Reviewed on Oct 01, 2013

Samsung F5500 LED

Usage Ratings - Version 0.8
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Mixed Usage
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Score components:
  • 70% Picture Quality
  • 20% Motion
  • 10% Inputs
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This tv 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, despite only being a 60Hz TV. If you do not need motion interpolation or 3D and want Smart TV features, you should opt for this TV over those others.

Test Results
Picture Quality 7.3
Motion 7.0
Inputs 7.1
  • Very good picture quality for the price, both in terms of contrast and motion handling.
  • Good semi-matte finish, which reduces the number of reflections in a bright room.
  • 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.

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Samsung F5500 LED Borders

0.75" (1.9 cm)

Samsung F5500 LED Thickness

1.9" (4.8 cm)


Picture Quality

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4k : No
8.8 Dark scene
Samsung F5500 LED Dark scene
Black : 0.022 cd/m2
White : 99.7 cd/m2
Contrast : 4532 : 1

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

6.5 Uniformity
Samsung F5500 LED Uniformity

For an LED TV, its screen uniformity is good.

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

Even with the lights on or in view of windows, the F5500 is pretty good, with very few reflections.

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

Almost no reflections are visible (except for in direct light, of course) when displaying a brighter scene.

6.6 Viewing angle
Viewing angle : 25 °

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



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7.0 Motion blur

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



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7.1 Input lag
Samsung F5500 LED Input lag
Input lag : 54.2 ms

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

Side inputs
Samsung F5500 LED Side inputs

1 RF In

Rear inputs
Samsung F5500 LED Rear inputs

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

Smart Features



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Score components:
  • 70% Picture Quality
  • 20% Motion
  • 10% Inputs
If you do not need a wide viewing angle or fancier features, buy this TV. The Samsung F5500 LED TV has very good picture quality both in dark and bright rooms.
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Questions & Answers

What calibration settings did you use for the F5500?
The result of our calibration:
Picture Mode: Movie
Color Temperature: Warm 2
Backlight: 6
Brightness: 46
Contrast: 95
Color: 50
Tint: 50
White balance:
Red Offset: 25
Green Offset: 25
Blue Offset: 25
Red Gain: 25
Green Gain: 25
Blue Gain: 35
All processing options turned off
Which model Samsung has the best picture and is the best for gaming, the Samsung UN40F5500 or the UN40F6300? Need one with low input lag and that has very good picture for movies.
They have the same picture quality. The only differences are motion interpolation and a different bezel. Get whichever is cheaper.
I just read about the panel lottery and the fact that Samsung uses different panels within the same TV model. The UN50F5500 that I can buy has an AH02 panel. Apparently this is a SHARP panel that may not have the same characteristics as the ones made by SAMSUNG. Could you perhaps offer some insight into this? Should I buy the model with the AH02 panel?
All manufacturers uses different panels for the same TV models, but some do it more than others. The lower-end models are even more prone to this. Also, even with the same panel, there is some variability. This is unfortunate, but it's what keeps the price low. The model that we tested had a TS01 panel, so we cannot really comment on the AH02 panel.
What's the difference between the UNxxF5500 and UNxxH5500?
Also, is the input lag difference between the F6400 and F5500 significant? I plan on buying this TV for use as my gaming TV.
1) There is only a bezel change and Smart TV interface update.
2) No, it is insignificant. Make sure to set the input type to PC, though, and you will get even less lag.
Does the Samsung UN40F5500 have direct LED or edge LED? Kind of confused since I found on Cnet that this is an edge LED and this website says it's a direct LED.
It is edge LED. That was an error in our table which has now been fixed. Thanks for pointing that out.
You guys upgraded the grade of this TV. Since I've been reading your site it was given a 7.9. Now you call it an 8.0 TV. Why?
We constantly update our scores to make sure they are consistent across all the models that we have reviewed. In this case, we changed the weight of the factors a little bit differently to better represent the TV.
I'm in the market for a new TV. I game a bit and I absolutely, unequivocally hate the soap opera effect. What I'm currently looking at is a un40h5500 and a un40f5500. Which would you choose if you were me, and why?
They have the same picture quality. The UN40H5500 has an updated interface and bezel. Get whichever one is cheaper.
Which 40 inch LED TV has the best black levels for horror movies and gaming? I keep backing out from edge LED TVs, since they seem to do black levels worst. Would direct LED TVs have better black levels, or should I just get a normal LCD TV?
The way the LEDs are arranged at the back of the screen doesn't really affect the black level (local dimming aside, of course). Instead, it affects the uniformity of the screen. The technology of the LCD panel is what matters most for blacks (IPS, S-PVA, etc). As a rule of thumb, Samsung TVs are really good in this regard.
I have two questions about this TV:
1- Can you only obtain good picture quality when directly facing the center of the screen? I've been seeing a lot of complaints on this.
2- I've seen other reviews with a different input lag than this TV model, something between 27 msec and 30 msec. You guys gave it 54.2 msec. What's up with that?
1) Yes. Like all Samsung TVs, there is a loss of saturation and contrast at an angle.
2) In our review, we didn't put the TV in PC mode, which is why we had higher input lag than others.
How do you compare the picture quality of a Samsung F5000 with that of the LG LN5400? (Assuming that F5000 and F5500 have the same picture quality). In the reviews: LG LN5400 was 7.3; Samsung F5500 was 8.1. Which do you recommended for a bright room?
Get the Samsung. It reflects less light and has a far better contrast ratio. The only reason to go for the LG LN5400 is if you want a wide viewing angle, but it comes at the cost of lower picture quality when directly in front.
How do you compare the sound quality of the Samsung F5500 with the LG LN5400?
Unfortunately, we do not yet test TV sound quality. Maybe next year.
F5500 has a dual core processor too, right?
Yes, it was an error in our table. It is fixed now, thanks for pointing it out!
The black luminance is mentioned as 0.02 cd/m2 at a brightness of 99.7 cd/m2, meaning it has better blacks than the F5500 plasma. Was any feature (micro dimming, local dimming etc) turned on to achieve this black level? Also, how do I know that the 46" model selling in India is made with this TS01 panel? If it's going to be an AH02 panel, it won't probably have the same blacks, right?
No, all features were turned off. Note, however, that as soon as you have an angle, the black luminance increases a lot on this LED TV (contrary to the plasma model). Unfortunately, we are not aware of which panels this TV comes with in different countries.
1) In a pitch black room, while watching movies with many dark scenes (like The Dark Knight), which would look great? The F5500 LED (with 90 cd/m2) or the F5500 Plasma? 2)On a fully black scene, which will look good? (will the F5500 LED's backlight or clouding be noticeable?)
In a completely dark room, sitting directly in front of the TV, it is a close call. On ours, the backlight uniformity issues of the LED were not really noticeable in dark scenes (but this varies per unit). As soon as you are at an angle, though, the plasma wins by far.
Is this model good for gaming and watching sports?
Yes, the motion handling is very good for an LED in this price range.
Is there any difference in image quality between the F5500 and the F5000? I will use the TV to play games and watch movies.
No, there isn't.
If I understand your comparison table correctly, you found the F5500 to be superior to the F6300 in just about every way (aside from motion handling), correct? Does that mean I could reasonably expect the F5500 to look better, just with a bit more ghosting?
For the actual unit that we tested, yes, our F5500 LED was slightly better than our F6300. However, the differences are pretty minor and within the variance of the same model. Therefore, we consider both TVs to have the same exact picture quality.
I bought this TV a few months ago and there is a very high flashlighting / clouding on the TV. Its nearly impossible to see dark scenes in a dimly lit room. Please help!
Extreme cases of backlight uniformity issues are usually covered by the warranty. Call Samsung and get it replaced.
I don't know what 24p is. I'm about to buy this TV and get rid of my LG LN5300. I would like to know how the lack of 24p affects movie watching.
Supporting 24p means playing 24 frames per second content without any judder. Each frame is displayed for the same exact amount of time. This is mostly noticeable on panoramic shots or when an object is moving at a fixed speed. More info can be found at the end of this article. It is worth it if you watch a lot of Blu-ray movies.
How can I get my Apple iPad to play on my Samsung 32 inch smart TV?
The best way is via AirPlay with an Apple TV. Otherwise, you can connect it via a special adapter.
I just bought an LG 42ln5400 TV. I want a TV for gaming and Sports, especially football. I noticed a decent amount of interference while watching basketball and football games while the players were moving. I'm strongly considering getting the Samsung F5500, but was afraid of it only being 60hz. Do you think the Samsung F5500 will be better suited for me? I'm a perfectionist when it comes to picture quality, but also don't want to jeopardize the video game lag.
In the one that we tested, the Samsung F5500 LED had less motion blur than the LG LN5400. The refresh rate doesn't really matter. If you watch a lot of moving footage, you will appreciate the difference.
I just bought an LG ln5400. I have Direct TV and have been watching some movies on HBO, Cinemax, and Fx. I've noticed the flesh on the faces seem to get distorted(seems like it's moving) or get lines through them when the scenes have very little action in them. What causes this? Is it the true motion feature on the LG LN5400 that I can't turn off? Will the Samsung F5000, 5500 or 6300 have the same problem? This problem really annoys me and I am strongly considering returning the TV.
What are your settings? We haven't seen this effect on ours (we set the mode to Expert1). This TV does have slightly more blur than the equivalent Samsung LED TVs, though.
Are UN/UE/UA panels the same? The one I am willing to buy is a UA32F5500. Should I expect the same quality?
As far as we know, yes.
We are not taking any more questions for this product because we no longer have it in our lab.