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There are no signs of image retention after displaying a high-contrast image for ten minutes. However, this varies between individual units. We don't expect VA panels to experience burn-in, as the VA panel in our long-term test appears to be immune. This TV has an okay response time, but it's not ideal for gaming. There's a long blur trail behind fast-moving objects, and like most TVs with VA panels, it's worse behind dark objects.
This TV uses pulse width modulation, also known as PWM, to dim the backlight, and there's noticeable flicker at all backlight levels. Enabling Picture Clarity also makes it flicker at Hz, and the backlight-strobing feature, commonly known as black frame insertion, drops the frequency further to 60Hz.
The Hz flicker isn't very noticeable, but Hz flicker bothers some people, and it causes duplication in motion. There's an optional backlight strobing feature, commonly known as black frame insertion, to improve motion clarity. When enabled, it causes the backlight to flicker at 60Hz, regardless of which picture mode you're using. Unfortunately, the timing is quite bad, which results in visible crosstalk.
This TV has a feature that interpolates lower frame rate content to make motion appear smoother, otherwise known as the 'Soap Opera Effect'. It looks okay in quiet scenes, but there are noticeable artifacts when there's a lot of movement, and it stops interpolating altogether if it gets too intense.
This causes a sudden change in frame rate, which is distracting in some cases. Due to the slower response times, the Samsung Q60A doesn't stutter much in low frame rate content. If you notice stuttering and it bothers you, enabling motion interpolation reduces the amount of stutter.
It's important for smooth motion when watching movies. This TV doesn't support any variable refresh rate technology. Input lag is exceptionally low, which results in an incredibly responsive gaming and desktop experience. You can use motion interpolation to make lower frame rate games appear smoother, but it increases latency significantly and isn't recommended. To get the lowest input lag, enable Game Mode. This TV supports most common resolutions, but it doesn't support p, natively or forced.
It doesn't appear as a native resolution on Windows, and when forced, it results in a x ultrawide format. Chroma is displayed properly in 'PC' mode, which is important for clear text when using it as a PC monitor. It has an 'Auto Low Latency Mode' that enables Game Mode automatically when a game is launched from a compatible device. The built-in speakers are mediocre. They're reasonably well-balanced but lack the bass extension to produce a deep, rumbling sound. They get pretty loud, which is good for large or noisy environments; however, there's a fair amount of compression artifacts at higher volume levels.
Distortion performance is bad. The amount of harmonic distortion is already quite high at moderate volume levels, and it gets worse as the volume increases. That said, it still has a good number of features and functionalities, and it feels smoother and more responsive than its predecessor. Although we couldn't take a photo, there are some ads and suggested content on the home screen and in the app store.
There's no way to disable them. There are plenty of apps in Samsung's app store, and they run relatively smoothly for the most part. The built-in media player supports most common audio and video formats. The remote has changed from the Samsung TVs. It no longer uses disposable batteries; instead, it has an internal battery that you can charge via the solar panel on the back of the remote or through the USB-C port at the bottom.
There's still a built-in microphone for voice control, and you can choose your preferred digital assistant: Bixby, Alexa, or Google. Most commands work, like starting an app, changing some settings, or asking for general info. However, you can't search for content within a specific app, like Netflix. The OneRemote feature lets you use the remote to control other external devices, even if they don't support CEC. There's a single button at the bottom right corner of the screen, below the Samsung branding.
User guide Remote control Cable management clips not shown. Two similar models are sold in some regions, the Q65A and the Q68A; however, we don't know how they perform. The Costco variant, known as the Q6DA, performs the same as the one we've tested. If you come across a different type of panel or your Samsung Q60A doesn't correspond to our review, let us know, and we'll update the review.
Note that some tests, like gray uniformity, vary between units. Our unit was manufactured in February ; you can see the label here. The Q70A offers better performance and more features. While they're both VA panels, the Q70A has a higher contrast ratio and similar viewing angles.
Meanwhile, the Q60A is limited to 60Hz and lacks most extra features. However, it's available in smaller sizes than the Q70A. The Samsung is a VA panel, so it has a high contrast ratio that can deliver deep blacks, making it well-suited to watching movies or dark room gaming. The Sony uses an IPS panel with low contrast and wide viewing angles. It can't produce deep blacks like the Samsung, but it has a faster response time, so it may be a good budget option to use as a PC monitor.
The Sony has slightly better contrast, a much faster response time, and can remove judder from any source. There's not much difference between the two, but since the Q60A sits in the higher-end QLED lineup, it performs better in a few areas. It has a much wider color gamut and gets brighter in HDR, making highlights pop more than the AU On the other hand, the AU has much better reflection handling.
There are some minor improvements to the color gamut and response time on the Q60A, but it has a noticeably lower contrast ratio than the Q60T. Other than that, the Q60A is much thinner, and its remote control has changed slightly to include an internal battery, which you can charge via the solar panel on the back or through a USB-C connection. The Samsung has much better contrast, better black uniformity, and it's significantly brighter.
The only real advantage of the LG is that it has a wider viewing angle, so it might be a better choice if you have a wide seating arrangement, but only if you're not in a bright room. They have different panel types; the Samsung is better for dark room viewing because its VA panel has better contrast, while the IPS-type panel on the LG has wider viewing angles.
The Samsung also gets brighter, meaning it performs better in a well-lit room. However, it has worse reflection handling and narrower viewing angles. The LG has slightly higher input lag, but it has better response times, a Hz refresh rate, and VRR support to reduce screen tearing when gaming. It also has HDMI 2. While they both use VA panels, the TCL has a higher contrast ratio and a full-array local dimming feature to further improve black level.
It delivers a better HDR experience overall because it has a wider color gamut and gets significantly brighter, but its gradient handling is mediocre, much worse than the Samsung. That said, it supports VRR, whereas the Samsung doesn't. The Hisense delivers better picture quality because it has a significantly higher contrast ratio, full-array local dimming, and gets a lot brighter, especially in HDR.
It has better response times to deliver a clearer image in fast-moving scenes; however, you may also notice more stuttering in lower frame rate content. The TCL has a higher native contrast ratio, and it has a full-array local dimming feature that improves the contrast significantly. It also gets a lot brighter, enough to deliver a true cinematic HDR experience. Also, its input lag is much higher than the Samsung's, making it less ideal for gaming. The Samsung is better for dark room viewing because it has a much higher contrast ratio.
It also gets a lot brighter to combat glare, though not quite enough to make highlights stand out the way they should in HDR content. The Sony has better viewing angles, which is expected of an IPS panel, and it has much better response times. That said, the Samsung is better for gaming mainly because it has much lower input lag than the Sony.
The Samsung is available in various sizes, while the Sony is only available in a 43 inch or 49 inch size, and the 49 inch uses an IPS panel instead of VA. The Samsung has a higher contrast ratio to produce deeper blacks, and it has lower input lag, making it more ideal for gaming.
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