Reviews and Problems with Samsung UN55ES8000 / UE55ES8000 / UA55ES8000
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Samsung UN55ES8000 Review
26 July 2012
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. If you want the best, you’ll have to pay for it, but Samsung’s ES8000 series is certainly one of the best LED televisions we’ve ever seen. It should delight viewers for years to come.
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
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. Picture quality is smooth and detailed, but movie buffs are likely to want to switch off or customise the level of Motion Plus for that true cinematic experience.
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
Samsung’s top LED includes voice and gesture control - is this the best TV for 2012?
Good Gear Guide.au
15 June 2012
Summary: Samsung's best 2012 LED TV is a strong performer for picture quality and design, and it has some interesting technical advancements in the form of voice and motion recognition. On its own, the Series 8 TV is a high quality device. Picture quality isn't vastly improved since the 2011 Series 8 model, and the voice and motion features can feel both superfluous and slow. Nevertheless, it's one of the best-looking TVs we've seen and the feature-set is comprehensive.
Pros: Excellent picture quality in HD and SD, Useful video sharing and apps, Striking design
Cons: Voice and motion features aren't perfect, Interface feels slightly slow, No huge advances in picture quality since 2011