Every year new TVs are released while oldones are discontinued in a cycle.
These new TVs are marketed with new termsand fancy-sounding technologies, but do they really hold up to the hype? Well, we bought the brand-new 55” 2020 SamsungQ60T QLED, so in this video we’ll go over our test results to see if the new dual LEDbacklight technology really results in an upgrade for you.
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In this video, we’ll start by looking atthe design and inputs of the Q60T, and then move on to our test results for the picturequality.
We’ll also look at the motion handling, input lag and sound.
Throughout this video we'll be comparing tothe Q60T’s naming predecessor from last year the Q60R, as well as what might be consideredthe closest model – the RU8000.
If you’d like to skip straight to our testresults, then see the links in the description below.
– RTINGS Animation – We bought the fifty five inch Q60T, but itis also available in a wide range of sizes from forty-three inches up to eighty-fiveinches.
We expect these other sizes to have very similarpicture quality and performance, but obviously as the sizes get bigger you'll need a biggertable, a more durable wall-mount, or planning permission to knock down a few walls and openup your living room.
The design of the Q60T is very similar toother Samsung TVs, in fact it is very similar to other TVs in general.
There’s very few TVs that stand out as noticeablydifferent – outside of more concept models like LG’s rollable OLED or Samsung’s SeroTV.
The borders of this TV are very thin whichlooks good, as they aren’t distracting.
The wide-set stand supports the TV well, andlike some of Samsung's previous TVs the legs secure themselves when inserted so there'sno need for screws which is a nice touch.
For the on-TV controls, there's a single buttonunder the Samsung logo at the front.
It allows basic controls like turning theTV on or off or changing inputs, but requires a series of short or long presses so isn’tparticularly intuitive to use.
Moving around to the side, the TV is thinand looks good.
It sits close to the wall when mounted, whichis nice.
Now on the rear of the TV are the inputs.
There are three HDMI ports – one fewer thanlast year, a tuner, two USBs, and unlike most new TVs there’s actually a composite inputso you can connect up your old combo player for those VCR tapes in the basement.
Now, the Q60T is supposed to come with clipsfor cable management, similar to older Samsung models, but for some reason we can’t findthem so they might have been missing from the package.
Here’s an example from last year’s Q60Rthough, and it is a simple design but works well to keep wires out of sight.
Now we'll move on to the picture quality.
As always, check out our website for an updatedcomparison with new TVs as we buy and test them.
So first up, the contrast ratio.
The contrast ratio is the relative brightnessof white versus dark areas in a scene.
It is generally considered one of the mostimportant aspects of picture quality, as a high contrast ratio helps dark scenes to appearmore detailed without details getting lost in the gray.
Now, this is one of the areas that the dualLED backlight technology of the Q60T is supposed to help with.
On most TVs the backlight is fixed to a certaincolor temperature.
The only way to produce a different colorlight, is to filter out components – such as blocking some of the red light to producea cooler or bluer image or blocking some blue light to produce a warmer or redder image.
As some light is blocked, the overall brightnessreduces a bit.
Now, the advantage of a dual LED backlightis that the two types of LEDs have a different color temperature.
Instead of blocking light and reducing brightnessto change the color temperature, the relative intensity of the two different LEDs can beadjusted, with no hit to the brightness.
This is a bit of a simplification becausefor contrast you care about the black level as well, but the result is that the contrastratio should be higher in theory.
Now in practice, this also seems to be thecase as the native contrast ratio is one of the highest we’ve tested.
It is just over ten percent higher than lastyear's model, which could be explained by this technology.
Unfortunately, the Q60T doesn’t have localdimming to further improve the perceived contrast of real scenes, but this is expected as Samsungtends to limit these features to higher-end models and the Q60R didn’t have it either.
Let’s move on to gray uniformity.
Our gray uniformity test checks for issueswith the panel where different pixels are all supposed to display the exact same color, but may not.
This can result in distracting areas knownas the dirty screen effect, which is especially noticeable when watching sports or playingvideo games.
The Q60T has a good uniformity, which is aboutexpected as edge-lit TVs like this one actually tend to perform better than many high-endTVs with full array local dimming.
Having said that, gray uniformity is one aspectof the panel that can vary between units, so yours might perform differently.
If you come across a panel that doesn’tcorrespond to our results, let us know in the comments below.
Now for the viewing angles.
Good viewing angles are important if you’vegot wide seating so that the image remains accurate when viewed from the side.
Like most TVs with VA type panels, the viewingangles of the Q60T aren’t good.
At an angle the black level raises quicklyand the image looks washed out.
This is also about the same as last year’sQ60R.
For those of you in a bright room, good reflectionhandling is important to cut the amount of glare.
The Q60T is about typical of most mid-rangeTVs.
It has a semi-gloss finish which diffusesreflZections a bit across the screen and coupled with the great SDR peak brightness which we'lltalk about later it should be fine for most rooms.
It may be hard to see the image in a verybright room or with direct glare from a window though.
Now as mentioned earlier, the SDR peak brightnessis great, and should be more than bright enough for most situations.
There's no local dimming so the brightnessdoesn't really change with most window sizes, but the TV does have frame dimming or CE dimmingwhich dims the whole screen during dark scenes.
Some people don’t like this as it can crushdetails, and unfortunately can't be disabled.
Now, if you watch HDR content then the abilityto produce brighter regions of the image is important to produce impactful highlight detail.
Unfortunately, while the Q60T supports HDR, it can’t produce bright specular highlights and at below five hundred nits, it also can'treally make HDR content stand out.
Also important for HDR is the ability to takeadvantage of the wider color spaces that content can be mastered in.
The Q in Q60T refers to QLED, which is thename Samsung uses for their Quantum Dot TVs.
This Quantum Dot Technology allows for morevivid colors, and the Q60T doesn’t disappoint.
While it can’t produce as wide of a colorgamut as some higher-end QLED TVs, it is almost exactly the same as last year’s Q60R andabout what we expect.
So now onto our motion tests.
Unlike the Q60R of last year, all sizes ofthe Q60T have a sixty hertz panel, rather than a higher refresh rate one twenty hertzpanel.
We’ll talk about the effect of this lateron this video.
First up for motion, the response time whichis an average of the time it takes for the TV to transition from one color to the nextas it displays a sequence of frames.
The Q60T has a good response time, but thereis some visible blur trail in fast-moving scenes as can be seen in the smearing on theleft of the photo of our moving logo.
The backlight of the TV also flickers at six-hundredhertz, which is such a high frequency that it isn't noticeable to most people and can'tbe seen in our moving logo photo.
We did find on full-screen uniform colorsit causes a kind of rolling effect though, which is strange.
Now, the flicker of the backlight can alsobe adjusted for those who want a clearer image.
When sending a 60Hz signal and in movie mode, the ‘LED Clear Motion’ option can be enabled for a 60hz flicker.
This results in a clearer image with lesspersistence blur.
You can see some duplication though causedby strobe crosstalk, so it isn’t as good as some other TVs.
Unfortunately, at the moment there appearsto be a bug with the firmware, as the LED Clear Motion doesn’t work in game mode forlow input lag.
When in game mode the backlight flickers at120Hz, and enabling LED Clear Motion doesn’t adjust this frequency.
As a result, more duplication is noticeableand the image is less clear.
This might be fixed in a future firmware though.
Now speaking of game mode, it works well toreduce the input lag of the TV.
For most signals it is under 10 milliseconds, which is great and close to the theoretical minimum at 60hz.
This is great for fast-paced games as it feelsvery responsive.
As mentioned before, it can’t display a120Hz signal though due to the 60Hz panel, which is a bit disappointing.
Unfortunately, unlike last year’s RU8000or Q60R, this TV doesn’t support variable refresh rates.
This aspect is definitely a downgrade if youplan to game on a new Xbox with VRR or from a PC.
So now for the smart platform.
This TV has the familiar Tizen OS, althoughthe 2020 version has a slightly simpler interface and a ‘Dark Mode’ instead of the whitebackground.
Overall it is very easy to use and works well, and the familiar Samsung smart remote is also great.
We did experience a few bugs during testingwhich is detailed on our written review linked down below, but we bought the TV as soon asit was available so it is unfortunately fairly normal for all TVs that the problems willget worked out over the next few months, and we don’t expect it to be a problem for mostpeople.
Now, the sound quality of the Q60T is abouttypical of most TVs.
It has a decent frequency response and canget fairly loud, but for better sound as always a dedicated speaker system or even a soundbaris the way to go.
So overall, the Q60T is a good TV that performswell for most uses.
At the same time, it is a bit disappointingthough because it is a downgrade from the Q60R in a few areas – most notably the 60Hz panel and lack of variable refresh rate support both of which may be important forgamers.
Otherwise it performs similarly though andthe dual LED backlight does appear to improve the contrast a bit.
So that's it! What do you think of the 2020 Samsung Q60T? If you were to choose between the 2019 and2020 model, which do you prefer? You can check out all of the measurementson our website.
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