Reviews and Problems with Samsung UA55F8000 / UE55F8000 / UN55F8000
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13 February 2014
Conclusion: The Samsung UNF8000 series of LED backlit HDTVs offer solid performance and loads of features in a beautiful streamlined cabinet, but its black levels are mediocre and its ports are awkwardly placed.
Excerpt: As the king of Samsung's 1080p LED HDTVs, the F8000 series flourishes a crown encrusted with resplendent jewels like a quad core processor, voice and motion controls, and a Smart Hub overflowing with apps, social media, and smart recommendations.
Conclusion: Any minor quirks associated with Samsung’s ultra-rich Smart TV interface should be considered a by-product of aggressive efforts at improving the Smart TV experience. Future iterations will likely be even more refined, and that’s exciting to think about. However, this TV series would be worth every penny, even if it was as dumb as a post. The F8000’s stellar picture quality and beautiful aesthetic make it the top pick for an LED-based LCD television this year.
Pros: Excellent Black levels for an LED TV, Superior brightness and color, Most beautifully designed TV of the year, Smooth fast-motion video resolution, Super-fast user interface
Cons: Poor off-axis performance, Wide TV stand may limit placement flexibility, Remote takes getting used to
Conclusion: Versatility is the name of the game with the UN55F8000, in both performance and features. This is an excellent all-around performer that can serve up a very attractive image in both bright and dark viewing environments without a lot of advanced adjustment required. If I were shopping for a home-theater-oriented display for a dim to dark room, I'd still lean toward a plasma like the Panasonic VT60 or maybe Samsung's own F8500 for that nth degree of black-level improvement...
Excerpt: Samsung’s UE55F8000 is more than just a TV – it’s a versatile home entertainment hub that gives you access to a wide range of media, be it your own or from on-demand services. Controlling the TV is aided by gesture control thanks to the integrated camera, voice recognition via the touchpad remote, and smartphone and tablet compatibility.
Excerpt: The F8000 series succeeds last year's ES8000 models, and ranges in size from 40 inches all the way up to 75 inches. The F8000 has an entirely new base, but the most important improvements are less visible. Samsung has equipped its new high-end TV with a completely new Smart TV platform that runs on a very fast engine.