Samsung Q8C short review
Featuring great build quality and metal finishing, the Samsung Q8C curved 4K LED TV is one of the better ones on the market. On one hand, it is able to display the widest volume of colors thus providing the best HDR experience.
On the downside, picture quality degrades very fast with angles and local dimming is also below average, thus not helping too much on the overall rating.
The borders of the Samsung Q8C are very thin. The TV may seem a bit thicker when viewed from the side, that is due to the curved design. It may swing up a bit from the wall but definitely not enough to generate any annoyances.
Read a detailed review here.
Best picture settings for Samsung Q8C
Let’s go through the optimal calibration settings for the Samsung Q8C. These settings can be applied on the 55” Q8C as well as the 65” and 75” versions and get the same results. Furthermore, the following settings work well with any type of media, including games, TV shows and movies.
First, turn off “Eco Solution”.
Next, select “Movie” as the picture mode. Set Picture Size to “16:9 Standard” and set “Fit to Screen” to “on”. This way, the input signal will be automatically matched by the TV without any extra customization from your side.
Tune the “Backlight” level according to your room’s brightness. As a starting point, a value of 5 works great in a pitch-black room.
Next, set “Brightness” to 0, Contrast to “95”, Sharpness to “0” and Tint to “G50 and R50”. It’s important to keep Sharpness at “0” to avoid the unpleasant sharpening of the pictures.
If you’re only watching high-resolution content, it’s best to untick “Digital Clean View”. You may turn it back on later when playing older, lower-resolution media files. Turn off “Auto Motion Plus Settings”, set “Local Dimming” to “High”. Turn off “Contrast Enhancer”.
Color Tone should be set to “Warm2” as it is the closest option towards the highest calibration score. Set “Gamma BT.1886” to 1, although you need to know this value will automatically adapt according to the content being played.
Leave RGB mode untouched and set “Color Space Setting” to Auto.
If you intend on using Samsung Q8C for gaming, here are the recommended tweaks:
Keep the above-discussed settings and turn on Game Mode using the “External Device Manager”. This way you ensure the lowest possible lag. For HDR gaming, put “Backlight” to its maximum value and set “Local Dimming” to High.
Finally, if you need to activate chroma subsampling, just set the input icon to “PC” in the input menu.
Check the best picture settings for other Samsung TVs here.