Samsung 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart QLED TV (2017 Model)

Last updated date: February 25, 2019

DWYM Score
8.1

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We looked at the top 1 Samsung TVs and dug through the reviews from 6 of the most popular review sites including RTINGS.com, Consumer Reports, CNET, HD Guru, Home Theater Review, 4K and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Samsung TV you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 60 expert reviews, the Samsung Samsung 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD QLED TV (2017 Model) placed 10th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
8.1
6 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.2
52 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
It looks very sleek and modern from the front, and the curved stand supports the TV well.
- RTINGS.com
September 18, 2017 | Full review
This Samsung TV has excellent motion performance, with no visible blurring on our motion tests, thanks to Samsung's "Auto Motion Plus".
- Consumer Reports
The Q8 uses a true 120Hz panel, which improves the TVs' motion performance, but as usual the "Motion Rate 240" specification is made-up.
- CNET
June 6, 2018 | Full review
Like all 2017 Samsung QLED models, the QN65Q8C beautifully handles high definition standard dynamic range material, and the included HDR+ mode gives all images an overall boost in brightness and color, if desired.
- HD Guru
August 18, 2017 | Full review
As usual, this Samsung TV is loaded with advanced picture adjustments, including two- and 20-point white balance adjustment, multiple color spaces, an adjustable backlight, a full color management system, and noise reduction.
- Home Theater Review
October 9, 2017 | Full review
The combination of extremely good color delivery, very strong peak brightness capability and some solid, deep black levels ensures that this TV really shows off the best of any HDR10-mastered content you play back on it from any source.
- 4K
December 31, 2017 | Full review
What experts didn't like
The Q8C has relatively low THD at most volumes, and it remains reasonable even at higher levels.
- RTINGS.com
September 18, 2017 | Full review
Slight backlight non-uniformity
- Consumer Reports
The biggest issue is that Bixby failed or misheard my commands more often than Google Assistant.
- CNET
June 6, 2018 | Full review
Missing is the Dolby Vision HDR system, which is supported by a growing number of TV and UHD Blu-ray player brands, but for the most part any content that supports Dolby Vision will also offer HDR10.
- HD Guru
August 18, 2017 | Full review
One minor gripe about the HDR experience: the TV provides no onscreen pop-up to indicate when HDR is enabled, and there's no Info button on the remote.
- Home Theater Review
October 9, 2017 | Full review
Its main issues are that first of all, it fails to maintain high sustained brightness for non-HDR content and in general is not a very remarkably bright TV for regular content display.
- 4K
December 31, 2017 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Introducing QLED TV. An unrivalled, realistic picture made possible by a billion unique colors created by Samsung’s proprietary Quantum Dots. See it all come to life on a sophisticated 360 Degree Design featuring a sleek, metal back and curved screen that draws you into the action. The Invisible Connection streamlines and simplifies connections to other devices. As smart as it is beautiful, QLED TV recognizes what’s connected to it and lets you control what you want to watch, all with one remote.

Overall Product Rankings

2. Samsung 65-Inch QLED 4K UHD 9 Series Smart TV
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 9
4. Samsung 65-Inch QLED 4K UHD 6 Series Smart TV
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 6
5. Samsung 55-Inch QLED 4K UHD 7 Series Smart TV
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 3
6. Samsung 65-Inch QLED 4K UHD 7 Series Smart TV
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 3
7. Samsung 65-Inch QLED 4K UHD 7 Series Smart TV
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 5
8. Samsung 65-Inch QLED 4K UHD 8 Series Smart TV
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 8
9. Samsung 55-Inch QLED 4K UHD 7 Series Smart TV
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 6
10. Samsung 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart QLED TV (2017 Model)
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 6

An Overview On Samsung TVs

Samsung is a well-respected name in electronics, especially where TVs are concerned. But the race to be the latest and greatest often forces electronics manufacturers to constantly innovate. For Samsung, that means keeping up with a fierce competitor in the video space: Dolby Vision.

While competitors use Dolby Vision to bring high-definition video to various electronics, Samsung prefers to stick with its own proprietary technology. Dolby enthusiasts often gravitate toward other manufacturers for that reason, but Samsung’s newer TVs pack a pretty strong punch on their own. It constantly works to keep up with changing technology, including the high-definition video found in today’s streaming apps, video games and Blu-ray devices.

One issue to consider when looking for a TV is refresh rate. Today’s TVs offer either a 120Hz or 240Hz rate, with the latter being better. However, there are other factors influencing picture quality, so it’s important to get the full picture before buying. Samsung TVs also build in something called local dimming to ensure those darker scenes have pure black without the issues seen in other TVs.

LED TVs, generally speaking, are better in a situation where viewers will be seated directly in front since straight-on viewing offers the purest picture. Samsung TVs have this issue, with limited viewing when you’re situated off to the side. This is especially true of curved TVs, which tend to struggle at side angles and also have an increase in distracting reflections.

In the end, though, price is often the biggest differentiator between Samsung models. Even within 65-inch models, the disparity can be huge. If you want a curved LED, for instance, you’ll pay at least double what you’d pay for a flat-screen model. You may find that the immersive viewing experience justifies the cost, especially since curved screens have such a “wow” factor. On top of that, a better picture and more attractive design may make a higher price worth it.

DYWM Fun Fact

When they were first introduced, curved TVs were seen as a gimmick, drawing big crowds at tech shows. But in recent years, an increasing number of consumers have chosen them for the more immersive experience they bring. This happens on a subconscious level due, in part, to the shape of the eyeball. The eye doesn’t just take in what’s directly in front of you, and with a curved screen, you get the illusion of having content wrap around you. Unfortunately, curved screens can be flawed in that they have limited viewing angles. They also tend to have more reflections and distortions than their flatter counterparts.

The Samsung TV Buying Guide

  • The latest Samsung TVs all feature the high-definition video that today’s consumers expect. However, picture quality can vary slightly from one set to another.
  • Even with the best picture, some TVs struggle with highs and lows, offering disappointing results during extremely dark or bright scenes. Samsung’s TVs build in a feature called local dimming, which pulls it ahead of other TVs when it comes to displaying darker colors. The Samsung Curved 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD LED TV provides some of the most impressive details during these extreme scenes, especially when used with an Ultra HD Blu-ray player. The Samsung 65-Inch QLED 4K UHD 9 Series uses a backlight engine to deliver outstanding contrast for impressive HDR-quality video.
  • A television’s brightness is measured in something called “nits.” The Samsung 65-Inch QLED 4K UHD 9 Series peaks at 3300 nits, while the Samsung Curved 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD LED TV tops 1,000. In either case, you’ll get a brilliant, detailed picture while watching high-definition content.
  • You’ll often see the term “refresh rate” related to picture quality in TVs. Refresh rate simply refers to the speed at which an image refreshes. Previous TVs refreshed at a rate of 60 times per second, making them 60Hz. Modern TVs refresh at least double that rate, at 120Hz, or 120 times per second, or 240Hz, or 240 times per second. The Samsung 65-Inch QLED 4K UHD 9 Series and Samsung 65-Inch QLED 4K UHD 6 Series have refresh rates of 240Hz, giving you seamless, high-quality video in every scene.
  • One weakness you’ll find in Samsung TVs is the lack of Dolby Vision support, a feature often praised in competitor TVs. Samsung prefers to build in its own technology, which tends to lag behind Dolby’s advancements.
  • Your TV will become an important part of your room’s décor, so it may be worth considering how it looks. Samsung has moved away from its previous chunkier form factor and now has a sleek, slim look. The Samsung Curved 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD LED TV and Samsung Curved 49-Inch 4K Ultra HD LED TV are both curved, which can bring its own unique aesthetic.
  • If you’re a gamer, pay particular attention to the Samsung 65-Inch QLED 4K UHD 9 Series, which has an automatic game mode to ensure your video doesn’t lag while you’re playing. Samsung 65-Inch QLED 4K UHD 6 Series is also popular with gamers, with built-in support for 4K gaming.
  • One ongoing issue with Samsung TVs is the trouble it has maintaining quality from every angle. Even the Samsung Curved 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD LED TV will lack in comparison to OLED screens when it comes to off-angle viewing. This makes Samsung’s LED TVs more ideal for narrow rooms, where most viewers will be watching head-on.
  • With most Samsung TVs, you’ll need to invest in a sound bar to compensate for audio weaknesses. The Samsung 65-Inch QLED 4K UHD 9 Series has decent sound, but it isn’t strong on bass, so true audiophiles will find it lacking. Samsung Curved 49-Inch 4K Ultra HD LED TV is limited in how loud you can pump the volume, and you also won’t find that you get that thrilling rumble in bass sounds that you will with more audio-oriented sets.
  • Price can be among one of the biggest deciders with any TV purchase. You can get the Samsung Curved 49-Inch 4K Ultra HD LED TV or Samsung 65-Inch QLED 4K UHD 6 Series for an amount in the $1,000 range or less. However, the Samsung Curved 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD LED TV and Samsung 65-Inch QLED 4K UHD 9 Series retail for at least double that amount. It’s important to note that the Samsung Curved 49-Inch 4K Ultra HD LED TV is only 49 inches, while the other units are 65 inches, which can make a big difference if you’re in the market for a big-screen TV.