If we consider Samsung GQ65Q8DN in general, it sets new benchmarks in the 65-inch TV market: although the image quality of this device does not exceed the records of competitors due to the low stability of viewing angles, but with the exception of this point, all our other tests give excellent results. Thus, according to the general assessment, GQ65Q8DN is placed at the first place. But that’s not all: thanks to the good retail price at the time of the test, in terms of price-quality ratio, it ranks second corresponding rating.
very good picture
excellent ease of use
very good value for money
lack of contrast at large viewing angles
mediocre energy efficiency
the absence of such trifles as a headphone jack
While competing devices from LG or Sony shine with OLED screens, Samsung is squeezing the best out of Quantum Dot technology: the QLED display. In a direct comparison, the GQ65Q8DN may be a few points behind, but in some respects the improved LCD panel even outperforms.
The maximum brightness of this 65-inch TV is remarkable: with 1821 cd/m2 it reached the highest score of any device we tested.
4K-UHD resolution picture 3840x2160 pixels is extremely sharp and exhibits very good checkerboard contrast in 231:1. But, compared to competitors’ OLED displays, the Samsung GQ65Q8DN QLED screen, which is based on a VA-LC panel, has technologically determined disadvantages in the field of viewing angle stability. If you sit directly in front of the TV, you are unlikely to notice this, but friends and family members who look at the screen from the side will no longer see the ideal image. Overall, however, the picture quality with HDR10 is excellent, with color space reproduced almost flawlessly.
Samsung GQ65Q8DN: perfectly equipped, easy to manage
In the test discipline “Equipment” Samsung GQ65Q8DN makes a good impression and reaches almost a record mark. Tuners for digital cable, digital satellite and DVB-T2 are presented in double quantity. To connect peripherals, there are four HDMI inputs that comply with the HDMI 2.0 standard. Outdated standards, such as SCART input, this 4K TV no longer has. But the rarely requested 3D mode is not here either. But there is a LAN interface and WLAN support.
Ease of TV control remarkable and, according to the results of our tests, reaches the highest mark. Samsung’s Tizen OS OSD and app store work flawlessly and can be controlled by remote, voice or smartphone app. It has all the most popular Smart TV apps, including a web browser, and supports all relevant video formats. There are three USB ports for file transfer, and there will be no problems with USB recording of current TV programs. Like all TVs in this price range, the Samsung GQ65Q8DN is DLNA certified for flawless communication.
Sound is good too
If you plan on using a 65-inch TV as part of a home theater system, then you should invest in a separate sound solution as well. Nevertheless, the Samsung GQ65Q8DN during the tests itself was able to demonstrate a convincing sound. Two 20W speakers and a subwoofer deliver sound quality that isn’t quite on par with some of Samsung’s other TVs yet, but still quite good. There is a digital audio output, but there is no headphone jack.
It should be noted that good sound is quite typical for all Samsung Q8 TVs.
Good energy efficiency none of the 65-inch TVs can boast, and the Samsung GQ65Q8DN is not surprising in this area. Power consumption is at 155W in normal mode, which is normal and worse than, for example, the Samsung GQ65Q8CN. In Standby mode, power consumption is 0.3W. However, the TV is awarded the EU Energy Label “A”. There is also an optional power saving mode.
Former Leader: Sony KD-65AF8
By choosing the new leader of the rating, you are unlikely to be mistaken, but for those who attach the greatest importance to the quality of the TV’s image, it would be better to take the Sony KD-65AF8. This OLED device during our tests collected all the maximum possible rating points in the “Image Quality” scoring discipline. But Sony asks for a higher price. In addition, the equipment here is not as luxurious as Samsung, and the energy efficiency is worse. But that’s the price you pay for a perfect picture.
Perfect value for money: LG OLED 65B7D
Despite all its positive characteristics and good price, Samsung GQ65Q8CN did not become a leader in terms of price and quality ratio. This title still belongs to the LG OLED 65B7D, since it is cheaper by almost 70 thousand rubles. In the field of image quality, the LG device and its competitor from Samsung differ little. And in terms of ease of control, both TVs are approximately on the same level. Minor flaws in the LG OLED 65B7D can be noted in the equipment and sound quality.
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