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Reviewed on Nov 06, 2014

Samsung H5500
TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 0.9

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7.1
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 H5500 LED TV has a great design and good picture quality. However, it has significant motion blur, which isn't ideal for gaming.

Test Results
Picture Quality 7.1
Motion 6.5
Inputs 8.8
Smart Features 8.5
Pros
  • Good overall picture quality. The contrast ratio is good and the screen doesn't reflect a lot of light.
  • Great design. The borders are thin.
Cons

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Design

Design
Samsung H5500 Design

The H5500 has a beautiful design. The borders are very thin.

Stand
Samsung H5500 Stand

The stand does not swivel.

Borders
Samsung H5500 Borders

0.47" (1.2 cm)

Thickness
Samsung H5500 Thickness

1.85" (4.7 cm)

7.1

Picture Quality

Score components:
4k : No
9.0 Contrast
Samsung H5500 Contrast
Black : 0.026 cd/m2
White : 102.6 cd/m2
Contrast : 3946 : 1

The blacks are good in a dark room, very similar to most Samsung LED TVs.

9.0 Black Uniformity
Samsung H5500 Black Uniformity

The uniformity of black scenes is great. Our set had no clouding or flashlighting issue.

6.0 Gray Uniformity
Samsung H5500 Gray Uniformity

The gray uniformity could be better. There is no significant dirty screen effect, but the corners are darker than the center of the screen.

6.3 Viewing Angle
Viewing Angle : 23 °

The colors lose saturation at soon as you are off axis. Most people won't be bothered by this, but if you are always watching the TV at an angle, do not get this TV.

8.5 Average Room
Samsung H5500 Average Room
Reflection : 1.8 %
Surface Type : Semi-gloss

This TV does not reflect a lot of lights. A few lights turned on is not an issue.

7.3 Bright Room
Samsung H5500 Bright Room
Max white : 227.8 cd/m2

However, it doesn't get very bright. It is enough for one window, but you will need blinds if you have more than this.

0 3D
3D : No
Pixels
6.5

Motion

Score components:
6.5 Motion Blur
Samsung H5500 Motion Blur

Unfortunately, the Samsung H5500's biggest flaw is the motion blur. The length of the trail is significant on fast moving objects. This is only a problem for video games, not for movies or TV shows.

Motion Interpolation
Motion Interpolation : N/A
8.8

Inputs

Score components:
8.8 Input Lag
Samsung H5500 Input Lag
Input Lag : 32.5 ms

In game mode, the input lag of the H5500 is average-low. Out of game mode, the input lag is 49ms.

Side Inputs
Samsung H5500 Side Inputs

2 HDMI
2 USB
1 RF In

Rear Inputs
Samsung H5500 Rear Inputs

1 HDMI
1 Component In
1 Composite In
1 Digital Audio Optical Out
1 Analog Audio Out
1 Ethernet

8.5

Smart Features

Score components:
  • 100% Smart TV
8.5 Smart TV
Samsung H5500 Smart TV

Samsung has a great smart TV platform with a lot of apps. Check out our full review of Samsung's 2014 Smart TV platform.

Remote
Samsung H5500 Remote

It only comes with a basic remote, which is not the most helpful when browsing the web.

Conclusion
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7.1Mixed Usage
Score components:
  • 74% Picture Quality
  • 19% Motion
  • 7% Inputs
The picture quality on the Samsung H5500 is great for movies and TV shows. It also has a beautiful design and good smart features. However, if you plan on gaming, get the Samsung H6350 because it has less motion blur.

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