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Samsung QN85C/QN85CD QLED TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.11
Reviewed Aug 02, 2023 at 11:46 am
Latest change: Writing modified Sep 08, 2023 at 09:21 am
Samsung QN85C/QN85CD QLED Picture
8.1
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: LG B2 OLED
7.9
TV Shows
Value for price beaten by
: LG B2 OLED
7.9
Sports
Value for price beaten by
: LG B2 OLED
8.4
Video Games
Value for price beaten by
: LG B2 OLED
8.1
HDR Movies
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense U8K
8.4
HDR Gaming
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense U8H
8.7
PC Monitor
Value for price beaten by
: LG B2 OLED
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The Samsung QN85C/QN85CD QLED is the Samsung QN85B QLED's successor and is Samsung's lowest Neo QLED offering in 2023, sitting below the Samsung QN90C/QN90CD QLED and the Samsung QN95C QLED. It features a Mini LED backlight, allowing for high levels of brightness and fine control over the TV's local dimming zones. It uses Samsung's 2023 Tizen OS smart interface, which offers many apps. It also has an integrated microphone on both the TV and the remote, allowing for hands-free voice control through Bixby or Amazon's Alexa. It's a fully featured gaming TV with 4 HDMI 2.1 bandwidth ports for up to 4k @ 120Hz gaming and support for every variable refresh rate (VRR) technology. It comes in 55, 65, 75, and 85-inch sizes.

Our Verdict

8.1 Mixed Usage

The Samsung QN85C is a very good TV overall. Its contrast is exceptional, especially with local dimming set to 'High', so movies look amazing in a dark room. It has decent reflection handling for bright rooms, and the TV gets bright in both SDR and HDR, so TV shows and sports look great even when there are a ton of lights around. Its primary weakness is its mediocre low-quality content smoothing, negatively affecting the image quality of TV shows and movies from streaming services. Aside from that, the TV has plenty of strengths: exceptionally low input lag for very responsive inputs when gaming or using a PC mouse, a ton of gaming features, and a good response time for clear motion whenever fast-moving objects are on screen. As a whole, the TV is solid.

Pros
  • Image remains consistent at moderate angles.
  • Bright enough to overcome glare in a bright room.
  • Easy-to-use smart interface with a great selection of apps.
Cons
  • Local dimming cannot be fully disabled on this TV.
7.9 TV Shows

The Samsung QN85C is very good for TV shows. It has exceptional SDR peak brightness and decent reflection handling, easily handling bright rooms. If you're watching your shows with your family or friends, the TV has a very good viewing angle; people sitting around the TV have an overall pleasant viewing experience. Unfortunately, the TV doesn't have the best image processing capabilities; it's good when upscaling low-resolution content, but its low-quality content smoothing is mediocre, so shows from streaming services don't look their best.

Pros
  • Image remains consistent at moderate angles.
  • Bright enough to overcome glare in a bright room.
  • Easy-to-use smart interface with a great selection of apps.
Cons
  • Local dimming cannot be fully disabled on this TV.
  • Mediocre low-quality content smoothing.
7.9 Sports

The Samsung QN85C is a very good TV for watching sports. Its SDR peak brightness is exceptional, and this model has decent reflection handling, so the TV looks amazing in very bright rooms. The TV has a good response time, so fast-moving objects like a puck or a player are clear and easy to make out. The TV has good gray uniformity, so while there is some banding and vignetting on it, it's not bad enough to be annoying while watching sports with large sections of bright color. Finally, the TV has a very good viewing angle, so your friends have a consistent viewing experience even when sitting at various angles from the TV.

Pros
  • Image remains consistent at moderate angles.
  • Bright enough to overcome glare in a bright room.
  • Easy-to-use smart interface with a great selection of apps.
  • Good response time.
Cons
  • Local dimming cannot be fully disabled on this TV.
8.4 Video Games

The Samsung QN85C is a great TV to play games on. It has a bit more blooming in Game Mode, but colors pop, and the TV looks good overall. The TV has superb SDR brightness and decent reflection handling, so games look bright and vibrant in even the brightest of rooms. The TV has four HDMI 2.1 bandwidth ports with up to 4k @ 120Hz support, which is great if you own multiple consoles and a PC, and it supports every variable refresh rate (VRR) technology for a nearly tear-free gaming experience. Finally, the TV has an incredibly low input lag, so your inputs are fast and responsive, and its response time is good for clear motion when gaming.

Pros
  • Incredibly low input lag.
  • Supports every variable refresh rate (VRR) technology.
  • Good response time.
Cons
  • Local dimming cannot be fully disabled on this TV.
8.1 HDR Movies

The Samsung QN85C is a very good TV for watching the latest HDR movies. It has a great contrast ratio, especially with local dimming set to 'High'. This means that HDR movies pop when watched in a dark room; blacks don't look gray, and highlights are bright and vibrant next to very deep blacks. Plus, the TV has excellent HDR peak brightness, so highlights look amazing in a dark room, and HDR movies on this TV can even wow in a bright room. Unfortunately, it has mediocre low-quality content smoothing, so movies from streaming services have some noticeable macro-blocking in dark scenes, as well as a loss of detail due to the smoothing process.

Pros
  • Amazing peak brightness in HDR.
  • Completely judder-free from all sources.
  • Easy-to-use smart interface with a great selection of apps.
  • Superb contrast and black uniformity with local dimming set to 'high'.
Cons
  • Doesn't support Dolby Vision and DTS.
  • Local dimming cannot be fully disabled on this TV.
  • Mediocre low-quality content smoothing.
8.4 HDR Gaming

The Samsung QN85C QLED is amazing for HDR games. Its HDR brightness in Game Mode is just as good as outside of it, and its contrast and dark details look great in Game Mode. It does come at the expense of a bit more blooming, however. The TV has four HDMI 2.1 bandwidth ports with up to 4k @ 120Hz support, which is great if you own multiple consoles and a PC as you can connect them all, and it supports every VRR technology for a nearly tear-free gaming experience. Finally, the TV has a good response time, ensuring motion is clear even when the action gets fast and furious.

Pros
  • Amazing peak brightness in HDR.
  • Incredibly low input lag.
  • Supports every variable refresh rate (VRR) technology.
  • Good response time.
  • Superb contrast and black uniformity with local dimming set to 'high'.
Cons
  • Local dimming cannot be fully disabled on this TV.
8.7 PC Monitor

The Samsung QN85C is amazing when used as a PC monitor. Its reflection handling is decent, but the TV makes up for it in a big way with exceptional brightness in SDR and amazing brightness in HDR, so it can handle any bright office. It has an RGB subpixel layout, so there are no issues with text clarity. Its viewing angle is very good; not the best, but there's minimal color shifting when sitting close to it, except if you were to sit very close to a bigger-sized panel. It supports up to 4k @ 120Hz on all of its HDMI ports, and it supports every VRR technology, so it's a great choice for some PC gaming. It also has an incredibly low input lag and a good response time; your inputs are fast and responsive on this TV, and there's little blur behind fast-moving objects, like when you're quickly dragging windows around on a contrasting background.

Pros
  • Image remains consistent at moderate angles.
  • Bright enough to overcome glare in a bright room.
  • Incredibly low input lag.
  • Supports every variable refresh rate (VRR) technology.
  • Good response time.
Cons
  • Local dimming cannot be fully disabled on this TV.
  • 8.1 Mixed Usage
  • 7.9 TV Shows
  • 7.9 Sports
  • 8.4 Video Games
  • 8.1 HDR Movies
  • 8.4 HDR Gaming
  • 8.7 PC Monitor
  1. Updated Sep 08, 2023: Updated the text in Pre Calibration to accurately reflect the TV's performance.
  2. Updated Sep 07, 2023: We retested the response time and flicker frequency in the correct modes, as we originally tested them in the wrong picture mode. As a result, the response time is slower than our initial results. The Response Time, Flicker-Free, and Stutter results have been updated. Multiple usage scores have also decreased slightly as a result.
  3. Updated Aug 02, 2023: Review published.
  4. Updated Jul 21, 2023: Early access published.
  5. Updated Jun 21, 2023: Our testers have started testing this product.
  6. Updated May 26, 2023: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  7. Updated May 18, 2023: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the 65-inch Samsung QN85C (QN55QN85CAFXZA), but it's also available in 55, 75, and 85-inch sizes. Note that with Samsung TVs, the six letters after the short model code (CAFXZA in this case) vary between specific retailers and regions. There's also a QN88C variant sold in some UK retailers; differences with the QN85C are cosmetic. European versions of this TV are equipped with a VA panel and perform differently than the North American model we reviewed. VA panels have better native contrast but a worse viewing angle.

Size US Model Short Model Code Panel type (US) Panel type (Europe) Dimming zones*
55" QN55QN85CAFXZA QN55QN85 ADS VA 504
65" QN65QN85CAFXZA QN65QN85 ADS VA 720
75" QN75QN85CAFXZA QN75QN85 ADS VA 900
85" QN85QN85CAFXZA QN85QN85 ADS VA 1210

*Samsung hasn't confirmed this information, but it's currently what they're thought to be.

Our unit was manufactured in March 2023; you can see the label here.

Compared To Other TVs

The Samsung QN85C is a great TV with a truly amazing local dimming feature, giving it an amazing contrast and truly exceptional black uniformity. Overall, it's an excellent TV and is almost as good as the more expensive Samsung QN90C/QN90CD QLED, so it's the better value for most people. It's also leagues ahead of the models below it, like the Samsung Q80C QLED. It's very similar to its predecessors, the Samsung QN85A QLED and Samsung QN85B QLED, so don't bother upgrading if you own one. However, the issue is that it gets outpaced by the top-tier models from budget brands. The Hisense U8H, in particular, is a much better deal for a superior level of performance.

For more options, check out our recommendations for the best TVs, the best QLED TVs, and the best 4k gaming TVs.

Samsung QN90C/QN90CD QLED
43" 43" 50" 50" 55" 55" 65" 65" 75" 75" 85" 85"

The Samsung QN90C/QN90CD QLED is better than the Samsung QN85C QLED, but not by as much as you'd think. The QN90C gets much brighter than the QN85C in both SDR and HDR, but in practice, this isn't always noticeable, as most content just isn't mastered to take advantage of such high brightness levels. The QN90C's Automatic Brightness Limiter (ABL) also more aggressively dims the scene when it gets extremely bright, to a point where the two TVs are equally as bright in the brightest of scenes. The QN90C has better color volume and reflection handling than the QN85C.

Samsung QN90B QLED
43" 50" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The Samsung QN90B QLED is better than the Samsung QN85C QLED. The QN90B gets much brighter than the QN85C, but in practice, this isn't always noticeable as most content just isn't mastered to take advantage of such high brightness levels. The QN85C is the more accurate TV of the two; it respects the content creator's intent well. However, the QN90B is the more colorful TV, with a wider color gamut and better color volume, and it has much better reflection handling, although it does have some rainbow smearing.

Samsung QN85B QLED
55" 65" 75" 85"

The Samsung QN85B QLED and Samsung QN85C QLED are extremely similar TVs. The QN85C is the more accurate TV with a wider color volume, so it looks more vibrant than its predecessor. Inversely, the QN85B's local dimming zone transitions are a bit better than its successor except in Game Mode, where its zone transitions are noticeably worse than in other modes.

Samsung Q80C [Q80, Q80CD] QLED
50" 50" 55" 55" 65" 65" 75" 75" 85" 85" 98"

The Samsung QN85C/QN85CD QLED is better than the Samsung Q80C QLED. It has a much better contrast, helped by a much better local dimming feature. It gets much brighter in SDR and HDR, has better color volume, is the more accurate TV, has vastly superior black uniformity, and looks much better before being calibrated.

Sony X90K
55" 65" 75" 85"

The Samsung QN85C/QN85CD QLED is better than the Sony X90K, except for image processing, where Sony is the market leader. The Samsung has a much better local dimming solution with many more zones, giving it a superior overall contrast ratio with much better black uniformity. It also gets much brighter in SDR and HDR and has a much better viewing angle. The Samsung TV also has four full HDMI 2.1 bandwidth ports versus only two on the Sony, one of which is its eARC port. Of course, the Sony TV has much better low-quality content smoothing and low-resolution upscaling and supports advanced audio and video formats such as DTS and Dolby Vision.

Hisense U8H
55" 65" 75"

The Hisense U8H is better than the Samsung QN85C/QN85CD QLED. The Hisense has much better contrast, helped by a better local dimming feature with less visible zone transitions and less blooming. The Hisense gets much brighter in both HDR, although the Samsung is just as bright in SDR. The Hisense is also more colorful, with a wider color gamut and better color volume. It also has better reflection handling than the Samsung, although the Samsung does have a much better viewing angle. Sadly, the Hisense has terrible image processing, and the Samsung is much better in that regard.

TCL Q7/Q750G QLED
55" 65" 75" 85"

The Samsung QN85C/QN85CD QLED is better than the TCL Q7/Q750G QLED. The TCL has better contrast and black uniformity than the Samsung, but the Samsung gets brighter in both HDR and SDR, so it's better for bright rooms and pops a bit more due to its better color volume. The Samsung TV also has better overall processing, although the TCL does a better job smoothing out macro-blocking with low-quality content. The Samsung is also the more accurate TV of the two, has a much better viewing angle for when you want to have friends over, and its response time is just as good while being completely predictable across its entire refresh rate range.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Curved No

The Samsung QN85C has a nice design, although it's nothing original, as it looks extremely similar, if not identical, to many of Samsung's other 2022 and 2023 TVs. But overall, the TV is sleek and feels well-built.

Design
Accelerated Longevity Test
Uniformity Pictures N/A
Design
Stand

The Samsung QN85C's center-mounted stand is small and doesn't take up much space, so the TV doesn't require a large table or desk. The stand's small size doesn't stop the TV from wobbling, but it's not concerning.

Footprint of the stand on the 65" model: 15.4" x 11.3". The stand lifts the TV about 2.95" above the table, so most soundbars fit in front of the TV without blocking the screen.

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 400x300

The back of the TV looks good, with a nice textured design. There are cable channels on the back to help with cable management. There are also cable grooves in the stand, hidden with a cover, to further channel cables towards the stand's bottom and out of the TV. Note that the TV's inputs are in a recessed inlet on its back panel. They're hard to access if you wall-mount the TV with a fixed bracket.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.35" (0.9 cm)
Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 1.06" (2.7 cm)
8.0
Design
Build Quality

The build quality of the Samsung QN85C is very good. The TV wobbles from front to back and from side to side due to its small stand, but it's not concerning. However, there's a large amount of flex near the TV's VESA holes and its inputs; nothing too worrying, but it's something to note. Aside from that, the TV feels sleek and is made from premium plastic.

Picture Quality
8.2
Picture Quality
Contrast
Contrast
87,391 : 1
Native Contrast
834 : 1

The Samsung QN85C has a great contrast ratio. Its native contrast ratio is rather bad, but with local dimming set to high, the TV's contrast is superb; the TV can produce very deep blacks that don't look gray when viewed in a dark room. Note that as you can't fully turn off the local dimming on this TV at the moment, even through the service menu, we calculated the native contrast ratio using this inverse contrast pattern.

8.0
Picture Quality
Blooming

There's some noticeable blooming around bright highlights and subtitles in dark scenes, but it looks very good overall.

7.0
Picture Quality
Lighting Zone Transitions
Local Dimming
Yes
Backlight
Full-Array
Dimming Zones Count Of Tested TV
720

Lighting zone transitions on the Samsung QN85C are decent, but the algorithm that controls the local dimming feature can't quite keep up with fast content, so transitions are noticeable. When bright highlights move quickly across the screen, the leading edge is darker due to the TV not turning on zones fast enough. There's also a bright halo behind bright highlights that move quickly across the screen.

8.0
Picture Quality
Contrast And Dark Details In Game Mode

The TV's contrast and dark details in Game Mode are very good. The image is overall colder, i.e., has a blueish tint to it, than outside of Game Mode. As a result, colors really pop, and the contrast is very good, but it comes at the expense of a bit more blooming than in other modes.

8.6
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
Hallway Lights (~1950 cd/m²)
677 cd/m²
Yellow Skyscraper (~700 cd/m²)
583 cd/m²
Landscape Pool (~300 cd/m²)
203 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
908 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
1,039 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
1,062 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
854 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
631 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
906 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
1,035 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
1,059 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
850 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
630 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.028

The TV's HDR peak brightness is excellent. Small specular highlights stand out very well, and while large bright scenes are dimmer, they're still very bright. The TV's Automatic Brightness Limiter (ABL) isn't aggressive at all, so variations in brightness are kept to a minimum, although they're still there.

These measurements are after calibrating the HDR white point with the following settings:

  • HDR Picture Mode: Movie
  • Brightness: Max
  • Contrast: Max
  • Color Tone: Warm2
  • Local Dimming: High

8.5
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness In Game Mode
Hallway Lights (~1950 cd/m²)
593 cd/m²
Yellow Skyscraper (~700 cd/m²)
485 cd/m²
Landscape Pool (~300 cd/m²)
239 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
886 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
1,038 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
1,064 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
838 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
632 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
884 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
1,035 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
1,061 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
835 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
632 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.027

The TV's HDR peak brightness is very similar in Game Mode when compared to other modes, so it's excellent.

These measurements are after calibrating the HDR white point, with the following settings:

  • HDR Picture Mode: Game
  • Brightness: Max
  • Contrast: Max
  • HDR Tone Mapping: Static
  • Local Dimming: High
  • Color Gamut: Auto
  • HDR10+ Gaming: Off
  • Game HDR: Basic

9.3
Picture Quality
PQ EOTF Tracking
600 Nit Tracking Delta
0.0046
1000 Nit Tracking Delta
0.0045
4000 Nit Tracking Delta
0.0044

The Samsung QN85C's PQ EOTF tracking is superb in 'Movie', 'Filmmaker', and 'Game' modes in HDR. It's overbrightened throughout, and its near-blacks are slightly raised. Aside from that, most content displays at the correct brightness level, respecting the content creator's intent. There's a sharp cutoff near the TV's peak brightness; this results in some clipping in really bright scenes, leading to a loss of fine detail.

9.2
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene Peak Brightness
971 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
880 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
1,011 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
1,033 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
969 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
659 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
878 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
1,008 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
1,030 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
944 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
658 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.024

The TV's SDR peak brightness is fantastic. It's bright enough to overcome glare in even extremely bright rooms with lots of natural light. The TV's Automatic Brightness Limiter (ABL) is not aggressive, although large bright scenes are still dimmer than scenes with smaller highlights. However, the TV is easily bright enough to overcome glare even when dimmed.

These measurements are after calibration with the following settings:

  • Picture Mode: Movie
  • Brightness: 50
  • Local Dimming: High
  • Color Tone: Warm2

8.1
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI P3 xy
90.56%
DCI P3 uv
94.60%
Rec 2020 xy
66.44%
Rec 2020 uv
73.21%

The Samsung QN85C has a great color gamut. It can display almost the entire range of colors in the widely used DCI-P3 color space, so HDR content is vivid and lifelike, although most colors are slightly undersaturated. It has an okay coverage of the Rec. 2020 format, good enough for when it becomes more prevalent. However, this isn't the TV for you if you want strong Rec. 2020 coverage for future-proofing.

8.3
Picture Quality
Color Volume
1,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
86.6%
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
39.0%
White Luminance
944 cd/m²
Red Luminance
215 cd/m²
Green Luminance
729 cd/m²
Blue Luminance
74 cd/m²
Cyan Luminance
779 cd/m²
Magenta Luminance
277 cd/m²
Yellow Luminance
903 cd/m²

The Samsung QN85C has great color volume. It has bright, vibrant colors and can display bright colors very well. It can't quite display the most saturated colors, but it still does an excellent job for an ADS panel.

7.8
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
3.35
Color dE
1.98
Gamma
2.20
Color Temperature
6,183 K
Picture Mode
Movie
Color Temp Setting
Warm 2
Gamma Setting
2.2

The TV has very good pre-calibration accuracy. Its white balance is slightly off, especially in very bright shades of gray, where blues are underrepresented. This explains the warmer white balance, which veers towards red. Its gamma tracking is excellent, almost exactly at our target of 2.2 for a moderately lit room, although dark scenes are slightly too dark.

9.5
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.27
Color dE
1.03
Gamma
2.19
Color Temperature
6,550 K
White Balance Calibration
20 point
Color Calibration
Yes

After calibration, the TV has fantastic accuracy. Blues are stubborn and require some work to calibrate, but aside from that, it's not a hard TV to calibrate for. Still, dark scenes are still very slightly too bright, and bright scenes are a tad too dark.

You can see our full calibration settings here.

7.6
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
3.140%
50% DSE
0.189%
5% Std. Dev.
0.458%
5% DSE
0.074%

The TV has good gray uniformity. There's some vignetting, where the sides of the image are slightly darker than its center, and vertical banding is noticeable in content with large sections of bright colors, like when watching sports like hockey. Its uniformity with very dark colors is excellent, however.

8.9
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Std. Dev.
0.232%
Native Std. Dev.
2.321%

The TV's black uniformity is amazing. Note that you can't turn local dimming completely off on this TV due to a more limited service menu, so we took the native black uniformity picture with local dimming set to 'Low'. With that setting, the TV's black uniformity is inadequate; there's a lot of blooming around the bright cross, going beyond it to give the whole screen a blue-ish tint. With local dimming set to 'High', the TV's black uniformity is exceptional.

7.9
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
35°
Color Shift
65°
Brightness Loss
37°
Black Level Raise
70°
Gamma Shift
47°

The Samsung QN85C has a very good viewing angle. The colors wash out and lose some brightness at moderate angles, but overall it's good enough for a wide seating arrangement.

7.4
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
5.2%
Indirect Reflections
0.2%
Calculated Direct Reflections
5.1%

The TV has decent reflection handling. Its semi-gloss coating diffuses reflections across the screen, making them bigger but less bright.

8.5
Picture Quality
HDR Native Gradient
100% Black to 50% Gray
8.0
50% Gray to 100% White
8.0
100% Black to 50% Red
10
50% Red to 100% Red
10
100% Black to 50% Green
10
50% Green to 100% Green
6.0
100% Black to 50% Blue
10
50% Blue to 100% Blue
6.0

The Samsung QN85CD has impressive HDR gradient handling. However, there's very noticeable banding in saturated greens, as well as in brighter blues.

6.3
Picture Quality
Low-Quality Content Smoothing
Smoothing
6.0
Detail Preservation
7.0

The TV's low-quality content smoothing is acceptable. It does a decent job of preserving details, but it does a mediocre job smoothing out any macro-blocking in dark scenes.

7.5
Picture Quality
Upscaling: Sharpness Processing

The TV has good sharpness processing when upscaling content. It's good enough that low-resolution content looks sharp, although you'll lose some fine details in the process.

Picture Quality
Pixels
Subpixel Layout
RGB
Type LED
Sub-Type
IPS

The Samsung QN85C uses an ADS-type panel, similar to the more commonly known IPS. It uses an RGB subpixel layout, so it won't have any issues rendering text when used as a PC monitor.

Motion
7.6
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
6.5 ms
100% Response Time
11.7 ms

The TV has a good response time. Most transitions are very fast. However, it struggles in very dark scene transitions and has a lot of overshoot in those, causing inverse ghosting behind dark areas.

9.9
Motion
Flicker-Free
Flicker-Free
No
PWM Dimming Frequency
960 Hz

The Samsung QN85C uses pulse width modulation (PWM) to dim its backlight, so unfortunately, it's not flicker-free. The flicker frequency varies between picture modes and with certain settings.

It flickers at 960Hz in the following pictures modes between the stated backlight levels:

  • Dynamic: between 26 and 46.
  • Standard: between 25 and 47.
  • Movie: below 48.
Game Mode flickers at 960Hz in these circumstances:
  • No motion interpolation: always flickers at 960Hz.
  • Game Motion Plus enabled: between 25 and 48.

All other modes and/or backlight levels flicker at 120Hz, except for Game Mode with LED Clear Motion enabled, which stays locked at 60Hz, and the 'Graphic' mode of 'PC' mode with the backlight set to Max, also locked at 60Hz.

Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Optional BFI
Yes
Min Flicker For 60 fps
60 Hz
60Hz For 60 fps
Yes
120Hz For 120 fps
Yes
Min Flicker for 60 fps in Game Mode
60 Hz

The TV has an optional backlight strobing feature, commonly known as black frame insertion (BFI). The feature helps reduce blur caused by the TV's fast response time, otherwise known as persistence blur. It works at both 60Hz and 120Hz, which is great, but unfortunately, its timing is off, and it causes a duplicate image when enabled.

Motion
Motion Interpolation
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
Yes
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
Yes

The Samsung QN85CD has a feature to increase the frame rate of low frame-rate content up to 120Hz. As is typical of this feature, it works very well with slow panning shots and other slow-paced scenes but shows a lot of artifacts once the action ramps up.

7.1
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
30.0 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
5.0 ms

Due to the TV's good response time, low frame rate content, like movies, stutter a bit. It's mainly noticeable in slow panning shots, and motion interpolation or backlight strobing features can mitigate this to some degree, but they come with their own problems.

10
Motion
24p Judder
Judder-Free 24p
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via 60p
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via 60i
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via Native Apps
Yes

The Samsung QN85CD automatically removes judder from any source, with no additional settings needed. It's great for watching movies, as motion appears smooth.

9.4
Motion
Variable Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
120 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
HDMI Forum VRR
Yes
FreeSync
Yes
G-SYNC Compatible
Yes
4k VRR Maximum
120 Hz
4k VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
1080p VRR Maximum
120 Hz
1080p VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
1440p VRR Maximum
120 Hz
1440p VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
VRR + Local Dimming Yes

The Samsung QN85CD is compatible with all three variable refresh rate (VRR) formats, and it works across a very wide refresh rate range, which ensures that your games remain nearly tear-free when gaming.

Inputs
9.7
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
10.5 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
93.6 ms
1080p @ 120Hz
6.5 ms
1080p @ 144Hz
N/A
1440p @ 60Hz
10.5 ms
1440p @ 120Hz
6.5 ms
1440p @ 144Hz
N/A
4k @ 60Hz
10.6 ms
4k @ 60Hz + 10-Bit HDR
10.5 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
10.5 ms
4k @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
73.7 ms
4k @ 60Hz With Interpolation
24.6 ms
4k @ 120Hz
6.5 ms
4k @ 144Hz
N/A
8k @ 60Hz
N/A

The TV has extremely low input lag in Game Mode. It results in a very responsive gaming experience, with very little delay between your inputs and the on-screen action. Unfortunately, the input lag outside Game Mode is too high for gaming or PC use.

9.6
Inputs
Supported Resolutions
Resolution 4k
480p @ 59.94Hz (Widescreen)
Yes
720p @ 59.94Hz
Yes
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
1080p @ 144Hz
No
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes
1440p @ 120Hz
Yes
1440p @ 144Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
Yes
4k @ 120Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
4k @ 144Hz
No
8k @ 30Hz or 24Hz
No
8k @ 60Hz
No

The TV supports all common resolutions up to 4k @ 120Hz. All supported formats display chroma 4:4:4 signals properly, essential for clear text from a PC. There are no resolution-halving issues on this TV at any resolution, which is great.

Inputs
PS5 Compatibility
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
Yes
1440p @ 120Hz
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
HDR
Yes
VRR
Yes

The Samsung QN85CD can take full advantage of the PS5, with up to 4k @ 120Hz support on all HDMI ports and support for variable refresh rate (VRR).

Inputs
Xbox Series X|S Compatibility
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
Yes
1440p @ 120Hz
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
HDR
Yes
VRR
Yes

The TV can take full advantage of the Xbox Series X or S, with up to 4k @ 120Hz support on all its HDMI ports and variable refresh rate (VRR) support.

Inputs
Inputs Specifications
HDR10
Yes
HDR10+
Yes
Dolby Vision
No
HLG
Yes
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth
Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
HDMI 2.1 Class Bandwidth
Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
CEC Yes
HDCP 2.2 Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
ATSC Tuner
1.0
USB 3.0
No
Variable Analog Audio Out No
Wi-Fi Support Yes (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)

The Samsung QN85C supports full HDMI 2.1 bandwidth on all four HDMI ports, making it very flexible for users owning multiple HDMI 2.1 devices. Unfortunately, Samsung still doesn't support Dolby Vision, instead supporting the less widely used HDR10+ format.

Inputs
Input Photos
Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI 4
USB 2
Digital Optical Audio Out 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm 0
Analog Audio Out RCA 0
Component In 0
Composite In 0
Tuner (Cable/Ant) 1
Ethernet 1
DisplayPort 0
IR In 0
Inputs
Audio Passthrough
ARC/eARC Port
eARC
eARC: Dolby Atmos Over Dolby Digital Plus
Yes
eARC: Dolby Digital Plus 7.1
Yes
eARC: LPCM 7.1 Over Dolby MAT
Yes
eARC: Dolby TrueHD 7.1
Yes
eARC: DTS:X Over DTS-HD MA
No
eARC: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1
No
eARC: LPCM Channels (Bitstream)
7.1
ARC: Dolby Digital 5.1
Yes
ARC: DTS 5.1
No
Optical: Dolby Digital 5.1
Yes
Optical: DTS 5.1
No

This TV supports eARC, which lets it pass uncompressed high-quality audio from a connected source to your receiver without sacrificing audio quality. Sadly, it doesn't support DTS audio formats, which is disappointing as many UHD Blu-rays and DVDs use DTS for their lossless audio tracks.

Sound Quality
6.9
Sound Quality
Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
100.79 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
2.30 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
2.53 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
4.32 dB
Max
86.4 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
4.29 dB

The TV's frequency response is okay. Like most TVs, there's barely any bass. However, the TV sounds sharp and clear at moderate volume, but when you raise the volume near or at max, the TV's sound reproduction shows noticeable compression, with dialogue not sounding as clear. Unfortunately, this TV doesn't get loud, so you might have to raise the volume near its max if you are in a loud environment.

6.8
Sound Quality
Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
0.240
Weighted THD @ Max
0.976
IMD @ 80
1.83%
IMD @ Max
6.36%

The TV's distortion handling is okay. While its performance is good at moderate volume levels, distortion is more noticeable at higher volumes.

Smart Features
8.5
Smart Features
Interface
Smart OS Tizen
Version 2023
Ease of Use
Easy
Smoothness
Very Smooth
Time Taken to Select YouTube
2 s
Time Taken to Change Backlight
5 s
Advanced Options
Many

The Samsung QN85CD runs the 2023 version of Tizen OS, which is fast and easy to use. There's no lag whatsoever when using the Smart Hub interface, and finding your favorite content is easy.

0
Smart Features
Ad-Free
Ads
Yes
Opt-out
No
Suggested Content in Home
Yes
Opt-out of Suggested Content
No

Unfortunately, like most TVs on the market, there are ads throughout the interface, and there's no option to disable them completely. You can turn off targeted ads, but it doesn't reduce the number of ads you see; it just makes them less personalized to you.

8.5
Smart Features
Apps and Features
App Selection
Great
App Smoothness
Average
Cast Capable
Yes
USB Drive Playback
Yes
USB Drive HDR Playback
Yes
HDR in Netflix
Yes
HDR in YouTube
Yes

The included apps cover most, if not all, of the common streaming services, and there's a great selection of additional apps available in Samsung's app store.

8.5
Smart Features
Remote
Size
Small
Voice Control
Many Features
CEC Menu Control
Yes
Other Smart Features
Yes
Remote App Samsung SmartThings

The TV comes with a slim remote that is easy to use. It's minimalistic, with few intuitively laid-out buttons. It has a built-in rechargeable battery which you can either charge through USB-C, with a port on the bottom of the remote, or through the solar panel on the back of the remote. The TV is compatible with Bixby and Amazon's Alexa, and both the remote and TV have integrated microphones. The voice commands work well; you can tell the TV to change inputs, ask it to open apps, or even change the brightness. Unfortunately, you can't search for content within apps using voice.

Smart Features
TV Controls

The button is under the Samsung branding on the bottom right of the TV. With it, you can turn the TV on and off, change the channel and the volume, and switch input sources. There's also a small toggle to turn the internal microphone on or off if you're worried about privacy.

Smart Features
In The Box

  • Power cable
  • Remote control
  • User guide

Smart Features
Misc
Power Consumption 60 W
Power Consumption (Max) 170 W
Firmware 1205