The QE65Q80B is a 65 inch 4K TV from Samsung, launched in the year 2022. It features a 10-bit VA panel with Anti-glare/Matte finish. The max. resolution it can display is 3840 x 2160 with a refresh rate of 120 Hz and a pixel density of 68 ppi.
After screen size and resolution, the next most important specification to look for in a display is its Color Reproduction Accuracy (defined by its color gamut specification).
This TV comes with 100% DCI P3 color gamut coverage. Incase you're wondering, this is equivalent to 136.36% sRGB coverage. The color quality on this TV should be Lifelike!
Understanding the Color Gamut Specification
Color gamut specification of a display indicates the range of colors that it can display.
A panel with poor color accuracy will produce washed out colors that will not be pretty to look at.
It is specified in different units - sRGB(most popular), NTSC, DCI P3 Adobe RGB, rec.2020.
In case of this TV, its color gamut is specified using DCI P3.
But don't worry, below is a chart that will help you choosing a TV with good color accuracy.
Now, after color gamut, the static contrast specification of a TV holds almost equal role in picture quality.
Understanding the static contrast ratio
There are two types of contrast specifications for a TV. Static and Dynamic. We are interested in static contrast ratio as dynamic doesn't matter much.
Static contrast specification defines the intensity of black levels. That is, a TV with static contrast ratio less than 1000:1 may produce black images something like this:
Moreover, such TVs are likely be prone to backlight bleeds that will affect your experience — as shown below.The image is an example of another display, it is not this one
Also, static contrast ratio and resolution go hand in hand when it comes to details. To put it into perspective, a TV with low contrast ratio will show both dark gray and black as black, so lesser detail overall.
If given a choice, I will prefer a FHD TV with high contrast ratio over a 4K TV with low contrast ratio.
This TV is rated with a static contrast ratio of 8000:1., good enough to display deep blacks and eye-catching visuals. For the record, it also comes with local dimming technology which is a plus.
HDR10, HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma), HDR10+, HDR10+ Adaptive, HDR10+ Gaming and Quantum HDR 1500 are also supported on this TV.
Coming to brightness, the peak brightness it can produce is 250 nits. The backlight used on the panel is Direct LED (Full-Array Local Dimming).
If you are planning to use your TV solely for content consumption, you can safely ignore these specs. But if you are also going to use the TV for gaming or use it as a PC monitor, you should get a TV with the lowest input lag and response time.
Sadly, we cannot find the input lag specification for this unit. Now, as this is not a cheap TV, we can expect an input lag of less than 20ms.
Understanding Input lag and response time
This lag is the latency at which your key-presses or mouse movements changes the content of the screen. Though, this won't matter much if you aren't into competitive/FPS games like call of duty.
For best of both worlds, look for a TV that comes with an input lag and response time of less than 20ms.
Ergonomics and Dimensions
Coming to ergonomics — If you plan to wall mount the TV, you can make use of the VESA mount provided with this TV, which by the way has an interface size of 400 x 300 mm. Swivel, Tilt or Pivot features are not supported on this unit.
The TV measures 65 inches vertically and 56.9 inches horizontally.
In terms of thickness, it is 2.2 inches thick. It weighs approximately 24.09 Kgs and an additional 3.81 kgs including stand.
Hardware and Audio
The Samsung QE65Q80B is powered by 4-Core CPU. There is no mention on the total RAM on the TV's official specsheet.
To power its UI, the TV runs Tizen 6.5 Operating System.
For display connectivity, Samsung has provided four HDMI 2.1 ports on this TV.
To connect USB devices, it includes two USB 2.0 (1x 5V/0.5A — 1x 5V/1A) ports. Other connectivity ports include — 1x Satellite In (F-type female), 1x CI+ 1.4, 1x Antenna (RF) (female), 1x Satellite In (Sub — F-type female) and 1x Ethernet RJ45.
For connecting to this TV wirelessly, the manufacturer has provided a 5Ghz Wi-Fi, 2.5 Ghz Wi-Fi, Wifi-Direct, Bluetooth and DLNA.
Now, for audio, it is packaged with 2 x 10W built-in speakers. It also comes with a built-in sub-woofer. So you don't have to invest on an external sound system.
In terms of power usage, on average, it consumes 101 watts. On standby, it takes 0.5 watts.
For powering this unit, you will need an 220 V - 240 V/50 Hz - 60 Hz outlet.