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The Samsung QLED Q8C is a big TV – 55” is the smallest size this range offers – with an excellent screen. It has a 4K HDR (high dynamic range) screen. While it’s designed to make that kind of content look great, it also does a good job of upscaling lower resolution stuff too.
I watched several 4K videos via YouTube and Netflix on it and they were all stunning. The upscaled Bluray discs played through my PlayStation were also good. Though I found older content, such as TV shows from the 90s on Netflix, didn’t fare so well. Often there were lots of clumps of blocky colour.
The screen also handles sunlight well. I had set the TV up in a sunny room and there was little screen glare. This is despite a curved screen, which often exacerbates glare.
The simple menu system comes loaded with apps for Netflix, Freeview on Demand, Neon, Lightbox, Spotify Connect, Amazon, YouTube, and a generic web browser, so even if you don’t plug it into an antenna (as I didn’t), you still have a wealth of content available.
While the TV’s sound quality was better than I expected, I would want to augment it with a sound bar.
The screen and main processor unit are separate, allowing for a thinner-than-average screen. Also, the Q8C has only two cables (one for power and one to connect it to the main unit) and both are hidden inside the base stand. This, along with being able to hide the main unit away, is perfect for those who like a minimalist feel in their home. The only things I needed access to on the main unit were the USB ports. But, in general, once a TV is in place you don’t need to muck about with too much.
The Q8C uses Samsung’s QLED technology, which works differently from OLED (the “O” stands for “organic”).
Overall score includes:
HD picture (55%)
SD picture (10%)
Sound quality (10%)
Usability (25%), made up of User Interface, Remote, and Smart TV scores
Prices are based on a July 2018 survey.
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02 Sep 2017, Sue M.
Product use: 6 months or more
We have had our Samsung SUHD 64" curved screen TV for two years now, so this might not be identical to the one tested. Our transmission is via UF fibre (through Vodafone, not via satellite), so this enhances the quality and reliability of picture and sound. We are delighted with this TV. Screen has 4K capability, and shows BlueRay and 3D DVDs.
Our model doesn't have a wifi AirPlay connection. To achieve this we have to use an Apple TV box (which is unreliable because of interference). To stream reliably from computer to the TV, I use an HDMI cable. Presumably the newer model has direct AirPlay capability?
Yes, I recommend this product.