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SAMSUNG VG-SEK1000 Evolution Kit for ES7000 and ES8000 Series TVs

by Samsung
3.9 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews
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  • For ES7090 and ES8090 series (2012)
  • Quad core processor
  • Extended RAM
  • Box contents: Samsung SEK-1000/XC Evolution Kit

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  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 12.7 x 1.6 cm ; 259 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 621 g
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  • Item model number: SEK-1000/XC
  • ASIN: B00BT5UJ42
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 7 Mar. 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
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Product Description

SAMSUNG SEK1000 - EVOLUTION KIT FOR ES MODELS 7/8 SERIES


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This add-on kit for ES7000 and ES8000 Series TV's is a brilliant update but this review is not to praise it but to inform other readers on the essential steps to update your tv.

Step 1: Once you receive it, ensure it is a Samsung SEK-1000/XC model (repeat: XC). Amazon UK will sell you the UK specific XC model but third party sellers might be selling the cheaper US model which DOES NOT work here.

Step 2: Make sure your Samsung TV has the latest firmware installed Do it either online (if your TV supports it) or download into a clean USB. All steps are provided in the UK Samsung support section ([...]). Or call them at 01932 454358, tell them your TV model and confirm the latest firmware. Also download the Evo Kit installation guidelines.

Step 3: Once the TV has the latest firmware, switch off completely and detach power plug.

Step 4: Slot in the Evo kit into the rear of the TV. Loads of rubbish has been written about this, but the process takes all of 5 seconds. Slot in the two legs FIRST and then firmly press in on the other end i.e where the connectors are. It will slot into the place with a faint click. Have a fiddle to contercheck there is no lateral movement i.e it is loosely connected.

Step 5: There is a new remote in the box - put the batteries inside. It will not work since it needs to be paired with the Eco Kit. Keep it ready but do not cover the batteries with the back flap since there is a small button for pairing which will need to be used.

Step 6: Use your old remote to switch on the TV. Automatically it detects the Evo kit and follow the on-screen instructions. The first would be to pair the remote which takes upto 20 seconds. Thereafter use the remote for scrolling.
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I've bought various Samsung 'smart' TV's over the last few years; the latest was an ES8000. Although the interface was cutting edge I always felt is was slow (especially when loading web pages), the voice command was a gimmick which rarely understand ones voice.
Installing this Evolution kit has transformed the experience.. Its made the TV respond like lightening, web pages appear in an instant, S Voice understand you and bring backs results within moments. The new interface is very intuitive and looks ace..
The new remote (arguably if you had the ES8000 - they you wouldn't need this new device) is small and is much more user friendly than the older remotes. Entering text is easy using this or better still using voice commands..

Buy it
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I bought this mainly to improve the Smart aspect of our TV, which I was never very impressed with. Fitting the kit was both simple and tricky at the same time. Simple in as much as there's no way you can fit it wrongly, but difficult because it was tricky getting the socket on the Evolution module to keep good firm contact with the receptor on the TV. Resorted to giving the unit a brisk slap in the back which seemed to do the trick. Be aware that ANY kind of USB device plugged in will prevent the TV from seeing this upgrade kit. It says so in the instructions, but I had a short USB extension plugged in (no device attached) and even that had to be removed. It can be re-fitted after the install.

The TV finally recognised the upgrade and then did a lengthy (55 minute) series of software updates and installation procedures. I think this is partly to make you feel as though you have bought a piece of kit worth £200 . So, what do you get at the end of all this? There is no doubt that the Smart interface is greatly improved, with more screens and a more compact layout. Apps definitely load faster, and browsing the Web, which was so slow as to be useless is now pretty impressive. The installation also makes subtle changes to the TV's onboard menu layout, which takes a bit of getting used to. As far as the voice and motion control aspect of this goes, I have no idea, because I have always found them both useless gimmicks although they are supposed to be improved by this upgrade.

Other reviewers have said that it has improved their picture quality. I have noticed no difference whatsoever in ours, so maybe a bit of wishful thinking on their part? About a week after fitting the kit we noticed "splodges" of blue appearing all over the picture.
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... make sure that you've got the latest firmware installed. The TV's on-line updater found only the 2009 software and then told me that I was up to date BUT the necessary 2011 firmware (which I and the TV didn't know existed) **was** on the internet but needed to be installed from a USB stick. There. That took me 5 days to find out!

But once installed - fantastic. My TV is faster (much faster) and feels like the TV is ready for another year. There's a new user interface which looks cleaner and is more intuitive; the on-screen keyboard responds much faster to the inputs made on the new and more comfortable to operate remote control. There were no hang-ups when streaming from iPlayer etc like before. If I'm honest I can't really detect an improvement in the image quality but it was always perfectly good as it was.

I was taking a bit of a risk on what could have been a proper gimmick but in fact, this purchase makes perfect sense... why replace a perfectly good HD screen (that won't change from one year to the next) when all that is needed are some updated circuits (which will date as features - such voice and gesture recognition - need more processing power). I read that there will be upgrades for the 2012 machines until 2016.

Yes, a LOT of money but it feels like I've part-ex'd my last year TV for this year's model for under 200 quid - seen that way, this is a bargain.

If I've been of any help to you, my 5 days weren't entirely wasted!
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