Samsung UE65C8000 review

The world's largest 3D LED TV may have a high price tag, but it's still great value

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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.

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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.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-S2, DVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces2
Product Family8000
3D Type3D
Brand NameSamsung
Screen Size165.1 cm (65")
Aspect Ratio16:9
EthernetYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)39.20 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard600 x 400
Operating Power Consumption370 W
Standby Power Consumption60 mW
RMS Output Power30 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand991.40 mm
Width with Stand1519 mm
Depth with Stand347.40 mm
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
Enhanced Refresh Rate200 Hz
Height911.7 mm
Width1519 mm
Depth29.3 mm
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Surround Sound, DTS
Product Series8000
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesAuto Program, Auto-off, Closed Caption, Picture in Picture, Sleep Timer, Teletext
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelUE65C8000
Product NameUE65C8000 65" LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part NumberUE65C8000
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

Samsung LCD TVs Elegantly designed with a unique Touch of Color™ bezel, Samsung LCD TVs display brilliant images with amazing detail and provide a host of connectivity options.

Package Contents
  • UE65C8000 LED-LCD TV
  • Batteries
  • Instruction Manual
  • Remote Control
  • Cable Connection (Component, Scart, Composite, RF, LAN, PC, Optical )
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)36.20 kg