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Samsung have done it again
on 31 July 2014
I bought this tv just in time for the World Cup, so I’ve had the benefit of watching this every day for one and a half months now
here are my findings:
Looks. This is a beautiful tv. Samsung have really taken a leaf out of Apple and Sonos’s book and created something that actually looks fantastic even while off. It is very slim with a tiny bezel. Basically what you get is all picture (unlike the Sony which has those ugly speaker things bolted on to it).
Set-up. Nice and easy, will take two of you (and ideally 3) to get this on the wall. Get a simple bracket, and this will do the job.
Menus: Fairly standard samsung menu system but it is easy to adjust the picture and sound settings. Also very easy to access apps such as youtube or Spotify
Remote controls: Two are supplied, one a standard remote, and the other a point and click lazer version. Although the latter is swish looking and quite fun to use, I ended up using the standard remote most of the time
Sockets: Plenty of them at the back, however this also brings up one of the cons, see below
Picture Quality: This is what really counts and thankfully this is where the tv shines.The picture quality is fabulous straight out the box, even on standard mode. I have been tweaking the picture settings for a month now and finally settled on something I like. However I do tweak to a different setting when I’m watching wildlife for example. The picture is virtually lag free, and no juddering. Although I have spotted it on some scenes, it is very rare with the correct settings – make sure you have all the motion smoothing etc on.
4k content: Lets face it that's what we are all here for (well I am anyway). I personally couldnt care less about the other features if this was not quality. And on that regard, this tv does not disappoint. Yes there is a lack of 4k content so far, but on youtube there are plenty of demos to test it out. Some of those demos are spectacular for example the costa rica and vancouver timelapse 4k demos. My jaw dropped when i saw the quality. The difference from 4k from HD is the difference between a Ford Mondeo and a Bugatti Veyron. It is a massive, massive difference. 4k is here to stay once people see the quality.
Upscaling: Again a very nice surprise, i put on SkyHD news and some movie channels, and i can definitely detect an improvement on image quality over what it is on my non-4k samsung tv. It is a noticeable improvement. However do not expect anything like 4k quality on the upscaling, 4k is a class apart. But on something like Game of thrones, this tv really shines, the upscaling is so good that it is incredible. Watch Game of thrones with this tv and you will be blown away. But there is still a clear difference between blu ray and 4k content when watching on this tv.
Apps: I’ve got a Netflix account and this enables me to watch Netflix. However be warned there are still only 6 netflix 4k videos on there. Breaking bad, House of cards and 4 nature channels. Hoping for more to be added soon. However youtube is a godsend on this tv, there is a LOT of 4k content on there. Ok some is hit and miss but there is tons of it. So if you want to show off to your mates then use this app. Spotify is nicely integrated too.
Future proofed: This tv has HDMI 2 which is a massive bonus if this standard becomes popular, very few tvs have this feature apart from the Samsung
Not many but here goes:
Football mode: completely and utterly useless. The reason why this mode upsets me is that it has a dedicated menu button for it. Which could have been much better used for say picture settings.
Menu settings: Why does it take 2-3 menus to get to the picture settings? It should be a simple up and down sequence on the remote control. Should not even need to access the menus. Frustrating and hope Samsung fix this soon.
Lack of calibration guidance: Would have preferred more picture default settings than just 4. Yes it is very customisable but even after a month and a half of using it I still haven’t found the ideal settings.
Remote control: Its not the best and I would have re-designed it but it is functional and does the job
Lack of one connect box: This means you have to put all cables in the back rather than a separate box. However this is a minor complaint and not huge
Ok to wrap up this is a FABULOUS tv. The picture quality is stunning, and it handles every type of genre well, whether its movies, or wildlife or sport. The upscaling works a treat on some shows, and even standard Sky HD channels look better on this tv. Motion blurring and jarring is minimal, even non existent on the correct settings. 4k content is mindblowing on this set. Samsung have done it again with a beast of a tv. I love it, oh and it looks gorgeous too.