Samsung Q60A sequence (2021) evaluation: QLED TV brings out HDR brightness, shade

The Samsung Q60A is its entry-level QLED mannequin, aka an LCD TV with quantum dots. These magical dots let the Q60A carry out higher than many conventional LCDs that value much less, with far better brightness and deeper, richer colours with HDR content material. Its skinny design additionally separates it from its bulkier brethren. 

LikeSleek design and glorious remoteBrighter than cheaper TVsGreat shade with HDR

Do not LikeExpensive for what you getWeak audio system

Whereas the additional shade and brightness is nice, you undoubtedly pay for it in comparison with entry-level fashions from different manufacturers. The Q60A is roughly twice as costly as the same dimension TCL 4-Sequence and Vizio V-Sequence I in contrast it to, however general picture high quality is not twice pretty much as good. Whereas brighter than these TVs, it nonetheless does not have the brightness nor dynamic vary to essentially make the most of HDR content material. Its audio system are worse as effectively, so when you care about first rate audio it requires investing in a soundbar.

In the meantime the Q60A prices about the identical because the TCL 6-series, CNET’s favourite TV for the cash. I did not evaluate the Q60A on to the 6-Sequence for this evaluation, however primarily based on my observations of the Q60A and CNET’s evaluation of the 6-Sequence, the TCL has a greater image.

The Q60A is an effective selection if you would like a Samsung and admire its design and have upgrades (like a solar-powered distant) over cheaper fashions. It undoubtedly presents higher efficiency than a typical “funds” TV, nevertheless it’s a worse worth than non-Samsung manufacturers.

Samsung’s Q60A sequence is available in an enormous array of sizes, from 43 inches all the best way as much as 85 inches. I reviewed the 55-inch mannequin.

Samsung Q60A TV’s acquired quantum dots and a solar-powered distant

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Photo voltaic distant alert!

We have to speak in regards to the new Samsung distant. It is glorious general and has one nice function: It is photo voltaic powered. On the again is a tiny array of photo voltaic panels. These, mixed with some environment friendly electronics, imply that it is all the time going to have sufficient energy. No extra altering batteries, which in a small means is nice for the setting, too.

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My theater room has subsequent to no pure mild, and infrequently has the lights on, and after a number of weeks the distant nonetheless has loads of cost. I am undecided all remotes will go this photo voltaic route sooner or later, nevertheless it’d be cool in the event that they did. Alternately, you’ll be able to cost the distant by way of USB-C on the underside.

Flip it over and you will find a sparse number of tastefully designed keys and a mic for voice search. This allows you to converse a present or film identify after which reveals you the place you’ll be able to stream or purchase it. This display screen even has a Metacritic rating to additional impress (or disgrace) you about your choice. Oddly, it highlights Apple TV Plus as the primary service to do that from, however an extra click on brings up the opposite choices. It isn’t fairly as user-friendly as Vizio’s model, or Roku’s in case you have one among their merchandise with a voice distant. It does get the job achieved although.

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It’s also possible to use Samsung’s SmartThings app to regulate the TV, together with different sensible units in your house.

Options and connections

Except for quantum dots and that distant, Q60A is pretty typical for an entry-level(ish) TV. It lacks stuff like a 120Hz refresh price, next-gen gaming perks and native dimming discovered on step-up Samsungs just like the QN90A.

It does share that TV’s sensible options, nonetheless. So far as apps go, you get all the usual choices like Netflix, Vudu, HBO Max and so forth. The Q60A’s interface is not practically as in-your-face about streaming as, say, the Vizio and to a lesser extent, the Roku-enabled TCL. The apps are grouped in a small row on the backside of the display screen, extra like sensible TVs of yore. There’s additionally Samsung TV Plus, which is actually like free fundamental cable, although you’ll be able to’t fast-forward by the advertisements.

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Connections are pretty customary. There are three HDMI inputs, one among which has eARC, and there are two USB ports, one among which ought to present sufficient energy for a streaming stick, when you determine to eschew the TV’s personal apps. Wired LAN will get you related in case your Wi-Fi is not as much as snuff. There are not any analog inputs, so when you’ve acquired a Wii or, I do not know, a LaserDisc participant or one thing, you will want a cheap HDMI converter.

HDMI inputs: 3 (1 eARC)Analog inputs: NoneUSB port: 2 (1.0A and 0.5A energy)Web: Wi-Fi, LANAntenna inputOptical digital audio outputAnalog audio output: NoSpeakers: 2 downward-facing, 20W complete

An Vitality Star score of $14 per 12 months for the 55-inch is on the extra environment friendly finish of comparable TVs, and the opposite sizes within the line are equally environment friendly. 

Image high quality comparisons

The Samsung Q60A is much dearer than both of the TVs I in contrast it to, particularly the Vizio V-Sequence and the TCL 4-Sequence. Nevertheless, as Samsung’s most entry-level QLED mannequin, it offers a very good indication of what picture high quality enhancements you get from quantum dots. I related all three by way of a Monoprice 1×4 distribution amplifier, and seen all of them side-by-side-by-side.

Proper out of the gate my eye was drawn to the Samsung. It’s brilliant. Properly, not less than in comparison with the opposite two TVs, that are already fairly brilliant. When going all-out with HDR content material, it is about twice as brilliant because the Vizio. When you’ve got a extremely brilliant room, or like to look at TV in the course of the day in a room with many home windows, the Samsung will probably be simpler to see than cheaper TVs. 

Except for brightness, shade with HDR sources was the opposite actually noticeable distinction between the three TVs. The quantum dots let the Q60A produce far deeper, richer colours than the Vizio and TCL, which use conventional shade filters on their LCD parts. So that you get way more vibrant purples, bluer blues, extra crimson-y reds than the others may hope to provide. 

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The distinction ratio, and subsequently the dynamic vary, is not a lot totally different, nonetheless. So general the picture does not make the most of HDR content material like another TVs would, specifically these outfitted with native dimming. That stated, because of brightness and shade it takes extra benefit of HDR than the opposite two TVs, in order that’s a step in the fitting course. 

Subjectively talking, I would say the added colours and brightness make the Samsung look roughly 50% higher with HDR than the TCL and Vizio, which is not dangerous however undoubtedly lower than the 100% extra it usually prices. Once more, that when you’re watching HDR content material. Any non-HDR content material, which is most TV reveals and older films, the distinction is even nearer.

No TV sounds good. All have tiny audio system. Nevertheless, the Samsung is particularly dangerous on this regard. Even at most quantity it isn’t notably loud and has a number of distortion whenever you’re cranking it up. In my theater the quantity was usually above 90 (out of 100) and even maxed, it was onerous to listen to with the air conditioner on. This isn’t a difficulty the Vizio nor the TCL had. That is the value paid for such a skinny design. So regardless of its value, when you’re contemplating this TV it’s best to funds in a soundbar to go along with it. In equity, that is all the time true — simply, er, extra true right here.

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Excessive finish of the low finish

The Q60A is an fascinating TV. It is Samsung’s low-end QLED, nevertheless it’s far dearer than different entry-level TVs. It is like if Porsche tried to make a automotive to compete with funds sedans just like the Hyundai Accent or Nissan Versa… nevertheless it value $50,000. So sure, the Q60A does carry out higher than different low-end TVs, nevertheless it additionally prices considerably extra. And it merely shouldn’t be, for instance, twice pretty much as good because the TCL 4-Sequence. 

That stated, it’s higher. It is also way more engaging, with its svelte design. So when you’re capable of spend a bit extra on a TV and wish brighter, higher HDR efficiency along with sleeker design, the Q60A is a good possibility. Simply be sure to funds for a soundbar, too.

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