Samsung Q80C (LCD)

Samsung Q80C (65" LCD)

Samsung Q80C (LCD)

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BEST RATING
Gaming:
4.4
PICTURE QUALITY: Good7.0/10
MOVIES & TV: Fair6.1/10
GAMING: Very Good8.1/10
SPORTS: Fair6.8/10
CARTOONS & ANIMATION: Good7.2/10
NEWS & TALK: Good7.2/10
BRIGHT ROOM: Good7.2/10

The Samsung Q80C is an LCD TV with an upper midrange price, designed with good overall picture quality that excels in gaming performance. It has strengths in bright room viewing and quality control. For sports enthusiasts, the performance is fair, and it might not be the best option for a dark room due to fair performance in that setting. The TV has a handsome number of connectivity options, including 4 HDMI ports, but does not feature great speakers, so you might consider an external audio solution. It supports various HDR formats but lacks Dolby Vision, instead offering HDR10+ and HLG. Its response time is excellent for gaming but its viewing angle is limited, making it less ideal for wide seating arrangements. If you are a gamer or tend to watch TV in bright rooms, the Q80C could offer a satisfying experience. Give Feedback

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Evaluation

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Pros
  • Very good for gaming
  • High quality control and assurance
  • Bright room performance is good
  • Low input lag for responsive experience
  • Supports 4k @ 120Hz for sharp gaming
Cons
  • Fair performance for movies and sports
  • Dark room performance is only fair
  • Limited viewing angle
  • Reflections can be problematic

Ratings by Category

Gaming:
4.4
PerfectRec’s gaming score measures a TV's performance when it comes to playing video games. It is based on several factors that can significantly impact the quality of the gaming experience, including screen response time, input lag, and refresh rate. Screen response time is a critical factor that determines how quickly the TV can transition from one color to the next, while input lag measures the delay between the gaming console output and the TV display. Refresh rate refers to the number of times per second that the TV displays a new frame, which can impact the smoothness of the gaming experience. The gaming score also takes into account two other features: local dimming in gaming mode, which can enhance contrast and picture quality, and black frame insertion, which can reduce screen brightness and create a smoother gaming experience.
News, Talk & Reality TV:
4.1
The Samsung Q80C excels in upscaling lower resolution content, making it suitable for news and talk shows that might not be in high definition. Its SDR brightness is also very good, ensuring that typical TV programs are displayed with clarity and appropriate brightness, even in most lighting conditions.
Cartoons & Animaton:
4.1
The Samsung Q80C boasts vibrant colors straight out of the box, making the varied and rich palettes typically found in cartoons and animations pop without the need for adjustment. Its wide color gamut ensures that the full spectrum of colors in animation is well-represented, enhancing the viewing experience with bright and true-to-life colors.
Bright Room:
4.1
PerfectRec’s bright room score is a proprietary score of a television's performance in a bright environment, taking into account the following factors: screen brightness, reflections, and color volume. A higher score indicates better TV performance in bright conditions, minimizing glare and producing a more pleasant viewing experience. Brightness is crucial in how well the image displays in direct sunlight, and low reflections reduce glare. Color volume contributes to color vibrancy and depth, which are vital in a bright environment.
Overall Picture:
4.0
The Samsung Q80C offers good picture quality primarily because it has a high contrast ratio and effective local dimming, which enable it to display deep blacks, and its HDR brightness is sufficiently high to make HDR content look impactful. Furthermore, the TV's out-of-the-box colors are rated fair, indicating that colors will appear natural without much adjustment, and it has a good color volume, ensuring a wide range of colors can be displayed at different luminance levels.
Sports:
3.9
The Samsung Q80C may be considered fair for watching sports due to its good response time, which is important for clear motion, but it has a poor reflections score, meaning it might not handle reflections well, making it less suitable for bright rooms. Gray uniformity is only somewhat important, but it's worth mentioning since any imperfections in uniformity could become noticeable during sports with large areas of uniform color, like a soccer field.
Movies & TV shows:
3.2
The Samsung Q80C (LCD) shows weaker performance in contrast and local dimming, which are crucial for deep blacks and shadow details in movies, and while it has good color accuracy out of the box and a wide color volume, its viewing angles are limited, affecting the picture quality when viewed from the side.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$998
Brand
Samsung
Release Date
May 2, 2023
Full name
QN65Q80C
Screen Size
65"
Screen Resolution
4K

TV FEATURES

Operating System
Tizen
Sound Quality Score
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7.3/10
NextGen Ready
No
HDMI Ports
4
Coax Ports
1

DISPLAY QUALITY SCORES

Picture Quality Score
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7/10
Bright Room Score
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7.3/10
Gaming Score
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8.2/10
Movies & TV Score
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6.2/10
Sports Score
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6.9/10

PHYSICAL

Dimensions w/o Stand (H x W x D)
32.6" x 56.9" x 1.8"
Dimensions with Stand (H x W)
35.1" x 56.9"
Weight without Stand
Unknown
VESA Mount
400 x 300

DISPLAY

Color Depth
10 bit
Black Frame Insertion
Yes
Auto Low Latency Mode
Yes
Contrast
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5.6/10
Local Dimming
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5.7/10

SOUND

Speaker Setup
2.2
Speaker Power
40 W
Dolby Atmos
Yes
DTS:X
No

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