Samsung N5300 TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Updated Nov 05, 2018 at 09:51 am
Samsung N5300 Picture
5.7
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: none
4.8
Movies
7.1
TV Shows
7.1
Sports
5.4
Video Games
4.8
HDR Movies
4.2
HDR Gaming
6.3
PC Monitor
Type LED
Sub-Type
IPS
Resolution 1080p

The Samsung N5300 is a basic 1080p IPS LED TV with decent picture quality. It does not have a high native contrast ratio and thus dark room performance is not good. The TV supports HDR, but it cannot get bright enough to deliver the creator's intent, and thus, you will not benefit much from using it in that mode. In SDR it can get bright enough for an average lit room and the color gamut is adequate. The image remains accurate at large angles off center, and this is great if you watch TV while you move around the room. The input lag is decent but not good enough for most serious gamers.

Our Verdict

5.7 Mixed Usage

The N5300 is a mediocre TV for mixed usage with a decent picture quality. Dark room performance is poor due to the low native contrast ratio, so it is not a good choice for watching movies or HDR content. It has good reflection handling, but the brightness is not enough to fight bright room glare. The small size and decent viewing angles make it a good choice for watching TV shows or sports in places like a kitchen, where you also do other work.

Pros
  • Image remains accurate when viewed at an angle
  • The screen has good uniformity
Cons
  • Poor HDR performance
  • Input lag is higher than most modern TVs
  • Poor dark scene performance
4.8 Movies

The Samsung N5300 is not a good choice if you plan to watch movies on it. The native contrast ratio is low and blacks look gray in dark room and the lack of local dimming cannot help improve this. The TV has a 1080p resolution and you won't be able to enjoy 4k content in its native resolution. The N5300 is also lacking motion handling features like the 24p judder removal that can make older movies look better.

7.1 TV Shows

It is decent for watching TV shows. It has good reflection handling, and it can get bright enough for an average lit room. The viewing angles are decent, and this is great if you want to do some housework while you watch TV. The TV has a native 1080p resolution and displays cable content well. Finally, the TV has a good smart platform and access to many apps to satisfy everyone's needs.

7.1 Sports

The Samsung UN32N5300 is good for watching sports. It has good reflection handling that allows you to place it a room with many light sources, like a kitchen. The pixel response time is fast and there is a small blur trail following fast-moving content which makes motion look smooth. The gray uniformity is good and the viewing angles are decent so you do not have to sit straight in front. Unfortunately, the TV cannot fight the glare of a bright room so you will need to place it in an average lit room for better results.

5.4 Video Games

The N5300 is decent for playing video games. It has a low input lag which is good for casual gamers, but not low enough for anyone who enjoys more competitive gaming. If you play fast action games you will notice a little motion blur due to the fast response time. Unfortunately, the only way to make the image crisper is to lower the level of the backlight. The PWM dimming flicker will do the job, but at the same time, your screen will not be as bright.

4.8 HDR Movies

This TV has a poor performance in HDR movies. Although the TV supports HDR it cannot get bright enough to deliver the creator's intent. Furthermore, it has poor dark room performance where HDR is meant to be viewed, Finally, the color gamut is ok for SDR but you will not be seeing rich and saturated colors in HDR content.

4.2 HDR Gaming

This TV is not good for HDR gaming. It cannot display 4k content and although it supports HDR you will not benefit much from using it in this mode. The input lag is decent but not at par with most modern TVs. The response time is good with a small blur trail, but the contrast is low so blacks do not look good in a dark room, where you would be playing HDR games. Furthermore, the N5300 cannot display rich, saturated colors in HDR content.

6.3 PC Monitor

The N5300 is decent for use as a PC monitor. The input lag is decent, but not as low as most modern TVs and you will notice a lag in the TV's responsiveness, especially when moving the mouse around. The pixel response time is fast and you will notice a blur trail following your mouse. This helps make the motion look smooth but not crisp. The TV can display proper chroma 4:4:4, which is good. Finally, due to the decent viewing angles, you are not likely to spot any uniformity issues at the sides of the screen when you sit close to the TV.

  • 5.7 Mixed Usage
  • 4.8 Movies
  • 7.1 TV Shows
  • 7.1 Sports
  • 5.4 Video Games
  • 4.8 HDR Movies
  • 4.2 HDR Gaming
  • 6.3 PC Monitor
  1. Update 5/21/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.5.
  2. Update 2/21/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.4.
  3. Update 2/28/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.

Test Results

Design
6.5
Design
Style
Curved No

The design of the N5300 is decent. The TV is made out of a combination of plastic and metal. The build quality is decent with no obvious issues. This year's model has no power brick, but the overall design resembles last year's M5300 a lot. The stand is plastic and supports the TV well, whereas the back is metallic. The TV looks slightly thick from the side and will stick out a little if wall mounted.

Design
Stand

The stand is plastic and almost as wide as the TV. It supports the TV well and there is almost no wobble if the TV is gently knocked.

Footprint of the 32" TV stand: 26.8" x 6.4"

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 100x100

The back of the TV is plain and made out of metal. The electronics compartment is located at the center of the back. If the TV is VESA mounted, some inputs might be hard to reach. There is no cable management on this TV.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.67" (1.7 cm)

The borders are plastic and have average thickness.

Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 3.15" (8.0 cm)

The TV looks thick when you look at it from the side. If you decide to wall-mount it, it will protrude a little.

6.5
Design
Build Quality

The build quality is decent. The TV is made of metal and plastic and there are no gaps or loose ends. It is very basic, but you should have no issues with the built quality.

Picture Quality
5.8
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
905 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
N/A

Disappointing native contrast ratio for the N5300. Blacks in a dark room look more like gray and this diminishes the picture quality. Although low contrast ratios are expected in IPS TVs, this result is a little worse than last year's model M5300.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Direct

The Samsung N5300 does not support local dimming. The above video is for reference only.

5.6
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
240 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
87 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
263 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
261 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
260 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
260 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
87 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
262 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
260 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
260 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
260 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.064

The N5300 has decent brightness, better than last year's M5300. It can get bright enough for an average lit room, but it cannot fight the glare of a bright room. When the TV displays very dark scenes, like our 2% window, the CE dimming dims the entire screen in an effort to display better blacks and this results in crushed highlights. In less dark scenes, like most normal content, the brightness levels remain relatively constant.

The menu option that controls the brightness is Backlight.

5.2
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
296 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
132 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
337 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
333 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
332 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
332 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
131 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
332 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
330 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
330 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
330 cd/m²
HDR ABL
0.063

Although HDR is supported, the TV cannot get bright enough to display HDR content well. Just like in SDR, the brightness level is relatively constant in all windows sizes, except in very dark scenes where the screen dims.

7.7
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
2.720 %
50% DSE
0.175 %
5% Std. Dev.
0.413 %
5% DSE
0.100 %

The Samsung N5300 has good gray uniformity. Some clouding is visible and the corners do look a little darker. Sports fans will notice some dirty screen effect in panning shots of the game field. In darker scenes, the uniformity improves and not much clouding or DSE can be noticed.

Overall, this is an improvement over the M5300, and the best score we've measured in the 32-inch category so far, better than the TCL S305.

8.4
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
45 °
Color Shift
61 °
Brightness Loss
46 °
Black Level Raise
70 °
Gamma Shift
55 °

Decent viewing angles. The intensity of blacks remains good no matter what angle you look at the screen. Brightness, however, deteriorates as you look from the side, and it loses half of its intensity at about 45 degrees. Finally, colors shift and the inaccuracies become noticeable when looking from the side at an angle of about 30 degrees or more.

6.8
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
1.430 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

Decent black uniformity for the Samsung N5300 and a great improvement over last year's M5300. In our picture, there is some backlight bleed, but in person, this isn't as noticeable, as, for the purposes of our test, we overexpose the image to highlight any uniformity issues. Similar performance to the TCL S305.

7.4
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
5.3 %
Indirect Reflections
0.2 %
Calculated Direct Reflections
5.1 %

Great reflection handing. The screen has a semi-gloss coating that allows it to diffuse reflections and reduce their intensity. You will not have any issues with reflections except in very bright rooms. This is a similar performance to last year's M5300.

6.0
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
5.60
Color dE
3.52
Gamma
2.19
Color Temperature
6541 K
Picture Mode
Movie
Color Temp Setting
Warm 2
Gamma Setting
BT.1886 0, Brightness +1

The out of the box color accuracy is mediocre. The most accurate picture mode was 'Movie'. The White Balance dE and the Color dE are above our threshold of 3, and thus we expect that most people will notice the inaccuracies. The color temperature is a little warm, and although the average gamma is close to the 2.2 target, it does not follow the target curve, so some scenes are too dim while others are brighter.

9.4
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.45
Color dE
1.25
Gamma
2.19
Color Temperature
6509 K
White Balance Calibration
10 point
Color Calibration
No
Auto-Calibration Function
No

The post calibration color accuracy is excellent. Although there are only 10 points available for adjusting the white balance and no color space management, the results in both the white balance dE and the color dE were great. They were both diminished to levels where most people won't be able to spot any inaccuracies. The calibration was done in the 'Movie' picture mode and did not take long to complete. To make the calibration process easier and to avoid the TV's CE dimming from interfering with the process, we performed calibration using a 100% window size instead of the usual 18%. The gamma was corrected to closely follow the target curve and the color temperature was adjusted right on the 6500K target.

You can see our recommended settings here.

8.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

Lower resolution 480p content looks good and is displayed without any obvious issues.

8.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

720p content such as cable looks good.

10
Picture Quality
1080p Input

The Samsung UN32N5300 displays the native 1080p content without any issues.

0
Picture Quality
4k Input

The Samsung N5300 doesn't support a 4k input.

0
Picture Quality
8k Input
Picture Quality
Pixels

The pixel structure looks identical to last years M5300.

6.9
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
No
DCI P3 xy
77.03 %
DCI P3 uv
82.63 %
Rec 2020 xy
55.27 %
Rec 2020 uv
60.21 %

Decent color gamut for this Samsung N5300. Just like last year's M5300, the TVs color gamut is ok for SDR content, but not good for HDR content.

The 'Movie' picture mode EOTF follows our curve fairly well, and the brightness clips where the TV reaches its peak brightness.

The PC EOTF is identical to the 'Movie', whereas the Game EOTF is slightly brighter until the point where it also clips at the TV's peak brightness.

If you find HDR too dark you can enable the Contrast Enhancer and set Gamma at 'plus 3' which will brighten the entire screen as you can see here

4.8
Picture Quality
Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
56.4 %
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
14.8 %
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
39.2 %
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
10.3 %

The color volume coverage is limited by the low contrast ratio and the limited color gamut. Unfortunately, this TV cannot display rich and saturated colors.

6.7
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
8 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
0.137 dE
Green (Std. Dev.)
0.168 dE
Blue (Std. Dev.)
0.106 dE
Gray (Std. Dev.)
0.238 dE

The performance in our gradient test is decent. There is a little banding visible in almost all colors but it is more apparent in the gray and green shades.

10
Picture Quality
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 %

The Samsung UN32N5300 shows no signs of temporary image retention.

10
Picture Quality
Permanent Burn-In Risk
Permanent Burn-In Risk
No

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

Motion
6.8
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
6.2 ms
100% Response Time
18.7 ms

The response time is good. There is a short blur trail that is visible in fast-moving content, and it makes motion look smooth. There is only a slight overshoot that is not very visible.

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

The TV uses PWM dimming to lower the backlight. Unfortunately, the flicker frequency is low and this might bother some people.

5.4
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Optional BFI
No
Min Flicker for 60 fps
120 Hz
60 Hz for 60 fps
No
120 Hz for 120 fps
N/A
Min Flicker for 60 fps in Game Mode
120 Hz

The Samsung UN32N5300 does not support Black Frame Insertion. The score in this test is not '0' since the TV has inherent flicker through the PWM backlight dimming mechanism, which clears motion blur slightly and makes the image crisper. The TV scores the same as last year's M5300 which had a BFI option. This is because last year's BFI option was just capping the TVs peak backlight level. To achieve similar results in this year's model, just lower your backlight level.

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

Unlike last year's M5300, the new N5300 does not have a motion interpolation feature.

8.2
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
23.0 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
0.0 ms

The Samsung N5300 is good at displaying content without stutter. This is because the response time is not too fast and the blur that is present helps smooth out the transition from one frame to the next. You should have no issues with stutter in older content.

0
Motion
24p Judder
Judder-Free 24p
No
Judder-Free 24p via 60p
No
Judder-Free 24p via 60i
No
Judder-Free 24p via Native Apps
No

Unfortunately, the TV cannot remove 24p judder from movies no matter the source. Some people might find this annoying.

The TV has a menu option called Flim mode that is available when the TV receives a 480i, 720i or 1080i signal and it is supposed to help remove 24p judder. However, during our test, we were not able to remove 24p judder by enabling Film mode in these resolutions. 

0
Motion
Variable Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
60 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
No
HDMI Forum VRR
No
FreeSync
No
G-SYNC Compatible
No
4k VRR Maximum
N/A
4k VRR Minimum
No VRR support
1080p VRR Maximum
N/A
1080p VRR Minimum
No VRR support
1440p VRR Maximum
N/A
1440p VRR Minimum
No VRR support
VRR Supported Connectors
No VRR support

The Samsung N5300 does not support any variable refresh rate implementation.

Inputs
4.7
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60 Hz
51.3 ms
1080p @ 60 Hz Outside Game Mode
57.0 ms
1440p @ 60 Hz
N/A
4k @ 60 Hz
N/A
4k @ 60 Hz + 10 bit HDR
N/A
4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4
N/A
4k @ 60 Hz Outside Game Mode
N/A
4k @ 60 Hz With Interpolation
N/A
8k @ 60 Hz
N/A
1080p @ 120 Hz
N/A
1440p @ 120 Hz
N/A
4k @ 120 Hz
N/A
1080p with Variable Refresh Rate
N/A
1440p with VRR
N/A
4k with VRR
N/A
8k with VRR
N/A
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
No

The input lag in the 'PC' picture mode is 51.3ms.

The input lag of the N53000 is just decent. The TV takes some time to respond to your actions. Unfortunately, the input lag in Game mode is not much lower than that of other modes. If you plan to use it for serious gaming you will be disappointed. It is worse than last year's M5300.

1.7
Inputs
Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
1080p @ 120 Hz
No
1440p @ 60 Hz
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