Updated 31 Aug 2017

Samsung

QA65Q8CAMSXNZ

Snapshot: The Samsung QA65Q8CAMSXNZ is a 64" (163cm) HDR TV with WiFi. How good is the picture?

QA65Q8CAMSXNZ
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$6401

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Test results

Overall score
73
HD picture
?/10
SD picture
?/10
Sound
?/10
Usability
?/10

Good points

  • Very good HD picture quality.
  • Good SD picture quality.
  • Very good sound.
  • Very easy to use.
  • Good energy efficiency.
  • Very good SmartTV.
  • Good DVR.
  • Good EPG.
  • HDR.
  • Ultra-HD TV.
  • Has WiFi.
  • Supports bluetooth.
  • Can record to USB.
  • Has 4 HDMI ports that are easily accessible.
  • Has 3 USB ports that are easily accessible.

But

  • No headphones socket.
  • Expensive.

Extended review

The Samsung QLED Q8C is a big TV – 55” is the smallest size this range offers – with an excellent screen. It has a 4K HDR (high dynamic range) screen. While it’s designed to make that kind of content look great, it also does a good job of upscaling lower resolution stuff too.

I watched several 4K videos via YouTube and Netflix on it and they were all stunning. The upscaled Bluray discs played through my PlayStation were also good. Though I found older content, such as TV shows from the 90s on Netflix, didn’t fare so well. Often there were lots of clumps of blocky colour.

The screen also handles sunlight well. I had set the TV up in a sunny room and there was little screen glare. This is despite a curved screen, which often exacerbates glare.

The simple menu system comes loaded with apps for Netflix, Freeview on Demand, Neon, Lightbox, Spotify Connect, Amazon, YouTube, and a generic web browser, so even if you don’t plug it into an antenna (as I didn’t), you still have a wealth of content available.

While the TV’s sound quality was better than I expected, I would want to augment it with a sound bar.

The screen and main processor unit are separate, allowing for a thinner-than-average screen. Also, the Q8C has only two cables (one for power and one to connect it to the main unit) and both are hidden inside the base stand. This, along with being able to hide the main unit away, is perfect for those who like a minimalist feel in their home. The only things I needed access to on the main unit were the USB ports. But, in general, once a TV is in place you don’t need to muck about with too much.

The Q8C uses Samsung’s QLED technology, which works differently from OLED (the “O” stands for “organic”).

How we test TVs

Overall score includes:

HD picture (55%)
SD picture (10%)
Sound quality (10%)
Usability (25%), made up of User Interface, Remote, and Smart TV scores

Prices are based on August and November 2017 surveys.

Find out more about how we test TVs.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$6401

More test results (/10)

User interface
9.0
Remote
6.7
SmartTV
8.9
Energy efficiency
7.0
DVR
7.8
Electronic Program Guide
7.5

Specifications

Display type
LCD
Screen size
163cm
Size
64inches
Resolution
3840 x 2160
HxWxD (cm)
92 x 145 x 38
Weight (kg)
30.2

Features

4K/UHD
Yes
HDR
Yes
Bluetooth
WiFi built in
Internet browser
Smart TV features
Can record to USB

Connections/ports

HDMI
4
Composite RCA
Component RCA
Stereo RCA
Stereo 3.5
×
USB 2.0
3
USB 3.0
×
Ethernet
Toslink out
Headphones
×
Analogue AV in
1
HDMI (easy access)
USB (easy access)

More Info

Brand reliability

In our 2017 appliance-reliability survey this brand of TV was 94% reliable (the average for TVs was 95%).

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