Samsung NU8000 Front

Samsung TVs are quite popular for providing great performance at a good price, and the Samsung NU8000 is no exception.

Every passing year, the company manufactures TV models that are better than the old ones which come with better features, shrinking bezels, and a better picture quality.

We are mainly going to be looking at the 55” mode, the Samsung UN55NU8000FXZA – which is a great addition to the Samsung TV list. Let’s look if it’s worth your money or not.


Image Quality

The Samsung UE55NU8000 is well known for providing a great performance. The TV deliver punchy images and since the colors are suitably natural, the result is realistic looking images. It also offers a great performance in terms of contrast and brightness. The images are sharp and you will be impressed by the level of detail that this TV provides due to highly effective image processing.

It features VA type panel, which is capable of providing true and pure black levels for an LCD TV. The LED backlight does not do an impressive job as it is composed of a strip of LEDs along the bottom of the screen. Direct LED backlight would have been better as compared to this. The unit’s panel is 120Hz. Smooth images can be expected due to the panel having double the frame rate of standard broadcasting. This can be very convenient for users who watch TV solely for sports. The unit also features a 60Hz black frame insertion feature which is helps generate a smooth motion of images when you are watching movies. However, this might cause flicker on the screen.

One of the best aspects of this TV is its incredibly low input lag of 18ms, this is something that is very convenient for gamers. Also, since the TV is LCD, gamers also don’t have to worry about retention or screen burn. The unit also features an auto game mode that can be used to switch the TV into Game mode when a console is detected via HDMI and it also supports VVR.

The backlight can suffer from clouding because the LEDs are located at the bottom. Due to this, some of parts of the screen in the dark scenes will appear to be lighter than the rest. This problem varies from TV to TV and the amount of light in the room also makes a difference. The black bars on films can suffer at times but the TV generally delivers a decent SDR image. The blacklight uniformity is usually affected more during night time. If you want to get rid of this issue you can install a bit of bias lighting behind the TV.

The problem with backlight uniformity increases with HDR. The black bars in movies can appear to be gray instead of black, you can also see columns of light when there is a light thing next to a dark background. Local dimming can help a little but you will still notice haloing with a glow around bright objects.

Design

The unit is quite similar in design to the more expensive QLED TVs offered by Samsung. However, the company has cut some corners in terms of build quality and material. The TV has a slim and modern look to it. It is framed in a think black bezel present around the sides and the top and you can find a dark sliver strip at the base of the unit. The rear side of the unit is black plastic with a ridged look which adds some texture to its simplicity.

Almost all of the connection ports that the unit features can be found at the rear of the panel. This includes four HDMI inputs that support 4K/60p, wide color gamut, high dynamic range (HDR10, HDR10+ and Hybrid Log-Gamma) and HDCP 2.2. It also features two USB ports, satellite tuners and twin terrestrial, a common interface slot, an optical digital output, a LAN port and a built in WIFI system.

The unit comes with a Samsung remote and a small universal zapper. The remote has a design that makes it comfortable when held and it also features a built-in microphone for voice control.

Additional Features

The unit features Dynamic crystal color which is responsible for providing a wider color gamut. The unit is also promoted as HDR 1000, which implies that its peak brightness can go up to a level of 1000 nits. Furthermore, 4K (3840 x 2160) is supported on the unit and it utilizes an 8-bit + 2 dither 120Hz VA LCD panel with an Ultra Slim Array.

It also provides support for High Dynamic Range, specifically Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG), HDR10 and HDR10+. However, the unit does not support Dolby vision.

View / Ports

Samsung NU8000 Rear

Ports on the Samsung NU8000 include: 4x HDMI ports, 2x USB ports, 1x Ethernet port, 1x cable/Receive link port, 1x optical sound performance and 1x 3.5 mm headphone jack.

Conclusion

Happily the Samsung NU8000 is quite an improvement over it’s precursor, the MU8000. The contrast ratio, color accuracy, brightness, and black levels make for a great picture quality in any room that most people will enjoy.

While the picture quality on the Samsung NU8000 is excellent, it is not impervious to issues such as back light “blooming”, which all but only the most expensive TV’s tend to have issues with. But thanks to the fast input lag times on this TV, it gets a recommendation from us since most of our readers plan on using the TV heavily with gaming.

One of the only drawbacks noted for the NU8000 is it’s limited viewing angles, but considering most gamer’s prefer to sit near or centered to the TV this shouldn’t be of much concern even with multiplayer games.

In all, this is a great TV for the price, and considering all the excellent reviews on Amazon

Specifications (Overview)

Panel Type, Refresh Rate“QLED” IPS, 120 Hz (Max @1080p), 60Hz @ 4K
ProcessorQ Processor
Aspect Ratio16:9
Color Depth (Number of Colors)Quantum Dot, 1.07 Billion
HDR SupportYes
Resolution
4K Ultra HD (3,840 x 2,160)
Active Sync
Contrast RatioInfinite Dynamic
Display Surface Treatment Anti-glare
LED Backlight
Edge-Lit LED
Viewing Angle
178° (H) / 178° (V)
Speaker
40W (10W x 2, Woofer 10W x 2 )
Product Dimensions (WxHxD) 48.3 x 28″ x 2.2″
Product Dimensions w/ Stand (WxHxD) 48.3″ x 31″ x 12.7″
Limited Warranty
1 Year Parts & Labor

Pros 👍 

  • Premium TV at mid-range price.
  • Beautiful Quantum Dot 4K display.
  • Nice slim design for wall mount.

Cons 👎

  • Poor local dimming.
  • Love / Hate Bixby
  • Samsung adware – see reviews.

Samsung NU8000 55″ – Final Ranking

Display Quality
Build Quality
Input Lag
Overall Value

Summary

Samsung is the leader when it comes to making great displays at a great price, and they’ve done a great job of that with the NU8000 line. Contrast and black level is one of the flagships of Samsung NU8000.

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