The UE65C8000 is a state of the art TV. Almost every feature you could want is present, including a full HD (1,920 x 1,080-pixel) panel, built-in Freeview HD tuner, access to online services (in this case Samsung's rapidly improving Internet@TV portal), wired and wireless network hookup, media file playback and TV recording via USB.
It is also, of course, full HD 3D compatible and comes with real-time 2D-3D conversion. In fact, it's hard to think of a feature that this TV doesn't have; the major difference between it and the step-up C9000 models concern form factor and build quality.
Connectivity is impressive, with a few caveats. The design of the UE65C8000 is such that there isn't the space for conventional in and outputs on the rear panel, so you're provided with a bunch of cable adaptors for the RF, Scart, component, composite and Ethernet jacks.
The four HDMI inputs are side-mounted, which is good for those who like to swap hardware in and out on a regular basis, and will also help with wall-mounting.
You can dive into Samsung's Internet@TV portal via the Ethernet port, or an optional wireless adaptor. This is one of the brand's major selling points and is definitely worth investigating.
Access is via a direct button on the handset and the service is very fast.
The main page retains what you're watching in a picture window in the top left, so you won't miss out on anything while you're browsing the applications. These currently incude BBC iPlayer HD, Rovi TV listings, Google Maps, Twitter, Betfair, Muzu.TV, Facebook, LoveFilm.com, Facebook and YouTube. The quality of the video content sites obviously varies, but BBC HD, even with a bog-standard broadband connection, streams impressively.
Further interactivity can be accomplished by connecting the TV to a DLNA PC, or playing files direct from a USB device. Interestingly, the UE65C8000 can record from its TV tuner to USB. It's a neat touch, but can't compare to the simplicity and flexibility of, say, Sky+ or a dedicated Freeview HD PVR. It's a great feature to see on far more affordable TVs, but it seems a bit redundant at this rarefied end of the market.