Samsung UN65HU8550 65-inch 4K Ultra HD LED TV Review
24 November 2014
Conclusion: Now that we're into Year 3 of Ultra HD, it's quite remarkable how fast prices have fallen since Year 1. Now priced at $3,300 (MSRP) for the 65" HU8550, that's a full $2,700 less than what Pioneer's final generation 60" Kuro Elite 1080p plasma sets went for ($6,000). Yes, that is comparing apples (plasma) and oranges (LED/LCD) but it gives you an idea of how top-of-the-line sets have come down in price in a fairly short time. And actual selling prices are lower.
Pros: Very good picture quality (but only when viewed head-on), Wide variety of smart TV apps, including Netflix and Hulu+, Ability to download additional apps, Future upgrade capability via the One Connect box, Active shutter 3D glasses with RF sync, Content mirroring to other devices on your home network, Voice recognition that works well if you speak slowly and clearly, Comes with 2 remote controls, Reasonably zippy web browsing (but do consider an external keyboard with...
Cons: Noticeable contrast fading and color washout when viewed from off axis; the gorgeous deep blacks vanish, Non-rechargeable 3D glasses, Touchpad remote control is a little too sensitive, even when set to its lowest sensitivity setting; hard to nail on-screen buttons on the first passThe Bottom Line
Conclusion: The Samsung HU8550 series of LED televisions is packed with features and despite some picture issues, it performs the best of the 4K panels we've tested. 1080p is still a better bet right now, but If you're set on a 4K TV, it should be at the top of your list.
Pros: Full-featured. Elegant, utilitarian design. 4K output is stunning.
Cons: Mediocre black levels. Colors run slightly cool. Poor input lag. Native 4K content is still rare.
Conclusion: If you’re going to put a TV as sizeable as 65-incher is in your home, you deserve a terrific picture, not just a big one. And the HU8550 delivers that premium picture quality, no matter the source’s resolution (VHS tapes notwithstanding, folks). Until 4K OLED televisions come down in price significantly, this is one of the best-looking TV’s you’ll be able to get without breaking the bank – at least until next year.
Pros: Best flat 4K TV Samsung makes, Uniformly high brightness, Great black levels, shadow detail, Snappy navigation and app loading
Cons: Reflective screen, Loses clarity and contrast off-axis, Some edgelight bleed
Conclusion: Setting aside the issue of price for a moment, the Samsung UN65HU8550 is a compelling new entry in the TV market. It's got a comprehensive list of features in a (thankfully) flat form factor, and it proved to be very good performer, with the versatility to suit both bright and dark viewing environments, both film and HDTV, equally well.