We've reviewed almost all of Samsung's many offerings in 2016 and this year they rebranded the high-end models from SUHD to QLED. Look forward to our reviews from the whole range over the coming year. We will continuously update this page as new models are announced.
- 01/04/2017 Samsung 2017 Lineup announced at CES
- 11/16/2016 Samsung KU6500 reviewed
- 11/11/2016 Samsung KU7500 reviewed
- 10/28/2016 Samsung KU6600 reviewed
- 08/26/2016 Samsung K6250 reviewed
- 07/01/2016 Samsung KS8500 reviewed
- 06/24/2016 Samsung KU7000 reviewed
- 05/27/2016 Samsung KU6300 reviewed
- 04/29/2016 Samsung KS9000 reviewed
- 04/22/2016 Samsung KS8000 reviewed
- 04/14/2016 Samsung KS9500 reviewed
- 01/05/2016 Samsung 2016 Lineup announced at CES
Compared to other brands
- Well balanced. Usually, a Samsung TV is not the best at a specific usage, but it performs well at all of them, making it a great purchase for a mixed usage.
- Great upscaling. Lower quality content like SD channels or DVDs do not look soft.
- Judder. Even on their 120Hz models, Samsung TVs aren't the best at removing judder. If your setup is configured properly though, this shouldn't be an issue. Their motion interpolation feature skips more than on some other brands too. More info on judder.
- High price. Most of their models, especially the ones with a lot of features, are priced a few hundred more than average.
At every price point, Samsung TVs have impressed us with their good picture quality, attractive design, and handy smart features. They aren't perfect, but they are quite good and usually without any major flaws besides the common ones for LCD TVs. You can read more about Samsung’s 2015 Tizen smart platform here.
Samsung's Lineup - Description and Reviews
Samsung's lineup covers everything from budget to high end models. As a rule of thumb, the higher the number, the better it is, although sometimes the improvements aren't worth it. The letter in their model number correspond to the year:
- Q* = 2017
- K* = 2016
- J* = 2015
- H* = 2014
- F* = 2013
Samsung appears to have removed 3D support from their entire line. Their newer models use a quantum dot color filter atop the LCD layer to augment viewing angles. The TVs are brighter again this year, reaching close to 2000 cd/m2.
The Q7 appears to be the KS8000 replacement. New metal design.
Samsung's only announced curved model, similar to the Q7 otherwise.
Unlike last year, the company's flagship is now flat. Expect it to be brighter and have wider viewing angles.
2016 models are now soon to be pulled out from the shelves as they get replaced. It proved to be a very fruitful year for Samsung as the KS8000 and KU6300 models have seen a lot of sales.
The KS Series are called SUHD by Samsung. The S is supposed to means "Super", but in practice, it simply means that they have the wide color gamut feature. They also can get very bright (more than 1,000 cd/m2).
The KU Series are 4k TVs. They support HDR, but are not able to display it with a wide color gamut and are not as bright.
Basic 4k TV. Similar to last year's JU6500 in terms of picture quality.
The K Series are 1080p TVs. They aren't the best to benefit from the latest technology, but if you are far away, they are still a good choice.
Samsung 2015 TVs are still be sold at the moment. Now is a great time to buy them, since they are heavily discounted to make place for the new 2016 ones. Their picture quality aren't really far off the new 2016 models.
The JS Series are called SUHD by Samsung. The main difference with the JU Series is the quantum dot technology, which creates a wide color gamut, useful for HDR content.
The JU Series are 4k UHD TVs. The 6 Series are 60Hz, while the 7 Series are 120Hz.
The J Series are either 720p or 1080p TVs. The 6 Series are 120Hz, while everything lower are 60Hz.
- H5203 (32", 40", 46", 50"): Basic 1080p smart TV. See review
- H5500 (32", 40", 48"): Better design and faster smart TV. See review
- H6203 (40", 46", 50", 55", 60", 65"): 120Hz. Great budget TV. See review
- H6350 (32", 40", 48", 50", 55", 60", 65", 75"): Similar to the H6203 but with better design and faster smart TV. See review
- H6400 (40", 48", 50", 55", 60", 65"): Similar to the H6350 but better remote and 3D. See review
- H7150 (46", 50", 55", 60", 65", 75"): Similar tot he H6400, but edge lit with better uniformity and better screen finish. See review
- H8000 (48", 55", 65"): Curved version of the H7150. See review
- HU8550 (50", 55", 60", 65", 75"): Similar to the H7150, but 4k. See review
- HU9000 (55", 65", 78"): Curved version of the HU8550. Not reviewed
Samsung TVs are great in general. They spawn a wide range, from budget to high end, and most of them are very well balanced TVs that do well under different usages. Their main downside is their price, but if you don't mind that, they are a safe bet.
Questions & Answers
Update: Indeed the picture quality is about the same, except for the improved uniformity.
Update: Indeed, the picture quality is the same. However, the design is uglier and the smart features are slower.
Update: The review is now published here.
Update: We reviewed the JS8500. It is better not only for color, but gray uniformity too. It is worth the upgrade if you can afford it, but the JU7100 is a great TV too so stick to it if the JS8500 stretches too much your budget.
Update: The review is out.
But seriously, give it a watch. Are you happy with it while watching the stuff that you normally watch? If so, don't worry beyond that. All LED TVs have flaws. If you start actively looking for them, you will just be disappointed in your new TV.
It has great contrast, good black uniformity, little motion blur, and low input lag. It also has a glossy screen finish, which cuts down on the amount of ambient light the TV reflects.
That's pretty much everything you need out of a gaming TV, so if this TV fits your budget, go for it.
If you're leaning toward that second option, we also recommend forgoing the curved screen and getting the JU7100 instead. It should have pretty much identical picture quality, and it will cost a good deal less.
Evolution kits are meant to bring current features to older TVs, so evo kits for 2015 models would only arrive next year. Whether it will be worth getting will depend on what it offers when it does arrive.
You can find our recommendations for 50" TVs here.
Your current TV is a 120 hz model, so judder likely wouldn't be an issue. The JU6400 is 60 hz, so it does have 24p judder.
That said, the curved JS9000 does outperform the flat JS8500 by a thin margin, and the Samsung JU7500 curved model does outperform the flat JU7100. This is just down to the quality of the panels and hardware, though, and not a result of the screen, but still something to keep in mind when comparing flat TVs with their curved siblings.
I am looking for a TV almost purely for gaming (mostly FPS with Xbox One and PS4). I currently use a Panasonic VT-series plasma and I am concerned about motion blur and input lag.
In terms of picture quality, there's really not much difference, so you should decide based on price and appearance.
Last question: the TV says it's made in Mexico. Does this mean it is a 10 bit? Online, the same TV that is made in Asia is $600 cheaper, but says it only has 8 bit. Is this a factor to consider? Thx!
Samsung's North American TVs are all made in Mexico, so there's nothing special implied by that label.
The JS8600 does have better colors, thanks to its wider color gamut feature.
So it really comes down to if you want the bigger screen, or better colors.
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