Samsung UE55ES8000 review

Samsung's new 55-inch TV redefines 'smart'

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Samsung ue55es8000 review

The main thing to address here is how well - or otherwise - the Samsung UE55ES8000's trio of innovative new control mechanisms pan out.

First and worst is a gesture system, whereby you can use movements of your hand to control the cursor on the screen, closing your hand to select an option the cursor is sitting over. During our review, this system proved frustratingly imprecise and quite tiring. It also sometimes mistook head movements for 'wake up' hand gestures, thus calling the system into play when we didn't want it.

This is despite the fact that the camera built into the Samsung UE55ES8000 is surprisingly good at recording bright, colourful images.

Much more successful are the voice and touchpad control systems. In fact, it didn't take much practice before a combination of these two systems became second nature - and were sorely missed upon going back to ordinary control systems with other brands of smart TV.

The voice controls in particular were a revelation. As well as providing a reasonably wide selection of specific commands, the voice recognition software is sophisticated enough to identify even quite complex and 'random' words, so long as you speak them clearly. This rapidly proves an invaluable way of inputting text into internet search fields.

Samsung ue55es8000 review

The touchpad on the second remote Samsung ships alongside a more standard one, meanwhile, is sensitive without being fiddly, and again proves much more intuitive and speedy than just trying to shift a cursor around using normal direction keys.

Samsung has even included a mic on this remote, so you can issue voice controls in a regular tone of voice rather than having to bark instructions across your room.

There are a couple of issues with both the touchpad remote and voice systems, though. With the remote, having to press the trackpad in to select an option can cause accidental movements of the cursor, so that you miss your selection or pick the wrong one by mistake.

And occasionally, when watching a particularly loud movie scene, the TV would flash up an annoying error message stating that it was worried there was so much background noise it wouldn't be able to hear your voice commands.

This is easily rectified, though, by turning the voice control system off when watching loud films.

Samsung ue55es8000 review

In more general terms, the presentation and structure of the Samsung UE55ES8000's on-screen menus is mostly terrific - especially as the Smart Hub home screen now enjoys a Full HD resolution rather than the previous HD Ready resolution.

You can't ignore the fact, of course, that whenever there's a TV with as much going on as the Samsung UE55ES8000 there's potential for people to get overwhelmed by the options on offer. But with an on-screen instruction manual to help you out, it's hard to see what more effort Samsung could have put into making its new flagship easy to handle.

The only genuine cause for concern is that Samsung's continued insistence on piling on lots of small-scale apps means the app store and menus can look a bit overwhelming, and make it tricky to sort the app wheat from the (hefty amounts of) chaff.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-S2
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports3
Product Family8000
3D Type3D
EU Energy LabelA
Smart TVYes
Brand NameSamsung
Screen Size139.7 cm (55")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityCEC
Wireless LANYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)19.30 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Operating Power Consumption110 W
Standby Power Consumption100 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand761.60 mm
Width with Stand1230.30 mm
Depth with Stand210 mm
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports3
3D TechnologyShutter
3D ConversionYes
Energy Consumption per Year161 kWh
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Motion Interpolation TechnologyClear Motion Rate 800
Height722.3 mm
Width1230.3 mm
Depth30.8 mm
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse, DTS
Product Series8000
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesWeb Browser, Auto Power Off, Sleep Timer, PVR (Personal Video Recorder), Auto Program, Teletext, Sound Leveler, Picture in Picture
Product ModelUE55ES8000U
Product Name55" ES8000 Series 8 Smart 3D Full HD LED TV
Manufacturer Part NumberUE55ES8000UXXU
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Experience the future of home entertainment with a more advanced TV. The Samsung 55" ES8000 Slim LED TV features Smart Interaction, which gives you intuitive control via speech or gestures. You can also access a wide world of content, apps, web browsing and more through Smart Hub. This forward-thinking TV is even prepared for the future, thanks to the ability to install Smart Evolution Kits to improve picture and performance as well as deliver the newest features.

Package Contents
  • 55" ES8000 Series 8 Smart 3D Full HD LED TV
  • 2 x 3D Glasses
  • Smart Touch Control
  • Remote Control
  • IR Blaster
  • Batteries
  • Slim Gender Cable
  • Power Cable
  • User Manual
  • E-Manual
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)16.60 kg