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.
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.
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"
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.
The TV looks thick when you look at it from the side. If you decide to wall-mount it, it will protrude a little.
The TV runs fairly cool and you should have no issues with it.
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.
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.
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.
The Samsung N5300 does not support local dimming. The above video is for reference only.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lower resolution 480p content looks good and is displayed without any obvious issues.
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.
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
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.
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.
The Samsung UN32N5300 shows no signs of temporary image retention.
We don't expect IPS panels to experience permanent image retention, as the IPS panel in our long-term test appears immune.
The pixel structure looks identical to last years M5300.
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.
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.
The TV uses PWM dimming to lower the backlight. Unfortunately, the flicker frequency is low and this might bother some people.
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.
Unlike last year's M5300, the new N5300 does not have a motion interpolation feature.
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.
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.
The Samsung N5300 does not support any variable refresh rate implementation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Just like other 2018 Samsung models the N5300 displays ads and suggested content. Unfortunately, there is no option to remove them.