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Samsung UE55D8000 review

Samsung's flagship LCD TV introduces Samsung Smart Hub

Our Verdict

For

  • Stunning design
  • Superb 2D pictures
  • 3D playback
  • Benchmark-setting online system

Against

  • Subtle colour inconsistency
  • Poor presets
  • Some 3D crosstalk

The Samsung UE55D8000 is arguably the most eagerly anticipated TV of 2011 and it only takes a cursory glance at its design and spec sheet to see why.

It gets closer to dispensing entirely with a bezel than any previous set: the frame around the UE55D8000's gaping 55-inch screen is just 5mm wide, an achievement that seems to defy logic just as much as the crazy rear-end slimness of Samsung's C9000 range (continuing for 2011). After all, the edge LED lighting system used to drive the screen is tucked in there somewhere.

The UE55D8000 also introduces us to Samsung's Smart Hub, making it arguably the first true 'smart' TV to arrive on these shores and is, perhaps most significantly of all, the UK's first genuine second-generation active 3D TV, complete with faster panel response, improved motion performance and new Bluetooth 3D transmission in place of Samsung's previous, slightly unreliable IR system.

Of course, there's always a chance that any TV as bursting with innovation as the UE55D8000 could fall flat on its face in cold, hard performance terms, but there's little in Samsung's recent history to suggest that this will be the case.

The UE55D8000 arrives as the new flagship TV in Samsung's range, sitting marginally above a D7000 range that's identical aside from costing £100 less and using a crystal bezel design in place of the premium metallic one around the D8000s.

Samsung is also extending 3D down to its 6 Series LED TVs this year, which will comprise two branches: the 6100 series and the 6500 series. These appear to be differentiated by design (with the 6500 having a narrower bezel) and a degree of 'smart' capability, with the 6500's having more online features than the 6100s.

It's entirely understandable, though, that Samsung should want to announce the arrival of its 2011 range with the sort of splash that only a set of the UE55D8000's size and uncompromising spec sheet can produce.

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