This is my first time reviewing a Smart TV and I don’t want to waste any time. This is the U n 55 KS 8000 by Samsung, it’s a 55 inch, HD 4k smart LED, LCD television with a pixel count of 3840 by 2160. It’s running Samsung’s Tizen OS and it’s also available at 49 inches, 60 inches, and 65 inches as well.
You’ll notice there’s a slim profile that tapers only about one point seven inches with its beautiful thin bezels. I should say I always appreciate a greater screen real estate, because it immerses you a bit more when you kick back, and it still looks sexy when the screen is off.
It has a gorgeous silver look on the entire front, with Samsung log shining in the middle. And the stylish chrome leg stands can maintain the maximum security and tolerance, so there’s no wobbling for this particular model, but they can only be fixed as one position. For larger models, you may need more play room, where you can fix them. This television is HD r 10, and soon more will be equipped with Wi-Fi.
I happened to find an Ethernet port on the back, which means it is no buffering allowed. Speaking of connectivity, what makes this panel so thin is that Samsung moved all of its ports to one connect box. But it houses your HDMI coaxial USB and audio ports which can help you connect to the television via Samsung’s proprietary—one connect cable.
So with the help of automatic input detection, setting up the TV is easy, it does a fantastic job in picking up and labeling my components connected via HDMI, it saves me the hassle of having to manually rename the inputs because it comes with a tiny remote with a stylish Bend. It feels comfortable in the hand and its lightweight shows Samsung’s obsession with curves, when you pick that up, you can find your fingertips, and I find it is easy to clean as well. Moreover, you can see all the buttons, home button, back button, select button, volume buttons, channel buttons and some others which are satisfying to click on. There is also a small microphone up top for voice control, which is similar to others, it works by pressing down the mic, saying the command and then releasing it when you are done. It can pick out voice from a little bit background noise very well.
So Tizen OS is simple, you can find your usual apps like Netflix, YouTube, Amazon video and a bunch of other third-party apps and services like Plex, hulu, crackle, HBO GO and Spotify on it.
It would have been a nice addition if they add them on Samsung Smart Hub. Sadly, it’s not supported, that’s why chrome cast is around for now. What’s cool about it? You can download games with your Samsung account, aside from that, you can use the directional buttons on the remote to play, but it is a little awkward, so use a USB or Bluetooth gaming controller instead and if you’re a game fly or PlayStation subscriber, you can take advantage of those services as well, and they will not replace your gaming consoles. It’s also nice to have something to entertain the kids, you tweak to your liking for sound and picture, most of which are just digital enhancements that I’d recommend, not tampering with too much.
For example, this TV has what’s called motion rate 240 that incorporates some sort of video processing and backlight scanning to improve the overall clarity of moving images and it does this in conjunction with auto Motion Plus, which is a built-in software engine that generates additional frames to effectively reduce motion blur.
Now some don’t like the smooth video, they call it the soap-opera effect while others do. It’s definitely not suitable for all types of content, but it’s great for animations, though I personally like to leave it on auto. Samsung’s su HD panels use quantum dot technology, which means it can filter less colors, and produce brighter and much more accurate vibrant colors.
I can tell you 4k footage is lifelike on this TV, the colors really pop with the right amount of saturation, in my opinion, even 1080p content looks good with its built-in 4k up scaling. There might be a few reflections but I have to admit that it doesn’t have much influence. Though sometimes I feel the whites are a little too bright for me, so I have to set the smart LED feature lower. This panel is equipped with HDR 1000, in Samsung’s way of saying is HDR 10, which is a common standard for HDR televisions. The displays peak is at thousands of brightness and it can lead to a heightened contrast and image.
Now the problem is that there isn’t so much content about cheyanne HDR 10, so some turn to another HDR standard called obli vision, it really takes advantage of an HDR TV. What I mean is that now Netflix and Amazon video stream are both HDR standards, but you have to pay Netflix for screen.The difference between imagery with HDR content and non HDR content is that they are not average. Maybe as the technology matures, more will become available.
Lastly, my only problem with 4k television is that my cable provider still doesn’t broadcast 4k content. If you’re digging this panel, you’re looking to cost between 1,300 and 2,000 bucks, depending on what screen size you get for the KS 8000, which is actually pretty affordable compared to what’s out there.
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