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Samsung UE48JU6740 review

 Review: June 2015  
 

Last updated October 2015

Rating: 3 stars

In a nutshell: The Samsung UE48JU6740 gets very high marks for its beautiful curved screen and attractive V-shaped stand. It scores well for picture quality too, although its limited viewing angles count against it. The built-in Freeview and Freesat tuners are another bonus. Just watch out for the price!



 

Introduction

The Samsung UE48JU6740 is the same as the UE48JU6500 model, but with a few additions. It's a premium TV, but with a price to match!

Design & looks

The UE48JU6740 is another of Samsung's curved TVs, and it certainly creates a very strong first impression. In terms of appearance, it's very similar to the UE48JU6500, with a narrow black plastic bezel surrounding the screen. The stand is slightly different, and if anything is even smarter than the JU6500's. It's a metal V-shaped stand that's both very slim and sturdy. This is certainly a TV that gets high marks for design.

The sales package includes both a standard remote control and also a handy smart remote, designed to make it easy to navigate the Smart TV menus and apps.

Picture quality

The JU6740 is ranked at the very top of Samsung's Series 6 range. Not only is it a UHD TV, but it claims a feature called UHD dimming, designed to provide intelligent backlighting that varies with the scene being displayed. Samsung has awarded it a Picture Quality Index (PQI) of 1200, indicating that the company believes this to offer the best picture quality of any of its Series 6 models.

UHD is a nice feature to have on such a big screen, as the difference becomes noticeable on screen sizes of 48 inches or larger. It's by no means essential, but it will provide future-proofing for when UHD (4K) content becomes widely available. At present there are just a few 4K titles on Netflix to play with. The choice of titles available on streaming services like Netflix and Amazon will steadily increase, and more choice will become available once Blu-Ray and perhaps broadcast TV go down the 4K route. That may be a year or two away, however. In the meantime, the JU6740 does a good job upscaling ordinary HD content to the UHD screen. Low-quality standard def TV channels don't look so good, but we make this same comment when reviewing any screen sized 48 inches or bigger.

The curved screen is also a talking point. The claim is that the curvature gives you a more immersive and realistic experience, with added depth simulating a 3D effect. While this may be true for gamers, or if you watch TV alone, for a family the case isn't very strong. Unless you're sitting directly in front of the screen, the curve will tend to shut you out, not draw you in.

Whether or not you like the curve, the screen itself is a good one. Samsung's panels are well known for producing very deep blacks, and the JU6740 is no exception. It's very bright too, and the UHD dimming backlighting technology performs well, producing good dynamic contrast and plenty of shadow detail. Colour balance is excellent too. For static images, it's one of the best performing televisions you'll find in the mid-range.

Motion control is slightly less polished. The screen used is intrinsically not very fast, and even with Samsung's motion interpolation processing, fast-moving images can sometimes blur. It's not a big problem, but if you're a movie buff or a big sports fan, it might be something that you notice. On a more positive note, the TV has a reaonably low lag when set to Game mode.

What's more bothersome, and something that everyone will notice, is the narrow viewing angles of the display. While we praised the depth of the blacks and the colour balance of the screen when viewing it head on, the situation is different if you view it from an angle, for instance if you're not sitting in a chair directly in front of the screen. From an angle, the contrast dips quite quickly, with whites and blacks turning grey, and other colours losing their integrity. The curved screen makes this effect even worse, and the viewing angle for which the picture is optimal is really quite narrow.

Note also that this is not a 3D TV.

Audio quality

We'll apply the same comments to this TV as we have done to all of this year's Series 6 models - OK, but could do better. The audio system is very much a mid-range offering, with stereo 10W speakers capable of reproducing dialogue well enough, but lacking bass and treble.

We'd recommend some kind of sound bar or a full home cinema kit to get the most enjoyment from this TV, and to enhance that immersive quality that Samsung has told us so much about.

Smart TV

Samsung's Smart TV system has been overhauled for 2015, and is now based on the open-source Tizen operating system. The new system is nicely integrated into the TV's operation, and lets you select apps and input sources with ease.

You'll find streaming services Netflix and Amazon, as well as catch-up TV from the BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, All 4 and Demand 5. Other apps include YouTube, a web browser, games, Skype, Facebook and Twitter.

The JU6740 uses a fast quad-core processor for a quick, smooth response. It also benefits from the inclusion of a dedicated Smart remote control, making the menu and apps very easy to drive. The Smart remote includes voice control too.

Connectivity

The 6740 is a step up from the 6500 in that it includes a built-in Freesat HD tuner in addition to a Freeview HD tuner. A 7-day electronic programme guide lets you select your viewing.

The TV comes with a generous 4 HDMI ports (including ARC and MHL compatibility), 3 USBs, an optical audio output, plus composite and component inputs, and a headphone jack, but no SCART. Smart TV access is provided by built-in Wi-Fi and an ethernet connection.

The TV also supports DLNA, and screen mirroring for compatible smartphones and tablets.

Conclusion - a premium TV

We originally awarded the UE48JU6740 three stars, reflecting its high initial price. Then the price was slashed, and we adjusted our rating to 4 stars. Now the price has gone back up to around £950, we've put it back to 3 stars.

The UE48JU6740 is in many ways a fine TV. We love its style and looks, and other top features are its Smart TV and built-in Freesat.

Picture quality is in many ways superb. There's the immersive curved screen (perhaps best appreciated by gamers and single viewers), the UHD capability, the superb black levels, brightness and dynamic contrast. These are the features that give this TV the PQI of 1200, putting it at the top of the Series 6 models. However, that narrow viewing angle is an issue that we can't ignore. It'll be a problem if you intend to use this as a family TV with several people viewing at the same time.

If you plan to buy this model, watch the price carefully. If you can find it for less than £800, it will be worth buying.


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Reviewed by Paul from Uk on 17th Feb 2016
Having a major issue with double image on ps4, only on some games though (fallout 4 is the worst). Have tv set to game mode and have put in a support request. Have tried everything I can think of to sort the issue.
Probably going to get nowhere with Samsung so will most likely have to argue it's not fit for purpose and return it to store.
Shame as its a nice tv for 4K Netflix etc.
If anyone has experienced similar image problems and found a solution let me know.
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Reviewed by Beard from England on 16th Jan 2016
Cant get catch up tv without a problem apparently samsung are aware of this problem on this particular model and could be amonth or more untill rectified. Returned tv back to curries very dis appointed also the fact that curries said they had no knowledge of this fault.
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Reviewed by Jeremy from UK on 13th Sep 2015
TV looks nice, however there appears to be a problem operating the TV with Freesat. Using the 'Guide' functionality you can select a channel, then if you want to select another channel perhaps say 10 channels away the TV won't make the selection and instead reverts back to the previous channel. I replaced the first TV I had through Currys thinking that it must have been defective, however, exactly the same thing happens with the replacement TV. I am connecting my Freesat dish directly into the TV. Very disappointing.
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Reviewed by Mike Noble from Uk on 9th Sep 2015
Bought this TV this week to replace an LG I bought last year (Ive hated it as soon as I set it up, unfortunately curry's don't take things back that are not unopened) it was mega slow for everything.
Anyway, I chose Samsung as I have a number of thier devices and have never had a problem before, The curve wasn't something I was looking for but it goes look great, viewing angles are a problem for wide rooms but if you have the tv in a corner you shouldn't have much problem.
The picture is amazing, and worth looking on YouTube for a UHD video to show you what is coming.
The speed (which was important to me after the LG) is spot on. As soon as you switch this TV on you can change channel instantly, guide comes up straight away, smart hub pops up straight away and remembers what apps you have used to save you looking. I have not experienced any lag so far so either.
The Connectivity is not something I have tested much other than Internet, I have not lost connection or experienced lag using netflix etc, I am yet to try screen mirroring and casting but I'm sure it will be better than the problems older models have had.
The smart remote is awesome, it feels perfect in your hand, it's comfortable and has enough weight to make it feel substantial and won't break, compared to the LG it also functions better with its touch pointer (lg just came on when moved which was very annoying)
Overall I find this TV to be visually stunning, as well as stylish and works to a standard people expect in today's ever advancing world.
Best tv I have owned!
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Reviewed by Chris T from UK on 1st Sep 2015
I have not experienced any of the problems the other reviewers have. Paul, i think you got unlucky with a bad unit and should of swap it box or not. Apps on my tv all work faultlessly no crashing or lag.
Maybe try a hardwired connection instead wifi as wifi signals always drop.
I'm not sure you gain much from the curve but i really like it. I also had go through a lot of picture setting to get the picture right.
As mentioned the viewing angle aren't great and you end up using two remote as some functions are easier on one and some on the other.
But i'm very happy best TV i've owned!
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Reviewed by Paul from UK on 9th Aug 2015
Bought this at the end of June and I'm very disappointed with this TV. My problem is not with the web browser but with, what I feel is the most important part of a TV, the picture.

Unfortunately I did not notice this at set up, otherwise it would have been taken straight back to the shop, but only after I'd thrown the packaging away. The panel has a large 'reddish' patch on the left hand side. I've made numerous adjustments using all the settings, including both 2pt and 10 pt white balance, however although I can lessen the problem I can't remove it altogether. I've contacted Samsung Tech Support and the response so far is that it's working to specification! I'm sure that it's not. Any problem that can make green grass look brown can not be correct. I believe this is probably not the standard quality of the product however it appears, if like me, you get a bad one then you're stuck with it! Poor quality panel for a UHD TV. N.B. The 'engineer' who came to look at it suggested this is a problem with all LCD displays (I think not) and that it's probably noticeable most on white, green, and blue images!! That covers most of the spectrum. My recommendation would be buy this only is you're

1. Willing to take a gamble on whether you'll get a good or bad display.

2. Want to purchase a TV where you can only get a good picture where you change the RGB setting to 'Red' or switch the picture off altogether.

N.B. I'd give it less than one star if the option was there.
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Reviewed by Duke from UK on 13th Jul 2015
I bough this TV recently and having similar issue mention by Alex. The internet connection get lost now and then, it is near impossible to screen mirroring, sometimes the app hanged too. Beside that it is a good TV. May need a proper firmware update. However, I can't wait so return to Currys and took a more reliable Sony.
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Reviewed by Alex from uk on 5th Jul 2015
Very disappointed with this purchase, the web browser crashes, the address bar seems to hide automatically, only a few apps can be installed, no access to apps from another country. If I wirelessly project the image from the laptop, it crashes every 10 min or so. The browser app disapears from time to time, the only option to get it back is to turn off, turn on the tv. Built quality is high but on the software side.... absolutely rubbish. I've paid 974, unfortunately will have to take it back.
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