Samsung UA55F8000 3D TV Review

09 Oct, 2013, 12:47 pm IST | by Lionel D'souza | LED Backlit

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Samsung, the global electronics leader is on a serious marathon run, and somehow no other electronics manufacturer seems to catch up with them. Be it product launches and new technologies Samsung is simply leading the race because of its positive aggressiveness towards the growth of the brand. Likewise, this year at the CES 2013, Samsung unveiled their latest F8000 series and from this series the UA55F8000 had recently arrived at our shores for a review. We were indeed keen to review the product as it boasted of new technologies that would improve 3D viewing considerably.

At first sight this flat panel’s great looks literally knocks your socks away. The slim bezel finish with its silver metallic colour is simply wonderful and eye-catchy. What’s more startling to see is that the flat panel rests on an arc shaped stand. This is certainly new to us; it is not only innovative but also astounding to see how a 55” flat panel balances all its weight on an arc shaped stand. Coming to the build quality of the flat panel, it definitely looks and feels strong. The back is smartly covered with a black metallic plate, and it is under this plate that the connections of the Samsung flat panel lie. This is indeed an elegant way to cover things up, plus here we also found the slot for Samsung’s proprietary Evolution kit. This evolution kit is Samsung’s way of providing a hardware upgrade to the existing panel.



To bring 3D alive, this LED panel from Samsung boasts of a new crosstalk-reduction system which in turn improves the overall 3D image quality. The 3D images are meant to appear at least 30 percent brighter because of this technology. Now, you must be wondering what is 3D crosstalk? --- when we say crosstalk visually, here we mean an overlap of images, and since 3D deals with two images one for each eye, it simply relates to an overlap of the right image over the left one or vice versa. So, Samsung’s improved crosstalk technology aims to reduce all these problems and deliver a better 3D image. Apart from this, the 1920x1080p panel also rides high on the fact that it is one of those rare flat panels that is powered by a Quad Core Processor to handle all the internet browsing work load as well as other data handling and processing work, like if you insert a HDD into the flat panel it has the processor that handles all the data on the HDD. Once more we cannot forget to highlight the fact that being 3D this flat panel is meant to cater to the entire family as a whole and that’s why you will find four Active 3D glasses in the packaging of the flat panel. These 3D glasses are powered by a 3V lithium batteries, so if you plan to have a long entertaining weekend, then make sure you have a couple of these batteries in stock.



Apart from the 3D feature, the UA55F8000 also boasts of other unique features like voice control, gesture control and face recognition. These features have been a part of Samsung’s Flat Panel line up ever since the beginning of the year 2012. These features have been dealt with in detail in the performance section. We tried accessing the face recognition feature. To activate this feature, you have to allow the camera above the flat panel to take a picture of your face, and that too without any expressions on your face. Also, Samsung recommends that the room should be brightly lit and you should be positioned at least 3 ½ feet away from the camera for a perfect picture to be clicked by the flat panel. Once you create an account through the Samsung Flat Panel, the voice recognition feature instantly becomes active.


The controller of this flat panel is just like the panel itself - smartly designed, sleek looks and sports a silver futuristic finish. In terms of ergonomics, this controller poses no issues at all. What we would like to thank Samsung would be for a trackpad on the remote control; thus no boring navigation buttons. Just drag your finger over the trackpad and it simultaneously moves on the screen, what we only needed was a enter button to be placed separately rather than being present in the middle of the trackpad. It will take some time to get used to applying the pressure at the right spot in the middle of the trackpad.

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