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Samsung CU7000/CU7000D TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.10
Reviewed May 04, 2023 at 10:51 am
Latest change: Writing modified May 08, 2023 at 11:05 am
Samsung CU7000/CU7000D Picture
7.5
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
8.4
Movies
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
6.9
TV Shows
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
7.0
Sports
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
7.8
Video Games
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
7.4
HDR Movies
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
7.8
HDR Gaming
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
7.3
PC Monitor
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench

The Samsung CU7000 is one of the entry-level models in Samsung's 2023 lineup, replacing the Samsung AU7000 in North America. It's part of Samsung's Crystal UHD series of TVs, sitting below the Samsung CU8000. It competes with other entry-level models like the Sony X75K, The Hisense U6H, and the TCL 4 Series. It's a very basic model that lacks features like variable refresh rate (VRR) and HDMI 2.1 support. It uses Samsung's Crystal Processor 4K, first introduced in 2020 and designed to provide powerful 4K upscaling. It runs a simplified version of Samsung's 2023 Tizen OS interface, which offers most of the features of more advanced models. The CU7000 comes with a simple battery remote, which lacks the bells and whistles of the CU8000, like voice support and solar charging.

Our Verdict

7.5 Mixed Usage

The Samsung CU7000 is a good TV overall. It's particularly good at playing bright fast-paced video games, as it has a great response time in bright scenes and a very low input lag in Game Mode. Its low response time in bright scenes makes it a good TV to watch sports on as fast, bright action looks clear. It's also great at watching movies on DVD, as it has decent contrast and can remove judder from 24p sources. However, its low overall brightness in both SDR and HDR combined with its barely decent reflection handling forces the TV into being a dark room TV, and its poor viewing angle makes the TV hard to watch with a group due to its colors quickly shifting and dimming as you move off-center.

Pros
  • Good low resolution upscaling.
  • Fast-moving action is crisp, especially in bright scenes.
  • Low input lag in game mode.
  • Decent contrast for deep blacks in dark scenes.
Cons
  • Poor low-quality content smoothing.
  • Lacks a local dimming feature.
  • Doesn't get very bright.
8.4 Movies

The Samsung CU7000 is a great TV for watching movies in a dark room. The TV has adequate contrast allowing for deep blacks in dark scenes; however, the lack of local dimming will cause dark scenes with bright highlights to look washed out. The lack of local dimming, however, does mean that the TV has no blooming around bright highlights or subtitles, and there are no distracting lighting zone transitions. The TV upscales lower-resolution content well and removes judder from 24p sources, which is great for watching movies on DVD. This TV does need to be calibrated to display accurate colors, and like other Samsung TVs, it doesn't pass through any DTS audio format, so you must connect your player directly to your soundbar or external speakers for the best possible sound.

Pros
  • Removes judder from 24p sources.
  • Good low resolution upscaling.
  • Fast-moving action is crisp, especially in bright scenes.
  • Decent contrast for deep blacks in dark scenes.
Cons
  • Poor low-quality content smoothing.
  • Lacks a local dimming feature.
  • Doesn't get very bright.
  • No DTS audio support.
6.9 TV Shows

The Samsung CU7000 is alright for catching up on your TV shows. It upscales lower-resolution content well and has satisfactory reflection handling. Unfortunately, it has an inadequate viewing angle, leading to colors quickly shifting as you move off-center, making it hard to watch shows with a group as people sitting on the sides see a degraded image. It also has poor peak brightness in SDR, so the TV is better suited for a dark room.

Pros
  • Good low resolution upscaling.
Cons
  • Poor low-quality content smoothing.
  • Doesn't get very bright.
  • Narrow viewing angle.
7.0 Sports

The Samsung CU7000 is decent for watching sports. The TV has an especially fast response time in bright screen transitions, which is great for sports, as fast movement in bright scenes will look crisp and clear. The TV is also great at upscaling 720p content, which is the resolution most sports are streamed at. Unfortunately, the TV doesn't get very bright, and its reflection handling is barely adequate, so the TV doesn't look good in brightly lit rooms. It also has a narrow viewing angle, so it can be hard to watch sports with a big group as people sitting on the sides see a degraded image.

Pros
  • Good low resolution upscaling.
  • Fast-moving action is crisp, especially in bright scenes.
Cons
  • Doesn't get very bright.
  • Narrow viewing angle.
7.8 Video Games

The Samsung CU7000 is a very good TV for classic, indie, or fast-paced online games. It has a fantastic input lag in Game Mode, as well as a good response time. It's great for fast-action games, as your inputs are translated quickly to your on-screen characters, and the fast response time makes for crisp action without excessive motion blur. The response time is especially good at bright screen transitions; however, it's slow for dark scene transitions, making this TV good at playing bright and fast games but less so for darker titles.

Pros
  • Good low resolution upscaling.
  • Fast-moving action is crisp, especially in bright scenes.
  • Low input lag in game mode.
Cons
  • Doesn't get very bright.
  • Limited to 60Hz and has no VRR support.
7.4 HDR Movies

The Samsung CU7000 is alright for watching the latest hit movies in HDR. The TV has adequate contrast allowing for deep blacks in dark scenes; however, without local dimming bright scenes won't pop, and dark scenes will look washed out due to the backlight always being on at the same intensity. The TV has poor peak brightness in HDR, so you'll need to watch HDR movies in a dark room. It has an okay but not satisfactory color gamut, so it can't show the full range of colors of an HDR signal, leading to muted colors.

Pros
  • Removes judder from 24p sources.
  • Fast-moving action is crisp, especially in bright scenes.
  • Decent contrast for deep blacks in dark scenes.
Cons
  • Poor low-quality content smoothing.
  • Lacks a local dimming feature.
  • Doesn't get very bright.
  • Narrow color gamut.
  • Terrible pre calibration color accuracy.
  • No DTS audio support.
7.8 HDR Gaming

The Samsung CU7000 is good for playing the latest AAA titles. The TV supports 4k @ 60Hz with HDR and has a good response time overall, especially in bright scene transitions; it's a great TV for bright fast-paced games. It has very low input lag, leading to a seamless transition between your controller and the on-screen action. Unfortunately, its peak brightness in HDR is middling, and the TV has only decent reflection handling, so make sure to play your games in a dark room. And while it has a decent contrast ratio in Game Mode, the lack of local dimming and its poor color gamut means that games won't pop in HDR. The TV also doesn't support the latest gaming technologies, like VRR or 120Hz refresh rate, which isn't optimal for new consoles or powerful PCs.

Pros
  • Fast-moving action is crisp, especially in bright scenes.
  • Low input lag in game mode.
  • Decent contrast for deep blacks in dark scenes.
Cons
  • Lacks a local dimming feature.
  • Doesn't get very bright.
  • Narrow color gamut.
  • Terrible pre calibration color accuracy.
  • Limited to 60Hz and has no VRR support.
7.3 PC Monitor

The Samsung CU7000 is decent as a PC monitor. It has a low input lag and response time in Game Mode; this will make for very responsive mouse or controller inputs when gaming, and as this TV is great at bright scene transitions, you won't have annoying ghosting or blurring behind moving windows. Just make sure to not set your PC to 'dark mode', as this TV's response time is not great with dark scene transitions. This TV shows proper chroma 4:4:4 when set to Game Mode and its input set to 'PC', which is great for text clarity; unfortunately, it uses a BGR subpixel layout which is inversely not great for text. For professional design work, this TV isn't optimal with its poor color gamut and color volume, as well as terrible pre-calibration accuracy. It also has a poor viewing angle, so you'll have a hard time finding an acceptable viewing position without having off-tone colors on the screen.

Pros
  • Fast-moving action is crisp, especially in bright scenes.
  • Low input lag in game mode.
  • Displays chroma 4:4:4 subsampling.
Cons
  • Doesn't get very bright.
  • Narrow color gamut.
  • Terrible pre calibration color accuracy.
  • Narrow viewing angle.
  • Limited to 60Hz and has no VRR support.
  • Inaccurate color profile.
  • 7.5 Mixed Usage
  • 8.4 Movies
  • 6.9 TV Shows
  • 7.0 Sports
  • 7.8 Video Games
  • 7.4 HDR Movies
  • 7.8 HDR Gaming
  • 7.3 PC Monitor
  1. Updated May 08, 2023: We have rebalanced our Pros & Cons and made some minor revisions to the text to improve readability.
  2. Updated May 04, 2023: Review published.
  3. Updated Apr 27, 2023: Early access published.

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Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We bought and tested the 65-inch Samsung CU7000, and these results are also valid for the 43-inch, 50-inch, 55-inch, 58-inch, 70-inch, 75-inch, and 85-inch models. The Samsung CU7000D is a variant sold at Costco and Sam's Club but is otherwise identical to the CU7000. Note that the last five letters in the model number (FXZA in this case) vary between retailers and individual regions, but there's no difference in performance.

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Our unit was manufactured in March 2023; you can see the label here.

Compared To Other TVs

The Samsung CU7000 is an entry-level budget TV with decent performance. It's of comparable quality to 2020's Samsung TU7000, with each having slight advantages here and there. It's a very basic TV with limited picture quality and few extra features. There are better budget models available from other brands, like Hisense and TCL. The Hisense U6H is comparable to the Samsung CU7000 but is much cheaper, while the Hisense U7H and Hisense U8H both outperform the Samsung CU7000 and are typically cheaper. TCL, for its part, outperforms the CU7000 with the much cheaper TCL 4 Series/S455 2022 and TCL 5 Series/S555 2022 QLED, as well as with the vastly better TCL 6 Series/R655 2022 QLED. Overall, the Samsung CU7000 is probably not worth your money.

For other options, check out our recommendations for the best TVs, the best budget TVs, and the best 4k gaming TVs.

Samsung TU7000
43" 50" 55" 58" 60" 65" 70" 75" 82" 85"

The Samsung CU7000 and Samsung TU7000 are very similar TVs. The TU7000 has better contrast and color accuracy, while the CU7000 has slightly better peak brightness in both SDR and HDR, much better PQ EOTF tracking, and a faster response time. The CU7000's response time makes it the better choice for fast-moving action in games and sports; however, the slower response time of the TU7000 makes it better suited for watching movies as it has less stutter.

Samsung CU8000
43" 50" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The Samsung CU7000 and Samsung CU8000 are surprisingly comparable TVs, each having particular strengths. The CU8000 has a wider color gamut and slightly higher peak brightness, making it more pleasant to look at. It also has a more premium, slimmer design. However, it's a particularly slow TV; its response time is poor, which makes it ill-suited for watching sports or for playing fast-moving games but helps with watching movies as a slow response time reduces perceived stutter. One of the CU7000's primary strengths is its fast response time, especially in bright scene transitions, making it suited to sports and fast games. Ultimately, the CU7000 is likely cheaper and of particular interest to those wanting a cheaper TV to play games on and watch sports, while the CU8000 has a premium look and outputs more impressive images due to its wider color gamut and slightly higher peak brightness.

TCL 4 Series/S455 2022
43" 50" 55" 58" 65" 75" 85"

The TCL 4 Series/S455 2022 is slightly better overall than the Samsung CU7000. Even though the TCL also lacks local dimming, it has a much better contrast ratio than the Samsung and has much better black uniformity, making it better for watching movies or playing cinematic games. The CU7000, however, has a faster response time, making it better for fast-action in games as well as for watching sports, but this also introduces stutter in movies.

TCL 5 Series/S555 2022 QLED
50" 55" 65" 75"

The TCL 5 Series/S555 2022 QLED is better than the Samsung CU7000. The TCL has local dimming and much higher peak brightness than the CU7000 in both SDR and HDR, as well as a wider color gamut and better color accuracy; this makes it better for every usage where image quality is important. The Samsung does have a slightly faster response time making it better suited for sports and fast-moving games, although the TCL supports VRR, making it particularly attractive to gamers.

Hisense U6H
50" 55" 65" 75"

The Hisense U6H is better than the Samsung CU7000. It has a better contrast ratio, further enhanced by its local dimming feature. It also gets brighter than the Samsung in both SDR and HDR, has a wider color gamut and color volume, and is significantly more color accurate. This makes it the better TV for watching movies or for playing cinematic games. The Samsung does have a faster response time, making it better suited for watching sports and playing action games, although the Hisense has VRR support for gaming.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Curved No

The Samsung CU7000D looks good for a budget model. It's thicker than the Samsung CU8000 but has thin bezels, and its textured plastic feels good to the touch. Overall this doesn't feel like a budget model.

Design
Accelerated Longevity Test
Uniformity Pictures N/A
Design
Stand

The feet are plastic and feel okay. You don't need to screw them in; you just slide the feet in place, which makes for a quick and easy install process. The TV wobbles a bit, but overall it's acceptable. The distance from the table to the screen is 3.3 inches, high enough to fit most soundbars.

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 400x300

Like many other Samsung models, the back of the Samsung CU7000 is made of plastic and is textured with etched horizontal lines. The TV doesn't offer much in terms of cable management, but it has channels through which you can run cables, and then through a clip set on one of the feet. Unlike the Samsung CU8000, all three HDMI ports are found within the back cutout; the CU8000 had one HDMI port facing directly outward from the back, which is a potential nightmare for wall-mounting close to a wall. A mounting arm is recommended, as the cutout is hard to reach otherwise.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.35" (0.9 cm)
Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 2.24" (5.7 cm)
7.0
Design
Build Quality

The TV has decent build quality. It's made of plastic, feels good to the touch, and looks good. It's thicker than the Samsung CU8000 but doesn't flex nearly as much when you shake the panel, which is likely helped by the added thickness, so it feels sturdier. The Samsung CU7000D's back panel does flex significantly when you press on the area around the VESA mount holes, but it's not concerning. The feet are made of plastic and feel cheap, but they hold the TV well. While the TV does wobble on its stand, it's not bad.

Picture Quality
7.4
Picture Quality
Contrast
Contrast
6,793 : 1
Native Contrast
6,793 : 1

The TV's contrast is decent, and blacks look great in dark scenes. Unfortunately, due to the lack of local dimming, dark scenes look washed out when bright highlights are present.

10
Picture Quality
Blooming

This TV doesn't have a local dimming feature, so there's no blooming around bright objects or subtitles in dark scenes. As the TV can't brighten highlights without impacting the rest of the scene, dark scenes look washed out.

8.0
Picture Quality
Black Crush

The TV's black crush performance is very good. There's very little loss of shadow detail in SDR content.

10
Picture Quality
Lighting Zone Transitions
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge
Dimming Zones Count Of Tested TV
N/A

This TV doesn't have a local dimming feature, so it can't adjust the backlight level of individual zones to brighten up highlights without impacting the rest of the scene. The lack of dimming zones means that there are no distracting flicker or brightness changes as bright highlights move between zones.

8.5
Picture Quality
Contrast And Dark Details In Game Mode

Switching to 'Game' mode doesn't make any noticeable difference in dark scene performance.

6.0
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene Peak Brightness
244 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
276 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
275 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
273 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
272 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
271 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
275 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
274 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
272 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
272 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
271 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.001

The Samsung CU7000D's SDR brightness is barely acceptable. It's not bright enough to overcome glare in a well-lit room and is better suited for moderately-lit or dark rooms. There's no noticeable variation in brightness with different content, no matter how bright it is, which is good.

These measurements are after calibration with the following settings:

  • Picture Mode: Movie
  • Backlight: Max
  • Color Tone: Warm 2
  • Gamma: 2.2

4.8
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
Hallway Lights (~1950 cd/m²)
184 cd/m²
Yellow Skyscraper (~700 cd/m²)
152 cd/m²
Landscape Pool (~300 cd/m²)
146 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
144 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
262 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
261 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
260 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
259 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
142 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
261 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
260 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
259 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
259 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.042

The TV's HDR brightness is poor. It's not nearly bright enough to display HDR content properly. Bright highlights don't stand out, and the entire screen dims when highlights are shown in very small sections of the screen. This TV doesn't provide a good HDR experience.

These measurements are after calibrating the HDR white point, with the following settings:

  • HDR Picture Mode: Movie (HDR)
  • Brightness: Max
  • Contrast: Max
  • Color Tone: Warm 2

5.4
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness In Game Mode
Hallway Lights (~1950 cd/m²)
212 cd/m²
Yellow Skyscraper (~700 cd/m²)
206 cd/m²
Landscape Pool (~300 cd/m²)
178 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
143 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
311 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
310 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
309 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
308 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
143 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
310 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
309 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
309 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
308 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.053

This TV is slightly brighter in HDR when set to game mode, but its overall HDR brightness is still disappointing. The screen still dims significantly when bright highlights are shown in small sections of the image.

These measurements are after calibrating the HDR white point, with the following settings:

  • Game Mode: On
  • Brightness: Max
  • Contrast: Max
  • Color Tone: Warm 2
  • Color Gamut: Auto
  • HDR Tone Mapping: Static

9.3
Picture Quality
PQ EOTF Tracking
600 Nit Tracking Delta
0.0045
1000 Nit Tracking Delta
0.0045
4000 Nit Tracking Delta
0.0045

The Samsung CU7000D has truly remarkable PQ EOTF tracking. Its near-blacks are raised a bit, but after that, the TV follows the PQ EOTF curve almost perfectly. This means that the brightness of HDR content is displayed almost exactly as the creator of the content intended up until the max brightness of the panel. The TV does clip everything above its peak brightness, resulting in a loss of fine detail.

7.0
Picture Quality
HDR Native Gradient
100% Black to 50% Gray
6.0
50% Gray to 100% White
8.0
100% Black to 50% Red
4.0
50% Red to 100% Red
10
100% Black to 50% Green
8.0
50% Green to 100% Green
4.0
100% Black to 50% Blue
8.0
50% Blue to 100% Blue
8.0

The TV's HDR gradient handling is decent. There's some banding in dark grays and bad banding in dark reds and saturated greens.

6.8
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
No
DCI P3 xy
75.21%
DCI P3 uv
81.49%
Rec 2020 xy
54.54%
Rec 2020 uv
61.56%

The Samsung CU7000 has an okay color gamut. It has good coverage of the DCI-P3 color space, which is the most common color space for HDR content. Its colors are generally undersaturated, and its tone mapping isn't accurate except for saturated colors and, to a lesser degree, very lightly saturated ones. The TV's coverage of the Rec. 2020 color space is inadequate, so it's not future-proof, as Rec. 2020 will become more prevalent with time.

5.0
Picture Quality
Color Volume
1,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
33.2%
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
14.3%
White Luminance
143 cd/m²
Red Luminance
22 cd/m²
Green Luminance
111 cd/m²
Blue Luminance
6 cd/m²
Cyan Luminance
111 cd/m²
Magenta Luminance
29 cd/m²
Yellow Luminance
132 cd/m²

The Samsung CU7000's color volume is poor. In the more common DCI-P3 color space, the TV struggles with displaying any bright colors, and some of its colors, in particular some medium reds and blues, are very inaccurate compared to an ideal TV. The TV can display darker colors well, but anything above that isn't accurate. Its Rec. 2020 color volume is terrible.

5.7
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
4.65
Color dE
4.72
Gamma
1.78
Color Temperature
6,712 K
Picture Mode
Movie
Color Temp Setting
Warm 2
Gamma Setting
2.2

The Samsung CU7000 has sub-par pre-calibration accuracy. Its gamma is way under the target of 2.2, so it's significantly over-brightened in all scenes. The TV has a hard time displaying accurate medium shades of gray, with color accuracy being way off; all shades of gray have too much green, red, and blue. Its color accuracy is poor throughout, with most color shades deviating from reference.

8.4
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
1.71
Color dE
2.77
Gamma
2.05
Color Temperature
6,471 K
White Balance Calibration
10 point
Color Calibration
Yes

The Samsung CU7000's post-calibration accuracy is great. White balance accuracy is closer to reference, and its color temperature is nearly perfect. The TV is hard to calibrate for, however, and its color accuracy is still slightly off from reference for every color except for blues and reds.

You can see our full calibration settings here.

6.9
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
5.234%
50% DSE
0.189%
5% Std. Dev.
0.902%
5% DSE
0.110%

The Samsung CU7000 has okay color uniformity. Near-dark scenes look very good, even with some noticeable banding. On scenes with large areas of uniform colors, there are some major deviations in color and vignetting on the sides.

8.1
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Std. Dev.
N/A
Native Std. Dev.
0.860%

The TV has great black uniformity. There's some clouding throughout the screen, but the screen is otherwise decently uniform and won't be distracting in dark scenes.

5.5
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
25°
Color Shift
22°
Brightness Loss
38°
Black Level Raise
27°
Gamma Shift
15°

The Samsung CU7000D has a sub-par viewing angle. The colors quickly shift when you move off-center, so it's not ideal for a wide seating area or if you like to move around with the TV turned on.

7.1
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
5.9%
Indirect Reflections
1.7%
Calculated Direct Reflections
4.2%

The TV's reflection handling is decent. Considering that this TV has a low peak brightness, you're better off avoiding putting this TV in a bright room.

4.8
Picture Quality
Low-Quality Content Smoothing
Smoothing
3.0
Detail Preservation
9.0

Unfortunately, the Samsung CU7000 doesn't have the same great low-quality content smoothing as the Samsung CU8000. There's very noticeable macro-blocking with low-quality content, although details are preserved well.

Picture Quality
Pixels
Subpixel Layout
BGR
Type LED
Sub-Type
VA

The Samsung CU7000 uses a BGR (Blue-Green-Red) subpixel layout instead of the traditional RGB layout. For most content, this isn't a problem, but when using this TV as a PC monitor, this could impact text clarity. There's some visible dithering in the blue and red subpixels, leading to dithering in bright scenes.

8.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

480p content looks great on the Samsung CU7000. Content from 480p sources like DVDs will be upscaled well.

8.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

720p content is upscaled well.

9.0
Picture Quality
1080p Input

1080p content looks great, with no signs of upscaling artifacts.

10
Picture Quality
4k Input

The Samsung CU7000 displays native 4k content very well. There's dithering on the blue subpixel, which you might notice in bright scenes.

0
Picture Quality
8k Input

This TV can't display an 8k image.

Motion
7.5
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
6.3 ms
100% Response Time
13.0 ms

This TV has a good response time. Like the Samsung CU8000, it has poor dark screen transitions, resulting in ghosting in dark scenes; this is not the TV for fans of games like Resident Evil. However, unlike the CU8000, the rest of its transitions are great; this TV is very good at light screen transitions and very fast at transitions from complete black to complete white screens. There's some overshoot in transitions involving going from dark scenes to bright scenes quickly, but nothing too distracting.

7.9
Motion
Flicker-Free
Flicker-Free
No
PWM Dimming Frequency
480 Hz

The TV uses pulse width modulation (PWM) to dim its backlight, resulting in flicker that'll annoy users who are sensitive to it. Unlike the Samsung CU8000, the Samsung CU7000 doesn't flicker in Movie mode or all other picture modes except for Game Mode when the brightness is set to 19 or below.

Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Optional BFI
Yes
Min Flicker For 60 fps
60 Hz
60Hz For 60 fps
Yes
120Hz For 120 fps
N/A
Min Flicker for 60 fps in Game Mode
120 Hz

The Samsung CU7000 supports backlight strobing, more commonly known as black frame insertion (BFI). While it's supposed to improve the appearance of motion by reducing the amount of persistence blur, the strobing on this TV is poorly timed and introduces noticeable crosstalk. When you enable Game Mode, the feature introduces motion duplication, which isn't optimal. Finally, backlight strobing lowers the TV's brightness, which can annoy some users.

Motion
Motion Interpolation
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
Yes
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
No

Like the Samsung CU8000, the Samsung CU7000 can interpolate a lower-frame rate content up to 60fps. It looks okay in slower scenes, but when the action ramps up, it leads to artifacting and haloing.

7.3
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
28.7 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
3.7 ms

The TV has decent performance regarding stutter. Its stutter performance is fantastic for 60 fps content, so slow panning shots in games or sports will look great. However, its performance in 24 fps content, like movies, is barely adequate and will result in stuttering.

7.8
Motion
24p Judder
Judder-Free 24p
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via 60p
No
Judder-Free 24p via 60i
No
Judder-Free 24p via Native Apps
Yes

The Samsung CU7000D can remove judder from native 24p signals, like DVDs or Blu-rays, as well from native apps. However, it can't remove judder from 60i or 60p sources, so movies played from satellite/cable boxes won't be judder free.

0
Motion
Variable Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
60 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
No
HDMI Forum VRR
No
FreeSync
No
G-SYNC Compatible
No
4k VRR Maximum
N/A
4k VRR Minimum
No VRR support
1080p VRR Maximum
N/A
1080p VRR Minimum
No VRR support
1440p VRR Maximum
N/A
1440p VRR Minimum
No VRR support
VRR + Local Dimming No Local Dimming

This TV doesn't support any variable refresh rate technologies.

Inputs
9.6
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
11.3 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
35.9 ms
1080p @ 120Hz
N/A
1080p @ 144Hz
N/A
1440p @ 60Hz
19.3 ms
1440p @ 120Hz
N/A
1440p @ 144Hz
N/A
4k @ 60Hz
11.2 ms
4k @ 60Hz + 10-Bit HDR
11.1 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
11.1 ms
4k @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
19.2 ms
4k @ 60Hz With Interpolation
34.4 ms
4k @ 120Hz
N/A
4k @ 144Hz
N/A
8k @ 60Hz
N/A

The TV has remarkably low input lag. While its input lag is lowest in Game Mode, it's also low outside of it, making it more similar to 2021's Samsung AU8000 than the Samsung CU8000. Like other Samsung TVs, to have low input lag while transmitting a chroma 4:4:4 signal, you need to put the input to 'PC' and enable Game Mode.

7.1
Inputs
Supported Resolutions
Resolution 4k
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
No
1080p @ 144Hz
No
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes
1440p @ 120Hz
No
1440p @ 144Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
No
4k @ 120Hz @ 4:4:4
No
4k @ 144Hz
No
8k @ 30Hz or 24Hz
No
8k @ 60Hz
No

The Samsung CU7000D supports all common resolutions at 60Hz, and unlike the Samsung CU8000, it supports 1440p @ 60Hz. The TV can also display proper chroma 4:4:4, which is important for text clarity when using this TV as a PC monitor.

Inputs
PS5 Compatibility
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
No
1440p @ 120Hz
No
1080p @ 120Hz
No
HDR
Yes
VRR
No

This TV has a 60Hz panel, so it only supports 4k @ 60Hz on a PS5. It'll automatically switch to Game Mode when the TV detects a game console as its input device, giving you the lowest possible input lag for games.

Inputs
Xbox Series X|S Compatibility
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
No
1440p @ 120Hz
No
1080p @ 120Hz
No
HDR
Yes
VRR
No

The Samsung CU7000D is a 60Hz TV, so it only supports 4k @ 60Hz on the Xbox Series X and S consoles. It'll automatically switch to Game Mode when the TV detects a game console as its input device, giving you the lowest possible input lag for games.

Inputs
Inputs Specifications
HDR10
Yes
HDR10+
Yes
Dolby Vision
No
HLG
Yes
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth
Yes (HDMI 1,2,3)
HDMI 2.1 Class Bandwidth
No
CEC Yes
HDCP 2.2 Yes (HDMI 1,2,3)
ATSC Tuner
1.0
USB 3.0
No
Variable Analog Audio Out No
Wi-Fi Support Yes (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)
Inputs
Input Photos
Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI 3
USB 1
Digital Optical Audio Out 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm 0
Analog Audio Out RCA 0
Component In 0
Composite In 0
Tuner (Cable/Ant) 1
Ethernet 1
DisplayPort 0
IR In 0
Inputs
Audio Passthrough
ARC/eARC Port
eARC
eARC: Dolby Atmos Over Dolby Digital Plus
Yes
eARC: Dolby Digital Plus 7.1
Yes
eARC: LPCM 7.1 Over Dolby MAT
Yes
eARC: Dolby TrueHD 7.1
Yes
eARC: DTS:X Over DTS-HD MA
No
eARC: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1
No
eARC: LPCM Channels (Bitstream)
2.0
ARC: Dolby Digital 5.1
Yes
ARC: DTS 5.1
No
Optical: Dolby Digital 5.1
Yes
Optical: DTS 5.1
No

Like its bigger sibling, the Samsung CU7000D only supports HDMI 2.0 bandwidth but does have eARC. It supports passthrough of all Dolby formats, which is great, but like other Samsung TVs, it still can't passthrough any DTS formats, which is disappointing for fans of DVDs and Blu-rays, as they use DTS as their audio format.

Sound Quality
5.7
Sound Quality
Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
95.14 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
3.70 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
4.09 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
4.59 dB
Max
81.1 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
3.35 dB

The TV's frequency response is middling. It has a very low maximum volume; this is terrible for users who want to listen to loud audio from their TV. The TV sounds worse as you increase the volume, which isn't great considering that you'll likely raise the volume on this relatively quiet TV. The TV also doesn't produce much bass.

6.2
Sound Quality
Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
0.443
Weighted THD @ Max
1.100
IMD @ 80
13.35%
IMD @ Max
12.30%

The Samsung CU7000D's distortion performance is mediocre. There's a fair amount of distortion both at moderate listening levels and at max volume.

Smart Features
8.0
Smart Features
Interface
Smart OS Tizen
Version 2023 (with reduced features)
Ease of Use
Easy
Smoothness
Very Smooth
Time Taken to Select YouTube
2 s
Time Taken to Change Backlight
5 s
Advanced Options
Many

Much like the Samsung CU8000, the Samsung CU7000 comes with the 2023 version of Samsung's proprietary Tizen OS but with a reduced feature set. In particular, this includes some reduced animations to make the OS run smoothly on this lower-end TV, but like its bigger brother, this TV now supports MultiView.

0
Smart Features
Ad-Free
Ads
Yes
Opt-out
No
Suggested Content in Home
Yes
Opt-out of Suggested Content
No
8.5
Smart Features
Apps and Features
App Selection
Great
App Smoothness
Average
Cast Capable
Yes
USB Drive Playback
Yes
USB Drive HDR Playback
Yes
HDR in Netflix
Yes
HDR in YouTube
Yes

Like other Samsung TVs, the Samsung CU7000D has an impressive selection of apps in its app store, with apps for all major streaming services.

7.5
Smart Features
Remote
Size
Small
Voice Control
No
CEC Menu Control
Yes
Other Smart Features
Yes
Remote App Samsung SmartThings

The Samsung CU7000D has a good remote, which is nearly identical to the one used for 2021's Samsung AU8000. Unlike the Samsung CU8000's remote, this one requires disposable batteries and has no voice control options. It still has buttons for popular streaming services.

Smart Features
TV Controls

There's a single button underneath the Samsung branding on the center of the TV. You can turn the TV on and off, change the volume and channels, and select inputs.

Smart Features
In The Box

  • Remote control
  • Power cable
  • Clip for cable management
  • User guides
  • Batteries

Smart Features
Misc
Power Consumption 62 W
Power Consumption (Max) 161 W
Firmware 1018