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 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.
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 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.
The Samsung Q60T is decent 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.
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.
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 big parties with wide seating arrangements.
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 to reduce screen tearing.
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.
The Samsung Q60T is decent for gaming in HDR. Its 'Game' mode lets you play with a low input lag for a responsive gaming experience, regardless of the resolution, but there's a bit of motion blur due to its mediocre response time. It can display a wide color gamut to produce rich colors in HDR; however, its peak brightness may not be enough to bring out certain highlights.
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 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.
The Samsung 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.
The Samsung 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.
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 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.
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.
As is expected of most VA panels, the Samsung 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.
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.
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'.
The Samsung Q60T has a passable HDR peak brightness, but not quite 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).
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.
The Samsung Q60T has an exceptional black uniformity, which is great for watching in a dark environment.
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.
Out of the box, the Samsung 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.
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.
720p content like cable TV is displayed properly, with no sign of artifacts.
The Samsung 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.
The Samsung Q60T has an okay color volume, very similar to the Q60R. It can produce dark, saturated colors due to its high contrast ratio.
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.
Like most VA panels, there are no signs of image retention.
We don't expect VA panels to experience permanent image retention, as the VA panel in our long-term test appears immune.
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.
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.
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 RU7100.
In game mode, the backlight always flickers at 120Hz, even with BFI enabled.
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.
The Samsung Q60T is great for lower frame rate content, as its slower response time makes the transition between frames much smoother, leading to less stutter.
Update 08/04/2020:We've updated the TV to the latest firmware (Version 1301). The TV is now able to 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 can't remove judder from any source.