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Samsung UN46F8000

Est. $1,700
Reviewed
September 2013
by ConsumerSearch
Samsung UN46F8000

Best LED TV

Pros
  • Unsurpassed lineup of features
  • Excellent overall picture quality
  • Beautiful design
Cons
  • High price tag
  • Black levels not the absolute deepest among competing sets
  • Stand design requires wide tabletop

Bottom line

Although the Samsung UNF8000's price might be hard to swallow, no LED TV offers more. Certainly no set has more features, including the ability to improve existing ones and add new extras as time goes on. Picture quality is top-shelf, as well; a few LED TVs score a bit better in that regard, but even purists will find little to complain about. Available models include the 46-inch Samsung UN46F8000 (Est. $1,700), 55-inch Samsung UN55F8000 (Est. $2,200) , 60-inch Samsung UN60F8000 (Est. $2,500) , 65-inch Samsung UN65F8000 (Est. $3,000) , and the 75-inch Samsung UN75F8000 (Est. $6,000) .

Performance

Close to the best. In terms of absolute picture perfection, the Samsung UNF8000 falls short of some competing sets like the 55-inch Sony Bravia KDL-55W900A (Est. $2,300) , but only by the slimmest margin. Aided by a very good local dimming feature, black levels are great but not the very best; among LED sets, that honor goes to the Sony TV. On the other hand, colors are exemplary; multiple reviewers say they're as accurate as any current set. Uniformity is also excellent, although CNET says it gets much worse if dimming is turned off. Basic signal processing is solid. Motion processing improves sharpness in certain scenes, but you'll want to use a delicate touch to avoid excessive smoothing.

Features

Overflowing with goodies. No one stuffs as many features into their high-end TVs as Samsung, and no one even comes close to matching everything on board the UNF8000. Samsung's Smart Hub is the most complete smart TV platform available, and has been enhanced this year with a recommendation engine that finds programming from online providers and cable channels based on viewing preferences and habits. Voice and gesture control returns, and performs better than with last year's TVs. Smart Evolution compatibility means you can purchase add-on modules for new and improved features as they're developed. Active shutter 3D isn't free of typical shortfalls like occasional ghosting, but works well compared to other active shutter sets. Samsung includes four pairs of 3D glasses.

Design

Stunning, but you'll need a wide table. Reviewers such as CNET and TelevisionInfo.com use the term "minimalist" to describe the UNF8000's design. Yes, there's a bezel, but it's so thin that you have to almost squint to see it. Even more striking is the crescent-shaped stand that curves around the back of the cabinet and practically disappears under the set. However, it offers less clearance between the tabletop and the bottom of the TV cabinet than most other LED TV stands, and your table must be deep and wide enough to support it completely; CNET's tester's wasn't, leading to a near-disastrous result. The remote includes a very usable touchpad that makes navigating through menus and apps easy, and all the connections most could ever need are on board.

Value

The best money can buy. If price is no object, it's hard to argue against the Samsung UNF8000. Picture quality is close enough to the top of the LED TV pack to more than satisfy most viewers, and the features lineup is second to none in terms of breadth and usability. If you're on a budget, however, some sets like the Vizio M501D-A2R (Est. $800) provide picture quality that comes surprisingly close and a less spectacular yet solid lineup of features at a fraction of the cost.

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Our Sources

1. CNET

David Katzmaier gives the Samsung UNF8000 a rating of 4 stars out of 5, calling it "a tour de force of LED LCD TV design, features and picture quality." Aside from cost, he struggles to find any significant shortfalls.

Review: Samsung UNF8000 Review: Coolest TV Also the Picture-Quality Hotness, David Katzmaier, June 20, 2013

2. TelevisionInfo.com

The 55-inch Samsung UN55F8000 reviewed here earns an Editors' Choice recommendation, and Josh ome drawbacks are more than offset by the TV's positives. "The F8000 is simply a great television," he concludes.

Review: Samsung UN55F8000BF Review, Josh Fields, April 7, 2013

3. FlatpanelsHD.com

The Samsung UNF8000 gets a Highly Recommended award at this European website. Larsen likes its features well enough, including the Smart Hub platform, but his enthusiasm centers on the UNF8000's picture quality.

Review: Samsung F8000 (LED) Review, Rasmus Larsen, June 13, 2013

4. LCDTV Buying Guide.com

The 46-inch Samsung UN46F8000 and 55-inch Samsung UN55F8000 are among the highest rated LED TVs at this site. Robert Wiley praises the picture and features of both, and notes that the 46-inch screen size is the smallest available among top-tier LED TV choices.

Review: LED TV Ratings, LCD TV Ratings - Compare Top Rated LED TVs on a 1-10 Scale, Jack Burden, Robert Wiley, As of September 2013

5. About.com

Robert Silva gives the 46-inch Samsung UN46F8000 4.5 stars out of 5. For those for whom price is no object, the features lineup and picture performance make this set well worth considering, he reports.

Review: Samsung UN46F8000 46-inch 3D Smart LED/LCD TV Review, Robert Silva, Not dated

6. BestBuy.com

BestBuy.com customers give the 55-inch Samsung UN55F8000 high marks. After more than 100 reviews, all but two give the TV a score of 4 stars out of 5 or better, and 98 percent say they'd recommend it to a friend.

Review: Samsung - 55" Class (54-5/8" Diag.) - LED - 1080p - 240Hz - Smart - 3D - HDTV, Contributors to BestBuy.com, As of September 2013

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