When replacing a small living TV with a much larger one, getting the most advanced model can be tempting. TVs have a long life span making it less likely to upgrade to a newer model so it might be worth the extra cash to get an advanced TV with all sorts of features. However, flagship TVs can have a lot of extra features that you may not care so much about. It might be better to consider a model that is still high-end but not priced too high. The Samsung UN55F6800 is a 55-inch TV that fits in this category and it surprisingly amazes in more ways than one.
When a TV goes as large as 55 inches, the overall design of the TV really matters less since having a huge TV in the living room is enough to make people say “Wow!” But Samsung has a history of caring about the design of their high-end TVs and the UN55F6800 is no different. Rather than having a classic rectangular or quadrapod stand, Samsung went a more stable approach by having the TV supported by 2 Y-feet on the left and right making this TV look more like a giant bulletin board. The thin metallic bezel bordering the panel is a nice touch too.
The Samsung UN55F6800 is also fully ready to set up a basic home theater system right out of the box thanks to the 4 available HDMI inputs. The remaining inputs allow you to connect a piece of equipment that relies on either composite inputs or component inputs. 3 USB ports and a RS-232 port are also provided along with the usual ports that are found in most modern TVs nowadays.
The Samsung Smart TV feature is not exactly new to Samsung TVs but the UN55F6800 falls under the class of 2013 TVs, which all provide a better user interface. The interface that gives you access to all the Internet features is still called the Smart Hub but it looks a lot easier to use. The home screen of the Smart Hub looks a bit different and no longer has direct shortcuts to your favorite TV apps. The thumbnail showing the live TV view is still there but the icons are now tiles representing the TV programs you like most based on your viewing habits. Samsung calls this the “On TV” tab although it pretty much pushes the S-Recommendation feature into the spotlight. The bottom of this interface also shows any recommended shows that will start shortly so you can set a schedule reminding you to switch to the proper channel when the show is about to begin. If different people use the TV, you may optionally have your own profile to make sure that your TV recommendations aren’t being shown to others.
Moving to the left tab will bring you to the “Apps” section, which is basically an organized list of apps currently installed in the TV. Some recommended apps are listed like YouTube and Facebook although you will find that there are tons of apps to choose from when you go to “More Apps.” This is where you can launch the browser app which can be handy if you wish to go to a specific website that lacks a corresponding TV app. Going to the leftmost tab takes you to the “Social” section which basically presents to you a bunch of online content on sites like YouTube that are trending and recommended by friends. To make this feature work best, you should connect your Facebook, Twitter and Skype accounts.
The fourth tab called “Movies & TV Shows” offers a bunch of thumbnails highlighting featured movies and TV shows. This tab is actually a nice alternative to browsing a streaming app since the tab loads pretty quickly and it gathers the content from a number of big streaming services including Netflix. The Netflix app is still available if you like the Netflix interface but the “Movies & TV Shows” tab gives you faster access to stream the movie or TV show you want. There are also shortcuts to all the stuff you purchased or added to your favorites.
A Samsung Smart Touch remote control is included to make it easier to navigate the Smart Hub interface and use the Samsung apps. Built-in Wi-Fi means that you can enjoy the Smart Hub experience immediately.
The Samsung UN55F6800 comes with 2 pairs of 3D active glasses so you and another person can try out the TV’s 3D functionality. It works exactly what you would expect when you watch native 3D Blu-ray content. For content that doesn’t support 3D, you can try out the highly improved Samsung 3D converter to turn classic movies and TV shows into engaging and fresh 3D experiences from start to finish.
Like just about any other Samsung TV, the UN55F6800 comes with the Wide Color Enhancer Plus technology that provides the TV with a broader color range so visuals come out more vivid. It is also one of the most affordable displays that support Micro Dimming technology that optimizes the contrast in certain areas of the image to produce deeper blacks and whiter whites without ruining other parts of the picture. High-end Samsung models support more zones but the Samsung UN55F6800 still produces better results than the cheaper and older models. The UN55F6800 also dials up the Clear Motion Rate value to 600, which is basically a combination of Samsung’s image processing with its backlight technology and 240 Hz refresh rate to produce clearer high-speed visuals. The UN55F6800 is Energy Star 6.0 certified too so you won’t have to worry about the TV consuming more than 100 watts on regular usage.
Because of the technologies that enhance the picture, the Samsung UN55F6800 is priced in the $1,300 to $1,800 range. This is a pretty good price considering the fact that more advanced Samsung TVs feature stuff that not everyone may need like a built-in camera. If you care about features and picture quality, the UN55F6800 is a great overall package that is reasonably priced.
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