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Samsung J5000 TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Oct 26, 2015 at 12:00 am
Samsung J5000 Picture
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.

Our Verdict

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.

See our Mixed Usage recommendations
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.

See our Movies recommendations
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.

See our TV Shows recommendations
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.

See our Sports recommendations
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.

See our Video Games recommendations
4.2 HDR Movies

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

See our HDR Movies recommendations
3.6 HDR Gaming

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

See our HDR Gaming recommendations
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.

See our PC Monitor recommendations
  • 6.1 Mixed Usage
  • 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
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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Test Results

Design
8.5
Design
Style
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.

Design
Stand

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

Design
Borders
Borders 0.94" (2.4 cm)

Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 2.24" (5.7 cm)

Picture Quality
5.0
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Direct

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

6.5
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
6.88
Color dE
4.1252
Gamma
2.13

7.1
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
6.64
Color dE
3.9507
Gamma
2.15

8.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

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

8.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

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

10
Picture Quality
1080p Input

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

0
Picture Quality
4k Input

6.8
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
3D
3D
No
3D Type
No

Picture Quality
Pixels

Motion
8.7
Motion
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
Motion
Image Flicker
PWM Dimming Frequency
120 Hz
BFI
Yes

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

Inputs
7.7
Inputs
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
Inputs
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.

Inputs
Side Inputs

Inputs
Rear Inputs

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
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

Sound Quality
6.7
Sound Quality
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
Sound Quality
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.

Smart Features
4.0
Smart Features
Interface
Smart OS No

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

Smart Features
Remote
Remote Basic

Smart Features
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.

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