Samsung MU8500 TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.2
7.7
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
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7.4
Movies
7.7
TV Shows
7.5
Sports
8.2
Video Games
7.4
HDR Movies
7.9
HDR Gaming
8.1
PC Monitor
This TV was replaced by the Samsung NU8500

Type : LED
Sub-Type
:
VA
Resolution : 4k

The Samsung MU8500 4k smart TV is a better than average television with good picture quality and low input lag. It features a curved design which some might find more aesthetically pleasing and it gets decently bright. It's also capable of displaying a wider range of colors which is good for saturated HDR content. Unfortunately, its picture quality degrades at an angle, and its local dimming leaves a lot to be desired.

Test Results
Design 9.0
Picture Quality 7.6
Motion 7.5
Inputs 8.6
Sound Quality 6.8
Smart Features 8.1
Pros
  • Great contrast ratio
  • Brighter than average
  • Low input lag for gaming
Cons
  • Image quality degrades at an angle
  • Poor local dimming
  1. Update 3/30/2018: It was discovered that many 2017 Samsung TVs change their BFI frequency to 60 Hz when a lot of 60 Hz motion is detected on screen. The scores have been updated.
  2. Update 3/12/2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2. Learn more about our versioned test bench system here.

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9.0

Design

Curved : Yes

The MU8500 looks excellent. As the curved variant of the MU8000 it has the same wide stand which supports the TV well. All of the inputs are routed through the One Connect Mini, which helps for cable management. The power cable is very short after routing it through the base of the TV, which may be an issue for some setups. 

Stand

The stand is almost as wide as the TV itself, but has two positions. We tested the TV with the narrower setup, but it is also possible to place the legs so the width of the stand is 42.9".

Footprint of the 55" TV stand: 9.8" x 34.9"

Back
Wall Mount : VESA 400x400

The back of the TV is plastic, but looks good. It has a textured finish, just like the MU8000. The cables can be routed through the left leg, as shown here.

Borders
Borders : 0.39" (1.0 cm)

The borders are thin and look good. They are made of metal and feel high quality.

Thickness
Max Thickness : 3.78" (9.6 cm)

The TV appears a bit thicker when viewed from the side due to the curve. This may cause it to stick out a bit when wall mounted, but isn't really an issue.

Temperature
Maximum Temperature
:
95 °F (35 °C)
Average Temperature
:
90 °F (32 °C)

The TV runs fairly cool, only getting slightly warm to the touch in a few spots on the back and the bottom edge. The One Connect box only ever gets slightly warm, never exceeding 35°C during our testing.

7.0 Build Quality

The build quality of the MU8500 is a step up from the KS8000 of 2016. The parts feel slightly higher quality and fit together a bit better with less give.

7.6

Picture Quality

The Samsung MU8500 LED TV has a good picture quality. The great contrast ratio paired with the decent black uniformity make this TV a good option for your dark home theater room. Black looks deep and dark movies scenes look detailed. When set in a brighter environment, the MU8500 is still a good performer since it can get bright enough to fight glare from a bright lamp or a sunny window and can deal fairly well with reflections. The gray uniformity is very good and dirty screen effect is not a problem here, so great news for sports fans. The viewing angle is poor though so the MU8500 won't be the best option if you want to invite a bunch of friends to watch a big event or movie since the best picture quality is reserved for those sitting right in front of the TV. When it comes to HDR, the MU8500 is a good option since it has a wide color gamut and has an HDR peak brightness better than average. The only downside here is the poor local dimming, which can't really help get small highlight brighter than what it already can.

8.4 Contrast
Native Contrast
:
4167 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
:
4215 : 1

The Samsung MU8500 has a great native contrast ratio. At 4167:1 it is very good for a VA panel, but it is a bit less than other 2017 Samsung TVs, who usually have more than 5000:1. Even if it is not as high as other Samsung TV, the MU8500 will be a good performer in a dark room none the less and blacks still look very deep and the level of details in dark scene is still better than any IPS on the market today.

When the local dimming is set too high, the contrast ratio remains about the same (only 50 higher) and this is mostly because of the poor implementation of the local dimming on this TV.

1.8 Local Dimming
Local Dimming
:
Yes
Backlight
:
Edge

The local dimming is bad on the MU8500 and is similar to the local dimming of the flat version of this TV, the MU8000. The MU8500 is an edge-lit TV and the local dimming is implemented with vertical zones that span the whole screen. As a result, when there is a bright highlight on-screen, large vertical blooming is visible and this follows the highlight.

8.4 SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
:
419 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
:
571 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
:
1131 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
:
590 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
:
509 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
:
455 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
:
435 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
:
534 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
:
585 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
:
506 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
:
453 cd/m²
SDR ABL
:
0.017

Plot over time

Great SDR peak brightness. The worst case brightness is still fairly bright, and local dimming is able to make highlights even brighter in dark scenes, as shown by our smaller window tests. The ~1000 cd/m² brightness in the 10% white window test only lasts for ~30 s, as seen in the plot over time, so the TV will only be able to reach this brightness in special cases. The brightness overall is very similar to the MU9000 and MU8000, though it's not as bright as the Sony X900E.

7.1 HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
:
422 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
:
580 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
:
643 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
:
640 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
:
470 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
:
458 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
:
441 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
:
564 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
:
566 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
:
468 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
:
455 cd/m²
HDR ABL
:
0.017

Plot over time

Decent HDR peak brightness. The worst case brightness is still fairly bright, and the TV's local dimming is able to make highlights in dark scenes even brighter, as shown by the small white window tests. The overall brightness is very similar to the MU9000 and MU8000, though the Sony X900E is brighter than all of them.

7.8 Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
:
3.117 %
50% DSE
:
0.165 %
5% Std. Dev.
:
0.561 %
5% DSE
:
0.086 %

The gray uniformity is good on the MU8500. Looking at our 50% gray uniformity picture, there is a warmer zone on the left side of the screen and some darker patches toward both sides of the screen. Even with those warmer and darker patches, the screen is still pretty uniform, especially in the center. As a result of this, the dirty screen effect is not really a problem here and when looking at some sports content like hockey of football, it is not really noticeable. This is a similar result as on the MU8000.

Looking at our 5% gray uniformity, nothing really comes out and this is a very good result and once again is it a very similar result as on the flat version of this TV, the MU8000.

4.5 Viewing Angle
Color Shift
:
20 °
Brightness
:
32 °
Black Level
:
27 °

Poor viewing angle, but fairly typical of a TV with a VA panel. Colors wash out when the TV is viewed at a small angle, while blacks turn gray and brightness decreases at more moderate angles. This TV is not well suited for a room where people often view the TV from the side.

6.7 Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
:
1.520 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
:
1.445 %

The black uniformity is average on the MU8500. As with other 2017 Samsung TV with local dimming, the local dimming can't be totally turned off and as a result, our test is based on the lowest setting available. Clouding is still visible near the bottom edge under the white cross though, but not near the corners since the local dimming has turned off the backlight in those regions.

When the local dimming is set to maximum, the result is a bit better, but the black uniformity is still average since the local dimming is causing some vertical blooming toward the middle where the white cross is situated and this effects the overall screen uniformity.

7.4 Reflections
Screen Finish
:
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
:
5.7 %
Indirect Reflections
:
0.9 %

The reflection handling of the MU8500 is decent. It has a semi-gloss finish which diffuses reflection across the screen, reducing the intensity. Depending on where you're sitting the curve may help to avoid glare, or it may focus it to be more distracting. It is fine for an average room but may be an issue for a bright room where the higher end MU9000 is a better choice.

7.7 Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
:
Movie
White Balance dE
:
3.74
Color dE
:
1.79
Gamma
:
2.25
Color Temperature
:
6129 K

Out of the box, the Samsung MU8500 has a good accuracy. when set to the 'Movie' picture mode with the 'Warm2' color temperature, the white balance dE (3.74) is just a bit over what is noticeable to enthusiasts (3.0) and is a bit too warm. The Gamma is not too far from our 2.2 target, but the curve is not flat at all, with a big dip toward the lighter point of the white balance.

The color accuracy, on the other hand, is very good. With a color dE of only 1.79 out of the box, this is an extremely good result, as other Samsung TVs often end up with a similar result post calibration.

Overall, the MU8500 is accurate enough to be used as is without the need of a calibration.

9.6 Post Calibration
Picture Mode
:
Movie
White Balance dE
:
0.22
Color dE
:
1.08
Gamma
:
2.20
Color Temperature
:
6506 K

After calibration, the MU8500 has an outstanding accuracy. The white balance dE was brought down to a negligible 0.22 and the already good color dE, was also brought down even more to a mere dE of 1.08. Both those value are well beyond any level of inaccuracy that even an enthusiast could notice.

As for the Gamma, the curve was flattened considerably and the TV was right on our 2.2 target, with only a little issue toward the lower IRE. Overall this is a very good result.

You can see our recommended settings here.

8.0 480p Input

Upscaling of low-quality content such as DVDs is good. Some halo artifacts can be seen along edges but details are preserved.

8.0 720p Input

720p content such as cable TV is upscaled well. The image isn't too soft.

9.0 1080p Input

Full HD content such as Blu-rays are upscaled well. No issues can be seen.

10 4k Input

Native 4k (UHD) content looks great. The image is clear and detailed.

7.9 Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
:
Yes
DCI P3 xy
:
87.08 %
DCI P3 uv
:
92.39 %
Rec 2020 xy
:
64.34 %
Rec 2020 uv
:
72.76 %

Good wide color gamut in HDR, though not as wide as the Sony X900E and many high end TVs. Saturated red and blue fall a bit short of their BT 2020 targets, and green falls quite short, though poor green performance is common for modern TVs. On the bright side the TV is fairly accurate when producing the colors it's able to, as is common on Samsung TVs.

The TV's HDR Movie mode EOTF follows the HDR PQ curve fairly well, though its roll off into its maximum brightness starts a bit too early. The EOTFs in Game and PC are fairly similar. Turning 'Local Dimming' to 'Low' (its lowest setting) makes the whole HDR Movie mode EOTF less bright, which isn't good. With local dimming back to our default 'High', when the ST.2084 'Gamma' setting is increased to 2, the HDR Movie mode EOTF doesn't roll off before clipping at its maximum brightness, and thus follows the PQ curve much more closely. Users should increase the 'Gamma' to suit the brightness of their room.

7.2 Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
:
79.7 %
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
:
39.5 %
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
:
64.1 %
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
:
29.9 %

Decent color volume, mostly limited by just the color gamut and black level. The TV's local dimming helps it show its wide color gamut at a large range of brightnesses.

7.4 Gradient
Color Depth
:
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
:
0.118 dE
Green (Std. Dev.)
:
0.121 dE
Blue (Std. Dev.)
:
0.102 dE
Gray (Std. Dev.)
:
0.172 dE

The Samsung MU8500 performs great in our gradient test. The gradient is pretty smooth with only some minor color banding in the darker color, with the dark green being a bit more obvious. No 8-bit banding can be seen on our test picture. This is a very similar test result to other 2017 Samsung TVs, and even if not perfect, we did not notice any real visual problem while watching HDR movies.

10 Temporary Image Retention
IR after 0 min recovery
:
0.00 %
IR after 2 min recovery
:
0.00 %
IR after 4 min recovery
:
0.00 %
IR after 6 min recovery
:
0.00 %
IR after 8 min recovery
:
0.00 %
IR after 10 min recovery
:
0.00 %

Perfect result for the image retention test for the MU8500. No retention could be noticed at all after the 10 minutes burn-in scene and this is in line with other TVs using a VA panel.

10 Permanent Burn-In Risk
Permanent Burn-In Risk
:
No

We don't expect VA panels to experience permanent image retention, as the VA panel in our long-term test appears immune.

Pixels
7.5

Motion

The MU8500 has great motion handling. It has a fast response time, which results in only a short trail following moving objects. It uses PWM to dim the backlight at lower backlight intensities, so motion isn't as smooth as most TVs, but this isn't noticeable to most people. Movies from any source can be played smoothly, and the TV is able to interpolate content up to 120Hz for a strong soap opera effect.

8.1 Response Time
80% Response Time
:
6.3 ms
100% Response Time
:
16.4 ms

The response time of the MU8500 is very good, resulting in only a very short trail following moving objects. This is great for fast-paced content.

4.0 Flicker-Free
Flicker-Free
:
No
PWM Dimming Frequency
:
120 Hz

The MU8500 uses PWM at 120Hz to dim the backlight, starting at 20/20 backlight setting. Lowering the setting down to 14/20 lowers backlight amplitude, while lowering it from 13/20 shortens the duty cycle, while amplitude remains constant. Backlight that uses PWM results in duplications following moving objects, but does clear up motion slightly.

Update 03/30/2018: Scaled the 'Luminosity' axis of the plots; now the Flicker-Free plots and the new BFI plot have the same 'Luminosity' axis.

8.8 Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Optional BFI
:
Yes
Min Flicker for 60 fps
:
60 Hz
60 Hz for 60 fps
:
Yes
120 Hz for 120 fps
:
Yes
Min Flicker for 60 fps in Game Mode
:
120 Hz

Unfortunately the 'LED Clear Motion' option doesn't reduce the BFI frequency and only dims the backlight. This is the same behaviour as the MU8000 and Q7F.

Update 03/30/2018: It was discovered that many 2017 Samsung TVs change their BFI frequency to 60 Hz when a lot of 60 Hz motion is detected on screen. The score, photo and plots have been updated.

10 Motion Interpolation
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
:
Yes
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
:
Yes

The MU8500 has a 120Hz panel which can interpolate lower frame rate content. To enable interpolation, set 'Auto Motion Plus' to 'Custom' and increase the 'De-judder' and 'De-blur' sliders. The 'De-judder' slider affects 30 fps or lower content, and the 'De-blur' slider affects 60 fps content. Note that any motion interpolation will introduce artifacts, so use a small value unless you really like the soap opera effect.

7.9 Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
:
25.3 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
:
0.3 ms

This TV is good at displaying movies, sports and TV shows without stutter. Sports are TV shows are smooth, as the response time combined with the higher frame rate result in very smooth motion. Some stutter may be visible in slow panning shots for movies due to the lack of blur to smooth the motion between frames.

10 24p Judder
Judder-Free 24p
:
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via 60p
:
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via 60i
:
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via Native Apps
:
Yes

The Samsung MU8500 is able to display 24p movies without judder and this from all sources. To remove judder without adding any soap opera effect, set 'Auto Motion Plus' to 'Custom' and both sliders ('Blur Reduction' and 'Judder Reduction') to 0. 'LED Clear Motion' turns on the black frame insertion and is not related to the motion interpolation.

0 Variable Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
:
120 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
:
No
4k VRR Maximum
:
N/A
4k VRR Minimum
:
N/A
1080p VRR Maximum
:
N/A
1080p VRR Minimum
:
N/A
VRR Supported Connectors
:
N/A

The MU8600 doesn't support any variable refresh rate features. This is common for TVs, as we haven't tested any TVs which support a variable refresh rate yet.

8.6

Inputs

The MU8500 can display most content, including HDR. It has great low input lag, which will please all but the most competitive gamers.

8.9 Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
:
23.9 ms
1080p @ 60Hz + HDR
:
22.8 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
:
78.2 ms
1080p @ 120Hz
:
N/A
4k @ 60Hz
:
23.4 ms
4k @ 60Hz + HDR
:
23.6 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
22.1 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 + 8 bit HDR
:
21.8 ms
4k @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
:
79.6 ms
4k With Interpolation
:
78.7 ms
4k @ 120 Hz
:
N/A
4k with Variable Refresh Rate
:
N/A
1080p with Variable Refresh Rate
:
N/A

Great low input lag, which will please all but the most competitive gamers. Both game mode and PC mode have the same input lag, though 4:4:4 color is only shown properly in PC mode. This input lag is nearly identical to all 2017 Samsung TVs, but a bit worse than some TCL and LG TVs like the TCL P607 and the LG SJ8500.

6.7 Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
:
No
1440p @ 60Hz
:
No
4k @ 30Hz @ 4:4:4
:
Yes
4k @ 60Hz
:
Yes
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
:
No

Most input resolutions are supported. 4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:2:2 or 4:4:4 color is only supported when 'HDMI UHD Color' is enabled for the port used. 4:4:4 color is only shown properly when the input's icon in the Smart Hub is set to 'PC' (aka PC mode). PC mode can't be enabled for some input refresh rates like 24 Hz; although the icon will still change to PC, settings that are normally disabled in PC mode are not disabled, and 4:4:4 color is not shown properly.

Side Inputs
Rear Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI : 4
USB : 3
Digital Optical Audio Out : 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm : 0
Analog Audio Out RCA : 0
Component In : 0
Composite In : 0
Tuner (Cable/Ant) : 1
Ethernet : 1
DisplayPort : 0
IR In : 0
SD/SDHC : 0
Inputs Specifications
HDR10
:
Yes
Dolby Vision
:
No
HLG
:
Yes
3D
:
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
:
Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
HDMI 2.1 Full Bandwidth
:
No
ARC
:
Yes (HDMI 4)
USB 3.0
:
No
HDCP 2.2 : Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
CEC : Yes
MHL : No
Variable Analog Audio Out : No
Wi-Fi Support : Yes (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)

Only one of Dolby Digital or DTS can be enabled at a time, the TV will not automatically switch between them depending on what the content supports.

6.8

Sound Quality

The Samsung MU8500 is a decent sounding TV. It doesn't get particularly loud, but it doesn't have any glaring flaws that notably reduce its usability. A good set of speakers would still be a noticeable upgrade though.

6.9 Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
:
75.51 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
:
3.56 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
:
3.49 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
:
5.79 dB
Max
:
86.1 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
:
3.20 dB

Decent frequency response. The MU8500 follows our target fairly well, with a slight overemphasis on lower frequencies due to the lack of a room correction feature to reduce the effects of resonances. It could be a bit louder though, and dynamic range compression is present at higher volumes.

6.3 Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
:
0.331
Weighted THD @ Max
:
1.662
IMD @ 80
:
5.42 %
IMD @ Max
:
16.41 %

Average distortion performance. The MU8500's levels of THD are not the best, but there aren't any major peaks that notably lower the listening experience. IMD levels are fairly high at maximum volumes, but the MU8500 is free of aliasing.

8.1

Smart Features

Smart OS : Tizen
Version : 2017

The MU8500 runs Samsung's 2017 Tizen smart platform, also called Smart Hub. It has a simple layout that is very easy to use, yet still gives access to many advanced features and settings, and has an amazing voice command feature. The key to the platform's ease of navigation is the Smart Hub itself, which serves as the center of the interface and contains all other sections. The simple design of the remote reflects this philosophy: it has very few buttons and lacks buttons for inputs and settings, relying on its home button and navigation controls to access these things. While this makes navigation simple to understand, it does slow it down by requiring more steps to get to your destination. This is alleviated somewhat by the remote's incredible voice command feature, which can directly perform many actions without needing to navigate the interface at all, actions like changing between inputs and apps, changing settings and searching for content.

8.0 Interface
Ease of Use
:
Easy
Smoothness
:
Average
Time Taken to Select YouTube
:
5 s
Time Taken to Change Backlight
:
7 s
Advanced Options
:
Many

The center of the interface is the Smart Hub itself, through which you must pass to access the rest of the interface. This makes navigation easy to understand, but it does add extra steps to performing some actions like changing settings. To help alleviate this, the Smart Hub's second row shows a quick menu for the icon under focus, containing common options like quick settings and suggested content.

0 Ad-Free
Ads
:
Yes
Opt-out
:
No
Suggested Content in Home
:
Yes
Opt-out of Suggested Content
:
No

The TV did not show ads during our testing, however, the appearance of ads is often inconsistent. It can be assumed that the TV has ads because all Samsung TVs since 2015 have had ads, and several of their 2017 TVs showed ads during testing, such as the MU8000.

8.5 Apps and Features
App Selection
:
Many
App Smoothness
:
Average
Cast Capable
:
Yes
USB Drive Playback
:
Yes
USB Drive HDR Playback
:
Yes
HDR in Netflix
:
Yes
HDR in Amazon Video
:
Yes
HDR in YouTube
:
Yes

The TV comes preloaded with some popular apps like Netflix, YouTube and Amazon Video. Many more apps can be downloaded from the Apps menu. Apps run smoothly with little lag or frame drops. Navigating the interface, on the other hand, does have more frame drops than last year's Tizen 2016 platform, but it still fairly smooth.

8.5 Remote
Size
:
Small
Voice Control
:
Many Features
CEC Menu Control
:
Yes
Other Smart Features
:
Yes

The TV's remote is small and has few buttons, but has great smart features like voice control and universal remote control. In tandem with the TV's interface emphasizing the Smart Hub, the remote lacks many buttons like inputs and settings, instead relying on the home button and navigation controls to reach these things using the Smart Hub. This simplifies the remote and ease of use, but slows down navigation by requiring more steps to get to your destination. This is alleviated somewhat by the amazing voice control feature: voice commands like 'HDMI 2' and 'Backlight 14' can directly perform actions like changing between inputs and apps, changing settings and searching for content. The remote can also act as a universal remote for other devices, even ones that do not support HDMI CEC, using Samsung's OneRemote feature.

7.0 Remote App
Acts as the Remote
:
Yes
Directly Launches Apps and Inputs
:
Apps Only
Inputs Text in YouTube
:
No
Inputs Text in Netflix
:
No
Streams Device Files
:
Yes
Controls TV Settings
:
No
Voice Control
:
Yes

The Samsung Smart View app has a few useful features, like streaming files to the TV from the device running the app; but it lacks some features that other companion apps have, such as text entry.

TV Controls

The TV has a single physical button. When pressed it brings up a menu with six icons: power, input, volume up and down, and channel up and down. A short press changes icons and a long press activates them.

In The Box

  • Manual
  • Batteries
  • Remote
  • Wall mount spacers

Misc
Power Consumption : 51 W
Power Consumption (Max) : 129 W
Firmware : 1123

Differences between Sizes and Variants

We tested the 55" (UN55MU8500) version AB03. For the most part, we expect our review to be valid for the 65" (UN65MU8500).

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their Samsung MU8500 doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review.

Size Model US Canada Warehouse Warehouse long
55" UN55MU8500 UN55MU8500FXZA UN55MU8500FXZC UN55MU850D UN55MU850DFXZA
65" UN65MU8500 UN65MU8500FXZA UN65MU8500FXZC UN65MU850D UN65MU850DFXZA

Compared to other TVs

Top left: Vizio P Series 2017 (P65-E1). Bottom left: Sony X900E (XBR55X900E). Middle: Samsung MU8500 (UN55MU8500). Top right: Sony X850E (XBR65X850E). Bottom right: Samsung MU8000 (UN55MU8000).  Unlike our other photographs, this picture wasn't taken under a controlled environment, so do not draw conclusions from it.

The Samsung MU8500 is a good 4k LED TV, but it's not very competitive compared to other TVs in its price range.

Samsung NU8500
55" 65"
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Samsung NU8500 is slightly better than the Samsung MU8500. The Samsung NU8500 is a better choice for video games and HDR gaming because of better input lag and support for the AMD FreeSync variable refresh rate. Also, the NU8500 has a faster response time that leaves a smaller image trail in fast action scenes like sports. Finally, black uniformity is slightly worse on the older Samsung MU8500, and that might be noticeable when watching movies in a dark room.

Sony X900F
49" 55" 65" 75" 85"
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Amazon.com

The Sony X900F is much better than the Samsung MU8500. The Sony X900F has much better local dimming, better black uniformity and better contrast ratio that make it much better watching movies in dark rooms and can get much brighter when displaying HDR content. The Sony X900F has better reflection handling and a better response time that make it better for watching sports and TV shows in bright rooms. The Samsung MU8500, on the other hand, has a bit better input lag and is more responsive when playing video games.

Samsung MU8000
49" 55" 65" 75" 82"
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The Samsung MU8000 is slightly better than the Samsung MU8500. The Samsung MU8000 has a faster response time that leaves a slightly shorter image trail on fast action scenes, and it's marginally better for watching movies due to the better contrast. On the other hand, the Samsung MU8500 is somewhat better for use as a PC monitor due to its curved nature that results in better viewing angles to the edges of the screen.

Samsung MU6500
49" 55" 65"