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Hi, I’m Daniel from RTINGS.com Today we’re testing the Samsung Q80R. It is a high-end LCD TV, sitting between the Q70 and Samsung’s highest-end 4k model this year, the Q90. As a result, it competes against high-end models from other brands like the LG OLEDs and Sony X950G. We bought the US fifty five inch model to test, but it is also available in sixty five and seventy five inches. We expect these other sizes to have very similar picture quality.
It is also known as the Q80, and is available in other regions like Canada, the UK, and Europe. We expect these international variants to offer the same picture quality and performance, but sometimes there are small differences like the smart platform version. In the EU there is also the Q85R which is advertised to have more local dimming zones and an external oneconnect box, but we haven’t tested it so can’t comment on it’s performance. In this review, we’ll start by looking at the design of the TV and then move on to the picture quality. We’ll look at the motion handling, input lag, and sound, and then compare to other competing models which are currently available. If you’d like to skip straight to our test results, then see the links in the description below. The Samsung Q80R’s design is excellent. Its body is very similar to the Q70R, except for the metallic borders and the stand, which are different. The stand provides good support for the TV.
The build quality is excellent, and you should have no issues with it. The controls for the TV are located under the front of the logo, and the 5 buttons serve as a D-pad which works well. It is also a very thin TV and it will not stick out much if you decide to wall-mount it. Unfortunately, unlike the Q90R, it’s not compatible with Samsung’s no-gap wall mount to put it flush to the wall. The back of the legs are hollow to provide a path for cable management, which works well. The TV has the most common inputs with four HDMI ports, which all support HDMI 2.0 which is now pretty standard. Moving back around, we can look at the TV through a thermal camera which is interesting to see the location of LEDs or electronics. In this case though, all of the LEDs are behind the screen due to the full-array backlighting so the whole TV has a relatively uniform heat distribution. Now we’ll move on to the picture quality. We’ll be comparing to currently available TVs, but competing models may change as new TVs are released throughout the year. For an updated comparison with new models as we buy and test them, see the review page on our website which is linked below.
We will start with the contrast ratio. A high native contrast is important to produce deep blacks, especially in scenes that local dimming isn’t as effective. This tends to be scenes with bright and dark areas close together. The Q80 can produce deep dark scenes as it does have a high native contrast. At about three thousand six hundred to one it is within the typical range of VA type panels. This is interesting, because this TV has an optical layer to improve viewing angles as we’ll talk about later. One of the side effects we’ve previously found from this layer is a reduced contrast ratio, however in the case of the Q80R it doesn’t seem to have as much of a negative impact as on other TVs. For example, the Q90R with a similar layer has a contrast ratio of about three thousand to one. We don’t know if this is just a result of variance between panels. To improve the dark scene performance the Q80R has a local dimming feature which works well. It reacts quickly to scene changes which is good. It isn’t quite as good as the higher-end Q90R with more zones, but still performs well. Unfortunately, like other Samsung TVs with local dimming, when subtitles appear you may notice distracting changes in the scene brightness. OLED TVs like the LG C8 don’t need local dimming as they are able to turn off individual pixels, so are a better choice for a completely dark room. Wide viewing angles are important for those who might sit off to the side due to their room arrangement, or gather a group of friends to watch sport. The Q80R has improved viewing angles over other VA-type TVs which provides a more accurate image off-axis. This is the result of an additional optical layer in front of the VA-type LCD layer. Just like on the Q90R, this optical layer isn’t really noticeable, but you can see that it adds distortion when we take a photo of the pixels.
The effect of this is that the viewing angles of this TV are better than almost all TVs we’ve tested with the same VA type. The image continues to maintain a very similar gamma for wide angles, and the colors don’t change much. The blacks also remain deep, which is great. Overall the performance is more similar to IPS type TVs and this is a good pick for those who have wide seating. So now on to the reflections. If you are in a bright room, then good reflection handling is important. The Q80R offers excellent performance. Reflections are decreased significantly thanks to the anti-glare coating which is very close to the Q90R – a TV that has the lowest Total Reflections number we’ve measured. The indirect reflections is a bit higher than some of the competition, and we expect that this is a result of the additional viewing angle optical layer which causes horizontal smearing of reflections as seen in the photo. Overall, it is an excellent result and one of the best choices for a bright room. Another important factor for those in a bright room is the peak brightness of the TV.
We measure the peak brightness of every TV on a real scene test pattern, as well as on different size white windows. With a full screen brightness of about four-hundred and eighty nits the Q80R offers excellent performance which is goof for bright rooms. If you watch HDR content, then you’ll want a TV that can produce bright highlights for an image that pops. The measurement of our HDR real scene test pattern provides a good example of what might be typical, as it shows a bright highlight which covers about two percent of the screen area. The Q80R also offers excellent performance here, with a brightness of about eight-hundred and ninety nits. This is great for producing highlights that really stand out. If you watch sports or play games then a uniform screen is important to prevent distracting areas known as the dirty screen effect. Unfortunately, the Q80R has noticeable dirty screen effect. Note that this does vary between units due to tolerances in the manufacturing process, so we don’t know how other units compare but we did have similar results with the Q90R and Q900R that we bought in the last few months. Let us know if you buy this TVs and if so how yours compares. Now, if you watch HDR content then a wide color gamut is important to produce vivid highlights to match as close as possible to the mastering of the content. Like most other QLEDs, the Q80 is able to produce very saturated colors and is in the same ballpark as the Q90R. It isn’t as wide as Samsung’s QLED TVs from last year, like the Q9FN, and we don’t know if this is a result of the additional viewing angle layer. Overall, it is still enough to make highlights pop which is great. We also measure the HDR PQ curve of each TV.
This plot shows the relationship between the input signal and the brightness of the TV. This gray curve shows the measurement of our TV compared to the yellow reference curve. It is a bit brighter than the target, which most people won’t mind but this doesn’t quite follow the reference which is bad for those who care about the most accurate image. So now on to the motion handling. If you’d like to learn more about motion on TVs, then see our video series which is linked below. If you watch fast paced content such as sports or plan to use the TV for gaming then a fast response time is important to reduce the amount of motion blur. The Q80R has an excellent fast response time. This is great for watching sports or playing games, as shown by the very short blur trail behind our moving logo photo. The photo also looks smooth without duplications, which is a result of the very high frequency flicker of the backlight at nine-hundred and sixty hertz which isn’t very noticeable. Note that the flicker frequency of Samsung TVs does depend on the TV settings, and you can see our written review to learn more. Now, if you want the clearest image possible then it helps to flicker the backlight and reduce the amount of persistence blur. The Q80 can flicker at sixty hertz to match most fast-paced content, which is great, and results in our very clear moving logo image. A low input lag is also important to reduce the time between an action in-game and when you see it on the screen. Like most other Samsung TVs, the Q80 has a very low input lag at about fourteen milliseconds for sixty hertz content or six milliseconds for one hundred and twenty hertz content. This is excellent, and in-line with the best TVs we’ve tested. There is also the option to interpolate low frame rate content while keeping input lag low, which many people like for low frame rate games and is currently a feature unique to high end Samsungs. This adds some input lag, but results in a much smoother image.
The TV also supports automatic low latency mode, which is a neat feature that allows the TV to change automatically to game mode when this Xbox or another console triggers it when a game opens. Now, this TV has the same Tizen based smart platform as other Samsungs. It is easy to use, as everything can be accessed from the home bar on the bottom of the screen. The remote also works well and is very simple, but provides a lot of functionality. Like many other high-end TVs there is a voice assistant, but unlike other brands it uses Samsung’s Bixby. Unfortunately, though, like many new TVs there can be ads in the smart platform including the home screen. Whether you see ads depends on if someone is paying to advertise to you, so you might have different results. Now for the sound. The Q80R has decent sound quality as the TV can get loud enough for most environments. It has decent punch and body to its bass and delivers well-balanced dialog. However, the TV can’t produce any thump or rumble in the sub-bass region. For a better sound, a dedicated sound system is recommended. So overall, the Q80R is an excellent TV for a wide range of different usages. While it is a step down from the higher end Q90R, it still offers many similarities in performance. The Q90R has more effective local dimming thanks to the greater number of local dimming zones. All of the other differences are mainly in the design. The Q90R has a One Connect box, supports a no-gap wall mount, and its stand has a smaller footprint. Compared to the Sony X950G, the Q80R can handle reflections better, and has better gaming features like FreeSync Support and low input lag with motion interpolation. Both TVs have a technology that improves viewing angles, but for the Samsung Q80R, this technology is available in all models, whereas for the Sony X950G it’s only available in the larger models. OLED TVs like the LG C9 have outstanding dark room performance thanks to the ability to produce perfect blacks. The C9 also offers a slightly better image when viewed at an angle. On the other hand, the Q80R can get brighter which is good for those who enjoy a bright image or have a room with lots of glare, and also has no risk of burn-in with static content. High end samsung TVs like the Q80R also offer low input lag with motion interpolation, which is a neat feature for gamers. So that’s it! What do you think of the Q80R? Have you bought it? Let us know down below. You can check out all of the measurements on our website. If you like this video, subscribe to our channel, or become an insider on the website for access to our latest results first! Also, we are currently hiring in our offices in Montreal for various positions. So, if you want to help people find the best product for their needs, have a look at the careers page on our website. Thank you for watching and see you next time.