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The Best 55-inch TVs of 2022

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Best Overall

LG OLED55C2PUA

The LG C2 OLED is one of the best TVs we've ever seen. It's spectacular for movies and games, especially if you don't have a bright living space. Read More

Pros

  • World-class picture quality
  • A top-tier gaming TV
  • Wafer-thin design

Cons

  • Not as bright as top-shelf QLED TVs
  • Slight off-angle color shift
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Editor's Choice Product image of Sony XR-55A95K
Best Upgrade

Sony XR-55A95K

The Sony A95K is not only the best OLED we’ve ever tested, it’s also the best TV. Its near-perfect picture quality outshines a handful of minor flaws. Read More

Pros

  • World-class picture quality
  • Superb design
  • Fast, flexible software

Cons

  • Not as bright as QLED rivals
  • Gaming support so-so
  • Minor color fringing
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Editor's Choice Product image of Hisense 55U8H
Best Value

Hisense 55U8H

The Hisense U8H is one of the best budget-friendly TVs of the year. It offers excellent performance and useful features for a surprisingly low price. Read More

Pros

  • Excellent contrast and color
  • Easy-to-use smart platform
  • Strong gaming support for the price

Cons

  • A few picture processing quirks
  • Narrow viewing angle
  • Lackluster design
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Editor's Choice Product image of Samsung QN65QN90BAFXZA
Best For Bright Rooms

Samsung QN65QN90BAFXZA

The Samsung QN90B Neo QLED is a dazzling, premium TV whose stunning brightness allows it to perform at a high level in bright rooms. Read More

Pros

  • Incredibly bright
  • Brilliantly showcases HDR
  • Great for next-gen gaming

Cons

  • No Dolby Vision
  • Noticeable light bloom
  • Would benefit from calibration
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Best TV Under $500

TCL 55S555

The 2022 TCL 5-Series combines impressive performance, improved brightness, great gaming support, and Roku OS to be the best budget pick available. Read More

Pros

  • Excellent out-of-box performance
  • Snappy Roku OS
  • Great for casual gaming

Cons

  • Some light bloom
  • Roku or bust

When it comes to TVs, 55 inches is one of the most popular screen sizes around the world for a reason. Not too big and not too small, 55-inch TVs feel luxuriously large without entirely dominating your living room.

If you just want the best 55-inch 4K TV money can buy, go with the LG C2 OLED (available at Amazon for $1,296.99) . With its excellent contrast, rich features, and next-gen gaming support, you really can't go wrong. However, if the C2 isn’t right for you, we spend hundreds of hours testing great 55-inch TVs in every price bracket—you’re sure to find the best one for your budget.

The LG C2 OLED TV displaying 4K/HDR content in a living room setting
Credit: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser

The LG C2 combines the unbelievable performance of an OLED with an array of exciting features.

Best Overall
LG C2
  • Screen sizes: 42”, 48”, 55”, 65”, 77”, 83”
  • HDR: Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG
  • Smart platform: LG webOS

The LG C2 OLED is the successor to our favorite TV of 2021, the LG C1. While not radically different from the C1, the C2 nevertheless improves on an already-fantastic formula. It’s our current pick for the best TV you can buy right now.

The main ingredient of this successful formula are the C2’s self-lit pixels. Unlike traditional LED TVs, OLED displays are capable of adjusting their brightness on a pixel-by-pixel basis, even turning pixels off. This allows for perfect black levels, which is why OLED TVs feature unparalleled contrast.

Along with perfect black levels, the C2 delivers exceptionally bright highlights for its class. It features LG’s OLED evo display technology, a blend of software and hardware enhancements that were only available in the company’s tippy-top Gallery model last year. OLED evo succeeds at what it sets out to do: improve brightness and color volume. In HDR, the TV is capable of producing specular highlights in the 700- to 800-nit range, and it covers about 97% of the HDR color space (DCI-P3). SDR content (like most cable broadcasts and streaming titles) also look spectacular on the C2, though not as bright.

Film fans and A/V enthusiasts will appreciate the C2’s Dolby Vision support. If you’re a gamer, the C2 is one of the best TVs you can buy this year. All four of the C2’s inputs are full-bandwidth HDMI 2.1, meaning they support 4K gaming at 120 hertz (Hz). The C2 also supports both Auto Low Latency (ALLM) and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), with AMD FreeSync and Nvidia G-Sync along for the ride, too. Like the C1, the C2 is equipped with LG’s Game Optimizer settings menu, which toggles the TV’s various VRR options, relays frame rate information, and allows for easy tweaks to the TV’s picture while gaming.

It’s not a perfect TV. LG TVs quietly stopped supporting DTS audio in 2020, so if you own Blu-rays with DTS soundtracks and you’re planning on connecting a Blu-ray player directly to the TV, you won’t be getting the full DTS experience. LG’s smart platform, webOS, can also be a chore to use, as it’s chock-full of sponsored content and often slows down during navigation. If you spring for the C2, we recommend pairing it with an external streaming device so that you don’t have to rely solely on the TV’s smart features.

The LG C2 is one of the best OLED TVs that we’ve tested. It’s pricier than most TVs, but the price is justified by its world-class performance and impressive, all-encompassing list of features. See our LG C2 review for more info.

Pros

  • World-class picture quality

  • A top-tier gaming TV

  • Wafer-thin design

Cons

  • Not as bright as top-shelf QLED TVs

  • Slight off-angle color shift

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The A95K is the best TV we’ve ever seen.

Best Upgrade
Sony A95K
  • Screen sizes: 55", 65"
  • HDR support: Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG
  • Smart platform: Google TV

The A95K is Sony's first attempt at a quantum dot-enhanced OLED TV (commonly called QD-OLED), and the result is an absolutely mindblowing experience. From a picture quality standpoint, it's the best-looking TV we've ever seen. Unfortunately, it's also one of the most expensive TVs we've ever seen, too, which will undoubtedly make it a tough sell for most shoppers.

Like all OLED TVs, the A95K delivers perfect black levels and the widest viewing angles money can buy. Although a lack of brightness has been an issue for OLED TVs in the past, this isn't much of a concern for the A95K; it's one of the brightest OLEDs we've ever tested. As long as it's not positioned directly in a sunbeam, its plenty bright for both daytime and nighttime viewing.

Thanks in part to Sony's quantum dot technology (dubbed Triluminos Color), the A95K's colors are staggeringly good. It covers an impressive 100% of the HDR color gamut (DCI-P3), and its bold, bright colors pop across all content types, be them TV shows, movies, or games. Most impressive is the A95K's ability to properly render skin tones and subtle gradations—you're not likely to notice any color banding, even during upscaled content.

The A95K's Google-based smart platform is fast, flexible, and relatively easy to use, too. It's a great option for everyday streaming. And while the A95K doesn't offer quite as much gaming flexibility as some of its high-end competitors, you're still getting a decent amount of gaming support for next-gen consoles. Two of the TV's HDMI 2.1 inputs support 4K gaming at 120Hz (though one of these inputs also serves as the TV's eARC-enabled port). The A95K also comes with Variable Refresh Rate, Auto Low Latency Mode, and G-Sync compatibility.

Most folks will understandably balk at the A95K's head-spinning price tag, but if you're looking for the absolute best picture money can buy, look no further. See our Sony A95K for more info.

Pros

  • World-class picture quality

  • Superb design

  • Fast, flexible software

Cons

  • Not as bright as QLED rivals

  • Gaming support so-so

  • Minor color fringing

The TV on display in the Reviewed labs with the screen showing off a large and bright blue splash.
Credit: Reviewed / Tim Renzi

The Hisense U8H offers great performance for a price most people can justify.

Best Value
Hisense U8H
  • Screen sizes: 55", 65", 75"
  • HDR support: Dolby Vision, HDR10, HDR10+, HLG
  • Smart platform: Google TV

If you're looking to maximize your dollar, the Hisense U8H is one of the best options of the year. It delivers an excellent picture and an impressive array of features for a surprisingly low price.

The U8H is a mini-LED TV with quantum dots, which is a hardware tandem typically found in higher-end TVs. Impressively, the U8H's local dimming performance rivals that of its higher-end competitors; there's shockingly little light bloom whenever bright picture elements meet dark backgrounds. And, when it comes to brightness, the U8H is no slouch, either. Whether you're watching SDR or HDR content, the U8H is plenty bright enough for daytime viewing. We measured a peak brightness of around 1,700 nits for specular highlights in HDR, and in SDR, the average picture brightness climbs as high as 900 nits. This level of brightness is almost unheard of in this price range.

Colors on the U8H are rich and voluminous, too, thanks in part to the TV's use of quantum dots. Our lab tests revealed that the U8H covers an impressive 97% of the HDR color gamut (DCI-P3). In real-world terms, this means you can expect everything from SDR TV shows to HDR movies to look realistically colorful.

The U8H may not offer as much gaming upside as a higher-end mini-LED TV like the Samsung QN90B, but given its price, it's remarkably fit for next-gen gaming. You're getting two HDMI 2.1 ports capable of 4K gaming at 120Hz, along with Variable Refresh Rate, Auto Low Latency Mode, and FreeSync Premium Pro. If you're hoping to use your next TV's built-in smart platform as your daily driver, the U8H has you covered, too; Google TV is fast, easy to use, and can be outfitted with downloadable apps of your choice.

There are a couple of drawbacks worth mentioning. For one thing, Hisense's picture processing isn't quite as refined as Sony's, Samsung's, and TCL's, particularly when it comes to upscaling sub-4K content. Off-axis viewing can be problematic at times, too, as the U8H's picture quality begins to drop the more you shift away from a direct, head-on viewing position.

But for the money, few TVs this year deliver this level of performance. There's far more to love about the U8H than there is to nitpick. It's a terrific, value-forward TV that most folks will be thrilled to call their own. See our Hisense U8H review for more info.

Pros

  • Excellent contrast and color

  • Easy-to-use smart platform

  • Strong gaming support for the price

Cons

  • A few picture processing quirks

  • Narrow viewing angle

  • Lackluster design

The Samsung QN90B displaying 4K/HDR content in a living room setting
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The Samsung QN90B is one of the brightest LED TVs we’ve reviewed this year.

Best For Bright Rooms
Samsung QN90B
  • Screen sizes: 43”, 50”, 55”, 65”, 75”, 85”, 98”
  • HDR: HDR10+, HDR10, HLG
  • Smart platform: Samsung Tizen OS

If you’re looking for a top-shelf TV that blends cutting-edge features with a powerfully bright picture, the Samsung QN90B is one of the year’s best options. It’s our current pick for the best TV for bright-room viewing.

The QN90B features the second generation of Samsung’s Neo QLED technology, which blends the contrast-enhancing power of mini-LEDs with the bright, color-boosting qualities of quantum dots. The result is a dazzlingly bright, colorful picture that excels at reining in its luminance during dark scenes.

In fact, the QN90B delivers one of the brightest pictures we’ve ever seen, showcasing HDR content better than just about every LCD/LED TV on the market.

Casual and avid gamers are sure to appreciate the QN90B’s gaming prowess. All four of the QN90B’s HDMI 2.1 ports support 4K gaming at 120Hz. The QN90B also supports Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), which ensures low-latency gaming free of visual artifacts like screen tearing. FreeSync Premium Pro and G-Sync are both accounted for, should you choose to use them.

Unfortunately, like all Samsung TVs, the QN90B does not support Dolby Vision (though it does support HDR10 and HDR10+). In addition, the QN90B sometimes falls victim to minor light bloom, particularly when viewed from an off-axis position.

Still, if a bright picture and premium features are what you’re looking for, you’d be hard pressed to find a better option this year than the Samsung QN90B. See our Samsung QN90B review for more info.

Pros

  • Incredibly bright

  • Brilliantly showcases HDR

  • Great for next-gen gaming

Cons

  • No Dolby Vision

  • Noticeable light bloom

  • Would benefit from calibration

The TCL 5-Series displaying an image of Morning Glory hot spring while sitting on a wooden credenza.
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The TCL 5-Series (2022) provides great performance and a nice collection of features for under $500.

Best TV Under $500
TCL 5-Series S555 (2022)
  • Screen Sizes: 50”, 55”, 65”, 75”
  • HDR support: Dolby Vision, HDR10+, HDR10, HLG
  • Smart platform: Roku

TCL is again the best you can get under $500 with the 2022 5-Series. It builds upon the previous version that came out two years ago with better performance and improved features that make it an incredible value buy.

The 5-Series’ average and peak brightness won’t match what you’ll get from more expensive midrange TVs such as its bigger sibling, the 6-Series R655, or the Hisense U8H. But it’s one of the brightest you’ll find for the price and there’s still plenty of brightness to combat ambient light and deliver an eye-popping picture. Color performance is impressive, too, with better color gamut coverage than before in both SDR and HDR and added HDR10+ support.

For gamers, there are HDMI 2.1 ports (one with eARC), Auto Low Latency Mode, and Variable Refresh Rate (including AMD FreeSync support). Game mode is an independent toggle, so you can enjoy the excellent color and contrast performance from the TCL’s Movie and Dark HDR picture modes.

There are some minor drawbacks, such as a limited number of dimming zones which leads to blooming, and if you’re not a fan of Roku, as we are, that’s currently your only Smart OS option. But even with those slight hiccups, the TCL 5-Series is a serious budget win and an enormous value at under $500 for the 55-inch model. See our TCL 5-Series (2022) review for more info.

Pros

  • Excellent out-of-box performance

  • Snappy Roku OS

  • Great for casual gaming

Cons

  • Some light bloom

  • Roku or bust

Other Top 55-Inch TVs We Tested

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Samsung S95B
  • Screen sizes: 55”, 65”
  • HDR: HDR10+, HDR10, HLG
  • Smart platform: Samsung Tizen OS

The Samsung S95B is one of the first TVs to combine the perfect black levels of an OLED display with the color- and brightness-boosting qualities of quantum dots. Commonly referred to as QD-OLED technology, the S95B showcases its advantages brilliantly.

For years, one of the main criticisms of OLED TV technology was that it was incapable of getting anywhere near as bright as an LED TV—particularly an LED TV with quantum dots. And although the S95B still doesn’t get as bright as a TV like the Samsung QN90B, it’s nevertheless the brightest OLED we’ve tested to date.

Coupled with OLED’s perfect black levels, the S95B’s added brightness has an incredibly powerful impact on HDR content, be it a movie, a video game, or otherwise. Specular highlights pop off the screen, adding an astonishing level of depth. But perhaps the most significant improvement brought to the table by quantum dots is their effect on the S95B’s color reproduction. In particular, reds and greens look stunning on the S95B.

It's built for next-gen gaming, too. All four of the S95B’s HDMI ports support 4K gaming at 120Hz, Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR). Combined with Samsung’s Game Bar (a dedicated settings menu for game optimization), avid gamers will be covered for years to come.

Being a Samsung TV, the S95B does not support Dolby Vision (though HDR10 and HDR10+ support are included). Samsung’s Tizen-based smart platform is a bit laggy and difficult to navigate this year, too, which will incentivize pairing the S95B with an external streaming device. Picture purists who don’t intend on hiring a professional calibrator might want to check out the LG C2, as that OLED TV’s out-of-the-box picture is closer in line with reference standards.

However, if you’ve been waiting for an OLED TV that’s better suited for bright room viewing than almost every other OLED TV on the market, the S95B is an excellent (albeit pricey) choice. Despite its lack of Dolby Vision and its cumbersome smart platform, the Samsung S95B is a total game-changer. See our Samsung S95B review for more info.

Pros

  • QD-OLED is a game changer

  • Excellent gaming TV

  • Superb design

Cons

  • No Dolby Vision

  • Might need to be calibrated

  • Minor color artifacts

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LG C1
  • Screen sizes: 48”, 55”, 65”, 77”, 83”
  • HDR: Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG
  • Smart platform: LG webOS

The LG C1 (available in 48-, 55-, 65-, and 77-inch models) is a stunning OLED TV. Its array of future-facing features will help maintain its value for several years to come. The LG C1 was our pick for the best TV you can buy before its successor, the LG C2.

OLED TVs are known for incredible contrast, and the LG C1 is no exception. It pairs a perfect black level with stellar highlights. Its sustained peak brightness of around 700 to 800 nits in HDR makes it one of the brightest OLED TVs we’ve ever seen.

The C1’s color performance is top-level, too. It features 100% SDR color saturation (Rec.709) and 97% HDR color saturation (DCI-P3). That means that whether you’re watching TV shows or Blu-rays, you can expect rich, true-to-life color.

The LG C1’s four HDMI 2.1 inputs all support 4K resolution at 120Hz. That makes it a great TV for gaming on an Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5.

In fact, the LG C1 is stuffed with gaming-centric features. You’ll find Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), and FreeSync/G-Sync support. The TV’s Game Optimizer menu features a suite of additional picture enhancements.

The C1 comes with the sixth iteration of LG’s webOS smart platform pre-installed. While it’s not our favorite smart software, most folks will find it meets their needs. It’s zippy, easy to navigate, and offers a broad app selection via LG’s Content Store.

The incredible performance, wide array of features, and elegant design means the LG C1 is still one of the best TVs you can buy, even a year after its release. See our LG C1 review for more info.

Pros

  • Incredible contrast and color

  • Impressive array of features

Cons

  • Not a good fit for particularly bright rooms

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Sony A90J
  • Screen sizes: 55”, 65”, 83”
  • HDR: Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG
  • Smart platform: Google TV

If you don’t mind splashing out on an ultra-premium TV, the Sony A90J is one of the best OLED TVs we’ve ever tested, and one of the best TVs we’ve ever tested, period.

OLED naturally offers picture-perfect black levels. The A90J augments that with excellent highlights for an OLED. It regularly reaches 700 to 800 nits in HDR, with highlights getting much brighter than that in short bursts.

The added brightness elevates the TV’s colors, which are both voluminous and accurate. In fact, the A90J’s HDR color palette covers about 98% of the expanded DCI-P3 color space when the TV is in its “Custom” picture mode.

This Sony is also packed to the gills with features. It includes the Google TV smart platform, replacing Android TV. It has eARC compatibility and support for Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision. It has a native refresh rate of 120Hz. Its Center Speaker mode lets you use the A90J’s built-in speakers as the center channel of a surround sound setup.

Crucially, two of the A90J’s HDMI 2.1 ports offer Variable Refresh Rate, Auto Low Latency Mode, and support for 4K content at 120Hz. If you want to get the most out of current-gen gaming consoles like the PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X, these features are essential.

If you have the means and want an incredible out-of-the-box TV experience, the A90J is one of the best you’ll find. Having been on the market for over a year now, the A90J is currently on sale, making it a great time to pick one up. See our Sony A90J review for more info.

Pros

  • Incredible contrast and color

  • HDMI 2.1-specified features

  • Zippy, flexible smart platform

Cons

  • Brighter than last year, but still dim compared to LCD/LED TVs

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Samsung QN90A
  • Screen sizes: 55”, 65”, 75”, 85”
  • HDR: HDR10+, HDR10, HLG
  • Smart platform: Samsung Tizen OS

If you’re shopping for a top-shelf TV with a bright, colorful picture, the Samsung QN90A is still one of the best options. It combines the impressive performance we’ve come to expect from Samsung’s flagship TVs with an incredible toolbox of features and enhancements. Before the release of the Samsung QN90B, the QN90A was our pick for the best TV for bright-room viewing.

The QN90A is outfitted with Samsung’s Neo QLED display technology, which marries quantum dots with mini-LED backlights. Quantum dots create a brighter, more color-rich picture. Meanwhile, the mini-LEDs offer above-average black levels and tight contrast control. The end result is one of the best pictures we’ve seen all year, especially for HDR content.

Beyond the dazzling display, it’s packed to the brim with hardware and software enhancements. The 120Hz refresh rate—combined with HDMI 2.1 support—make it a great choice for avid gamers. It supports both Auto Low Latency Mode and Variable Refresh Rate, both widely considered essential for next-generation gaming. The QN90A also puts all of its gaming-related settings in an easy-to-access menu called Game Bar. Gamers should take note, however, that the QN90A only offers one HDMI port that supports 4K gaming at 120Hz. If you want more flexibility in this department, you’ll have to spend up on the newer QN90B.

The QN90A offers a host of other extras, too, from Multi View (which allows users to watch more than one source at a time) to the Samsung Health ecosystem. And while the QN90A’s Tizen-based smart platform isn’t our favorite, it’s easy to use and offers enough flexibility for most users.

All told, the Samsung QN90A is still one of the best Samsung TVs you can buy. While it’s not exactly budget-friendly, its current sale price makes it a great deal. See our Samsung QN90A review for more info.

Pros

  • Searing brightness

  • Rich color saturation

  • Beautiful design

Cons

  • Occasional LED bloom in high contrast scenes

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TCL 6-Series with Roku
  • Screen sizes: 55", 65", 75", 85"
  • HDR support: Dolby Vision, HDR10+, HDR10, HLG
  • Smart platform: Roku TV

The TCL 6-Series is a fantastic mid-range TV that punches well above its weight. For a reasonable price, it offers bright mini-LED performance, a user-friendly smart platform, and a decent array of gaming-friendly features.

Being a Roku TV, the 6-Series features our favorite smart platform right out of the box. Roku is easy enough for newcomers to use while still being flexible enough for dedicated streamers. Its picture quality is quite good, too, whether you're watching during the day or taking in a movie at night. It pairs deep black levels with bright highlights, climbing as high as 1,300 nits during HDR content. The inclusion of quantum dots ensures that colors are well-saturated regardless of content. The 6-Series covers 92% of the wide HDR color gamut—not quite as impressive as the similarly priced Hisense U8H, but good nonetheless. The 6-Series, on the other hand, offers better picture processing than the U8H—especially when it comes to upscaling content.

The 6-Series is also a terrific option for gamers. Two of its HDMI 2.1 ports support 4K gaming at 144Hz with Variable Refresh Rate enabled. Crucially, the TV's dedicated eARC port is separate from the TV's pair of gaming-optimized ports, so it can accommodate two next-gen consoles as well as a dedicated soundbar. Auto Low Latency Mode and FreeSync Premium Pro are also supported.

Unfortunately, the 6-Series does not offer very many options to tweak the picture and audio. You can choose from various picture presets and make basic adjustments to the TV's backlight and color temperature, but that's about it. The design of the TV is relatively basic, too.

While not as bright and colorful as the Hisense U8H, the 6-Series is nevertheless a superb option for shoppers on a budget. If you're a set-it-and-forget-it type of viewer, the 6-Series will serve you well, but if you appreciate having a bit more control over your TV's settings, we recommend taking a closer look at the U8H. See our TCL 6-Series review for more info.

Pros

  • Bright, colorful picture

  • Built-in Roku smart features

  • Class-leading gaming features

Cons

  • Not enough A/V customization settings

  • Out-of-the-box picture is too cool

  • Chunky, ho-hum design

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Samsung Q60B
  • Screen sizes: 43”, 50”, 55”, 60”, 65”, 70”, 75”, 85”
  • HDR: HDR10+, HDR10, HLG
  • Smart platform: Samsung Tizen OS

The Samsung Q60B is the most affordable Samsung TV this year to feature quantum dots, and while it’s not nearly as impressive as Samsung’s more premium offerings, it’s nevertheless a fine choice for casual viewing.

The Q60B’s best asset is its brightness. While it doesn’t get bright enough for HDR content to really pop, it’s bright enough in both SDR and HDR that the picture won’t wilt in well-lit environments. The inclusion of quantum dots certainly helps.

We also really appreciate the Q60B’s sleek design. The panel is narrow (and uniformly so), with slim, L-shaped feet that don’t call attention to themselves. Setting it up is a cinch, too; the TV’s feet slot right into the panel and remain firmly in place without the need for screws.

As far as features go, however, the Q60B is somewhat lacking. While pricier TVs support both Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), the Q60B only supports ALLM. This means it’ll automatically optimize an input for gaming whenever a console is detected, but it doesn’t offer the ability to match your output device's frame rate.

The Q60B also features a native refresh rate of only 60Hz and lacks high-bandwidth HDMI 2.1 support, so 4K gaming at 120fps is out of the question.

If all you’re looking for is a sleek, dependable TV that’ll hold its own in a relatively bright room, the Q60B is a great option. Folks who are seeking a more cinematic HDR experience or next-gen gaming features, however, would be better off spending a bit more on a more premium option. See our Samsung Q60B review for more info.

Pros

  • Decent dark-room performer

  • Bright enough for casual viewing

  • Easy-to-setup design

Cons

  • Not cut out for next-gen gaming

  • Narrow viewing angle

  • HDR performance is lacking

How We Test TVs

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Our lab is outfitted with much of the same equipment you would find at a factory that manufactures and calibrates televisions.

The Testers

Reviewed has been testing TVs for over a decade. Our current Home Theater expert is Michael Desjardin. Michael is a Senior Staff Writer and an eight-year veteran of the Reviewed tech team. A film enthusiast and TV expert, he takes picture quality seriously, but also understands that not every TV is a good fit for everyone.

John Higgins is Reviewed’s A/V and Electronics Editor. He is an ISF Level III-certified calibrator and has been covering all manner of home theater electronics for two decades, including TVs, projectors, speakers, headphones, and gaming gear.

A TV tester measuring a TV's contrast
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We measure things like peak brightness, black level, hue, and so on.

The Tests

It'd be an understatement to say that we're serious about TV testing. Our Cambridge laboratory has much of the same equipment factories use to manufacture and calibrate televisions.

Our hardware includes a Konica Minolta CS-200 tristimulus color meter and a LS-100 luminance meter. We have a Leo Bodnar input lag tester, and a Murideo Seven 8K signal generator for testing 8K TV features. We also have more Blu-rays than we can keep track of.

For software, we use Portrait Displays’ Calman Ultimate color calibration software. It’s the industry standard for display measurement and screen calibration.

Our testing process has been honed over many years. We gather enough esoteric data to satisfy curious video engineers, while also focusing on the average person's viewing experience.

We measure factors like peak brightness, and black level. We test hue and saturation for primary and secondary digital colors. We check the accuracy of the TV's electro-optical transfer function—you get the idea.

We weigh our performance tests based on how the human eye prioritizes vision. The human visual system processes brightness better than color. So we weigh brightness first, then move on to colorimetry, and so on.

Beyond the technical tests, we also spend a lot of time just using each TV. We stream video, connect a Blu-ray player to watch movies, and use the smart features. We also check out the ports, remote, and on-set buttons. We evaluate anything and everything that might be relevant to the daily experience of using the TV.

What You Should Know About Buying a Television

While everyone has different eyes, our vision generally functions the same way. We prioritize dynamic information and bright, compelling colors over subtler hues and resolution (sharpness). We focus on those priorities when we’re testing.

We consider a TV “good” when we forget that we're watching a TV. We don't see pixels creating mixes of red, green, and blue to simulate colors. Rather, we see the real world, lit and colored as it is, in fluid motion.

Broken down, you want a TV that can get very bright and dark without obscuring details. You want accurate colors (per various color standards set by the International Telecommunication Union). You want proper bit-mapping and the right codecs and decoders for video processing. You also want it to properly play the various types of content thrown at it without judder, or blurring.

Individual specs like pixel count or brightness measurements don’t automatically indicate quality, just like intense speed doesn’t automatically make a good car.

What TV Terms Do I Need To Know?

TV terminology is rife with subterfuge and tomfoolery, but understanding TV specs is important when you’re shopping. Here are the key bits of jargon you'll want to know while browsing:

LED/LCD: This refers to Light Emitting Diodes and Liquid Crystal Display. “Liquid crystal” is a semi-solid substance that morphs in reaction to tiny electrical volts and allows light to pass through. LCD displays have been around for decades. But they need to be lit, somehow.

An LED TV still has a liquid crystal display, but it also uses LEDs as backlights. This uses less power than older kinds of LCD displays, while producing a clearer, more colorful image.

OLED: This means Organic Light Emitting Diode. This is a different technology than LED/LCD. OLED TVs combine the backlight and crystal array into one unit, using sub-pixel strata that produce light and color individually. OLED TVs have a shorter lifespan than LED/LCDs, but offer wider viewing angles, sharper contrast, and more accurate colors.

4K/UHD: Usually 4K refers to resolution—specifically, 3,840 x 2,160 pixels. This is the current standard/mainstream resolution for most TVs. UHD means Ultra High Definition, which refers to a suite of picture improvements. 4K resolution is one of them, and so is Wide Color Gamut, which can display many more shades than HD TVs.

High Dynamic Range: Like "UHD," High Dynamic Range (or HDR) refers to both a type of TV and a type of content. HDR expands on the typical range of brightness (luminance) and color that a TV will produce.

HDR TVs are newer and usually a bit more expensive, but can have many times the brightness and 30% more color production than non-HDR TVs. Current top HDR formats include HDR10, HDR10+, and Dolby Vision.

60Hz/120Hz: These numbers refer to the "refresh rate," or how often a TV updates its picture. It’s measured in “Hertz,” which means “times per second.”

If a TV's refresh rate is 60Hz, this means it re-scans and updates for picture information 60 times per second. Likewise, 120Hz updates 120 times per second. Currently, TVs only come in 60 or 120Hz. A higher refresh rate is always better, but not always necessary.

Smart TV: The term "smart TV" has evolved over the years, but it just means that the TV connects to the internet with a built-in ethernet or WiFi connection. Smart TVs these days primarily offer streaming services like Hulu, Netflix, Disney+, and Amazon Prime Video on your TV. Some smart TVs have browsers, calendars, or even Roku or Android functions.

Quantum Dots: Quantum dots are used in LED/LCD TVs only. These are microscopic nanocrystals that produce intensely colored light when illuminated. Quantum dots can vastly improve the red and green saturation of a TV, helping LED/LCD TVs match the color spectrum of OLED.

Local Dimming: OLED panels look great because each pixel can operate independently. LED/LCD TVs can imitate this functioning via a process called local dimming. Localized clusters of LEDs dim or boost brightness depending on what’s on the screen. This can vastly improve the performance and worth of a TV if done well.


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Michael Desjardin

Michael Desjardin

Senior Staff Writer

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Michael Desjardin graduated from Emerson College after having studied media production and screenwriting. He specializes in tech for Reviewed, but also loves film criticism, weird ambient music, cooking, and food in general.

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Lee Neikirk

Lee Neikirk

Editor, Home Theater

@Koanshark

Lee has been Reviewed's point person for most television and home theater products since 2012. Lee received Level II certification in TV calibration from the Imaging Science Foundation in 2013. As Editor of the Home Theater vertical, Lee oversees reviews of TVs, monitors, soundbars, and Bluetooth speakers. He also reviews headphones, and has a background in music performance.

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John Higgins

John Higgins

Editor, Electronics & Audio/Video

@johntmhiggins

John is the A/V Editor for Reviewed. He is an ISF Level III-certified calibrator with bylines at ProjectorCentral, Wirecutter, IGN, Home Theater Review, T3, Sound & Vision, and Home Theater Magazine. When away from the Reviewed office, he is a sound editor for film and musician, and loves to play games with his son.

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