Published on October 7th, 2013 | by Mr Review0
Samsung UE55D8000 Full HD 8 Series 3D LED TV
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Summary: The network card is able to handle 100Mbps, but it will depend on what type of hi-speed connection you have.
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This TV has just won TV of the year, not surprisingly given our findings. So, if you can afford it, it is worth spending the extra. It combines a beautiful, slim, stylish LED TV, integrated smart hub that’s easy to use, lifelike picture quality, the best 3D on the market with unrivalled sound quality, Wi-Fi and low energy use. It also has a great big screen.
Lifelike Picture Quality
For any TV the really important bit is obviously the picture quality and this is unrivalled for both high and standard definition. It has a picture resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels for optimal HD quality. It is backlit using LEDs (importantly it automatically adjusts the brightness according to the light in the room) and has an advanced micro dimming technology. The TV out-performed all the others tested with HD content for Blu-ray discs, games consoles and using online services like the Zune store. Hi-definition formats are 720p, 1080i and 1080p. Laboratory tests came out best for the vibrant colour, definition, refresh rate, absence of noise, sharpness and the freeview HD in particular outperformed others. If we are getting really pernickety there was some slight reflectivity on the screen when viewed at an angle. Reviewers also commented that Samsung has the most comfortable and lightweight 3D glasses on the market (using newer blue tooth glasses, not the older infra-red ones).
The TV features Wi-Fi Freeview HD, Wi-Fi and Freesat HD tuners to allow you to browse the web, easily access home network files, photos, videos and music. It has a Smart Hub platform that offers easy access to apps such as Lovefilm, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin etc. It also makes recommendations about programmes and online content that you might like (if you want it to!). Minor criticism has been that the YouTube app isn’t quite as flexible as previous versions. It has 3 USB ports, 4 HDMI ports, Ethernet LAN and a satellite input.
Beautiful Look and Feel
This TV is a striking minimalist design. The large 55inch screen size appears larger because of the limited bevel around its edge, and only 29.7mm deep. It has a slim chrome trim and sits elegantly on a chrome stand (can also be wall mounted). Slight downside for some is the illuminated Samsung logo that appears at the bottom of the bezel, but luckily it can be switched on or off using the menu options. Set Size with the stand is 1232.6 x 787.2 x 309.8mm and set Size without is 1232.6 x 707.2 x 29.7mm
The TV has two rear mounted, unobtrusive downward firing speakers that offer virtual surround sound with significant volume ability.
This TV rated highly when it came to ease of use. The buttons on the remote are sensibly grouped, of sufficient size and well illuminated. Minor criticism would be that it is not immediately obvious at first how to go between Freesat and Freeview Tuners. Setup using the installation wizard is very easy and so is the user interface for Smart TV.
Low Energy Use
One of the most energy efficient TVs on the market, great for energy bills, but also it doesn’t heat up the room like other models. When switched on it uses 85 watts (plasma TVs typically use double this amount), low on standby and if left idle it switches itself off (useful when you fall asleep in front of the TV)
The real problem for most will be the price (typically around £1700). Still, it is obviously an important purchase to get right and you are getting a very big screen TV, so if you can afford it, it definitely deserves its TV of the Year Award.
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