"Excellant TV!"4.5 starson by Mike-Richey
Pros: Picture quality is stunning
Smart tv is very cool
3D works really well
Speakers sound great
Voice control is not useful
Summary: Before ordering, I read the many techie reviews of the smaller 8000 models, so I thought I would write about the nuts and bolts things I love about the new set for older people like me.
PICTURE: First off, I went to several stores viewing the Samsung 55" 7100, and 7050 series models (the 7050 comes with a keyboard also in the box) next to the Sharp, LG, Sony, and Visio, and its very close, but to my eye the Samsung is the best. It is also the highest priced. That said, I am thrilled with the HD quality on such a large screen. Watching Blu-ray movies on this is an incredible home theatre experience, and I am sure the kids will be thrilled with the 3D movies.
I also have to say that I don't see any difference between the picture on the 8000 series and 7000 series, which is selling for a grand less. So unless you are very picky, and don't need the quad-core processor for the SMART features, you might be happier spending less money. I do like that the 8000 got rid of the sheet metal edge trim on the front of the 7000 series and moved it to the side, so the front is all black. All in all, this TV is a work of art, from the beautiful finish on the back, with covers for power and input sections, to the very sturdy stand, to the unique remote.
THE REMOTE: This is the coolest remote I have ever seen. It has a carbon fiber back and a metal top, with raised icons substituting for buttons, so you easily feel them with your finger tip in the dark. It is small but hefty, like a well-balanced gun. The touch pad is brilliant, allowing you to swipe through all the app and function icons on the screen, as well as a pop up number pad or keyboard. The way you can rip though the channels and the volume with the UP and DOWN icons on this remote, is really what makes this TV the KING.
Unlike other HDTVs where the screen goes blank for about 2-3 seconds when you change channels, this TV is simply amazing. It's instantaneous. In fact you can hold down the UP or Down channel icon, and rip through about 20 channels in 2 seconds, which totally spoils you for any other TV if you like to channel surf. To top it off, you don't even have to point it at the TV!
Footnote: My only wish is they would have put a "RECALL" button where the LIGHT button is, so that I could instantly jump back and forth between two football games, instead swiping the popup pad on the screen. I see no need for the LIGHT button, since the icons all light up every time you press one anyway.
I went all out and also bought the Samsung keyboard to go with the TV, which has a few more handy function keys than the small remote. The mouse pointer that comes on the screen when the keyboard is turned on does seem to be really slow and occasionally freeze. I am hoping there might be a way to fine tune or adjust this.
SMART FEATURES: When you turn on the TV, the current channel is playing in a PIP in the upper left hand corner, plus pictures of 12 other suggested channels, plus the menu at the top to swipe any other app or function. Very cool, being connected to the internet, you can download movies, programs, games, apps, and surf the internet with no computer, although it seems much slower than my powerful desktop PC and laser mouse. You can also view what is on screen with your tablet, or phone screen. I am not sure if you will be saving any money by getting rid of cable or satellite boxes, since you will have to pay as much or more, for a high speed Wi-Fi connection to prevent buffering, and you also have to pay for most of the premium internet programs you download.
It seems EVERYTHING is now smart. The TVs, the game console, the 3D Blu-ray players, even the new home theater receiver's, so I am guessing you will now have to decide which remote to use to run apps. lol The speakers do not have the punch of my older 55 inch Samsung LCD, but are OK for everyday TV use, and I have a 600 watt home theater system for movies anyway. I also bought the new Samsung 3D Blu-ray player, and when you turn on the player it immediately shows the player menu screen, so you don't have to use the TV remote to switch inputs, like I did with my older TVs.
I think the stand is beautiful and much steadier for a TV this size than a swivel, but I hung mine on the wall for the ultimate modern look to hide the cables, and sit higher than most cabinets.
Note, if you will buy this TV, I suggest check for low price at: f8000ledhdtvreviews.blogspot.com/p/buy-samsung-un55f8000-low-price.html
In summary I think I will very happy with this TV for at least 3 or 4 years, until the 4K prices come down, and I decide to get a 75 or 95 incher, where the 4K resolution will rule.
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