Samsung has been taking gradual steps into developing more costly and advanced flatscreen televisions for years. News of their newest Smart TV models had been circulating for awhile, and in 2012 they began to hit the market. But where past models in their flagship series of LED HDTV’s were middle range, the Samsung UN75F8000 is the most advanced set they have released to date.
The F8000 is similar to many newer Samsung models, in that it was built to be extra sleek and slim. With five sizes available, you can choose between a 46”, 55”, 60”, 65” and the massive 75” models. Despite the large size, the lightweight nature of the design makes it ideal for wall mounting. There is an available chrome stand, but there have been complaints about the way the TV rests against the curved legs. Since the F8000 75” only weighs 98 lbs, you could find alternative stands, granted they could compensate for the length. Doing so could prove difficult for anything over the 46”.
All cord mess has been eliminated, with the back being entirely clear. This is a benefit to the overall design, giving it a sleeker overall appearance and improving function. Add this to the astonishingly slender 1.6” depth and the arc design, and you have a very minimalist style compared to other LED big screen televisions.
The Smart Touch Remote has a look similar to what you would expect in an old sci-fi show. While thin and sleek, the colors on the buttons and the design of the controls themselves have an almost retro feel. Made to be ultra lightweight like the TV itself, it works using a simple touch screen and a built-in microphone for voice commands. It comes along with four pairs of 3D active glasses.
The audio is standard, with 40W Sound Output (RMS) in Dolby Digital Plus. For better sound, an additional system may be required.
One design flaw becomes apparent when you stand to the edge of either side. The center of the screen maintains its picture quality. But the picture angle is off at the corners, and the picture begins to break down in quality. Color and sharpness are both lost, and the back lighting becomes uneven.
Each screen comes in high definition, with a 1920×1080 native resolution and 240Hz refresh rate. The 1200 clear motion rate (CMR), ultra clear panel for light absorption, and Wide Color Enhancing Plus were implemented for brighter colors and a sharper overall image. Their micro dimmer that replicates real life colors and tones maximize the contrast in lighting.
The Quad Core Processor shows Samsung lending more focus to the web capabilities of their smart TV’s. Speed for online use was a major concern for this model, as was switching from the television to the Internet more smoothly. With an interface similar to what you would find on a mobile device, it separates all content into five clear sections: TV, movies, social, apps and your personal content including photos, videos and music. The F8000 has built-in WiFi, so you can connect to these features at all times.
Perhaps the biggest change is the emphasis on useability. Several ways have been added to use the F8000, including the Smart Touch Remote, full voice interaction for audio commands, and motion detection for hand gestures. S-Recommendations introduces you to other entertainment you may be interested in, which is also compatible with the voice commands. AllShare links your TV to any device to let you quickly access and stream content right on your TV, and send that same content to others.
Samsung has been experimenting a lot with 3D in recent years. The F8000 integrated the technology with both full HD 1080p while in 3D mode, as well a a converter that works on 2D to adapt it to the format. The converter itself is still a newer technology that has yet to reach a level to make it useful for primary applications. But it will probably be one of the features that improves in the coming years as 3D continues to gain popularity.
Consumers won’t have to worry about that update in quality only being seen in future models. All features updated on a regular basis using Smart Evolution. This unique characteristic plugs the Smart Evolution Kit into the back of the TV. All updates in software are automatically applied to your F8000, improving its capabilities as new enhancements are released.
The picture quality is on par with many newer LED’s that have hit the market. The online capabilities have been improved with integration with the social web, and useability features like motion and voice commands. Each of these have been tinkered with by many brands, Samsung included. You have more options for browsing than with the past sets in the company’s Smart TV series.
Smart Evolution is a new concept of the Smart TV. Since one of the biggest concerns of buying a high priced television is that it will become obsolete too quickly, it will be a relief to consumers of advanced tech like this to know they can regularly update the system. Since the F8000 is the most expensive TV for sale this year at almost $8,000 for a 75”, it is a necessary feature.
The 1200 CMR is the highest of any Samsung model so far. The improvement in picture quality as a consequence, especially with their other features like micro dimming and increased contrast, make it a smooth viewing experience more realistic than most. The screen itself is made up of thousands of tiny LED lights, with a back-lit screen. The blacks are much blacker, and the colors much brighter, especially in comparison to past models. This extends to their web browsing, where streaming content maintains the same resolution, including graphics from apps, games and other media.
Unlike their other earlier releases such as the F6300, there are more accessories available to better customize the TV. Including wireless keyboard, a built-in camera, Bluetooth, and the SSG-5100GB 3D glasses.
Smart TV’s are becoming a more common on the market today. Sansung is competing with models like the Panasonic Plasma Viera TC-P60ST50, and the LG LED-LCD Hybrid Cinema Screen 55LM8600. But the F8000 is slimmer, larger and has differences in the design that make the image sharper.
The Samsung UN75F8000 is more integrated for online use than the above Smart TV’s, as well. With the ability to evolve over time and so keep up to date with new technologies, it could be considered an investment into high tech television models than a single purchase.