The latest and greatest TVs are pretty easy to identify. Just look for the largest TV and make sure it has a 4K resolution. Knowing this fact is pretty important if you are looking for a highly advanced TV because the next-generation TVs are so pricey that it makes 1080p TVs look cheap in comparison. That is because 1080p TVs are really getting cheaper every month as manufacturers work to lower the costs of 4K displays. But the Samsung UN75F8000 is one of those rare exceptions because it is a 1080p TV that costs close to $7,000. This price actually makes sense for the 1080p resolution once you consider the display’s massive size, picture quality and huge laundry list of features.
The UN75F8000 is big for all the right reasons. The display itself measures 75 inches diagonally and the bezel hardly adds to the size because the bezel is extremely thin. Viewing the display from the side isn’t exactly a pretty sight but the front of the Samsung UN75F8000 really shows how much of a great job Samsung has done in designing this TV. The stand deserves a special mention because it keeps the panel about an inch and a half above the surface and it arcs backwards to give the TV a more minimalistic look. The width of the stand is unfortunately almost equal to the width of the display and it doesn’t swivel but the overall design really has that “Wow” factor.
As expected, the UN75F8000 comes with a set of 4 HDMI inputs for home theater components and mobile devices along with 3 USB ports for flash drives and external hard disks. Plus, you have the Ethernet port and built-in Wi-Fi for Internet access along with the usual ports for hooking up older devices and speaker systems.
The Smart Hub feature has long served as the gateway to the Internet for all midrange and high-end Samsung TVs. For the F8000 series and other 2013 models, the interface of the Smart Hub sees a much-needed redesign. Pressing the “Smart Hub” button on the remote control takes you to a screen where you can see the live TV source in a thumbnail as well as some shortcuts to recommended TV shows courtesy of the S-Recommendation feature.
The TV features 4 other panels which you can easily browse left or right. These panels take you to other organized sections so you can do other things like access local network content or download or launch apps. There is a dedicated section that shows you all the apps you have installed in the TV as well as some app recommendations. This is the place you should head if you have any favorite online services that you wish to experience on the TV. Sites like Facebook, YouTube, Hulu Plus, Netflix and many others all have their own Samsung apps. A Web browser app is also available if you want to go to other websites. But if you are after the video streaming experience, you can go to this other panel in the Smart Hub interface that can pull content from Netflix and other websites. By logging into your account, you can access all the content you purchased and stream in full HD. This also serves as a nice way to discover new movies and TV shows to watch.
The Samsung UN75F8000 supports wireless keyboards although the package doesn’t include one. Instead, the TV comes with this nifty Smart Touch Remote Control that has its own touchpad for easier navigation as well as support for voice commands and gestures. 4 pairs of 3D Active Glasses are included too so several people can enjoy the Samsung Active 3D technology when watching 3D movies. Non-3D content can also be converted to 3D with the Samsung 3D converter.
There are several high-end and midrange Samsung TV models that offer a fairly complete Smart Hub experience. But the quad-core processor makes the performance of the Smart Hub much faster and you can multitask a lot better too. The Web browser also delivers better performance even if you open multiple tabs.
The advanced display technologies are also reserved for the Samsung UN75F8000 and the other F8000 models. The Micro Dimming Ultimate technology goes beyond the Pro and Standard versions of micro dimming. The technology works by scanning twice as many zones in the image and enhances each zone by adjusting the contrast and brightness to a level that best suits the contents of that zone. The picture turns out to be a lot more natural and balanced. Combined with the Precision Black Local Dimming technology, which is also exclusive to the F8000 series, black levels are much better without ruining the rest of the image. The Ultra Clear Panel also does a nice job in absorbing ambient light to eliminate reflections.
The UN75F8000 has a Clear Motion Rate of 1200, which is the highest value of CMR out of the Samsung TV family. It might not sound like a big deal since the actual refresh rate is still 240 Hz but Clear Motion Rate also takes the image processing speed and backlight scanning into consideration so sharper visuals are shown even during the quickest action sequences.
Although these fancy TV technologies and specs can be viewed as excessive for something that isn’t a PC, Samsung went even further by equipping the Samsung UN75F8000 with upgrade capabilities so owner don’t have to worry about their TVs being obsolete providing they are willing to pay for the Smart Evolution Kit. Samsung hasn’t provided any further information for this kit which will be scheduled for release in 2014.
If you can swallow the price tag and don’t really care so much about 4K resolution, the UN75F8000 is easily the most powerful 1080p right now. As a standalone system, it can do so much even if you don’t hook up a smartphone or PC to the TV. For watching movies, TV shows and playing video games, the Samsung UN75F8000 delivers a very pleasant experience.
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