Samsung QE55Q85RAT 2019 55" Q85R QLED 4K HDR 1500 Smart TV
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Samsung Q85R 4K QLED TV ReviewVerdictAs always, we should point out that there is no such thing as the perfect TV and, as a buyer, you need to understand what it is you need from a TV and then find one that manages to do as many tasks on your list as possible.The Samsung QE55Q85R is an expensive high-end LCD TV which competes directly with OLED screens in that sector of the market. As such, it offers many attributes that will appeal to many users as well as compromises based on the LCD technology. It uses a FALD backlight with 100 Read moredimming zones and a VA panel. It also has the latest light rejecting screen filter that is currently the best on the market and shared with other high-end QLED models. It is one of the first LCD TVs that has the type of black levels and viewing angles to try and compete with OLED technology. It does have some drawbacks related to the technology, such as dirty screen effect with sports and football viewing and some dark edges in really bright images with the same colour in large areas of the image. However, other traditional shortfalls in LCD TVs such as viewing angles are no longer an issue with the Q85R and black levels are also impressive. However, given the 100 zones on this model, the local dimming is a little more aggressive and visible than on the Q90R flagship. Gaming is also a highlight on the Samsung Q85R with input lag measured at 15ms. Added to this is the new gamma shift tool, along with most of the HDMI 2.1 features of VRR (Variable Refresh rate), ALLM and auto game switching, even though the Q85R is an HDMI 2.0b TV, this is an area where the TV will find favour with many users.And, of course, image quality is important and the Q85R turns in a superb performance for an LCD TV with excellent blacks and above black shadow detail in the majority of content. This is true for the vast majority of content, but be aware that with the local dimming being a little more aggressive here, there will be some scenes in films and TV shows where the dimming does crush blacks, but this is a rare instance and not normal. Colours are strong and accurate once calibrated, with excellent SDR skin tones and saturation, and with excellent contrast. Moving to HDR and the biggest plus point of the Q85R is its 1000 nit peak brightness and tone mapping for those looking for impactful HDR10 and HDR10+ images. You will need to drop contrast by four clicks for the PQ EOTF to look correct on a chart, but in actual use, you will never notice any difference with viewing material. Upscaling, motion and video processing is also good with no obvious artefacts in the most accurate Movie picture preset. If you move away from the accurate modes then the Samsung can start to look overly vivid and garish.There is definitely a market for the Samsung QE55Q85R and it will meet many end-users needs for film, TV shows and gaming. The price is high and it is in a market with many competing models and technologies, but it is well suited to bright viewing environments and as a living room family TV it is excellent for gaming and HDR viewing in the accurate Movie mode. It also does very well with black levels and shadows with the majority of content viewed, but it still isnt quite up there with OLEDs per-pixel dynamic range and blacks, but it is closer than ever before in that respect.Overall, the Q85R is a strong high-end QLED LCD TV that has many talents that will suit plenty of end-users and, as such, it comes with our recommendation.Was this review helpful?
Samsung QE55Q85R reviewVerdictThe 55in Q85R is a very worthy 4K TV. Viewed in its own right, the picture is impressive indeed, and across all sources. From epic vistas to gritty backstreet violence, its performance is very solid. It’s a delight to use, too.
The problem for the Q85R is how much better the Q90R is. At the time of writing, the price between the two models is £500, which we're not suggesting isn’t a lot of money but is, in our view, worth paying. Then there’s the LG C9 OLED, which can often be bought forRead more even less.
All of these prices will fluctuate wildly over the course of the year and the key is to see where these models stand at the time of purchase. At present, though, the Q85R just misses out on that fifth star and our full recommendation, but if you find it heavily discounted, then feel emboldened to buy.
Detailed, authentic blacks
Exceptional upscaling abilities
Wide viewing angles
Sound missing real weight
Motion could be improved
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|Product Name||Samsung QE55Q85RAT 2019 55" Q85R QLED 4K HDR 1500 Smart TV|
|Screen Size (inches)||55|
|Height Screen Only (cm)||70.81|
|Width Screen Only (cm)||123.06|
|Depth Screen Only (cm)||6.19|
|Height with Stand (cm)||79.19|
|Width with Stand (cm)||123.06|
|Depth with Stand (cm)||23.08|
|Height Packaged (cm)||85.4|
|Width Packaged (cm)||151|
|Depth Packaged (cm)||20.5|
|Screen Resolution||3840 x 2160|
|Ultra 4K HD||Yes|
|Ultra 8K HD||No|
|Audio Output (Watts)||0|
|Weight with Stand (kg)||20.6|
|Weight Packaged (kg)||29.5|
|Manufacturers Product Link||https://www.samsung.com/uk/tvs/qledtv-q85r/QE55Q85RATXXU/|