Reviewed on Nov 05, 2018

Samsung N5300 TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.3
6.3
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: not enough data
4.8
Movies
7.4
TV Shows
7.6
Sports
6.4
Video Games
4.4
HDR Movies
4.5
HDR Gaming
6.9
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.

Test Results
Design 6.5
Picture Quality 6.6
Motion 5.8
Inputs 6.0
Sound Quality 6.0
Smart Features 7.4
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
  1. Update 2/28/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3. Learn more about our versioned test bench system here.

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6.5

Design

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.

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"

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.

Borders
Borders : 0.67" (1.7 cm)

The borders are plastic and have average thickness.

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.

Temperature
Maximum Temperature
:
91 °F (33 °C)
Average Temperature
:
86 °F (30 °C)

The TV runs fairly cool and you should have no issues with it.

6.5 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.

6.6

Picture Quality

The Samsung UN32N5300 has a decent picture quality. It has good gray uniformity and decent viewing angles. Unfortunately, it cannot display deep blacks as the native contrast ratio is not very high, and therefore dark room performance is not good. At the same time, the TV cannot get bright enough to fight the glare of a bright room, so it is more suitable for an average lit room. The color gamut is good enough for SDR, but you should not expect bright, saturated colors from this TV. And, although it can display HDR content, you will not benefit much from it.

5.8 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 Local Dimming
Local Dimming
:
No
Backlight
:
Direct

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

6.6 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.

6.0 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 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 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.

6.9 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.

8.1 Reflections
Screen Finish
:
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
:
5.3 %
Indirect Reflections
:
0.2 %

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 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 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 480p Input

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

8.0 720p Input

720p content such as cable looks good.

10 1080p Input

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

0 4k Input

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

6.9 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 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 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 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 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.

Pixels

The pixel structure looks identical to last years M5300.

5.8

Motion

The motion handling of the Samsung N5300 is disappointing. The response time is good, and there is a small blur trail that makes fast motion look smooth. The TV uses PWM dimming to dim the backlight at a relatively low frequency and this might bother some people. Furthermore, there are no options like Motion Interpolation or 24p Judder removal to help improve motion handling.

7.9 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 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 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.

0 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 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 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 Variable Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
:
60 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
1440p VRR Maximum
:
N/A
1440p VRR Minimum
:
N/A
VRR Supported Connectors
:
N/A

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

6.0

Inputs

The Samsung N5300 has a decent input lag which, however, it is not low enough for serious gaming. The N5300 has a 1080p native resolution and only supports the most basic resolutions.

6.7 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 Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4
:
Yes
1080p @ 120 Hz
:
No
1440p @ 60 Hz
:
No
1440p @ 120 Hz
:
No
4k @ 60 Hz
:
No
4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4
:
No
4k @ 120 Hz
:
No
8k @ 30 Hz or 24 Hz
:
No
8k @ 60 Hz
:
No

The Samsung UN32N5300 supports only the basic resolutions. The TV can only display properly the 1080p@60Hz resolution. It can accept 1080p@120Hz, but unfortunately only 50% of the frame shows. To properly display chroma 4:4:4 the TV has to be in the 'PC' picture mode.

Input Photos
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 : 1
DisplayPort : 0
IR In : 0
SD/SDHC : 0
Inputs Specifications
HDR10
:
Yes
HDR10+
:
No
Dolby Vision
:
No
HLG
:
No
3D
:
No
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth
:
No
HDMI 2.1
:
No
CEC : Yes
HDCP 2.2 : Yes (HDMI 1, 2)
USB 3.0
:
No
Variable Analog Audio Out : No
Wi-Fi Support : Yes (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)

Unlike last year's model M5300, this N5300 does not support DTS passthrough.

The TV is capable of playing a UHD HDR movie in 1080p@24 HDR.

Audio Passthrough
ARC
:
Yes (HDMI 1)
eARC support
:
No
Dolby Atmos via TrueHD via eARC
:
No
DTS:X via DTS-HD MA via eARC
:
No
5.1 Dolby Digital via ARC
:
Yes
5.1 DTS via ARC
:
No
5.1 Dolby Digital via Optical
:
Yes
5.1 DTS via Optical
:
No
6.0

Sound Quality

The Samsung N5300 has a mediocre sound. This TV doesn't produce much bass and doesn't get very loud either. However, it produces clear and intelligible dialog. For a better sound, sound bars or dedicated speakers are recommended.

5.6 Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
:
190.27 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
:
3.49 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
:
3.70 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
:
4.82 dB
Max
:
86.3 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
:
3.00 dB

The frequency response of the N5300 is sub-par. LFE (low-frequency extension) is at 190Hz, which is poor. This means this TV doesn't produce any thump or rumble, and doesn't have a body to its bass either. However, the response above the LFE point is decent which is important for the clear and intelligible production of dialog. Additionally, this TV doesn't get very loud and produces some compression and pumping artifacts under heavy loads.

7.0 Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
:
0.174
Weighted THD @ Max
:
0.568
IMD @ 80
:
3.39 %
IMD @ Max
:
5.85 %

The distortion performance is decent. The overall amount of harmonic distortion produced is within decent limits throughout the range. There is not a big rise in THD at max volume either, but this TV doesn't get very loud.

7.4

Smart Features

Smart OS : Tizen
Version : 2018 with reduced features

The Samsung UN32N5300 runs a special version of Samsung's 2018 Tizen smart platform that has reduced features. It is intuitive and easy to navigate but can be stuttery. Samsung's app store has an abundance of apps to suit any taste. The remote is very basic, and so is the remote app.

7.5 Interface
Ease of Use
:
Easy
Smoothness
:
Average
Time Taken to Select YouTube
:
3 s
Time Taken to Change Backlight
:
6 s
Advanced Options
:
Many

The interface is easy to use and intuitive for most new users. Unfortunately, it is not very smooth as the animations can get stuttery. It has a large selection of apps to choose from and it is not as fast as the interface the higher end models have.

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

Just like other 2018 Samsung models the N5300 displays ads and suggested content. Unfortunately, there is no option to remove them.

8.5 Apps and Features