This model is Samsung’s highest end offering, and hails from the “farce family” of TVs that Samsung calls LED TV. It’s not actually an LED TV, but rather they are LCD TVs with LED lighting. LED TV is a widely fallacious marketing ply, but then again, what isn’t these days. The panel is still an LCD panel, just the lighting is done via LEDs, along the edge. Nonetheless, this model is from the dizzying 8000 range of Samsung’s flagship stallions. We got the big daddy in, a 55 incher, the model name is UA55B8000.
Design and features
In terms of build quality, the joint is very sturdy, and even though the TV is light overall we have a sturdy and rigid body. The connectors are a wide spread bouquet, owing to the numerous features tossed in. We have 4 HDMI 1.3s, 2 USB ports, component in, composite in, VGA in and RCA audio input/output. There is no Digital audio out, and no headphone out.
As for extra features, just like the 7000 series, in this model we have an Ethernet port to connect to select sites like Youtube and Flickr. Then there is an on board 1 GB HDD, to store multimedia data that we download. All this is accessible via the remote through a well designed and colorful User interface, which is categorized into gaming, cooking etc. These folders contain some videos, and can be updated via the net connection.
The rated Dynamic Contrast is written as ‘mega’. No more comments there. No brightness rating is measured, maybe Samsung doesn’t need to, but we do, so our candela spotmeter says 298 cd/m2 on max backlight, center screen. The blacks of this TV are actually quite deep, but more on that in the next page. The res is full HD 1920 x 1080. This model has a 200 Hz motion compensation engine, thus we expect even smoother motion.
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