The fact that the Samsung GQ55Q7FN “plays in the big leagues” in terms of image quality can already be seen from the results of measurements of the characteristics obtained in our test laboratory. The contrast ratio exceeds 10,000:1, the checkerboard contrast ratio is a good 223:1, and the maximum brightness reaches an amazing 1414 cd/m2. The latter becomes especially noticeable when working in direct sunlight or during HDR playback, which further enhances the TV’s color reproduction. However, even without HDR, the image quality of the 4K QLED panel remains excellent. It does not matter where the device receives the content from: through the integrated Triple Twin Tuner (DVB‑S/C/T2) or from an external media such as a Blu-ray player.
Power consumption aside, which is rather high for a mid-range TV, the Samsung GQ55Q7FN performed admirably in all areas during our test runs. We particularly liked the picture quality of TV and Blu-ray material. The sound quality, equipment and functionality of the Smart-TV system are also up to date. The value for money of the device tested, however, appears to be only satisfactory at the time of writing this report.
relatively high energy consumption
Samsung GQ55Q7FN test results
- Price-quality ratio
- Place in the overall ranking
7 out of 37
- Value for money: 68
- Image quality (50%): 95.6
- Sound quality (5%): 90.8
- Equipment (25%): 93.8
- Ergonomics (15%): 100
- Energy efficiency (5%): 62.8
Despite excellent picture quality, current competing models from Philips, LG and Sony have some edge. The reason is simple: all three 55-inch TVs use an OLED panel, which not only has convincing color reproduction, but above all, high viewing angle stability. According to this indicator, the Samsung GW55Q7FN VA-LCD panel cannot compete with them: the maximum horizontal and vertical viewing angles, at which the TV retains at least half of its maximum contrast, are within 20 degrees.
Smart and well equipped
In terms of equipment, there is nothing to complain about here: the Samsung GQ55Q7FN has four HDMI ports, one CI + slot, and a digital audio output. Three USB interfaces allow you to play movies from external hard drives and other media. USB recording is also possible here.
Especially practical: instead of a direct connection to the TV, Samsung offers to use a special hub that will get rid of the bunch of hanging wires. One thin cable goes directly to the TV. Two stereo speakers with a power of 10 W each, on the contrary, are built into the case and provide very good sound even at high volumes.
As an operating system, as on all current Samsung TVs, OS Tizen is used. Here you will find all the major video-on-demand applications, including Netflix, Amazon Video, and more.
Although the choice in Tizen-Store cannot compete with competitive Android-TV, it should satisfy most requests without problems. The Internet connection required for this is provided via the LAN port or WLAN module. You can control your TV with a remote control, voice commands, or an app on your smartphone.
High brightness, high power consumption
The power consumption level of the Samsung GQ55Q7FN is relatively high, which is quite expected with such a high brightness. During test runs, we measured as much as 133 watts in normal operation. And although this indicator can be slightly reduced with the help of the energy-saving mode, this result is achieved only by reducing the brightness. In the Standby state, power consumption is at an acceptable level of 0.2 watts. Overall, the GQ55Q7FN meets the EU Energy Efficiency Label “B” and is one of the most power-hungry TVs in our respective rating.
Relatively inexpensive alternative: Philips 55POS901F
Anyone who often has to watch TV without being directly in front of the screen should take models with OLED technology that boasts higher viewing angle stability, such as the Philips 55POS901F. During the test, this UHD TV proved to be convincing due to its excellent picture quality, good sound and luxurious equipment. In addition, at a cost of about 100 thousand rubles, this model from Philips is one of the most inexpensive High-end TVs in 55-inch format. At the same time, the level of energy consumption, like that of Samsung, is relatively high.
Less voracious alternative : LG OLED 55E8
The LG OLED 55E8 also features a highly stable viewing angle OLED panel, which shone with remarkable image quality during testing. In addition, our leader in the ranking offers a comprehensive Smart OS, a large number of interfaces and great sound. Power consumption, although still high, is faring better than the GQ55Q7FN. The only criticism worth mentioning is the lack of HDR10-Plus support. Cost: approximately 165 thousand rubles.
Samsung GQ55Q7FN specifications and test results
|Screen and backlight type|
|Image quality: HD TV|
|Image quality: Blu-ray|
|3D: glasses included|
|Horizontal viewing angle (1/2 maximum contrast ratio)|
|Vertical viewing angle (1/2 maximum contrast ratio)|
|Power consumption during operation|
|Standby Power Consumption|
|Power saving mode|
|Stand: swivel joint|
|Digital Cable TV Tuner|
|Digital satellite TV tuner|
|Connectors: Composite (FBAS)|
|Smart TV: Facebook|
|Smart TV: Amazon Instant Video|
|Smart TV: Netflix|
|Smart TV: Youtube|
|Smart TV: Installing additional software|
|Smart TV: Browser|
|USB: TV recording|
|Network: DLNA support|
|Digital audio output|
|Dimensions (with stand)|
|Width (without stand)|
|screen inch price|
Samsung GQ55Q7FN test results