The QLED series from Samsung is particularly extensive, and spans the range from the absolute top to the middle class. The specifications often differ only in a few strategic places. We review the Samsung QE65Q67R, the model that is just above the basic QLED model. The Q67R series is the same as the Q60R series. The difference is purely in the color and the more luxurious remote control.
Samsung QE65Q67R – specifications
- What: Ultra HD Edge LED LCD TV
- Screen size: 65 inch (165 cm), flat
- Connections : 4x HDMI (2.0, ARC, ALLM, Freesync, 2K HFR), 2x USB, 1x digital optical audio out, 3x antenna, network connection, Bluetooth
- Extras: HDR10, HDR10 +, HLG, WiFi (802.11ac) built-in, Tizen Smart Hub, USB / DLNA media player, dual DVB-T2 / C / S2, 1x CI + slot, Quantum processor 4K, Smart Controller, voice control, Ambient Mode
- Dimensions: 1,456 x 917 x 323 mm (incl. Base)
- Weight: 26.4 kg (incl. Base)
- Consumption: 118 / 0.5 watt (Energy rating A +)
- List price: 1,899 euros
Samsung QE65Q67R – design
The Q67R may be a mid-sized car, the design still exudes some luxury. The device has a fairly slim profile (6 cm) that looks slimmer than it is thanks to the slightly curved back.
The beautifully finished back is, just like the other QLED models, equipped with a horizontal stripe pattern. The frame is about an inch wide, and has a matte gray, brushed metal finish.
The Q67R stands on two elegant feet, finished in the same color as the frame. They look very slim and compact, but take up more space in the depth than the central base plate of the Q90R (32 cm vs 29 cm).
Samsung QE65Q67R – Connections
No One Connect Box on this model, the connections are all on the device. They are all on the side, which ensures a beautifully finished back and facilitates a tight wall mounting.
The device is equipped with four HDMI connections, all ready for Ultra HD HDR. They support ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode), VRR (Freesync), ARC and HFR (2K 120p). In addition, there are two USB connections, a digital optical audio output, the wired network connection and three antenna connections. Wi-Fi is provided and Bluetooth is available for those who want to use wireless headphones.
Samsung QE65Q67R – ease of use
Installation is smooth and fast. You can do this with the remote control, or you choose to use the Samsung SmartThings app on your smartphone. The latter option is a little more convenient to register your Samsung account (although that is not required). You can also use the SmartThings app as a remote later.
The menus for all settings and the Smart Hub work very smoothly, which is a strong asset for Samsung in addition to the ease of use. If you look into the menus, you will notice that most image and sound settings are hidden in the “expert settings” of the respective menu. For some settings you also need to be in the ‘General’ menu, an important example of which is all game mode settings.
Samsung QE65Q67R – Remote control
The remote of the Q67R is the same as the one on the high-end Samsung Q90R . This distinguishes this device from the lower Q60R and the higher Q70R and Q80R.
The slim, luxurious remote is made of light metal and feels very pleasant. The keys are easy to operate and you can even find them by touch. The remote works perfectly with the Smart Hub so that you rarely experience the lack of keys as a loss. At the bottom of the remote you will find three shortcuts for Netflix, Prime Video and Rakuten TV.
You can use the One Remote Controller as a universal remote for your peripherals. Open the Smart Hub, go to Resources and scroll to the right, to “Universal remote control setup.” You go through a very simple installation procedure per connected device and you are ready.
Samsung QE65Q67R – features
Smart TV platform
The Smart Hub is certainly one of our favorite smart TV platforms. For a complete overview of the options, please refer to our background article about the Samsung Smart Hub .
Samsung QE65Q67R – Smart functions
Among the apps, one of the most important additions is the Apple TV app, and support for Airplay 2. Both functions have recently become available (firmware 1065).
The QE65Q67R (Q67R series) is equipped with a double tuner for all digital TV options (ether , cable, and satellite) but no double CI + slot. You can record to a USB hard drive and watch another channel at the same time but only if one of the two channels is not encrypted.
Last year, support for older Divx and xVid formats was removed from the media player . The Samsung does not play DTS soundtracks either. That is a shame, because apart from those two flaws, the media player from Samsung is very complete (HEVC, HDR, and subtitles). The audio player also reads FLAC and ALAC.
The Smart remote is equipped with a microphone for voice commands and searches. For the time being there is unfortunately no support for Dutch, although you can use Bixby in English, but that was only moderately successful. To prevent Bixby from being accidentally activated when you watch TV, click on the microphone and select “Explore Bixby”. In the next screen, select the settings at the top right, choose “Voice Wake up” and turn it off.
With Ambient Mode, Samsung wants to camouflage your television in the living room. That is very useful for these large screen sizes that would otherwise be a large black area in the living room if you are not watching TV. Ambient Mode received a substantial expansion this year.
There are more different patterns that you can display, and you can match the colors of a number of patterns to your living room. Use the TV as a fantastic photo frame, info frame or art installation, plenty of options. The SmartThings app is a handy way to experiment with the different possibilities.
Samsung QE65Q67R – Image quality
The QE65Q67R (Q67R series) obviously uses a VA panel with quantum dot technology, but one uses a  Edge LED backlight instead of the Full Array backlight that we find in all higher models.
In our article about the professional calibration of a tv you can read all about the possibilities to achieve the best image settings with a professional. Here you will find an explanation of the most important picture settings and tips for setting up your TV. With the basic settings we have come to the following settings for this TV.
The best choice starts from the film mode.
|Film Mode||Expert settings||Expert settings|
|Image format setting: 16: 9 standard
Fit to screen: On
Tint (G / R): 0
|Clean Digital View: Low *
Auto Motion Plus: *
Contrast enhancement: Off
Color tone: Warm 2
Gamma: BT.1886 / 0
RGB mode: Off
Color space: Auto
Explanation of the most important settings;
- The backlight is set to 26 in Film mode. That brightness is excellent and you can go much higher, even if you activate the light sensor, which can be found under General, Eco-solution , Ambient light detection.
- Clean Digital View contains all noise reduction techniques. It is advisable to activate this if you are viewing a DVD or other low quality image. The “Auto” mode also works well with color bands, but can cause loss of detail.
- Auto Motion Plus: this is as always a matter of taste. Auto is a good all-round solution. If you want more control, choose Custom and set Blur Reduction to 8-10 and vibrate reduction somewhere between 6 and 8. We do not recommend LED Clear Motion, the flicker in the image is visible.
General image properties and image processing
Samsung’s Quantum Processor 4K can be found in the full QLED line-up. This processor delivers excellent results for all typical tasks. Noise reduction scores well, both for random noise and for blocking (compression noise). Both properties are behind the “Clean Digital View” settings. The same setting also activates the removal of color bands in soft gradients. The “Auto” mode provides excellent results, but we notice that it removes too much detail in that mode, especially in dark scenes. The image below from Game Of Thrones (season 8, episode 1) clearly illustrates that.
On the left is “Clean Digital View” in Auto, on the right in “Low”. You can clearly see that the detail on the statue on the left in the picture and on the arm and breastplate of Jon Snow (who still knows nothing) on the right in the picture, is strongly eroded. Leave the “Auto” position for very old sources and limit yourself, if desired, to the “Low” position.
The “Sharpness” setting can raise your light to a maximum of 5-10. At higher values, the processor adds too much false detail.
The sharpness of motion is in line with expectations within this category. You lose a minimum of detail in fast-moving images, and moving objects have a slightly blurred contour. For the best detail and smooth images, put “Auto Motion Plus” in the “Auto” mode. You will see here and there an image error when an object moves against a complex background. Choose “Custom”, with “Blurry reduction” on 8-10, and “Vibration reduction” on 6-8 as a decent alternative. Avoid “Led Clear Motion”, the flickering image is too high a price for some extra detail.
The VA panel of the Q67R has an excellent black value. The ANSI contrast clocked at 5,246: 1, a particularly good result. You can expect a strong image despite the lack of local dimming. With eclipse you notice that the black value is of course not perfect. But on the other hand the image is not plagued by changing brightness. All black detail is beautifully visible.
The “Film” mode is well calibrated. In addition to offering excellent contrast and lots of black detail, the gray scale also appears to be fairly neutral. It is only a little too cool across the line (light blue overtones), but that will never disturb. Color reproduction and skin tones are excellent.
Like all Samsung TVs, the Q67R series supports HDR10, HDR10 + and HLG. We continue to hope that Samsung will one day switch to Dolby Vision.
What is immediately noticeable is the relatively low peak brightness. We measure a maximum of approximately 445 nits, both on a 10% window and on a completely white screen. That is just below our 500 nits limit, but we expected more from a QLED screen. Certainly when we see that a NU8000 easily achieved 800 nits last year. The color range is identical to that of the Q90R series 88% DCI-P3 and 65% Rec 2020. As this device does not use an Ultra Viewing Angle film, the decrease compared to last year seems to be a further have another cause. Again, the difference is quite small, and especially very extreme green and red hues are slightly weaker.
This device is pretty well calibrated, with a good color rendering. The device shows all white detail. On the other hand, unrolling the brightness curve starts quite quickly, everything above 100 nits is darker than it should be. We do not see excessive brightness as on the Q90R. However, the latter is only the case with metadata of 1000 nits. With metadata higher than 1000 nits, the Samsung makes the darker shades brighter and the brightness curve rolls out even faster. That is a bad choice because that means that the images lose impact (you make dark parts brighter and clear parts darker). So there is enough potential for a nice HDR experience, but with a better calibration you would get even more out of it.
Reflections and viewing angles
You can’t find the new Ultra Viewing Angle technology on this model, so the Q67R series has to do with the fairly limited viewing angle of a typical VA panel. You lose contrast very quickly, even from a relatively small viewing angle and there is a slight color shift. The QE65Q67R copes fairly well with reflections, but for the best results you should avoid direct incident light.
In the film image mode we measure a lag of 86.4 ms. That is of course way too much for a good gaming experience. With the game mode active, the lag drops to 15.6 ms and that is a top result. You activate the game mode in the settings, under “General, Manage external devices, Game mode”. Samsung has also added Motion Plus settings there so that you can now also tinker with motion sharpness in game mode, even though the lag goes towards 40ms (still good).
Also the other game functions that we found on the Q90R can be found on this model. Samsung offers support for VRR (Variable Refresh Rate), under the name Freesycnc (such as the technology of the same name from AMD). When you activate “Improve Games”, the TV clarifies black detail to a limited extent so that you can see better in the shadows, and adjusts the sound.
Samsung QE65Q67R – Audio Quality
Where you clearly surrender: the audio performance. The TV can come out powerful, but you will soon hear that the processing squeezes the bass reproduction and the highest tones to prevent the speakers from becoming overloaded. For daily use, no problem and fairly typical performance for this segment: clear voices, fairly weak basses. For serious film and music violence you are dependent on an external solution.
The TV can, with the help of the Intelligent mode, adjust the sound to the room. This requires a very short test (to be carried out in the menu of intelligent mode: “Check capacity of TV”). The result is audible, but will undoubtedly depend on your attitude. Definitely try it out, you can easily turn it off if desired.
The QE65Q67R (Q67R series) can transfer Dolby Atmos to a soundbar or AV receiver via the HDMI-ARC connection, on condition that that you have the Atmos track in Dolby Digital Plus.
We use a Leo Bodnar Display lag meter for lag measurement. For all other measurements, we rely on a Spectracal C6 HDR2000 Colorimeter, Xrite i1 Pro spectrophotometer, a VideoForge Pro pattern generator, and the Spectracal Calman for Business software. We use an HDFury Vertex to analyze possible HDR problems.
Samsung QE65Q67R – Conclusion
Whoever shops at the bottom of the QLED line-up must inevitably leave some of the improvements such as a Full Array backlight. The most striking is the relatively limited light output compared to last year’s models, and the HDR calibration that deprives the images of part of their impact. The VA panel has a limited viewing angle, and the audio performance is rather poor. The price would be absolutely correct with a slightly higher light output, but now competitors are coming in that are cheaper (the Panasonic TX-65GXW804 or TX-65GX830 for example), and certainly if you also include models from last year (such as the Samsung 65NU8000 ).
What you do get is the new Quantum Processor 4K, combined with a VA panel with excellent contrast and good color reproduction. . The motion sharpness is still great, and thanks to an extensive set of gaming functions, this screen is highly recommended for gamers. Although he has some potential for HDR, the result is still pretty good. And especially for SDR content, the image is very beautiful. The user-friendly Smart Hub provides a nice smart TV environment, and Ambient Mode gives your TV a function when it is off.