Samsung 3D LED Smart TV Review: 55-Inch UN55D8000

This year TV manufacturers continue to tempt consumers into buying a 3DTV, Samsung are making a big push with 3D TV with their latest range of screens. Today we have a Samsung 3D LED Smart TV Review, the 55-inch UN55D8000.

Vincent Nguyen of Slash Gear has spent some time with the $3,599.99 3DTV. The new set from Samsung isn’t just focusing on 3D content, and promises a good 2D performance as well as having the Smart TV capabilities. The huge 55-inch screen has a stainless steel bezel which is only 0.2 inches thick, and it sits on an impressive quad stand. The panel itself is only 1.2-inches thick and with the stand weighs 41 lbs.

The panel is capable of 1080p with a 240Hz refresh rate, and has Samsung’s Micro Dimming Plus technology. Connection wise there are four HDMI ports and three USB inputs. You also get the usual component and composite inputs, and optical output amongst its lineup. Due to the set being so thin, connection of camcorders or USB drives is a little more difficult as there are no inputs on the side of the screen.

With the TV you get two pairs of Samsungs new 2011 SSG-3100GB active-shutter 3D glasses, while additional pairs cost $49.99. The remote control is a double sided unit with a QWERTY keyboard on one side and regular controls on the other.

Samsung uses its own Smart Hub software system for the set, which includes over 200 applications that you can download direct to the set. Performance wise the 2D content is pretty good with nice blacks and vivid colors. The quality of the source material makes a big difference, with SD content looking over processed. There is also some blurring with the fastest sports action.

Watching the set in 3D was pretty impressive, with some of the best images seen on a 3DTV set so far, and was helped by the lightweight glasses. With the fact you can probably pick up the UN55D8000 for around $650 under list price, makes the set a worthy contender.

Would you pay around $3000 for a 3DTV?

Written by Gary Johnson

Gary has a background in engineering and passion for motorcycles, gadgets, and home cinema. In his early years, his obsession for Hi-Fi technology would see him creating the perfect setup with a good ear for sound quality. While Gary is keen to write about most topics that PR covers, his love for phones finds him reporting a lot of news about applications for iPhone, Android, and other popular operating systems



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