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