Samsung UN55NU8500 Specs
Screen Size: 55″
Screen Type: Curved Panel
Backlighting: Edge-lit LED
4K Ultra HD Connected: Yes
Resolution: 3840 x 2160, 4K Ultra HD
Motion Rate: 240
Color: Dynamic Crystal Color
HDR (High-Dynamic Range): HDR Plus
Picture Engine: UHD Remastering Engine
Auto Depth Enhancer (Geometric CE): Yes
Sound Output (RMS): 40W (10W x 2, Woofer 20W)
Speaker Type: 2.1CH (Down Firing + Front Firing)
Bluetooth Headset Support: Yes
Wi-Fi Direct: Yes
Smart Hub: Yes (incl. Sports, Music and TV Plus)
Apps Platform: Smart TV with Bixby Voice, Apps and Full Web Browser
Digital Clean View: Yes
Auto Channel Search: Yes
Voice Interaction: Yes
Dimming Technology: Supreme UHD Dimming
Connect Share™: Yes
Embedded POP: Yes
InstaPort S (HDMI Quick Switch): Yes
Anynet+™ (HDMI-CEC): Yes
Closed Captioning: Yes
Electronic Program Guide (Channel Guide): Yes
Game Mode: Yes
USB HID Support: Yes
Eco Sensor: Yes
Auto Power Off: Yes
Easy Pairing: Yes
TV to Mobile – Mirroring: Yes
Mobile to TV – Mirroring, DLNA: Yes
RF In (Terrestrial/Cable Input): 1/1(Common Use for Terrestrial)/0
RF In (Satellite Input): 1/1(Common Use for Terrestrial)/0
Digital Audio Out (Optical): 1
Audio Return Channel Support (via HDMI port): Yes
Typical Power Consumption: 65W
Maximum Power Consumption: 125W
DTV Tuner: ATSC / Clear QAM
Analog Tuner: Yes
Samsung UN55NU8500 has a very good picture quality thanks to the 4k resolution. What makes this new model different from its predecessor, in terms of the picture quality, is the HDR Plus technology. HDR plus can offer bright and colorful images and a greater contrast ratio, which are useful when watching colorful content and movies. The colors also look vibrant and vivid thanks to the dynamic crystal color technology. Also the black colors are enhanced by the supreme UHD dimming technology which is a big plus when watching movies. We will give 4.3/5 points for the Samsung UN55NU8500 review part of the picture quality.
We are going to start with two new features that Samsung UN55NU8500 has in addition to its predecessor. And both of them are very useful ones. One is the Bixby implementation which makes the interaction with the TV so much easier. And we are talking about voice interaction, for example you can ask Bixby to search for content, flip channels or even ask for the current weather and much more. The TV hub function is expanded this year so you can control basically all your smart appliances through the TV and even get notifications on the screen when the washing machine cycle has ended. One other cool feature is the steam games streaming. So if you have a Steam membership you can stream the games from your laptop, directly to the big screen without the need for a set top box.
Apart from these awesome new features, there are also the usual ones that last year TVs and basically all TVs have. These include connection to the internet through the built-in wireless connectivity or through the LAN port. Screen sharing with your smartphone is also easy thanks to the mobile to TV mirroring technology or vice versa through TV to mobile mirroring. The USB HID feature allows you to connect a keyboard and a mouse to the TV which make the browsing and gaming experience smoother. We will give 5/5 points for the Samsung UN55NU8500 review part of the features.
Samsung UN55NU8500 has two Dolby Digital Plus built-in speakers with 20W power each. The total output power of 40 W is usually enough, unless you are standing too far from the TV. If this is the case you should consider buying external speakers that will turn your room into a home theater. If you do buy external speakers you can also take advantage of the multi room link technology. Samsung UN55NU8500 has also a woofer that improves the sound quality furthermore. The sound is usually clear, but that also depends on the content quality. We will give 5/5 points for the Samsung UN55NU8500 review part of the sound.
We also see a big improvement on the Samsung UN55NU8500 design compared to the same series from last year. The most important part of the design is the Clean Cable Solution®, which is a really good way to manage connection cables so there will be no more ugly cables around the TV. The frame is thin and the color looks very good. However the connection ports are on the back of the TV, which could represent an issue if you mount it to the wall. Even though the stand is a little big it looks really good. We will give 5/5 points for the Samsung UN55NU8500 review part of the design.
Samsung UN55NU8500 Review Conclusions
This TV came with a significant improvement compared to the same series last year. In terms of the picture quality the biggest improvement was the implementation of the HDR Plus technology which increases the contrast ratio, which in turn increases the colors range and makes the movie watching experience better. In terms of the features we see the Bixby implementation as the major upgrade from the last year series and the Steam games streaming is also a very useful cool feature. The sound is loud and clear but that also depends on the content quality. We hope our Samsung UN55NU8500 review has been helpful to you.
Should I buy Samsung UN55NU8500?
This TV is very good and if you’re looking for a just a bit above mid-range TV, this might be the right one for you. However we also recommend taking a look at this other TV LG 55SJ8000.