Samsung The Terrace TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Reviewed Sep 14, 2020 at 09:45 am
Samsung The Terrace Picture
8.4
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: LG B9 OLED
8.6
Movies
8.3
TV Shows
8.1
Sports
8.4
Video Games
8.7
HDR Movies
8.2
HDR Gaming
8.1
PC Monitor
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

8.4 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 very good 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.
8.4 Video Games

The Samsung Terrace is great 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.
8.2 HDR Gaming

The Samsung Terrace is great 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.
8.1 PC Monitor

The Samsung Terrace is a very good 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.
  • 8.4 Mixed Usage
  • 8.6 Movies
  • 8.3 TV Shows
  • 8.1 Sports
  • 8.4 Video Games
  • 8.7 HDR Movies
  • 8.2 HDR Gaming
  • 8.1 PC Monitor

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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
9.0
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
6499 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
7906 : 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.

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

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.

9.4
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
1202 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
1682 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
1668 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
1796 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
1787 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
1681 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
1666 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
1657 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
1788 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
1782 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
1665 cd/m²
SDR 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.

9.6
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
1776 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
1568 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
1729 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
1817 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
1852 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
1893 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
1554 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
1714 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
1796 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
1836 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
1875 cd/m²
HDR 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.

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.

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.

9.7
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.

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
6019 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
6500 K
White Balance Calibration
20 point
Color Calibration
Yes

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 dE
Green (Std. Dev.)
0.132 dE
Blue (Std. Dev.)
0.102 dE
Gray (Std. Dev.)
0.107 dE

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
60 Hz for 60 fps
Yes
120 Hz 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
9.3
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60 Hz
9.2 ms
1080p @ 60 Hz Outside Game Mode
89.7 ms
1440p @ 60 Hz
9.0 ms
4k @ 60 Hz
8.8 ms
4k @ 60 Hz + 10 bit HDR
8.9 ms
4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4
9.0 ms
4k @ 60 Hz Outside Game Mode
68.5 ms
4k @ 60 Hz With Interpolation
20.3 ms
8k @ 60 Hz