The Samsung TU7000 is an okay, entry-level 4k TV for the budget-conscious. It replaces 2018's NU6900; however, its overall performance doesn't quite match up to its predecessor. It still sports a VA panel with an excellent contrast ratio and outstanding black uniformity, allowing it to produce deep blacks for a great dark room viewing experience. Unfortunately, it doesn't get very bright, it has bad viewing angles, and its color accuracy is just okay. On the upside, its input lag is extremely low, although there's still no support for any variable refresh rate technologies and the refresh rate is limited to 60Hz. Although HDR is supported, it can't display a wide color gamut and its low HDR peak brightness makes the overall experience rather lackluster.
The Samsung TU7000 is an okay TV for most uses. It performs decently well for watching TV shows and sports; however, its low peak brightness makes it a poor choice for watching in brightly-lit environments. For gaming, its input lag is very low and response time is okay, but sadly, there's no FreeSync support. Additionally, it can't display a wide color gamut and it has a low HDR peak brightness, so HDR content doesn't look much different from SDR content.
The TU7000 is a mediocre TV for watching movies. Thanks to its VA panel, it has an excellent contrast ratio and outstanding black uniformity, which is great for watching movies in a dark room. It can display native 4k content perfectly and it upscales lower-resolution content well. Unfortunately, there's no local dimming and the TV can't remove judder from any source.
The TU7000 is an okay TV for watching TV shows. It can upscale lower-resolution content well, such as content from cable TV. However, visibility may be an issue when watching during the day, as it doesn't get very bright, its reflection handling is just okay, and its VA panel has bad viewing angles, which isn't ideal if you like to walk around doing chores while watching TV.
The Samsung TU7000 is an okay TV for watching sports. Its response time is just okay, so there's a bit more motion blur behind fast-moving objects. There's some dirty screen effect, which can be distracting, and its VA panel has bad viewing angles, making it less ideal for watching a big game with a group of people. On the upside, 720p content such as cable sports is upscaled well without any artifacts.
The Samsung TU7000 is a good TV for gaming. It has decent response time and low input lag, and its high contrast ratio makes it a good choice for dark room gaming. However, the refresh rate is limited to 60Hz and it doesn't support FreeSync variable refresh rate technology to reduce screen tearing.
The TU7000 is a mediocre TV for watching movies in HDR. Although it has an excellent contrast ratio and outstanding black uniformity, HDR content just doesn't look much different from SDR content, mainly due to the lack of a wide color gamut and the TV's low HDR peak brightness. Also, there's no local dimming.
The TU7000 is a decent TV for gaming in HDR. Its input lag is low and response time is pretty decent, but the TV just isn't able to deliver a good HDR experience due to the lack of a wide color gamut and low HDR peak brightness. Also, it doesn't support any variable refresh rate technologies.
The TU7000 is a decent TV for use as a PC monitor. It has very low input lag, decent response time, and it can display proper chroma 4:4:4, so text looks sharp and legible. Unfortunately, it has bad viewing angles, but on the upside, there's no risk of permanent burn-in.
The Samsung TU7000 has a simple and excellent design. It has thin bezels on all sides and wide-set feet.
The stand is plastic and supports the TV well, but it still wobbles a bit when nudged. Unlike the NU6900, the stand doesn't need to be screwed on. Instead, it's just inserted into the TV, which makes the installation process much easier. The feet aren't reversible.
Footprint of the 55" 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. The inputs are side-facing, making them easier to access when the TV is wall-mounted. For cable management, there are tracks on the back of the TV to guide all the cables towards the feet, where you can secure them with the provided clips.
The TV is fairly thin and shouldn't stick out when wall-mounted.
The build quality is decent, similar to the Samsung Q60T QLED. There are no issues with the construction; however, it wobbles a bit.
Excellent contrast ratio. Blacks look deep and inky, which is great for dark room viewing. Unfortunately, there's no local dimming to further improve the contrast.
This TV doesn't have local dimming. The video above is provided for reference only.
Disappointing SDR peak brightness. It's better suited for a dark to moderately-lit room, as it doesn't get bright enough to overcome glare in well-lit environments. The brightness is pretty consistent across different content, except for the 2% window, which is dimmer due to the TV's CE dimming (frame dimming).
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.
Bad HDR peak brightness. Although it's fairly consistent when displaying different content, it just isn't enough to make HDR content look much different from SDR content.
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'.
Gray uniformity is decent. The edges of the screen are visibly darker and there's some dirty screen effect. However, uniformity is significantly better in dark scenes.
Update 07/27/2020: We've retested the viewing angle and the 30-degree anomaly is no longer present. It was likely affected by an external light source during testing.
Like most VA panels, the TU7000 has bad viewing angles. Black level rises as soon as you move off-center, followed by gamma shifting. There's an odd bump around the 30-degree angle; however, it isn't noticeable.
Outstanding black uniformity. There's only some faint clouding as well as some blooming around the test cross, but it's otherwise very uniform.
Decent reflection handling. It handles indirect reflections quite well, but not direct reflections, so it's best to avoid placing it in direct sunlight or opposite a bright source of light.
Out of the box, the color accuracy is decent. There are inaccuracies with several colors and white balance is off. The 'Warm 2' Color Temperature is warmer than our 6500K target, resulting in a slight reddish tint. The gamma doesn't follow the target at all, as dark scenes appear too dark, and bright scenes are over-brightened.
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 gamma, though dark scenes are still too dark. The color temperature is much closer to our target.
You can see our recommended settings here.
1080p content looks good and there are no 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.
Just like the NU6900, the TU7000 can't display a wide color gamut. In 'Movie' mode, the EOTF doesn't follow the input stimulus at all and most scenes are too dark. The 'Game' mode EOTF is a little better, but dark scenes are still over-darkened, which is caused by the TV's frame dimming. However, increasing Shadow Detail to '5' can dramatically improve dark scene performance, as it seems to disable the TV's frame dimming altogether, resulting in this EOTF.
If you want to make HDR content appear brighter overall, set Brightness and Contrast to max while in 'Movie' mode, set Contrast Enhancer to 'High', and set ST.2084 to '+3'. These settings result in this EOTF.
Mediocre color volume. It's mostly limited by the color gamut; however, it's able to display dark colors well thanks to its high contrast ratio.
Great gradient handling. Most of the banding happens in the darker shades of gray and green. Although enabling Noise Reduction didn't do much to improve the performance on our test pattern, it can help in certain content. That said, enabling it may cause the loss of some fine details in some scenes.
As is the case with most VA panels, this TV doesn't exhibit any signs of temporary image retention.
We don't expect VA panels to experience burn-in, as the VA panel in our long-term test appears immune.
The TU7000 has an okay response time. There's some blur behind fast-moving objects as well as some duplication caused by the backlight's flicker. Additionally, there's overshoot in the 0-20% transition, which results in some artifacts in dark scenes.
The TV uses PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation) to dim the backlight. It always flickers at 120Hz; however, it becomes flicker-free when Brightness is set to maximum while in 'Movie' or 'Game' mode, or when using 'PC' mode with 'Dynamic' picture mode.
This TV has a black frame insertion feature that can help reduce the appearance of motion blur. When enabled, the backlight flickers at 60Hz; however, it always flickers at 120Hz when in 'Game' mode. Unfortunately, the strobe crosstalk is quite bad, causing visible duplication of the image. Duplication can also be seen when in 'Game' mode due to the 120Hz flickering frequency. To use it, set LED Clear Motion to 'On'.
This TV can interpolate lower frame rate content up to 60Hz to make motion look smoother, otherwise known as the 'Soap Opera Effect'. It works fairly well in real content, even though it caused noticeable duplication in our test pattern due to the 120Hz backlight flicker. However, the duplication doesn't happen when Brightness is set to max in 'Game' or 'Movie' mode, or when using a PC in 'Dynamic' mode, as explained in the flicker-free section. To enable motion interpolation, set Picture Clarity to 'On' and adjust the Judder Reduction slider to '10'.
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.
Unfortunately, the TU7000 doesn't support any variable refresh rate technologies.