Samsung UN55JS8500 55" 4K Ultra HD 3D Smart LED TV (2015 Model)
The Samsung UNJS8500 series is available in a 48 inch model, a 55 inch model, and a 65 inch model. Performance is nearly identical across the entire series, making this review applicable to each size. This is Samsung’s highest-end TV for 2015 with a flat screen as opposed to a curved one, and thus includes multiple modern features and cutting-edge technology.
Samsung is claiming that their SUHD TVs offer multiple benefits over regular UHD/4K TVs, but the average viewer is unlikely to notice any appreciable differences over less pricey TVs. That being said, the UNJS8500 offers very good picture quality overall, with excellent uniformity, deep black levels, accurate colors, and good video processing. The TV has a native 120Hz refresh rate and uses true local dimming. 3D capability is included, and performs extremely well. However, only a single pair of active glasses are included.
Samsung has redesigned their Smart TV interface and included remote, making both even easier to use while maintaining outstanding access to content. The built-in browser and app selection are excellent, but there are ads built into the interface that can be somewhat irritating. Connectivity is also excellent, with Samsung having moved to keeping the majority of the connections in a separate box that connects to the TV. This allows for better upgradability in the future, and also allows TVs to remain thin since they don’t need to house as many components. The separate box includes four 4 HDMI inputs, two USB 2.0, and an optical digital output, while the TV itself houses a single USB 3.0, an Ethernet port, RF antenna, and minijacks.
The Samsung UNJS8500 stands out for its compatibility with HDR content, but despite offering excellent overall performance and features, still seems somewhat overpriced. However, if you’re willing to spend more for a high end TV with stunning design and all-around excellent performance and features, any size from the Samsung UNJS8500 series would be a great choice.
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