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.
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.
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.
The corners are darker than the rest of the screen. There is a lot of darker vertical lines all across the screen.
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.
There is no big clouding spots or flashlighting, but due to the poor blacks, the uniformity still doesn't look great.
Its semi-gloss finish reflects slightly more than average, but there is no rainbow around direct reflections.
The maximum luminosity is average good.
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%.
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.
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.
You don't need to activate any settings to get this input lag. All modes have the same input lag.
It supports chroma 4:4:4 if you label the input as PC.
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.
Decent frequency response at lower volumes, however pumping may be present at higher volumes. Poor low-end and maximum loudness.
Very good distortion results at all volumes, but the TV doesn't get loud.
The extra software features are really basic. It isn't a smart TV and it has a limited number of inputs.
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.