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Sleek looks and superb picture quality

The Q8C's 4K curved panel uses Samsung's Qled, or quantum-dot light-emitting-diode, technology. It uses a thin layer of quantum dots, or nanocrystals, that produce accurate colours when illuminated by a lighting system. Qled offers a higher level of
The Q8C's 4K curved panel uses Samsung's Qled, or quantum-dot light-emitting-diode, technology. It uses a thin layer of quantum dots, or nanocrystals, that produce accurate colours when illuminated by a lighting system. Qled offers a higher level of brightness and a wider range of colours than Oled.PHOTO: SAMSUNG

Samsung Q8C is the brand's only curved Qled TV and features a gorgeous minimalist design

The Q8C is the mid-range model of Samsung's premium Qled 4K TV range, which was launched this year. It sits between the flagship Q9F and entry-level Q7F.

However, it has the distinction of being Samsung's only curved Qled TV (hence its C suffix). It comes in 55 inches (the version tested), 65 inches and 75 inches.

It looks gorgeous, with a metallic all-silver super-slim frame. The display panel sits on a T-shaped stand which follows the panel's curvature.

The back of the stand conceals the power cable and a thin optical cable that connects to the One Connect Box. This further enhances the minimalist look of the Q8C, which has built-in 4.2-channel speakers with sub-woofers that are neatly hidden.

The One Connect box is where you find four HDMI 2.0 ports, three USB ports and other connectivity options like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. You can hide this box inside your TV console to achieve an even cleaner, minimalist look.

The bezel of the display panel is so thin that it looks nearly edgeless.

You will find the panel's curvature to be less aggressive than previous Samsung curved TVs.

  • TECH SPECS

  • PRICE: $5,199 (55-inch, version tested), $6,999 (65-inch), $12,499 (75-inch)

    PICTURE FEATURES: Maximum resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels, HDR

    AUDIO FEATURES: 60W output, Dolby Digital Plus

    OPERATING SYSTEM: Tizen OS

    CONNECTIVITY: 4 x HDMI, 3 x USB, digital optical output, Ethernet, Wi-Fi


    RATING

    FEATURES: 4/5

    DESIGN: 5/5

    PERFORMANCE: 4/5

    VALUE FOR MONEY: 4/5

    OVERALL: 4/5

The 4K curved panel uses Samsung's Qled, or quantum-dot light-emitting-diode, technology. It uses a thin layer of quantum dots, or nanocrystals, that produce accurate colours when illuminated by a lighting system. This is unlike Oled, or organic LED, in which each LED has its own light source.

Thus, Qled can offer a higher level of brightness and a wider range of colours than Oled. The Q8C can go up to 1,500 nits in brightness, whereas most Oled panels can reach only between 600 and 1,000 nits.

In addition, the Q8C is able to reproduce accurate colours in accordancewith the DCI-P3 standard preferred by film-makers. So, you will see the colours that film-makers want you to see.

This TV supports high dynamic range (HDR) and also the new HDR10+ format, which is gathering industry momentum.

Picture quality is superb. I got great sharpness and fine details when I played 4K content such as 4K YouTube videos and 4K movies like The Revenant and Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice.

Colours are vivid and dynamic, even in the darker areas. However, the blacks could be deeper. I saw very little colour shift even when sitting 45 degrees off-centre.

Compared with webOS and the Android TV operating system (OS), Samsung's Tizen OS is the most user-friendly. You can navigate Tizen easily using the bundled all-metallic remote control without any hiccups.

The remote control supports voice commands such as "volume up". It did not always work during my review - perhaps because of my strong Singaporean accent.

• Verdict: If you are looking for a curved TV that is going to wow your guests when you entertain them in your living room, you will not go wrong with the Samsung Q8C.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 25, 2017, with the headline 'Sleek looks and superb picture quality'. Print Edition | Subscribe