Back in May, Samsung announced the Terrace, an outdoor QLED TV. Part of the company’s Lifestyle Line, the Terrace comes in 55-, and 65- and 75-inch sizes, priced at $3,455.99, $4,999.99 and 6,499.99, respectively. It was announced along with the Terrace Soundbar.
Samsung, in announcing that the product could achieve a brightness level of two thousand nits, was positioning the product for those missing the experience of a sports bar, during the pandemic. Based on the Tizen platform, the Terrace also features Samsung TV Plus, Samsung Health, and compatibility with Bixby, Amazon Alexa, and eventually Google Assistant.
“The Terrace takes all of the Samsung Smart TV experiences that consumers have come to expect, and optimize them for the backyard,” Samsung said at the time the Terrace was first announced.
Now, the first major review has appeared of the Terrace, and it’s very positive.
RTINGS, in a review published this week, gave the Terrace a very high mixed usage score of 8.4. The review praised the Terrace’s high contrast ratio, exceptional build quality, extreme brightness and “outstanding reflection handling,” while listing “sub-par viewing angles” as the only negative trait.
“The Samsung Terrace is a great QLED TV designed for outdoor use,” the review said. “It gets exceptionally bright, providing good visibility in broad daylight, and its high contrast ratio allows it to produce deep blacks when viewing at night. It has a fast response time and a Black Frame Insertion feature to further improve motion clarity, making it great for watching sports or for gaming.”
The score of 8.4 makes the Terrace the seventeenth-best TV available on the market in RTINGS’ current rankings, the fifth-best among 2020 TVs, and the fourth-best Samsung TV. It ranks immediately behind Samsung’s Q80/Q80R QLED TV from 2019, and ahead of the Hisense H9G, from 2020.
Aside from some YouTubers, only other review of the Samsung Terrace ran on Two Way Mirrors back in June.
“The Samsung Terrace QLED TV provides the ultimate outdoor cinematic experience,” the review said. “Terrace Television’s command a big premium in price over standard (indoor) televisions, since Terrace TV’s include a multitude of intriguing, and unique features. These various features combined are what make Samsung’s Terrace TV ideal for absolutely any outdoor space, while providing it’s viewer with an unforgettable experience.”
Prior to the arrival of the Terrace, the outdoor TV category was dominated by such dedicated brands as Seura and SunBrite TV, as well as Peerless-AV’s UltraView line, which debuted a new 86-inch model earlier this year.
Samsung’s 2020 Lifestyle TV line also consists of the Serif, Frame and Sero models.
Stephen Silver, a technology writer for The National Interest, is a journalist, essayist and film critic, who is also a contributor to Philly Voice, Philadelphia Weekly, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Living Life Fearless, Backstage magazine, Broad Street Review and Splice Today. The co-founder of the Philadelphia Film Critics Circle, Stephen lives in suburban Philadelphia with his wife and two sons. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenSilver.