Samsung Q70A (LCD)

Samsung Q70A (85" LCD)

Samsung Q70A (LCD)

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BEST RATING
Cartoons & Animaton:
4.5
PICTURE QUALITY: Good7.2/10
MOVIES & TV: Fair6.4/10
GAMING: Good7.7/10
SPORTS: Fair6.7/10
CARTOONS & ANIMATION: Very Good8.2/10
NEWS & TALK: Good7.6/10
BRIGHT ROOM: Good7.4/10

The Samsung Q70A is an LCD TV which offers an overall good picture quality and is particularly well-suited for gaming, thanks to its excellent response time and very low input lag. It also delivers vibrant colors out of the box with deep blacks, which make it very good for viewing cartoons and animations. The TV is positioned at an upper midrange price point and supports a 120Hz refresh rate, which is great for sports content although it scores fair in that category. On the downside, it has a poor score for reflections, suggesting it might not be the best choice for very bright rooms. Additionally, while it supports some HDR formats, it does not support Dolby Vision. It's worth noting that it's equipped with four HDMI ports but the sound quality is poor, so external speakers or a soundbar may be desirable for a more immersive audio experience. Give Feedback

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Evaluation

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Pros
  • Good overall picture quality
  • Effective for gaming
  • Handles bright rooms well
  • Vibrant colors out of the box
  • Supports multiple HDR formats
Cons
  • Poor black uniformity
  • Narrow viewing angle
  • No Dolby Vision support
  • Sound quality isn’t great

Ratings by Category

Cartoons & Animaton:
4.5
The Samsung Q70A excels in displaying cartoons and animation because it offers 'very good' colors right out of the box, ensuring a vibrant picture without the need for additional calibration, along with a 'good' color gamut, which allows it to produce a wide range of colors critical for animated content.
Gaming:
4.3
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:
4.3
The Samsung Q70A is well-suited for watching news and TV programs due to its very good SDR brightness, which means it can handle most well-lit rooms without issue. Additionally, the TV has proficient upscaling capabilities, ensuring that lower-resolution content from regular cable channels is displayed clearly.
Bright Room:
4.2
The Samsung Q70A is well-suited for bright rooms because it has 'Very Good' SDR brightness, meaning it can produce bright images that stand out in well-lit environments. However, it has a 'Poor' score in handling reflections, which can be a drawback if the TV is placed opposite bright sources of light or windows..
Overall Picture:
4.1
PerfectRec developed this proprietary score designed to provide an overall assessment of a display's visual performance. It is a comprehensive metric that takes into account many quantitative measures of picture quality, including: contrast ratio, color gamut, color volume, color accuracy, local dimming, gray uniformity, black uniformity, viewing angle, reflections (glare) and color calibration. By combining multiple factors, this score offers a more nuanced and comprehensive evaluation of a display's capabilities than a single factor.
Sports:
3.7
PerfectRec’s sports score prioritizes response time and refresh rate as the most important factors to ensure clear images of fast-moving scenes. In addition, we consider gray uniformity, which ensures that the turf looks the same across the whole screen, reflections, to avoid distracting ambient light from the action, and viewing angles and brightness, to avoid color distortion and washed-out images, especially when not seated directly in front of the TV.
Movies & TV shows:
3.4
The Samsung Q70A has a high contrast ratio without local dimming, which is good for movies in dark rooms, but its black uniformity is only moderate, possibly leading to uneven blacks during dark scenes. While the colors out of the box are very good, making the TV ready to go without calibration, the limited viewing angles and moderate color volume may result in colors that aren't as vibrant when viewed from the side or in very bright or dark scenes.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$1,760
Brand
Samsung
Release Date
March 4, 2021
Full name
QN85Q70A
Screen Size
85"
Screen Resolution
4K

TV FEATURES

Operating System
Tizen
Sound Quality Score
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5.7/10
NextGen Ready
No
HDMI Ports
4
Coax Ports
1

DISPLAY QUALITY SCORES

Picture Quality Score
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7.2/10
Bright Room Score
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7.4/10
Gaming Score
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7.8/10
Movies & TV Score
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6.4/10
Sports Score
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6.7/10

PHYSICAL

Dimensions w/o Stand (H x W x D)
42.8" x 74.9" x 1.1"
Dimensions with Stand (H x W)
45.4" x 74.9"
Weight without Stand
91.5 lbs
VESA Mount
600 X 400

DISPLAY

Color Depth
10 bit
Black Frame Insertion
Yes
Auto Low Latency Mode
Yes
Contrast
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8.2/10
Local Dimming
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2.5/10

SOUND

Speaker Setup
2.0
Speaker Power
20 W
Dolby Atmos
Bypass only
DTS:X
No

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