Does Samsung’s 65-Inch Q70T QLED Deliver Enough of the Goods to Be Worth the Money?

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If you feel anx­ious about com­mit­ting thou­sands of dol­lars on a pricy OLED HDTV, per­haps a mid-range QLED HDTV option with some nice perks would be the best way to go.

It appears that Samsung already has you cov­ered, and the answer is in the 65-inch Q70T Series QLED HDTV, which is now retailing for $1,300 at Amazon.

At this highly rea­son­able price point, you can take extra com­fort in know­ing that the Q70T is much cheaper than its OLED TV rivals that can easily creep into the $2K to $3K range. Despite the small­er invest­ment, you can be rest assured that you’ll still be get­ting the second-best HDTV panel on the planet.

The Q70T is the suc­ces­sor to the Korean tech giant’s Q70 and Q70R QLEDs from last year. However, this set sur­pris­ing­ly lacks a bit of the verve from the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tions, as it doesn’t perform as well, has lower peak bright­ness, and lacks the much-cov­et­ed local dim­ming fea­ture, which does come with the Q70R.

Even though it is rid­dled with these issues, the Q70T still pro­vides out­stand­ing over­all image qual­i­ty with plenty-deep black levels. The set comes with Quantum HDR and a 4K Quantum proces­sor that han­dles pic­ture opti­miza­tion remark­ably well, in addi­tion to upscal­ing lower-res­o­lu­tion con­tent to 4K.

Its robust video pro­cess­ing is also a wel­come boon for lovers of intense action films and hardcore gamers who are wait­ing for the release of the next-gen­er­a­tion gaming con­soles from PlayStation and Xbox.

Be aware that wide-angle viewing falls a bit short com­pared to the higher-end models, so if you have wider or wrap­around seat­ing arrange­ments, make sure to take note of that. And if you find your­self often watch­ing TV during the day­time or in a bright room, know that the Q70T does a valiant job in mask­ing those annoy­ing glares and reflec­tions.

The Q70T employs smart TV capa­bil­i­ties pow­ered by Tizen, which for years has been a mixed bag for many users. First intro­duced in 2015 after years of devel­op­ment, the Tizen OS looked to sim­pli­fy the user inter­face and make it pos­si­ble to more easily con­nect TVs to nearby Samsung smartphones, tablets, and smart­watch­es.

Much like its Korean archri­val LG’s webOS platform, the Tizen has a pleas­ant stripped-down inter­face, but it really lacks any real punch that is needed for today’s data-heavy stream­ing TV world. Yes, Tizen has access to run-of-the-mill pop­u­lar apps like Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu, but a more robust plat­form like Android TV or Roku TV will likely give you much more bang for your buck.

On a more pos­i­tive note, both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant are now built into the soft­ware.

Ethen Kim Lieser is a Minneapolis-based Science and Tech Editor who has held posts at Google, The Korea Herald, Lincoln Journal Star, AsianWeek and Arirang TV. Follow or con­tact him on LinkedIn.

Image: Samsung.

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