The Samsung UE55F8000AK fully deserves its billing as a premium, high-end television set. In terms of visuals the edge-lit LED impresses with its uniform display, its deep blacks and excellent greyscale reproduction. Color is also very well represented and on the whole the TV has a cool tone with a slight blue tinge. Watching Blu-Ray content on the TV is a joy and SD performance has also been beefed up compared to older models. Simply put the Samsung F8000 does a mighty fine job with its core competency.
In addition to quality visuals, the Samsung F8000 55-inch TV also comes with what we consider to be the best smart feature suite on the market at present. The redesigned Smart Hub is now cleaner and easier to navigate. Powered by a new quad-core processor, the operations are snappy, fast and responsive. Users also have a wider array of options for interacting with the television. The new Smart Remote comes with a touch pad, which we used most frequently to issue commands. Voice control is the best we have encountered on LED TVs, seeing that the F8000 can interpolate your commands from natural speech. With the help of the front mounted camera gesture control is also possible.
If you are afraid that the F8000’s smart feature capabilities will becomes obsolete when the next iteration of Smart Hub is released, Samsung has you covered. The F8000 is Evolution Kit compatible and whenever Samsung chooses to revamp their smart feature suite, users will be able to upgrade by buying the relevant Evolution Kit.
Excluding 4K resolution, the Samsung F8000 55-inch TV has every feature a modern TV should have. Excellent display performance is married with a functional Smart Hub and active 3D. The price-tag for the 55-inch model is S$4899 and in our opinion it is a solid outlay for those looking to upgrade their television set.