Samsung The Terrace TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.6
Reviewed Sep 14, 2020 at 09:45 am
Samsung The Terrace Picture
8.5
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: LG BX OLED
8.6
Movies
Value for price beaten by
: LG BX OLED
8.3
TV Shows
Value for price beaten by
: Samsung QN85A QLED
8.1
Sports
Value for price beaten by
: LG C1 OLED
8.6
Video Games
Value for price beaten by
: LG BX OLED
8.7
HDR Movies
Value for price beaten by
: Sony A8H OLED
8.6
HDR Gaming
Value for price beaten by
: LG G1 OLED
8.2
PC Monitor
Value for price beaten by
: LG C1 OLED
Type LED
Sub-Type
VA
Resolution 4k

The Samsung The Terrace is a great QLED TV designed for outdoor use. It gets exceptionally bright, providing good visibility in broad daylight, and its high contrast ratio allows it to produce deep blacks when viewing at night. It has a fast response time and a Black Frame Insertion feature to further improve motion clarity, making it great for watching sports or for gaming. It also has low input lag and a 120Hz refresh rate, but there's no variable refresh rate support to minimize screen tearing when gaming. Its wide color gamut, high peak brightness, and full-array local dimming help to deliver an incredible HDR experience, with vibrant colors and highlights that pop. Unfortunately, its VA panel has sub-par viewing angles, which isn't ideal for big parties or wide seating arrangements. Also, it's designed to be wall-mounted but doesn't include a wall-mount or a stand.

Our Verdict

8.5 Mixed Usage

The Samsung Terrace is an overall great TV. It gets incredibly bright and handles reflections well, so you can watch outside during the day. You can also game on it thanks to its low input lag and fast response time. It has a high contrast ratio and full-array local dimming, making it an excellent choice for watching movies. HDR content looks fantastic, as it can display a wide color gamut and it gets bright enough to make highlights pop. Unfortunately, it has sub-par viewing angles, which is expected of most VA panels.

Pros
  • High contrast ratio.
  • Exceptional build quality.
  • Can get extremely bright.
  • Outstanding reflection handling.
Cons
  • Sub-par viewing angles.
8.6 Movies

The Samsung Terrace is excellent for watching movies. It delivers stunning picture quality thanks to its high contrast ratio, which is further enhanced by a full-array local dimming feature. It upscales lower-resolution movies well and can remove judder from all sources.

Pros
  • High contrast ratio.
  • Can remove judder from all sources.
  • Superb black uniformity.
  • Upscales lower-resolution content well.
Cons
  • Some dirty screen effect and vignetting.
8.3 TV Shows

The Samsung Terrace is great for watching TV shows. It has impressive reflection handling and gets incredibly bright, so you shouldn't have any visibility issues even if you're watching outside in direct sunlight. It upscales lower-resolution content well, and its internal speakers get loud enough for noisy outdoor environments. Unfortunately, its sub-par viewing angles cause images to look washed out from the side, which isn't ideal for wide seating areas.

Pros
  • Can get extremely bright.
  • Outstanding reflection handling.
  • Upscales lower-resolution content well.
Cons
  • Sub-par viewing angles.
  • Some dirty screen effect and vignetting.
8.1 Sports

The Samsung Terrace is great for watching sports. It gets incredibly bright and handles reflections well, so you can watch the game outside while enjoying a BBQ. It has a fast response time to deliver crisp images in fast-moving scenes, and a Black Frame Insertion feature to further reduce motion blur. Sadly, its VA panel has sub-par viewing angles, so images can look washed out when viewed from the side. Also, our unit has some uniformity issues that can be distracting.

Pros
  • Can get extremely bright.
  • Outstanding reflection handling.
  • Fast response time.
  • Upscales lower-resolution content well.
Cons
  • Sub-par viewing angles.
  • Some dirty screen effect and vignetting.
8.6 Video Games

The Samsung Terrace is excellent for playing video games. It has all the basics to provide a good gaming experience, such as low input lag, a fast response time, and a high refresh rate. However, it doesn't support any variable refresh rate technology to help reduce screen tearing. On the upside, its high contrast ratio allows it to produce deep blacks, making it an excellent option for gaming in the dark.

Pros
  • High contrast ratio.
  • Low input lag.
  • Fast response time.
Cons
  • No VRR support.
8.7 HDR Movies

The Samsung Terrace is excellent for watching movies in HDR. Its high contrast ratio and superb black uniformity result in deep and inky blacks, which is great for watching at night. It can display a wide color gamut, it has a full-array local dimming feature, and it gets bright enough to make bright highlights stand out.

Pros
  • High contrast ratio.
  • Can get extremely bright.
  • Can remove judder from all sources.
  • Superb black uniformity.
Cons
  • Some dirty screen effect and vignetting.
8.6 HDR Gaming

The Samsung Terrace is excellent for gaming in HDR. It has exceptionally low input lag that makes every action feel nearly instantaneous, and its fast response time results in minimal motion blur in fast-moving scenes. It delivers an incredible HDR experience due to its wide color gamut, high peak brightness, and full-array local dimming. Unfortunately, it doesn't support variable refresh rate to reduce screen tearing when gaming.

Pros
  • High contrast ratio.
  • Can get extremely bright.
  • Low input lag.
  • Fast response time.
Cons
  • No VRR support.
8.2 PC Monitor

The Samsung Terrace is a great TV for use as a PC monitor. It has low input lag, a fast response time, and it can display proper chroma 4:4:4 to render text clearly. Unfortunately, its VA panel has narrow viewing angles, so images can look washed out at the edges if you sit too close.

Pros
  • Outstanding reflection handling.
  • Low input lag.
  • Fast response time.
Cons
  • Sub-par viewing angles.
  • 8.5 Mixed Usage
  • 8.6 Movies
  • 8.3 TV Shows
  • 8.1 Sports
  • 8.6 Video Games
  • 8.7 HDR Movies
  • 8.6 HDR Gaming
  • 8.2 PC Monitor
  1. Updated Aug 05, 2021: Added the real content local dimming videos.
  2. Updated May 19, 2021: Updated the PS5's software and confirmed the TV now supports 4k @ 120Hz in HDR from it.
  3. Updated Mar 04, 2021: We retested the HDMI 2.1 compatibility.
  4. Updated Mar 04, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.6.
  5. Updated Dec 17, 2020: Checked to see if HDMI 2.1 works properly.
  6. Updated Sep 30, 2020: We've changed the status of the Auto-Calibration function from 'Untested' to 'Undetermined'.
  7. Updated Sep 14, 2020: Review published.
  8. Updated Sep 03, 2020: Early access published.

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Test Results

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Market Context
Market Context
Market Context

The Samsung Terrace is from Samsung's Lifestyle TV lineup, which includes Samsung The Frame 2020, Samsung The Sero, and Samsung The Serif. It's the first TV designed for outdoor use that we've reviewed so far, and as such, we don't have any direct comparisons from other manufacturers at this time. Performance-wise, it's comparable to the Samsung Q90T QLED and the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2020.

Design
Design
Style
Curved No

The Samsung Terrace has an outstanding design that looks very similar to the Samsung The Frame 2020, but it's thicker and more robust. This TV is meant to be wall-mounted and doesn't come with a stand. The feet in the picture above were purchased separately from a third party.

Design
Stand

Unfortunately, the Samsung Terrace doesn't come with a stand, and Samsung doesn't sell one either. The third-party stand in our pictures was purchased separately.

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 200x200

The back of the TV is all metal, except for the plastic panel covering the inputs. There are small cable routes at the bottom of the panel to allow the cables to pass through for cable management. The panel is held by screws to protect the inputs from any potential water damage.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.79" (2.0 cm)

The Samsung The Terrace's borders are a little thicker than those on the Samsung The Frame 2020 but aren't too distracting.

Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 2.44" (6.2 cm)

The Samsung Terrace is a thick TV and will stick out a bit when wall-mounted.

9.5
Design
Build Quality

Exceptional build quality. It's almost entirely made out of metal, and it feels incredibly well-built. There's no flex or noticeable gaps. It's advertised to have IP55 water resistance; however, it isn't something that we test.

Picture Quality
9.3
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
6,499 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
7,906 : 1

The Samsung Terrace has an outstanding contrast ratio, further improved by a full-array local dimming feature. This results in blacks that look deep and inky.

Note that the contrast ratio varies between units.

9.4
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene Peak Brightness
1,202 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
1,682 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
1,668 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
1,796 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
1,787 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
1,681 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
1,666 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
1,657 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
1,788 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
1,782 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
1,665 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.006

Exceptional SDR peak brightness. It's more than enough to overcome glare even in direct sunlight. The brightness varies a little bit depending on the scene, but it shouldn't be noticeable in regular content.

We measured the SDR peak brightness after calibration, using the 'Movie' Picture Mode, with Brightness set to max, Local Dimming set to 'High', and Color Temperature set to 'Warm 2'.

If you don't mind losing image accuracy, you can achieve a higher peak brightness using the 'Dynamic' Picture Mode, with Local Dimming and Contrast Enhancer both set to 'High'. With these settings, we achieved a peak of 2,034 cd/m².

7.0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
Yes
Backlight
Full-Array

Update 08/04/2021: Added the real content local dimming videos.

The Samsung Terrace has a decent full-array local dimming feature. It handles blooming well by averaging the surrounding brightness, but some blooming is still visible due to the TV's sheer brightness. Subtitles aren't as bright or distracting, similar to how the Samsung Q90T QLED handles them. Depending on the scene, some small bright objects in dark scenes are crushed, such as the stars in the opening sequence of Star Wars. It's slow at transitioning between zones, as it usually trails behind the test pattern for about one second.

5.5
Picture Quality
Local Dimming In Game Mode
Local Dimming
Yes
Backlight
Full-Array

Update 08/04/2021: Added the real content local dimming videos.

The local dimming in Game Mode is disappointing, and like the Samsung Q80/Q80T QLED, it's worse than outside of Game Mode. It doesn't seem as effective and raises the black levels more. It also turns more zones on when there's a bright object, causing more blooming.

9.6
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
Real Scene Highlight
1,776 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
1,568 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
1,729 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
1,817 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
1,852 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
1,893 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
1,554 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
1,714 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
1,796 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
1,836 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
1,875 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.009

The Samsung Terrace has an exceptional HDR peak brightness. It's enough to make highlights stand out, even when watching in a well-lit environment. However, there's a bit more brightness variability than is SDR, notably in the 2% window.

We measured the HDR peak brightness before calibration, using the 'HDR Movie' Picture Mode, with Local Dimming set to 'High', Brightness and Contrast at max, and all other image processing disabled.

If you want an even brighter image, set the Picture Mode to 'Dynamic', with Local Dimming and Contrast Enhancer set to 'High'. We achieved a peak of 5859 cd/m² in the 10% window with these settings.

9.4
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness In Game Mode
Real Scene Highlight
1,508 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
878 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
1,693 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
1,782 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
1,777 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
1,863 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
870 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
1,687 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
1,776 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
1,773 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
1,858 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.039
6.9
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
5.706%
50% DSE
0.197%
5% Std. Dev.
0.541%
5% DSE
0.081%

Gray uniformity on our unit of the Samsung Terrace is okay. The corners and edges are visibly darker, and there's some dirty screen effect in the center, which can be distracting when watching sports. However, uniformity is significantly better in near-dark scenes.

Note that gray uniformity varies between units.

9.7
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
0.447%
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
0.565%

Black uniformity on our unit is superb. There's only some minor clouding, which shouldn't be visible in regular content. There's a bit of blooming when local dimming is enabled, but it isn't distracting.

Note that black uniformity varies between units.

5.7
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
25°
Color Shift
48°
Brightness Loss
30°
Black Level Raise
19°
Gamma Shift
19°

The Samsung Terrace has sub-par viewing angles, which is expected of most VA panels. This results in images looking washed out from the side, which isn't ideal for wide seating areas.

9.0
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Glossy
Total Reflections
2.1%
Indirect Reflections
0.2%
Calculated Direct Reflections
1.9%

The Samsung Terrace has outstanding reflection handling, and combined with its high peak brightness, you shouldn't have any issues with visibility outdoors.

7.3
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
3.33
Color dE
3.07
Gamma
2.29
Color Temperature
6,019 K
Picture Mode
Movie
Color Temp Setting
Warm 2
Gamma Setting
2.2

Before calibration, the Samsung Terrace has decent color accuracy. There are minor inaccuracies with most colors, and white balance is off as well. Gamma doesn't follow the target, resulting in most scenes appearing darker than they should. The color temperature is on the warm side, giving the image a slight reddish tint.

Note that color accuracy may vary between units.

9.6
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.22
Color dE
0.74
Gamma
2.21
Color Temperature
6,500 K
White Balance Calibration
20 point
Color Calibration
Yes

Update 09/30/2020: We've changed the status of the Auto-Calibration function from 'Untested' to 'Undetermined'. The Terrace isn't yet listed as being compatible with CalMAN.

After calibration, the color accuracy is superb. The remaining inaccuracies shouldn't be visible to the naked eye. White balance is near perfect, and the color temperature is right on target. Gamma is also near perfect, except for very dark or very bright scenes.

You can see our recommended settings here.

8.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

480p content, such as from DVDs, is upscaled well without any obvious artifacts.

8.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

There are no issues with the upscaling of 720p content from cable boxes.

9.0
Picture Quality
1080p Input

1080p content, such as from Blu-rays, is upscaled well.

10
Picture Quality
4k Input

4k content is displayed perfectly.

0
Picture Quality
8k Input

The Samsung Terrace can't display an 8k signal.

Picture Quality
Pixels

The Samsung Terrace uses a BGR sub-pixel layout, which can affect text clarity when using the TV as a PC monitor. You can read more about it here.

8.1
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI P3 xy
89.49%
DCI P3 uv
94.25%
Rec 2020 xy
66.86%
Rec 2020 uv
74.63%

The Samsung Terrace has an impressive HDR color gamut. It has outstanding coverage of the commonly-used DCI P3 color space and decent coverage of the wider Rec. 2020. The EOTF doesn't follow the PQ curve well, resulting in most scenes appearing too bright. The 'Game' mode EOTF is better, but some scenes are still over-brightened. If you find HDR content too dim, set Contrast Enhancer to 'High', ST.2084 and Shadow Details to max. These settings provide a much brighter image, as you can see in this EOTF.

Note: To measure the color gamut, we had to change the color space setting to BT.2020 manually, because the 'Auto' setting doesn't display a wide color gamut.

7.8
Picture Quality
Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
88.1%
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
59.7%
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
67.4%
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
45.5%

Good color volume. It displays dark colors well due to its high contrast ratio, but like most LCDs, it has trouble displaying bright blues.

Note: To measure the color volume, we had to change the color space setting to BT.2020 manually, because the 'Auto' setting doesn't display a wide color gamut.

7.7
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
0.129
Green (Std. Dev.)
0.132
Blue (Std. Dev.)
0.102
Gray (Std. Dev.)
0.107

Good gradient handling. There's only a little bit of banding in the grays, greens, and reds. Setting Noise Reduction to 'Auto' removes most of it, but may cause the loss of fine details in some scenes.

Note: We had to change the camera settings to take the gradient picture due to the TV's high brightness.

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%

The Samsung Terrace doesn't exhibit any signs of temporary image retention.

Note that temporary image retention can vary between units.

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
8.1
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
3.0 ms
100% Response Time
14.2 ms

The Samsung Terrace has a great response time, resulting in only a short blur trail behind fast-moving objects. However, there's a significant amount of overshoot in the 0-20% transition, causing motion artifacts in dark scenes.

Our response time measurements are taken with local dimming disabled. This is due to the local dimming ramping up the brightness, making it difficult to determine when the transition ends.

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

This TV uses PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation) to dim its backlight. In the 'Movie' Picture Mode or 'Game' mode, the flickering is so high that it shouldn't be noticeable for most people. However, the flickering drops to 120Hz when using the 'Natural', 'Dynamic', or 'Filmmaker' Picture Mode. It also flickers at 120Hz when gaming with Game Motion Plus enabled.

8.8
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Optional BFI
Yes
Min Flicker For 60 fps
120 Hz
60Hz For 60 fps
Yes
120Hz For 120 fps
Yes
Min Flicker for 60 fps in Game Mode
60 Hz

There's an optional Black Frame Insertion (BFI) feature to improve motion clarity. Enabling it lowers the backlight's flickering frequency to 120Hz in all picture modes, leading to image duplication in 60fps content. However, you can get the flickering frequency to 60Hz for 60fps content by enabling 'Game' mode.

The BFI feature is called LED Clear Motion, but unlike other Samsung TVs, this setting isn't located in the Picture Clarity Settings menu; it's in the Game Motion Plus Settings menu.

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

The Samsung Terrace can interpolate lower frame rate content up to 120fps to make motion look more fluid. Unfortunately, there are a lot of artifacts present in fast-moving scenes, and it never stops interpolating even when the scene gets too challenging, causing more artifacts.

To enable motion interpolation, set Picture Clarity to 'Custom', adjust the Judder Reduction slider to interpolate 30fps content, or the Blur Reduction slider for 60fps content.

7.6
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
27.5 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
2.5 ms

Although the Samsung Terrace has a fast response time, it doesn't stutter much in 60fps content. However, it stutters more in 24p content. If it bothers you, enabling motion interpolation can help.

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

This TV can remove judder from all sources, and no change in settings is required.

0
Motion
Variable Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
120 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

This TV doesn't support any variable refresh rate technology.

Inputs
9.8
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
9.2 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
89.7 ms
1440p @ 60Hz
9.0 ms
4k @ 60Hz
8.8 ms
4k @ 60Hz + 10-Bit HDR
8.9 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
9.0 ms
4k @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
68.5 ms
4k @ 60Hz With Interpolation
20.3 ms
8k @ 60Hz
N/A
1080p @ 120Hz
4.9 ms
1440p @ 120Hz
5.0 ms
4k @ 120Hz
5.5 ms
1080p with Variable Refresh Rate
N/A
1440p with VRR
N/A
4k with VRR
N/A
8k with VRR
N/A

Update 03/04/2021: We retested the TV for HDMI 2.1 support, which properly works now on HDMI 2.1. We measured the 4k @ 120Hz input lag.

The Samsung Terrace has exceptionally low input lag, which is great for gaming or using the TV as a PC monitor. It's possible to use motion interpolation when gaming; however, it adds a bit of input lag.

To get the lowest latency, you have to be in 'Game' mode. To use motion interpolation when gaming, enable Game Motion Plus and adjust the Judder Reduction slider for games that normally run at 30fps, or the Blur Reduction slider for games that run at 60fps. To get the lowest latency when using the TV as a PC monitor, make sure that the input in use is labeled 'PC' or enable 'Game' mode.

9.6
Inputs
Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes (native support)
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes (native support)
1440p @ 120Hz
Yes (native support)
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
Yes (native support)
8k @ 30Hz or 24Hz
No
8k @ 60Hz
No

Update 03/04/2021: We retested the TV for HDMI 2.1 support, which properly works now. It supports 4k @ 120Hz content on HDMI 1.

The Samsung Terrace supports all common resolutions up to 120Hz. Additionally, it can display proper chroma 4:4:4 at all supported resolutions, except for 1440p @ 120Hz.

To display chroma 4:4:4, label the input in use as 'PC'. For content that requires full bandwidth, enable Input Signal Plus.

Inputs
Advanced Console Compatibility
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Yes
PS5, 4k @ 120Hz + HDR
Yes
PS5, 4k @ 120Hz
Yes
PS5, 4k @ 60Hz + HDR
Yes
PS5, 1440p @ 120Hz
PS5 can't do 1440p
PS5, 1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
PS5, Variable Refresh Rate
No
Xbox Series X, 4k @ 120Hz + HDR
Yes
Xbox Series X, 4k @ 120Hz
Yes
Xbox Series X, 4k @ 60Hz + HDR
Yes
Xbox Series X, 1440p @ 120Hz
Yes
Xbox Series X, 1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
Xbox Series X, Variable Refresh Rate
No

Update 05/19/2021: After a PS5 software update, Samsung TVs can now display 4k @ 120Hz in HDR.

Update 03/04/2021: We retested the TV for HDMI 2.1 support, which properly works now. It supports 4k @ 120Hz content on HDMI 2.1.

This TV supports most common formats on the Xbox Series X and PS5. There's an 'Auto Low Latency Mode' that automatically enables 'Game' mode when a game is launched from a compatible device. To use it, set Game Mode to 'Auto'.

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

Update 03/04/2021: We retested the TV for HDMI 2.1 support, which properly works now. It supports 4k @ 120Hz content on HDMI 1.

Inputs
Input Photos
Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI 3
USB 1
Digital Optical Audio Out 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm 1
Analog Audio Out RCA 0
Component In 0
Composite In 0
Tuner (Cable/Ant) 1
Ethernet 1
DisplayPort 0
IR In 0
SD/SDHC 0

There's an input on the Samsung Terrace labeled HDBT. It allows you to connect an optional external HDBT transmitter, so you can use a single cable to transmit all data to the TV for a clean setup, similar to the One Connect Box on the Samsung The Frame 2020. It requires a CAT6 Ethernet cable.

Inputs
Audio Passthrough
ARC
Yes (HDMI 2)
eARC support
Yes
Dolby Atmos via TrueHD via eARC
Yes
DTS:X via DTS-HD MA via eARC
No
5.1 Dolby Digital via ARC
Yes
5.1 DTS via ARC
No
5.1 Dolby Digital via Optical
Yes
5.1 DTS via Optical
No

The Samsung Terrace supports eARC, allowing you to send high-quality audio over an HDMI connection. To use it, set eARC to 'Auto' and Digital Output Audio Format to 'Passthrough'.

Sound Quality
6.7
Sound Quality
Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
142.54 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
3.94 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
3.74 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
4.39 dB
Max
94.7 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
3.38 dB

The Samsung Terrace has an okay frequency response. It delivers dialogues clearly, but it lacks bass extension, which means you won't get any thumping or rumbling sound. It gets very loud, which is great for outdoor parties, and there isn't much compression when playing near max volume. If you want better sound, Samsung has an accompanying soundbar called The Terrace Soundbar (HW-LST70T), and it's sold separately.

7.0
Sound Quality
Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
0.158
Weighted THD @ Max
0.949
IMD @ 80
3.98%
IMD @ Max
4.24%

Decent distortion performance. There's only a small amount of distortion at moderate or near max volume. However, it shouldn't be noticeable for most people.

Smart Features
8.0
Smart Features
Interface
Smart OS Tizen
Version 2020
Ease of Use
Easy
Smoothness
Very Smooth
Time Taken to Select YouTube
2 s
Time Taken to Change Backlight
4 s
Advanced Options
Many

Samsung's Tizen OS is a very user-friendly platform and runs very smoothly. There's only a minor bug with Dolby Digital over HDMI-ARC, where the connected receiver indicates that the decoder is turned off even when it's on. However, this issue was resolved on the receiver and might not be related to the TV itself.

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

Unfortunately, there are ads and suggested content on the home screen and within the app store. There's no way to opt-out or to disable them.

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

Samsung's app store has tons of apps available for download, so you should be able to find what you need.

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

The remote control is slightly different from other high-end Samsung TVs; however, the button layout is the same. There are dedicated buttons to access Netflix, Prime Videos, and Samsung TV Plus, as well as a button for the ambient mode, which displays pieces of art or photos when the TV isn't in use. The remote is advertised to have IP56 water resistance, but it isn't something that we test.

There's a built-in microphone for voice control. Changing settings and general inquiries, like asking for the weather, work well. You can launch an app like YouTube with voice command, but content search depends on the app, as we weren't able to perform a search on Netflix.

The remote can be used as a universal remote control for other devices, even if the device doesn't support CEC.

Smart Features
TV Controls

There's a single button at the bottom right side of the TV. It allows you to turn the TV On/Off, change the channel, the input source, and adjust the volume.

Smart Features
In The Box

  • User guide
  • Remote control
  • 2x AAA batteries
  • Power cord

Smart Features
Misc
Power Consumption 68 W
Power Consumption (Max) 262 W
Firmware 1301

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the 55" (QN55LST7TAFXZA) variant of the Samsung Terrace, and for the most part, we expect our review to be valid for the 65" (QN65LST7TAFXZA), and the 75" variant (QN75LST7TAFXZA).

Size US Canada UK Germany
55" QN55LST7TAFXZA QN55LST7TAFXZC QE55LST7TAUXXU GQ55LST7TAUXZG
65" QN65LST7TAFXZA QN65LST7TAFXZC QE65LST7TAUXXU GQ65LST7TAUXZG
75" QN75LST7TAFXZA QN75LST7TAFXZC QE75LST7TAUXXU GQ75LST7TAUXZG

If someone comes across a different type of panel or their Samsung Terrace doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review. Note that some tests, such as gray uniformity, may vary between individual units.

Our unit of the Samsung Terrace was manufactured in June 2020; you can see the label here.

Compared To Other TVs

The Samsung Terrace is a great TV overall. It stands out for its exceptional build quality and high peak brightness. However, unless you need a TV specifically for outdoor use, there are better TVs that cost much less. For more options, check out our recommendations for the best TVs, the best 4k HDR TVs, and the best outdoor TVs.

Samsung Q80/Q80T QLED
49" 50" 55" 65" 75" 85"

Although the Samsung The Terrace and the Samsung Q80/Q80T QLED perform similarly overall, there are significant differences between the two TVs. The Terrace has a higher contrast ratio, and it gets a lot brighter to combat glare since it's meant to be used outdoors. The Q80T has faster response time and VRR support, making it a better option for gaming. The Q80T also has wider viewing angles thanks to the 'Ultra Viewing Angle' layer, and it has better reflection handling and is more accurate out-of-the-box.

Hisense H9G
55" 65"

The Samsung The Terrace and the Hisense H9G are very similar overall. The Samsung gets brighter, and its brightness stays relatively consistent across different content. The Samsung also has better color accuracy out-of-the-box and much lower input lag. On the flip side, the Hisense has a better local dimming feature and a significantly faster response time.

LG CX OLED
48" 55" 65" 77"

The LG CX OLED and the Samsung The Terrace are very different TVs. The LG's OLED technology makes it a better choice for dark rooms, as it can produce perfect blacks. On the other hand, the Samsung is a QLED TV that gets extremely bright and is designed for outdoor use. The LG has faster response time and VRR support; however, the Terrace has lower input lag.

Samsung Q90/Q90T QLED
55" 65" 75" 85"

The Samsung Q90T QLED and the Samsung The Terrace score similarly overall, but they each have their pros and cons. The Q90T has much wider viewing angles, its local dimming performs better, and it has variable refresh rate support. The Terrace is an outdoor TV that can get significantly brighter in SDR and HDR, and it has a higher native contrast ratio since it doesn't have Samsung's 'Ultra Viewing Angle' layer.

Sony X950H
49" 55" 65" 75" 85"

Overall, the Samsung The Terrace is a bit better than the Sony X950H. The Samsung has a higher contrast ratio to produce deep blacks, much lower input lag, and gets much brighter in both SDR and HDR. However, the Sony has wider viewing angles, better color accuracy out-of-the-box, and significantly better gradient handling.

Samsung The Frame 2020
32" 43" 50" 55" 65" 75"

Overall, the Samsung The Terrace is much better than the Samsung The Frame 2020. However, they're meant for different uses. The Terrace is an outdoor TV with significantly higher peak brightness, better reflection handling, and a full-array local dimming feature. On the other hand, The Frame 2020 has FreeSync support to reduce screen tearing when gaming, and it comes with the One Connect Box, which is great for keeping your setup clean.

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