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Samsung NU8500
TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.3
7.9
Mixed Usage
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7.4
Movies
7.8
TV Shows
7.6
Sports
8.6
Video Games
7.5
HDR Movies
8.3
HDR Gaming
8.5
PC Monitor
Type : LED
Sub-Type
:
VA
Resolution : 4k

The Samsung NU8500 is a curved 4k UHD TV with good picture quality. It is versatile and performs well for a wide range of usages. It can produce deep and uniform dark scenes but is limited by the poor local dimming performance. It can also get bright to combat glare and supports a wide color gamut which is great for HDR. It also has a low input lag and supports FreeSync for use with a PC, Xbox One X or Xbox One S. Unfortunately the image degrades when viewed at an angle, so the best picture is only reserved for those directly in front of the TV.

Test Results
Design 9.0
Picture Quality 7.6
Motion 8.4
Inputs 9.5
Sound Quality 5.4
Smart Features 7.8
Pros
  • Great at handling motion
  • Supports FreeSync VRR for use with a PC or Xbox
  • Great brightness
Cons
  • Image degrades when viewed at an angle
Update 2/28/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3. Learn more about our versioned test bench system here.
Update 1/9/2019: We have retested the BFI mode, and the backlight does flicker at 120 Hz when displaying a 120 Hz signal. Scores have been updated.

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9.0

Design

Curved : Yes

The design of the Samsung NU85000 is excellent. The TV has a sturdy stand and nice cable management to promote neatness. It does not get warm, and the slight curvature captures the viewer's attention and makes the TV look nice and feel slightly premium.

Stand

The stand of the NU8500 supports the TV well, but it will wobble a bit if pushed. It is similar to the NU8000, but with a curve to match the curve of the screen.

The footprint of the stand is 31.4", 13.5"

Back
Wall Mount : VESA 200x200

The back of the TV is plastic. The TV's cables can be routed through the available groves towards the center stand, or towards the sides of the TV. If wall mounted, some of the ports might be difficult to access.

Borders
Borders : 0.39" (1.0 cm)

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

Thickness
Max Thickness : 3.78" (9.6 cm)

Even though the TV is curved it does not look very thick and will not protrude much from the wall if mounted.

Temperature
Maximum Temperature
:
93 °F (34 °C)
Average Temperature
:
88 °F (31 °C)

The NU8500 runs fairly cool with no hot spots.

7.0 Build Quality

The build quality of the Samsung NU8500 is average. There are no gaps on the TVs body and everything seems to fall into place. It has a slightly premium feel.

7.6

Picture Quality

The Samsung NU8500 has great picture quality, with a high native contrast ratio that produces deep blacks well suited for a dark room. Bright room performance is good, and it gets bright enough both in SDR and HDR content, although there may be some issues with reflections. Unfortunately, due to the VA panel, it is not well suited for wide rooms due to poor viewing angles. Gray uniformity is good with a little dirty screen effect which might, however, annoy sports fans. 

8.5 Contrast
Native Contrast
:
4310 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
:
4478 : 1

The Samsung NU8500 has a very good native contrast ratio. Just a bit better than the MU8500 of 2017, but lower than the Samsung NU8000. It will, however, show blacks in dark environments better than any IPS TV.

Even with local dimming set to high, the contrast ratio stays about the same due to the poor local dimming implementation.

1.8 Local Dimming
Local Dimming
:
Yes
Backlight
:
Edge

The local dimming performance of this Samsung TV is bad. Partially due to the edge lit LED panel and due to the poor algorithm. As a result, clouding is quite visible.

8.6 SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
:
525 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
:
704 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
:
869 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
:
614 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
:
570 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
:
578 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
:
698 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
:
567 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
:
612 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
:
569 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
:
577 cd/m²
SDR ABL
:
0.016

The Samsung NU8500 has remarkable peak brightness with SDR content. Small highlights are very bright and stand out, whereas the TV maintains good brightness levels at all windows sizes.

This result is in the same ballpark as the NU8000.

7.7 HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
:
538 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
:
721 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
:
885 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
:
629 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
:
597 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
:
581 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
:
715 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
:
582 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
:
627 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
:
595 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
:
579 cd/m²
HDR ABL
:
0.012

The HDR Peak Brightness of the NU8500 is good. The TV can get the whole screen quite bright, but it isn't able to produce significantly brighter highlights. This is similar to the flat NU8000, and significantly better than the MU8000 of last year.

7.6 Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
:
2.885 %
50% DSE
:
0.174 %
5% Std. Dev.
:
1.200 %
5% DSE
:
0.099 %

The gray uniformity of our Samsung NU8500 is good. At the 50% gray image, some uniformity issues are visible and some dirty screen effect is expected when viewing sports.

At the 5% gray image, uniformity issues are hardly noticeable and most people will not notice any dirty screen effect.

5.3 Viewing Angle
Color Washout
:
22 °
Color Shift
:
21 °
Brightness Loss
:
31 °
Black Level Raise
:
17 °
Gamma Shift
:
21 °

Bad viewing angle, but expected for a VA TV. Blacks wash out quickly when the TV is viewed from an angle, while colors shift and brightness decreases at slightly larger angles. This is not good for a room where people often view the TV from the side. In this case an IPS TV like the LG SK8000 may be a better choice.

7.2 Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
:
1.183 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
:
1.195 %

Black uniformity is decent on the NU8500. Some clouding can be seen close to the corners, but this will not disturb many people. When the local dimming is set to maximum, some more blooming becomes more obvious next to the test cross.

Note: the local dimming can't be turned off completely through the regular menu. In order to show the TV’s true native black uniformity, it is necessary to disable local dimming from the service menu. Some vertical blooming can be seen in our test picture even with local dimming off.

The black uniformity picture with local dimming was taken with the local dimming set to High.

7.3 Reflections
Screen Finish
:
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
:
6.2 %
Indirect Reflections
:
0.6 %

The Samsung NU8500 has decent reflection handling. The semi-gloss finish diffuses reflection across the screen, reducing the intensity. This is very similar to the flat NU8000.

The curvature may also help avoid glare depending on where you are seated, or it may focus it to be more distracting. It is ok for not so bright environments, but not for bright ones.

7.4 Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
:
2.93
Color dE
:
3.17
Gamma
:
2.22
Color Temperature
:
6000 K
Picture Mode
:
Movie
Color Temp Setting
:
Warm 2
Gamma Setting
:
BT.1886 +2, Brightness +2

The Samsung NU8500 has decent out of the box color accuracy when picture mode is set to Movie.

The color temperature is warm and thus some Red/Yellow are slightly dominant. This also results in elevated white Balance dE. Gamma is significantly higher than our target of 2.2 and there is some loss of detail in dark shadows.

Update 04/12/2019: This TV was incorrectly measured with Brightness +2, instead of at 0. This only has a small impact on the results (slightly dimmer dark scenes below about 30 IRE) and so we don't plan to retest it.

9.1 Post Calibration
White Balance dE
:
0.27
Color dE
:
2.35
Gamma
:
2.19
Color Temperature
:
6495 K
White Balance Calibration
:
20 point
Color Calibration
:
Yes
Auto-Calibration Function
:
No

The post calibration is excellent for this Samsung NU8500.

We obtained the best results in the Movie picture mode. White balance and color temperature are almost perfect after calibration, but we were unable to correct completely the color accuracy (just like with almost every other Samsung we have tested), which remains good for most people.

You can see our recommended settings here.

8.0 480p Input

Upscaling of DVDs or other 480p content is good.

8.0 720p Input

720p content such as cable TV looks good.

9.0 1080p Input

1080p content such as Blu-rays or game consoles are upscaled well.

10 4k Input

Native 4k (UHD) content looks great.

7.8 Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
:
Yes
DCI P3 xy
:
85.63 %
DCI P3 uv
:
92.09 %
Rec 2020 xy
:
62.98 %
Rec 2020 uv
:
70.87 %

The TV has a good color gamut, very similar to last year MU8500. Although it supports a wide color gamut, it isn't as wide as other HDR TVs since bright outdoor scenes lack some detail due to the TV's limited cyan and green reproduction.

The TV's HDR Movie mode EOTF follows the HDR PQ curve fairly well until it starts to roll off close to its peak brightness. We can see at the Game mode EOTF that compression starts at a little higher levels but is steeper. The EOTF of PC mode starts compression a little earlier but it is smoother thus differentiating slightly greater detail.

7.2 Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
:
80.7 %
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
:
43.4 %
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
:
62.6 %
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
:
33.7 %

The Samsung UN55NU8500 has an okay color volume. It displays bright colors well across its entire color gamut, but does not display deep, dark colors very well.

7.5 Gradient
Color Depth
:
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
:
0.120 dE
Green (Std. Dev.)
:
0.138 dE
Blue (Std. Dev.)
:
0.102 dE
Gray (Std. Dev.)
:
0.139 dE

The Samsung NU8500 has a good gradient.

A little banding is apparent in most areas of the image and some major banding in dark green, but his will not be noticeable to most people.

If you set Digital Clean View to Auto, it can help reduce banding, but it can result in a loss of some fine details.

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 %

There is no measurable temporary image retention on the Samsung NU8500, even immediately after the burn-in scene.

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
8.4

Motion

The Samsung NU8500 has great motion handling. It has a very fast response time, and only a short trail follows moving objects. It supports 120 fps motion interpolation, optional 60 Hz black frame insertion, and can play 24p movies without judder. However, its backlight always flickers at 240 Hz, and that introduces some unwanted duplications during motion, and because of its fast response time, some stutter can occur during low frame rate content. This isn't noticeable to most people.

8.5 Response Time
80% Response Time
:
5.9 ms
100% Response Time
:
13.1 ms

The response time of the Samsung UN55NU8500 is great.

It results in only a very short trail following moving objects, which is great for sports fans or gamers. The blur shown in the photo is due to 60fps persistence.

6.0 Flicker-Free
Flicker-Free
:
No
PWM Dimming Frequency
:
240 Hz

The TV dims its backlight by using PWM flicker at 240 Hz. It is present at all brightness levels but diminishes at high brightness. It helps fast motion look a little more clear, but it also introduces some unwanted duplications, that can be seen in the response time box photo.

Unlike in QLED models, the flicker of this TV stays constant at 240Hz. It's also worth noting that it is becoming more common to find TVs that use flicker to clear motion. Several of the 2018 TV models we have tested use flicker and the ones that perform better in this aspect have a flicker frequency greater than or equal to 480Hz (like the Vizio M Series 2018, TCL R617, Samsung Q8FN).

10 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
:
60 Hz

Just like the NU8000, the Samsung NU8500 also has an optional 60 Hz flicker mode, activated by enabling LED Clear Motion in the Auto Motion Plus menu. It can greatly help clear up motion during 60 fps content, but flicker can be bothersome to some people. It can also be activated in Game mode, by using the Game Motion Plus menu.

Update 01/09/2019: We have retested the backlight flicker at 120 Hz, and can confirm that the NU8500 does flicker at 120 Hz when displaying a 120 Hz signal.

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

Since Samsung 55NU8500 has a 120 Hz panel, it can interpolate lower frame rate content up to 120 fps making motion much smoother. It can, however, look strange to some people (the so-called soap opera effect). Also sometimes it can add unwanted artifacts during fast motion.

Interpolation is activated by setting Auto Motion Plus to Custom and then increasing the Judder Reduction slider to interpolate low frame rate content(up to 60Hz). To interpolate content above 60fps, increase the Blur Reduction slider.

Game mode also has motion interpolation, Game Motion Plus, which doesn't look as good as Auto Motion Plus but adds much less input lag, as shown in the Input Lag box.

7.4 Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
:
28.6 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
:
3.6 ms

The NU8500 has very little stutter in sports and TV shows. However, some stutter will be noticeable for low frame rate content such as 24p movies due to the fast response time, which results in only a short transition between frames. In slow panning shots, some stutter may be more apparent due to the lack of blur that would otherwise smooth 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 NU8500 is able to display 24p movies without judder from any source.

To remove judder, set Auto Motion Plus to Custom and then set both sliders (Blur Reduction and Judder Reduction) to 0.

8.2 Variable Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
:
120 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
:
FreeSync
4k VRR Maximum
:
60 Hz
4k VRR Minimum
:
48 Hz
1080p VRR Maximum
:
120 Hz
1080p VRR Minimum
:
< 20 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors
:
HDMI

The TV supports Variable Refresh Rate through Freesync. We used an Xbox One S and Radeon RX 580 to test it.

First set Game mode to On and then choose FreeSync Ultimate.

The Ultimate setting has the widest sync Hz range. The Basic has a more narrow range that is only recommended if your game is having problems with Ultimate.

9.5

Inputs

The Samsung 55NU8500 has excellent low input lag to satisfy even the most competitive console gamers. It also supports most input signals, including 1440p @ 120 Hz and HDR - but no 1440p @ 60Hz.  

Care should be given to the settings to achieve the desired result.

9.6 Input Lag
1080p @ 60 Hz
:
15.4 ms
1080p @ 60 Hz Outside Game Mode
:
77.0 ms
1440p @ 60 Hz
:
N/A
4k @ 60 Hz
:
15.4 ms
4k @ 60 Hz + 10 bit HDR
:
15.7 ms
4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4
:
15.8 ms
4k @ 60 Hz Outside Game Mode
:
63.4 ms
4k @ 60 Hz With Interpolation
:
21.4 ms
8k @ 60 Hz
:
N/A
1080p @ 120 Hz
:
9.3 ms
1440p @ 120 Hz
:
9.3 ms
4k @ 120 Hz
:
N/A
1080p with Variable Refresh Rate
:
6.4 ms
1440p with VRR
:
6.4 ms
4k with VRR
:
15.2 ms
8k with VRR
:
N/A
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
:
Yes

1440p@120Hz is 9.3ms.

The NU85000 has excellent input lag that will please even the most demanding gamers.

PC mode is required for proper 4:4:4 display.

The TV always has low input lag in PC mode and you do not need to activate PC and Game mode at the same time. However, with PC and Game mode you have access to the Game Motion Plus motion interpolation features

The input lag is 21.4ms for 60Hz motion interpolation activated. (Game Motion Plus on, Judder Reduction 10, Blur Reduction 0) and at 27.9ms for 120Hz interpolation (Game Motion Plus on, Judder Reduction 10, Blur Reduction 10)

Outside of Game mode the TV skips a frame every ~5 mins, so the input lag swings by 16.7ms and what you see as a score is the average.

8.8 Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4
:
Yes
1080p @ 120 Hz
:
Yes (native support)
1440p @ 60 Hz
:
No
1440p @ 120 Hz
:
Yes (native support)
4k @ 60 Hz
:
Yes
4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4
:
Yes
4k @ 120 Hz
:
No
8k @ 30 Hz or 24 Hz
:
No
8k @ 60 Hz
:
No

The Samsung NU8500 is great at supporting numerous resolutions. However, the following settings have to be implemented:

  • 4k@60Hz 4:4:4 or 4:2:2 is only supported when HDMI UHD Color is enabled
  • 4:4:4 chroma is only properly displayed when the input icon is set to PC (aka PC mode)
  • Although 1440p@60 isn't supported, 1440p@120 is supported, but doesn't have proper 4:4:4 even in when in PC mode
  • Finally, Sharpness is at 10 (the default) and it means no added sharpness.

Input Photos
Total Inputs
HDMI : 4
USB : 2
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
HDR10+
:
Yes
Dolby Vision
:
No
HLG
:
Yes
3D
:
No
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth
:
Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
HDMI 2.1
:
No
CEC : Yes
HDCP 2.2 : Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
USB 3.0
:
No
Variable Analog Audio Out : No
Wi-Fi Support : Yes (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)

The TV can not passthrough DTS signal.

Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC) is needed for ARC, which passes on HDMI 4 only.

Audio Passthrough
ARC
:
Yes (HDMI 4)
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
5.4

Sound Quality

The Samsung NU8500 has a sub-par sound quality. This TV doesn't get loud, produces pumping and compression under heavier loads, and doesn't have an extended-enough bass for producing thumps and rumbles. However, it does have a decent amount of punch and body to its bass and is capable of producing clear enough dialogs. For a better sound, dedicated speakers or a soundbar is recommended.

5.8 Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
:
71.27 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
:
4.52 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
:
5.75 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
:
7.72 dB
Max
:
84.2 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
:
3.90 dB

The frequency response is sub-par. The LFE (low-frequency extension) of 71Hz is decent for a TV. This suggests a bass that although doesn't produce any thump or rumble, has a decent amount of body and punch to it. The response above the TV's LFE is also decent, but compression and pumping artifacts start to show even in the 80dB pass. This also correlates with the mediocre maximum loudness of 84dB SPL achieved by this TV. Additionally, this TV doesn't come with a room correction system and therefore, wasn't able to remove the modes of our test room around 200Hz.

4.2 Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
:
0.829
Weighted THD @ Max
:
1.428
IMD @ 80
:
73.89 %
IMD @ Max
:
93.37 %

The Samsung NU8500 has a sub-par distortion performance. The overall amount of THD is elevated, but it doesn't rise dramatically at Max volume. This is a good thing, however, since the TV doesn't get very loud doesn't say much about the TV's handling of heavy loads. This TV also produces a lot of IMD, which suggests aliasing at higher frequencies.

7.8

Smart Features

Smart OS : Tizen
Version : 2018

The TV comes with the latest version of Tizen Smart platform from Samsung, also called Smart Hub. Well-organized and easy to navigate, it provides access to numerous apps via the Samsung app store. It comes equipped with the very handy Bixby voice assistant. The interface, however, has choppy animations, and is not really an improvement from last year's interface. The menu ads certainly are not a plus and can sometimes become annoying. 

7.5 Interface
Ease of Use
:
Easy
Smoothness
:
Not Smooth
Time Taken to Select YouTube
:
2 s
Time Taken to Change Backlight
:
7 s
Advanced Options
:
Many

The interface of the UN55NU8500 is well organized and intuitive. The Smart Hub is the center of the interface through which you can access everything else. Thus, it might take you more time than if you could go directly. Animations in the interface do not lag but are choppy and experience frame drops quite often.

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

The Samsung NU8500 has ads throughout the home menu, just like all of the latest Samsung TVs. The ads are intermittent. Suggested content is present within the app store. There is no option to disable them.

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 YouTube
:
Yes

The TV has preinstalled a few apps, such as Netflix, YouTube and Amazon Video. and more can be downloaded from the app menu.

Apps run smoothly with minimal lag and fewer frame drops that the interface itself.

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

Samsung's smart remote is quite small and comes with few buttons, so users have to either navigate through the home menu or to use Samsung's Bixby voice assistant feature. Bixby's voice recognition works very well, and it can perform many useful actions on the TV: like 'Change to HDMI 1', 'Change backlight to 5', 'What's the weather like tomorrow', and 'Pause video' work well. Although, 'Search Netflix for Marco Polo' did not. 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.

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

The remote app is very basic. It only functions as a replacement remote, though fortunately this includes sending voice commands to the TV like the remote does.

TV Controls

The TV has only a single physical button, which brings up a menu that can power the TV on and off, control the volume and channel, and change inputs.

In The Box

  • Quick Setup Guide
  • Batteries
  • VESA Spacers
  • Remote Control
  • User Manual
Not Shown:
  • 61.5" Power Cable

Misc
Power Consumption : 40 W
Power Consumption (Max) : 114 W
Firmware : 1103

Differences between Sizes and Variants

We tested the 55" (UN55NU8500) version FA01. For the most part, we expect our review to be valid for the 65" (UN65NU8500) as well.

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their Samsung NU8500 doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review.

Size Model US UK AU
55" UN55NU8500 UN55NU8500FXZA UE55NU8500TXXU UA55NU8500WXXY
65" UN65NU8500 UN65NU8500FXZA UE65NU8500TXXU UA65NU8500WXXY

Compared to other TVs

Top left: Samsung NU8000 (UN55NU8000). Bottom left: Samsung NU7100 (UN55NU7100). Middle: Samsung NU8500 (UN55NU8500). Top right: Sony X900F (XBR55X900F ). Bottom right: TCL R617 (55R617).  Unlike our other photographs, this picture wasn't taken under a controlled environment, so do not draw conclusions from it.
Samsung NU8000
49" 55" 65" 75" 82"

The Samsung NU8500 is the curved version of the Samsung NU8000. The overall performance of both TVs is very similar, and measured differences may be due to panel variance.

Samsung MU8500
55" 65"

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"

The Sony X900F is much better than the curved Samsung NU8500. The Sony X900F has better local dimming and better native contrast ratio. Along with the better black uniformity and better brightness, it can deliver better dark room movie and HDR movie watching experiences. Also, the Sony X900F has better reflection handling and faster response time, so it is a better choice if you watch a lot of sports or TV shows in a room with many light sources. On the other hand, the Samsung NU8500 has FreeSync support, and lower input lag to please gamers.

Samsung MU9000
55" 65" 75"

The Samsung MU9000 is somewhat better than the Samsung NU8500. The Samsung MU9000 has better reflection handling, which is good for a room with many small windows and better native contrast ratio that produces deeper blacks in dark rooms. The Samsung NU8500, on the other hand, has a curvy profile, a lower input lag and supports FreeSync which is great if you play video games.

Conclusion
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7.9 Mixed Usage
Very good TV for mixed usage. It has good picture quality and good motion handling, which is important in sports, gaming and PC usage. The image, however, deteriorates when viewed at an angle. The TV can handle reflections as it can get bright to overcome glare and can produce deep blacks in dark rooms. HDR content is rich in detail but local dimming is disappointing. Sports fans might notice some uniformity issues, but in most other usages this will not be an issue.
7.4 Movies

Good for watching movies in a dark room. Picture quality is good, with a high contrast ratio and good black uniformity. The Samsung NU8500 can play content without judder and with ok out-of-the-box colors. Although the local dimming isn't improving dark scenes, the TV provides a pleasant experience.

7.8 TV Shows
Very good for watching TV in a bright room. The TV gets bright and can counteract glare. Reflection handling is good, but image degrades at an angle. The smart interface works well for casual TV watching and upscaling cable 720p content to 4k is good.
7.6 Sports

The Samsung NU8500 is a decent TV for watching sports. Motion handling is great, so fast-moving objects appear clear. Picture quality is good but deteriorates when viewed at an angle. The TV gets bright enough to overcome the glare of bright ambiances, and the semi-gloss finish works well at diffusing direct lights off the screen.

8.6 Video Games

Great TV for gamers. Input lag is low, and the TV feels very responsive. Motion handling is great and the TV can clear up blur by flickering the image. The picture quality is good and, especially in a dark room, the high native contrast ratio produces deep blacks. The good gray uniformity will allow for a free from DSE gaming experience.

7.5 HDR Movies
Decent TV for watching HDR movies. The picture quality is good the and the NU8500 can produce bright and vivid HDR highlights in a dark room due to wide color gamut and high peak brightness. The TV plays content without judder, but its poor local dimming affects its overall performance.
8.3 HDR Gaming
Impressive HDR gaming with an Xbox One S or PS4 Pro with the NU8500. The good picture quality and great motion handling with fast response times are omens for a great gaming experience. The support of HDR features like a wide color gamut and the support of motion interpolation in game mode in association with the very low input lag and the slight curvature of the panel, enhance the immersive gaming experience.
8.5 PC Monitor
Great TV for PC use. The low input lag makes and the great motion handling make the TV feel very responsive. The text is clear due to the support of chroma 4:4:4 and gray uniformity is good for internet browsing. The viewing angle is poor, so the edges of the screen darken when viewed from up-close, although the slight curvature minimizes this effect.

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