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Outgoing Nintendo of America executive Reggie Fils-Aime launches a personal Twitter account Monday. Allen Berezovsky / Getty Images As Reggie Fils-Aime says goodbye to Nintendo of America on Monday, he’s offered up a new way for fans to keep in touch: via his new personal Twitter account. The retiring president and chief operating officer’s first…

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As Reggie Fils-Aime says goodbye to Nintendo of America on Monday, he’s offered up a new way for fans to keep in touch: via his new personal Twitter account.
The retiring president and chief operating officer’s first tweet from the account features a picture of the Reggie doll from Nintendo’s E3 2014 presentation, according to GameSpot. The doll is carrying a sign with Fils-Aime’s Twitter handle on it.
“Hi Twitter community,” reads the tweet, which had nearly 100,000 likes in the first five hours. At the time of publication, Fils-Aime’s account had almost 200,000 followers.

Fils-Aime also shared an image of him sitting at a table, which reads: “Thank you all for the warm welcome to Twitter. I am packing up my office … lots of memories here.”

His third tweet features an image of his badge from 2004’s E3, with text reading: “The legend started here.” 

Fils-Aime began working at Nintendo of America in 2003 as executive vice president of sales and marketing, before becoming president and COO in 2006. The company announced his retirement in February. Doug Bowser, formerly Nintendo of America’s senior vice president of sales and marketing, will become the company’s new president.

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Pixel 5 vs. iPhone 11: Which sub-$700 phone is better? – CNET

Available to buy now, Google’s Pixel 5 introduces many features that are new to the company’s phone brand, including 5G connectivity, an ultrawide-angle camera and a much larger, longer-lasting battery. The phone is currently on sale for $649, and it launched alongside the midtier Pixel 4A 5G, which costs $499 (£499, AU$799). Read more: Black Friday 2020 phone…

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Available to buy now, Google’s Pixel 5 introduces many features that are new to the company’s phone brand, including 5G connectivity, an ultrawide-angle camera and a much larger, longer-lasting battery. The phone is currently on sale for $649, and it launched alongside the midtier Pixel 4A 5G, which costs $499 (£499, AU$799). Read more: Black Friday 2020 phone dealsWhile the phone has notable updates compared with its predecessor, the Pixel 4, Google anticipates lower-than-usual Pixel 5 phone sales due to the coronavirus pandemic and is planning to produce only 800,000 units this year. It also faces stiff competition from one of the most popular phone-makers, Apple, and its iPhone 11. Though it’s been available since last September and Apple has already launched its sequel, the iPhone 12, the iPhone 11 is now cheaper. It starts at $599 (£599, AU$999) off contract, and is equipped with a fast processor and excellent cameras. It does not, however, have 5G. To see how these phones stack up, we took a closer look and compared them based on design, camera specs, hardware, software and other features. And for more info, check out CNET’s other comparisons, Pixel 5 vs. Pixel 4A 5G and Pixel 5 vs. iPhone 12.

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The Pixel 5 has a superb camera and a long-lasting battery, and is the obvious pick for anyone who wants to connect to a 5G network. It also starts with more internal storage (128GB) and its 90Hz display will keep the interface looking silky-smooth.

Read more about the Pixel 5’s new camera features.

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If you’re in the Apple and iOS ecosystem, the iPhone 11 is the more fitting candidate. You’ll also get an outstanding camera, especially for video recording, and a powerful A13 Bionic processor that outperformed the Pixel 5 in benchmark tests. And now that the iPhone 12 is out, it’s $100 cheaper than when it first launched.

Read our Apple iPhone 11 review.

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Design: Pixel 5’s natural aesthetics vs. iPhone 11’s glossy looks When Google designed the Pixel 5, it set out to give the phone a natural feel, reminiscent of a pebble. And with the phone’s matte texture, aluminum and glass encasing and soft, rounded corners, the Pixel 5 in green sports a minimalist, earthy look. It’s a direct contrast to the iPhone 11’s high-gloss, pop-art pastel-green design. Neither aesthetic is particularly better than the other, but those who want more options will appreciate the iPhone 11’s four other colors (yellow, purple, red and white) in addition to black and green. The iPhone 11 with iOS 14 widgets.
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On the back of the Pixel 5 is the fingerprint reader that unlocks the phone and permits digital payments. The iPhone 11 uses facial recognition sensors in the front-facing camera for user authorization. Both phones have a 6-inch display (if you want to be exact, the iPhone 11 has a 6.1-inch display), they don’t have headphone jacks and they’re rated IP68 for water resistance.  On paper, the Pixel 5’s screen is sharper than the iPhone 11’s in terms of having a higher resolution and pixel density. The Pixel 5 also has an OLED screen while the iPhone 11 has an LCD. OLED displays are typically more vibrant, with richer contrast and inkier blacks. But you’ll only notice these differences if you look at the devices side by side, and by itself you’ll likely have no problems with the iPhone 11’s screen. What is a bit more obvious, however, is the Pixel 5’s 90Hz display. Most phones, like the iPhone 11, refresh at 60 frames per second. But having a 90Hz display on the Pixel means that scrolling through webpages and text feels much springier, smoother and more responsive.

Camera: Pixel 5 and iPhone 11 both have dual rear cameras Tweaking a photo using the Pixel’s Portrait light tool.
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Both the Pixel 5 and the iPhone 11 have two rear cameras, optical image stabilization and special modes for low-light environments. The Pixel 5 has a standard and a wide-angle camera. The iPhone 11 has wide and ultrawide cameras, with the ultrawide camera having a slightly wider field of view than the Pixel 5 (120 degrees compared with 107 degrees).  Google added two new features to the Pixel 5’s camera. You can now enable dramatic, blurred portrait shots in Night Mode and you can adjust the lighting in your portraits too. While iPhones do have different lighting options for portraits, the feature in the Pixel works more like an editing tool than a broad filter effect. As for video, the Pixel 5 and iPhone 11 can record 4K video and supersmooth 1080p video at 240 frames per second. But the iPhone 11’s front-facing camera has more capabilities. It can capture 4K video and it can record slo-mo video (known as “slofies”) at 120fps. The highest video resolution on the Pixel 5’s front-facing shooter, on the other hand, is 1080p with no slo-mo options. Check out a few different shots below from the Pixel 4A 5G (which has the same camera as the Pixel 5) and the iPhone 11. Night Sight on the Pixel 4A 5G.
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Night Mode on the iPhone 11.
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The wide-angle lens on the Pixel 4A 5G.
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A wide-angle shot from the iPhone 11.
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A close-up image of a succulent on the Pixel 4A 5G.
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A close-up picture of some fruit with the iPhone 11.
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Pixel 5’s long battery life vs. iPhone 11’s superfast processor The Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A 5G are Google’s first 5G phones and are capable of connecting to the next-gen network, which promises to be much faster than 4G. The iPhone 11 doesn’t have 5G, but the iPhone 12 does. The Pixel 5 is equipped with the Snapdragon 765G chipset from Qualcomm, while the iPhone 11 features Apple’s A13 Bionic processor. Google’s choice of the 765G chipset is an interesting one, as it’s not as fast as the Pixel 4’s Snapdragon 855. But Google said it went with the 765G to keep costs down. We didn’t notice any speed issues or lag during our time with the Pixel 5, but on benchmark tests, it did get lower scores on 3DMark and Geekbench 5 than the iPhone 11 did when we tested it last year. 3DMark Slingshot Unlimited

Note:
Longer bars indicate better performance

3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited

Note:
Longer bars indicate better performance

Geekbench v.5.0 single-core

Note:
Longer bars indicate better performance

Geekbench v.5.0 multicore

Note:
Longer bars indicate better performance

The Pixel 5 has 128GB of internal memory and 8GB of RAM. The iPhone 11 has three memory tiers, and if you want 128GB you’ll have to pay more at $649 (£649, AU$1,079). In the US, though, the iPhone 11 at 128GB is still cheaper than the Pixel 5, thanks to Apple lowering the price. Apple also doesn’t disclose the amount of RAM its iPhones have, but regulatory filings report that the iPhone 11 has 4GB of RAM. The Pixel 5.
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Neither phone has external storage options, but Google and Apple encourage users to upload and back up their photos and videos on their respective cloud services. Apple’s iCloud gives you 5GB for free and it costs $10 a month for 2TB. Google Photos users have unlimited storage for photos and video at “high” quality. But if you want to upload lots of content of “original” quality, which has a higher resolution, Google’s One cloud service gives you the first 15GB for free. If you want more, it will also cost you $10 a month for 2TB. Lastly, the Pixel 5 has a 4,000-mAh battery, the highest capacity of any Pixel phone to date. Apple doesn’t list battery specs, but unofficial third-party teardowns show the iPhone 11 has a 3,110-mAh battery. Battery tests on the Pixel 5 for continuous video playback in Airplane mode clocked in at 21 hours, 11 minutes. This is an excellent time, and longer than the iPhone 11, which lasted 15 hours, 24 minutes. With streaming video it clocked in at 13 hours, 52 minutes. We haven’t tested streaming video on the Pixel 5 yet, so stay tuned when we get those numbers.  Like the Galaxy S20 phones, the Pixel 5 also has reverse wireless charging. That means the phone can charge accessories, like the Pixel Buds 2, without any cables or plugs.

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Software: Android 11 vs. iOS 14 Hold saves you from spending time listening to hold music.
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As always, when comparing phones from Apple and Google you’ll have to decide which OS works better for you: iOS or Android. Both phones have a dark mode and a digital search assistant (Siri and Google Assistant). And because the phones don’t have physical home buttons, their interfaces rely on swiping gestures to switch between apps. The Pixel 5 will run Android 11 out of the box. The latest mobile OS has useful features like Quick Control, chat bubbles, a native screen recorder and more. Hold For Me will also be previewed on the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A 5G: When you’re put on hold, you can have Google Assistant do the waiting for you. This frees you from constantly needing to be near your phone or listening to crummy hold music. You’ll be alerted when the other line returns. The iPhone 11 has the latest iOS 14 software from Apple. It includes a more organized App Library, widgets to customize your home screen with, picture-in-picture and a native translation app.  Other features to consider: Both phones have dual-SIM: In addition to your regular nano-SIM, both phones use e-SIM technology that supports multiple phone numbers. This is useful if you want to keep your personal and work phone number on the same device. The iPhone 11 has Wi-Fi 6: Devices with Wi-Fi 6 speak that same Wi-Fi language to talk to each other, and compared with Wi-Fi 5, it’s faster and more battery-efficient. But Wi-Fi 6 was only certified in September 2019 and Wi-Fi 6 routers remain expensive. Instead of regarding it as an immediate benefit, think of Wi-Fi 6 as readying your phone for the future.  The iPhone 11 has a chip just for “spatial awareness”: Called U1, this new chip helps iPhones find other iPhones more precisely when they’re in close proximity. Apple says this improves AirDrop, but many believe the U1 chip is laying the groundwork for a long-rumored Apple Tile-like tracker. The iPhone 11.
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Pixel 5 and iPhone 11 specs

Google Pixel 5

iPhone 11

Display size, resolution

6-inch FHD+ OLED; 2,340×1,080 pixels

6.1-inch LCD; 1,792×828 pixels

Pixel density

432ppi

326ppi

Dimensions (inches)

5.7×2.8×0.3 in

5.94×2.98×0.33 in

Dimensions (millimeters)

144.7×70.4x8mm

150.9×75.7×8.3mm

Weight (ounces, grams)

5.33 oz; 151g

6.84 oz; 194g

Mobile software

Android 11

iOS 13

Camera

12.2-megapixel (standard), 16-megapixel (ultrawide)

12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultrawide)

Front-facing camera

8-megapixel

12-megapixel

Video capture

4K

4K

Processor

Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G

Apple A13 Bionic

Storage

128GB

64GB, 128GB, 256GB

RAM

8GB

Not disclosed

Expandable storage

No

No

Battery

4,000 mAh

Not disclosed

Fingerprint sensor

Rear

None (Face ID)

Connector

USB-C

Lightning

Headphone jack

No

No

Special features

5G-enabled; water-resistant (IP68); 90Hz refresh rate display; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); reverse wireless charging; fast charging

Water-resistant (IP68); dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); wireless charging

Price off-contract (USD)

$699

$599 (64GB), $649 (128GB), $749 (256GB)

Price (GBP)

£599

£599 (64GB), £649 (128GB), £749 (256GB)

Price (AUD)

AU$999

AU$999 (64GB), AU$1,079 (128GB), AU$1,249 (256GB)

*prices as of Oct. 14.

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

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 Frame, The 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…

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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 Frame, The 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.

LikeExcellent overall image qualitySuperior stylingWide range of sizesNumerous features, voice options

Don’t LikeMore 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 indeed excellent, but despite costing more than the other three, it didn’t put out a better picture. Instead its strength lies in design, with sleeker looks, an excellent remote and, yes, that Samsung nameplate. Like the others it’s also well-suited to pair with an Xbox Series X or PS5 thanks to variable refresh rate capability and 4K/120Hz input. 

If you have your heart set on a Samsung, you want a great picture and you don’t have money to burn, the Q80T is pretty sweet. But if you’re brand-agnostic, the Vizio and TCL are both better values.

Sleekness from the stand upWhen you pay a little extra for a Samsung you expect superior design, and the Q80T delivers. The most obvious upgrade is the stand: Samsung uses a central pedestal, which to my eye looks a lot sleeker than the two separate legs to either side that most new TVs employ. The base is a single slab of metal, flush against the tabletop. An angled chunk of metal and plastic supports the panel, creating a nice floaty effect.Black with a minimal frame around the image, the Q80T also has a textured backside and a cable management system that lets you channel power and HDMI from their ports through the stand, making for a cleaner look.

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Samsung’s clicker is also among my favorites, with minimal buttons and just the right feel in-hand. Channel and volume keys click up and down, Ambient mode gets its own button as does the mic for voice, and even the Netflix and Amazon app shortcut keys are nicer than on other remotes: They lack garish colors and instead just match the rest of the wand.Ambient mode is designed to show stuff on the screen when you’re not watching TV. It’s a cool feature if you don’t like the big black rectangle of an inert TV, and can display your photos, designer art, the weather, headlines and even adjust backgrounds to match your wall.
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Alexa and Google join BixbySamsung’s homebrew Bixby voice assistant is built into the Q80T, as you’d expect, but new for 2020 you can choose the overwhelmingly more-popular Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant instead. You can select between the three in the menus and whichever one you choose will be available when you press the mic button on the clicker. Alternately you can set the remote’s mic to listen for the “Alexa” or “Hey, Google” wake words, allowing you to issue commands hands-free (it worked well as long as I stayed relatively close to the remote). And like most TVs you can also pair the Q80T with separate Alexa or Google speakers. 
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Beyond voice, Samsung’s on-screen smart TV system is excellent, with quick responses and plenty of apps, and I’d take it over LG or Vizio’s systems. I still like Roku and Android TV (found on Sony TVs) better overall, however, because they have even more apps. Just like most TVs now (including Roku), Samsung has the Apple TV app and works with Apple’s AirPlay system.Full-fledged features and HDMI connectivityFull-array local dimming sets the Q80T apart from cheaper Samsung TVs. This technology, which improves LCD image quality significantly in our experience, boosts black levels and contrast by making certain areas of the picture dimmer or brighter in reaction to what’s on the screen. The step-up Q90T and the company’s 8K models have more dimming zones and brighter images than the Q80T, but Samsung doesn’t say exactly how many zones each has. Key features

Display technology

LED LCD

LED backlight

Full array with local dimming

Resolution

4K

HDR compatible

HDR10, HDR10+

Smart TV

Tizen

Remote

Standard voice

Like all of Samsung QLED TVs, as well as most higher-end TVs from Vizio and TCL, the Q80T’s LCD panel is augmented by a layer of quantum dots — microscopic nanocrystals that glow a specific wavelength (i.e. color) when given energy. The effect is better brightness and color compared to non-QD-equipped TVs. The Q80T uses a true 120Hz panel, which improves the TVs’ motion performance, but as usual the “Motion Rate 240” specification is made up (note that the 49- and 50-inch sizes are 60Hz/MR 120).The set supports high dynamic range content in the HDR10 and the HDR10 Plus formats. It lacks the Dolby Vision HDR support found on most competitors’ HDR TVs. I’ve seen no evidence that one HDR format is inherently “better” than the other, so I definitely don’t consider lack of Dolby Vision a deal-breaker on this TV — instead it’s just one more factor to consider.Gaming features are one of the Q80T’s strong points. It’s compatible with variable refresh rate, as well as the FreeSync and G-synch VRR formats, available from devices including select PCs, the Xbox Series X and PS5, although the latter doesn’t support VRR yet. The Q80T also accepts 4K/120Hz input on HDMI 4, which is conveniently marked with a little game controller icon. The TV supports Auto Game Mode too, which lets it automatically switch to game mode to reduce input lag when it detects you’re playing a game. (Note that the 49- and 50-inch sizes lack 4K/120Hz input and VRR.)
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4x HDMI inputs2x USB portsEthernet (LAN) portOptical digital audio outputRF (antenna) inputRemote (RS-232) port (EX-LINK)This list is mostly solid, unless you happen to own a legacy device that requires analog video (component or composite) or audio. The Q80T is one of the few TVs that doesn’t at least offer one analog input, audio or video.Picture quality comparisonsClick the image above for picture settings and HDR notes.
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The Q80T is an excellent performer overall, with good local dimming and contrast, excellent brightness, color and video processing. It fell short of the black levels and brightness of some less-expensive TVs, such as the Vizio P-Series and TCL 6 series, especially with HDR material, but showed less blooming and a slightly cleaner image, earning the same score of 8 (Excellent) in this category. I preferred the Vizio and TCL overall for image quality and liked the Sony X900H a bit less, but all four occupy the same general plane.Click the image above to see the picture settings used in the review and to read more about how this TV’s picture controls worked during calibration.

Dim lighting: I started with the excellent-looking Blu-ray of Parasite. In brighter scenes the Samsung generally matched the image quality of the others — all four were excellent overall. Differences emerged in darker scenes, for example during Park Dong-ik’s ride in the back of the car in Chapter 4. The TCL and the Vizio both showed darker, more realistic “black” in the shadows and letterbox bars, with less bleed from bright areas into dark, compared to the Sony and Samsung. The latter two were close, but the Samsung has a slight edge over the Sony. The differences weren’t drastic — all four TVs have very good black levels and contrast — but still visible side-by-side.Here’s where I mention an unusual thing Samsung did with settings, which I liked. The Brightness control handles backlight level but there’s an additional Shadow Detail slider under Gamma (where it should be) that controls exactly that (and does a lot of the same work as a standard Brightness/black level setting). According to my measurements it does what it claims: boosts brightness at low levels (5% to 20%) as you creep up. The default “0” setting is the most accurate but cranking it up did reveal more, yes, details like the car seat cushions and floor of Parks car became more visible.Bright lighting: These days TVs just seem to be getting brighter but the Q80T is an exception, measuring dimmer than many TVs at its level including the TCL, Vizio P and Sony, and even slightly dimmer than the Q70 from 2019. It’s still bright enough for just about any room, however, and has plenty of punch to make HDR look impactful.Light output in nits

TV

Brightest (SDR)

Accurate color (SDR)

Brightest (HDR)

Accurate color (HDR)

Hisense H9G

1,239

1,238

1,751

1,498

TCL 65R635

1,114

792

1,292

1,102

Sony XBR-65X900H

841

673

989

795

Vizio P65Q9-H1

768

629

1,305

1,084

Hisense 65R8F

717

717

770

770

Samsung QN65Q80T

664

503

1,243

672

Vizio M65Q7-H1

595

424

588

480

LG OLED65CX

377

290

690

634

Don’t let the high score in Dynamic fool you. Aside from being woefully inaccurate, it fluctuated quite a bit, starting out at over 1,200 nits but falling almost immediately to around 300. Most other TVs don’t show such dramatic fall-off, and none of the Q80T’s other modes did either. For the Accurate measurements in SDR I used the Natural picture mode in combination with the Warm color temperature setting (the default temperature for Natural is quite blue). I prefer Vizio and TCL’s approach of a dedicated, accurate bright-room picture mode.Unlike previous Samsung TVs I’ve tested the Q80T didn’t excel at handling ambient light. In a bright room all of the TVs in my lineup were better at reducing the brightness of reflections to preserve the fidelity of the image. The difference wasn’t massive but definitely noticeable in dark areas of program material.Color accuracy: The Samsung’s Filmmaker Mode and Movie modes are both accurate before calibration but I prefer the former because it disables most video processing by default (see below). After calibration, as expected, it was excellent. During Parasite, colors like the green lettuce and red kimchi in the cafeteria in Chapter 4, as well as the skin tones of the family as they eat, looked natural and well-balanced. Then again so did the other displays — it was difficult to see any real color differences even side-by-side with non-HDR colors. Video processing: As usual the Samsung aced my tests in this category, delivering true 1080p/24 film cadence with film-based sources and plenty of motion resolution (1,000 lines) with video-based sources. The TV achieved both results with a Picture Clarity setting of Custom with Blur Reduction at 10 and Judder Reduction at 0, so if I had this TV I’d “set it and forget it” right there. Note that Filmmaker Mode’s default setting is to turn Picture Clarity off, which results in less motion resolution, but you can adjust it to taste.You can also add more smoothing or soap opera effect by increasing Judder Reduction or choosing Auto instead of Custom. Meanwhile the LED Clear Motion option makes motion even sharper with the help of black frame insertion, at the expense of flicker and a dimmer image.Samsung continues its tradition of excellent input lag in game mode with a score just over 14 milliseconds with both 1080p and 4K HDR sources.Uniformity: With demanding, full-field test patterns the Q80T’s screen was quite uniform, with more-even lighting from edge to edge than the Vizio, whose sides looked slightly dark, and slightly less-even lighting than the TCL. With program material I saw the same minor issue on the Vizio while the others were very similar (note that uniformity can vary from sample to sample). From off-angle the Samsung was the best LCD TV I’ve tested, maintaining color fidelity, brightness and contrast better than the others. 

HDR and 4K video: With high dynamic range sources the differences between the four TVs became more apparent, and the Vizio and TCL looked slightly better than the Sony and the Samsung overall. The Q80T’s highlights appeared a bit dimmer than the others, including the Sony, while its black levels were lighter and less realistic than the TCL and Vizio, it’s contrast did beat the Sony’s.Watching the Spears and Munsil HDR benchmark’s test montage, the ferris wheel at night (4:51) was a good example, with a slightly gray-blue cast to the sky, and less pop in the lights on the Q80T. It still looked great, with plenty of punch and contrast I expect from HDR, but next to the TCL and Vizio it didn’t convey quite the same sense of realism — although it looked better overall then the Sony.Brighter scenes, like the closeups of flowers and insects (3:26), showed less of a difference but the Samsung still appeared very slightly dimmer than the TCL and Vizio, an impression backed up by spot measurements of my light meter. Colors were crisp and vibrant, however, and the orange of the monarch butterfly for example appeared a bit deeper and more saturated than the TCL, if not quite as powerful as the Vizio.  The Samsung and Sony had one advantage during the montage however: they were slightly cleaner than the TCL and Vizio in the first fade up from black to a bright sky. The latter two showed faint, subtle banding in the sky as the image brightened, while the two “S” TVs didn’t. Another advantage: The Q80T was the best among the three at controlling blooming, so stray illumination wasn’t an issue even in difficult mixed bright-and-dark scenes. One major reason, I suspect, was its less-aggressive brightness compared to the more blooming-prone TCL and Vizio.Switching over to Parasite in HDR, the Samsung’s image held up better than before thanks to its ability to control blooming and maintain black levels (at the expense of brightness). During the dark Chapter 4 car ride, for example, the Q80T’s black levels were darkest and it showed less stray illumination in the passing streetlights. On the other hand those lights and other bright spots were more brilliant on the TCL and Vizio, and both exposed more shadow detail than the Samsung — while the Sony had the best shadow detail and the worst contrast. I still ended up preferring the TCL and Vizio overall, but the Samsung was much closer.In brighter scenes where blooming is less visible the superior light output of the other TVs shined gave them more characteristic HDR punch, particularly in highlights like the sun as TK approaches the house in Chapter 3. The Samsung still looked brilliant, saturated and impressive, but the TCL and Vizio looked just a notch more-so in my side-by-side comparison.Geek Box

Test

Result

Score

Black luminance (0%)

0.003

Good

Peak white luminance (SDR)

664

Good

Avg. gamma (10-100%)

2.22

Good

Avg. grayscale error (10-100%)

0.64

Good

Dark gray error (30%)

0.90

Good

Bright gray error (80%)

1.37

Good

Avg. color checker error

2.70

Good

Avg. saturation sweeps error

2.01

Good

Avg. color error

1.29

Good

Red error

1.34

Good

Green error

0.59

Good

Blue error

1.13

Good

Cyan error

1.38

Good

Magenta error

1.61

Good

Yellow error

1.70

Good

1080p/24 Cadence (IAL)

Pass

Good

Motion resolution (max)

1000

Good

Motion resolution (dejudder off)

1000

Good

Input lag (Game mode)

20.77

Good

HDR10

Black luminance (0%)

0.005

Good

Peak white luminance (10% win)

1243

Good

Gamut % UHDA/P3 (CIE 1976)

91.85

Average

ColorMatch HDR error

5.52

Poor

Avg. color checker error

2.65

Good

Input lag (Game mode, 4K HDR)

20.37

Good

Samsung QN65Q80T CNET revie… by David KatzmaierPortrait Displays Calman calibration software was used in this review. 

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Black Friday vacuum deals: Sales on Bissell, Shark, Dyson, Hoover, Neato and more – CNET

This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2020, CNET’s gift picks with expert advice, reviews and recommendations for the latest tech gifts for you and your family. The Black Friday shopping season is here, and big sales have already begun. One of the biggest deal categories this year, as usual, is vacuum cleaners. Whether you’re looking…

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This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2020, CNET’s gift picks with expert advice, reviews and recommendations for the latest tech gifts for you and your family.

The Black Friday shopping season is here, and big sales have already begun. One of the biggest deal categories this year, as usual, is vacuum cleaners. Whether you’re looking for a cordless model or a full-on robot vacuum, all the top brands — Hoover, Neato, Dyson, Shark, Bissell and more — are offering huge price cuts already, or will be soon. Read more: Black Friday Dyson deals: Save $150 to $200 on V8 and Ball Animal now, V7 and V10 soonSo whether you’re looking to snag a Dyson or Roomba for less, you’ve come to the right place. Here are the best Black Friday 2020 deals that are available now, along with some just around the corner. Note that prices were accurate at time of publication, but we’re seeing frequent fluctuations each day.

Black Friday 2020 sales and deals

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Shark’s Robot Vacuum is on sale for $195 off. Nearly half price for a vacuum that will clean your house for you isn’t a bad deal. You can limit its coverage to certain rooms, thanks to a home-mapping feature.

Best Buy

Save $100 off the Hoover ONEPWR FloorMate, a wet-dry mop that can tackle hardwood, tile, laminate and area rugs.

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If you can’t afford Dyson’s latest and greatest V11 model, the V10 Absolute is a solid compromise. It’s cordless (with up to an hour of battery life, according to Dyson), offers an air filtration system to expel cleaner air as it cleans and converts to a handheld mode, too. 

iRobot

Save $200 on the iRobot Roomba 960 robot vacuum. Best Buy has shaved its price down to $300. That’s a good deal for an automatic floor cleaner that navigates systematically and works with a mobile app, plus Google Assistant and Alexa.

Walmart

This robot vacuum from Shark doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Even so, it’s smart enough to empty its own dustbin, map floors and link to your home’s Wi-Fi. And starting 4 p.m. PT (7 p.m. ET) today, Nov. 25, Walmart will sell it for $70 off its list price.

Bissell

Designed to tackle dirt, grime and pet hair, the Bissell Iconpet cordless vacuum conveniently runs off a rechargeable battery. It also has LED lights to vacuum in dark corners. With a list price of $350, the Iconpet is tempting at $250. 

Best Buy

Designed to clean both hard surfaces and area rugs, the CrossWave has two water tanks. One tank collects dirty water while the other contains the appliance’s cleaning solution.

Amazon

This lightweight cordless vacuum from Shark usually retails for $230. Right now Amazon is selling it for a cool $80 less than usual.

Target

For Black Friday Target has an exclusive deal on the Dyson V8 Motorhead. The cordless stick vac is usually $380 but for a limited time is discounted by $150. 

iRobot

The Roomba i3 Plus is one of iRobot’s most affordable robot vacuum models. Even so, it’s relatively new and comes with many of the bells and whistles that you find in pricier robots. For instance the i3 Plus links to Wi-Fi, talks to the cloud, has a mobile app and creates floor maps as it cleans. It also has a charging dock that empties the vacuum’s dustbin after cleaning.

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Another advanced robot vacuum that can empty its own dustbin is the Deebot Ozmo T8. Made by Ecovacs, this machine uses a sophisticated navigation system to clean floors efficiently. It also comes with a mop attachment to scrub hard flooring free from grime.  

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The Neato D4 is usually priced at $430 but currently marked down to $330, and you can save yet another $50 when you apply promo code NEATOAFF50 at checkout. That’s a great price for Neato’s LaserSmart navigation tech and 75 minutes of battery life.

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The Neato D7 usually lists for $800 but is currently selling at Neato for $600. But you can do better — apply promo code NEATOAFF50 at checkout to get Neato’s flagship robot vacuum for $550. That includes LaserSmart navigation, virtual no-go zones set in the mobile app and 120 minutes of battery life.

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