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Vizio P Series Quantum 2019 vs Samsung Q60R /Q60 Review (P659-G1 vs QN65Q60R, P759-G1 vs QN7560R)

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The Vizio P Series Quantum 2019 and the Samsung Q60R/Q60 are mid-level priced televisions introduced in 2019. In their respective lineup, the Vizio P Series Quantum sits between the Vizio P Series Quantum X and Vizio M Series Quantum, while the Samsung Q60R sits between the Samsung Q70R and Samsung Q50R. on the market, the P Series Quantum is available in 2 screen sizes, which is 65 inch (P659-G1) and 75 inch (P759-G1). On the other hand, the Samsung Q60R has many more selections for screen size. From the smallest to largest, there is a 43 inch (QN43Q60R), a 49 inch (QN49Q60R), a 55 Inch (QN55Q60R), a 65 inch (QN65Q60R), a 75 Inch (QN75Q60R), and an 82 inch (QN82Q60R). When comparing the same screen size between these series (P659-G1 vs QN65Q60R, P759-G1 vs QN7560R), the Vizio P Series Quantum typically is priced less than the Samsung Q60R/Q60. So which is superior and a better choice for you?

Short Review of the Vizio P Series Quantum 2019 (P659-G1, P759-G1)

The Vizio P Series Quantum 2019 is the second to the top level model of Vizio’s 2019 4K HDR LED TV. It is a direct replacement of the Vizio P Series 2018. Just like it’s predecessor, the display panel uses a VA panel technology with a Direct Led backlight and Full Array Local Dimming. Its number of local dimming zones is dependent on the screen size where the 65 inch model (P659-G1) has 200 dimming zones and the 75 inch model (P759-G1) has 240 dimming zones. The Vizio display panel comes with a Quantum Dot technology called “Quantum Color Spectrum” that allows it to deliver a wide color gamut.

To support HDR technology, the Vizio TV is powered by an Octa Core Processor and supports most HDR formats. It supports HDR10, HLG, and even Dolby Vision, but doesn’t support HDR10+. For maximizing performance in handling motion, the Vizio P Series Quantum is powered by Clear Action 960 technology. Essentially it has a native 120 Hz refresh rate panel, allowing it to play any content with a frame rate up to 120 Hz and can interpolate lower frame rate content up to 120 Hz. However the Vizio doesn’t support any VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) technology like FreeSync, GSync, or HDMI Forum which would have improved the gaming experience.

For the Visio’s smart TV platform it runs the SmartCast 3.0. This platform has a decent selection of built-in apps. You’ll find the usual video on demand services like YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Video, news portals like ABC news, CBS News, newsy, games, Live TV, and more. It also has built in ChromeCast and AirPlay 2. It also supports voice navigation and works with Siri, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.  Unfortunately and unlike some other Smart TV platforms, it doesn’t have an app store and there’s no way to install more apps. It does support voice navigation, but it doesn’t have built-in voice navigation and its remote is not equipped with a built-in microphone.  So to control the Vizio TV with your voice command, you need an additional compatible device such as an Amazon Alexa device, a Google Home Device, or a smart phone.

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Short Review of the Samsung Q60R (QN43Q60R, QN49Q60R, QN55Q60R, QN65Q60R, QN75Q60R, QN82Q60R)

The Samsung Q60T is the entry level of Samsung’s 2020 QLED TV lineup. It’s a direct replacement of the 2018 Q6FN and for this line-up, it sits right between the Q70R and the Q50R. Just like the Vizio P Series Quantum 2019, the Q60R also comes with a VA panel with Quantum Dot technology. However the Samsung uses an Edge-lit backlight and doesn’t have a local dimming feature. Even so, the Samsung has Supreme UHD Dimming which is a software-based dimming system designed to improve the black produced.

For the image processor, the Samsung Q60R is powered by the Quantum 4K Processor. This processor is able to provide machine learning capabilities and some AI-related features such as AI 4K Up-scaling, Adaptive Brightness and Adaptive Sound that can automatically optimize not only the picture quality but also the sound quality.  To handle HDR technology, the Samsung Q60R supports most HDR formats including HDR10 and HLG. Although the dynamic HDR format supported by the Q60R is HDR10+ instead of having Dolby Vision.

For maximizing performance in handling motion, the Samsung Q60R is powered by Motion Rate 240. Just like the Vizio P Series Quantum, the Samsung also has a native 120 Hz refresh rate panel. The good thing is that the Samsung Q60R also supports FreeSync VRR technology that can improve the gaming experience. Its HDMI ports also support ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) to allow the television to automatically change to Game Mode once a signal from a compatible console is detected. Keep in mind, that the 49 inch model and smaller (QN49Q60R and QN43Q60R) has a different motion technology which is powered by Motion Rate 120 and has a native 60 Hz refresh rate panel and these smaller ones don’t support any VRR technology and ALLM.

Just like other models of Samsung’s 2019 QLED TV lineup, the Q60R also runs Tizen 2019 as its smart TV platform. Its interface is very intuitive and easy to use. Its performance is much faster and smoother than the previous version. On the previous version, there were some bugs like an animation lag that  frequently was choppy at times, there would dropped frames, and other similar issues. In this new version, this issue has been minimized from what we can tell. Additionally the Samsung has an excellent selection of built in apps. Unlike the Vizio P Series Quantum where you can not add additional apps, the Samsung has an apps store appropriately called The Samsung Apps Store and you’ll find lots of apps, games, and content that you can download to your TV. The Tizen OS also supports Apple AirPLay2, Google Home, and Amazon Alexa. It has a built-in voice navigation that works with Samsung’s Bixby 2 and its remote has a built-in microphone, allowing you to make voice commands to control TV functions and the Smart TV menu without additional devices.  Even though the Samsung supports Google Home and Alexa, they are not built-in, so to use these apps you must purchase Google Home or Amazon Alexa devices separately.

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Vizio P Series Quantum 2019 vs Samsung Q60R Specification

Technology and Features Vizio P Series Quantum 2019 Samsung Q60R
Screen Size Available 65 inches (P659-G1), 75 inches (P759-G1) 43 Inches (QN43Q60R), 49 inches (QN49Q60R), 55 inches (QN55Q60R), 65 inches (QN65Q60R), 75 Inches (QN75Q60R), 82 inches (QN82Q60R)
Resolution 4K (3840 x 2160) 4K (3840 x 2160)
Panel Technology VA Panel VA Panel
Backlight Technology Direct LED Edge-Lit LED
Local Dimming Technology Full Array Local Dimming with 200 dimming zones for PG659-G1 and 240 dimming zones for P7590-G1 No (but is has software-based dimming system called Supreme UHD Dimming)
Processor Octa Core Processor Quantum Processor 4K
HDR Supports HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision HDR10, HLG, HDR10+
Color Technology Quantum Dot Quantum Dot
Up-Scaling Engine 4K AI Up-Scaling 4K AI Up-Scaling
Motion Technology Clear Action 960 Motion Rate 240 / (49” and 43” model (QN43Q60R and QN49Q60R): Motion Rate 120)
Native Refresh Rate Panel 120 Hz 120 Hz (49” and 43” : 60 Hz)
Smart TV Platform Smart Case 3.0 Tizen 2019 with Bixby Voice Assistant
Support Google Assistant Yes Yes
Support Amazon Alexa Yes Yes
Remote Vizio Smart Remote (XRT 136) Samsung Smart Remote (TM1950C)
Speaker Channel 2 2
Total Sound Output P659-G1= 2 x 10 watts, P759-G1= 2 x 15 watts 20 watts
HDMI Ports 5 4
HDMI Supports HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth, CEC, HDCP 2.2 HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth, CEC, HDCP 2.2
USB 2.0 1 2
Price See today’s price See today’s price

Samsung Q60R vs Vizio P Series Quantum 2019 Performance

Picture Quality

Black Level and Contrast Ratio

The Samsung Q60R actually has a better native contrast ratio than the Vizio P Series Quantum 2019. The native contrast ratio of the Q60R is approximately 6250:1 while the P Series Quantum is around 4250:1. Nevertheless the Q60R doesn’t have a local dimming feature to improve its contrast ratio while the P Series Quantum has an excellent local dimming feature that is able to boost contrast ratio up to 9000:1. The final result here is that the Vizio P Series can produce a deeper black than the Q60R. Even so and regardless of this difference, the black produced by each series is equally deep enough to make black look really black in a pitch dark environment so that dark scenes can be shown excellently on the screen. But as mentioned, the Samsung Q60R doesn’t have a local dimming feature to improve performance in a dark room. On the other hand, in addition to the local dimming feature of the Vizio P Series Quantum to boost its contrast ratio, this will also minimize blooming to further improve performance in a dark room.

Winner: Vizio P Series Quantum

SDR Peak Brightness

With real content, th peak brightness reached by each is very similar, being around 400 nits. Even so, their peak brightness has a difference in behavior for each scene. Since the Samsung Q60R doesn’t have local dimming, its peak brightness is relatively consistent in any window size, except for a 100 % window where the peak brightness is dimmed significantly down to around 200 nits by the TV’s CE. This means except for shows where the entire screen is bright, the Samsung Q60R is able to show any scene with the same brightness level.  On the other hand, the peak brightness of the Vizio P Series depends on the content. It hits its brightest peak brightness is on a 10% window (where 10% of screen is white while the rest is black) as it hits around 850 nits. On a 100% window, the Vizio is still able to hit brighter than 400 nits and this is the lowest peak brightness achieved. With this behavior, the Vizio P Series is able to show highlights brighter than the others.

The Vizio P Series Quantum 2019 is able to hit a brighter peak brightness than what you see with its SDR peak brightness. With real content, it’s able to hit around 600 nits. But just like with SDR content, its peak brightness depends on the scene. On a 10% window and for a short time, it’ss able to hit around 850 nits. This means the Vizio P Series is able to make HDR details pop and to show small highlights very brightly to standout they way that they should in HDR. It’s still not as bright as the Vizio P Series Quantum X and may fall short of the content creator’s intent.

Winner: Vizio P Series Quantum

Color Gamut and Color Volume

Both the Samsung and the Vizio are powered by Quantum Dot technology. But the Vizio P Series is able to deliver a wider color gamut than the Samsung Q60R. The color coverage of the Vizio P Series Quantum is around 98% in DCI P3 uv and around 83% in Rec.2002 uv — while the coverage of the Samsung Q60R is around 92% in DCI P3 uv and around 71% in Rec.2020 uv. This means when they are showing HDR images, some certain colors can be shown more accurately on the screen of the Vizio P Series Quantum than on the screen of the Samsung Q60R. Additionally the Color Volume of the Vizio P Series Quantum is better. It is more due to a wider color gamut and wider brightness range than the Samsung Q60R. In general, they both are able to show a wide color gamut at their entire brightness range including deep, dark colors and very bright colors. However just like almost all of the current LED TVs, they both can not show very bright blues.

Winner: Vizio P Series Quantum

Color Gradient

While Vizio P Series Quantum has a better color volume and gamut, the Samsung Q60R has a better, smoother color gradient. On the screen of the Vizio P Series Quantum, there is some visible banding in almost all shades of color. And the bad news is that it doesn’t have a feature to smooth its color gradient. So if you’re sensitive to banding, you might be bothered by this. On the other hand, even though the color gradient of the Samsung Q60R is not as smooth as LG’s TV or Sony’s TV, the Samsung Q60R has good overall gradient handling. Some banding may be still noticeable in dark shades, but this should not be noticeable in normal content. If you did feel the banding was bothering you, you can eliminate most of it by setting the “Digital Clean View” to “Auto”.  Although enabling this setting can cause the overall picture to lose some fine details in certain scenes.

Winner: Samsung Q60R

Motion Handling

The Vizio P Series Quantum 2019 may have a lower pixel response time than the Samsung Q60R, but the difference is not significant and in general, their response time is equally excellent. The result when playing fast moving images like fast sports and fast games, the motion looks very smooth with virtually no motion blur. Following a fast moving object, there is only a short faint trail that should be hard to notice. Any duplication that may be visible would be more due to backlight flicker.

To dim the backlight, both use a PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) dimming system. Although for this they use a different dimming frequency. For the Vizio P Series Quantum 2019, in most modes it uses 120 Hz of dimming frequency. This will make motion look slightly crisper, but at the same time this may cause some duplication. On the other hand, for the Samsung Q60R its dimming frequency is dependent on the selected mode. In most modes, its dimming frequency is 240 Hz. But its dimming frequency will change to 120 Hz when it is set to “Game” or “Movie” mode or when the “Auto Motion Plus” is set to either “Custom” or “Auto”.

Both the Samsung and the Vizio have an optional BFI (Black Frame Insertion) mode that can help to make motion crisper. By enabling this mode, it will cause their dimming frequency to change to 60 Hz. This will make motion look far crisper, particularly when playing 60 fps content like sports and video games. On the other hand, since the backlight is flickering at a lower frequency, this may cause the backlight flicker to be more noticeable for those who may be sensitive to flicker. To enable the BFI mode, on the Samsung Q60R you just need set “LED Clear Motion” to “on”, while for the Vizio P Series Quantum you must set “Clear Action” to “on”.

When playing 24p movies, the Samsung Q60R also can do a better job than the Vizio P Series Quantum. The Q60R can show any movie with judder-free regardless of the source. On the other hand, when the source is native 24p movies like movies from DVD or a Blu Ray Player and 24p movies from streaming apps like Netflix, Amazon Videos, and others, the Vizio P Series Quantum may still be able to show them judder-free. But when the source is 24p content via 60p signal like movies from satellite TV or via 60p signal like movies from streaming devices, it may still be tabled  remove judder, but this will introduce some motion interpolation. To remove the judder on the Samsung Q60R, you must set “Auto Motion Plus” to “Custom” and both “Judder Reduction” and “Blur Reduction” to “0”. While on the Vizio P Series Quantum you don’t need to do anything, except for 60i and 60p content then you must set “Reduce Judder” slider to “1”.

Both series have the same native refresh rate panel which is 120 Hz. But the better thing of the Samsung Q60R is that it also supports FreeSync VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) technology. With 1080p and 4K resolution, the Samsung’s refresh rate can change between 20 – 120 Hz while with 4K content, the refresh rate can change between 48-60 Hz. This feature can improve the gaming experience, allowing you to play any game tear-free.  But keep in mind that the Samsung 43 inch (QN43Q60R) and Samsung 49 inch (QN49Q60R) only have a native 60 Hz refresh rate panel and don’t support VRR Technology.

Winner: Samsung Q60R

Input Lag

Both the Samsung Q60R and the Vizio P Series Quantum 2019 have excellent input lag. In PC and Game mode with 60 fps content, the input lag of the Samsung Q60R has around 15 ms regardless of the resolution. With 120 fps content, the input lag of the Samsung Q60R is excellent at around 6 ms on both 1080p and 4K resolution. In VRR mode, its input lag is around 6 ms in 1080p and 1440p resolution and around 14 ms on 4K resolution.

he Vizio P Series Quantum also has excellent input lags. Although it has a different behavior than the Samsung Q60R. For the Samsung Q60R all of its HDMI ports have the same input lag, but it has a port with the lowest input lag among the other ports and that lowest input lag is reserved for HDMI 5. Additionally on the Samsung Q60R, the lowest latency mode is reserved for “Game” mode, where its lowest latency can be enabled from any mode and you just need to enable the “Low Latency” setting. So on its lowest latency port (HDMI 5) with 60 fps content, the input lag is around 16 ms for both 1080p and 4K resolution, while with 120 fps content its input lag is around 11 ms on 1080p resolution. Although not as low as for th HDMI 5, the input lag on their ports are all fairly low, being around 25 ms with 60 fps content and around 30 ms with 120 fps content.  Keep in mind that the Vizio P Series Quantum 2019 doesn’t support 1440p resolution.

Ignoring this difference, the input lag for both series are each good and low enough to make them very responsive when used for playing any game. So no matter if you are playing a 4K or Full HD game, 60 fps or 120 fps game, casual or fast paced games, you will enjoy th performance.  As mentioned above, the advantage of the Samsung Q60R is that it has VRR technology and ALLM that improve gaming performance.

Winner: Samsung Q60R

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Summary

Performance Vizio P Series Quantum Samsung Q60R
Picture Quality (4/5) (3.8/5)
HDR (4.2/5) (3.6/5)
Motion Handling (4/5) (4.4/5)
Inputs (4.6/5) (4.8/5)
Sound Quality (3.5/5) (3.2/5)
Smart TV (3.44/5) (4/5)

Conclusion

Both the Vizio P Series Quantum 2019 and the Samsung Q60R are midrange priced televisions with good picture quality. Both have an excellent contrast ratio that makes performance in a dark room great. Both also have a bright enough peak brightness that makes performance in most bright rooms fairly good.  Combined with their wide color gamut and good color volume allows them to show HDR images with vivid color. And of course, combined with their excellent motion handling and low input lag makes these great TVs for any use. But just like other TVs with a VA panel, both have a poor side viewing angle. This means if viewed from the side the picture displayed on screen looks less accurate.

Which is a better choice between them? As discussed above, the Vizio P Series Quantum has better quality, regardless of SDR or HDR content. It has a deeper black, excellent local dimming feature, wider color gamut, better color volume, and a brighter HDR peak brightness.  On the other hand, the Samsung Q60R is better on motion handling, input lag, and features like Smart TV, VRR Technology, and AI Related features. With the same screen size (P659-G1 vs QN65Q60R, P759-G1 vs QN7560R), the Vizio P Series Quantum has a lower price than the Samsung Q60R. Now the decision is yours. If you focus on picture quality and don’t mind the TV not being a big name like Sony, Samsung or LG — the Vizio P Series Quantum 2019 is a better choice. Nevertheless the Samsung Q60R is not a bad choice. Its performance and picture quality is worth its price.

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Vizio P Series Quantum 2019 vs Samsung Q60R /Q60 Review (P659-G1 vs QN65Q60R, P759-G1 vs QN7560R)

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