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Reviewed on May 06, 2015

Samsung J5500
TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
6.2
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
5.8
Movies
6.7
TV Shows
6.6
Sports
6.7
Video Games
5.0
HDR Movies
3.6
HDR Gaming
5.3
PC Monitor
Type : LED
Resolution : 1080p
Refresh Rate : 60 Hz

The Samsung J5500 LED TV is a good basic 60Hz TV. While it does have a good smart TV interface, it lacks more advanced features like motion interpolation or 24p playback. The picture quality is good in both dark and bright rooms, but it has quite a lot of motion blur.

Test Results
Design 8.0
Picture Quality 6.8
Motion 4.1
Inputs 6.6
Sound Quality 6.7
Smart Features 8.0
Pros
  • Great overall picture quality both in dark and bright rooms.
  • Very thin bezel.
Cons
  • A good deal of motion blur
  • Colors change at an angle.
  • Judder in 24p movies.

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8.0

Design

Curved : No
Stand

The Samsung J5500 has the same stand as the pricier J6300. It is stable, but a bit wide.

Borders
Borders : 0.39" (1 cm)

Thickness
Max Thickness : 1.97" (5 cm)

6.8

Picture Quality

8.5 Contrast
Native Contrast
:
4430 : 1

The contrast ratio is great, and the blacks are deep when viewed in a dark room.

0 Local Dimming
Local Dimming
:
No
Backlight
:
Direct

5.9 SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Peak 2% Window
:
254 cd/m2
SDR Peak 50% Window
:
254 cd/m2

7.3 Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
:
4.180 %
50% DSE
:
0.170 %

This TV has very little DSE, which is great. However, the edges and corners are a bit darker than the rest of the screen.

4.2 Viewing Angle
LCD Type
:
VA
Color Shift
:
20 °
Brightness
:
30 °
Black Level
:
20 °

The colors on the J5500 change as soon as you are at an angle. You can still see the picture, but it won't be as good.

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.

9.7 Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
:
0.567 %

The black uniformity is very good. Our unit had one brighter spot near the bottom, but it was very minor.

8.0 Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
:
4.25
Color dE
:
2.9081
Gamma
:
2.26

9.9 Post Calibration
White Balance dE
:
0.23
Color dE
:
0.2391
Gamma
:
2.2

8.0 480p Input

The upscaling of lower-resolution content like DVDs or SD channels is good.

8.0 720p Input

720p content also looks good once upscaled.

10 1080p Input

Blu-rays looks sharp and well define on the J5500.

0 4k Input

7.3 Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
:
No
DCI P3 xy
:
83.57 %
DCI P3 uv
:
86.30 %
Rec 2020 xy
:
57.01 %
Rec 2020 uv
:
63.25 %

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

The semi-gloss finish on this Samsung doesn't reflect a lot of light. You will have no problem having a few lights on.
The maximum luminosity of the screen is average, so while it isn't the best choice for a porch or sunroom, it should be fine in a room with a few windows.

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

Pixels
4.1

Motion

5.5 Motion Blur
Response Time
:
30.7 ms
Overshoot
:
0 ms

The Samsung J5500 has a good deal of motion blur. It won't be an issue for normal TV shows or movies, but it could be for sports or video games.

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

Unfortunately, there is a small judder in every movie. It is not that noticeable, though.

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

6.6

Inputs

7.3 Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
:
40.0 ms
1080p With Interpolation
:
N/A
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
:
91.7 ms
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
41.9 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

Game Mode on this Samsung brings the input lag to 40 ms. PC mode is barely higher, at 41.9 ms. Movie mode has 91.7 ms of 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

Side Inputs
Rear Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI : 3
USB : 2
Digital Optical Audio Out : 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm : 1
Analog Audio Out RCA : 0
Component In : 1 (shared)
Composite In : 1 (shared)
Tuner (Cable/Ant) : 1
Ethernet : 1
DisplayPort : 0
IR In : 0
SD/SDHC : 0

Inputs Specifications
HDR10
:
No
Dolby Vision
:
No
5.1 Passthrough ARC Dolby Digital
:
Yes
5.1 Passthrough ARC DTS
:
Yes
5.1 Passthrough Optical Dolby Digital
:
Yes
5.1 Passthrough Optical DTS
:
Yes
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth : No
ARC : Yes (HDMI 2)
USB 3 : No
HDCP 2.2 : No
CEC : Yes
MHL : Yes (HDMI 3)
Variable Analog Audio Out : No

6.7

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
:
3.90 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ 80
:
4.17 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ Max
:
6.91 dB SPL
Max
:
89.8 dB SPL
Low-end Cutoff
:
100 Hz

Doesn't get very loud, and the low-end cut off is decent for a TV. Frequency response is good at lower volumes, but it gets worse under load and may produce pumping.

6.8 Total Harmonic Distortion
Distortion @ 70
:
0.012
Distortion @ 80
:
0.021
Distortion @ Max
:
0.055

The distortion levels are good all-around. It increases as the volume increases, but not by much compared to some other TVs.

8.0

Smart Features

Smart OS : Tizen
0 Ads
Ad-free
:
No
Opt-out
:
No

Remote
Remote : Basic

The included remote isn't great for navigating the smart features on this TV.

Misc
Power Consumption : 44 W
Power Consumption (Max) : 84 W
Firmware : 1205

Conclusion
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6.2 Mixed Usage
The Samsung J5500 has great picture quality overall, both in dark and bright rooms. However, its motion blur could be an issue for gamers or sports enthusiasts. It also has judder when displaying 24p movies.

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