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Samsung The Terrace Full Sun Outdoor TV Review

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This expensive Samsung Outdoor TV offers excellent value for money, as it has features that make it ideal for any use case. It is worth the high price, but options with better viewing angles and VRR support exist.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The Samsung LED Outdoor Full Sun 4K TV, or the Samsung The Terrace TV offers a sharp 4K resolution for vivid imagery and a high contrast ratio of 49,253:1 bolstered by full-array local dimming.

It boasts a peak HDR brightness rating of 1845 nits and supports a wide color gamut courtesy of its 94.2% coverage of the DCI-P3 color space.

The glossy screen finish handles reflections quite well, and with a response time of 14.2ms, motion blur is heavily minimized.

Even though it has a 120Hz refresh rate, it misses out on FreeSync and G-Sync support, which is common on the best TVs, but it does have a low input lag of 4.9ms (1080p @ 120Hz) and 5.5ms (4K @ 120Hz). Also, its HDMI 2.1 port makes it compatible with the latest gaming consoles, as is common with most top-tier 4K TVs.

Best For

  • Bright Room

  • HDR Content

  • Outdoor

Consensus

our Verdict

The Samsung LED Outdoor Full Sun 4K TV is a well-constructed, weather-resistant model that offers a tested 1845-nit HDR brightness rating that keeps it well visible in the outdoor sun and a good port selection, consisting of three HDMI ports, 1 USB port, and HDMI 2.1 support.

It also boasts profound blacks and bright whites courtesy of its 49,253:1 contrast ratio, but it struggles with viewing angles because of its VA panel.

The TV has a relatively rapid response time of 14.2ms that keeps its motion blur minimal, and despite having a 120Hz refresh rate, it misses out on VRR support, limiting its gaming performance.

This Outdoor TV handles reflections well thanks to its glossy finish, and it doesn’t have much blooming around bright objects.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Stunning picture quality
    • Images on the Samsung Terrace are exceptionally clear and vibrant thanks to a 4K resolution and 94.2% coverage of the DCI-P3 color space.

  • Impressive contrast ratio & brightness rating
    • The display also boasts a stunning 49,253:1 contrast ratio for deep and inky blacks and an exceptional peak HDR brightness level of up to 1500 nits for excellent visibility in bright conditions – one of the brightest in its category.

  • Rapid response time
    • There’s only a very short motion trail blur on the Samsung Terrace during fast action scenes thanks to a rapid, tested  14.2ms response time, but this is average compared to other similar options.

  • Super low input lag
    • Responses are fairly quick on the Samsung Terrace thanks to a 9.2ms input lag after testing, making it great for speedy reactions during gaming. However, there are alternatives in its category that have an even lower input lag for faster responsiveness.

  • High native refresh rate
    • With a 120Hz refresh rate, there isn’t any screen judder during movies or TV shows when watching fast-paced scenes.

Reason to Avoid

  • No VRR support
    • This makes it unsuitable for gamers as the display is prone to screen judder during fast-action scenes

  • Poor viewing angles
    • Brightness loss starts at 30° when viewed from the side, making it unsuitable for group viewing

Samsung The Terrace Full Sun Outdoor TV Specs

Backlight TypeBacklight TypeFull-Array
Display TypeLED
HDMI Inputs3
HDR FormatHDR10, HDR10+
HomeKit CompatibleHomeKit CompatibleNo
LED Panel TypeLED Panel TypeQLED
Max Resolution3840 x 2160 (4k)
Refresh Rate120 Hz
Screen size55", 65", 75"
Smart PlatformSmart PlatformTizen
VRRVRRNo
Works WithWorks WithAmazon Alexa, Bixby, Bluetooth, Google Assistant, Remote Control, SmartThings, Wi-Fi

All Specs

Test Results

Color Gamut % (DCI P3 xy)89.49
Color Gamut % (DCI P3 uv)94.25
Color Gamut % (Rec 2020 xy)66.86
Color Gamut % (Rec 2020 uv)74.63
Color Gamut % (sRGB)0
Color Gamut % (Rec 709)0
Color Gamut % (BT.2020)0
Color Gamut % (Adobe RGB)0
Color Gamut % (BT.709)0
Contrast Ratio (x:1)28,430
SDR Brightness (nits)962
HDR Brightness (nits)1,494
Input Lag (ms)6.4
Response Time (ms)14.2
Color Washout (Degrees)25
Color Shift (Degrees)48
Brightness Loss (Degrees)30
Reflections (%)2.1
Low-Freq Extension (Hz)142.54
Freq Response StdDev @ 70db3.94
Freq Response StdDev @ 80db3.74
Weighted Total Harmonic Distortion @80db0.158
Intermodulation Distortion @80db3.98
EOTF (600 nit delta)0.0336
EOTF (1000 nit delta)0.0331
EOTF (4000 nit delta)0.0406

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Product Comparison

Samsung The Terrace Full Sun Outdoor TV Review

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Market Context

The Samsung LED Outdoor Full Sun 4K TV, or the Samsung The Terrace TV offers a sharp 4K resolution for vivid imagery and a high…

The Samsung LED Outdoor Full Sun 4K TV, or the Samsung The Terrace TV offers a sharp 4K resolution for vivid imagery and a high contrast ratio of 49,253:1 bolstered by full-array local dimming.

It boasts a peak HDR brightness rating of 1845 nits and supports a wide color gamut courtesy of its 94.2% coverage of the DCI-P3 color space.

The glossy screen finish handles reflections quite well, and with a response time of 14.2ms, motion blur is heavily minimized.

Even though it has a 120Hz refresh rate, it misses out on FreeSync and G-Sync support, which is common on the best TVs, but it does have a low input lag of 4.9ms (1080p @ 120Hz) and 5.5ms (4K @ 120Hz). Also, its HDMI 2.1 port makes it compatible with the latest gaming consoles, as is common with most top-tier 4K TVs.

As an outdoor TV, the Samsung LED Outdoor Full Sun 4K has a much higher brightness rating of 1,8454 nits compared to the Samsung Q60B,…

As an outdoor TV, the Samsung LED Outdoor Full Sun 4K has a much higher brightness rating of 1,8454 nits compared to the Samsung Q60B, at 473 nits. Also, the Q60B has better color accuracy out of the box, but it gets outmatched by the Samsung LED outdoor after calibration. The Samsung Outdoor TV also has better reflection handling and a 2.1 HDMI port that the Q60B does not. If you’re still interested in the Q60B, you can check it out in our Samsung Q60B QLED TV review, but if you’d like a TV that’s got an IPS display instead of a VA display, you might like our LG UQ9000 TV review.

In terms of contrast ratio, the Samsung LED Outdoor Full Sun 4K TV outperforms many of the other outdoor TV alternatives from different brands, with…

In terms of contrast ratio, the Samsung LED Outdoor Full Sun 4K TV outperforms many of the other outdoor TV alternatives from different brands, with a superb contrast ratio of 49,253:1 compared to the Sunbrite Pro 2 LED TV, with a contrast ratio of 4000:1. However, the Sunbrite Pro 2 has a faster response time of 8ms compared to the Samsung’s 14.2ms. On the other hand, the Samsung TV has a higher 120Hz refresh rate than the Sunbrite TV’s 60hz, and its port selection is also more expansive, with three HDMI ports compared to the Sunbrite TV’s two. You can learn more about the Sunbrite TV in our SunbriteTV Pro 2 TV 4K review, but If you’re a new buyer who needs to know what to look out for, you should read our TV buying guide.

The Samsung LED Outdoor Full Sun 4K TV also compares favorably to the Sunbrite Veranda Series 4K Full Shade, as it has Quantum Dot Color…

The Samsung LED Outdoor Full Sun 4K TV also compares favorably to the Sunbrite Veranda Series 4K Full Shade, as it has Quantum Dot Color while the latter does not. On top of that, it can render HDR10+ and HLG content while the Sunbrite TV cannot, and it has WiFi connectivity while the Sunbrite TV does not. The Samsung TV also offers added convenience with voice assistant support, which is missing in the Sunbrite Veranda Series TV. However, if none of these work for you and you’d instead get a much larger display, check out what we think is the best 85-inch TV, but if you only want a simple home display, then here’s our Samsung M4500 TV review.  

Backlight Type

Full-Array

Edge

Direct Lit

Edge

Display Type

LED

LED

LED

LED

HDMI Inputs

3

3

2

2

HDR Format

HDR10, HDR10+

HDR10, HDR10+, HLG

HDR10

No

HomeKit Compatible

No

LED Panel Type

QLED

QLED

LED

LED

Max Resolution

3840 x 2160 (4k)

3840 x 2160 (4k)

3840 x 2160 (4k)

1366 x 768

Refresh Rate

120 Hz

60 Hz

60 Hz

60 Hz

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  • Rtings
    101.4

    Category Trust Rating

    81
    The Samsung Terrace is an overall great TV. It gets incredibly bright and handles reflections… Read More

    By:

    Shaqil Hossain
  • PC Mag
    91.4

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    Samsung’s The Terrace costs more than many competing models, but it offers the best picture… Read More

    By:

    Will Greenwald
  • Digital Trends
    70

    Category Trust Rating

    By:

    Simon Cohen