Samsung UN50JU6500 50" 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV
The Samsung UN50JU6500 is a 4K TV offering good performance and basic features for an affordable price. While the design on this TV isn't quite as sleek as higher end models, it does not have the tell-tale appearance of a cheap TV, including the simplistic remote control which lacks a touchpad. The UN50JU6500 is edge lit, lacks true local dimming, and while the contrast and color are very good from the front and center, side angle viewing is not this TV’s strong point. However, the screen is not excessively reflective and the TV can get quite bright, making it a good choice for even very bright rooms. Upscaling performance is good for the money, and input lag is very low in game mode. Unfortunately, the UN50JU6500 has a judder problem, mostly visible while playing movies, a potential deal-breaker for some of you out there.
Connectivity is solid, with both side and rear inputs. The side inputs include three USB ports, four HDMI inputs, and a single RF input. Rear inputs include a single Ethernet port, single component/composite in, a 3.5mm audio out, and a single optical digital audio input. Samsung has included a slightly older version of their Smart Hub with the UN50JU6500, but it nonetheless is intuitive and easy to use. If you’re looking for an affordable Samsung with 4K, the UN50JU6500 is overall a good choice. However, if you're you’re willing and able to spend a bit more, the Samsung UNJU7100 offers enough improvements to be worth the added money.