Reviewed on Oct 26, 2015

Samsung J5000 TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
6.1
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
4.5
Movies
6.8
TV Shows
7.2
Sports
6.7
Video Games
4.2
HDR Movies
3.6
HDR Gaming
5.9
PC Monitor
Type : LED
Resolution : 1080p
Refresh Rate : 60 Hz

While the viewing angle is good on the Samsung UN48J5000, it has a poor overall picture quality in front, even considering its low price. The colors are off and not adjustable, it has weak blacks and there are a lot of darker spots all across the screen. At least, it has very little motion blur and input lag, making it a good budget gaming TV.

Test Results
Design 8.5
Picture Quality 6.2
Motion 6.3
Inputs 6.9
Sound Quality 6.6
Smart Features 4.0
Pros
  • Good color accuracy at an angle
  • Good gaming TV due to low motion blur and input lag
Cons
  • Poor screen uniformity
  • Poor blacks

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8.5

Design

Curved : No

The design of the Samsung J5000 LED TV is standard for a budget Samsung TV. The thickness of the borders is average. The stand is quite stable, but it does have a slightly bigger footprint than average.

Stand

Dimensions of the 48" stand: 33" x 12"

Borders
Borders : 0.94" (2.4 cm)

Thickness
Max Thickness : 2.24" (5.7 cm)

6.2

Picture Quality

This TV isn't really good for watching movies in a dark room. The blacks are quite poor and not uniform. The defaults colors are also off, and they can't be adjusted.

It is unable to display movies without a small judder, even without the soap opera effect.

5.0 Contrast
Native Contrast
:
562 : 1

The J5000 has an IPS panel, so the contrast ratio is really low. Only the 50" doesn't have IPS and therefore, it will be able to produce better blacks.

0 Local Dimming
Local Dimming
:
No
Backlight
:
Direct

5.8 SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Peak 2% Window
:
241 cd/m2
SDR Peak 50% Window
:
241 cd/m2

6.5 Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
:
5.099 %
50% DSE
:
0.2 %

The corners are darker than the rest of the screen. There is a lot of darker vertical lines all across the screen.

6.5 Viewing Angle
LCD Type
:
IPS (except 50")
Color Shift
:
25 °
Brightness
:
36 °
Black Level
:
75 °

The viewing angle is good (except on the 50"). The colors remain saturated even off-axis. The picture only becomes darker.

Update 01/06/2017: We have changed the methodology of testing. Since this is an old TV which we don't have anymore, we extrapolated the results from 2016 TVs.

5.4 Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
:
2.996 %

There is no big clouding spots or flashlighting, but due to the poor blacks, the uniformity still doesn't look great.

6.9 Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
:
6.88
Color dE
:
4.1252
Gamma
:
2.13

7.1 Post Calibration
White Balance dE
:
6.64
Color dE
:
3.9507
Gamma
:
2.15

8.0 480p Input

DVDs and SD channels are well upscaled without any issues on the J5000.

8.0 720p Input

Cable TV and other 720p media looks good once upscaled.

10 1080p Input

Blu-rays looks sharp and crisp when played on the J5000.

0 4k Input

6.8 Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
:
No
DCI P3 xy
:
75.85 %
DCI P3 uv
:
83.12 %
Rec 2020 xy
:
54.43 %
Rec 2020 uv
:
57.90 %

8.0 Reflections
Reflection
:
1.8 %
Screen Finish
:
Semi-gloss

Its semi-gloss finish reflects slightly more than average, but there is no rainbow around direct reflections.
The maximum luminosity is average good.

0 3D
3D
:
No
3D Type
:
No

Pixels
6.3

Motion

Fortunately, it has a low amount of motion blur, making it a good choice for watching sports. The only issue that some people might have is the darker lines across the screen, which are more noticeable when the camera pans slowly across the field.

8.6 Motion Blur
Response Time
:
13.2 ms
Overshoot
:
0.6 ms

The response time is great on it. There is a slightly overshoot in some transitions, but nothing really noticeable. It uses a PWM to control the luminosity of the backlight, and it doesn't flicker at 100%.

2.0 Image Flicker
PWM Dimming Frequency
:
120 Hz
BFI
:
Yes

0 24p Playback
Judder-free 24p
:
No
Judder-free 24p via 60p
:
No
Judder-free 24p via 60i
:
No

Even movies sent directly over 24p will have the small 3:2 pulldown judder in them. A lot of people don't notice that small judder though. It is more noticeable on panoramic shots.

0 Motion Interpolation
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
:
No
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
:
No

6.9

Inputs

The Samsung J5000 is a good budget gaming TV. As mentioned previously, the motion blur is good. Also, the input lag on any mode is good, although nothing exceptional.

7.7 Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
:
39.1 ms
1080p With Interpolation
:
N/A
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
:
39.1 ms
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
39.1 ms
4k @ 60Hz
:
N/A
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
N/A
4k @ 60Hz + HDR
:
N/A
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 + 8 bit HDR
:
N/A

You don't need to activate any settings to get this input lag. All modes have the same input lag.

2.0 Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
:
No
4k @ 30Hz @ 4:4:4
:
No
4k @ 60Hz
:
No
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
No

It supports chroma 4:4:4 if you label the input as PC.

Side Inputs
Rear Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI : 2
USB : 1
Digital Optical Audio Out : 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm : 0
Analog Audio Out RCA : 0
Component In : 1 (shared)
Composite In : 1 (shared)
Tuner (Cable/Ant) : 1
Ethernet : 0
DisplayPort : 0
IR In : 0
SD/SDHC : 0

Inputs Specifications
HDR10
:
No
Dolby Vision
:
No
5.1 Passthrough ARC Dolby Digital
:
No
5.1 Passthrough ARC DTS
:
No
5.1 Passthrough Optical Dolby Digital
:
No
5.1 Passthrough Optical DTS
:
No
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth : No
ARC : No
USB 3 : No
HDCP 2.2 : No
CEC : No
MHL : No
Variable Analog Audio Out : No

6.6

Sound Quality

Note: Sound Quality test for TVs reviewed before 2017 was performed at 75dB, 85dB, and Max SPL. Starting 2017, the target SPL levels have been changed to 70dB, 80dB, and Max dB SPL.

6.7 Frequency Response
Std. Dev. @ 70
:
4.37 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ 80
:
3.89 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ Max
:
5.68 dB SPL
Max
:
87.7 dB SPL
Low-end Cutoff
:
113 Hz

Decent frequency response at lower volumes, however pumping may be present at higher volumes. Poor low-end and maximum loudness.

6.4 Total Harmonic Distortion
Distortion @ 70
:
0.010
Distortion @ 80
:
0.039
Distortion @ Max
:
0.089

Very good distortion results at all volumes, but the TV doesn't get loud.

4.0

Smart Features

Smart OS : No

The extra software features are really basic. It isn't a smart TV and it has a limited number of inputs.

Remote
Remote : Basic

Misc
Power Consumption : 45 W
Power Consumption (Max) : 87 W

Differences between Sizes and Variants

We bought the 48" (Samsung UN48J5000). The panel version written at the back is ED02, and it is an IPS panel (PLS). We expect our review to be valid for the 32", 43" and 48". The 50" though, has a VA panel inside, so the viewing angle won't be as good, but it should have a better contrast ratio. The rest of the picture quality elements should be similar.

If someone comes across a different type of panel used, let us know and we will update our review.

6.1 Mixed Usage

Below average TV for mixed usage. Low native contrast ratio results in blacks that appear gray in a dark room, but the image remains accurate when viewed at an angle. Uniformity is a bit bad for sports so some dirty screen effect is visible, but motion handling is great.

4.5 Movies

Poor choice for watching movies in a dark room. Very low native contrast ratio so blacks appear gray and dark scenes are washed out. Some judder is present when watching movies from any source.

6.8 TV Shows

Below average for watching TV in a bright room. Image remains accurate when viewed at a wide angle but can't get very bright to combat glare.

7.2 Sports

Decent choice for watching sports. Image remains accurate when viewed from a angle which is good for those with wide seating. Can't get bright enough to overcome glare but motion handling is great and only a short trail is visible behind fast moving objects.

6.7 Video Games

Below average for gaming. Picture quality is disappointing but motion blur is very good for fast paced games. Input lag is fine for casual gaming.

4.2 HDR Movies

Doesn't support HDR. Can't produce a wider range of colors and only a 1080p TV.

3.6 HDR Gaming

Doesn't support HDR gaming. Lacks support for the HDR10 format and can't produce bright or vivid highlights.

5.9 PC Monitor

Poor choice for a PC monitor. Supports up to 1080p with full chroma for clear text on all backgrounds. Motion handling is great, but input lag is a bit high.

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