Samsung UE55F9000 review

Samsung joins the 4K Ultra HD TV revolution with this brilliant and highly specified 55-inch TV

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Samsung might have been beaten out of the 'mainstream' UHD/4K TV traps by Sony, but that certainly hasn't stopped the Korean brand from making its mark on this burgeoning new sector of the AV marketplace.

For starters, the 55-inch UE55F9000 is the smallest UHD TV launched to date. It's also very different to Sony's 4K debutantes aesthetically, offering a much slimmer look, and it's the first UHD TV we've seen that delivers a genuine UHD take on 3D. Plus it offers all of Samsung's now familiar and in some ways ground-breaking Smart TV features, and handily undercuts Sony's rival models on price.

The set is a stunning picture performer with all sources too. Native UHD content looks so good it's silly, while upscaled HD looks crisper but also cleaner than we'd imagined Samsung would be able to manage with its UHD debut.

Add in Samsung's best contrast performance of 2013, and you've got pictures that routinely take your breath away.

We liked

The UE55F9000 provides yet more evidence of just what an impact UHD/4K resolutions can have on picture performance. Its 3D pictures, in particular, are like nothing we've seen before. Its space-saving design is a nice contrast to the bulk of Sony's 4K TVs too, and the set's Smart features are class-leading.

The UE55F9000's price is attractive by UHD standards, too.

We disliked

Input lag is high enough to marginally reduce gaming performance, a couple of the picture presets are too aggressive with their sharpness elements, and the set's audio isn't quite as potent as such a picture powerhouse perhaps deserves.

Final verdict

Samsung's UE55F9000 is another simply spectacular UHD/4K screen that also happens to bring the high-resolution technology in at more manageable price and size levels than any previous UHD model.

Its slender design delivers an attractive alternative to the bigger look of Sony's 4K TVs, and its Smart TV service is unmatched in terms of the video streaming content on offer.

The UE55F9000 isn't necessarily better than Sony's X9005A 4K models, but it's certainly just as good, simply offering a surprisingly different approach to the undoubted joys of UHD.

Also consider

There's currently only one direct rival for the UE55F9000: Sony's 55X9005A. We've only tested the 65in version of the X9005A series, but from this it's possible to say that the Sony models are strongest when it comes to colour resolution and sound quality, while the Samsung models deliver a greater sense of UHD detailing, a slimmer design, and a superior number of key video streaming options.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal Standard4K UHDTV
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product Family9000
3D Type3D
EU Energy LabelB
Smart TVYes
Brand NameSamsung
Screen Size139.7 cm (55")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Wireless LANYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)25 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
Operating Power Consumption157 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
RMS Output Power70 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand764.20 mm
Width with Stand1245.60 mm
Depth with Stand220 mm
Number of Common Interface1
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports3
3D TechnologyShutter
3D ConversionYes
Energy Consumption per Year229 kWh
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Motion Interpolation TechnologyClear Motion Rate 1000
Height717.8 mm
Width1245.6 mm
Depth38.6 mm
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse, DNSe +, DTS, DTS Premium Sound
Product Series9000
Maximum Resolution3840 x 2160
FeaturesSound Leveler, Web Browser, Picture in Picture, Sleep Timer, Auto Program, Teletext, Auto Power Off
Product ModelUE55F9000ST
Product Name55" F9000 Series 9 Smart 3D UHD 4K LED TV
Manufacturer Part NumberUE55F9000STXXU
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing InformationGet ready for a new viewing experience. With the latest technology and sleek modern minimalistic design, the Samsung F9000 UHD TV brings cutting edge features and design to your home. Stunning picture quality brings out all the incredible details that were hidden before, while entertainment is more immersive and enjoyable than ever thanks to Samsung's clever S Recommendation technology and intuitive 5 panel Smart Hub. With Smart Evolution the F9000 UHD TV is Future Ready, so you can enjoy the best UHD picture today and in the future without having to buy new TV.
Package Contents
  • 55" F9000 Series 9 Smart 3D UHD 4K LED TV
  • IR Blaster
  • 2 x 3D Active Glasses
  • IR Extender Cable
  • Slim Gender Cable
  • Power Cable
  • User Manual
  • E-Manual
  • Remote Control
  • Batteries
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)22.20 kg