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Samsung CU7000/CU7000D TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.11
Review updated Jan 15, 2024 at 01:53 pm
Samsung CU7000/CU7000D Picture
6.7
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense U7K [U7, U75K]
6.4
TV Shows
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense U7K [U7, U75K]
6.6
Sports
Value for price beaten by
: Vizio Quantum Pro QLED
7.2
Video Games
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense U7K [U7, U75K]
6.6
HDR Movies
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense U7K [U7, U75K]
7.4
HDR Gaming
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense U7K [U7, U75K]
7.2
PC Monitor
Value for price beaten by
: Vizio Quantum Pro QLED

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 U6/U6H, and the TCL 4 Series. It's a very basic model that lacks features like variable refresh rate (VRR) and HDMI 2.1 bandwidth. 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-powered remote, which lacks the voice support and solar charging of the CU8000 remote.

Our Verdict

6.7 Mixed Usage

The Samsung CU7000 is a good TV overall. It has satisfactory reflection handling but doesn't get bright enough to overcome glare in a bright room, so it's best suited for a moderately lit or dark room. It's a good TV for gaming due to its incredibly low input lag and good response time, so you get a responsive gaming experience with minimal blur behind fast movement on screen. HDR content has little impact because the TV doesn't support a wide color gamut and has poor HDR peak brightness, so colors aren't vibrant, and highlights don't pop the way they should. The TV has an adequate contrast ratio and great black uniformity, but since it lacks a local dimming feature, blacks are washed out anytime there are bright highlights on the screen. Unfortunately, the TV has a narrow viewing angle, so it's not a good choice for a wide seating arrangement, as the image degrades when viewed at an angle.

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

The Samsung CU7000 is not bad for watching TV shows. It has satisfactory reflection handling, but due to its mediocre SDR peak brightness, it can't overcome glare in a bright room. The TV has an inadequate viewing angle with colors that shift quickly as you move off-center, so it's not a good choice for watching shows in a group, as people sitting to the sides of the screen see a degraded image. It does an alright job upscaling lower-resolution content, so it's a decent choice for watching older shows on DVD or cable boxes.

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

The Samsung CU7000 is alright for watching sports. The TV has satisfactory reflection handling but can't overcome glare in a bright room due to its mediocre SDR peak brightness. It has a good response time, so there's very little blur behind quick-moving players and objects. The TV also does an alright job at upscaling lower-resolution content, which is important since most sports are still shown in 720p. Unfortunately, it has a narrow viewing angle that makes it inadequate for watching the game in a group setting since anyone watching from the sides of the screen sees 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.
7.2 Video Games

The Samsung CU7000 is decent for gaming. It has incredibly low input lag, so there's no delay between the inputs on your controller and the action on the screen. It also has a good response time, so there's minimal blur behind quick movements on screen. The TV supports Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) that switches your TV into Game Mode when launching a game, but it doesn't support any advanced gaming features like variable refresh rate and is limited to HDMI 2.0 bandwidth.

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

The Samsung CU7000 is alright for watching movies in a dark room. It has an adequate contrast ratio and great black uniformity that allows for deep blacks in dark scenes, but since it lacks a local dimming feature, blacks are washed out anytime there are brighter highlights on screen. The TV has poor HDR peak brightness and doesn't support a wide color gamut, so highlights don't stand out, and colors aren't as vibrant and lifelike as they should be with HDR content. The TV also has poor low-quality content smoothing, so lower-quality movies from streaming services still have artifacts present.

Pros
  • Removes judder from 24p sources.
  • Fast-moving action is crisp, especially in bright scenes.
  • Adequate 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.
7.4 HDR Gaming

The Samsung CU7000 is satisfactory for HDR gaming. The TV has incredibly low input lag, so there's no delay between the inputs on your controller and the actions on the screen. It also has a good response time, so there's minimal blur with quick-moving objects, but due to the lack of VRR, you'll have screen-tearing. It also lacks HDMI 2.1 bandwidth and is limited to 60Hz, so it's not a good pairing with modern gaming consoles. The TV has poor HDR peak brightness and doesn't support a wide color gamut, so highlights and colors don't pop the way they should with HDR games. It has an adequate contrast ratio, but since it lacks a local dimming feature, blacks aren't deep when there are bright highlights on the screen.

Pros
  • Fast-moving action is crisp, especially in bright scenes.
  • Incredibly low input lag in game mode.
  • Adequate 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.
7.2 PC Monitor

The Samsung CU7000 is decent for use as a PC monitor. Its incredibly low input lag gives a responsive desktop experience, making your mouse movements smooth. Its good response time also means there's minimal blur behind quick cursor movements. The TV has satisfactory reflection handling but doesn't get bright enough to overcome glare in a bright room. Unfortunately, the TV has a narrow viewing angle, so the image looks washed out at the sides if you sit too close to the screen. It displays chroma 4:4:4 properly, which is essential for clear text from a PC, but since it uses a BGR subpixel layout, there are still some text clarity issues that affect readability.

Pros
  • Fast-moving action is crisp, especially in bright scenes.
  • Incredibly 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.
  • 6.7 Mixed Usage
  • 6.4 TV Shows
  • 6.6 Sports
  • 7.2 Video Games
  • 6.6 HDR Movies
  • 7.4 HDR Gaming
  • 7.2 PC Monitor
  1. Updated Jan 15, 2024: We've updated the text in the review to reflect our latest test methodology.
  2. Updated Nov 23, 2023: Mentioned the newly reviewed Roku Plus Series QLED in the Contrast section of this review.
  3. Updated Oct 24, 2023: We bought and tested the Samsung TU690T and added comparisons below in the Pre Calibration and Viewing Angle sections of the review.
  4. Updated Sep 11, 2023: We bought and tested the TCL S4/S450G, and added relevant comparisons below.
  5. Updated Aug 28, 2023: We bought and tested the Sony X77L/X77CL and added a few relevant comparisons below.
  6. Updated Aug 09, 2023: We bought and tested the LG UR8000 and added a few relevant comparisons below.
  7. Updated Jul 10, 2023: Converted to Test Bench 1.11. With this update, we've added a new Upscaling: Sharpness Processing test and revamped our Blooming test so the scores and picture better match the real world experience. With this change, it was necessary to remove the Black Crush test. Finally, we've updated our usage scores to better align our scores with user expectations.
  8. Updated Jun 22, 2023: Updated the text regarding HDR Native Gradient.
  9. Updated Jun 19, 2023: We've added a mention of the newly-reviewed LG UR9000 in the Viewing Angle section of this review.
  10. Updated Jun 14, 2023: We've added a mention of the newly-reviewed Samsung Q80C QLED in the SDR Brightness section of this review.
  11. Updated May 08, 2023: We have rebalanced our Pros & Cons and made some minor revisions to the text to improve readability.
  12. Updated May 04, 2023: Review published.
  13. Updated Apr 27, 2023: Early access published.
  14. Updated Apr 12, 2023: Our testers have started testing this product.
  15. Updated Apr 11, 2023: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  16. Updated Apr 05, 2023: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We bought and tested the 65-inch Samsung CU7000 TV, 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.

Size US Model Short Model Code
43" UN43CU7000FXZA UN43CU7000
50" UN50CU7000FXZA UN50CU7000
55" UN55CU7000FXZA UN55CU7000
58" UN58CU7000FXZA UN58CU7000
65" UN65CU7000FXZA UN65CU7000
70" UN70CU7000FXZA UN70CU7000
75" UN75CU7000FXZA UN75CU7000
85" UN85CU7000FXZA UN85CU7000

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 comparable to 2020's Samsung TU7000, with each having slight advantages over the other. It's a very basic TV with limited picture quality and few extra features. There are better budget models available from other brands, like the cheaper Hisense U6/U6HTCL 4 Series/S455 2022, and TCL 5 Series/S555 2022 QLED. The Hisense U7H and Hisense U8/U8H both outperform the Samsung CU7000 and are typically cheaper. 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 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.

Samsung TU690T
43" 50" 55" 58" 60" 65" 70" 75" 85"

The Samsung TU690T is slightly better than the Samsung CU7000/CU7000D, but the differences are incredibly minor. With a few quick settings changes, the TU690T is more accurate out-of-the-box, and the TU690T has a wider viewing angle, as colors remain consistent at a wider viewing angle than the CU7000.

LG UR8000
43" 50" 55" 65" 70" 75" 86"

The LG UR8000 is better than the Samsung CU7000/CU7000D. The LG has much better accuracy and does a better job smoothing out low-quality content, which is great if you mainly stream your favorite shows or movies. The LG also gets brighter in most real HDR content while still tracking the PQ EOTF accurately.

LG UQ7590 [UQ75, UQ7570]
43" 50" 50" 55" 55" 65" 65" 70" 75" 86"

The Samsung CU7000/CU7000D is much better than the LG UQ7590. The Samsung has a much higher contrast ratio and better black uniformity, making it a significantly better choice for a dark room, as dark scenes look much better. The Samsung also gets brighter, so it can handle glare a bit better if you're in a room with lots of windows or bright lights.

Samsung Q60C [Q60, Q60CD] QLED
32" 43" 50" 55" 65" 70" 75" 85"

The Samsung CU7000/CU7000D and the Samsung Q60C QLED are similar TVs, but the Q60C is better in some ways. The Q60C has a higher SDR peak brightness, so it overcomes glare better in a bright room. The Q60C also supports a wide color gamut and has better color volume, so colors in HDR content are more vibrant and lifelike than on the CU7000. However, the CU7000 has a faster response time, so it has less blur behind fast-moving objects on the screen.

Vizio V Series 2022
43" 50" 55" 65" 65" 70" 75"

The Samsung CU7000/CU7000D and the Vizio V Series 2022 are very similar TVs with only a few minor differences. The Vizio has a better contrast ratio, so blacks are deeper in a dark room. The Vizio is also better for gaming as it supports VRR for much less screen tearing than the CU7000. However, the CU7000 has better PQ EOTF tracking and accuracy before and after calibration, so it delivers an image that is closer to the content creator’s intent. The CU7000 also has better gray uniformity, so there is less of the distracting dirty screen effect when using the TV as a PC monitor or when watching sports.

TCL Q6/Q650G QLED
55" 65" 75" 85"

The TCL Q6/Q650G QLED is better than the Samsung CU7000/CU7000D in a few ways. The TCL has slightly better contrast and better black uniformity, so blacks are deeper in a dark room. The TCL gets much brighter in HDR, supports a wider color gamut, and has better color volume, so colors are more vibrant and lifelike, and highlights pop a lot more than on the CU7000. The TCL also gets brighter in SDR, so it overcomes glare better in a bright room. Finally, the TCL is better for gaming as it supports VRR and has 1440p @ 120Hz support.

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

The Samsung CU7000/CU7000D 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.

TCL Q5/Q550G QLED
43" 50" 55" 65"

The TCL Q5/Q550G QLED is better than the Samsung CU7000/CU7000D. The TCL gets much brighter in HDR, supports a wider color gamut, and has better color volume, so colors are more vibrant and lifelike, and highlights pop a lot more than on the CU7000. The TCL also gets much brighter in SDR, so it overcomes glare better in a bright room. Finally, the TCL is better for gaming as it supports VRR and has 1440p @ 120Hz support.

Sony X80K/X80CK
43" 50" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The Sony X80K/X80CK is better than the Samsung CU7000/CU7000D in most ways. The Sony gets brighter in HDR, supports a wider color gamut, and has better color volume, so colors are more vibrant and lifelike, and highlights pop a lot more than on the Samsung. The Sony also gets brighter in SDR, so it overcomes glare better in a bright room. The Sony is better for watching shows or sports as a group because of its much wider viewing angle. However, the Samsung has much better contrast and black uniformity, so it’s better for a dark room as blacks are much deeper than the Sony.

Samsung AU8000
43" 50" 55" 60" 65" 70" 75" 85"

The Samsung AU8000 and the Samsung CU7000/CU7000D are very similar TVs. Both TVs are limited to 4k @ 60Hz, but the CU7000 is slightly better for gaming, as it has a faster response time and the ability to play games in 1440p. The AU8000 is better for use in a bright room due to its better reflection handling and slightly better SDR brightness, so it overcomes a bit more glare than the CU7000.

LG UR9000
43" 50" 55" 65" 75"

The Samsung CU7000/CU7000D is better than the LG UR9000. They both have similar brightness levels in SDR; although the LG is a bit brighter in HDR, the Samsung has significantly better contrast and black uniformity, giving it superior image quality and making it much more pleasant to use in a dark room than the LG. As the Samsung's viewing angle is pretty mediocre, this leaves both TVs with different use cases: the LG is the slightly better bright room TV, especially when watched with multiple people sitting around the TV, while the Samsung works best as a dark room single viewer panel. 

TCL S4/S450G
43" 50" 55" 65" 75" 85"

For most users, the Samsung CU7000/CU7000D is a bit better than the TCL S4/S450G. The Samsung gets a bit brighter, so it can handle more glare in a bright room, and it has a faster response time, so motion in sports and games has less blur.

LG UQ8000
43" 50" 55" 65" 70" 75" 86"

The LG UQ8000 and the Samsung CU7000/CU7000D are similar TVs, but the LG is a bit better in a few ways. The LG has a wider viewing angle, so it’s the better choice for watching shows or sports in a group setting. The LG also has much better accuracy and does a better job smoothing out low-quality content, which is great if you mainly stream your favorite shows or movies. However, the Samsung has a higher contrast ratio and better black uniformity, so blacks are deeper than on the LG.

Hisense U6/U6H
50" 55" 65" 75"

The Hisense U6/U6H is better than the Samsung CU7000/CU7000D. 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.

Hisense A6/A65K
43" 50" 55" 65" 75"

The Hisense A6/A65K is much better than the Samsung CU7000/CU7000D. The Hisense delivers much better picture quality overall, with higher contrast, higher peak brightness, and a much wider color gamut, allowing it to display a wider range of colors with HDR content. The Hisense also offers a few extra features, including VRR support to reduce tearing for gamers.

Hisense A6H [A6, A65H]
43" 50" 55" 65" 70" 75"

The Samsung CU7000/CU7000D and the Hisense A6H are similar TVs with a few differences. The Hisense has a much wider viewing angle, so it’s the better choice for watching TV in a group setting. The Hisense is also a bit better for gaming as it supports VRR for much less screen tearing than the Samsung. However, blacks are much deeper on the Samsung as it has much better contrast and black uniformity, so it’s better for a dark room.

Sony X75K
55" 65"

The Samsung CU7000/CU7000D and the Sony X75K are similar TVs with a couple notable differences. Blacks are much deeper on the Samsung as it has much better contrast and black uniformity, so it’s better for a dark room. The Sony is better suited for watching TV in a group setting, as it has a wider viewing angle that doesn’t degrade nearly as fast from the sides. The Sony also has a higher SDR peak brightness, so it can handle more glare in a bright room than the Samsung.

Insignia F30 Series 2022
65" 70"

The Samsung CU7000/CU7000D is better than the Insignia F30 Series 2022 in most ways. The Samsung has a much higher contrast ratio and better black uniformity for deeper blacks, so it’s better suited for a dark room. The Samsung also gets a bit brighter in SDR, so it can overcome a bit more glare than the Insignia, although it’s still not bright enough for a well-lit room. The Samsung can display chroma 4:4:4 properly, so it’s better for use as a desktop PC. However, the Insignia has a wider viewing angle, so the image doesn’t degrade as much from the sides, which makes it the better option for watching shows or sports as a group.

TCL Q7/Q750G QLED
55" 65" 75" 85"

The TCL Q7/Q750G QLED is better than the Samsung CU7000/CU7000D. The TCL has much deeper blacks thanks to its local dimming feature, so it’s better for use in a dark room. It gets much brighter in HDR, supports a wider color gamut, and has better color volume, so colors are more vibrant and lifelike, and highlights pop a lot more than on the Samsung. The TCL also gets brighter in SDR, so it overcomes glare better in a bright room. Finally, the TCL is much better for gaming as due to its HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, VRR support, and up to 4k @ 144hz support.

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

The TCL 5 Series/S555 2022 QLED is better than the Samsung CU7000/CU7000D. 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.

Samsung Q80C [Q80, Q80CD] QLED
50" 55" 65" 75" 85" 98"

The Samsung Q80C QLED is better than the Samsung CU7000/CU7000D. The Q80C gets much brighter in HDR, supports a wider color gamut, and has better color volume, so colors are more vibrant and lifelike, and highlights pop a lot more than on the CU7000. The Q80C also gets brighter in SDR, so it overcomes glare better in a bright room. The Q80C is better for watching TV in a group setting, as it has a much wider viewing angle. Finally, the Q80C is much better for gaming due to its HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, VRR support, and up to 4k @ 120hz support.

LG C3 OLED
42" 48" 55" 65" 77" 83"

The LG C3 OLED is better than the Samsung CU7000/CU7000D in every way. The C3 has a much better picture quality due to its perfect contrast and the ability to display much deeper blacks, so it’s the better choice for a dark room. The C3 is significantly better for gaming due to its much faster response time, HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, and 4k @ 120Hz support. The C3 is also better for watching shows or sports as a group because of its much wider viewing angle. Finally, HDR looks significantly better on the C3 thanks to its wider color gamut, better color volume, and higher HDR peak brightness, so colors are more vibrant and lifelike, and highlights pop a lot more than on the CU7000.

LG G3 OLED
55" 65" 77" 83"

The LG G3 OLED is better than the Samsung CU7000/CU7000D in every way. The G3 has a much better picture quality due to its perfect contrast and the ability to display much deeper blacks, so it’s the better choice for a dark room. The G3 is significantly better for gaming due to its much faster response time, HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, and 4k @ 120Hz support. The G3 is also better for watching shows or sports as a group because of its much wider viewing angle. Finally, HDR looks significantly better on the G3 thanks to its wider color gamut, better color volume, and higher HDR peak brightness, so colors are more vibrant and lifelike, and highlights pop a lot more than on the CU7000.

Hisense U6/U6K
55" 65" 75"

The Hisense U6/U6K is better than the Samsung CU7000/CU7000D. The Hisense has much deeper blacks thanks to its local dimming feature, so it’s better for use in a dark room. The Hisense gets much brighter in HDR, supports a wider color gamut, and has better color volume, so colors are more vibrant and lifelike, and highlights pop a lot more than on the CU7000. The Hisense also gets brighter in SDR, so it overcomes glare better in a bright room. Finally, the Hisense is better for gaming as it supports VRR for much less screen tearing than the CU7000.

Sony X77L/X77CL
43" 50" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The Samsung CU7000/CU7000D is better than the Sony X77L/X77CL. The Samsung has much higher contrast and better black uniformity, resulting in a better dark-room viewing experience. The Samsung also removes judder from 24p sources, so movie playback is smoother overall. The Sony is a bit better if you have a wide seating arrangement, though, as it has a much wider viewing angle and is more accurate out of the box.

Hisense U7K [U7, U75K]
55" 65" 75" 85"

The Hisense U7K is better than the Samsung CU7000/CU7000D. The Hisense has much deeper blacks thanks to its better black uniformity and local dimming feature, so it’s better for use in a dark room. The Hisense gets much brighter in HDR, supports a wider color gamut, and has better color volume, so colors are more vibrant and lifelike, and highlights pop a lot more than on the Smasung. The Hisense also gets much brighter in SDR, so it overcomes glare better in a bright room. Finally, the Hisense is much better for gaming as it has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, supports VRR, and has up to 4k @ 144Hz support.

Samsung Q70C [Q70, Q70CD] QLED
55" 65" 75" 85"

The Samsung Q70C QLED is better than the Samsung CU7000/CU7000D. The Q70C gets brighter in HDR, supports a wider color gamut, and has better color volume, so colors are more vibrant and lifelike, and highlights pop a lot more than on the CU7000. The Q70C also gets much brighter in SDR, so it overcomes glare better in a bright room. The Q70C has better low-quality content smoothing, so cable TV and low-quality streams look better than on the CU7000. Finally, the Q70C is much better for gaming as it has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, supports VRR, and has 4k @ 120Hz support.

Roku Select Series
24" 32" 40" 43" 50" 55" 65" 75"

The Samsung CU7000/CU7000D and the Roku Select Series are very similar TVs with a couple of notable differences. The Roku has a higher SDR peak brightness, so it overcomes glare better in a bright room. The Roku also gets a bit brighter in HDR, so highlights pop more than on the Samsung. It also has a slightly wider viewing angle, so the image doesn’t degrade as quickly as it does on the Samsung. However, the Samsung is a little more versatile for gaming as it supports 1440p @ 60Hz.

Sony X85K
43" 50" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The Sony X85K is better than the Samsung CU7000/CU7000D. It gets much brighter in HDR, has a much wider color gamut, and better color volume, so colors are more vibrant and lifelike, and highlights pop a lot more than on the CU7000. It also has much higher SDR peak brightness, so it overcomes glare better in a bright room. The Sony is much better for gaming thanks to its HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, VRR support, and 4k @ 120Hz support.

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.

LG NANO75 2022
43" 50" 55" 65" 70" 75" 86"

The Samsung CU7000/CU7000D and the LG NANO75 2022 are similar TVs with a couple notable differences. Blacks are much deeper on the Samsung as it has much better contrast and black uniformity, so it’s better for a dark room. The LG is better suited for watching TV in a group setting, as it has a wider viewing angle that doesn’t degrade nearly as fast from the sides. The LG also has better reflection handling, so it can handle a bit more direct glare in a bright room than the Samsung.

Roku Plus Series QLED
55" 65" 75"

The Roku Plus Series QLED is better than the Samsung CU7000/CU7000D. The Samsung has three advantages over the Roku: it sharpens lower-resolution content better than the Roku, supports 1440p resolutions, and removes 24p judder from more sources. The Roku is better at everything else: it has much better contrast due to its local dimming feature, is vastly brighter, has a much wider color gamut and color volume, is the more color-accurate TV of the two, and has a faster response time for less blur in fast-moving content.

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Test Results

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Curved No

The TV 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.

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Accelerated Longevity Test
Uniformity Pictures N/A
Design
Stand

The feet on the Samsung 65CU7000 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, which is high enough to fit most soundbars. The footprint of the 65-inch stand sits at 46.5" x 11.1".

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 400x300

Like many other Samsung models, the back of the Samsung 65CU7000D 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 a clip on one of the feet you can feed cables through to help hide them and keep them tidy. Unlike the Samsung CU8000, all three HDMI ports are found within the back cutout. 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 Samsung UN65CU7000FXZA 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 TV's back panel flexes 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 enough to cause stability problems.

Picture Quality
6.7
Picture Quality
Contrast
Contrast
6,793 : 1
Native Contrast
6,793 : 1

The TV's contrast is adequate, 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. For something with better contrast, look up the Roku Plus Series QLED.

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.

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.

7.5
Picture Quality
Contrast And Dark Details In Game Mode

Switching to Game Mode makes no noticeable difference in dark scene performance.

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 TV has 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 content creator 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.

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 TV's SDR brightness is mediocre. It's not bright enough to overcome glare in a well-lit room and is better suited for moderately lit or dark rooms. If you need a TV with much better SDR peak brightness, check out the Samsung Q80C.

These measurements are after calibration with the following settings:

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

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 doesn't support a wide color gamut, but it has good coverage of the DCI-P3 color space, which is the most common color space for HDR content. Unfortunately, its colors are generally undersaturated, and its tone mapping isn't accurate. The TV's coverage of the increasingly used Rec. 2020 color space is inadequate, so it's not future-proof.

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 TV's color volume is poor. In the more common DCI-P3 color space, the TV struggles with displaying any bright colors, particularly medium reds and blues. The TV can display darker colors well, but anything above that isn't displayed properly. 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 TV 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 difficulty 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. The Samsung TU690T is much more accurate out-of-the-box.

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 TV's post-calibration accuracy is great. White balance accuracy is closer to reference, and its color temperature is nearly perfect. Unfortunately, the TV is hard to calibrate, and its color accuracy is still slightly off for every color except 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 TV has alright gray uniformity. There are a few patchy areas throughout the screen, which are distracting when you're watching anything with large areas of uniform color, like sports.

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

The TV has great black uniformity. There's some noticeable clouding throughout, but the screen is otherwise uniform, and the clouding won't be distracting in dark scenes. Sadly, there's no local dimming feature to reduce the cloudiness of the screen.

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

The TV 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 your room while watching TV. If you want a TV with a better viewing angle, check out the LG UR9000 or the Sony X77L/X77CL.

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. Its semi-gloss coating fights off some glare, but due to the TV's low peak brightness, it's better suited for a moderately lit or dark room.

6.8
Picture Quality
HDR Native Gradient
100% Black to 50% Gray
4.0
50% Gray to 100% White
8.0
100% Black to 50% Red
6.0
50% Red to 100% Red
10
100% Black to 50% Green
6.0
50% Green to 100% Green
6.0
100% Black to 50% Blue
6.0
50% Blue to 100% Blue
8.0

The TV's HDR gradient handling is alright. There's significant banding in dark grays and noticeable banding in greens, dark reds, and dark blues.

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

The TV has poor low-quality content smoothing. Details are preserved well, but there's very little smoothing done, so there's still noticeable macro-blocking present. If you want a similar budget model with better processing, check out the Samsung CU8000 or the LG UR8000.

6.5
Picture Quality
Upscaling: Sharpness Processing

The TV's upscaling and sharpness processing is okay overall. Fine details are upscaled well for the most part, but hardcoded text is a bit hard to make out.

These results are with the following settings:

  • Sharpness: 5
  • Picture Clarity: Off

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

The TV 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 can impact text clarity.

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. It has poor dark screen transitions, which results in ghosting in dark scenes. There's some overshoot in quick transitions from dark scenes to bright scenes, but it's not too distracting. The rest of the transitions are great, with very minimal ghosting or overshoot.

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 can bother 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 TV 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 interpolates 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 are smooth. On the other hand, like most TVs on the market, there's stutter with 24 fps content.

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 TV removes judder from native 24p signals, like DVDs or Blu-rays, as well as from native apps. However, it doesn't remove judder from 60i or 60p sources, so movies played from satellite/cable boxes are not 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 incredibly 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
480p @ 59.94Hz (Widescreen)
Yes
720p @ 59.94Hz
Yes
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

The TV has limited capabilities with the PS5. It 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 has limited capabilities with the Xbox Series X|S. Since it's a 60Hz TV, it only supports 4k @ 60Hz on the Xbox 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

The Samsung CU7000D has eARC and supports passthrough of all Dolby formats, which is great, but like other Samsung TVs, it can't passthrough any DTS formats, which is disappointing for fans of DVDs and Blu-rays, as they commonly 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 TV'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. The TV supports MultiView, which allows you to display multiple sources simultaneously.

0
Smart Features
Ad-Free
Ads
Yes
Opt-out
No
Suggested Content in Home
Yes
Opt-out of Suggested Content
No

Like most TVs, there are ads on the home screen, and you can't disable them.

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

The Samsung CU7000D has an impressive selection of apps, 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 batteries and has no voice control options, but 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, adjust the volume, change 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