Samsung UE55HU7500 review
|Review: November 2014|
In a nutshell: The Samsung UE55HU7500 is a near-perfect UHD TV. Offering gorgeous premium design, stunning picture quality, 55 inches of flat screen, and superior audio quality, we think it's good value even at £2,000.
We've been generally shunning UHD technology up till now, because it's been horrifically expensive and there's been very little in the way of native UHD source material.
4K streaming? Very limited, and it's expensive and needs ultra-high speed broadband. Xbox One or PS4? No. Blu-Ray? Nope. Broadcast? You must be joking!
We don't think there'll be very much to watch on a UHD TV until Christmas 2015 at the earliest, so why spend money when there's no need? The only real reason (apart from wanting to be first) is if you are upgrading anyway and want to future-proof your purchase. And if you're buying a really big screen (55 inches or larger) then 4K makes sense.
Design & looks
The Samsung HU7500 series UHD TV is certainly one of the better options if you're exploring 4K TV. Design-wise, it's a stunner. The look is premium, with a T-shape brushed metal base and matching edging, and an airy feel with a superslim 7mm matte bezel surrounding the screen. It's a conventional flat screen too, not one of those new-fangled curved screens, and we're glad of that. It's also incredibly slim, at just 35mm thick.
Take a look. It's gorgeous, for sure.
You'll need a large room for it, as you're going to have to sit at least 10 feet away, otherwise you'll simply be overwhelmed by this monster. Even at this distance you'll feel totally immersed in the experience.
Energy efficiency isn't a strongpoint of this TV, due to the UHD panel. It eats up to 222W at full brightness and is rated B for energy efficiency.
The TV comes with two remotes - a TM1480A and a TM1240A.
Samsung has been steadily refining the performance of its LED screens each year, and this is arguably the best yet. Now that plasma is dead, the HU7500 is the best screen we've viewed this year.
Of course the 4K pixel resolution is the big headline, and with 4 times the number of pixels as a HD display, there's much more detail in the images, provided you have a high quality source. Native 4K sources are simply stunning. But even upscaling from normal HD, the TV does a good job of filling in textures and shading, rendering images nice and sharp. With standard definition viewing, you might be better off with fewer pixels on screen. When you blow a low quality image up to this size and display it at 4K resolution, the result can sometimes be horrible. So don't buy this TV if you watch a lot of standard-def broadcast programmes.
Overall, the screen is vibrant, with plenty of contrast and impressively deep blacks. The combination of a PSA panel (well-known for deep blacks and fast response times) and pseudo-local dimming of the LED backlighting makes it possible for this TV to achieve dynamic contrast ratios edging towards what plasma TVs are capable of. The backlighting is smooth, and there's no sign of muddiness or clouding that afflicts some LED panels. Movie Mode offers excellent colour accuracy and this can be tweaked via the calibration tools.
The 1000 Clear Motion Rate ensures that motion blur is almost never visible, even during sport or action scenes. Gamers will get a reasonably fast response too, provided they engage Game Mode to reduce lag times.
The only minor issue is the relatively narrow viewing angle of the screen. You probably won't notice any effect unless you move about 6 feet or more to the left or right of the centre of the screen, but then the colours begin to go awry and the contrast ratio dips. That's our only complaint. Otherwise, the HU7500 offers near-perfect viewing.
We don't know how important 3D viewing is to you, but be assured that the HU7500 delivers. Using active shutter glasses for a fully immersive experience, the TV generates realistic and almost flicker-free 3D viewing. To avoid any risk of crosstalk, make sure you sit far enough from the screen and turn off lights in the room. Be aware that 3D images are rendered in 1080p resolution, not 4K.
Just two pairs of 3D glasses are included in the sales package, which we feel is rather mean.
We're normally disappointed by the built-in audio quality of slimline televisions, but Samsung has gone to great lengths to deliver an audio experience to match the picture quality of this television.
Unusually, you'll find a combination of front-firing speakers and a waveguide for added bass. There's a total of 60W available, which is massive, and delivers a real bass punch through the subwoofers.
Everything else is good too, with Dolby MS11 and DTS Premium Sound 5.1 capability, delivering virtual 3D surround sound. It's one of the best audio experiences we've had on a modern TV.
Smart TV is one of the things Samsung does best, and you won't be disappointed with what the HU7500 has to offer. There's a full suite of catch-up TV, including all the favourites such as BBC iPlayer, 4oD, ITV Player and Demand 5, as well as BBC Sport and BBC News. You can access 4K content via Netflix. You'll also find an app store, a customisable home screen, a web browser and social media like facebook and twitter.
The quadcore processor makes everything run smoothly, without any annoying waits.
Samsung's Smart Evolution kit enables you to upgrade your Smart TV in the future, so you can stay up to date and fully connected.
When it comes to connectivity, you'll find just about everything you could want. Wi-Fi and ethernet connectivity is included, with Wi-Fi Direct support too. There are 4 HDMI connections, one of which is HDMI 2.0 compatible. ARC compatibility is included too. There are 3 USB ports, plus a wide range of connections for plugging in legacy AV devices via SCART, component, composite, etc.
Screen mirroring with compatible mobile devices is supported.
Freeview HD and Freesat HD tuners are built in.
Conclusion - a near-perfect UHD TV
The RRP of the UE55H7500 is £2,299.99, but you can pick it up for around 2 grand. It's not exactly cheap, but we still think it's good value.
Why? Gorgeous premium design; stunning picture quality from UHD sources and impressive results from normal HD viewing; 55 inches of flat screen; superior audio quality; outstanding Smart TV; and a good range of connectivity options.
The only problem we can foresee is that only one of the HDMI connections is 2.0 compliant for UHD video at high frame rates. The other HDMI connections are version 1.4, which do support 4K video, but only at frame rates up to 30 frames per second. It may be possible to upgrade this in the future via the Smart upgrade system.
Is there anything else we don't like? Not really. We say, if you have the budget, go for it.
Samsung UE55HU7500 features include:
- 55 inch LED-backlit screen
- 3840 x 2160 resolution
- UHD upscaling
- UHD micro dimming
- Ultra Clear Panel
- 1000 Clear Motion Rate
- Wide Colour Enhancer Plus
- 3D Ready with 2 3D active glasses included
- Game Mode
- Film mode
- Smart Hub with voice control
- Quad screen display
- Freeview HD & Freesat HD
- Audio: Digital MS11, 3D surround effect, DTS Studio Sound, DTS Premium Sound 5.1, 10W x 6 sound output (RMS), 3 speakers, 3 subwoofers
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Ethernet (LAN) x 1, HDMI x 4, USB x 3, headphone x 1, component in (Y/Pb/Pr) x 1, composite in (AV) x 1, digital audio out (optical) x 1, DVI Audio In (Mini Jack) x 1, Scart x 1, RF In (Terrestrial / Cable input) x 1, Anynet+, screen mirroring, MHL, CI 1.3
- TM1480A + TM1240A remote controllers
- Energy efficiency class: B
- Typical power consumption: 125W
- Size without stand (WxHxD):1228.2 x 705.8 x 35.2 mm
- Size with stand (WxHxD): 1228.2 x 745.9 x 269.9 mm
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