Samsung’s Cyber Monday TV deals have arrived — and they see its QLED 4K TVs the cheapest they’ve ever been, including everything from the bottom-of-the-barrel Q60R right up to the top-of-the-line Q90R. What’s more, it’s even taken an axe to its standard 4K TV prices, with the highlight being a 70-inch Samsung 6-Series 4K TV for just $550, down $350. And for those after the crème de la crème, it’s knocked up to $4000 off its 8K TVs. Incredible.
The QLEDs are the star of the show here, with, pricing starting at just $600 for a 49-inch, $700 for a 55-inch, $1,000 for a 65-inch, and $1,500 for a 75-inch at the most basic level. Don’t have that kind of cash to burn? All of them are available with interest-free, 36-month financing, starting at just $16 per month for the 49-inch and maxing out at $42 per month for the maxed-out 75-inch, so there’s no reason not to upgrade this Cyber Monday.
At their usual price (i.e. when it’s not Cyber Monday), Samsung’s QLED 4K TVs are considered overkill for the average consumer — and that’s because you would have to fork out $800 to put a mere 43-inch model at the center of your setup. But for as little as $700 for a 55-inch, they’re now on par with their LED counterparts and this makes them something of a must-have. After all, we can all appreciate better color reproduction and more detail, can’t we?
So, what’s the difference between the best-in-class Q90R, the middle-of-the-road Q80R and Q70R, and the bottom-of-the-line Q60R on offer? Not a huge amount, really. Aside from the obvious design differences, the most notable differentiation is that the Q60R has an edge-lit backlight, so it can’t quite reach the same contrast levels as the other three — so it doesn’t make detail pop quite as well. But again, it’s in a different league to a regular LED TV.
The Q90R, Q80R, and Q70R, on the other hand, all have what’s known as a full-array backlight, which can shut off sections of the screen to achieve a darker black level. What sets them aside from each other is the number of dimming zones each model has. The Q70R has a total of 48, versus the 96 on the Q80R and the 480 on the Q90R. All this means is the Q90R can shut off more individual parts of the screen to produce more accurate contrast.
The rest is all rather basic. All four have Samsung’s Quantum Processor on board. This is used to not only power the so-called ‘UHD Engine’ that transforms standard HD and Full HD content into 4K Ultra HD, but also to drive the preloaded Tizen OS smart software, which serves as an instant portal to all the leading streaming services, including Amazon Prime Video, HBO Now, and Netflix — no set-top box or streaming stick required whatsoever.
Here’s how they compare on paper.
|Samsung Q60R||Samsung Q70R||Samsung Q80R||Samsung Q90R|
|Refresh Rate||120Hz (Native)||120Hz (Native)||120Hz (Native)||120Hz (Native)|
|Q Ultra Wide Angle||Yes||Yes|
|4K Upscaler||UHD Engine||UHD Engine||UHD Engine||UHD Engine|
It’s at this level that the differences will really only matter to die-hard film buffs. For the average viewer who’s just looking for something to tune into the latest must-see Netflix Original or maybe even a movie or two over the weekend, the Q60R is bound to impress. While those after the best viewing experience possible will have their fate decided by their budget — even on sale, there’s a considerable gap between the Q70R, Q80R, and Q90R.
Don’t need that kind of viewing power? You’ll feel right at home with a standard 4K TV. There are several on sale right now. The highlight? This incredible offer that sees a 70-inch Samsung 6-Series 4K TV on sale for just $550 — down $350 from the usual $900. This makes it the cheapest mainstream 70-inch 4K TV in all the land. It’s also one of the most feature-rich, bundling smart software for instant streaming right out of the box.
For those looking to take their home entertainment setup to the next level, Samsung has slashed the price of its flagship Q900R 8K TV. Keep in mind, though, that 8K content is few and far between, so you will be betting on networks adopting it in the future. We should also note that 4K Ultra HD has only just ventured into the mainstream and there’s a lot of work to be done before 8K Ultra HD replaces it, so purchasing an 8K TV now is outright risky.
Instead, we’d recommend taking your entire budget and pouring it into the best QLED you can find: The Samsung Q90R — it’ll serve you better in the long run, and you won’t run the risk of owning an 8K TV that could become antiquated before 8K Ultra HD becomes the new broadcasting standard, if it ever does. But if you really have your heart set on the crème de la crème, it doesn’t hurt to know it’s on sale this Cyber Monday 2019.
Bargain hunters on the lookout for more great offers ought to take a look at our list of the best Cyber Monday deals. We’ll be updating it from now through the event, so we’d recommend making it your one-stop-shop for all the latest savings. More interested in the offers that will follow in the run-up to Christmas and New Year? Take a look through our extensive Holiday Gift Guide.
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