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Samsung F5500 LED TV Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Oct 01, 2013 at 12:00 am
Test Methodology v0.8
7.6
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
This TV was replaced by the Samsung H5500
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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.

Our Verdict

7.6 Mixed Usage

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.

  • 7.6 Mixed Usage
Pros
  • 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.
Cons
  • 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.

Test Results

Design
Design
Borders

0.75" (1.9 cm)

Design
Thickness

1.9" (4.8 cm)

Picture Quality
8.8
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
Uniformity

For an LED TV, its screen uniformity is good.

9.5
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
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.

Picture Quality
Pixels

Motion
7.0
Motion
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.

Inputs
7.1
Inputs
Input lag
Input lag 54.2 ms

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

Inputs
Side inputs

2 HDMI
2 USB
1 RF In

Inputs
Rear inputs

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

Smart Features
Smart Features
Remote

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