Review – Samsung 2018 Q8C 4K Curved Smart QLED TV

Last Modified: June 20, 2018
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The popularity of QLED TVs is becoming more apparent as Samsung takes on the OLED market with their newest QLED 4K TV lineup for 2018. Today, we are taking a closer look at the 2018 Samsung Q8C 4K Curved Smart QLED TV. This TV features Samsung’s advanced Quantum Dot technology, a true 10-bit display panel, support for multiple HDR platforms, and excellent picture quality.

Samsung Q8C 4K Curved Smart QLED TV 2018 Edition

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Samsung Q8C 4K Curved QLED TV 2018 Edition: Specification
Model Name:
Q8CN
2018 Q8C
Quantum Dot Technology
4K UltraHD Resolution4.1 CH Built-In 40W Speakers
Available in 55 and 65 Inch3x USB 2.0 | 4x HDMI 2.0
Curved TVSupreme UHD Dimming
VA Display PanelUltra Black
10Bits Panel DepthQ Colour
Edge-LED BacklightStand Type C-Centre
HDR10 | HDR10+ | HDR1500 | HLGDVB-T2
20 ms Input LagTizen 4.0 OS
120 Hz Panel Refresh Rate4-side bezel-less Frame

Read Our Review of the Samsung 2017 Q8C Curved TV

Design

Samsun seems to be sticking with their boundless 360 design. For the 2018 Q8C, the TV has retained its 2017 design. Not much of a difference can be seen.

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The only noticeable difference in the design of the 2018 Q8C, when compared to 2017 version, is that the screen display of the 2018 Q8C is slightly bigger than the 2017 version. Though barely distinguishable unless compared side to side.

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The back of this TV is nearly identical to the 2017 version. It features the same cable management system, which offers a clean look and guiding all of the cables either through the legs or through the bottom of the TV. Its inputs are all located at the back of the TV. Though we find it difficult to access the ports when this TV is wall mounted.

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The stand of this TV is also identical to the 2017 Q8C. It feels solid and supports the TV quite well. Compared to other TVs that have a centre stand, it will wobble a bit if knocked or moved by force but this isn’t an issue or something that will happen in a normal scenario.

Picture Quality

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In terms of picture quality, the Samsung 2018 Q8C 4K Curved Smart TV offers a good picture quality. In a dark environment, the high contrast ratio makes for a rich looking dark scene. Causing the blacks to look very deep and decently uniform. In a bright environment, this TV handles the reflection superbly. Although the peak brightness for SDR could be better.

This TV’s grey colour uniformity is very decent and it has no issues related to dirty screen effects. So sports fans can watch their favourite sports without even noticing it. On the other hand, the Samsung 2018 Q8C suffers from a poor viewing angle, which has been the same issue with the 2017 Q8C version. Making the Q8C to be not on the list of the best TV to invite all your friends to watch the big games. When viewed off centre, the colour saturates and the contrast shows inconsistency.

Lastly, movies, as well as those with HDR contents, will look very good on this TV. Its wide colour gamut is very impressive, resulting in a rich and saturated colour. Furthermore, this TV has a decent HDR peak brightness, resulting in highlights to really pop and shine.

Another drawback of this TV, other than its poor viewing angle, is the poor local dimming. As it is right now, it’s not very effective at diminishing blooming. It also does not help to make highlights and its overall picture quality to become even more punchy than what they already are.

Gaming

Console Gaming

The Samsung 2018 Q8C Curved 4K TV tends to be an excellent TV for gamers. The input lag of this TV is very low, giving you a responsive experience regardless of the input signal. With its high response time of 10 ms average, it is capable of handling fast motion very well. This TV also supports motion interpolation with low input lag in game mode. Giving any gamers a smooth gaming experience.

HDR Gaming

This TV is also an excellent option for HDR gaming since it supports different HDR format. The Samsung Q8 Can also interpolate games while keeping a low input lag, which is great for smooth play.

PC Monitor

The Samsung 2018 Q8C is also great as a PC monitor. Its picture quality performance makes it one of the best choices for PC-TV monitor.

With support for chroma 4:4:4, this TV produces clear text across all backgrounds. The only issue we have, as we have mentioned above, is its poor viewing angles. When viewing at the sides of the screen, colours lose accuracy and becomes saturated.

But overall, we still prefer the Samsung UltraWide Gaming Monitor.

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Audio

The Samsung 2018 Q8C QLED 4K Smart LED HDR TV has an average sound quality. When watching movies or listening to videos, this TV gets decently loud. However, we find that the built-in speakers, despite having an output power of 40W, may not be loud enough for all cases. It still produces a decent amount of bass and a well-balanced sound though.

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For this TV, we still highly recommend using a good dedicated speaker setup, since this TV lacks some punch in the bass range and in all other aspects of the audio system.

Samsung 2018 Q8C vs Samsung 2017 Q8C: The Difference

The main difference between the 2018 Q8C QLED Curved TV and the 2017 Q8C is the support for HDR10+. The latter doesn’t support HDR10+. Furthermore, the 2018 edition has more powerful speakers and a wider screen display. Other than that, the differences are trivial such as the power output of the USB ports and the 2018 edition comes with Tizen 4.0 out of the box.

Our Verdict


 Pros

  • Advanced Quantum Dot Technology
  • Beautiful Design
  • Lovable Smart System
  • Excellent Picture Quality


 Cons

  • Curved — Divisive
  • Black Uniformity — Edge LED
  • Price
  • Limited Viewing Angle

Overall, the Samsung 2018 Q8C Quantum Dot Curved 4K HDR offers a versatile set of features and good overall picture quality. Unlike the 2017 edition, this TV now supports the latest in HDR technology, HDR10+. Making this TV a good choice for most situations. Despite offering an excellent performance overall, this TV still shares a few issues and flaws. Like the 2017 Q8C, the 2018 Q8C also suffers from a limited viewing angle, which makes it less suitable for wider living rooms and bigger audiences.

Daniel is a gamer that mostly plays PC games but sometimes with his 3DS. He is also a hardware enthusiast when it comes to computers, televisions, smartphones, and gadgets.