I don’t often get asked to review tech stuff, but when Samsung sent me an email asking if i’d like to take part in their #MissionSamsung challenge I jumped at the opportunity and if you follow me on Twitter you will have seen me ask my followers a few weeks back what feature they find most important in a television…design, display or internet connectivity. I really hoped you got involved because those that did stand a chance to win an absolutely phenomenal prize. It was about the same time that Samsung said they would deliver a television for me to review and I honestly wasn’t prepared for a brand new Samsung 4K SUHD TV to arrive at my door. I especially wasn’t prepared for it to be a massive 65 inches. You know those TV’s they have on display in the front window of the Samsung store, the flagship one that people stare at and dream of? Well that is the one they sent me and I won’t lie…it is an absolutely remarkable piece of technology and I never want to give it back.
I was so impressed once I unpacked and set it up (not an easy task by the way given it’s size) that I simply had to lie in front of it to give you some perspective as to its size compared to my 1.80m height. Here’s me and my best draw-me-like-one-of-your-French-girls pose.
So majestic. The TV not me.
That photograph does not do the television justice though so let me elaborate a bit further and give you my thoughts on the Samsung 4K SUHD TV regarding it’s design, display and Smart TV capabilities.
The first thing you will notice is the sleek curved DESIGN. I’ve never had a curved television and was initially unsure of whether i’d prefer it over a flat screen, but it quickly grew on me. It’s hard to explain, but it reminds me of the smooth curves and designs of a high performance supercar. There is an unexplainable sense of flow that’s easier on the eye than the conventional flat screen. The narrow metallic silver frame and one piece stand give the entire television a sense of elegance that one expects from a top of the range unit and Samsung clearly has put attention into the smallest details. The back of the television is completely free of clutter. There are only two inputs for the power cable and the other for the Samsung One Connect Box cable (basically a seperate box containing all your audio and video connection inputs) both of which pass through a gap in the Y-shaped base stand so you don’t see any wires behind the television. Very slick. Looks like the TV is floating. There are hidden built-in speakers offering excellent sound and even the remote control has been designed in a minimalist manner with as few buttons as possible. It comes with a touchpad to navigate quickly, you can perform voice commands with a built in microphone and there’s a touch-sensitive pointer you can use as a mouse. It’s connected to the television via Bluetooth so you don’t even need to point it at the television, you just need to be within Bluetooth range. As a complete package the Samsung 4K SUHD TV is beautifully designed and will be the center piece of any entertainment or living room.
Next up we have the DISPLAY and if you havn’t already guessed from the name then let me tell you that it’s 4K ultra high definition is capable of visuals that have a resolution of 3840×2160 pixels, four times higher than Full HD. I should at this point quickly explain the benefits of a curved screen and the most noticible difference is the greater sense of depth and you can view it from anywhere in the room. It almost feels 3D, but not really and it gives you a wider field of view immersing you more in what you are watching. Unfortunately for me the size of my living room was a restriction and the viewing distance made me feel too close to such a large TV. Nano-crystal technology brings out a more vibrant and brilliant image thanks to a wider range of colours the TV is able to display. There is multi-zone full array backlighting which enhances the brightness and provides greater contrast. Colours are more vivid, richer and the clarity is superb creating a more true-to-life picture. I hardly messed with the settings and pretty much left it as it came out of the box. I’m sure with the correct tweaking it would be even more impressive. There’s also the Peak Illuminator Ultimate feature with LED illumination behind the brightest regions of the picture as well as PurColor and Precision Black which provide a more authentic picture with darker blacks. Sports fans will be pleased to know that the Motion Rate 240 feature produces minimal blur and fast movements appear sharp. The downside of such an impressive display is that watching standard definition television was a disappointment compared to full HD. Like driving a Ferrari at 60km/h on the freeway…you know the power is there, but you are being held back. It does come with upscaling where low resolution is made to fit the screen, but it wasn’t ideal in my opinion. You need to be watching HD television and movies at preferably 1080p to get the best experience. Current generation console gaming is fantastic and if you can get your hands on 4K video it will blow your mind. One of the first things I did after setting up the internet connectivity is go to YouTube and search for the best 4k videos. It unleashes the true potential of the display taking full advantage of the outstanding resolution.
Lastly we have the Smart TV capabilites. I’ve never had a Smart TV until now so have nothing to compare it to and I’m still busy messing around with the all the features. From what i’m told the Smart TV feature on the Samsung 4K SUHD TV is more advanced and faster to navigate than previous versions. It’s as simple as pressing the Smart Hub button on the remote and a toolbar appears at the bottom of the screen giving you access to the internet, apps, games and online streaming etc. I basically used the function to browse the web only and as I mentioned earlier to search Youtube for 4k videos. Another excellent feature is the easy share capabilities between the TV and other Samsung devices like your Galaxy smart phone or tablet. Screen mirroring allows you to watch whatever is playing on the TV on your mobile device and vice versa.
There is so much more than what i’ve briefly outlined and if you want more detailed specs and in-depth infomation then have a look at the Samsung website HERE. There are great pics showing you all cutting edge technology and features.
Or have a look at these videos to get a visual sense of what the Samsung 4K SUHD TV offers.
Told you it’s amazing.
Words and images don’t do it justice though. Staring at a picture or watching a video of the Samsung 4K SUHD TV pales in comparison to actually sitting on your couch and witnessing it for yourself.
A rather surreal experience that may be cutting edge right now, but will without a doubt be the benchmark in the near future if not already.