Samsung UE55D8000 review

Samsung's flagship LCD TV introduces Samsung Smart Hub

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Samsung ue55d8000

The 55D8000 is one of the Samsung's most ambitious TVs yet. It looks extraordinary, sets new standards for multimedia capability and introduces a more defined apps sensibility that considerably increases the potential for video streaming.

Brightness and colour performance in 3D mode are unprecedented, while crosstalk noise is certainly reduced, though not entirely eradicated.

Add to all of this a stellar 2D performance in HD and standard-def, plus even a respectable sound performance, and the 55D8000 certainly is one hell of a way to kick off 2011's TV generation.

We liked

The 55D8000's bezel-free design is a revelation, as are its huge roster of connections, ground-breaking Smart Hub interface, greatly expanded online service, much-improved 3D pictures and science-defying contrast performance. It even sounds quite good, for heaven's sake.

We disliked

There are some very occasional colour tone concerns and some of the picture presets are ill-judged. More colour management tools might have been nice, but the only significant problem is 3D crosstalk.

Final verdict

After seeing some of its flagship LED TV thunder stolen last year by the 3D-led resurgence in plasma's fortunes, Samsung has gone into innovation overdrive for the first of its 2011 LED models. Its design will turn heads right away, thanks to the way it shrinks the bezel to the point where you frequently completely forget it's there.

It also covers all the connectivity bases and revolutionises the TV operating system via its excellently conceived and presented Smart Hub interface.

Its online services are so extensive, meanwhile, that the 55D8000 might reasonably be described as the first genuinely 'smart' TV, while its picture performance is outstanding in 2D mode and mostly excellent in 3D mode.

There's still a bit of crosstalk noise over 3D images, but this isn't severe enough to stop the 55D8000 from being an absolutely terrific TV for what, in the circumstances, isn't an unreasonable amount of money.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-S2, DVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces2
Product Family8000
3D Type3D
Brand NameSamsung
Screen Size139.7 cm (55")
Aspect Ratio16:9
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)18.60 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
Operating Power Consumption160 W
Standby Power Consumption100 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.4
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand787.20 mm
Width with Stand1232.60 mm
Depth with Stand309.80 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
3D ConversionYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Motion Interpolation TechnologyClear Motion Rate 800
Height707.2 mm
Width1232.6 mm
Depth29.7 mm
ColourSilver
Sound SystemDolby Pulse, Dolby Digital Plus, Surround Sound, DTS
Product Series8000
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesWeb Browser, Auto Program, Teletext, Auto-off, Sleep Timer, Picture in Picture, Picture on Picture
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelUE55D8000
Product NameUE55D8000 LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part NumberUE55D8000
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

The Samsung LED Series 8000 Smart TV is all about a transformative, immersive experience delivered with style and intelligence. The integrated and innovative Smart Hub, which allows you to interact with your TV, ensures everything from surfing the internet on your TV to flicking through pics and home movies is effortless and loads more fun. Whether you're watching a movie or listening to music, you will instantly notice the superior 3D Experience, which is ready to re-invent your world of entertainment. And with a sophisticated design to match, which puts you right in the middle of the action, and supreme connectivity for seamless streaming - you have a very stylish and intelligent TV to enjoy.

Package Contents
  • UE55D8000 LED-LCD TV
  • 3D Active Glasses
  • Remote Control
  • Batteries
  • Slim Gender Cable
  • Power Cable
  • E-Manual
  • User Manual
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)16.20 kg