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.
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.
Dimensions of the 48" stand: 33" x 12"
0.94" (2.4 cm)
2.24" (5.7 cm)
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.
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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.
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.
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%.
The extra software features are really basic. It isn't a smart TV and it has a limited number of inputs.
Power Consumption (Max)
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.
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.
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.