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Reviewed on Oct 31, 2014

Samsung H5203
TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 0.9

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7.3
Mixed Usage
Score components:
  • 74% Picture Quality
  • 19% Motion
  • 7% Inputs
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This tv was replaced by the Samsung J5500

The Samsung H5203 LED TV is a cheaper variant of the popular Samsung H5500. It has the same good picture quality, but with a slower processor and a thicker bezel.

Test Results
Picture Quality 7.3
Motion 7.0
Inputs 9.1
Smart Features 7.0
Pros
  • Great overall picture quality, with deep blacks.
  • Low input lag.
Cons
  • No motion interpolation feature. You will have to upgrade to the Samsung H6203 for this.
  • The motion blur trail is longer than average. This isn't an issue for movies or TV shows, but it is for video games or sports.
  • Cheap bezel that looks outdated. The TV is thick.
  • Very slow software features. Do not buy this TV if you plan on using the built-in apps often.

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Design

Design
Samsung H5203 Design

The Samsung H5203 looks like a five-year-old TV. The borders are wide and the TV is thick. This doesn't really matter, but it does look like an entry-level TV.

Stand
Samsung H5203 Stand

It has a basic stand that does not swivel.

Borders
Samsung H5203 Borders

0.87" (2.2 cm)

Thickness
Samsung H5203 Thickness

3.39" (8.6 cm)

7.3

Picture Quality

Score components:
4k : No
9.3 Contrast
Samsung H5203 Contrast
Black : 0.021 cd/m2
White : 98.67 cd/m2
Contrast : 4699 : 1

The blacks are really deep, which is great in a dark room. The color calibration out of the box was also very good.

9.0 Black Uniformity
Samsung H5203 Black Uniformity

The black uniformity is great. It doesn't get any better than this for an LED TV.

6.0 Gray Uniformity
Samsung H5203 Gray Uniformity

There is no dirty screen effect on this TV, which is good. However, the corners are significantly darker than the rest of the screen.

6.4 Viewing Angle
Viewing Angle : 24 °

It loses saturation when you view it at an angle, which could be a problem if you have a lot of guests spread out across the room.

8.5 Average Room
Samsung H5203 Average Room
Reflection : 1.8 %
Surface Type : Semi-gloss

Its semi-gloss finish reflects an average amount of light. Nothing to worry about if you have a few lights on.

7.5 Bright Room
Samsung H5203 Bright Room
Max white : 243.4 cd/m2

It doesn't get very bright. Good enough for one or two windows, but not more than that.

0 3D
3D : No
Pixels
7.0

Motion

Score components:
7.0 Motion Blur
Samsung H5203 Motion Blur

Unfortunately, the Samsung H5203 has a long motion blur trail. This can't be seen in movies or TV shows, but it is noticeable on video games or sports.

Motion Interpolation
Motion Interpolation : N/A
9.1

Inputs

Score components:
9.1 Input Lag
Samsung H5203 Input Lag
Input Lag : 28.7 ms

This TV has a low input lag of 28.7ms in every mode. You do not need to turn on Game or PC mode to enjoy this low amount of lag.

Side Inputs

Rear Inputs
Samsung H5203 Rear Inputs

2 HDMI
2 USB
1 Composite In
1 Component In
1 Ethernet
1 RF It
1 Headphone Out
1 Digital Optical Audio Out

7.0

Smart Features

Score components:
  • 100% Smart TV
7.0 Smart TV
Samsung H5203 Smart TV

The smart features are very slow on this TV, to the point that it is not really usable on a daily basis. You will need to upgrade to the Samsung H5500 to get a faster processor.

Remote
Samsung H5203 Remote

This TV comes with a basic remote.

Conclusion
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7.3Mixed Usage
Score components:
  • 74% Picture Quality
  • 19% Motion
  • 7% Inputs
The Samsung H5203 LED TV is a basic TV, but with good picture quality for movies and TV shows. If you will use the smart features often, get the Samsung H5500 instead, because it has a faster processor. For video games, while this H5203 has low input lag, it has more motion blur than average, so you will be happier with the pricier H6203.

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