Samsung UE65H8000 review

OK, so it's curved, but what about 4K?

Samsung UE65H8000

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Does Full HD cut-it at this size? A 3D curved screen aside, a 65-inch TV with a Full HD resolution has to be considered relatively low-spec.

We liked

Colours are spot-on, blacks are convincing, and the Smart Hub is wonderful. It's particularly easy to use on the UE65H8000 because of the processing speed lent to it by the quad core plus processor. It's hard to argue with the design, too; the UE65H8000 looks a picture, and it sounds good, too.

We disliked

The UE65H8000's Full HD resolution is the low point, and something that restricts the shelf-life of this behemoth. The blotchy brightness and LED light spillage in the corners of the screen are occasionally noticeable, too.

Final verdict

The UE65H8000 is an impressive all-rounder, but it's just too big for its boots. To design-in a curve and then use a Full HD panel on a huge high-end TV like the UE65H8000 just seems odd. It's definitely not going to be on 2015's flagship curved or flat TVs, that's for sure.

However impressive its core pictures and sound, with Ultra HD 4K TVs now on sale, I'm not convinced that anyone should be paying over £2,500 for what constitutes last year's technology.

The UE65H8000 remains a fine TV, but if you've recently added 'must be curved' to your TV wish-list, then surely 'must be 4K' was already on it? A curved screen might well be more immersive, but extra detail is much more so. A good effort, then, but there are better value options out there.

Also consider

If you're after a curved TV and you don't mind sacrificing 10-inches for a much better picture that's also got Ultra HD 4K detail, arguably a much bigger treat than the UE65H8000 is to ditch LED and head for the first OLED TV – LG's sumptuous 55EA9800.

Jamie Carter

Jamie is a freelance tech, travel and space journalist based in the UK. He’s been writing regularly for Techradar since it was launched in 2008 and also writes regularly for Forbes, The Telegraph, the South China Morning Post, Sky & Telescope and the Sky At Night magazine as well as other Future titles T3, Digital Camera World, All About Space and He also edits two of his own websites, and that reflect his obsession with travel gear and solar eclipse travel. He is the author of A Stargazing Program For Beginners (Springer, 2015),