Samsung UE55MU8000 assessment

That wasn’t as it changed into the excellent-appearing TV of 2016. There had been objectively greater capable alternatives. Instead, it took the prize because it controlled to bring a hugely astonishing 4K and HDR viewing revel in right down to an inexpensive price, at a time whilst maximum producers have been booking the tech for flagship devices.

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This yr, the Samsung has made a factor of dividing its top rate TVs from its midrange. The lovable quantum dot generation that propped up older SUHD models is now reserved for the pinnacle tier QLED range, alongside ramped up luminance and a proportionately higher rate tag.

If that’s a chunk wealthy for you, then don’t forget the MU variety. The MU8000 sits on the pinnacle of that with the Samsung MU9000. While it’s clear that Samsung has reserved its satisfactory for the QLED range, the MU8000 packs some great surprises. If you’re after an awesome 4K and HDR performance and you’re no longer hell-bent on eliminating a mortgage for a QLED version, the MU8000 might be for you.

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It’s flat. That would possibly appear like a peculiar area to start, however, Samsung is the handiest manufacturer nonetheless strongly pushing curved TVs. For folks that aren’t enthusiasts of the MU9000’s curve, the MU8000 is the ideal opportunity considering they share basically the same specs some other place.

The layout takes its cues from remaining yr’s top KS models – slim bezels (the pinnacle and facets, besides) and a Y-shaped stand. The thin frame surrounding the TV is steel, but anywhere else is plastic. To be blunt, it feels a bit cheap up close – I observed a few hard edges after I became setting it up, and the unmarried-neck method it will wobble a chunk if you nudge it.

Still, it seems best from the sofa. And on a realistic be aware I’m satisfied to peer a TV with a center stand, as opposed to having feet proper on the corners – you don’t then want a bench as wide because of the TV.

 

As is now conventional on Samsung’s greater fancy TVs, the majority of the connections are housed one after the other in a One Connect container. There are four HDMI ports (all 4K and HDR well matched) and USB ports alongside the aerial connections and a virtual optical output. On the TV itself, there may be also an ethernet socket and one more USB port.

Sadly, there’s no sign of the incredible-skinny, almost invisible cable that runs from the TV to the One Connect field. It’s a normal chunky cable, even though the stand’s returned peels away to show a neat cable control channel.

There are two remotes: a traditional one with masses of buttons and a ‘smart’ one with a streamlined design and fewer buttons. TV smart remotes are constantly a piece hit and omit, but Samsung’s attempt is one of the better ones and I determined myself the use of it a lot extra than the traditional one. This yr’s clever remote has been advanced with better grip and rubberised buttons.

 

The MU8000 has a 10-bit panel with a 4K Ultra HD resolution (3840 × 2160 pixels). It gives excessive dynamic variety inside the commonplace HDR10 format, as well as the approaching broadcast-friendly HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma).

Alas, there’s no Dolby Vision, which is usually taken into consideration better than HDR10 due to the fact its dynamic metadata can be used to optimize the picture body with the aid of body. But Samsung isn’t ruling out dynamic metadata – it’s imparting HDR10+, a competitor to Dolby Vision. HDR10+ is an open-source layout, that Amazon Video has already signed up to apply.

It’s an edge-lit LED unit – Samsung isn’t imparting a single direct-lit unit this yr. I’d be absolutely involved about this if it weren’t for the reality that ultimate 12 months’ Samsung KS7000 presented a few very remarkable dimming abilities. Samsung is clearly assured.

 

The MU8000 has a claimed brightness of one thousand units. That’s the extent of brightness offered through closing 12 months’ Pinnacle models, however less than Samsung’s QLED variety this 12 months, which could hit 1500-2000 units.

Samsung has been rocking its Quantum Dot era for a few years now, but this year that’s been reserved for the QLED models, which include the Samsung Q7F. Instead, the MU8000 relies on the ‘Dynamic Crystal Colour’ engine, which claims to deliver extra than a thousand million sun shades.

On the clever TV front, the MU8000 is prepared with Samsung’s Eden interface. It’s a launcher bar device that pops up on the pinnacle of anything you’re watching, without making you pause or kicking you out.

A couple of years ago I would have accused Samsung of shamelessly ripping off LG’s webOS interface, but these days it’s grown to be an exclusive beast. The launcher bar offers stages of icons, a number of that are customizable. It’s a short manner to jump among your selected apps and resources, and it’s as smooth as channel hopping.

I in reality just like the manner the interface automatically recognizes what assets you’ve plugged in – the MU8000 correctly recognized my recreation consoles and surround sound amplifier.