Hi, I’m Daniel from rtings.com
Today we’re testing the Samsung Q8FN. It is a QLED TV, Samsung’s second highest
end model of 2018 behind the Q9FN. We bought the fifty-five inch Q8FN to test,
but it is also available in larger sizes up to eighty-two inches. We expect these larger sizes to have very
similar picture quality. Note that this is a different TV to the 2017
Q8, although the naming and model codes are very similar. Also, the European Q8 is a different TV with
only edge-lit local dimming. First we’ll look at the design of the TV and
then move on to the picture quality. We’ll look at the motion handling and input
lag, and then compare to these competing models which are currently available. The design of the Q8FN is great. The TV has a thin border which makes it look
sleek from the front. The wide-set stand supports the TV well and
it feels very stable. Unlike some other high-end Samsung TVs, all
the inputs are directed out the side of the TV rather than being located on an external
one-connect box. Depending on your setup, this may be more
or less convenient. The rear of the TV has the same textured plastic
finish as many other Samsung TVs. It looks good, and there are channels across
the back which you can run cables through for a clean look. The cables can continue down through the stand,
so are almost completely hidden. A single button for controls is located beneath
the Samsung logo on the front of the TV. It allows basic functionality, such as powering
the TV and changing inputs. Looking at a thermal image of the TV, the
screen has a relatively even heat distribution. This is due to the full-array backlighting,
so the LEDs are distributed behind the whole screen. Now we’ll move on to the picture quality. We’ll be comparing to currently available
TVs, but competing models may change as new TVs are released throughout the year. For an updated comparison with new models
as we buy and test them, see the review page on our website which is linked below. The Q8FN has a high native contrast ratio,
so blacks appear deep when viewed in the dark. This is in the same ballpark as other TVs
with VA panels like the Sony X900F and Vizio Quantum. This is great for dark scenes when watching
movies in a home theatre room, but it isn’t quite as good as the perfect blacks of the
OLED C8. The Q8FN has full-array local dimming which
helps to further improve the dark scene performance. It has 40 zones, and acts quite conservatively
to reduce visible blooming. This means that blacks aren’t as deep as
some other TVs like the Q9FN, but small details in dark scenes are preserved well. Although it has a higher zone count than the
X900F, the algorithm isn’t as effective. It also isn’t as good as the Vizio Quantum
which is able to produce deeper dark scenes. OLED TVs like the C8 don’t require local
dimming, as they can control the light that each pixel emits individually. The Q8FN has bad viewing angles, so the colors
shift and contrast drops when viewed at an angle. This is similar to other VA TVs like the X900F
and Vizio Quantum which also have bad viewing angles. For those with wide seating a TV with an IPS
panel like the LG SK9500 or an OLED like the C8 is a better choice. The reflection handling of the Q8 is excellent. The TV has a glossy finish with an antireflective
coating which works very well to reduce glare. It is one of the most effective coatings we’ve
tested, but it does produce a purple tint which some people don’t like. It is in the same ballpark as the C8 OLED
and P Series quantum, and better than the X900F. This is a great choice for those with bright
rooms. The peak brightness of the Q8FN is great. The TV can get the whole screen very bright
at over five-hundred nits which is great for bright rooms. Unfortunately highlights in real content can’t
get as bright as other high-end. At just over 600 nits in our real scene test
pattern it is very good, but not as good as the X900F or Vizio Quantum. The gray uniformity of the Q8FN is only decent. Some banding is noticeable on this 50% gray
slide, which results in dirty screen effect when watching sports or playing games. The edges of the screen also get darker, but
this tends to be less distracting. Unfortunately, these types of uniformity issues
vary on a unit by unit basis and are inherent to LCD displays. If you really care about this then an OLED
TV like the C8 is a better choice. The Q8FN has an excellent wide color gamut,
so it can produce very vivid highlights in HDR content. It is one of the widest gamuts we’ve tested,
and is in the same ballpark as the Vizio Quantum. It is also able to display this wide range
of colors in both dark and bright scenes, resulting in a large color volume. While the C8 can produce a wide range of colors,
it can’t produce them at high brightness levels resulting in a smaller color volume. If you care about the most bright and saturated
colors then the Q8FN or Vizio Quantum is the way to go. The Q8FN has an excellent fast response time,
so very little blur is seen in fast moving content like sports or video games. This has been improving for most TVs, so it
is in the same ballpark as other high-end 2018 models like the X900F and P Quantum. The Q8FN has a high backlight flicker frequency
of four-hundred and eighty hertz. This can be seen in small duplications following
our logo, but very few people will notice this in normal content. The Q8FN is able to flicker the backlight
at a lower frequency of sixty hertz through the ‘LED Clear Motion’ option. Unlike 2017 models, this can now be used in
game mode. This helps to increase the clarity of motion,
but isn’t for everyone as it produces noticeable flicker. This behaves similarly to the options on the
P Quantum and C8 OLED. The input lag of the Q8FN is very low which
is excellent. It is between sixteen and twenty milliseconds
across the board which is great for gaming. The input lag is low for 1080p or 4k gaming,
and with HDR content. The Q8FN is also able to interpolate low frame
rate content with low input lag. This is currently unique to Samsungs and helps
to produce smooth motion with low frame rate games. This is great for those who enjoy the soap
opera effect. The Q8FN also supports FreeSync variable refresh
rates. This is great for those with an AMD graphics
card or a new xbox and results in smooth gameplay as the frame rate fluctuates. The Q8FN uses Samsung’s Smart Hub platform. It is very intuitive and easy to use, with
a wide selection of apps including Netflix, Amazon Video, and YouTube. It is generally smooth, but does occasionally
slow down or feel less responsive. The remote is also simple and easy to use. It has a built-in microphone so you can use
the Bixby voice assistant to search for content on the TV or adjust settings. The sound of the Q8FN is about average for
a TV. It can get decently loud, but not isn’t
really enough for a noise environment. It can produce some bass, but isn’t as good
as an external sound system. If you care about sound then an external soundbar
or speakers is a better choice. So overall, the Q8FN is a great TV. It has some neat gaming features including
FreeSync support and low input lag interpolation. Depending on your use, some of these TVs may
be better picks though. The Sony X900F is a great TV but it isn’t
quite as good as the Samsung. It has worse reflection handling, so those
in bright rooms may experience more distracting glare. It also has higher input lag which is a bit
worse for gaming, and doesn’t support FreeSync. It does have better color accuracy out of
the box though, and if you aren’t gaming and your room doesn’t get bright then the
performance is similar. The Vizio P Series Quantum is their flagship
of 2018. It is a great TV, with very effective local
dimming and an exceptional high brightness. Overall it is better than the Q8FN but it
lacks some gaming features like FreeSync and low input lag interpolation. The Q8FN is also better at displaying gradients. If these downsides don’t bother you then
go with the Vizio. The LG C8 is a 2018 OLED TV with excellent
performance. Due to the differences in technology it has
a few advantages over the Q8FN. The image remains accurate when viewed at
an angle which is great for those with wide seating and blacks can get perfectly deep
in dark scenes. It does have some downsides though as there
may be a risk of burn-in with static images and the whole screen can’t get as bright
to combat glare. The Q9FN is the next level up in Samsung’s
lineup. It is a great TV, with some advantages over
the Q8FN. It has better local dimming, which helps to
produce deep dark scenes and can also produce brighter highlights in HDR. The Q9FN has an external one-connect box,
which could also be an advantage depending on your setup. So that’s it! What do you think of the Samsung Q8FN? Let us know what you think below. You can check out all of the measurements
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