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Samsung 55" TU8000 HDR Smart 4K TV with Tizen OS Black

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As for the remote control, it’s a standard issue Roku remote, just like the one that comes with the Hisense A7200G Roku TV. But it’s also pre-baked, so you can’t make adjustments in the Expert settings menu, whereas Standard opens up gamma control and colour space adjustments, for those who like to tinker. It’s a little soft on detail, as you’d expect, but even with the further noise that creeps in, it’s a solid picture with a good colour balance that’s wholly watchable.

Samsung TU8000 TV review - TechRadar

With Samsung's 'Ultra Viewing Angle' technology, the Q80T has wider viewing angles, but that means the TU8000 has a better native contrast ratio.

Even with brightness turned up high in settings, you will likely find yourself wanting more, especially with dark scenes in well-lit rooms. The TVs sensor will detect the brightness of a room and adjust the picture accordingly, so it looks more like a picture than a TV that’s just been left on, which in turn saves power. You can then control your TV via your phone if you’ve misplaced the remotes… or just can’t be bothered to get up to get them. The Samsung TU8000 performs a bit better overall than the Samsung TU7000, as it has a slightly higher contrast ratio,gets a little brighter, and can remove 24p judder from any source, unlike the TU7000, which can't remove judder at all. The Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED and the Samsung TU8000 perform quite similarly overall, although the Q60T has a slight edge.

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The Samsung TU8000 sits on a pair of unhelpfully wide plastic feet and you’ll need a TV unit that’s at least 103cm wide to support it.

Last year’s Samsung LED TVs were not as gifted for sound as they were for picture performance and it’s the same balance again. The low overall brightness and lack of wide colour gamut on the TU8000, not to mention the fact that Samsung doesn’t support Dolby Vision, does limit how well this TV can show off HDR content. This TV has an okay color gamut, but it can't display the full range of reds and greens used by most recent HDR content, including UHD Blu-rays. If our Samsung TU8000 TV review has you considering other options, here are three more TVs for you to check out.

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It also has better gray uniformity, much more accurate colors out-of-the-box, and better gradient performance.The Samsung has a VA panel with improved native contrast, so it displays deeper blacks, and the LG we tested has an IPS-like panel with wider viewing angles. All the same, we’re pleased by what we see here and even SD footage of daytime TV’s Dickinson's Real Deal is watchable. While this is largely in line with other HDR-supporting low-cost screens, it’s not particularly jazzy.

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It’s a much subtler picture if you do, though you can push brightness up a touch if you feel you need it. We weren’t sure that TCL was going to be able to offer something so obviously worthwhile with its first Roku TV for the UK but it has absolutely nailed it. The 2 x 8W sound system offers enough power to bring use to the vast proportion of the 0-100 volume scale on the TV and it takes until well up into the 80s before the audio becomes noticeably distorted.On the other hand, the Samsung has more accurate colors out-of-the-box, better reflection handling, faster response time, and 4:4:4 support, which is important if you want to use your TV as a PC monitor. However, if you want a good value TV, then Samsung's 8 Series is a great middle ground for those who want a solid TV without spending the money on the QLED range. There’s no Dolby Vision HDR support, as is normal with Samsung right up to its top-range models, including the world-beating Samsung Q950TS, and we can’t help feel but feel the TU8500 could really benefit from a little dynamic tone mapping guidance when watching some of the more eye-popping HDR shows on Netflix.

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