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Samsung UE55D8000 review

Samsung's flagship LCD TV introduces Samsung Smart Hub

Samsung ue55d8000

Sound

The sound quality is surprisingly good, with a wide, open midrange that enables believable and clear dialogue complementing a reasonable gift for subtle treble effects and, most startling of all, a genuine portion of bass.

Value

Obviously, £2,500 is a lot of money to spend on a TV, but then the 55D8000 is 55 inches across and comes with groundbreaking 'smart' capabilities, impressive 3D playback and exceptional 2D pictures with both high and standard definition.

Ease of use

Smart Hub instantly makes the 55D8000 much easier to use than most TVs that combine multimedia, DLNA and online functions. After all, never before have you been able to access absolutely everything in your source arsenal from a single page.

Another great touch on the Smart Hub is the Universal Search tool, which enables you to send out search requests across absolutely every source option you've got connected including the open internet.

The setup menus are neatly presented and there's a cool new touch in the form of an 'interactive instructions manual', which displays a short but usually coherent explanation of whatever option you've got selected.

The standard remote control supplied with the set is pretty decent, too. It doesn't look as glamorous as the TV, but its layout is reasonably logical and its buttons are accessible. It's also good to see dedicated e-manual, 3D, Social TV and, especially, Smart Hub buttons.

Samsung also does an optional touchscreen remote for the 55D8000. Thankfully, this is much better than the hugely frustrating effort shipped with last year's 9000 Series screens. It particularly comes into its own with the Smart Hub, making icon selection and, best of all, text input (into the search field or the internet browser) much more straightforward than it is on the standard remote.

It's not all good, though, for the LCD remote does also make using some much more basic functions feel unnecessarily tortuous.

Overall, though, the 55D8000 is impressively straightforward to use, considering its sophistication.

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 Size139.7 cm (55")
Aspect Ratio16:9
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)18.60 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
Operating Power Consumption160 W
Standby Power Consumption100 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.4
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand787.20 mm
Width with Stand1232.60 mm
Depth with Stand309.80 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
3D ConversionYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Motion Interpolation TechnologyClear Motion Rate 800
Height707.2 mm
Width1232.6 mm
Depth29.7 mm
ColourSilver
Sound SystemDolby Pulse, Dolby Digital Plus, Surround Sound, DTS
Product Series8000
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesWeb Browser, Auto Program, Teletext, Auto-off, Sleep Timer, Picture in Picture, Picture on Picture
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelUE55D8000
Product NameUE55D8000 LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part NumberUE55D8000
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

The Samsung LED Series 8000 Smart TV is all about a transformative, immersive experience delivered with style and intelligence. The integrated and innovative Smart Hub, which allows you to interact with your TV, ensures everything from surfing the internet on your TV to flicking through pics and home movies is effortless and loads more fun. Whether you're watching a movie or listening to music, you will instantly notice the superior 3D Experience, which is ready to re-invent your world of entertainment. And with a sophisticated design to match, which puts you right in the middle of the action, and supreme connectivity for seamless streaming - you have a very stylish and intelligent TV to enjoy.

Package Contents
  • UE55D8000 LED-LCD TV
  • 3D Active Glasses
  • Remote Control
  • Batteries
  • Slim Gender Cable
  • Power Cable
  • E-Manual
  • User Manual
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)16.20 kg