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Samsung’s top of the line QLED TVs are designed to turn heads, but generally come with price tags that sane folk will think twice about.
But as we shift from 2020 models to their bright new replacements, there are some cracking bargains to be had.
Consider this 55-incher, which has seen a whopping £250 lopped off at Currys PC World. The QE55Q85T normally occupies a lofty position up the Samsung range, but now this model can be had for less as it's currently on sale.
Admittedly, this still isn’t exactly cheap, but for a premium performer it’s well worth considering - and it won’t be around for long, as stock is cleared for its 2021 replacement.
Why we love it
The picture quality on the Samsung QE55Q85TATXXU 55" Smart 4K is fabulous, thanks to an AI-powered 4K Quantum image processor. This doesn’t just enhance the clarity of 4K TV shows, like Shadow & Bone on Netflix, but upscales regular HD TV brilliantly as well, making Line of Duty look more arresting than ever.
Naturally, the QE55Q85T has HDR too, for bright realistic picture highlights. An anti-glare coating makes it easier to place in the living room.
The Q85T has an above average sound system (unusual for a flatscreen TV). It boasts OTS (Object Tracking Sound), which uses additional speakers placed top left and right of the screen, in addition to its regular stereo drivers, to present a wall of sound with crisp, clear dialogue. It also goes loud, thanks to 60W of amplification.
Samsung QLED TVs also come with the excellent Tizen smart platform, which features all the familiar catch-up TV players, as well as Netflix, Prime Video, Apple TV, Rakuten TV, Disney+, BT TV and YouTube.
Tizen isn’t just about streaming apps though.
Ambient Mode turns the screen into a photo gallery or news ticker when it’s not in use. There’s also Mobile Multi View mode, with Casting. This lets you throw your smartphone display to the TV, where it can be watched alongside the main image. Naturally, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa are also built-in.
What the reviews say
The Q85T currently enjoys an impressive 9.1 out of 10 rating from Currys PC World buyers, who comment...
"An absolutely beautiful TV. Picture quality is superb and the sound is one of the best I've heard from a flat screen.”
“I have mine in a conservatory and the anti-glare screen is an excellent feature, I can play my Xbox at 4K and 120hz whilst the sun shines, very bright screen, superb. ”
“Great TV, Picture quality is incredible”
“Brilliant sound and picture so easy to use, even Alexa works well.”
"I have mine in a conservatory and the anti glare screen is a excellent feature, I can play my Xbox at 4K and 120hz whilst the sun shines, very bright screen, superb - the Apple Play feature is fantastic bonus that I didn’t realise it had but it’s so full of rich features and apps that I should have guessed, a fantastic TV."
Buy it: Samsung QE55Q85TATXXU 55" Smart 4K | £948 (down from £1,199) from Currys PC World
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