Cable management is serviced either through the hollow legs or through the ridges at the bottom of the TV when wall-mounted. The Q8FN is brighter in smaller highlights. The Samsung Q8FN, on the other hand, has better reflection handling, which is great if you place it in a room with many light sources. There's no temporary image retention on the Samsung Q80. Update 08/02/2019: We've retested the TV with the latest firmware, and the input lag has decreased slightly across the board. There’s also a 400 x 300mm VESA mount point for wall mounting. This is most noticeable with the color blue, which is the most inaccurate color pre-calibration. The Q80R has much better viewing angles, but slightly worse contrast. The Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED is a much better TV than the LG SM9000. The Q80 has better blacks, better black uniformity, slightly better motion handling, and an easier-to-use smart interface. We measured the peak brightness before calibration, using the 'Movie' Picture Mode and 'Warm 2' Color Tone, with Local Dimming set to 'High.' If you're using an ad-blocker you might miss out on seeing the deals. Want control options? © 2020 9298-5266 Quebec Inc. All Rights Reserved. Older, 480p digital content looks good, with no obvious upscaling artifacts or over-sharpening. If you don't care about image accuracy, you can obtain higher brightness levels. For the native black uniformity test, we had to disable PC Mode Dimming then activate PC Mode and Game Mode at the same time, which turned local dimming off. Native 4k content is displayed perfectly and looks great. The Samsung Q80R has slightly better local dimming performance, which is great when you watch movies, and a slightly lower input lag, great for playing video games. Unfortunately, its not compatible with a no-gap wall mount to put it flush to the wall. Unfortunately, it can also cause some loss of some fine details in certain scenes. The Q80R shares the picture processing firepower of its Q90R sibling, and that reveals itself not only in the compelling watchability of its images but also in its extremely rapid 20ms response timer. We use these settings because they give the most accurate image, and this is the maximum brightness that you can get with these settings. If you find HDR too dim, check out our recommendations here. Also, the image on the Q80R remains accurate for fairly large angles. The Samsung gets much brighter and it doesn't have permanent burn-in risk. Tell us what you think - send your emails to the Editor. The Sony X900F has slightly crisper motion thanks to the faster response time. We tested the TV on 'Game' mode, without interpolation or any other gaming processing setting, and we set FreeSync to 'Ultimate' to obtain the widest possible range. The 'Movie' EOTF (shown above) is a little brighter at higher stimulus levels until it starts to roll off near the TV's peak brightness. The Samsung Q80R is an excellent TV for mixed usage. Simon Lucas | June 12, 2019 10:05 am BST. The Samsung Q80R is a high-end TV, a replacement to the popular 2018 model, the Q8FN. If FreeSync is enabled on a connected device, auto game mode doesn't work at all; it will always stay in game mode. The Q80R has excellent dark room performance with deep blacks thanks to its effective local dimming support. There are no uniformity issues in dark scenes. Verdict. It's quite uniform and won't stick out much when wall-mounted. Tweet [`yahoo` not found] Samsung Q80T and Q80R are part of the Samsung QLED TV Q80 Series. The OLED also has the risk of permanent burn-in, though this is unlikely with regular use. The Samsung Q80 can interpolate lower frame rate content up to 120fps. We measured the peak brightness after calibration, using the 'Movie' Picture Mode and 'Warm 2' Color Tone, with Local Dimming set to 'High' and Gamma set to '2.2'. FreeSync VRR can offer you a nearly tear-free gaming experience, provided you have a compatible AMD card or an Xbox One. Unfortunately the TV's 'Ultra Viewing Angle' optical layer makes the pixels hard to see clearly. In 'Game' mode, the EOTF is very similar to the 'Movie' mode as we can see here. Note, though, that the odd moments of vivid colour (which mostly centre around Lucy Punch’s wardrobe) don’t have quite the “pop” of a disc-derived equivalent. The stand provides good support for the TV and the back of the legs are hollow to provide a path for cable management. It has a very fast response time, so fast action looks crisp and the image remains accurate for wider viewing angles. The first is a fairly humdrum handset, recognisable from the entire Samsung TV range. The C9 has wider viewing angles and delivers motion with almost no blur, thanks to the nearly instantaneous response time. This helpful tool will make it clear for you, Use our data and table to find the best TV for your needs, Want to see us review a specific TV? This is normal for Samsung TVs with local dimming features. The Q80R also has some better gaming features, including support for AMD's FreeSync technology. This is great for watching the big game with a group of friends. The Q80 has an improved interface from the Q8FN, and it's the same interface as the Q70R and the Q90R with a modern design. There's minor dirty screen effect, which might be distracting with fast-moving objects, but it shouldn't be noticeable to most people. Or there’s the smaller, slimmer, altogether curvier wand with just the essential control options on it – it’s identical to the handset bundled with the Q90R, except here it goes without the premium faux-metal finish it enjoys when it comes with the more expensive screen. The Q80R is a very thin TV and it won't stick out much if you decide to wall-mount it. The Samsung Q80R is marginally better than the Vizio P Series Quantum. The fast response time delivers crisp motion and the TV is packed with gaming goodies. The native contrast ratio of this TV measures slightly better than other TVs we've tested that support similar viewing angle boosting technology. You can also compare this photo to the photo of the 'X-Wide Angle' layer of the Sony Z9F. Good color volume, but it's much better on the Q8FN. 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. We took our color measurements after calibration, using the 'Movie' Picture Mode and Local Dimming set to 'Low.' Update 12/17/2019: A flaw was discovered in the way we were testing for G-SYNC compatibility with TVs. Most colors should appear as they're supposed to, although there might be some inaccuracies. HDR games are displayed remarkably well, full of vivid colors and bright highlights, thanks to the wide color gamut and excellent HDR peak brightness. If you need eARC support, check out the Samsung Q90T. June 8, 2020 . As evidenced by the Q80R, Samsung has had something of a change of heart. The Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED is a slightly better TV than the Sony Z9F. The Q80 55 inch TV can display a wide color gamut, but it isn't as good as the Q8FN and only a little better than the Q70R. The LG SM9500 still has wider viewing angles, so it's more suitable if viewing angles are the main concern. Decent distortion performance. Unfortunately, the inputs are hard to reach when the TV is wall-mounted. It likely does support lossy Atmos passthrough from Dolby Digital Plus sources, like the native Netflix app, because there's an Atmos option in its settings. The Vizio has a faster response time, which produces crisper motion, and a higher native contrast ratio, which is great for movies. The Q80R looks more premium, has much better contrast and higher peak brightness, resulting in more uniform blacks and better reflection handling. The biggest and priciest screens had every conceivable bell and whistle attached, but moving down the model ranges saw QLED specifications become meagre pretty quickly. We buy our own products to test. For most people and uses, the Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED is a better TV than the Samsung Q900/Q900R 8k QLED. On the other hand, the Samsung can get much brighter, has a wider color gamut, much lower input lag, and is more accurate out-of-the-box. And the Q80R also incorporates the Q90R’s brilliantly effective Ultra Wide Viewing Angle system. The Samsung Q90R has a slightly faster response time, which some enthusiasts might notice when watching sports. It delivers deep blacks thanks to the high native contrast ratio, excellent black uniformity, and very good local dimming support. The Samsung Q90T QLED and the Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED are nearly identical in terms of feature set and overall performance, as the Q90T is a replacement of the Q80R. Unfortunately, just like the Q70R and the Q90R, the TV's local dimming can't be completely disabled in the normal settings menu. You can open the input list, change channels and volume, access the settings, and even launch the Home menu. This time last year, QLED was all about the flagship models. If banding is bothering you, set Digital Clean View to 'Auto' and it'll remove most of it. The Q80 has a full array local dimming feature, which is great for dark room performance, whereas the NU8000 is edge-lit and its local dimming isn't good. The Samsung Q80T QLED and the Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED are very similar TVs in many respects. In 'Standard,' 'Dynamic,' 'PC,' 'Game,' or in 'Natural' modes, the flicker is always at 120Hz, similar to the Q70R and the Q90R. The Samsung Q90R and the Samsung Q80R have very similar performance. The uniformity improves with local dimming enabled, as there's less visible backlight bleed but there's still some clouding around the center cross. The Q80R goes without, which means all connections must be made to the back of the TV itself. The Q80R is an excellent TV for use as a PC monitor. You must set the TV to 'PC Mode' to display proper chroma 4:4:4. The borders of the TV look nice and the bezel is very thin. Although our Q90R test unit was a larger variant, we expect this to be true for the same size variants of the Q80R. The Q80R, just like the Q70R and the Q90R, supports most common resolutions. The generally murky colour palette doesn’t pose too many problems, the Samsung proving able to differentiate between shades of grey quite happily. 1440p and 1080p have the same excellent VRR range. The B9 has an excellent dark room performance thanks to its perfect blacks. The input lag is very similar to the input lag of both the Q90R and the Q70R, and an improvement from the Q8FN. The Q80R's chief competitors in 2019 are the Sony Z9F, the LG SM9500, and the Vizio P Series Quantum 2019. The Q80R keeps pace with its more expensive sibling by including HDR compatibility for HLG, HDR10 and HDR10+, while foregoing Dolby Vision support. Upscaling of 1080p content such as Blu-rays or game consoles looks good. This is because of the TV's 'Ultra Viewing Angle' layer that improves the viewing angles at the expense of contrast ratio. The LG can individually turn off its pixels, so it's able to produce perfect blacks. The 55" Q80R we tested was manufactured in Feb. 2019. Detail levels are high, noise levels are low and motion is, by and large, handled with great confidence. When there are subtitles on the screen, there might be noticeable brightness changes in the scene. As I mentioned, it doesn’t feature the Q90R’s pedestal stand, opting instead for the usual twin legs, though these snap in, foregoing the usual screws. It’s simple to change input, select streaming services, fine-tune the settings (Thankfully, Samsung keeps options brief) or adjust the volume, and the graphics are clean and legible. Decent gray uniformity. It can display proper chroma 4:4:4 and has decent viewing angles that deliver a uniform image at the edges when you sit up close. To display proper chroma 4:4:4 you must set the TV to 'PC mode.'. 10/31/2019: Unfortunately, it would appear that the Q80R isn't compatible with the Auto-Calibration Function. This may not sound like a big deal, but the inexplicable fashion for great big TVs with a foot at either end – which necessitate a surface almost as wide as the screen itself to stand the TV on – needs undermining at every opportunity. The Q80R has much better contrast, better gray uniformity, better reflection handling, and better black uniformity. We may earn a commission if you click a deal and buy an item. Gamers will appreciate how clear motion looks on this TV and it's an improvement from the Q8FN. The image is sharp and there are no obvious issues. Unlike other sites, we thoroughly test every product we review. The Samsung Q80R is a remarkable TV for playing HDR games. QLED is more than just a bloody-minded alternative to OLED; it’s a very viable technology. The Samsung Q80's design is excellent. The B9 has better gray uniformity and better viewing angles, but it also has a risk of permanent burn-in when exposed to static content, something that doesn't happen with the Q80R. The Q80R is also better for gaming thanks to the lower input lag and its advanced gaming features. The stand also puts a useful amount of distance between itself and the bottom of the screen, so there’s room for a soundbar. Excellent HDR peak brightness, better than the Q8FN, but not as good as the Q90R. Both TVs have a 120Hz refresh rate and support VRR to reduce screen tearing when gaming. Footprint of the 55" stand: 34.8" x 10.0". Skin-tones and -textures are convincing, and the Samsung manages to balance bright whites against dark backgrounds without either sacrificing detail or introducing any noticeable haloing. Ignore its unfashionable depth and weight, however, and the QE55Q80R is quite an elegant TV. The Q80 gets a bit darker around the edges of the screen, and even more in the corners. In fact, it’s a measure of just how impressive the QE55Q80R is that it must count as a compulsory audition alongside the Philips and the LG when you’re sizing up your next TV. The Q80 can also get significantly brighter, and has better viewing angles and better reflection handling. Input lag is also lower on the Q90T, but the Q80R has better black uniformity and out-of-the-box color accuracy. Aside from mains power (obviously), the Q80R includes four HDMI sockets, a brace of USBs, Ethernet (Wi-Fi is incorporated too, naturally), a terrestrial TV aerial socket and a couple of satellite TV aerial connections. The Q80R has a decent frequency response. The Q80R also has better smart features, with a much faster interface and a huge selection of apps. The LG C9 is an OLED TV that delivers an outstanding dark room performance thanks to its perfect blacks. To fix this, you just have to navigate into picture size settings, but you don't need to change anything. The Q80 can also get a lot brighter and has a better viewing angle, and has better reflection handling. The LG C8 is an OLED TV with perfect blacks, outstanding dark room performance, and wider viewing angles. Other than the added eARC support, the Q90T has a higher HDR peak brightness and a significantly faster response time, resulting in less motion blur. The apps on the Samsung Q80R run well, although they aren't always very smooth. We've updated our measurements and scores. In order to measure the native contrast ratio, we had to disable PC Mode Dimming in the TV's service menu, and then activate PC Mode and Game Mode at the same time. We tested the 55" (QN55Q80RA) version, AA01/QRQ80. The Samsung Q80R can remove judder from any source. The Samsung Q80R encompasses the 'Ultra Viewing Angle' technology that improves viewing angles at the expense of lower contrast ratio. We had the same issue on the Q90R pixel photo. Fantastic reflection handling. However, the TV wobbles significantly more than the Q70R when nudged. The TV feels solid but it wobbles a bit on its stand, although this shouldn't be too much of an issue. Samsung QE55Q80R Review Can the Q80R continue Samsung's good form with its 2019 QLED TVs? And it’s cheaper than its big brother, too. All of the Q80R’s worthwhile rivals are OLED TVs – and it’s a measure of the way the mid- to high-end TV market is perceived that this site’s review of the Samsung QE65Q90R praised it as “the most OLED-like LCD TV ever made”. It has a wider color gamut, better color volume, and is packed with gaming features like low input lag with motion interpolation and FreeSync support. The biggest indicator of the Q80R’s position in the QLED lineup concerns Samsung’s brilliant One Connect box – or, in this instance, the lack thereof. Good pre-calibration color accuracy. If those options seem a bit 20th-century, there’s always Samsung’s SmartThings control app for iOS and Android. The Samsung Q80R is marginally better than the Samsung Q9FN. So can Samsung bring some of its QLED smarts to a more affordable price-point without taking the shine off its range-topping models? The Samsung Q9FN handles reflections marginally better thanks to the lack of viewing angle layer. The TCL has deeper blacks in a dark room and can get slightly brighter. There's also an EU-only variant of the TV, the Q85R. The TV is just a bit thicker than the Q8FN. The gamma tracks the curve well, and the color temperature is very close to the target of 6500K. Just like the Q90R, the Q70R, and 2018 Samsung TVs, the Q80 doesn't support DTS passthrough or eARC. We've corrected the flaw, and have retested the 2019 Samsung and LG TVs, and found that the Q80 doesn't work properly with NVIDIA's current Adaptive Sync drivers. The color temperature is warmer than the expected value of 6500K, meaning most colors will have a red/yellow tint to them. The low-frequency extension (LFE) can get fairly low to have some punch in its bass, but may not be low enough to produce any rumble or thump. Be part of the most informed community and take advantage of our advanced tools to find the best product for your needs. The Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED is much better than the Vizio P Series Quantum 2019. Simon Lucas is a journalist of 15 years standing, with particular emphasis on the world of consumer electronics. The Q80 has much better smart features as well, including access to a massive selection of apps through the content store. In most other cases, the Q80R is the better choice. The LG CX OLED is better than the Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED. Hard-wiring a 4K Blu-ray player to the Q80R should give the Samsung every chance to look its best – and, sure enough, with a disc of Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk spinning, the Q80R’s combination of lifelike colours, vivid contrasts and assured motion impressed and charmed in equal measure. Excellent response time on the Samsung Q80. Note that the UK version of the Q80R appears to have fewer dimming zones than the unit we tested, but we don't know how it performs. They appear in both in the app store and on Samsung's Smart Hub and can't be disabled. It’s possible to detect the TV working hard when the effects are piling up and the on-screen action is hectic and unpredictable, but such moments are rare. It is, however, hard to notice in normal content. Streaming 4K content is an equally enjoyable experience. It also has a wider color gamut. Gain early access to all tests results for new products, Prices will now be listed directly in reviews and tables, Have 5 votes per product category to choose which product we’ll review next, Gain unlimited access to detailed test results in tools and results (no blurred results), Video: Best Black Friday And Cyber Monday TV Deals Of 2020, Having trouble deciding between two TVs? Excellent build quality, similar to the Q70R. The Samsung Q80 has a great native contrast ratio. The TV has an excellent black frame insertion feature. We’ll always tell you what we find. You can't disable the local dimming feature through the regular menus on the TV. There's no obvious over-softening and no upscaling artifacts. The Q80 has a very good local dimming feature. The response time is very fast and thus only a small blur trail follows fast-moving content. It can remove 24p judder from any source, and has an optional motion interpolation feature for soap opera effect fans, which also comes in handy if you wish to remove stutter in movies. Note that, like many Samsung TVs, simply setting Auto Motion Plus to 'Custom' changes the backlight flicker to 120Hz. In addition, it weighs in at a not-inconsiderable 18kg, which means you should think long and hard about attaching it to a plasterboard wall. Although most VA panel TVs don't have good viewing angles, the 'Ultra Viewing Angle' layer gives it a decent viewing angle, so your whole family will be able to sit around the TV and enjoy your favorite show without losing too much image accuracy. The company isn’t about to bin its QLED quantum-dot technology in favour of the OLED alternative that most of its rivals are employing – it’s too committed, and too bloody-minded, for that. On the other hand, the RU8000 has a better contrast ratio. The Samsung Q80 isn't as bright as the Q90R, but it's a little brighter than the Q8FN in real scenes and in the larger window sizes. The local dimming support is better on the Q80R, as is the overall dark room performance, thanks to the deep uniform blacks. The input lag is remarkably low and the TV responds almost immediately to your actions. Don’t spend nigh-on £2k on a lovely new Samsung Q80R without budgeting for a half-decent soundbar, too. It’s all change for 2019. The flicker frequency changes to 120Hz as soon as you set Auto Motion Plus to 'Custom' or 'Auto,' even if you remain in 'Movie' mode. It takes up a lot of space, but it's not as wide as the TV. Just like the Q90R, it has the new 'Ultra Viewing Angle' layer that improves viewing angles at the expense of native contrast ratio. Other than that, the Q80 also looks better out-of-the-box, can get much brighter, has better motion handling, and has a wider color gamut. This is a 4k TV that doesn't support 8k content. For the most part, we expect our review to be valid for the 65" version (QN65Q80RA) and the 75" version (QN75Q80RA). 720p, like cable TV, is upscaled well. Thanks to its VA panel, the Q80 has much deeper blacks thank the SM9000, though this is at the expense of viewing angles, and the image on the LG will be much more accurate when viewed from an angle. The Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED is better than the Sony X950G. The Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED is better than the TCL 8 Series 2019/Q825 QLED. While the LG has slightly lower input lag, the Samsung has better motion handling. This tool will clearly show you the differences, Not sure how big of a TV you should buy? Its local dimming is better than the Q70R and significantly helps improve dark room performance. If it bothers you, motion interpolation or optional black frame insertion feature can help. This is great news for gamers. The TV has remarkable motion handling and produces crisp motion with minimal blur. The Samsung Q80R has slightly better black uniformity, which is important in a dark room. The Q90R has a One Connect box, supports a no-gap wall mount, and its stand has a smaller footprint. The Q80R is a 4K UHD (3840 x 2160 pixels) TV that employs a layer of quantum dots (the “Q” in QLED) to enhance color. In order to take our lightness measurements, we disabled PC Mode Dimming in the TV's service menu, and then activated PC Mode and Game Mode at the same time. Local dimming doesn't affect the response time. On the other hand, the Q80T has better color accuracy, a faster response time, and a lower input lag, which is good news for gamers. The Samsung Q80R is a better choice for gamers, as it has a lower input lag and is packed with gaming features like FreeSync support. More expensive Samsung QLEDs have all their connectivity, including mains power, removed from the screen itself and housed in a separate box, which leaves just one very thin cable running from the screen. The Q80R can get much brighter in HDR content, its local dimming performs better, and it has a higher contrast ratio. It sits between the Samsung Q90R and the Samsung Q70R in Samsung's 2019 lineup. The TV has a native refresh rate of 120Hz, and like all premium Samsung TVs since 2018 it supports the FreeSync variable refresh rate technology. To find out more about what settings to use to obtain those numbers, and about the Auto Low Latency Mode, see our recommended settings for Gaming. We were able to reach about 1250 nits on our 10% window, which lasted for at least 10 seconds before the ABL dimmed the image. Samsung's app store has a very large selection of apps to choose from. If you watch shows during the day, it can get really bright and it does a fantastic job at handling reflections, so it's suitable for any bright room. If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their Samsung Q80R doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review. Just like the Q70R and the Q90R, the TV controls are located right under the Samsung logo. The 'Ultra Viewing Angle' technology appears to work similarly to the 'X-Wide Angle' technology found on the Sony Z9F. To enable motion interpolation, you must enable Auto Motion Plus and adjust the available sliders. The Samsung Q80R is better than the Samsung Q70R. No matter the source material, the Q80R does reasonably strong work with sound; for once that relatively hefty chassis works to the Samsung’s advantage. And although there remains a full array of local dimming, there are fewer dimming zones here than seen on the pricier screen. We were able to momentarily reach a brightness of about 1650 nits on the 10% window before the ABL dimmed the image. The Q80 also has much lower input lag and it supports variable refresh rate technology; however, the X950H has much better color accuracy out of the box. Without the need for direct line of sight, you won't need to worry about pointing the remote directly at the TV. Find out how to disable local dimming here. It has a fast response time, a low input lag, and supports some advanced gaming features that will please gamers, no matter if you're gaming on a console or a PC. The Samsung Q80R has wider viewing angles thanks to the 'Ultra Viewing Angle' technology. Just like all Samsung TVs we've tested so far, the Q80R has ads in a few places. The keypad has five buttons that serve as a D-pad and allows you to do pretty much anything. For ultra-modernity – if not absolute convenience – there’s always the option of issuing spoken commands. LG, too, to whom every OLED manufacturer owes both a debt of gratitude and of money, has recently served up its OLED55C9 for £2499. All of the other differences are mainly in the design. See our recommended settings on how to remove judder here. To close the Home menu, do the same; press and hold the center button. This causes the image to appear to stutter. 160 St-Viateur Est, Suite 408, Montreal, Canada, H2T 1A8. There are plenty of connectivity options, too. When a product is discontinued or no longer popular, we sell the purchased products locally in Montreal, Canada. The back of the Q80R is nearly identical to the Q70R and the Q8FN. This is the first 55 inch TV that we've tested that uses this optical layer, so we're not sure if the layer in this size of TV has anything to do with the stripes we noticed. This TV has an excellent low input lag. The Ultra Wide Viewing Angle technology is effective, too. It’s clean, stable, wide-ranging and logical – which sets it apart from quite a few rival brands’ alternatives. The port arra… We assume that this is due to the optical layer, but it isn't noticeable on our other TVs (the Q90R, the Q900R, or the Z9F) that use this technology. The Q80 has a higher contrast ratio that results in deeper blacks, its local dimming performs better, and it has better viewing angles. Given their relative price tags, it’s an omission that’s easier to handle on this screen. No cherry-picked units sent by brands. This is a behavior that is mostly found on IPS panels, and not usually on VA panels like this TV. Unfortunately, there's no support for a no-gap wall mount like the one found on the Q90R.
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