Samsung Q60T QLED TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Reviewed Mar 10, 2020 at 09:41 am
Samsung Q60T QLED Picture
7.2
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense H8F
6.7
Movies
7.6
TV Shows
7.2
Sports
7.6
Video Games
6.7
HDR Movies
7.2
HDR Gaming
7.3
PC Monitor
Type LED
Sub-Type
VA
Resolution 4k

The Samsung Q60T QLED is a good 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 superb, making it a perfect choice for dark rooms. Motion handling is decent, though the refresh rate is now limited to 60Hz at all sizes, and response time is slower, leading to more motion blur. Most gamers should be content with its remarkably low input lag, but support for variable refresh rate is noticeably lacking. Nevertheless, if you want to give QLED TVs a try, this one is a good start.

Our Verdict

7.2 Mixed Usage

The Samsung Q60T is a good TV for mixed usage. It's well-suited for dark room viewing thanks to its outstanding native contrast ratio and black uniformity, but it also fits well in a brightly-lit room. 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.

Pros
  • Excellent contrast ratio.
  • Outstanding black uniformity.
  • Low input lag.
Cons
  • No VRR support.
  • Poor viewing angles.
6.7 Movies

The Samsung Q60T is an okay TV for watching movies. It has an outstanding contrast ratio and black uniformity to deliver a good picture quality in dark rooms, with blacks that look deep and inky. The downside is that it doesn't have a local dimming feature to further improve dark room performance and it can't remove judder from lower frame rate content.

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 and great peak brightness to overcome glare, and lower resolution content from cable TV is upscaled properly without any issues. However, its poor viewing angles cause the image to look washed out if you watch from the side.

7.2 Sports

The Samsung Q60T is a good TV for watching sports. It has a fast response time to deliver a clear picture with minimal motion blur, and there's almost no dirty screen effect, which can be rather distracting. 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 big parties with wide seating arrangements.

7.6 Video Games

The Q60T is an excellent TV for gaming. Its low input lag makes gaming feel incredibly responsive, and it has a good response time to keep motion blur to a minimum. There's no risk of permanent burn-in with static game interfaces, but sadly, the refresh rate is limited to 60Hz and it doesn't support variable refresh rate to reduce screen tearing.

6.7 HDR Movies

The Samsung Q60T is a decent TV for watching HDR movies. Its exceptional contrast ratio allows It to produce dark, saturated colors in HDR content; however, it can't get bright enough to make small specular highlights pop the way it's intended.

7.2 HDR Gaming

The Samsung Q60T is a very good TV for HDR gaming. Its 'Game' mode lets you play with a low input lag for a responsive gaming experience, regardless of the resolution, and it has a fast response time to make motion look crisp. It supports a wide color gamut to produce rich colors in HDR, but its peak brightness may not be enough to bring out certain highlights.

7.3 PC Monitor

The Q60T is a great TV for use as a monitor. It has low input lag for a responsive desktop experience, and it can display chroma 4:4:4 properly, 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.

  • 7.2 Mixed Usage
  • 6.7 Movies
  • 7.6 TV Shows
  • 7.2 Sports
  • 7.6 Video Games
  • 6.7 HDR Movies
  • 7.2 HDR Gaming
  • 7.3 PC Monitor
  1. Update 6/5/2020: We've retested the input lag using the latest firmware (version 1113).
  2. 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 Q60T is Samsung's entry-level QLED for 2020. It's the successor to the Samsung Q60/Q60R QLED, though some features have been removed. At this time, we're still waiting for other manufacturers to release their 2020 models; the Q60T's most likely competitor will be LG's Nano85 series.

Design
8.5
Design
Style
Curved No

The Q60T has an excellent design. It has a borderless design on the sides and at the top, with a thicker bottom bezel, similar to the Samsung Q6FN. The stand has been redesigned 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 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 it has an etched horizontal dotted pattern. Like the Samsung Q60/Q60R QLED, 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 is slightly thinner than 2019's Q60R. It shouldn't stick out much when wall-mounted unless you use the back-facing ports.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

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. It's slightly better than the Q60R and closer to the Q6FN.

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

As is expected of most VA panels, the Q60T has an outstanding native contrast ratio, resulting in deep blacks when viewed in the dark. Sadly, it doesn't have a local dimming feature that can further improve it. Samsung's new Dual LED technology, which adjusts the backlight's color tone according to the content, may have improved the contrast ratio, but there's no way for us to be certain.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

The 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

SDR peak brightness is great. For the most part, there's very little variation in brightness when displaying different content and you shouldn't have any issues viewing the image in a bright room setting. The 2% window is noticeably darker due to the TV's CE (frame) dimming, which can't be disabled, and may cause dark scenes to appear darker than they should.

We measured the peak brightness after calibration, using the 'Movie' picture mode at maximum brightness, and with gamma set to 2.2. Contrast was left at its default setting and contrast enhancer was set to 'Off'.

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 Q60T has an okay HDR peak brightness, though it isn't bright enough to bring out small specular highlights in HDR content. It behaves the same way as when displaying SDR content, with the 2% window being much darker.

HDR peak brightness was measured using the 'Movie HDR' picture mode, with brightness and contrast set to maximum (default setting in HDR).

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

Good gray uniformity. The sides of the screen are darker, but there's very little dirty screen effect, and it's much more uniform in 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. When viewed from the side, black levels rise quickly and the image looks washed out. IPS TVs, like the Sony X800H, have much better viewing angles.

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

The Q60T has an exceptional black uniformity, which is great for watching in a dark environment.

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

Decent reflection handling. 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 Q60T has impressive color accuracy. There are some inaccuracies with shades of gray, as well as with blue and red, though they're difficult to spot. Gamma doesn't follow the curve at all, and most scenes will 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

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. It looks almost identical to the Q60R and the RU8000.

8.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

720p content like cable TV is displayed properly, with no sign 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 Q60T has a very good wide color gamut. The EOTF follows the PQ curve quite well until it rolls off. In 'Game' mode, the EOTF is lower, causing scenes to appear darker, as you can see here.

You can make HDR brighter by setting Contrast Enhancer to 'High' and ST.2084 to maximum. You can see our recommended settings here. This results in a brighter image in HDR content, 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 Q60T has an okay color volume, very similar to the Q60R. 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

Gradient performance is decent. There's banding in almost all colors, with blue being slightly better. Setting Noise Reduction to 'Auto' in the Picture Clarity settings helps a bit, but it won't be able to 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.

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 Q60T has a good 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 PWM to dim the backlights 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 will also change the flicker frequency to 120Hz, even if you don't adjust the judder reduction slider.

The TV exhibits a strange behaviour 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.

9.1
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
120 Hz

The 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 RU7100.

In game mode, the backlight always flickers at 120Hz, even with BFI enabled.

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 causes noticeable duplication of the image. Like most TVs, it can sometimes struggle to keep up and stop 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

The Q60T is great for lower frame rate content, as its slower response time makes the transition between frames much smoother, leading to less stutter.

0
Motion
24p Judder
Judder-Free 24p
No
Judder-Free 24p via 60p
No
Judder-Free 24p via 60i
No
Judder-Free 24p via Native Apps
No

This TV can't remove judder from any source.

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
N/A
1080p VRR Minimum
No VRR support
1440p VRR Maximum
N/A
1440p VRR Minimum
No VRR support
VRR Supported Connectors
No VRR support

Unlike its predecessor, the Q60R, the Q60T doesn't support any variable refresh rate technology. If you want a TV with VRR support, check out the Samsung Q70T.

Inputs
9.2
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60 Hz
10.0 ms
1080p @ 60 Hz Outside Game Mode
86.3 ms
1440p @ 60 Hz
9.9 ms
4k @ 60 Hz