Samsung UN55JS8500 4K SUHD TV Review


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The Samsung UN55JS8500 is the 55 inch model in the 2015 SUHD line-up from Samsung and is a great combination of design, features and picture quality.  In the US this is a flatscreen model whereas in the UK, it has a curved screen – No idea why there should be this difference, but do be aware – and you may notice the difference in our review video below.

Samsung UN55JS8500 Appearance

This is a truly great looking TV.  It is the entry level model of the SUHD range from Samsung which are their top of the range televisions.  No one is quite sure what the “S” in “SUHD” stands for and Samsung are remaining enigmatic, apparently preferring to create an aura of mystery around this moniker.

Samsung UN55JS8500 SUHD 4K TV Styling Features

Slim and Stylish Brushed Silver Bezel

The styling is high class with a textured brushed silver finish to the narrow bezel surrounding the screen and just a discreet SUHD in the top right corner.  The rear has also been styled with a ridged texture that is quite different but shows great attention to detail.  And the slim T-shape table stand is straight and sleek, again in the brushed silver finish.

Samsung UN55 JS8500 Rear

Ridged Brushed Silver Rear of the UN55 JS8500

Video Review of the Samsung JS8500

Here you can see a great video review of the JS8500 from Marks Electrical in the UK.  Note that, as previously mentioned, the UK model is curved, whereas the US model is flat.

 
www.youtube.com/watch?v=goM-PVptN_g
 

SMART JS8500

With it’s built in SMART TV functionality, you are ready to enjoy streaming 4K content from Netflix and Amazon out of the box.  All you need is a good internet connection and you can connect either by WiFi or by ethernet cable to the LAN port.
Smart Tizen TV JS8500

JS8500 Smart RemoteSamsung have changed their Smart interface this year to one using the proprietary TIZEN system which has a comprehensive and intuitive menu system.  This is much better than their old Smart interface which was a bit clunky.

Added to this, they now have a Quad-Core Processor which provides a more fluid browsing experience and faster response when you want to switch between apps, streaming content and other media inputs.

This is a much more satisfying user experience, letting you access your favorite program choices, live TV, video on demand, apps, and social media in one easy-to-browse navigation experience. (although, it is not as good or intuitive as LG’s WebOS2)

The sleek Smart Remote Control has a touchpad to make navigation easy and quick, lets you give voice commands with the built-in microphone, or use the remote like a mouse and simply point and click.

 

JS8500 Connections

Most of the connections are housed in the Mini OneConnect box that you can position where you like and this has a single cable that goes into the back of the TV –  a neat connection solution – especially if you want to wall mount.

The mini OneConnect box is equipped with 4 HDMI 2.0 ports, (1 DVI, 1 ARC, 1 MHL), compatible with HDCP2.2 capable of 4K at 60fps and 4:4:4 chroma, digital optical out, and 2 USB 2.0 on the side of the box.  This enables you to de-clutter the connections to your TV with a more streamlined approach to making audio and video connections to external TV components such as AV receivers, blu-ray players etc.

On the back of the TV itself are a USB 3.0 port, component and composite in, wired LAN (ethernet), RF aerial input,  a headphone socket and the connection socket for the mini OneConnect box.

JS8500 SUHD Picture Quality

Samsung UN55JS8500 Brilliant Color range

Nano Crystal Color

The SUHD range is Samsung’s top end for 2015.  These TVs are equipped with the latest picture technology to squeeze every last drop of  picture quality from the LED panels and will process HDR (High Dynamic Range) content when it arrives later this year.

Nano Crystal Color is Samsung’s version of Quantum Dot technology which gives a brighter, more true to life, picture with a wider range of colors than before.

You also get “Peak Illuminator Pro” which gives greater LED illumination in bright areas of the picture so you can enjoy greater picture detail.

JS8500-Peak-Illuminator-Pro

Peak Illuminator Pro

 

Precision Black improves the contrast with deep black levels and bright whites. And the contrast enhancer improves the depth of vision across the screen.

And even if you don’t have access to much 4K content yet, the built in Upscaling gives enhanced details and optimized picture quality to standard HD programming.

Out of the box, the picture settings are pretty good but there is an effective range of calibration controls that can be used to improve the picture settings.

The standard 2D performance gives brilliant, next to natural colors due to the excellent video processing and deep blacks.

The JS8500 has Active 3D with bright and accurate images but only one pair of 3D active glasses (SSG-5150GB) with the set.  The supplied glasses can be worn over prescription glasses and use button cell batteries which keeps the weight down.

This set can also upconvert standard 2D content into 3D content which is a great feature if you enjoy viewing in 3D.

For full specifications, you can download the JS8500 Spec Sheet here

And you can also see the feedback that other purchasers of the JS8500 have given here.

 

Samsung UN55JS8500 Summary

This is the top flatscreen SUHD 4K TV from Samsung in 2015 and will handle High Dynamic Range (HDR).  It is a very attractive quality television with accurate color, sophisticated video processing giving great picture quality.

Fully featured with slick Smart TV and Active 3D this TV will give you hours of viewing pleasure with all the latest standards to future-proof your purchase.

 

 

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