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Good: The looks
Bad: EVERYTHING else
Comment: I bought this TV about a year ago, the only good thing about it is the way it looks on the wall. The picture has a lighter band running all the way along he bottom of it and to call it a "smart" TV is an utter JOKE, it's about as smart as a retarded ant. It constantly resets-wipes the content of the hard drive I have connected to it, it fails to record entire programs. When setting to change channel for a program or timer record it flashes up messages every five seconds warning you it's about to record (when ou already know as you've just set it) it deletes "apps" by itself and then reinstalls them.
I WILL NEVER BUY ANOTHER SAMSUNG TV AGAIN, N E V E R!!! And this thing cost TWO AND A HALF GRAND!
If you are thinking of buying a Samsung smart TV, please, take my advice, buy something else.
Good: Crystal clear picture.Lots of futures
Bad: Pink tone on skin, Green colors are really unatural.
Comment: Compare it next to any other good Tv and you will be desapointed. Greens are awfull and sometimes pale. Skin tones come unaturally pink. Generally colors are oversaturated. Watch it stand alone looks great but not next to any other good Tv. Most people like any Tv when is set with high contrast and vivid colors.If you take a better look and someone explain you how a good picture is then you will see the real difference.
Comment: Love the design of this product.
Good: Brilliant picture, great style, Smart hub
Bad: Motion Plus
Comment: This TV is pretty epic, I can't imagine any other TV being better. I love everything about it however I have turned Motion Plus off as I didn't like the juddering or shaking.
Good: Picture Quality and Smart TV functionality.
Bad: Sound Quality not that great.
Comment: This is a very good quality TV when it comes to Design, Picture, Energy Efficiency, 3D, Smart TV Feature for Media Center type functionality and moderate sound.
It is a little pricey but definitely a lot cheaper than most big branded TV's out there that lack the above.
The thin bezel frame adds the illusion of the TV looking a lot bigger than it actually is.
Internet browsing not that great unless you use the Free Samsung Smart View app on the IPhone or Android to control to make use of the keyboard for typing. The other benefit is that the app will allow you to stream content being viewed on the TV to the phone, allowing your partner to watch TV while cooking!.
Skype works really well, you just need to sign up and purchase a camera for about £100. This gives you the ability to accept and make video calls Skype users while watching TV as you can set Skype to automatically Login on start.
Smart TV allows you to plug in an external hard drive containing Photos and Movies and play them on your TV in HD 1080P. You could also connect all PC and access the Photos and Movies from a shared WIFI access point (broadband router).
Lets face it we mostly buy a TV for picture quality and the Samsung definitely delivers on this compared to all TV's I compared before settling for a Samsung UE55D8000.
Comment: HD Picture Quality: 9/10<br />
The UED8000 exhibits some tendencies to over saturation of colors, but at the same time it gives exceptional bright light throughput that brings the picture to life. The picture depth is incredible and aside from some plasma competition, it's the best we've tested in this area. Contrast, sharp, clean edges, and rich color and light combine to give the depth effect. Of course, this also works out great when viewing 3D images as mentioned below.<br />
There are some slight color uniformity issues as with all LED backlit LCD TVs, but in the UED8000 they aren't too distracting. Color information is not as rich as it is with the best plasma TVs on the market, the trade off being exceptional brightness and light throughput, which can appeal to those with lots of ambient sunlight coming in to the room.<br />
The Ultra Clear Panel filter works very well to absorb ambient light, preventing too much glare.<br />
3D TV Viewing: We viewed several 3D sources and did not note any flickering or flashing from the glasses (crosstalk). There was also no blurring in the bottom corners of images as with last years models. 3D viewing is intended to involve the viewer more in the picture and with this active 3D TV we can definitely confirm the attributes of 3D depth perception. The only negatives noted were some glare from the insides of the lenses when ambient room light was present and some tiredness in the eyes when viewing the 3D footage for periods of time.<br />
Standard Definition Picture Quality: 9/10<br />
Standard definition performance is as important today as ever with all the streaming video being ported in less than top HD quality. The D8000 does one of the finest jobs we've seen in a while with lowly resolution signals. At times, it's difficult to tell you are not watching in HD.<br />
Features Rating: 9.5/10<br />
Inputs: A couple of years ago super thin TVs like this did not accommodate many inputs. The D8000 uses breakout cables for the component and composite inputs with very small jacks. It still manages 2 USB ports, and 3 HDMI inputs as well.<br />
Appearance: The 55D8000 comes with a 4 leg chrome stand with 20 degree swivel. People seem to either like or dislike the stand with none in between. However, everyone likes the sleek picture frame appearance of the bezel which is a negligible .4" in width and almost unseen were it not for the silver metallic strip surrounding the screen. Depth is 1" and tapers in the back to give it an even slimmer appearance. The bolt holes for wall mounting are recessed in the back of the TV in such a way to allow for super tight wall mounting.<br />
Remote Control: The dual sided remote control is one of the standout features of the D8000 - giving the user a normal backlit functional remote on one side and a QWERTY keyboard for Internet and Smart Hub use on the other.The QWERTY side comes complete with a visible led screen and a 5 way control pad. It's reasonably easy to use the keyboard and is certainly much easier than a 5-way pad. Anyone that uses a smart phone consistently will have no problem. The coolest feature however, is the little touch pad in the center of the 5 way control to the right of the keypad. It's very small and easy to miss, but with this you can use a finger to navigate with a mouse which we found much faster than the 5-way control. To enable this feature use the 5-way control to scroll down to the directions on the bottom of the screen labeled, "Switch to the pointer."<br />
Menu Function: The 2011 blue opaque menu from Samsung is extremely complete and easy to navigate with a handy tutorial about each feature out to the right when highlighted. It's faster and easier to use than past menus. We found the Movie mode the best among the preset picture mode options by a longshot. The others present a very color inflamed picture. There are loads of extra feature options under the Advanced Settings and Picture Options settings. We've mentioned recommendations above on several. Follow our calibrated picture settings for optimal performance in a low light environment.<br />
*Note <br />
When you will buy this Samsung TV I suggest you have to compare prices before you decide
Good: 2d picture quality, set design, 55" tv the size of a 50", firmware updates
Bad: 3D can exhibit cross talk
Comment: I was hoping to buy a Panasonic Viera but couldn't find a vendor who had both the television set and the 3D glasses. I then went to an independant shop who had the Viera but also had this in stock and said it was "better". I went for the Samsung 8 instead, and paid a premium for it.
One of the main draws is that it is a 55" set but only marginally larger than my previous 50" set (by 2cm in width). In my small house that works really well with space being limited.
For 2D images the picture is incredibly. Even SD content is extremely well displayed on the 55" panel. This is quite suprising given that it is such a large viewing area. HD looks mind blowing on it and it's far superior to my previous LG50 set that I had.
For 3D content I think it's not _quite_ as good as the Panasonic Viera range. It is mostly good but struggle with contrasty areas that are in the distance. You can get significant crosstalk which breaks the 3D illusiona nd can lead to headaches.
From my own experiences 3D content, designed to be 3D (like Jackass 3D and other movies) play on it perfectly with cross talk being almost unnoticable. As you move out to 3D content that has not been authored with so much care, for example computer games on PS3, then cross talk is noticable (more so than Panasonic Viera sets) but is not a deal breaker. Where the 3D truly breaks down is in watching 3D content from Sky 3D. Football, especially, can exhibit significant crosstalk where you have advertising boards in the background which are contrasty, i.e. white on black. I think that this is partly due to the content not having been authored as carefully because it will be mostly consumed in 2D.
Overall I am happy with the television, it is a little expensive given the lack of perfect 3D cross talk issues, but it is a real self treat to myself.
So overall: the best 2d picture I've ever seen; OK 3d picture but not the best I've seen (and I've not side y sided I've simply played Sony PS3 content on the Vieras and work and then at home); really compact television.
I'm happy with mine but can't help but be slightly dissapointed with the 3D.
Good: good design
Bad: bad price than another webstore
Comment: Phones won't be getting any smaller for the time being, the trend is bigger, and honestly it's a better experience for most people in terms of web browsing and similar tasks.lcdbrand.com
Good: Stunning picture and beautiful looking chassis make this *the best* all round television on the market to date.
Bad: It's still a little pricey, but can now be found for about Â£500 less than a few months ago.
Comment: Ok, so this is my second mini review of the UE55D8000. It took a little longer to pick one up than I planned, but not everything goes to plan :)
I've now owned the set for a couple of weeks and I simply could not be happier. After some tweaking the picture continues to absolutely blow me away, SD looks great and HD is simply stunning.
Out of the box, the picture is *amazing*, images really pop out of the screen and the 3D is *BY FAR* the best I have ever seen on a television. I have to be honest, until now I thought 3D TV was just a gimmick, but I really hope it takes off now and I find I'm going for the Sky 3D option when ever there is a programme available there. I can hardly wait for the football season to start again as many games are being broadcast in 3D this year, including my local team :)
One thing I'll say though, is as much as the picture *pops* out of the box, it is unnatural. It's like a Hi-Fi with the sub-woofer up too loud, impressive but a bit too much. Many users will prefer to switch to reference settings for a more natural range of colours and brightness. To aid in this, the UE55D8000 provides a vast number of settings to adjust the picture, there are literally dozens of them when you drill into the advanced menu. I've posted the settings I use on my site if anyone is interested, tweaked to be slightly more *pop* than reference standard.
The SMART features are also a very useful feature, even though I have a HTPC setup. I find I'm simply using the built in features of the Samsung for a lot of things as they are just a button press away. That being said, some of the features are a little gimmicky, but there are lots of them and they are kinda fun to mess with. I was also surprised at how effectively it picked up my Twonky server and integrated all the media; it's nice to see consumer level items working so well out of the box.
To summarise then, as an all-round TV, this is simply the best that money can buy right now.
(Though that new Panasonic plasma might just pip it if you're only into HD movies and not into console gaming).
It's also worth pointing out that this set can now be purchased for a little over Â£2,000 with a free BluRay player and a second pair of glasses thrown in too.
Good: Nothing's good based on the price you pay for this UNSMART TV
Bad: Almost everything that they call SMART - Youtube app, the web browser, non HD channel resoultion, REMOTE
Comment: Samsung calls this a smart TV but my take is : its an unsmart TV. Watching SKY HD channels are good but watching non HD content (which is quite a lot) is not fun! The remote is ridiculous. The web browser takes ages and is very slow â€“ reminds of my PC with 64KB RAM â€“ really! I tried to sign up for Samsung apps on the web browser and gave up after 20 min, then signed up in less than 1 min on my laptop. I might have been better off sticking to my one year old Sony LCD than going for this. The Youtube app is unusable. I tired to use Youtube via the web browser as well but because of the lack of usability gave up. Have installed the Samsung remote app on my Android as well as iphone but still not good enough!
If you primarily watch NON HD channels (CNN) then this TV is not worth the price.
Go for it when the price falls,and you are not interested in the "Smart" features that Samsung tries to provide.
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