Samsung UE60D8000 review

LED TV is the ultimate mix of Smart technology and picture performance

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Samsung ue60d8000

As soon as you've unboxed the Samsung UE60D8000 you're aware it's something special. The brand's One Design, with its ultra-thin bezel, is the best on the market, and its 60-inch screen just cries out for some hi-def action.

In terms of features, there's not much missing from the UE60D8000. Built in Wi-Fi, 3D support (with supplied glasses), media streaming, VOD, apps, advanced picture adjustments and USB HDD recording are all offered. It's only THX certification, and a dedicated preset, that I think it's lacking.

You could spend hours with the UE60D8000's Smart features, but you'll be missing out on a sterling picture performance. Hi-def material is routinely dazzling, with astonishing levels of detail and clarity, and 3D images benefit from sharpness, stability and the combination of huge display and thin bezel. Standard-def is naturally less impressive, but still watchable.

We liked

The UE60D8000 offers a first-rate 3D performance that markedly improves on the first wave of stereoscopic tellies, packed with depth and detail.

2D images impress even more, thanks to stunning clarity, natural colours and dynamism. Meanwhile, Samsung's Smart TV offering is a hoot, with its mixture of apps, VOD and social networking sure to make your neighbour's TV look positively stupid. Oh, and the design is simply gorgeous.

We disliked

The audio performance of the UE60D8000 is a real let down - you'll want to partner it with at least a dedicated soundbar to do justice to its visuals - and the backlighting system of the supplied remote control has a mind of its own.

Getting to grips with the TV's extensive picture tweaks will take some time, too - possibly too much time for many buyers.

Finally, the UE60D8000's media file support isn't comprehensive, with DivX videos, for example, failing to play.

Final Verdict

With products as lovingly-crafted as this, it's no wonder that Samsung is the UK's leading TV brand.

The UE60D8000 is a dangerously seductive TV. Once you've experienced its mindblowing bigscreen images, mesmerising design and class-leading smart functionality you'll be hunting around for £4,300 so you can own one. And if you can't raise that much cash, you can always check out the 55-inch or 46-inch versions.

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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 Size152.4 cm (60")
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)24.80 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
Operating Power Consumption190 W
Standby Power Consumption100 mW
RMS Output Power30 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.4a
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
3D TechnologyShutter
3D ConversionYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Motion Interpolation TechnologyClear Motion Rate 800
Height779.2 mm
Width1356.9 mm
Depth30.5 mm
ColourSilver
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse, Surround Sound, DTS
Product Series8000
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesWeb Browser, Teletext, Auto Program, Auto-off, Picture in Picture, Sleep Timer
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelUE60D8000
Product NameUE60D8000 LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part NumberUE60D8000
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

Discover TV's new dimension
Upgrade to the total 3D TV experience with the LED 8000, which synchronises the advanced 3D picture with latest in 3D Sound automatically through Samsung's 3D Sound Effect. Driving this superior performance is Samsung's innovative 3D HyperReal Engine, enhancing images and optimising performance for the most vibrant and crystal-clear full HD images. You'll be simply dazzled by the Micro Dimming, which makes perfect the smallest picture details. And with new featherweight 3D glasses with ergonomic design a built-in real-time 3D converter, this LED Smart TV is ready to inject new life into both your 2D movies and your whole home entertainment experience.

Package Contents
  • UE60D8000 LED-LCD TV
  • 3D Active Glasses
  • Remote Controller
  • Battery
  • Slim Gender Cable
  • Power Cable
  • User Manual
  • E-Manual
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)21.60 kg