Samsung NU8000 (UN55NU8000, UE55NU8000) review

Everybody cherishes a top of the line TV. LG's most recent OLED, Samsung's stupendously splendid QLED and Sony's marvelous light transmitting diode-fluid gem shows are praised year round for their astonishing execution, picture innovations and specialized ability.

Too terrible these aren't the TVs the vast majority purchase.

As per the business information, just 10% of new TV purchasers spend more than $1,000 on their new TV. Most spend not as much as half of that sum and that makes the center ground, where Samsung's NU8000 sits, the genuine TV battle region.

To make its screen as focused as could be allowed, the Samsung NU8000 Series is splendid, beautiful and comes loaded with the most recent form of Samsung's TV OS. It's awesome for gaming thanks its brilliantly low info slack, and is fit for amazing HDR pictures.

Be that as it may, there's an issue. Two, truth be told. The first is that the Samsung NU8000 is an edge-lit light producing diode - liqiud gem show board. It's not full exhibit, and that implies its control over where light goes isn't impeccable. The second is that its movement settings can be precarious to design. At full impact, you may be liable to the cleanser musical show impact at the same time, turn them off, and you may get movement artifacting. There's a glad medium in the propelled settings, in any case these issues are what prevents this screen from winning the average size war.


We have a few misgivings about the NU8000 arrangement, yet none of them concern the plan itself: Out of the case, this is an extraordinarily outwardly engaging TV.

The sparkling outline include on the NU8000 - and the property that separates it from different TVs in its class - is its absence of a plastic edge around the best and sides of the screen. Without the casing, the TV is ultra-moderate, plainly taking a page from Samsung's portable division.

To keep any harm to the screen while unpacking it, Samsung gives cardboard monitors that adhere to the sides and ensure the screen - demonstrating that the fashioners have thoroughly considered the setup procedure through and through.

To additionally augment this moderate stylish is Samsung's T-molded remain with removable back cover that shrouds wires. It takes seconds to unclip the back covering, weave links through the stand itself, and confess all introduce every single time.

Around the back of the TV you'll locate a pleasant brushed aluminum complete, in addition to four HDMI ports, two USB ports, an ethernet port and a RF link tuner jack - which is impeccable on the off chance that you utilize an indoor reception apparatus and plan on utilizing Samsung's flawless TV Plus station index.

On the off chance that there's any nitpick to be made about the TV's outline, it's that the screen utilizes a VA board with edge-lit LED lighting. Regardless of its earnest attempts, nearby screen diminishing isn't magnificent and no place close comparable to OLED boards in a comparative value run - yet more on that in the execution segments down beneath.

Plan TL;DR: The NU8000 is a genuinely perfect TV. The absence of a casing around the best and side, in addition to the exquisite T-shape stand, all assistance to make the outline tasteful match the photo execution.

One of Samsung's splashy ideas for its 2018 TVs is that they are so natural to setup. Download the Samsung SmartThings application, they say, and you'll be up and running in a matter of seconds.

While this for the most part remains constant, it means making a login for Samsung's SmartThings or recalling a secret word that you made a long time back. In the event that it spares you time over the long haul will at last depend how rapidly you can agree to accept the administration or recollect said secret key - any postponement, and it may very well be that Samsung's as good as ever setup takes longer than it did a year ago.

All things considered, what you are dealt with to once you move beyond the login screen is a remarkably hearty, blasting quick interface. Exploring the alcoves and corners of Tizen feels like an energizing fortune chase as you never fully comprehend what goodie you will reveal straightaway.

You may attempt your hand at utilizing Samsung's TV Plus mode that heaps in free gushing stations over your current line-up from your link supplier or OTA radio wire. You may meander into the application store, look around the all inclusive guide or setup another smarthome gadget with Samsung SmartThings. There's a display mode and a moderate however middle of the road web program.

In general, there's sufficient on offer here without feeling miserably overpowering, all while giving the key basic spilling administrations like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video in 4K Ultra HD.

Where the working framework vacillates is through its reliance on Samsung's shrewd aide, Bixby. While it's instilled with the ability to find appears, control the keen home and answer inquiries it once in a while does any of the above incredibly well. Look for "Thor", for instance, and Bixby will demand it heard "Four" - regardless of how determinedly you say the name of the lord of thunder.
Excepting a few issues with Bixby that will without a doubt be settled in the months to come, general Tizen with Samsung SmartThings is an especially savvy, far reaching working framework - and one that we will appreciate utilizing all through 2018.

Savvy TV TL;DR: Tizen is impeccably pressed with content - there's not all that much or too little. Presently if just Samsung would've utilized Google Assistant rather than Bixby...

HD/SDR Performance

With regards to taking old HD and SD content and changing it into incredible looking 4K, you require an extraordinary upscaling motor. Gratefully, Samsung is an expert in that field. Keeping that in mind, Samsung's NU8000 does shockingly well with 1080p - regardless of whether it's a tinge darker and somewhat less point by point than comparative substance played in 4K/HDR.

For instance, we played the first Iron Man through FXNow and Chromecast, and it looked shockingly useful for a motion picture that turned out 10 or more years prior. Despite the fact that dull scenes did not have a touch of detail they weren't extremely grainy - which says a lot about the TV's capacity to tidy up old substance.

Another scene, however, demonstrates there's still some space to enhance: In Iron Man 2, Robert Downey Jr's. Tony Stark grills Mickey Rourke's Whiplash and the shading degree is super self-evident - an issue that may be more terrible in case you're watching it by means of Apple TV as the NU8000 naturally transforms it to Game Mode.

Things are better when there is less movement and considerably more shading on the screen, yet understand that there may be minutes where you'll ponder where everything turned out badly.

Manager's Note: If you're inclined to seeing the cleanser musical drama impact and need to turn it off, go into Settings->Picture->Advanced Settings->Auto Motion Plus and afterward turn Blur Reduction up to 10, while wrenching the Judder down to 0.

Gratefully, the NU8000 completes a staggering activity with regards to shading and difference. The key weapon in the NU8000's stockpile is Samsung's HDR+ upconversion calculation that takes SDR content and extends its hues and opens up the difference of the screen. With it, HD/SDR content won't look a large portion of its age and you'll get all the more a sensational differentiation when watching more established movies that weren't shot in HDR.

The issue with HDR+ (and something you'll need to instantly amend in the settings) is that it naturally changes the shading tone to warm - adding a sepia-like channel to the substance. In the event that you need to expel the warm tone, you'll have to go into the settings and set the Color Tone back to standard.

Gratefully, Samsung enables a reasonable piece of customization to the picture. You can change the shading tone for every one of the data sources, turn movement smoothing on/off and influence neighborhood differentiate by modifying how much nearby diminishing the TV is doing.

With no altering the pictures are fine - most circumstances, they're brilliant and delightful. Be that as it may, on the off chance that you don't care for movement smoothing or are incidentally put into Game Mode by botch while viewing a motion picture, be that as it may, picture quality can go downhill rapidly.

HD/SDR TL;DR: It's not the best upscaling on the planet, but rather the NU8000 certainly has the slashes to transform old HD content into watchable false 4K HDR.

4K/HDR Performance

A great deal of information exchanged above in the HD/SDR area applies here in the 4K/HDR segment: Most circumstances, pictures look extraordinary with a couple of minor special cases.

One of the test bits of substance we utilized was Planet Earth II on Netflix. In wonderful 4K with HDR+ mode turned on, Planet Earth II looked basically dumbfounding. The shades of the rainforest and the glaring difference rich territories of the mountains will light up any AV devotee's day.

Obviously, Planet Earth II plays to the TV's qualities. There's more shading in rainforests and seas than your run of the mill football stadium, and quick movement is moderately occasional in the most astounding mountains on the planet. Notwithstanding when there is movement, it's typically caught in expansive shots with moderate dish - infrequently is it done by flipping forward and backward between cameras.

Take something that the Samsung NU8000 won't not be worked for - precarious cam film shot while the cameraman is by walking - and you'll begin to see the screen's main problems with movement.

The best case of this can be discovered observing Fastest Car on Netflix. Huge numbers of the scenes shot at the course close to the finish of every scene are altogether recorded without tripods making a little issue for the NU8000 where it assembles additional edges influencing the camera to shake significantly harder. You can kill movement when this happens, however should you change over to sports you'll see major artifacting. Some of the time it feels like you can't win.

All things considered, unless you're playing recreations on it. At that point you especially can win.

One of the new highlights for 2018 is Auto Game Mode and Game Motion Plus - two advancements that assistance reassures look and play far superior. What occurs here is that the NU8000 perceives that a diversion support has been connected to and will deliberately lessen input slack - i.e. the worst thing about gamers all around.

Diversion Mode, all by itself would make this TV a gamer's closest companion. Yet, attach the brilliance, shading generation - and moderately low cost - we discussed prior, and you really have outstanding amongst other gaming TVs in 2018.

4K HDR Performance TL;DR: While unusual movement taking care of damages the general picture quality, 4K HDR pictures are splendid and delightful, with great shading proliferation.


One may imagine that, with 40-watt speakers, the NU8000 would have a portion of the best solid on a flatpanel TV. Tragically, that isn't the situation.

Bass rattles the screen, high volume sound crackles and pops, and mids and highs sound restricted. What's more, that is only a portion of the issues here.

Worried that we were hearing something that didn't exist, we welcomed companions to attempt the TV for themselves. Each time, around half volume they said they could hear capable of being heard crackling and rattling bass - issues that just couldn't be disregarded.

On the off chance that there's a splendid spot here its that Samsung is endeavoring to dovetail the immense work that its sound labs are doing in California with its TV producing business in Korea. The outcome are modes like Sound Optimization that investigates the kind of sound substance playing on screen and EQs it for you. Network programs will have their exchange driven mids improved while blast loaded films will have their bass underlined. This product alone doesn't enable the TV to beat its issues with sound however it's unquestionably a positive development toward an answer.

Different boards to contemplate

Five years back, the mid-run wasn't a terrible place to be. By the basic temperance of directing out a greater number of TVs than any other person, Sony, Samsung and LG possessed the mid-to top of the line TV space. Be that as it may, nowadays they aren't so fortunate.

In the US, the greatest challenger to the mid-extend position of authority is TCL, an organization that had an amazing appearing in 2017 with its TCL 55P607, a 55-inch TV that cost just $650 and bolstered Dolby Vision. This year, TCL has its new 6-Series TVs - the 65R617

what's more, 55R617 accessible for $1000 and $700, individually. While those TVs won't not have a similar Game Mode cleaves Samsung has, their comparable picture execution and deep discounted cost may improve them an alternative general.

In case you're outside the US, look at the LG SK8000 Super UHD TV. It packs in LG's restrictive Nano Cell innovation (a variety of quantum spot) for around an indistinguishable cost from Samsung's NU8000. It's accessible in 55-creeps for just $900/£700.


The NU8000's general score depends which screen estimate you're after: At $1,099 for a 55-inch TV and $1,700 for a 65-inch screen (£1,400/AU$2,500 and £2,000/AU$3,600, individually), it's difficult to give the NU8000 a shining proposal. The best arrangement, as we would see it is the 49-inch show, which comes in at just $900/£1,200.

What's great here is that Samsung has made a bright, able mid-run set - it does fair upscaling with some assistance from HDR+ Mode, Tizen with Bixby is a standout amongst other working frameworks available and Game Mode is really valuable for that crowd. However, sadly, all that being stated, its numerous drawbacks keep the NU8000 from turning into a genuinely emerge TV in an undeniably swarmed area.


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