The Samsung Q80B QLED is a mid-range 4k TV in Samsung's 2022 QLED lineup. Replacing the Samsung Q80/Q80A QLED, it sits below the Samsung QN85B QLED in the higher-end Neo QLED lineup and above the Samsung Q70/Q70B QLED. The Samsung Q80C QLED is the replacement model in their 2023 lineup. This TV comes with the user-friendly Tizen platform and has a few useful features, like the ability to choose between the Google Assistant, Alexa, and Bixby voice assistants, as well as support for Google Duo, allowing you to make video calls with a compatible webcam. On top of that, it has gaming features like variable refresh rate (VRR) support and HDMI 2.1 bandwidth on all four ports. It's available in a few different size variants, but some don't perform like the others, as the 50-inch model has fewer gaming features, and both the 50-inch and 85-inch models use different panels than the other sizes.
The Samsung Q80B is good for most uses. It's great for watching shows in well-lit rooms as it has decent reflection handling and gets bright enough to fight glare. It also has a wide viewing angle so that everyone sees a consistent image from the sides. It's very good for gaming because it has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, VRR support to reduce screen tearing, and a quick response time for good motion handling. It's also alright for watching SDR or HDR movies as it upscales lower-resolution content well, but it doesn't perform well in dark rooms as blacks look gray, and the local dimming feature causes blooming.
The Samsung Q80B is very good for watching TV shows in a well-lit room. It has excellent SDR peak brightness, enough to fight glare in most bright environments, and it has decent reflection handling. It's also a good choice for watching shows in a wide seating area because it has a wide viewing angle, so the image looks consistent from the sides. It even upscales lower-resolution content well, which is important for watching cable TV. Lastly, the Tizen smart platform lets you stream your favorite shows, and it supports various voice assistants that make it easy to navigate the menu.
The Samsung Q80B is very good for watching sports. Fast-moving scenes look great, thanks to the quick response time. It also gets bright enough to fight glare in a well-lit room, and it has a wide viewing angle if you want to watch the game with a few friends, meaning everyone sees the same consistent image from the sides. Unfortunately, it has some uniformity issues with dirty screen effect in the center, which can be distracting with large areas of uniform colors, like a basketball court or football field.
The Samsung Q80B is very good for gaming. It has advanced gaming features like HDMI 2.1 bandwidth and VRR support to deliver a nearly tear-free gaming experience. It also has low input lag for a responsive feel and a 120Hz panel with a quick response time for smooth motion handling. Sadly, it doesn't perform well if you want to game with it in the dark, as it has a low contrast ratio, and blacks look gray. On the plus side, it easily gets bright enough to fight glare if you want to use it in a well-lit room.
The Samsung Q80B is alright for watching movies in dark rooms. The main downside is that it has a low contrast ratio that makes blacks look gray in dark rooms. Its full-array local dimming feature fails to improve the picture quality in dark scenes, which means there's blooming around bright objects. It upscales lower-resolution content well but loses details in compressed content, like from streaming services. If you want to watch HDR content, it supports HDR10+ but not the widely supported Dolby Vision, which is disappointing.
The Samsung Q80B is very good for HDR gaming, mainly due to its gaming features. It has a 120Hz panel and HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, allowing you to take full advantage of gaming consoles and high-end graphics cards. It also has VRR support for a nearly tear-free gaming experience, low input lag, and a quick response time. Although it displays a wide color gamut and has good HDR peak brightness, its HDR performance still is just alright because blacks look gray in the dark, and there's blooming in dark scenes.
The Samsung Q80B is excellent for use as a PC monitor. The excellent SDR peak brightness and decent reflection handling make it a great choice for a well-lit room, as visibility won't be a problem. It also has a wide viewing angle, meaning the image remains consistent at the edges even if you sit up close. Text looks sharp thanks to its RGB subpixel layout and proper chroma 4:4:4 support. However, it has some uniformity issues that can be distracting with large areas of uniform color, like when you have a webpage open.
We tested the 65-inch Samsung Q80B, and the results are valid for the 55 and 75-inch models. The 50-inch version has a lower refresh rate and doesn't support HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, and both the 50 and 85-inch models have different panel types, so those sizes perform differently. The last four letters of the model code (in this case, FXZA) vary between regions and even retailers, and it's known as the Samsung Q80BD at Costco and Sam's Club. As Samsung's European lineup is different, these results are only valid for the North American Q80B and not the European version.
|Size||US Model||Panel Type||Refresh Rate||VRR||HDMI 2.1|
Our unit was manufactured in March 2022, and you can see the label here.
The Samsung Q80B is a good overall TV that performs well in bright rooms thanks to its excellent peak brightness. It's a good choice if you need the wide viewing angle for a wide seating arrangement or want to use it as a PC monitor. It also has great gaming features like HDMI 2.1 bandwidth and VRR support. However, it lacks dark room performance as blacks look gray, and there's blooming around bright objects. The Samsung QN85B QLED is a better TV that costs just a little bit more, and even its successor, the Samsung Q80C QLED, improves in a few areas, like the contrast. If those TVs don't interest you, you can get other more budget-friendly TVs with better value, like the Hisense U6/U6H.
The Samsung Q80C QLED and Samsung Q80B QLED are extremely similar TVs, with the Q80C slightly improving over its predecessor. The Q80C has improved contrast, helped by having double the local dimming zones over the Q80B. While both TVs have similar peak brightness in both SDR and HDR, the Q80C's HDR brightness is much higher when in Game Mode, so it's the better choice for fans of HDR gaming. Sadly, its color profile is inaccurate without calibration, with the Q80B not requiring nearly as much work to look good as its successor.
The Samsung Q80B QLED and the Sony X85K are both good TVs with different uses. The Sony is better in dark rooms as it has improved contrast and better black uniformity. Even if the Samsung TV has a local dimming feature that the Sony model doesn't have, the Sony still looks better in dark rooms. However, the Samsung is the better choice if you have a well-lit room as it gets brighter and has a wider viewing angle if you want to use it in a wide seating arrangement.
The Samsung Q80/Q80A QLED and the Samsung Q80B QLED are very similar overall, but there are a few differences. The Q80A gets brighter in HDR to deliver a more impactful HDR experience, but the Q80B performs better in dark rooms because there's less blooming around bright objects, although its local dimming feature is still mediocre. However, the local dimming in Game Mode is better on the Q80B than the Q80A. Also, the Q80B has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth on all four of its HDMI ports, as opposed to just one on the Q80A, meaning you can connect multiple HDMI 2.1 devices.
The Samsung QN85B QLED is better overall than the Samsung Q80B QLED because it uses Mini LED backlighting, which the Q80A doesn't have. This means that the QN85B has a much better local dimming feature for improved dark room performance, and it gets brighter overall. It also has much better reflection handling, making the QN85B a better choice for well-lit rooms. However, the Q80B has better motion handling as there's less motion blur behind fast-moving objects.
The Samsung Q70/Q70A QLED and the Samsung Q80B QLED are both good TVs with different strengths and weaknesses. Although the Q70A doesn't have a local dimming feature like the Q80B, it's still better for dark rooms because it displays deep blacks and has less blooming around bright objects. However, the Q80B gets brighter, especially in HDR, and it's a better choice for wide seating arrangements because it has a wider viewing angle. They each have HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, but the Q80B has it on all four inputs, while it's just limited to one input on the Q70A.
The Samsung Q80B QLED is better overall than the LG QNED80. Although they both have the same panel type with low native contrast, the Samsung has a much better local dimming feature that helps improve the picture quality in dark scenes, and it has less blooming than the LG. The Samsung also gets brighter, making it a better choice for well-lit rooms and making highlights pop more in HDR.
The Sony X90J is better overall than the Samsung Q80B QLED mainly due to their panels' different strengths and weaknesses. The X90J is a better choice for dark rooms because it has a much higher contrast, the local dimming is better, and there's less blooming around bright objects. On the other hand, the Q80B is better for wide seating areas because it has a wider viewing angle. Although they have many of the same gaming features, like HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, the Q80B is still a better choice for gaming because it has FreeSync support and lower input lag.
The Samsung 65Q80B is a simple-looking TV with a center-mounted stand and thin bezels. It doesn't look as premium as some higher-end models, but it's still nice enough to look good in any room.
The center-mounted stand doesn't take up much space, but with a large TV like this 65-inch model, there's wobble front to back and side to side, so it isn't the most stable. It raises the screen enough off the table that placing most soundbars in front won't block the screen, but thicker ones might.
Footprint of the 65-inch stand: 15.4" W x 9.4" D x 2.95" H to the bottom bezel
The build quality is decent, but it's worse than other Samsung TVs because our unit came with some issues. The back panel doesn't connect properly to the borders on the upper left-hand side, exposing the internal electronics. Even putting glue doesn't solve the issue because it melts with the TV on. This is the biggest concern with our unit, but it doesn't mean that all units come like this, either.
This TV has a disappointing contrast ratio, even with local dimming enabled. Blacks look gray in the dark next to bright highlights, but the 50 and 85-inch models have VA panels with much better contrast. Also, note that you can't easily disable the local dimming on Samsung TVs, as you need to do it through the service menu, and the contrast is much worse without it. The Q80B's successor, the Samsung Q80C QLED, has better contrast, so check that one out if you're shopping for this TV.
Unfortunately, there's blooming around bright objects in dark scenes. This is because the local dimming feature isn't effective at reducing blooming, and you can easily notice it.
The TV handles transitions between dimming zones poorly. The local dimming algorithm is slow to keep up with fast-moving objects. These small objects also cause many surrounding dimming zones to turn in, resulting in blooming.
While the local dimming performs similarly in Game Mode than outside of it, it's still poor, and the picture quality in dark scenes is disappointing. The same issues with raised black levels, blooming, and slow zone transitions occur, which is distracting if you play a lot of games with dark scenes.
The Samsung Q80B has decent HDR peak brightness. Small highlights stand out against the rest of the image, but it doesn't get as bright in real content as the Samsung Q80/Q80A QLED. You can see the difference between the Q80B (top) and the Q80A (bottom) in this photo.
These results are from after calibrating the HDR white point, with the following settings:
The HDR brightness in Game Mode is also decent. Like other Samsung TVs, it overbrightens most images in Game Mode as it doesn't follow the target EOTF well, even if the peak brightness isn't that much different. If that bothers you, you can set ST.2084 to '-3' to get a more realistic image, as you can see in this EOTF. Also, small highlights don't pop as much due to frame dimming.
The results are from after calibrating the HDR white point with the following settings:
The PQ EOTF tracking is decent, but it overbrightens content mastered at 600 and 1,000 nits, which is the majority of content. It's better with 4,000-nit content, though. No matter the content, there's a slow roll-off at the peak brightness, meaning it preserves details well. The EOTF in 'Filmmaker' mode looks better than 'Movie' mode, but there's a sharper cut-off. Unlike the Samsung S95B OLED, the EOTF doesn't change depending on the content.
If you find the image too dim, you can set Contrast Enhancer to 'High' and ST.2084 to its max. It results in a much brighter image, as you can see in this EOTF, but it doesn't change the peak brightness.
The SDR peak brightness is excellent. It gets bright enough to fight glare in most well-lit rooms. It maintains its brightness fairly consistently between different content, but larger areas are dimmer. This can be noticeable when watching sports, but it isn't overly distracting.
These results are from after calibration with the following settings:
The Samsung Q80BD has a great HDR color gamut. It has amazing coverage of the commonly-used DCI-P3 color space, but it has more limited coverage of the Rec. 2020 color space. Unlike some other Samsung TVs, setting Color Space to 'Auto' works as intended and uses the correct color space.
The color volume is great. While it's limited by its incomplete color gamut, it still displays some bright colors well.
The Samsung QN65Q80B has great accuracy before calibration. Most colors are accurate; the color temperature is close to the 6500K target, and gamma follows the 2.2 target well. However, the white balance is slightly off, meaning brighter shades of gray are off.
The 'Filmmaker' Picture Mode looks very similar to 'Movie', with nearly identical accuracy:
The accuracy after calibration is fantastic. You won't be able to spot any inaccuracies in the white balance and colors, but it's a bit difficult to calibrate the TV.
You can see our full calibration settings here.
The gray uniformity is decent, but there are some issues. The edges are noticeably darker throughout, and there's dirty screen effect in the center. This is distracting when watching sports with large areas of uniform colors or when using the TV as a PC monitor.
This TV has poor black uniformity. Blacks look blue due to the low contrast, and there's a ton of blooming around bright objects with local dimming enabled. The 50 and 85-inch versions have a different panel with better dark room performance. Also, note that you can't easily disable the local dimming on Samsung TVs, as you need to do it through the service menu.
The viewing angle is good. The image remains consistent from the sides, so it's a good choice for watching content in a wide seating area.
The reflection handling is decent. Reflections from strong light sources like windows are a bit more distracting, but the TV gets bright enough to fight glare.
This TV has excellent gradient handling. There's minimal banding throughout, but darker colors, especially dark greens, have some banding.
The TV isn't bad at smoothing out content from low-quality sources. There's macro blocking, which is disappointing for watching content from sources that use compression, like streaming sources, but it's decent at keeping details.
The Samsung Q80B QLED is good at upscaling lower-resolution content. Text looks blurry, and the image isn't perfectly sharp, but it still preserves details well, and it's good enough for watching content from DVDs and cable boxes. The recommended settings are with Picture Clarity off and Sharpness at '5'.
This TV has an ADS panel, which is a type of IPS panel that shares many of the same characteristics. It uses an RGB subpixel layout that provides better text clarity than TVs with a BGR subpixel layout when using it as a PC monitor.
This TV has an excellent response time. There's very little ghosting behind fast-moving objects, but because there's significant overshoot in dark transitions, it has some inverse ghosting in dark scenes.
This TV uses pulse width modulation (PWM) to dim its backlight, and the flicker frequency changes depending on the picture modes and settings you use. The flicker-free modes and those with a 960Hz flicker are good if you're sensitive to flicker, but a 120Hz flicker is noticeable, and it also causes image duplication. Below, you can see which combination of settings results in flicker.
|Picture Mode||Brightness Level||Flicker Frequency||Other Settings Enabled|
|Game||30 and below||960Hz||VRR|
|Game||31 and above||120Hz||None|
|Game||Any||120Hz||Game Motion Plus|
|Dynamic||47 and below||120Hz||None|
|Dynamic||48 and above||0Hz||None|
|Standard||47 and below||120Hz||None|
|Dynamic||48 and above||0Hz||None|
This TV has an optional backlight strobing feature to reduce persistence blur, commonly known as black frame insertion. You can make it flicker at either 60Hz or 120Hz, but it creates image duplication.
The Samsung Q80B has a motion interpolation feature to interpolate low-framerate content. Like most TVs, it looks fine during dialogue and slow scenes, but there are artifacts with busier scenes. It doesn't stop interpolating when there's a lot of action on the screen, meaning the artifacts are always present in busy scenes.
Due to the quick response time, lower framerate content appears to stutter as each frame is held longer. Try enabling the motion interpolation feature if it bothers you.
This TV automatically removes 24p judder from any source, which helps with the appearance of motion in movies.
This TV works with all of the common variable refresh rate formats without any issue, and it has Low Framerate Compensation to continue working with lower frame rates. The 50-inch model doesn't support VRR and is limited to a 60Hz refresh rate.
The Samsung Q80BD has an incredibly low input lag for a responsive feel while gaming. You need to be in Game Mode for the lowest input lag possible, and you can still enable the motion interpolation feature and get low enough input lag for casual gaming.
This TV supports all common resolutions up to 4k @ 120Hz. It also displays clear text with proper chroma 4:4:4 in all supported resolutions, except for 1440p @ 120Hz.
This TV works without issue with the PS5 thanks to its HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, and with Auto Low Latency Mode, it automatically switches the TV into Game Mode when you launch a game.
This TV has no compatibility issues with the Xbox Series X|S, and with HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, it supports 4k signals up to 120Hz.
All four HDMI ports support the full 48Gbps bandwidth of HDMI 2.1, but the 50-inch model supports HDMI 2.0 bandwidth. It doesn't support Dolby Vision, a common HDR format for streaming services, so you'll be limited to HDR10 with content that's mastered in Dolby Vision. The tuner supports only ATSC 1.0, not 3.0, meaning you can't use it to watch over-the-air 4k channels in the US.
This TV has eARC support, allowing you to pass lossless Dolby Atmos audio to a compatible receiver. However, because it doesn't support any DTS or DTS:X signals, audio formats that many Blu-rays use, you'll need to connect your Blu-ray directly to your receiver to get the best sound experience.
The frequency response is decent. It actually produces much more bass than most TVs, but it still isn't as good as a dedicated subwoofer. It also gets loud, but there are some artifacts at max volume.
The distortion handling is good. Although there's a bit more distortion at max volume, it isn't that noticeable with most content.
The Samsung Q80BD comes with the easy-to-use Tizen interface, which has a full-page menu instead of the banner seen in past versions. It works well, but it feels slower for a bit when you turn the TV back on after a full shutdown.
Unfortunately, there are ads throughout the interface, and there's no way to disable them.
The Samsung app store has a ton of apps you can download. It supports Google Duo to make video calls with a compatible webcam. You can also use the SmartThings feature to control other compatible devices in your household.
The included remote is the same as other Samsung TVs in 2022. It has an extra quick-access button to open popular streaming apps. The built-in mic is compatible with Bixby, Alexa, and Google Assistant, and you can ask it to open apps, switch inputs, and change certain settings like brightness. You can recharge the remote via the solar panel on the back or the USB-C port, but it doesn't come with a USB-C cable.
There's a single button underneath the center of the TV that allows you to change channels, adjust the volume, switch inputs, or turn the TV On/Off.