When Samsung introduced its first QLED models a few years ago, it was the Q7, Q8 and Q9 series that mattered. In recent times, there has also been a cheaper Samsung Q60R model, where the goal has obviously been to offer a taste of QLED technology to most people!
In appearance, the Samsung Q60R is confusingly similar to the cheaper RU8005 model we have also tested. Apart from a slightly different design on the feet, the shape is very similar. We immediately get the impression that this is a “crossover” model with a bit from both worlds.
Ease of use and features
On the equipment front, however, the Q60R has much in common with the more expensive QLED models. Under the hood is the advanced video processor Quantum Processor 4K, which provides extra good image processing, and Intelligent mode that measures lighting conditions in the room, analyzes the image material and ensures optimal display. The Q60R is also the most affordable model with Ambient Mode – which provides stylish wallpapers in standby. Otherwise, you get everything you can expect from a top-notch Samsung TV, including Apple TV +, Airplay and smart home management (SmartThings).
With sizes from 43 “and up to 82”, there are obviously many uses for the Q60R. It has the same type of image panel as the one we find in the design models The Frame and Seriph. In practice, this means LCD panel with QLED color filter, but (unfortunately) still relatively ordinary LED edge lighting.
Just like with the RU8005, there is a lot to like about the Q60R: The image is razor sharp, with very little noise and also very smooth movements. The image quality is strikingly similar to the RU8005 in many areas, but takes a small step up in contrast, brightness and black level. The QLED model is also marginally richer in color shades, but the difference is not dramatic.
Samsung Q60R is the entry-level model for the QLED world, and in many ways an excellent TV. For a relatively modest additional price, you get a nice image quality and plenty of smart features. But even though this is an excellent TV in many ways, we are unsure if it fully deserves the “QLED stamp”. The contrast is only in the middle of the tree, and the difference down to a regular LCD model like the RU8005 is not huge. As long as you agree with that, the Q60R can be an affordable option. We still believe that many of those who dream of QLED quality will benefit from aiming higher in the model hierarchy.