“The Samsung TU8000 hits about par for the course, which is nice for a budget-friendly set.”

Engaging, slim bezel design

Wonderful 1080p upscaling

Good coloration copy

HDMI eARC assist

Aggressive vignette

Distinction is muddied in complicated scenes

Not particularly vivid

It is probably not QLED, however the Samsung TU8000 Crystal UHD HDR TV guarantees superb coloration, a excessive distinction ratio, and stellar HDR copy at simply $500 for a 55-inch set. That’s quite a lot of promise for not some huge cash, particularly because the design of this TV incorporates a very enticing skinny bezel.

Samsung additionally guarantees a top-tier upscaling 4K system because of its 4K processing and an Auto Sport Mode that it claims optimizes the display and minimizes enter lag. For what’s clearly a budget-friendly tv, Samsung has packed the TU8000 with quite a lot of expectations. However does it ship?

Out of the Field

I at all times admire a tv that ships with the necessity for minimal setup, and the TU8000 delivers in that regard. With solely the distant, its batteries, two ft, two cable administration clasps, and an influence cable, this Samsung was gratefully straightforward to get out of the field and put collectively. No screwdriver required, the ft simply slip into place and maintain in place. These ft are plastic and don’t have the nicest really feel to them, however they appear high-quality from a distance and positively get the job achieved. As soon as up and in your media stand, the TV feels safe and steady.

The ft are easy however efficient. Jaron Schneider / Digital Tendencies

This detachable plastic clasp is just not notably enticing. Jaron Schneider / Digital Tendencies

You may as well tuck the cable into these grooves, however they do not keep notably properly. Jaron Schneider / Digital Tendencies

I’m lower than enthused about these aforementioned cable administration claps, although. They’re gentle plastic clips that sit on the backs of the TV’s ft and don’t really feel notably sturdy and are additionally fairly unattractive, which is a bummer contemplating how good the remainder of this TV seems from the entrance. You may conceal the cable and clasps fairly properly, but it surely’s definitely not excellent and I used to be left wishing for a greater resolution right here. There are additionally some grooves at the back of the tv that can be utilized to tuck the cable into, but it surely doesn’t keep notably properly and the facility cable is fairly quick too, which moreover limits your choices right here.

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The voice distant that ships with the TU8000 is rather like different fashionable Samsung remotes, with a slim and curved profile that homes solely completely mandatory buttons. I admire how small it’s whereas nonetheless giving me all I must get pleasure from content material. It’s a voice distant that works with apps like YouTube if you find yourself in a search bar, and in addition features as a sensible Assistant with Google Assistant, Bixby, or Amazon Alexa (whichever you select at setup).

Options and Design

It’s not a top-of-the-line Samsung and is most positively a plastic-y construct, however the TU8000 for essentially the most half manages to tug off the look of 1. The rear of the tv isn’t notably spectacular, with a full rounded plastic again that doesn’t scream “excessive finish,” however fortunately you’ll not often be trying there. From the entrance, the TV’s slim left, proper, and prime bezel design is clear and enticing. The bottom is a bit thicker however is lined with a silver plastic that blends in properly and, a minimum of from a distance, seems costly.

From the entrance, the TV’s slim left, proper, and prime bezel design is clear and enticing.

Like different Samsung televisions, the TU8000 is powered by the Tizen sensible TV system. Setup was straightforward and nice, made extraordinarily quick by the reference to the Samsung SmartThings app. Although you don’t want the app, it’s going to dramatically pace up setup occasions because of supplying you with entry to a full keyboard (as a substitute of getting to punch in your electronic mail and Wi-Fi password one letter at a time with the distant).

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The TU8000 has three onboard HDMI inputs, with solely considered one of them an eARC port. Samsung didn’t embody the good processing present in its higher-end fashions just like the Q90T, so that you received’t see any decreased artifacting or banding in low bitrate content material, sadly. Extra on that and different notes on the image high quality in a second.

The most important bezel is on the underside of the TV and remains to be comparatively slim, with understated emblem placement. Jaron Schneider / Digital Tendencies

Ease of Use

The Tizen sensible TV expertise is … high-quality. As we’ve mentioned earlier than, it’s an ideal instance of “adequate,” although it’s not at all times giving its greatest on this specific TV. Weirdly, navigating to totally different apps or content material within the Tizen interface exhibits some lag and is due to this fact gradual and plodding, however the efficiency of the apps themselves is snappy and nice. So whereas I didn’t get pleasure from turning the TV on and choosing the app I need to use, I did benefit from the interface as soon as I used to be into Netflix, Amazon Prime, or YouTube. Tizen’s different draw back is that it’s not as sturdy as different streaming platforms like Roku or Android TV. For instance, it doesn’t have a Crunchyroll app. This in all probability received’t trouble a majority of oldsters although, because it has a full lineup of the extra common apps.

On the whole, although Tizen will get the job achieved, it’s additionally cluttered with quite a lot of pointless and irrelevant watching recommendations. You may largely keep away from these, however because of the enter lag on the Tizen navigation, I might generally unintentionally hit “down” one too many occasions and turn into inundated with a full display of badly prompt content material. A part of what makes Tizen good is the way it typically solely takes up 1 / 4 of your display while you’re shifting amongst apps, altering your supply, or adjusting your image. When Tizen breaks from that’s when it exhibits its flaws.

And as we’ve talked about with different Samsung Sensible TVs and as I touched on above, although sure it does assist sensible assistants which are (gratefully) not simply Bixby, the voice integration isn’t nearly as good as it’s on, say, an Android TV. Right here, it’s a bit clunky and disjointed, but it surely works.

Image High quality

It ought to come as no shock that if we discovered some display uniformity issues in a high-end Samsung tv this yr, they might additionally exist within the decrease finish TU8000. There’s some notably aggressive vignetting on this TV, and it’s very inconsistent from every nook. For instance, the higher left-hand nook on my assessment pattern exhibited among the worst vignetting, with the lower-left being a bit much less aggressive. That mentioned, all 4 corners clearly have issues right here. Even with letterboxed content material, the vignette was clearly seen.

This TV is just not one which makes use of native dimming zones however is as a substitute edge-lit. That is an older, cheaper know-how that gives much less management of brightness and black ranges. Consequently, there’s some appreciable blooming coming predominantly from the decrease portion of the tv at any time when there’s a vivid topic on a darkish background. In notably excessive distinction photographs, the scenes can get washed out by that bloom.

Halo impact additionally happens round vivid objects however isn’t as dangerous as I used to be anticipating. With small sources like subtitles, you’ll be able to see a couple of half-inch of halo across the letters, whereas with bigger sources it might develop to about an inch and a half. It’s not tremendous noticeable normally, however it’s there.

Edge-lighting-induced blooming can actually wash out what the panel is attempting to do and makes for a typically muddy view.

Distinction is, total, solely okay on the TU8000. I feel that the panel is able to good black ranges, however in too many scenes the aforementioned edge-lighting-induced blooming actually washes out what the panel is attempting to do and makes for a typically muddy view. The Mandalorian, which I additionally used to check banding with low bitrate content material because of the numerous vast photographs of clear skies, appeared much less punchy than I’m used to, with blacks and whites sort of operating collectively right into a center grey. It doesn’t by any means make the content material unwatchable, although.

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In much less difficult scenes the place there’s a extra compact vary between highlights and shadows, the TU8000 performs significantly better. There’s a 12Ok aerial video of a nighttime flight over New York that we like to make use of as a baseline, and watching the gradual pan up Instances Sq. regarded superb on this tv. Darks had been properly represented, and because the vivid lights got here in from the highest of the display, the TU8000 did a reasonably good job protecting the image the place it ought to be.

In different difficult scenes, the TU8000 was capable of steadiness shadow and spotlight element pretty properly. It could possibly once more borderline on washed out, however the element was not misplaced; the TU8000 a minimum of doesn’t crush blacks. The standard isn’t on par with what we’ve come to count on from top-tier TVs, however for this value level, I used to be happy.

Samsung was proper to tout the 1080p upscaling: It’s implausible.

Colour accuracy out of the field is fairly good, even in Customary (however keep away from Dynamic). Film mode reduces Samsung’s processing of sharpness right down to zero, which is nice to see, and the distinction is best on this mode than in Customary. In each Customary and Film, pores and skin tones might use a bit of labor as there’s quite a lot of nuance that appears misplaced, however greens and blues are fairly good.

The TU8000 leans extra in direction of yellow in Film mode, and extra in direction of blue whereas additionally being method over-sharpened in Customary mode. In each instances, the steadiness is thrown off a bit however is tolerable. This will in all probability be fastened with some devoted calibration however seeing as this TV is aimed on the extra basic shopper and never a pixel-peeper, I say don’t trouble. Most might be completely pleased with this TV in Customary (the horror!) or Film mode, and that’s truthfully a aid to report. This TV must look good out of the field as a result of the common buyer received’t contact a single setting, and I’ve to say it does properly in that regard (although you actually have to show off the movement smoothing).

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Brightness is ample, however among the additional bleak content material like Netflix’s Darkish is a little bit of a problem to look at in the course of the day. Definitely do-able, however I needed to squint. Nonetheless, exhibits like The Mentalist (through Amazon Prime Video) look implausible regardless of after I was watching. Talking of The Mentalist, the TU8000 confirmed off its upscaling prowess there splendidly, as that aged 1080p stream look implausible on the 55-inch set. Samsung was proper to tout the 1080p upscaling: It’s implausible.

Gaming Efficiency

That is an okay tv for gaming, a minimum of for now. Samsung says the TU8000 has gamer options that scale back latency, however this TV doesn’t have a variable refresh charge and due to this fact can not take away judder and moreover is capped at displaying content material at 60Hz.

I can verify that whereas the enter lag is decreased from what is often present in most televisions whereas in Sport Mode, it’s not as quick as a aggressive gamer goes to need to see in conditions the place you want split-second response occasions. It’s definitely adequate for informal single-player video games however remains to be a bit too gradual for extra intense, action-oriented on-line video games like Apex Legends, top-tier Fortnite play, or Name of Obligation.

The efficiency right here might be adequate for many video games within the present technology of consoles, but it surely’s not going to have the ability to play at most specs with the subsequent technology due within the fall of 2020.

Sound High quality

We don’t usually speak an excessive amount of about sound high quality with fashionable flatscreen televisions, and I wasn’t going to think about it in any respect after I bought this TV in for assessment. Nonetheless, I used to be actually impressed with the TU8000. Not solely can it get fairly darn loud, however the sound high quality can be shockingly balanced. I completely advocate getting a soundbar or sound system for any tv (my private favourite are The Fives from Klipsch), however for those who’re going to go with out, you truthfully may not really feel too badly about that alternative.

Sound will work greatest in a smaller room, so for those who deliberate to select considered one of these up for a visitor room or the bed room, I feel you’ll be happy with the audio.

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Our Take

I used the TU8000 for a couple of week and located myself gravitating to it greater than I believed I might. The skinny bezel blended with nice upscaling and surprisingly good sound high quality made for a extremely nice watching expertise. Certain it has its downsides and the vignetting could be distracting at occasions, however total it does a really passable job with its laundry record of guarantees. Samsung actually had its work lower out for itself when it set such excessive bars with its advertising and marketing, however the firm largely does properly sufficient in all these classes. It’s not an trade chief and it’s not imagined to be. For a reasonably budget-friendly tv, I feel many individuals might be completely pleased with the Samsung TU8000, particularly for those who discover it on sale.

Is there a greater various?

We’re nonetheless ready to take a look at the TCL 5-Sequence for 2020 that appears to be an actual stunner, however although it’s a yr outdated the 5-Sequence from 2019 remains to be a reasonably comparable option to the TU8000. You may additionally need to think about the brand new Vizio M or V collection, as each provide units at near or cheaper price factors than the TU8000 for a similar measurement or bigger. We’ll replace this submit after we’ve had an opportunity to judge all of the competitors and supply clearer steerage.

How lengthy will it final?

With three HDMI ports and considered one of them eARC, I really feel assured that you could get quite a lot of work out of this TV. It’s constructed technologically to final properly into the long run, and the standard feels strong.

Guarantee

Samsung affords a one-year components and labor guarantee for dwelling use and a 90-day components and labor guarantee for business use.

Do you have to purchase it?

I’m going to order judgment right here. I feel this can be a high-quality tv that exhibits fairly good worth at its $500 value level for a 55-inch set. If I didn’t know that Vizio had two potential opponents coming quickly and if TCL didn’t appear to actually present promise with its 2020 5-Sequence, this may be a neater name to make. Nonetheless, there’s quite a lot of competitors coming for the Samsung TU8000 heading into the Fall, so I feel for those who can wait a bit to make your determination, that’s in all probability the only option proper now. We’ll replace this suggestion as soon as we now have an opportunity to completely consider the sphere.

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