Power button at the rear
With voice commands, you can power the television on or off as well as adjust basic settings such as volume, mute and the ability to access different options using more commands. The motion control features of this television is controlled using your hand and with simple hand gestures you can control the television. While you use your hand, a cursor appears on screen allowing you to select different options, the same way like you would do on a computer. With this feature, the television becomes an all-in-one integrated television combining features like voice, motion and Internet. Voice controls work reasonably well but not flawlessly.
The Samsung UA55ES8000 as the name suggests is a 55-inch LED LCD television that can support a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080. It uses EdgeLED backlighting, which helps it in maintaining this thin design. Last year when Samsung launched their flagship television, the ES55D8000, 3D was the major feature. Unlike previous year's products, this particular model's key feature isn't its 3D capability. Apart from being 3D capable, it also includes 2D-to-3D conversion, which is part of most high-end 3D TVs. Ths feature is great for watching existing content that isn't 3D. Native 3D content is still quite hard to find these days.
The active 3D glasses are lightweight
Accessing all of the features and sources on the TV is really simple. Using the television as a stand alone unit with the remote control is extremely easy and navigating through the different options is a walk in the park. Like most high-end televisions available in the market, Samsung has added an in-depth settings menu on the UA55ES8000 allowing one to adjust all the settings necessary to get the perfect picture quality. Of course, if you're going to be calibrating it, there are a ton of finer controls that can be used. Colour saturation levels can be tweaked, as can be the amount of 3D effect. There are even ready-made test patterns that can be checked to see if the colours and saturations are upto your liking. There are other enhancements that are meant to boost performance when it comes to backlighting and blackness levels.
Being a Smart TV, Samsung has added a range of apps preloaded here, which range from applications for fitness to those dedicated to kids. There are also games here as well which can be really entertaining too. In the Samsung Smart Hub, you have the option to access all these apps as well as the ability to explore 3D content, browse YouTube videos and also browse the web. Essentially, this is the screen you would want to be in before proceeding to any app, movie, video, etc. The source manager and Samsung’s AllShare is also available here and with the latter option, you can view content stored in a drive if it is attached to the TV. The television can read NTFS drives as well as USB flash drives thereby expanding the amount of storage that can be used with it.
We tested the TV using a few calibration settings, which we sourced from AV Forums - User - CrashUK
Updated 24 May, 2013, 6:23 pm IST
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