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Samsung UE55ES8000 review

Samsung's new 55-inch TV redefines 'smart'

Our Verdict

For

  • Outstanding picture quality
  • Impressively expanded online platform
  • Innovative control system
  • Sensational design

Against

  • Picture presets are poor
  • Gesture control not great
  • Limited viewing angle
  • Backlight bleed with 3D

Samsung has developed a handy habit of being the first major brand out of the traps each year when it comes to launching new TV ranges.

And this year it's done it again, with the ridiculously glamorous Samsung UE55ES8000 - an achievement made all the more impressive by the fact that this 55-inch screen might very well turn out to be 2012's most innovative television.

Despite the UE55ES8000 boasting another of Samsung's trademark - and much loved - super slim body designs, it still manages to squeeze inside its svelte form some genuinely revolutionary stuff.

Particularly startling is the set's new control system. Or rather, control systems, plural. Samsung has done a real 'kitchen sink' job in this respect, delivering voice control, gesture control, and even chucking in a second remote control with a touch-sensitive pad on it.

Samsung ue55es8000 review

Some of these systems work more successfully than others, as we'll discover later, but Samsung certainly deserves an early five gold stars for trying so hard to address the growing problem of how to handle smart TV's ever-increasing feature lists.

More innovation finds no less than three new big sections of content on Samsung's smart TV platform, focused on family, fitness and kids.

Also potentially key to the Samsung UE55ES8000's appeal is its new dual-core processor, designed to boost picture performance and improve the functionality and speed of the online services engine.

Wrapping up the Samsung UE55ES8000's headline features are its active 3D playback, and the intriguing fact that it can actually have its core chipset upgraded in the future via a slot-in module - potentially to, say, a quad-core system.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-S2
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports3
Product Family8000
3D Type3D
EU Energy LabelA
Smart TVYes
Brand NameSamsung
Screen Size139.7 cm (55")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityCEC
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)19.30 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Operating Power Consumption110 W
Standby Power Consumption100 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGANo
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand761.60 mm
Width with Stand1230.30 mm
Depth with Stand210 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports3
3D TechnologyShutter
3D ConversionYes
Energy Consumption per Year161 kWh
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Motion Interpolation TechnologyClear Motion Rate 800
Height722.3 mm
Width1230.3 mm
Depth30.8 mm
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse, DTS
Product Series8000
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesWeb Browser, Auto Power Off, Sleep Timer, PVR (Personal Video Recorder), Auto Program, Teletext, Sound Leveler, Picture in Picture
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelUE55ES8000U
Product Name55" ES8000 Series 8 Smart 3D Full HD LED TV
Manufacturer Part NumberUE55ES8000UXXU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

Experience the future of home entertainment with a more advanced TV. The Samsung 55" ES8000 Slim LED TV features Smart Interaction, which gives you intuitive control via speech or gestures. You can also access a wide world of content, apps, web browsing and more through Smart Hub. This forward-thinking TV is even prepared for the future, thanks to the ability to install Smart Evolution Kits to improve picture and performance as well as deliver the newest features.

Package Contents
  • 55" ES8000 Series 8 Smart 3D Full HD LED TV
  • 2 x 3D Glasses
  • Smart Touch Control
  • Remote Control
  • IR Blaster
  • Batteries
  • Slim Gender Cable
  • Power Cable
  • User Manual
  • E-Manual
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)16.60 kg