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Best value QLED under £1000 if you don't want risk of burn in, good image quality, great for bright rooms and viewing angles, displays 4k at 120hz

HDTVtest - highly recommended

Rtings review hopefully refers to this model as US model numbers don't always match up
rtings.com/tv/…led

Obviously not an OLED
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A price match request from John Lewis on its way! Thanks OP
Joe_Fitzgerald18/10/2020 10:16

A price match request from John Lewis on its way! Thanks OP


Good luck, don't forget "Buy a 2020 Samsung Soundbar double this cashback amount to 50% when you buy any Samsung TV from the same participating retailer at the same time or within 45 days of purchase of your Soundbar"
samsung.com/uk/…fer

Trying to bankrupt everyone

Samsung soundbars below with 50% cashback offer details on each product
johnlewis.com/bro…z13
Edited by: "gg1pl" 18th Oct
Which? verdict:
A few tweaks away from a Best Buy

It’s not even a Best Buy let alone an OLED killer. Where the 49-inch model struggled with SD picture quality, it’s the sound that holds this 55-incher back.  

Pros
Impressive picture quality at higher resolutions, Simple to use, Packed with useful features

Cons
Sound can make the body of the TV rattle, Some shrill top-end audio


Which? Review
It’s not even a Best Buy let alone an OLED killer. Where the 49-inch model struggled with SD picture quality, it’s the sound that holds this 55-incher back.  

What is it?

It’s a mid-range QLED 4K TV from Samsung. The 55-inch display is quantum dot, which means it uses a backlight to create a picture, just like an LCD TV. The difference is in the dots, which are said to produce more vibrant colours than the liquid crystals in LCD displays, and can also be brighter than OLEDs.

Three HDR formats are supported, including the advanced HDR10+. It can adjust contrast to suit each scene in an attempt to avoid HDR content looking overly dark or bright. The other two supported formats, HDR10 and HLG, can’t.

4K footage looks dynamic and crisp on the Q80T so it’s worth trying to watch some. In the absence of a free channel, your best bet is to take out an Amazon Prime Video or Netflix subscription. Both have hundreds of hours of ultra-high-resolution content.

There are still plenty of free SD (standard definition) and HD (high definition) channels available through this TV’s Freeview and satellite tuners.

Four HDMI inputs and two USB ports give you plenty of scope for adding extra devices. All are easy enough to reach, and the cables can be kept neat by threading them through the stand.

What’s the picture quality like?

Not unusually, it’s SD where this TV struggles most. Colours are sullen and too yellow, while the gloomy contrast doesn’t help the picture achieve any vibrancy. It’s much sharper than the 49-inch model at this resolution, which is a big plus, but it’s still lacking.

HD is sharper and more vivid, although the screen does favour warmer hues, which are at odds with the natural detail. Contrast finds a better balance here, too, although we did notice loss of detail in the very dark scenes. This is another common issue, but this is a high-end TV, so it’s worth mentioning.

The colours get a real injection of excitement in 4K footage. It’s like taking sunglasses off to look at some fireworks. They are balanced, with no one shade dominating, and are more vibrant. The contrast balance is maintained and the addition of HDR is a boon.

It stretches the limits of contrast, as black shades take on an almost three-dimensional depth, and whites really sparkle out of the screen.

What about the sound?

Clear and rich are two words that we usually use to describe three-star sound, but they apply here. There’s some tiring shrillness at the top end, but it’s mostly well balanced and pleasant. The frustration comes from the rattle that the body of the TV makes at certain pitches and volumes. It really is inexcusable.

There’s an HDMI eARC input to easily connect a sound bar or surround sound system. 

What’s it like to use?

The various menus and settings pages are streamlined and smartly laid out. Settings are right where you’d expect them to be, and plenty of help text and diagrams remove any confusion from even the most advanced features.

The remote handset, on the other hand, can cause a few headaches at first, but perseverance goes a long way and it ends up being quite intuitive. There aren’t many buttons, and most of them do different things depending on how many times you press them or for how long. On-screen text will help you understand how to access these extra features. It’s better than the more traditional remote that’s also supplied.

Downloading apps still requires a Samsung account, but there are plenty on offer and they’re easy to find. Apps that you’ve downloaded can be pinned to your homescreen, along with your favourite channels for easy access later. 

If you prefer live TV to streaming, you’ll be a fan of the electronic programme guide. The fantastically clear layout makes it one of the best.

Is there anything else I should know?

Controlling TVs with your voice isn’t going to replace the remote any time soon, but it can be useful. Searching for shows to watch is easier than typing on an on-screen keyboard, but it doesn’t always return the desired result. It gets better every year, though, and it works well enough to warrant using it.

There’s also the Universal Guide, which recommends shows to you based on your favourite genres and what you’ve watched recently.

Not a fan of a big blank screen sitting in your living room? You could try ambient mode, which gives you a range of screensavers to choose from including real works of art. Alternatively, you can have the screen mimic the pattern on the wall behind it.

There’s a twin-tuner PVR for recording shows onto a USB hard drive. You can record two shows at once, or watch one while recording another.

Should I buy it?

At this level, anything but a Best Buy is a tough sell, but the Q80T does come close. If you don’t think the body rattle of the TV will bother you, or you’re going to use a sound bar, then it may be worth a look.
Edited by: "banjomike" 18th Oct
Great price. Only one HDMI 2.1 is a killer for me on this set though, have both new consoles preordered and need the two ports. Can't be bothered with worrying about screen burn in on the LG's so will wait to see what Samsung release next year.
Do I wait for black Friday or bite now? Ahhh
Kebabcasualty18/10/2020 10:39

Great price. Only one HDMI 2.1 is a killer for me on this set though, have …Great price. Only one HDMI 2.1 is a killer for me on this set though, have both new consoles preordered and need the two ports. Can't be bothered with worrying about screen burn in on the LG's so will wait to see what Samsung release next year.


Hopefully QLED will pair up with mini-led backlighting to come closer to the benefits OLED has being self-lighting, less blooming & better colours and contrast, come on

Bring on 2021 and write-off 2020!
These 100hz panels? Looking for a good gaming t
Mrepg18/10/2020 11:19

These 100hz panels? Looking for a good gaming t


120hz and great for gaming with 11-13ms low latency and game mode

Gaming discussed 9m30s into the video review
youtu.be/G9C…NIU
Edited by: "gg1pl" 18th Oct
Been flip flopping between this or the Sony 9005. Sony is currently 999 with £100 pound voucher from John Lewis, think it’ll be the Sony.
Kebabcasualty18/10/2020 10:39

Great price. Only one HDMI 2.1 is a killer for me on this set though, have …Great price. Only one HDMI 2.1 is a killer for me on this set though, have both new consoles preordered and need the two ports. Can't be bothered with worrying about screen burn in on the LG's so will wait to see what Samsung release next year.


Great first world problem to have

Could a 2.1 HDMI splitter solve this issue?
Finally got my student portal discount to work so got it for 879.20 🏼
releasetheevil18/10/2020 11:37

Finally got my student portal discount to work so got it for 879.20 Finally got my student portal discount to work so got it for 879.20 🏼


via samsung or currys? I've got unidays etc
gg1pl18/10/2020 11:36

Great first world problem to have Could a 2.1 HDMI splitter solve …Great first world problem to have Could a 2.1 HDMI splitter solve this issue?


I know, I've been hoarding vouchers for Currys and Game over the last 18 months to afford them! I don't believe there are HDMI 2.1 splitters available yet that cover the full 48gps bandwidth available. Stand to be corrected on that but I've had problems with splitters in the past and try to stay clear.
Abijadeplatt9618/10/2020 11:47

via samsung or currys? I've got unidays etc


Via Samsung (via the totum app for me, wasn't working before but this time went through)
Kebabcasualty18/10/2020 10:39

Great price. Only one HDMI 2.1 is a killer for me on this set though, have …Great price. Only one HDMI 2.1 is a killer for me on this set though, have both new consoles preordered and need the two ports. Can't be bothered with worrying about screen burn in on the LG's so will wait to see what Samsung release next year.


The Sony XH90 comes with 2 2.1 48gbps ports and is on sale atm.
banjomike18/10/2020 10:38

Which? verdict: A few tweaks away from a Best BuyIt’s not even a Best Buy l …Which? verdict: A few tweaks away from a Best BuyIt’s not even a Best Buy let alone an OLED killer. Where the 49-inch model struggled with SD picture quality, it’s the sound that holds this 55-incher back.  ProsImpressive picture quality at higher resolutions, Simple to use, Packed with useful featuresConsSound can make the body of the TV rattle, Some shrill top-end audioWhich? ReviewIt’s not even a Best Buy let alone an OLED killer. Where the 49-inch model struggled with SD picture quality, it’s the sound that holds this 55-incher back.  What is it?It’s a mid-range QLED 4K TV from Samsung. The 55-inch display is quantum dot, which means it uses a backlight to create a picture, just like an LCD TV. The difference is in the dots, which are said to produce more vibrant colours than the liquid crystals in LCD displays, and can also be brighter than OLEDs.Three HDR formats are supported, including the advanced HDR10+. It can adjust contrast to suit each scene in an attempt to avoid HDR content looking overly dark or bright. The other two supported formats, HDR10 and HLG, can’t.4K footage looks dynamic and crisp on the Q80T so it’s worth trying to watch some. In the absence of a free channel, your best bet is to take out an Amazon Prime Video or Netflix subscription. Both have hundreds of hours of ultra-high-resolution content.There are still plenty of free SD (standard definition) and HD (high definition) channels available through this TV’s Freeview and satellite tuners.Four HDMI inputs and two USB ports give you plenty of scope for adding extra devices. All are easy enough to reach, and the cables can be kept neat by threading them through the stand.What’s the picture quality like?Not unusually, it’s SD where this TV struggles most. Colours are sullen and too yellow, while the gloomy contrast doesn’t help the picture achieve any vibrancy. It’s much sharper than the 49-inch model at this resolution, which is a big plus, but it’s still lacking.HD is sharper and more vivid, although the screen does favour warmer hues, which are at odds with the natural detail. Contrast finds a better balance here, too, although we did notice loss of detail in the very dark scenes. This is another common issue, but this is a high-end TV, so it’s worth mentioning.The colours get a real injection of excitement in 4K footage. It’s like taking sunglasses off to look at some fireworks. They are balanced, with no one shade dominating, and are more vibrant. The contrast balance is maintained and the addition of HDR is a boon.It stretches the limits of contrast, as black shades take on an almost three-dimensional depth, and whites really sparkle out of the screen.What about the sound?Clear and rich are two words that we usually use to describe three-star sound, but they apply here. There’s some tiring shrillness at the top end, but it’s mostly well balanced and pleasant. The frustration comes from the rattle that the body of the TV makes at certain pitches and volumes. It really is inexcusable.There’s an HDMI eARC input to easily connect a sound bar or surround sound system. What’s it like to use?The various menus and settings pages are streamlined and smartly laid out. Settings are right where you’d expect them to be, and plenty of help text and diagrams remove any confusion from even the most advanced features.The remote handset, on the other hand, can cause a few headaches at first, but perseverance goes a long way and it ends up being quite intuitive. There aren’t many buttons, and most of them do different things depending on how many times you press them or for how long. On-screen text will help you understand how to access these extra features. It’s better than the more traditional remote that’s also supplied.Downloading apps still requires a Samsung account, but there are plenty on offer and they’re easy to find. Apps that you’ve downloaded can be pinned to your homescreen, along with your favourite channels for easy access later. If you prefer live TV to streaming, you’ll be a fan of the electronic programme guide. The fantastically clear layout makes it one of the best.Is there anything else I should know?Controlling TVs with your voice isn’t going to replace the remote any time soon, but it can be useful. Searching for shows to watch is easier than typing on an on-screen keyboard, but it doesn’t always return the desired result. It gets better every year, though, and it works well enough to warrant using it.There’s also the Universal Guide, which recommends shows to you based on your favourite genres and what you’ve watched recently.Not a fan of a big blank screen sitting in your living room? You could try ambient mode, which gives you a range of screensavers to choose from including real works of art. Alternatively, you can have the screen mimic the pattern on the wall behind it.There’s a twin-tuner PVR for recording shows onto a USB hard drive. You can record two shows at once, or watch one while recording another.Should I buy it?At this level, anything but a Best Buy is a tough sell, but the Q80T does come close. If you don’t think the body rattle of the TV will bother you, or you’re going to use a sound bar, then it may be worth a look.


Please bear in mind that best buy is an American site and this review is based on the US Q80t which differs from the EU Q80t.
Cam117718/10/2020 13:49

Please bear in mind that best buy is an American site and this review is …Please bear in mind that best buy is an American site and this review is based on the US Q80t which differs from the EU Q80t.


This review was from Which? which is about as British as you can get.
Gr0uty18/10/2020 11:33

Been flip flopping between this or the Sony 9005. Sony is currently 999 …Been flip flopping between this or the Sony 9005. Sony is currently 999 with £100 pound voucher from John Lewis, think it’ll be the Sony.


Gah! Stuck in exactly the same analysis paralysis. Let me know what you go for, or if there are any other sets I should be considering.

I know nothing about TVs at the mo and need to get a set ASAP.
banjomike18/10/2020 14:02

This review was from Which? which is about as British as you can get.


ah ok lol
Garnett18/10/2020 14:09

Gah! Stuck in exactly the same analysis paralysis. Let me know what you go …Gah! Stuck in exactly the same analysis paralysis. Let me know what you go for, or if there are any other sets I should be considering.I know nothing about TVs at the mo and need to get a set ASAP.


Offer 3 also has £100 Richer sounds voucher at £999
richersounds.com/tv-…tml

Rtings review rtings.com/tv/…00h

Comparable set is the £1,299 XH9505 but that's too expensive as price is the same as OLEDs
richersounds.com/tv-…tml

Rtings review rtings.com/tv/…50h

Sony's say they will be PS5 ready which I hope so being it's their console
Edited by: "gg1pl" 18th Oct
Garnett18/10/2020 14:09

Gah! Stuck in exactly the same analysis paralysis. Let me know what you go …Gah! Stuck in exactly the same analysis paralysis. Let me know what you go for, or if there are any other sets I should be considering.I know nothing about TVs at the mo and need to get a set ASAP.


I’m leaning more towards the Sony to be honest after seeing both side by side in John Lewis the Sony picture looked better to me and the £100 voucher, effectively making it £899. Sony have just released the firmware to enable hdmi 2.1 which I want for the Xbox series x.
gg1pl18/10/2020 14:55

Offer 3 also has £100 Richer sounds voucher at …Offer 3 also has £100 Richer sounds voucher at £999https://www.richersounds.com/tv-projectors/sony-tvs/sony-bravia-kd55xh9005bu.htmlRtings review https://www.rtings.com/tv/reviews/sony/x900hComparable set is the £1,299 XH9505 but that's too expensive as price is the same as OLEDshttps://www.richersounds.com/tv-projectors/sony-tvs/sony-bravia-kd55xh9505bu.htmlRtings review https://www.rtings.com/tv/reviews/sony/x950hSony's say they will be PS5 ready which I hope so being it's their console


The 9505 won’t have HDMI 2.1, which does seem odd as it’s the more expensive of the two.
Edited by: "Gr0uty" 18th Oct
Gr0uty18/10/2020 15:30

The 9505 won’t have HDMI 2.1, which does seem odd as it’s the more exp …The 9505 won’t have HDMI 2.1, which does seem odd as it’s the more expensive of the two.


That is a massive omission if you're a gamer, no VRR either which is why the Samsung Q80T would be the better choice as it does support Variable Refresh Rate and FreeSync
Edited by: "gg1pl" 18th Oct
gg1pl18/10/2020 11:23

120hz and great for gaming with 11-13ms low latency and game modeGaming …120hz and great for gaming with 11-13ms low latency and game modeGaming discussed 9m30s into the video reviewhttps://youtu.be/G9Cbd3UuNIU



Thanks for that - brilliant
What is the difference between this and the 90t also can you make / copy The Frame with this type of TV. Might make my own as I’m guessing it has local dimming? T
gg1pl18/10/2020 15:50

That is a massive omission if you're a gamer, no VRR either which is why …That is a massive omission if you're a gamer, no VRR either which is why the Samsung Q80T would be the better choice as it does support Variable Refresh Rate and FreeSync


But the Sony 9005 does, and Dolby vision which Samsung don’t, and it’s £100 cheaper than the q80..
Gr0uty18/10/2020 16:41

But the Sony 9005 does, and Dolby vision which Samsung don’t, and it’s £10 …But the Sony 9005 does, and Dolby vision which Samsung don’t, and it’s £100 cheaper than the q80..


My opinion only, higher model 9505 is Sonys equal for image quality but as others have said, it's strangely has less features that gamers want/need for pricier model, not an issue if you aren't getting the new Xbox, PS5 though

If DV and £100 is important than go for Sony 9005 but the 80T has better overall image quality for general use, movies, shows etc
Just ordered one from Currys, used the £100 off code and also 7% off gift voucher via my works portal. Ordered sound bar as well so will be applying for the 50% back and the 10yr screen burn warranty. Also noticed you can get £250 cash back on the tv. Anyone know if you can claim for the tv and soundbar cash back or just one?

Thanks OP 🍻
Rizzini718/10/2020 19:06

Just ordered one from Currys, used the £100 off code and also 7% off gift …Just ordered one from Currys, used the £100 off code and also 7% off gift voucher via my works portal. Ordered sound bar as well so will be applying for the 50% back and the 10yr screen burn warranty. Also noticed you can get £250 cash back on the tv. Anyone know if you can claim for the tv and soundbar cash back or just one?Thanks OP 🍻


£250 cashback on the TV too? Not sure if true but that would be amazing on top of 50% soundbar cashback

Q800T 1st choice if you can afford it with Q70T 2nd
gg1pl18/10/2020 19:31

£250 cashback on the TV too? Not sure if true but that would be amazing on …£250 cashback on the TV too? Not sure if true but that would be amazing on top of 50% soundbar cashbackQ800T 1st choice if you can afford it with Q70T 2nd


Ignore me, just checked small print that offer ended August.
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