Reviews and Problems with Samsung UN55ES8000 / UE55ES8000 / UA55ES8000
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Samsung UE55ES8000 smart TV
4 October 2014
Excerpt: Say hello to Samsung’s bad boy smart TV. This epic 55-incher has all the works, of course: 3D support, LED backlighting for stunning contrast, a super slim silver frame you’ll barely be able to make out from your perch on the sofa.
Conclusion: With its avant-garde feature set and red carpet looks, it’s impossible not to be wowed by the UE55ES8000. In truth the pseudo-Kinect control options are a little gimmicky, and contribute significantly to the set’s high ticket price.
Pros: Dual-core picture quality, Great multimedia file support
Cons: Voice/gesture feels faddy, Needs tweaking for best pics, Pricey
Excerpt: As we keep saying, “smart” isn’t the word that will sell HDTVs anymore. They have been smart for quite a while now, and what matters to the end consumer is what else is on offer – performance, price and the additional features that may be unique to the TV.
Conclusion: Even though Samsung’s Smart Interaction is ahead of its time – and, frankly, might never catch on – there is plenty here in the way of performance and features to qualify this high-end television’s equally premium price.
Pros: Brilliant, bright picture, Excellent black levels, Superb color accuracy, Gorgeous design, Upgradable hardware
Cons: Some light bleed from edges, Poor off-axis performance, Merciless with low-quality sources
Summary: The basics Say hello to Samsung’s bad boy smart TV. This epic 55-incher has all the works, of course: 3D support, LED backlighting for stunning contrast, a super slim silver frame you’ll barely be able to make out from your perch on the sofa.
Conclusion: Gimmicks such as the UE55ES8000’s gesture control are best ignored, as at the core of this TV there’s some quality stuff. Take Samsung’s Smart Hub, for example. We think it’s up there with the best smart TV interfaces and made catch-up TV via iPlayer or other apps a breeze.
Pros: Sleek design with thin bezel, good smart interface, light-up controller, generally good picture quality in both 2D and 3D forms, great Smart Hub interface, well-rounded sound
Cons: Picture lacks uniformity, flimsy 3D glasses, picture presets are too harsh, does a TV really need gesture control? no SD card slot, no custom EQ settings