Samsung 55-inch D8000 LED TV - Top Notch HD

Launch SRP: S$6499

Introduction and Features

The New Centerpiece for a Smart Life

This is the time of the year when new television models hit the retail shelves and after covering the Samsung launch event we had the opportunity to test out the D8000 LED 3D TV from their refreshed lineup. The new TVs are meant to be the center piece of ‘Smart Living’ by virtue of their ability to sync with other popular Samsung products such as the Galaxy Tab and the Galaxy S smartphone, along with being fitted with a whole host of other features that we'll soon touch on.

The new Samsung D8000 TV has stylish good looks. The 55-inch version measures in at 1233mm x 707mm x 30mm without the stand.

With the Samsung D8000’s good looks, we have no qualms making this TV the focal point of our living room. An ultra-slim, 5mm brushed metal aluminum bezel makes the LED screen’s design modern, minimalist and contemporary. A quad stand has been introduced to the design but it has not solved the stability issue generally found with Samsung TVs. Sadly, this model remains wobbly as well and our advice is to not disturb the TV once it's set in place.

The back of the TV houses the essential sockets. Assembly is a relatively easy process. All you need to do is screw in the new quad stand and you are ready to go. Handle with care as the TV is pretty large and the screen is heavy. It's advisable to have another person to assist at this setup stage.

Three USB ports mean that you will be able to connect and dock a whole host of products to your TV at the same time without hassle. Also visible are the four HDMI slots. While the positioning of the jacks is good if you intend to wall mount your TV, they are a bit inaccessible if your screen is placed near a wall.

Breakout cables for the composite and component input ports help the Samsung D8000 achieve its slim profile with less cabling.

Keeping up with the anorexic standards set by today’s models, the D8000 measures in at just 30mm deep. The slim profile is achieved with the help of breakout cables for some of the ports situated at the back. Three USB ports provide evidence of Samsung’s desire to make this TV the hub for your tech lifestyle.

Besides improving its physical design, even the software based user interface has also been cleaned up. The simple, central menu presentation blocks out most of  the screen, but ensures full focus is on the menus when it is brought up. With just three levels of nesting, and simple language we found that menu was very user-friendly and even inviting for those who do not usually fiddle with TV settings.

3D Performance
HD Performance
SD Performance
The Good
Excellent HD performance
Smart Hub feature greatly expands functionality
Clean user interface and several customization options
The Bad
New Quad stand does not provide adequate stability
SD performance is unimpressive
3D performance not up to mark