The Samsung TU7000 is an okay entry-level TV from Samsung's 2020 lineup. Sold as the Samsung TU700D at Costco and Sam's Club, it's a budget-friendly TV with okay performance and few extra features. It has an excellent contrast ratio thanks to its VA panel, so it can produce deep blacks that are ideal for dark room viewing. Unfortunately, though, it doesn't get bright enough to overcome glare in well-lit rooms, and its reflection handling is only okay. While it doesn't have variable refresh rate (VRR) support to reduce screen tearing in video games, it has a remarkably low input lag and a fair response time. The TV supports HDR10 and HDR10+ but doesn't get bright enough to make highlights in HDR pop as they should. It also has narrow viewing angles, so the image loses accuracy when viewed from the side.
The Samsung TU7000 is okay for mixed usage. It doesn't perform well in bright environments, but it has an excellent contrast ratio that makes blacks look deep, so it's better for watching movies in the dark. The narrow viewing angles are not well-suited for watching TV or sports with friends since the image loses accuracy from the side. It has a remarkably low input lag for a responsive gaming experience, but sadly it doesn't have extra features like VRR to reduce screen tearing.
The Samsung TU7000 is passable for watching movies in a dark room. It has an excellent contrast ratio and outstanding black uniformity, so blacks look deep and inky when watching in the dark. Older movies on Blu-ray or DVD are upscaled well, and it has a huge selection of streaming apps. Unfortunately, it doesn't have a local dimming feature to improve black levels, and it can't remove 24p judder.
The Samsung TU7000 is decent for watching TV in a bright room. It has okay reflection handling, but unfortunately, it doesn't get bright enough to overcome glare in well-lit rooms. It also has poor viewing angles, so the image loses accuracy from the side. On the upside, it can upscale lower-resolution content, like cable TV, without issues, and it has a huge selection of streaming apps to choose from, including many free services.
The Samsung TU7000 is an okay TV for watching sports in a well-lit environment. It has a fair response time and includes a black frame insertion feature to help reduce motion blur. It also has okay reflection handling, but it's best suited for dark to moderately-lit rooms because of its disappointing brightness. Unfortunately, its viewing angles are narrow, so it's not ideal for watching with a group since the image loses accuracy from the side.
The Samsung TU7000 is a decent TV for gaming. It has a remarkably low input lag for a responsive gaming experience and an okay response time. However, there's still some image duplication during fast-moving scenes because of the backlight flicker. On the upside, it has an excellent contrast ratio, which is great if you prefer gaming in the dark. Unfortunately, it doesn't support any advanced gaming features, like variable refresh rates or HDMI 2.1, and it's limited to a 60Hz refresh rate.
The Samsung TU7000 is mediocre for watching HDR movies. It has a high contrast ratio and outstanding black uniformity, which helps with dark room performance, but it lacks a local dimming feature. Unfortunately, it doesn't have a wide HDR color gamut and doesn't get bright enough to make highlights in HDR content pop.
The Samsung TU7000 is decent for HDR gaming. It provides a responsive gaming experience thanks to its low input lag, although the response time is only okay, so there's a bit more blur behind fast-moving objects than on higher-end TVs. However, it doesn't provide a satisfying HDR experience because it can't get bright enough to make highlights pop, and it doesn't have a wide color gamut.
The Samsung TU7000 is a good TV for use as a PC monitor. It has very low input lag, an okay response time, and it can display proper chroma 4:4:4, so text looks sharp and legible. There's also no risk of permanent burn-in from constantly displaying a static desktop interface. Unfortunately, it has narrow viewing angles, so the image looks washed out at the edges if you sit up close.
The Samsung 7 Series is an entry-level, budget 4k TV, sitting at the bottom of Samsung's 4k TV lineup. It replaces the Samsung RU7100, and its competitors are the Vizio V Series 2020, the Sony X750H, and the LG UN7300. The closest 2021 model is the Samsung AU7000, but it hasn't been confirmed for release in North America yet.
The Samsung TU7000 has a surprisingly modern and clean design for a budget model. The bezels are extremely thin on all four sides and aren't at all distracting. The stand is very basic and doesn't prevent the TV from wobbling.
The stand is plastic and supports the TV well, but it still wobbles a bit when nudged. Instead of being screwed on, the stand is simply inserted into the TV, which makes the installation process a bit easier.
Footprint of the 55 inch TV stand: 39.8" x 10.1"
The back of the TV is plastic and has the same etched horizontal texture as other recent Samsung TVs, like the Samsung TU8000. The inputs are side-facing, but they're set into the back of the TV, so they're not very accessible when wall-mounted. There are tracks on the back of the TV for cable management, and clips on the feet to hold them in place.
The TV is fairly thin and shouldn't stick out when wall-mounted.
The Samsung 7 Series has an excellent contrast ratio. As expected for a VA panel, blacks are deep and look good in a dark room. Unfortunately, there's no local dimming to further improve the contrast. Note that the contrast may vary between units.
This TV has disappointing SDR peak brightness. It's best-suited for a dark to moderately-lit room, as it doesn't get bright enough to overcome glare in well-lit environments. There's very little variation in brightness with different content, with the exception of the 2% window, which is dimmer due to the TV's CE dimming (frame dimming). If you want something that gets brighter, then check out the Hisense U6G.
We measured the SDR peak brightness after calibration, using the 'Movie' mode. Brightness was set to max, Gamma was set to 2.2, and Contrast was left at its default value.
If you want the TV the brightest possible, set Contrast Enhancer to 'High' and Gamma 2.2 to '+3' while in the 'Vivid' Picture Mode. We got 252 nits in the 10% window.
This TV doesn't have a local dimming feature. The videos are for reference only, so you can see how the backlight on this display performs and compare it to a similar product with local dimming.
This TV doesn't have a local dimming feature. The videos are for reference only, so you can see how the backlight on this display performs and compare it to a similar product with local dimming.
Unfortunately, the Samsung TU7000 has poor peak brightness in HDR. Small highlights don't stand out at all, and it doesn't deliver anything close to a cinematic HDR experience. It also doesn't track the EOTF properly, as all scenes are displayed darker than they should be. Brightness start to roll off well before the TV's peak brightness, so there's no loss of fine details.
We measured the HDR peak brightness before calibration, using the 'Movie HDR' mode. Brightness and Contrast were set to max, and ST. 2084 was left at '0'.
If you want a brighter HDR image, we achieved a peak brightness of 282 nits in the 10% window in the 'Movie HDR' Picture Mode with Contrast Enhancer set to 'High', ST.2048 to '+3' and Brightness and Contrast at their max. This results in a brighter HDR image for darker content, as shown in this EOTF, but brighter content isn't any brighter, due to the TV's low peak brightness and early roll off.
There's a very slight difference in HDR peak brightness in Game Mode. Most scenes are a bit brighter than out of Game Mode, although this isn't really a noticeable difference.
The gray uniformity is okay, but this may vary between units. The edges of the screen are visibly darker, and there's some dirty screen effect in the center. Black uniformity is significantly better in near-dark scenes, with almost no dirty screen effect.
Our unit has outstanding black uniformity, but this may vary between units. There's only some faint clouding as well as some blooming around the test cross, but it's otherwise very uniform.
Like most VA panels, the Samsung TU7000 has narrow viewing angles. The image quickly loses accuracy and washes out as you move off-center. If you want a similar TV with better viewing angles, a TV with an IPS panel, like the LG UP8000, might be a better choice.
This TV has okay reflection handling. It performs best in moderately-lit rooms, but it's best to avoid placing it in direct sunlight or opposite a bright source of light. If reflection handling is important to you, look into the LG UN7000.
This TV has decent out-of-the-box accuracy, but this may vary between units. Most colors and shades of gray are slightly inaccurate, and the warm color temperature results in a red/yellow tint. Gamma follows the target fairly well, but dark scenes are too dark, and other scenes are slightly over-brightened. If you don't plan on getting your TV calibrated and want amazing color accuracy, check out the TCL 4 Series/S434 Android 2020.
After calibration, the color accuracy is outstanding. There are still some inaccuracies with reds and blues, but white balance is nearly perfect, and so is the gamma, though dark scenes are still too dark. The color temperature is much closer to our target of 6500K.
You can see our recommended settings here.
1080p content looks good and there aren't any signs of upscaling artifacts.
This TV uses a BGR subpixel layout, which can affect the way text is rendered when using the TV as a PC monitor. You can read about it here.
The Samsung TU7000 has an okay color gamut, but it's not considered a wide color gamut for HDR content. It has decent coverage of the most common DCI P3 color space, so most current HDR content is displayed well. Coverage of the wider Rec. 2020 color space is disappointing, so it's not very future-proof.
The Samsung 7 Series has mediocre color volume. It's mostly limited by the lack of a wide color gamut, but it can display dark colors well thanks to its excellent contrast ratio. Like almost all LCDs on the market, blues aren't as bright as pure white or most other colors, but this isn't very noticeable with regular content.
This TV has great gradient handling. There's some banding in darker shades of gray and green, but it's not that noticeable in regular content. Enabling Noise Reduction doesn't do much to improve the performance on our test pattern, but it can help in certain content. That said, enabling it may cause the loss of some fine details in some scenes, so we don't recommend leaving it enabled.
This TV doesn't exhibit any signs of temporary image retention, but this may vary between units.
We don't expect VA panels to experience burn-in, as the VA panel in our long-term test appears immune.
The Samsung TU7000 has an okay response time. It overshoots a bit in dark transitions, which results in some motion artifacts and inverse ghosting. Dark scenes in general have a slower response time, which is a common issue with VA panels commonly known as black smearing. Unfortunately, the 120Hz backlight flicker in most modes causes duplications in motion, as seen in our moving logo photo.
This TV uses Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) to dim its backlight. It flickers at 120Hz on all modes unless you set the Brightness to its max in the 'Game' or 'Movie' Picture Mode, at which point it becomes flicker-free. It's also flicker-free if you're in 'PC' mode with the Picture Mode set to 'Dynamic' and Brightness at its max.
The Samsung TU7000 has a black frame insertion feature to help improve the appearance of motion, but it doesn't perform well. The backlight flickers at 60Hz when LED Clear Motion is enabled, but the bad crosstalk results in visible image duplication. It always flickers at 120Hz in 'Game' mode with the backlight set to any level below its maximum, and once again, image duplication is noticeable due to the TV's 60Hz refresh rate.
This TV can interpolate lower-frame rate content up to 60fps, known as the 'Soap Opera Effect'. It looks bad on our test pattern because of the backlight's 120Hz flicker; however, it's not as distracting in regular content. There are some minor artifacts, but it works well overall with most content.
See here for the settings that control the motion interpolation feature.
Due to the TV's slightly slower response time, there isn't much stutter in lower frame rate content. It can still happen from time to time, and if you're bothered by it, enabling Picture Clarity can help.
This TV can't remove judder from any source. If you want a TV that does, consider the Vizio V5 Series 2021.
Unfortunately, the Samsung TU7000 doesn't support any variable refresh rate technologies and has a limited 60Hz refresh rate. For better gaming performance, check out the Hisense U6G.
This TV has incredibly low input lag. It's extremely low when in 'Game' mode, and it's only slightly higher outside of 'Game' mode. To get the lowest input lag when using a PC, the input in use must be labeled 'PC', and you must be in 'Game' mode as well.
This TV supports most common resolutions and can display proper chroma 4:4:4 at all resolutions, which helps with text clarity when using the TV as a PC monitor. To ensure proper chroma 4:4:4 support, the input in use must be labeled 'PC', and for full bandwidth signals like 4k @60Hz + 10-bit HDR, Input Signal Plus must be enabled as well.
As this TV doesn't support any advanced gaming features, it can't take full advantage of the new consoles. There's an 'Auto Low Latency Mode' mode, though, which triggers 'Game' mode automatically when the TV detects a game being launched from a compatible device.
Update 07/09/2020: We had previously indicated that the TV has a composite input. It doesn't, and it has been corrected.
Even though it doesn't have an HDMI 2.1 input, this TV has eARC support, which is a nice addition to an entry-level TV. This allows you to send high-quality audio to a compatible receiver using an HDMI connection. For it to work, set HDMI eARC to 'Auto' or 'Passthrough'.
This TV has a decent frequency response. It's quite well-balanced overall; however, some may find the bass to be a bit on the lighter side, especially for watching movies or for gaming. It doesn't get that loud, so it's better suited for small and quiet environments.
The distortion performance is okay. It sounds fairly clean at moderate volume levels, but it does distort a bit at max volume. Surprisingly, there's less distortion in the higher frequencies when playing at max volume than at a moderate volume level. That said, distortion depends on content, and not everyone may hear it.
Like all other Samsung TVs, the Samsung TU7000 runs on Tizen OS. It's a version with reduced features and there are fewer animations overall. It's easy to navigate and it runs fairly smoothly.
Like the vast majority of TVs on the market, there are ads on the home screen and within the app store, and unfortunately, they can't be disabled.
The Samsung app store has most of the popular streaming services available and they run smoothly for the most part.
The remote control is similar to previous entry-level models, with just a few minor tweaks. Shortcuts to streaming services have been added, but otherwise, it remains unchanged, and there's still no voice control.
There's a single button underneath the branding in the center of the TV. It allows you to control the power, change inputs, volume, and channels.
We tested the 55" (UN55TU7000FXZA) variant of the Samsung 7 Series, and for the most part, we expect our review to be valid for the other variants as well, which are listed below. The Samsung TU700D is a variant sold at Costco and Sam's Club. There's a TU7100 variant in the UK, which is available from 43 to 75 inches, and it seems the only difference compared to the TU7000 is that the color of the back panel is gray. There's also a Black Friday model sold as the 6 Series (UN70TU6980FXZA/UN82TU6980FXZA), and it's available in a 70" and 82" size.
If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their Samsung TU7000 doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we'll update the review.
Our unit was manufactured in May 2020; you can see the label here.
The Samsung TU7000 is an entry-level budget TV with okay performance. It performs very similarly to its predecessor, the Samsung RU7100, but there are a few minor improvements on the TU7000. In 2021, it's been replaced by the AU7000, which isn't yet available in North America.
The Samsung TU8000 performs a bit better overall than the Samsung TU7000, as it has a slightly higher contrast ratio, gets a little brighter, and it can remove 24p judder from any source, unlike the TU7000, which can't remove judder at all. The only area where the TU7000 significantly outperforms the TU8000 is gradient handling, as it has much less banding.
The Samsung TU7000 is better overall than the LG UN7000, but they use different panel types. The Samsung has a VA panel, so the contrast ratio is much better. The Samsung also displays 4k content properly, while the LG uses a sub-pixel layout that can't display a perfect 4k image. However, the IPS panel on the LG has wider viewing angles, and the LG has better reflection handling, which is great for well-lit rooms.
The LG UN7300 and the Samsung TU7000 perform similarly overall; however, they use different panel types with different advantages and disadvantages. The LG uses an IPS panel that has better viewing angles at the expense of a lower contrast ratio. The Samsung, on the hand, uses a VA panel, which has a much better contrast ratio but narrower viewing angles.
The LG UN6950 is slightly better than the Samsung TU7000. The LG we reviewed has a VA panel, although it's also available with an IPS panel. The LG gets brighter and has a quicker response time. However, the Samsung has better color accuracy, better black uniformity, and a better contrast ratio, which is more well-suited to dark room viewing.
The Samsung TU6980 and the Samsung TU7000 perform quite similarly overall, but they come in different sizes. The TU6890 is only available in 70 and 82 inch sizes, so it's better if you prefer a large TV. The TU7000 comes in a wider range of sizes and it has a better contrast ratio and better gradient handling, but it also has a significantly worse response time.
Overall, the Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED is much better than the Samsung TU7000. The Q60T has a higher contrast ratio to deliver deeper blacks, it gets brighter, and it can display a wide color gamut with better color accuracy. However, the TU7000 has faster response time, and its superior gradient handling results in less banding.
The Samsung AU8000 is a bit better overall than the Samsung TU7000. They have similar features, but the AU8000 is better in a few areas. The AU8000 gets brighter and has better reflection handling, so it's a better choice for well-lit rooms. It also has an upgraded version of Tizen OS, which feels smoother to use, and it comes with a mic for voice control in the remote, which the TU7000 doesn't have. On the other hand, the TU7000 supports 1440p, which the TU8000 doesn't.
For most uses, the Sony X750H is marginally better than the Samsung TU7000. The Sony has a much higher peak brightness, better color gamut, and faster response time, resulting in less motion blur. Also, the Sony can remove judder from 24p sources and it has a flicker-free backlight. The Samsung has an optional black frame insertion feature to reduce motion blur and it has better screen uniformity, although the latter can vary per unit.
The Samsung RU7100 and the Samsung TU7000 are very similarly performing TVs, since the TU7000 is the 2020 replacement for the RU7100. The TU7000 has a slightly better response time and its input lag is better outside of 'Game' mode, so it's marginally better for gaming. The TU7000 also feels a little better built. On the other hand, the RU7100 has better accuracy out-of-the-box, although this can vary between units.
The Sony X800H performs better for most uses than the Samsung TU7000, but they use different panel types with different advantages and disadvantages. The Sony has significantly better viewing angles thanks to its IPS panel, it gets brighter, and it has a faster response time. However, the Samsung's VA panel has a better contrast ratio, resulting in deeper blacks, so it's better suited for watching movies in the dark.
For most uses, the LG UM7300 is marginally better than the Samsung TU7000, but they use different panel types. The LG's IPS panel has wider viewing angles, better reflection handling, and faster response time. On the other hand, the Samsung can produce deeper blacks due to its higher contrast ratio, and it has a Black Frame Insertion feature to help reduce motion blur.
The Samsung TU7000 and the LG UP7000 are both okay TVs with different panel types. The Samsung has a VA panel with a higher native contrast ratio, while the LG that we tested has an IPS-like panel with wider viewing angles, but there are some sizes with a VA panel, too. The LG is better to use in a well-lit room because it gets brighter and has better reflection handling. Other than that, they have similar basic features, and both come with simple remotes that don't even have voice control.
The Samsung TU7000 and the Hisense A6G use different panel technologies, each with strengths and weaknesses. The Samsung is a better choice for a dark room, as its VA panel has better contrast and better black uniformity. The Hisense, on the other hand, is a better choice for a wide seating arrangement, as the image remains accurate when viewed at an angle.
The TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED is much better than the Samsung TU7000. The TCL has better picture quality, mainly because its full-array local dimming feature allows it to display deep blacks. It also gets a bit brighter and displays a wide color gamut for HDR content, which the Samsung can't do. Lastly, the TCL has a much quicker response time, so motion looks smoother.
The Samsung TU7000 is a bit better than the TCL 4 Series 2020. The Samsung gets brighter, has a quicker response time, and much lower input lag, so it's a better choice for gaming. However, the TCL removes judder from native 24p sources, has significantly better out-of-the-box color accuracy, and has better reflection handling.
Overall, the Vizio V Series 2020 and the Samsung TU7000 are very similar TVs, but there are a few differences. The Vizio has much better reflection handling, and it can remove judder from 24p sources and native apps. On the other hand, the Samsung has a faster response time and gets a bit brighter.
The LG CX OLED is significantly better than the Samsung TU7000 thanks to its OLED panel. The LG delivers much better picture quality, as it can produce perfect blacks and can display a wide color gamut. It also has near-instantaneous response time, higher peak brightness, and wider viewing angles. That said, if you need a TV to use as a monitor, the Samsung has lower input lag, and its VA panel is immune to permanent burn-in.
The Samsung TU7000 is a bit better overall than the TCL 4 Series/S434 Android 2020. The Samsung is better for gaming because it has a lower input lag, and it's better for watching TV shows and sports because it gets brighter. However, the TCL has much better out-of-the-box accuracy, and even though this can vary between units, you may not need to get it calibrated to enjoy it to the fullest.
The Vizio V5 Series 2021 and the Samsung TU7000 are both okay TVs. The Vizio has better reflection handling, so it's a better choice for well-lit rooms, but it still doesn't get very bright. The Vizio also removes judder from 24p sources, which the Samsung can't do, which helps motion in movies. However, the Samsung's built-in Tizen is better overall than the Vizio's OS as it comes with an app store, and the Samsung does a better job at upscaling lower-resolution content.
The Samsung TU7000 is better than the Hisense H6570G. The Samsung has much lower input lag, a BFI feature to reduce motion blur, better gradient handling, and it upscales native 4k content properly. However, the Hisense has a slightly quicker response time, has better reflection handling, and removes judder from native 24p sources.
The Samsung TU7000 and the LG UN6970 are similar-performing TVs, but they have different panel types. The Samsung has a VA panel with a much better contrast ratio and significantly better black uniformity. It also has better gradient handling and a Black Frame Insertion feature. However, the LG has an IPS panel with wide viewing angles, it gets brighter, has better reflection handling, and has a quicker response time.
The LG GX OLED is much better than the Samsung TU7000, mainly because they use different panel types. The LG is a premium TV with an OLED panel and infinite contrast ratio for perfect black levels. It also has much wider viewing angles, more gaming features like HDMI 2.1 and VRR support, and it displays a wide color gamut for HDR content. The Samsung is an entry-level TV with an LED panel, and it doesn't have the burn-in risk like the LG.