Samsung’s 65-Inch Q60T 4K HDTV: The Top QLED for Under a Grand?

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If you’ve had your eyes set on a Samsung QLED 4K HDTV for a while, now might be the per­fect time to pounce on one.

For under a grand at Best Buy, you can grab the 65-inch Q60T Series QLED, and this high-end HDTV has the poten­tial to be the cen­ter­piece of your living room for years to come.

If you do decide to splurge on this won­der­ful panel, you will quick­ly dis­cov­er that the Q60T offers a premium viewing experience, thanks large­ly to its next-generation QLED technology and excel­lent over­all image qual­i­ty that boasts plenty-deep black levels.

The set’s quan­tum dots let you expe­ri­ence images burst­ing with a daz­zling range of more than a bil­lion colors, each upscaled to incred­i­ble clar­i­ty driven by an intel­li­gent 4K proces­sor.

The high light output—a major strength of QLEDs — works extreme­ly well with HDR, and you’ll surely enjoy the accu­rate colors and robust video pro­cess­ing, which will be a boon for gamers wait­ing for the newest con­soles from PlayStation and Xbox and lovers of intense action films.

However, the full-array local dim­ming of Samsung’s flag­ship QLED line no longer comes with this set, and that is replaced by a dual LED back­light that promis­es to give con­trast and color a notice­able boost over its single LED pre­de­ces­sor. The dual back­light fea­tures two sets of LEDs that have the abil­i­ty to pro­duce dif­fer­ent color tem­per­a­tures.

The Q60T’s only real down­side is its smart TV plat­form, which is pow­ered by Tizen. First intro­duced in 2015 after years of devel­op­ment, the Tizen OS, much like Korean archri­val LG’s webOS, 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 offers access to pop­u­lar run-of-the-mill apps like Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu, but a plat­form like Android TV or Roku will surely give you much more bang for your buck. Moreover, Tizen really isn’t that flex­i­ble when it comes to side­load­ing apps, which could affect the TV’s use in dif­fer­ent mar­kets and regions.

Despite these short­com­ings, know that you no longer have to rely solely on the vir­tu­al assis­tant Bixby for voice con­trol, as indus­try heavy­weights Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant are now built in.

The Q60T is fully com­pat­i­ble with the SmartThings App, which enables you to con­trol and mon­i­tor your TV and con­nect­ed devices via your smart­phone. The wand-style, thought­ful­ly designed remote also feels com­fort­able in your hand and makes it simple to con­trol basic func­tions.

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.

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