Samsung Q80T series (2020) review: Premium design and picture, approachable price

In 2020, Samsung’s TV lineup seems skewed more than ever toward higher-end models: There are three series with 8K resolution, a bunch of lifestyle models such as The FrameThe Sero and even a crazy-expensive outdoor television called The Terrace. Among relatively “normal” TVs, the Q80T stands out. It’s not cheap, but it is the least expensive Samsung QLED TV to feature full-array local dimming, which gives it an excellent picture.

Like

  • Excellent overall image quality
  • Superior styling
  • Wide range of sizes
  • Numerous features, voice options

Don’t Like

  • More expensive than competing TVs with similar picture quality

The Q80T’s big brother, the Q90T, also has FALD and I expect it to perform even better, but once again there’s an issue with price. In the 55- and 65-inch sizes the Q90T costs basically the same as my favorite high-end TV for 2020, the OLED-powered LG CX, and in my experience the OLED will have a better picture overall. That puts the Q80T in roughly the same price-to-performance sweet spot as the Sony X900H, the Vizio P-Series and TCL 6-Series.

I compared all four in my basement TV lab side-by-side and the Samsung Q80T was

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Want your next stimulus check to arrive faster? Do these things now, not later

Speed up your payment by making sure you have everything in order before a second stimulus bill is passed.


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Although stimulus negotiations are once again on hold in Washington, urgent calls from Republican and Democratic leaders to pass another stimulus bill continue. There’s not much time for Congress to approve a second stimulus check by the end of the year or before President-elect Joe Biden’s Jan. 20 inauguration, but a final package must pass before we know the most crucial details: how much funding will go to stimulus aid, when payments would be sent, who would be eligible and who would be left out.

Several situations delayed the first stimulus payment and if any apply to you, there are steps you can follow to attempt to fix them now. For example, if you haven’t filed a tax return for 2018 or 2019, if you moved out of your permanent residence, changed banking status or have incurred child support debt, it’s possible you’d be at the end of the line to get another stimulus check and would have to wait weeks or months after the IRS starts sending them out. 

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