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).
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 net...
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: 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).
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: 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: 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...