Vizio P Series Quantum 2019 vs Samsung Q60R /Q60 Review (P659-G1 vs QN65Q60R, P759-G1 vs QN7560R)
Vizio P Series Quantum 2019 and Samsung Q60R/Q60 are mid-level TV in 2019. In their lineup, the P Series Quantum sits between the P Series Quantum X and M Series Quantum, while the Q60R sits between the Samsung Q70R and Q50R. In the market, the P Series Quantum is available on 2 screen sizes only, which are 65 inches (P659-G1) and 75 inches (P759-G1). On the other hand, the Q60R have many more selections of screen size. From the smallest, there is 43 inches (QN43Q60R), 49 inches (QN49Q60R), 55 Inches (QN55Q60R), 65 inches (QN65Q60R), 75 Inches (QN75Q60R), and 82 inches (QN82Q60R). Meanwhile, with the same screen sizes (P659-G1 vs QN65Q60R, P759-G1 vs QN7560R), the Vizio P Series Quantum 2019 is priced hundreds dollar cheaper than the Samsung Q60R/Q60. So, which is superior and a better choice between them?
Short Review of Vizio P Series Quantum 2019 (P659-G1, P759-G1)
The Vizio P Series Quantum 2019 is the second top model of Vizio’s 2019 4K HDR LED TV. It is a direct replacement of the Vizio P Series 2018, not the namesake Vizio P Series Quantum 2018. Just like the predecessor, on its panel, it uses VA panel technology with Direct Led backlight and Full Array Local Dimming. Meanwhile, its number of local dimming zones is depending on the screen sizes which the 65 inches model (P659-G1) has 200 dimming zones while the 75 inches model (P759-G1) has 240 dimming zones. Still on its panel, it comes with Quantum Dot technology of called “Quantum Color Spectrum” that allows it can deliver wide color gamut.
Comes with HDR technology, this TV is powered by an Octa Core Processor and support most of HDR formats. It supports HDR10, HLG, and even Dolby Vision, but doesn’t support HDR10+. Meanwhile, for maximizing its performance in handling motion, the Vizio P Series Quantum is powered by Clear Action 960 technology. But essentially, it has native 120 Hz refresh rate panel, allows it is able to play any content with frame rate up to 120 Hz or interpolate the lower frame rate content up to 120 Hz. However, it doesn’t support any VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) technology like FreeSync, GSync, or HDMI Forum that can improve its game experience.
As smart TV platform, it runs SmartCast 3.0. This platform has decent selection of built-in apps. There are most of VoD Service like YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Videos, and others, news portal like ABC news, CBS News, newsy, and others, games, Live TV, etc. It also has built in ChromeCast and AirPlay 2. It also already supports voice navigation and works with Siri, Amazon Alexa, or Google Assistant. But unfortunately, unlike other Smart TV platform, it doesn’t have an app store and there is no way to install more apps. Although it already supports voice navigation, but it doesn’t has built-in voice navigation and its remote is not equipped with built-in microphone. So, to control this TV with your voice command, you need additional compatible devices like Amazon Alexa devices, Google Home Devices, or smart phone.
Short Review of Samsung Q60R (QN43Q60R, QN49Q60R, QN55Q60R, QN65Q60R, QN75Q60R, QN82Q60R)
The Samsung Q60T is the entry level of Samsung’s 2010 QLED TV lineup. It is a direct replacement of the 2018 Q6FN and in this line-up, it sits between the Q70R and Q50R. Just like the Vizio P Series Quantum 2019, the Q60R also comes with VA panel with Quantum Dot technology. However, it uses Edge-lit backlight and doesn’t have any local dimming feature. But even so, it has Supreme UHD Dimming, a software-based dimming system that designed for improving black produced.
As the image processor, the Samsung Q60R is powered by Quantum 4K Processor. This processor if able to provide machine learning capabilities and some AI-Related features like AI 4K Up-scaling, Adaptive Brightness, Adaptive Sound, and Adaptive Sound that can automatically optimize not only picture quality but also sound. Meanwhile, coming with HDR technologies, the Samsung Q60R also supports most of HDR format including HDR10 and HLG. But even so, the dynamic HDR format supported by Q60R is HDR10+ instead of Dolby Vision.
For maximizing its performance in handling motion, the Samsung Q60R is powered by Motion Rate 240. But just like P Series Quantum, it also has native 120 Hz refresh rate panel. The good thing is that the Q60R also already supports FreeSync VRR technology that can improve its game experience. Its HDMI ports also support ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) that allows it automatically change to Game Mode once a signal from compatible console is detected. But keep in mind, the 49 inches model or lower (QN49Q60R and QN43Q60R) has different motion technology which they are powered by Motion Rate 120 and have native 60 Hz refresh rate panel. They both don’t also support any VRR technology and ALLM.
Just like other models of Samsung’s 2019 QLED TV, the Q60R also runs Tizen 2019 as its smart TV platform. Its interface is very intuitive and easy to use. Its performance even is much faster and smoother than the previous version. If on the previous version, there are some bugs like the animations lags frequently and choppy any times, there are dropped frames, and others, in this version, this issue can be minimized. Additionally, it also has excellent selections of built in apps. Unlike on Vizio P Series Quantum which you cannot add more apps, it has an apps store called Samsung apps store provides tons of apps, games, content you can download and add on your TV. The Tizen OS also already supports Apple AirPLay2, Google Home, and Amazon Alexa. It has built-in voice navigation that work with Samsung Bixby 2 and its remote has a built-in microphone, allow you to make voice commands to control TV functions and Smart TV’s menu without additional devices. Nevertheless, even though it supports Google Home and Alexa, but they are not built-in, so to use these apps, you must buy Google Home or Amazon Alexa devices separately.
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)|
|Total Sound Output||P659-G1= 2 x 10 watts, P759-G1= 2 x 15 watts||20 watts|
|HDMI Supports||HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth, CEC, HDCP 2.2||HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth, CEC, HDCP 2.2|
|Price||See the price on Amazon||See the price on Amazon|
Samsung Q60R vs Vizio P Series Quantum 2019 Performance
Black Level and Contrast Ratio
The Samsung Q60R actually has 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 has any local dimming feature that can improve its contrast ratio while the P Series Quantum has excellent local dimming feature that is able to boost its contrast ratio up to 9000:1. The final result is that the Vizio P Series can produce deeper black than the Q60R. But even so, regardless their difference, black produced by them is equally deep enough to make black looks really black in a pitch dark environment, makes dark scene can be shown excellently on their screen. But just we have mentioned, the Q60R doesn’t have any local dimming feature that can improve its performance in a dark room. On the other hand, the local dimming of the P Series Quantum is able not only to boost its contrast ratio, but also minimize blooming that certainly further improve its performance in a dark room.
Winner: Vizio P Series Quantum
SDR Peak Brightness
With real content, peak brightness reached by them is almost similar, which is around 400 nits. But even so, their peak brightness has difference in behavior for each scene. Since the Q60R doesn’t has local dimming, its peak brightness is relatively consistent in any windows size, except 100 % window where its peak brightness is dimmed significantly down to around 200 nits by TV’s CE. This means, except it shows the entire screen is bright, the 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 10% window (10% of screen is white while the rest is black) where it hits around 850 nits. Meanwhile, on 100% window, it even is still able to hit brighter than 400 nits where this is the lowest peak brightness reached by it. With this behavior, the Vizio P Series is able to show highlight is brighter than the rest.-
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On the other hand, the Vizio P Series Quantum 2019 is able to hit brighter peak brightness than its SDR peak brightness. With real content, it is able to hit around 600 nits. But just like with SDR content, its peak brightness depends on the scene. On 10%, although for a short time, it is able to hits around 850 nits. This means, the Vizio P Series is able to make HDR details pop and show small highlight very brightly so looks standout they way they should in HDR. But even so, it is still not as bright as P Series Quantum X and can still fall short of the content creator’s intent.
Winner: Vizio P Series Quantum
Color Gamut and Color Volume
They both may be powered by Quantum Dot technology. But the Vizio P Series is able to deliver wider color gamut than the Samsung Q60R. The color coverage of the 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 Vizio P Series Quantum than on the screen of the Samsung Q60R. Additionally, the Color Volume of the Vizio P Series Quantum is also better. But even so, it is more doe to it has wider color gamut and wider brightness range than the Q60R. But in general, they both are able to show their wide color gamut at their entire brightness range including deep, dark colors and very bright colors. However, just like almost all current LED TVs, they both cannot show very bright blues.
Winner: Vizio P Series Quantum
While Vizio P Series Quantum has better color volume and gamut, the Samsung Q60R has better and smoother color gradient. On the screen of the P Series Quantum, there is some visible banding in almost all shades of colors. And the bad news is that it doesn’t have a feature that can smooth its color gradient. So, if you are sensitive are sensitive to banding, you may be bothered. On the other hand, even though the color gradient of the Q60R is not as smooth as LG’s TV or Sony’s TV, the Q60R has good overall gradient handling. Some banding may be still noticeable in dark shades, but this should not be noticeable in normal content. But even so, if you feel banding still bother you, you can eliminate most of it by setting the “Digital Clean View” to “Auto”. But at the same time, this can cause the picture lose some fine details in certain scenes.
Winner: Samsung Q60R
The Vizio P Series Quantum 2019 may have a bit lower pixel response time than the Samsung Q60R, but their difference is not too significant and in general, their response time is equally excellent. The result, when they are playing fast moving images like fast sports or fast games, motion looks very smooth with virtually no motion blur. Following fast moving object, there is only a short faint trail that should be hard to notice. Meanwhile, the duplication that may be visible is more due to their backlight flicker.
To dim their backlight, they both use PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) dimming system. But even so, they use different dimming frequency. For the Vizio P Series Quantum 2019, in most modes, it uses 120 Hz of dimming frequency. This will makes motion looks slightly crisper, but at the same time, this will cause some duplication. On the other hand, for the Samsung Q60R, its dimming frequency is depending on the mode. In most modes, its dimming frequency is 240 Hz. But even so, 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 either “Custom” or Auto”
Meanwhile, they both have an optional BFI (Black Frame Insertion) mode that can help to make motion crisper. By enabling this mode, this will cause their dimming frequency change to 60 Hz. This will make motion looks far crisper, particularly when they are playing 60 fps content like sports or video games. But on the other hand, since their backlight is flickering at lower frequency, this will cause their backlight flicker is more noticeable, particularly for those who sensitive to flicker. To enable their BFI mode, on the Samsung Q60R, you just need set “LED Clear Motion” to “on”, while for P Series Quantum, you must set “Clear Action” to “on”.
When playing 24p movies, the Samsung Q60R also can do a bit better job than the Vizio P Series Quantum. The Q60R can show any movies with judder-free regardless the source. On the other hand, when the source is native 24p movies like movies from DVD or Blu Ray Player and 24p movies from streaming apps like Netflix, Amazon Videos, and others, the P Series Quantum may be still able to show them with judder-free. But when the source if the source is 24p content via 60 is signal like movies from satellite TV or via 60p signal like movies from streaming devices, it may be still able remove judder, but on the other hand, this will introduce some motion interpolation. To remove the judder, on the Q60R, you must set “Auto Motion Plus” to “Custom” and both “Judder Reduction” and “Blur Reduction” to “0”. While on the P Series Quantum, you don’t need to do anything, except for 60i and 60p content, you must set “Reduce Judder” slider to “1”.
Both of them may have the same native refresh rate panel, which is 120 Hz. But the better thing of the Q60R is that it also supports FreeSync VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) technology. With 1080p and 4K resolution, its refresh rate can change between 20 – 120 Hz while with 4K content, it refresh rate can change between 48-60 Hz. This feature can improve its game experience, allow you to play any game with tear-free. But keep in mind, the 43 inches (QN43Q60R) and 49 inches (QN49Q60R) only has native 60 Hz refresh rate panel and don’t support VRR Technology.
Winner: Samsung Q60R
Both the Samsung Q60R and Vizio P Series Quantum 2019 have excellent input lags. In PC and Game mode, with 60 fps content, the input lags of the Q60R around 15 ms regardless the resolution. With 120 fps content, the input lags of the Q60R are even more excellent, which are around 6 ms on both 1080p and 4K resolution. In VRR mode, its input lags is around 6 in 1080p and 1440p resolution and around 14 ms on 4K resolution.
Meanwhile, the Vizio P Series Quantum also has excellent input lags. But even so, it has different behavior than the Q60R. If on the Q60R all of its HDMI ports have the same input lags, it has a port that has lowest input lag among other and the lowest input lag is reserved for HDMI 5. Additionally, if on Q60R, the lowest latency mode is reserved for “Game” mode, its lowest latency can be enabled from any modes and you just need to enable “Low Latency” setting. Meanwhile, on its lowest latency port (HDMI 5), with 60 fps content, its input lags is around 16 ms on 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 HDMI 5, its input lags on their ports are also fairly low, which are around 25 ms with 60 fps content and around 30 ms with 120 fps content. Keep in mind, the Vizio P Series Quantum 2019 doesn’t support 1440p resolution. Me
Ignoring their difference, their input lags are equally great and low enough to make them are very responsive when used for playing games. So, no matter you are playing 4K or Full HD games, 60 fps or 120 fps games, casual or fast paced games, you will please with their performance. Meanwhile, just we have mentioned, the better thing of the Q60R is that it has some features like VRR technology and ALLM that improve it games performance.
Winner: Samsung Q60R
|Performance||Vizio P Series Quantum||Samsung Q60R|
Both Vizio P Series Quantum 2019 and Samsung Q60R are a mid range TV with good picture quality. They both have excellent contrast ratio that make their performance in a dark room is great. They both also have bright enough peak brightness that makes their performance in most bright rooms is also fairly good. Combination of their wide color gamut and good color volume makes them can show HDR images with vivid colors. And of course, combined to their excellent motion handling and low input lags makes them are great TVs for any usage. But just like other TV with VA panel, they both have poor side viewing angle. This means, if viewed from the side, the picture displayed on their screen will looks less accurate.
Which is a better choice between them? As we have discussed a lot above, the Vizio P Series Quantum has better quality, regardless with SDR or HDR content. It has deeper black, excellent local dimming feature, wider color gamut, better color volume, and brighter HDR peak brightness. On the other hand, the Samsung Q60R is better on motion handling, input lags, and features like Smart TV, VRR Technology, AI Related Features, and others. Meanwhile, with the same screen size (P659-G1 vs QN65Q60R, P759-G1 vs QN7560R), P Series Quantum has cheaper price than the Samsung Q60R. Now, the decision comes back to you. If you focus on picture quality and don’t mind buy the TV form the outside the big names such Sony, Samsung or LG, the Vizio P Series Quantum 2019 certainly is a better choice. Nevertheless, Samsung Q60R is also not a bad choice. Its performance and picture quality is also worth to its price.