrangement.
The Samsung Q60T is good for gaming. It has an incredibly low input lag that gives you a responsive gaming experience. It's limited to a 60Hz panel and there's no VRR support either. Sadly, it has a slow response time that results in motion blur, but there's a Black Frame Insertion feature to improve the appearance of motion.
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.
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.
The Samsung Q60T is a decent choice for use as a PC monitor. It has an incredibly 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 as well. Sadly, it has narrow viewing angles, so the image may look washed out at the edges 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 aesthetic 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" stand: 40.2" x 9.6".
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.
This TV shouldn't stick out much when wall-mounted unless you use the back-facing ports.
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 extremely deep blacks, but it doesn't have a local dimming feature to improve the contrast. Note that contrast may vary between units.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Like most VA panels, viewing angles are poor. The image looks washed out when viewing from the sides.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
The Samsung Q60T has an okay color volume. It can produce dark, saturated colors due to its high contrast ratio.
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.
Like most VA panels, there are no signs of 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.
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. The Samsung TU8000 has a much better response time.
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.
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, lower-frame rate content doesn't stutter.
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, such as 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.