Samsung Q7C vs Q7F Review (QN55Q7C vs QN55Q7F, QN65Q7c vs QN65Q7F)
Samsung Q7C and Q7F are the lowest model of Samsung’s 2017 QLED TV lineup. The excepting of the panel form, both of them have the same features and technologies. In the market, Q7F comes with 3 screen sizes option including 55 Inch (QN55Q7F), 65 Inch (QN65Q7F), and 75 Inch (QN75Q7F), while Q7C comes with only 2 screen sizes option available, 55 inch (QN55Q7C) and 65 Inch (QN65Q7C). When I was writing this comparison, with the same price, Samsung Q7C is sold about $100-$200 more expensive than Q7F, depending on the screen size. But of course, their prices are not fixed and could still change at any time. So, how is the performance and picture quality offered by them and which is a better choice between them?
The similarities and Differences between Samsung Q7C and Q7F
Since Samsung Q7C and Q7F comes to the same series, the technologies which support them and features which offered by them are similar. On its panel, both of them uses VA panel technology with Edge Lit Backlight and local dimming called Precision Black Pro. For producing strong native contrast ratio, both of them equally powered by the number of Samsung’s advanced technology like Supreme UHD Dimming, Ultra Black and Q 4K Elite Black Technology. On other hand, for improving their peak luminance and their performance in a bright room, both of Samsung Q7F and Q7C are equally supported by Peak Illuminator Pro and Ultra Clear Panel. One of the mainstay technologies behind them is about quantum dot panel where with this technology. Driven by Q 4K Color Drive Elite, this makes the rendition of color of picture displayed on their screen looks awesome, even including the best in 2017. With all technologies which supports them, this makes the picture displayed on their screen looks absolutely amazing, at least for their price range. Come with HDR technology, both of Samsung Q7C and Q7F are powered Q 4K HDR Elite Engine. But unfortunately, unlike other high end TVs in 2017 which already support Dolby Vision, both of them only support HDR 10 format and HLG (via upcoming software update).
In addition to amazing picture quality, both of Samsung Q7F and Q7C also equally offer great performance on some features that offered. With the support of Motion Rate 240 based on native 120 Hz refresh rate panel, they offer smooth and clear picture quality with almost no motion blur when used for watching fast paced videos like fast action movies or sport program. Additionally, their input lag under game mode is also fairly low, makes both of them are very comfortable when used for playing any kind of games. Both of them are also equally equipped with 4 HDMI ports and 3 USB ports as their connectivity where most of their inputs/outputs are located on separated box called “One Connect Box”. And that is not less interesting is about their smart TV platform where with Tizen OS that powered by a quad core processor, they offer simple, responsive and attractive smart TV experience.
Since both of them use VA panel technology, this certainly makes it has limited side viewing angle coverage. This means when you are watching TV from an angle, the picture displayed doesn’t look as good as when viewed from the front and center of the screen. Nevertheless, they are not alone. Since limited side viewing angle become the native drawback of VA panel, all TVs with VA panel also have the same issue on their side viewing angle coverage.
There are not many differences between Samsung Q7F and Q7C. As mentioned, the major difference between them is about the form of their panel where Samsung Q7C comes with Curved panel while Q7F comes with flat panel. SO, the excepting of what impacted by the difference between Flat panel and Curved panel, Q7C and Q7F offers similar performance. Meanwhile, the excepting of the aesthetic of design, there are not many thing that impacted by their differences. Curved panel might make the picture displayed looks bigger than flat panel, but the improvement is also not to significant. Additionally, the use of curved panel is also claimed can improve the side viewing angle coverage, but in reality, the improvement is also not too significant. The other difference between them is about their depth enhancing technology where Q7F comes with Contrast Enhancer technology while Q7C comes with Auto Depth Enhancer technology. Nevertheless, essentially both of these technologies have the same function that is for maximizing the contrast produced. The other difference between Q7C and Q7F but don’t have too major is about their stand Type where Samsung Q7C uses U-Type Real Stainless Stand while Q7F uses T-Type Real Stainless Stand.
Samsung Q7C vs Q7F Key Specs
|Specs and Features||Q7F||Q7C|
|Resolution||4K (2160x3840)||4K (2160x3840)|
|Sizes Available||55 Inch (QN55Q7F), 65 Inch (QN65Q7F), 75 Inch (QN65Q7F)||55 Inch (QN55Q7C), 65 Inch (QN65Q7C)|
|Panel Technology||VA Panel||VA Panel|
|Backlighting Technology||Edge Lit LED||Edge Lit LED|
|Local Dimming||Yes (Precision Black Pro)||Yes (Precision Black Ultimate)|
|UHD Dimming||Supreme UHD Dimming||Supreme UHD Dimming|
|Picture Engine||Q Engine||Q Engine|
|HDR Engine||Q 4K HDR Elite||Q 4K HDR Elite|
|Color Technology||Quantum Dot with Q 4K Color Drive Elite||Quantum Dot with Q 4K Color Drive Elite|
|Support 10 Bit||Yes||Yes|
|Blacks Technology||Q 4K Elite Black||Q 4K Elite Black|
|Peak Illuminator||Yes (Pro)||Yes (Pro)|
|Ultra Clear Panel||Yes||Yes|
|Depth Enhancing Technology||Contrast Enhancer||Auto Depth Enhancer|
|UHD Up-scaling Engine||Yes||Yes|
|Motion Rate||240 (native 120 Hz)||240 (native 120 Hz)|
|Smart TV||Tizen 2017||Tizen 2017|
|Processor||Quad Core||Quad Core|
|Remote||Samsung Smart Remote (TM1790A)||Samsung Smart Remote (TM1790A)|
|Speaker Type||Front Firing||Front Firing|
|Sound Output||40 Watts||40 watts|
|Price||See the price on Amazon||See the price on Amazon|
Samsung Q7C and Q7F Performance
As we have mentioned above, overall, Samsung Q7F and Q7C have similar picture quality. This is due they are supported by similar technologies. Their contrast is excellent and black uniformity is good, make they have very good picture in a dark room. Additionally, their contrast ratio is also strong enough to makes black color looks very dark, makes dark scenes of images looks fairly good and natural. On other hand, when inputted by HDR signal, its black level is also quite deep to reveal details of images in dark scene, allow you to enjoy dark scene of HDR images like what intended. As we know, to show dark scene of HDR images like what intended, a H|DR TV must have 0.05 nits of black level or darker, while with about 4700:1 of native contrast ratio, it can reach about 0.021 nits. This means black level of Q7C and Q7F is dark enough to show shadow details of HDR images like what intended. But unfortunately, when their local dimming is enabled, their local dimming doesn’t work as good as Full Array Local Dimming to improve their contrast ratio. Meanwhile, when set in a bright room, the picture displayed on the screen of Samsung Q7C and Q&F is also fairly good. Its peak brightness might not able to fight the glare as good as the brighter TV like Sony X900E or X930E, but it is bright enough to the picture displayed on their screen looks fairly good in a bright room, even in a room with very bright indoor light. Additionally, their local dimming also works effectively to brighten small area, so makes small highlights looks very bright. Overall, no matter the light condition of the room they are used, the picture displayed on the screen of Samsung Q7C and Q7F looks fairly good.
One of the advantages that offered by Samsung QLED TV lineup including Q7C and Q7F is about their renditions of colors. With Samsung’s advanced quantum dot technology, Samsung Q7F and Q7C can cover nearly perfect of DCI P3 color space. This certainly makes almost all colors in DCI P3 of HDR images can be shown properly, makes the color of HDR images displayed on their screen looks fairly accurate, even for deep green where most of TVs struggles to properly show. Additionally, its color gamut is also quite well to reproduce colors of contents that mastered in Rec.2020 colors space. And of course to reproduce colors of SDR images that mastered in Rec.709 where its color gamut coverage is narrower than DCI P3 or Rec.2020, both of Samsung Q7F and Q7F do a perfect job. On the other hand, the color volume of Samsung Q7C and Q7F is also fairly good. Both of them can show their color gamut at their entire brightness range fairly well. However, since their black level is not as deep as OLED TV, they cannot show very deep colors as saturated as OLED TV. But overall, their color gamut and color volume are very good, even including the best in 2017. Still about color performance, both of Samsung Q7F and Q7C also can process 10 bit depth of color of HDR images fairly well. Some little imperfection might still be visible in dark colors, but overall, their color gradient is very good, even gray scale can be performed well. The result, color gradient of the picture displayed on their screen looks very smooth, particularly when displaying HDR images that mastered in 10 bit depth of color or more.
Meanwhile, for anticipating the many lower resolution contents which available in the market, both of Samsung Q7C and Q7F is equipped with great performance UHD Up-scaling engine. No matter the resolution of the source, even low resolution videos like DVD movies with 480p resolution, all of them will be up-converted in 4Kresolution fairly well. The result, the final image in 4K that produced looks sharp and clear with smalls details are still preserved well. And of course, the higher resolution of the source, like movies from TV cable with 720p resolution or Blu Ray Movies with 1080p resolution, the final images in 4K produced will looks sharper and clearer. With great performance of their UDH Up-scaling engine, this allows you to enjoy any videos with the quality as close as to 4K quality.
But unfortunately, since both of Samsung Q7F and Q7C use VA panel, this certainly makes their side viewing angle coverage is limited and not as wide as IPS TV or OLED TV. Samsung may claim the use of curved panel for their curved TV lineup including Samsung Q7C might be able to improve side viewing angle coverage, but in reality, the improvement is not too significant, even can be said there is no improvement. The result, the picture displayed looks degraded if viewed from an angle, started at 20 degrees off center and front. Nevertheless, this is not the own problem of Q7C or Q7C only, but also the major problem of all TVs with VA panel and as long as you don’t often watch TV from the side, this should not be a problem for you.
Motion Handling and 24p Movies Playback
Both of Samsung Q7C and Q7F do an excellent hen handling motion blur. Their pixel response time is very fast, faster than most of LED TV which available in the market. And combine to Motion Rate 240 based on native 120 HZ refresh rate panel behind them this certainly makes when used for watching fast moving images like fast movies or sport program, the picture displayed on their screen looks very smooth and clear with almost no motion blur. Following fast moving object, there is only a short trail where most of people might don’t notice about that. On the other hand, when used for playing 24p movies, Both of Samsung Q7F and Q7C also do an excellent job. No matter the source of 24p videos, whether it is 24p videos like Blu Ray Movies, 24p videos via 60i signals like movies from satellite TYV, or even 24p videos via 60p signals like movies from streaming devices, all of them displayed clearly and smoothly with judder-free on their screen. Additionally, since both of them have native 120 Hz refresh rate panel, they are able to interpolate lower frame rate videos fairly well, whether it is 30 fps videos or 60 fps videos.
As their inputs/outputs, Samsung Q7C and Q7F are also equipped with the same inputs/outputs. There are 4 HDMI ports, support HDCP 2.2 and others, 3 USB Ports, 1 RF In (Terrestrial), 1 Ethernet, and 1 Digital Audio Out (Optical). Additionally, both of them are also not equipped with Component In and Composite In. Which distinguishes them to the most of TVs which available in the market, most of their inputs/outputs are located on the separated box called “One Connect Box”. This gives an advantage when in the future there is an update for these ports, so you just need to replace the box without changing the TV. Meanwhile, talking about their input lag, both of Samsung Q7F and Q7F have low input lag in “Game Mode” and “PC Mode”. With below 25 ms of input lags at any source, this might not be the lowest, but this is quite low play any games feel responsively without laggy, even for fast paced games that require fast reflexes. Their input lag under PC mode even is lower, make it is very comfortable when used as A PC monitor.
As their smart TV platform, both of Samsung Q7C and Q7F also features the same smart TV platform that is Tizen OS 2017 which powered by a quad core processor. As we know, Tizen OS is one of the best smart TV platforms. Compared to last year version, it has been overhauled on its visual where in this version, it comes with white them and nice animation, makes its appearance is more attractive. Although its animations are much less smooth, they don’t affect to the speed and smoothness of the usability of interface. Their performance is still fast and responsive with mostly lag free. Once you launch and app, it will open quickly. Additionally, switching between opened apps also feels responsively. Additionally, its user interface is also designed simply and easy to use, allow you quickly find what you are searching. On its home screen, there is a “ribbon” across the bottom of the screen contains quick access to most of popular and useful apps. So, this allows you to open one of them without leaving the home screen. Meanwhile, talking about apps provided, both of Samsung Q7F and Q7F provide a lot of most popular apps as their preinstalled apps like YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Videos, Hulu, Live TV, Web Browser, and many more. Not even just that, there is also apps store named “Samsung Apps Store” where there are tons of interesting and useful downloadable apps, games, and contest where you can download them directly from your TV.
As their controller, both of Samsung Q7C and Q7F are also equipped with similar smart remote named “Samsung Smart Controller”. As functionality, it is similar to last year version or smart remote that used by lower series like MU9000 or MU8000. The remote is small and has few buttons only. It might lack some common setting buttons. But as the instead, it is equipped with built-in microphone and has excellent voice command, make you can do many thing like changing channel, changing between apps, and many more. Additionally, it also can be functioned as universal remote, allow you to control other devices connected to your TV via HDMI ports. The difference to last year model or that used by lower series, this remote is made of metal, makes it looks more elegant.
|Performance||Samsung Q7C||Samsung Q7F|
As we have mentioned above, the excepting of what caused by the difference of Curved and Flat Panel, Samsung Q7F and Q7C have similar performance. Their picture quality is fairly good, no matter the light condition of the room where they are used. One of the major advantages that offered is about their rendition of color, where with Samsung’s advanced quantum dot technology, both of them have excellent rendition of color, even including the best in 2017. In addition to great HDR performance and very good picture quality, some features that offered by them also have great performance like good motion handling, good 24p movies play back, low input lags for any kind of games, and attractive and responsive smart TV platform. The only major drawback of bout is about their limited side viewing angle coverage. Nevertheless, as long as you don’t often watch TV from an angle, this should not be also a serious problem.
SO, which is a better choice between them, as we have mentioned above, with the same screen size, Samsung Q7C is sold about $100-$200 more expensive than Q7C. Meanwhile, the excepting of its aesthetic, the improvement of curved panel over flat panel in picture quality is not significant. Now, the decision comes back to you according to your need and preferences. If you don’t mind to spend hundreds dollar more to get the aesthetic of curved panel, Samsung Q7C might be a good option for you. Nevertheless, if your main consideration in buying TV is picture quality, Samsung Q7F might be a better option for you. In addition to it has similar picture quality to Q7C, you can save hundred dollar of your money.