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Samsung F5500 LED TV Review

Reviewed Oct 01, 2013 By Cedric Demers
This television has been discontinued.
It was replaced by the Samsung H5500

The Samsung F5500 LED TV is very good for the price. It has about the same picture quality as the F6300 or FH6030 even though it is only 60Hz. If you do not need motion interpolation or 3D and want the Smart TV features, you should opt for this TV instead.

8.1
Overall
  • Good semi-matte finish which reduces the reflections in a bright room.
  • Very good picture quality for the price, both in term of contrast and motion handling.
  • No 24p playback, which could be an issue for people watching a lot of Blu-rays.
  • Very narrow viewing angle. The picture quality fades when you are not in axis.
Samsung F5500
Overall
8.1
Dark Room
9.2
Bright Room
9.5
Video Games
7.1
32" UN32F5500
MSRP: $580 Out of stock Amazon
40" UN40F5500
46" UN46F5500 Reviewed
50" UN50F5500

Design

Borders
Samsung F5500 Borders

0.75" (1.9 cm)

Thickness
Samsung F5500 Thickness

1.9" (4.8 cm)

Dark Room

Samsung F5500 Dark scene
Black: 0.022 cd/m2
White: 99.7 cd/m2
Contrast: 4532 : 1

The F5500 is really good in a dimmed room. Its blacks are deep for an LED.

Viewing angle: 25 °

The only downside of the F5500 LED TV is its narrow viewing angle. As soon as you are of axis, a discoloration appears. If you need a wide viewing angle, you will be better off with the LG LN5700.

Samsung F5500 Uniformity

For an LED TV, its screen uniformity is good.

Bright Room

Samsung F5500 Dark scene in a bright room
Reflection: 2.2 %

Even with the lights on or windows, the F5500 is pretty good with little amount of reflections.

Samsung F5500 Bright scene in a bright room
Max white: 285.5 cd/m2

Almost no reflections is visible (except for the direct light of course) when displaying a brighter scene.

Video Games

The F5500 has a low amount of motion blur for an LED TV of its price. It doesn't support 24p playback or motion interpolation though.

7.3
Samsung F5500 Input lag
Input lag: 54.2 ms

The input lag is average, but most people will not notice it.

Software

Side inputs
Samsung F5500 Side inputs

2 HDMI
2 USB
1 RF In

Rear inputs
Samsung F5500 Rear inputs

1 HDMI
1 Ethernet
1 Component In
1 Composite In
1 Digital Audio Out (Optical)
1 Headphone Out

Remote
Samsung F5500 Remote

Misc

Pixels
Samsung F5500 Pixels

The television was provided by BestCost.ca

Alternatives

Conclusion

If you do not need a wide viewing angle or fancier features, buy this TV. The Samsung F5500 LED TV has a very good picture quality both in a dark room and a bright room.