The Samsung Q90R and the Samsung Q80R have very similar performance. We use these settings because they give the most accurate image, and this is the maximum brightness that you can get with these settings. The color temperature is warmer than the expected value of 6500K, meaning most colors will have a red/yellow tint to them. There’s the inevitable drop-off in vibrancy, detail and contrast, plus a little smattering of picture noise in the extremes, but the images are never less than watchable and compare favourably with those of some nominal rivals. The Q80R goes without, which means all connections must be made to the back of the TV itself. 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. Decent gray uniformity. 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's a very bright TV with a wide color gamut that delivers HDR content with rich colors and highlights that pop. The Samsung Q90R has a slightly faster response time, which some enthusiasts might notice when watching sports. 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'. If FreeSync is enabled on a connected device, auto game mode doesn't work at all; it will always stay in game mode. The C9 has wider viewing angles and delivers motion with almost no blur, thanks to the nearly instantaneous response time. It performs just as well in a dark room, for movies and HDR content, and in a bright room for sports or TV shows. The borders are made of metal and have a slightly lighter tint than the Q70R. Excellent build quality, similar to the Q70R. They appear in both in the app store and on Samsung's Smart Hub and can't be disabled. This decreases the picture brightness, and 60Hz flicker can be bothersome to some people. The uniformity improves with local dimming enabled, as there's less visible backlight bleed but there's still some clouding around the center cross. It has a very low input lag and it reacts instantly to your actions. The Q80 has a higher contrast ratio that results in deeper blacks, its local dimming performs better, and it has better viewing angles. We tested the Q80R with the Adaptive Sound feature enabled, but left Adaptive Volume disabled, as it drastically limited the max volume. 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 Samsung Q80R is a QLED TV that can get brighter. The Samsung Q80R is an excellent TV that delivers an excellent performance in any usage. 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. We've updated our numbers and scores. Update 08/02/2019: We've retested the TV with the latest firmware, and the input lag has decreased slightly across the board. No cherry-picked units sent by brands. On the other hand, the Q70T has lower input lag, better contrast, better gray and black uniformity, and more accurate colors out-of-the-box. The Quantum X 2019 is a bit brighter in some scenes and has a little faster response time which can be great for sports, but these differences are hard to spot. The Q80R can get significantly brighter and can fight the glare of a very bright room. Although our Q90R test unit was a larger variant, we expect this to be true for the same size variants of the Q80R. There's no obvious over-softening and no upscaling artifacts. Overall, while both TVs perform excellently for most uses, the Q80R likely represents better value for most people, unless having an 8k panel is crucially important to you. We buy our own products to test. The Samsung Q9FN handles reflections marginally better thanks to the lack of viewing angle layer. The Q80 has a full array local dimming feature and excellent black uniformity, great for dark room performance. The stand supports the TV well but won't prevent wobbling if you nudge the TV. This TV can get loud enough for any in-home setting, but not loud enough for noisy environments. The Q80R can get much brighter in HDR content, its local dimming performs better, and it has a higher contrast ratio. 720p, like cable TV, is upscaled well. Local dimming doesn't affect the response time. The native contrast ratio of this TV measures slightly better than other TVs we've tested that support similar viewing angle boosting technology. The OLED has a faster response time and has perfect blacks thanks to its OLED panel that turns each pixel on and off individually. 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. 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. In 'Standard,' 'Dynamic,' 'PC,' 'Game,' or in 'Natural' modes, the flicker is always at 120Hz, similar to the Q70R and the Q90R. QLED starts at something of a disadvantage here. You can see our recommended settings here. This is most noticeable with the color blue, which is the most inaccurate color pre-calibration. The OLED also has the risk of permanent burn-in, though this is unlikely with regular use. The Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED TV is much better than the Samsung NU8000. It takes up a lot of space, but it's not as wide as the TV. It has three quick access buttons for Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Hulu, and it's compatible with Samsung's voice assistant feature, Bixby. It has a very fast response time, so fast action looks crisp and the image remains accurate for wider viewing angles. Outstanding TV for playing video games. The TV has decent viewing angles. You can see what products we currently have for sale. As evidenced by the Q80R, Samsung has had something of a change of heart. But that’s of negligible consequence; the Samsung’s streaming performance will make your streaming service subscription look like money very well spent.
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