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Review: Samsung 55-inch 4K 3D 120hz Smart UHD-TV (UN55HU8550)

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UN55HU8550

We sit down with another great TV from Samsung. 4K is finally upon us as an affordable solution. Taking the place of  what 1080p TVs had just 3-4 years ago, they are no longer a hope in he mist of things to come. The Samsung 55-inch  4K UN55HU8550 being one of those for the most part. It may not be as impressive as the new S’UHD screens coming out later this year, but it still leads to impress more than the 1080p alternative.

Part of the UNHU8550 series, the 55-inch  takes its place among a great selection of quality screens. They offer strong color, solid blacks and a host of features such as local dimming and Samsung’s OneConnect ability to upgrade your ports in the future.

It clearly beats out the other lower priced 4Ks such as Sharp and Vizio, but I am sure you want to hear less about “hey this is a good tv” and more about “why”.

The frame of the TV is minimal in design but thin, allowing the screen to almost feel edge to edge. The stand is small in size allowing it to fit in with almost any stand or shelf solution. Silver in color with a brushed metal texture it also looks good just about anywhere (unless of course you are not a fan of silver…which rules you out of a lot of TVs on the market).

Two remotes including Samsung’s wonderful smart remote for motion and voice control, bring out everything you need from the TV. Design and color of the remote match that of the TV’s stand and bezel.

The TV offers the typical 120hz refresh rate (1200 clear motion rate) and an edge-lit screen. Colors are rich, blacks are dark (although we have seen better blacks in other models) and detail is pretty spot on. There isn’t any bleeding on the sides really unless you are looking at the screen at an extreme angle and all the way up to its surface.

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Upconversion was average. Nothing too impressive to report here outside of its nothing less than the others. It works for what you need and you won’t see better until they find better ways of pulling it off. Upconversion is mostly software so there is also the chance that future firmware updates could bring improvements to this TVs and those alike.

It offers active 3D technology and comes with 4 pairs of glasses. The 3D performance is about average for most of the TVs on the market currently. Nothing terribly impressive. This may be mostly due to the fact that 3D becomes more impressive in larger sizes. We expected to see an LG level of performance but not so much (although we still believe Samsung holds the trophy for best picture quality, LG holds the trophy for 3D). Nothing bad either though as the screen performs just fine (we just have high expectations to see an improvement in the 3D side of things). Four glasses should be enough for most families or setups. they are simple plastic glasses, similar to what you get at the movie theater.

It offers all the normal features that you find in a typical TV these days. Samsung’s great selection of apps (still better than any other brand of TV) is always a benefit. The settings and menus are most of the same as well, so there won’t be any troubles getting it setup to your preferences. As usual, you can disable the high refresh soap opera effect that a lot of people are still having a hard time getting used to. It looks fine with or without it.

It offers HEVC decoding for streaming apps, which is big as it should become one of the most commonly used codecs both on the professional and fan market of things. It also supposedly offers 4K playback via USB, although we forgot to test this before giving back the TV (oops).

It offers a multi-screen function allowing you to enjoy certain apps to the side of what you are watching. Only a small number of apps are currently supported though, so don’t expect too much until updates make their way to us.

Samsung’s soon to be popular (once new tech reaches the market) OneConnect port is featured like most of their latest TV’s. This single port allows you to connect an upgrade unit adding ports to the TV so that it can support future technologies without having to replace the whole TV to do so (ie, new advancements in HDMI or whatever replaces it).

On the back you will find 4 HDMI 2.0 inputs, two composite inputs (one of which is shared with a component input; common in most TVs now), an optical out and 3 USB inputs (one is 3.0). The OneConnect port is right under the USB 3.0 port.

Our Conclusion

An impressive screen at a new average price. What once was expensive is now obtainable and within reach by almost anyone. Its a solid 4K screen with all the great features that is Samsing. The darks could be a little darker yet still look great, the 3D is average, but everything else is in place for a 4K screen at a new going average price. As the year plays out and more TVs enter the market, you will find prices come down a little more thanks to the increased competition. Our biggest concern is what we always complain about (we are frugal spenders, not scroogy penny pinchers)…price. It could be a little cheaper, but as always it will follow the typical roller coaster that is the market and wait till the second half of this year. We gave it an 8 out of 10. It is a great 4K TV and lots of fun for games (with game mode turned on to decrease lag like all the rest of course).

As long as you are willing to spend a little more for a nice 4K, this is a good candidate. If it’s too much, then lean more towards a brand like Vizio who offers a slightly lesser quality model (but yet another great price).

8 / 10 stars           

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Specifications:

Series

  • SERIES

    HU8550

Design

  • TYPE

    4K UHD TV

  • BEZEL WIDTH

    0.3″ Thin

  • STAND TYPE (COLOR)

    T-Shape (Silver)

Video

  • SCREEN SIZE

    54.6″ Measured Diagonally

  • RESOLUTION

    3840 x 2160

  • CLEAR MOTION RATE

    1200

  • UHD UP-SCALING

    Yes

Audio

  • DOLBY

    Dolby MS11

  • SOUND EFFECT

    DTS Studio Sound

  • DTS PREMIUM SOUND

    DTS Premium Sound 5.1

  • SOUND OUTPUT (RMS)

    10W x 2 / Woofer 10W x 2

  • SPEAKER TYPE

    Front Firing + New Waveguide

Wireless Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi

    Built-in Wi-Fi

  • Wi-Fi Direct

    Yes

Features

  • SMART HUB

    Yes

  • PROCESSOR

    Quad Core

  • APPS PLATFORM

    Smart TV with Apps, S-Recommendation and Full Web Browser

  • VOICE INTERACTION

    Yes

  • MOTION CONTROL

    Ready

  • SMART VIEW 2.0

    Yes

  • SMART EVOLUTION READY

    Yes

  • 3D

    Yes

  • ULTRA CLEAR PANEL

    Yes

  • DIMMING TECHNOLOGY

    UHD Dimming

  • WIDE COLOR ENHANCER PLUS

    Yes

  • CONNECTSHARE™

    Movie

  • RVU

    Yes (Direct TV Ready)

  • OSD LANGUAGE

    English, Spanish, French

  • ANYNET+™ (HDMI-CEC)

    Yes

  • BD WISE™ PLUS

    Yes

  • CLOSED CAPTIONING

    Yes

  • ELECTRONIC PROGRAM GUIDE (CHANNEL GUIDE)

    Yes

  • HISTORY

    Yes

  • V-CHIP

    Yes

  • Wi-Fi Direct

    Yes

  • GAME MODE

    Yes

  • BLUETOOTH

    Yes

  • ONE CONNECT

    Ready

  • ECO SENSOR

    Yes

Inputs & Outputs

  • HDMI

    4

  • USB

    3

  • ETHERNET

    1

  • COMPONENT

    1

  • COMPOSITE IN (AV)

    2(1Common Use for Component Y)

  • RF IN (TERRESTRIAL/CABLE INPUT)

    1/1(Common Use for Terrestrial)/0

  • DIGITAL AUDIO OUT (OPTICAL)

    1

  • AUDIO OUT (MINI JACK)

    1

  • IR OUT

    Yes

  • RS232C

    1

  • ONE CONNECT

    Ready

Dimensions

  • PRODUCT SIZE (W X H X D) WITHOUT STAND

    48.4″ x 27.8″ x 1.4″

  • PRODUCT SIZE (W X H X D) WITH STAND

    48.4″ x 29.4″ x 10.6″

  • SHIPPING SIZE (W X H X D)

    54.3″ x 31.9″ x 6.5″

Weight

  • PRODUCT WEIGHT WITHOUT STAND

    39.2 lb.

  • PRODUCT WEIGHT WITH STAND

    46.5 lb.

  • SHIPPING WEIGHT

    56.0 lb.

Power

  • POWER SUPPLY (V)

    AC110-120V 60Hz

  • TYPICAL POWER CONSUMPTION

    119W

  • MAXIMUM POWER CONSUMPTION

    209W

  • STANDBY POWER CONSUMPTION

    Under 0.3W

System

  • DTV TUNER

    ATSC / Clear QAM

Accessory

  • 3D ACTIVE GLASSES

    4 (SSG-5150GB)

  • IR EXTENDER CABLE

    Yes

  • REMOTE

    Samsung Smart Control (TM1480A) Universal Remote Control (TM1260C)

  • REMOTE CONTROL BATTERY

    Yes

  • MINI WALL MOUNT COMPATIBILITY

    Yes

  • VESA WALL MOUNT COMPATIBILITY

    Yes (400 x 400)

  • SLIM GENDER CABLE

    Yes

  • POWER CABLE

    Yes

  • USER MANUAL

    Yes

  • E-MANUAL

    Yes

See a Picture That’s More Lifelike
See a picture that’s more lifelike than ever with Samsung Smart UHD. Samsung Ultra High Definition TV displays your movies, sports and shows at 4x the resolution of Full HD and upscales your existing entertainment with incredible detail. Samsung UHD is also 4K UHD Standard Future Ready, so you’ll never get left behind as new 4K standards and smart technology arrive.

UHD Upscaling
UHD Upscaling delivers the complete UHD picture experience with a proprietary process including signal analysis, noise reduction, UHD upscaling and detail enhancement to seamlessly upconvert SD, HD or full HD content to UHD-level picture quality.

UHD Dimming
UHD Dimming precisely scans an incredible amount of zones across the entire image and adjusts brightness to deliver deeper darks and brighter whites. It virtually eliminates the “halo” effect and image distortion, so you’ll enjoy a crystal clear picture.

Precision Black Local Dimming
Experience sharper contrast with Precision Black Local Dimming. It dims LEDs behind the darkest area of the picture for greater contrast and darker blacks, while the brighter elements remain as bright as they should be. Sit back and enjoy the picture.

Wide Color Enhancer Plus
With Wide Color Enhancer Plus, you’ll witness a wider spectrum of colors on your screen, just like the director intended. You’ll enjoy enriched colors while watching your favorite movies and shows, even older, non-HD content.

Clear Motion Rate 1200
View every detail of action packed movies and sports with Clear Motion Rate 1200, the ultimate level of motion clarity. The Samsung CMR uses the frame refresh rate, image processor speed and backlight technology to measure fast action.

Smart TV
Explore movies, shows, apps and social media on the intuitive and intelligent Samsung Smart TVs. Browse a new world of TV entertainment quickly and simply with a powerful processor and helpful tools like S Recommendation.

Smart Hub
Enjoy everything you love in one place. The Smart Hub organizes your entertainment into 5 panels. Effortlessly navigate through live TV, movies, streaming content, social networks, apps plus games and more.

S Recommendation
Receive personalized TV and movie recommendations based on your own preferences and what’s popular and trending. Just ask your TV things like “what action movies are on” or open the Smart Hub to browse suggestions.

Voice Interaction
Easily control your TV with Voice Interaction. Voice command lets you talk to the TV to search what’s on or to perform basic commands such as “last channel,” “record” or “turn off.” You can also add an accessory camera, which recognizes your hand motions to browse the Smart Hub, play games and more.


 

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