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Samsung TU7000 TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.11
Review updated Jan 23, 2024 at 04:09 pm
Latest change: Retest May 02, 2024 at 12:47 pm
Samsung TU7000 Picture
6.5
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense U8/U8K
6.3
TV Shows
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense U8/U8K
6.4
Sports
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense U8/U8K
7.2
Video Games
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense U8/U8K
6.2
HDR Movies
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense U8/U8K
7.3
HDR Gaming
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense U8/U8K
6.9
PC Monitor
Value for price beaten by
: TCL 6 Series/R646 2021 QLED

The Samsung TU7000 is an entry-level, budget 4k TV, sitting at the bottom of Samsung's 2020 4k TV lineup. It replaces the Samsung RU7100, and its competitors are the Vizio V Series 2020, the Sony X750H, and the LG UN7300. Like most entry-level Samsung TVs, it's no longer widely available in North America and is mainly sold as one of its many variants, including the Samsung TU700D at Costco and Sam's Club, during big sales like Black Friday. As an entry-level TV, it doesn't support any advanced gaming features, like HDMI 2.1 bandwidth or variable refresh rate technology, but it supports HDR10 and HDR10+.

Our Verdict

6.5 Mixed Usage

The Samsung TU7000 is okay for most uses. It doesn't perform well in bright environments, but it has decent contrast and outstanding black uniformity that makes blacks look deep and uniform, so it's best suited for watching movies in the dark. Its narrow viewing angle is not well suited for watching TV or sports with friends since the image degrades from the side. It has remarkably low input lag for a responsive gaming experience, and sadly, it doesn't have extra features like VRR to reduce screen tearing. Also, its response time is slow.

Pros
  • Outstanding black uniformity.
  • Decent contrast.
Cons
  • No local dimming.
  • Low SDR and HDR peak brightness.
  • No VRR support.
6.3 TV Shows

The Samsung TU7000 is mediocre for watching TV shows. It has alright reflection handling, but unfortunately, it doesn't get bright enough to overcome glare in well-lit rooms, so visibility is an issue. It also has a disappointing viewing angle, so it's not a good choice for a wide seating arrangement, as the image degrades when you move to the sides. 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.

Pros
  • Decent contrast.
  • Upscales lower resolution content without issue.
Cons
  • Low SDR and HDR peak brightness.
  • Narrow viewing angle.
6.4 Sports

The Samsung TU7000 is a mediocre TV for watching sports. It doesn't get bright enough to overcome glare in a well-lit room, so it's best suited for dark to moderately lit rooms. The TV has a fair response time, but there is still noticeable motion blur with quick-moving players and objects. It upscales lower-resolution content well, which is great, as many cable sports channels still broadcast low-resolution signals. Unfortunately, it has a narrow viewing angle, so it's not ideal for watching the game with a group since the image degrades when you move to the sides, so only those sitting directly in front enjoy the best image.

Pros
  • Decent contrast.
Cons
  • Low SDR and HDR peak brightness.
  • Narrow viewing angle.
7.2 Video Games

The Samsung TU7000 delivers a decent gaming experience overall. It has remarkably low input lag, ensuring a responsive gaming experience with little delay between your actions and the on-screen action. However, there's still some image duplication during fast-moving scenes because of the backlight flicker. On the upside, it has a decent contrast ratio, which is great if you prefer gaming in the dark. Unfortunately, it doesn't support any advanced gaming features, like VRR or HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, and it's limited to a 60Hz refresh rate, so it's not a good choice to pair with modern gaming consoles. It also has a fairly slow response time, resulting in noticeable blur behind fast-moving objects.

Pros
  • Low input lag.
  • Outstanding black uniformity.
  • Decent contrast.
Cons
  • Low SDR and HDR peak brightness.
  • No VRR support.
6.2 HDR Movies

The Samsung TU7000 is unremarkable for watching HDR movies. It has a decent contrast ratio and outstanding black uniformity, which helps with dark room performance as there's no distracting blooming around bright objects. There's also very little black crush, so fine details in dark scenes are preserved well. Unfortunately, the TV has a limited color gamut, inadequate color volume, and bad HDR brightness, so colors lack vibrancy and realism, and highlights don't stand out the way they should with HDR content.

Pros
  • Outstanding black uniformity.
  • Decent contrast.
  • Very little black crush.
Cons
  • No local dimming.
  • Low SDR and HDR peak brightness.
7.3 HDR Gaming

The Samsung TU7000 is decent for HDR gaming but mainly because of its gaming performance. It provides a responsive gaming experience thanks to its low input lag, although the response time is only fair, 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 colors look dull and muted due to its low peak brightness and limited color gamut.

Pros
  • Low input lag.
  • Outstanding black uniformity.
  • Decent contrast.
Cons
  • No local dimming.
  • Low SDR and HDR peak brightness.
  • No VRR support.
6.9 PC Monitor

The Samsung TU7000 is an alright TV for use as a PC monitor. It has remarkably low input lag, which means your inputs are translated to the screen without delay. The TV has a fair response time, but there is noticeable motion blur behind quick cursor movements. It displays chroma 4:4:4 properly, ensuring that the text looks sharp and is easy to read. Unfortunately, it has a narrow viewing angle, so the image looks washed out at the edges if you sit close to the screen.

Pros
  • Low input lag.
  • Decent contrast.
  • Displays proper chroma 4:4:4.
Cons
  • Low SDR and HDR peak brightness.
  • Narrow viewing angle.
  • No VRR support.
  • 6.5 Mixed Usage
  • 6.3 TV Shows
  • 6.4 Sports
  • 7.2 Video Games
  • 6.2 HDR Movies
  • 7.3 HDR Gaming
  • 6.9 PC Monitor
  1. Updated May 02, 2024: We uploaded the latest brightness measurements and uniformity photos for the Accelerated Longevity Test.
  2. Updated Feb 13, 2024: We uploaded the latest brightness measurements and uniformity photos for the Accelerated Longevity Test.
  3. Updated Jan 23, 2024: We've updated the text in the review for accuracy and clarity, added additional side-by-sides to better cover the current market, and added text about the Accelerated Longevity Test.
  4. Updated Dec 05, 2023: We uploaded the latest brightness measurements and uniformity photos for the Accelerated Longevity Test.
  5. Updated Oct 24, 2023: We bought and tested the Samsung TU690T, which is a variant of this model. We've added a few comparisons below, including in the 24p Judder and the Pre Calibration sections of this review.
  6. Updated Oct 12, 2023: We uploaded the latest brightness measurements and uniformity photos for the Accelerated Longevity Test.
  7. Updated Aug 09, 2023: We uploaded the latest brightness measurements and uniformity photos for the Accelerated Longevity Test.
  8. Updated Jul 10, 2023: Converted to Test Bench 1.11. With this update, we've added a new Upscaling: Sharpness Processing test and revamped our Blooming test so the scores and picture better match the real world experience. With this change, it was necessary to remove the Black Crush test. Finally, we've updated our usage scores to better align our scores with user expectations.
  9. Updated Jun 27, 2023: Added mention of DTS 5.1 support over ARC under Audio Passthrough.
  10. Updated Jun 07, 2023: We uploaded the latest brightness measurements and uniformity photos for the Accelerated Longevity Test.
  11. Updated May 04, 2023: We've added a mention of the newly-reviewed Samsung CU7000 in the Flicker-Free section of this review.
  12. Updated Apr 03, 2023: We uploaded the brightness measurements and uniformity photos after running the TV for four months in our Accelerated Longevity Test.
  13. Updated Mar 09, 2023: Converted to Test Bench 1.10. With this update we've revamped our Gradient testing, added a new test for Low Quality Content Smoothing, and expanded our Audio Passthrough testing.
  14. Updated Feb 07, 2023: We've updated the text in the review to reflect our latest test methodology updates.
  15. Updated Feb 06, 2023: We uploaded the brightness measurements and uniformity photos after running the TV for two months in our Accelerated Longevity Test.
  16. Updated Jan 11, 2023: Updated to Test Bench 1.9, modifying our Contrast testing and splitting our local dimming testing into multiple sections covering Blooming, Black Crush, and Lighting Zone Transitions. You can see our full changelog here.
  17. Updated Nov 17, 2022: We uploaded the initial brightness measurements and uniformity photos for the Accelerated Longevity Test.
  18. Updated Oct 11, 2022: Compared the motion handling on this TV to the Vizio V Series 2022.
  19. Updated Aug 01, 2022: We discovered a flaw with the equipment used to force an HDR signal when measuring color volume and the color gamut. We've switched to a new tool and updated our measurements. The color gamut and volume have changed slightly.
  20. Updated Jul 28, 2022: Updated to Test Bench 1.8, adding a new box for PQ EOTF tracking and updating our Color Volume and Color Gamut tests to better reflect real world usage. You can see our full changelog here.
  21. Updated Jul 25, 2022: Changed the HDR result in the PS5 and Xbox Series X Compatibility sections because there was a mistake that listed it as not supporting HDR.
  22. Updated Jul 14, 2022: Updated to Test Bench 1.7 with an updated HDR Brightness test that better reflects real world usage. We've also split the console compatibility boxes into separate PS5 Compatibility and Xbox Series X|S Compatibility tests. You can see our full changelog here.
  23. Updated Jan 24, 2022: We reprocessed our gradient photo and viewing angle video as they were incorrectly processed.
  24. Updated Dec 15, 2021: Updated review for accuracy and clarity.
  25. Updated Jul 22, 2021: Updated review for accuracy and clarity.
  26. Updated Jun 30, 2021: We've added two new videos demonstrating the local dimming feature (or lack thereof in this case) with real content.
  27. Updated Mar 01, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.6.
  28. Updated Feb 05, 2021: Retested the EOTF.
  29. Updated Jan 27, 2021: Updated review for accuracy and clarity.
  30. Updated Nov 05, 2020: Updated review for accuracy and clarity.
  31. Updated Oct 23, 2020: Updated text for accuracy and clarity.
  32. Updated Sep 29, 2020: Listed Auto-Calibration Function as 'Undetermined'.
  33. Updated Jul 27, 2020: We've retested the viewing angle of the TV.
  34. Updated Jul 09, 2020: We mistakenly indicated that the TV has a composite input. It doesn't and it has been corrected.
  35. Updated Jul 03, 2020: Review published.
  36. Updated Jun 29, 2020: Early access published.
  37. Updated Jun 11, 2020: Our testers have started testing this product.
  38. Updated Jun 10, 2020: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  39. Updated Apr 19, 2020: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the 55" (UN55TU7000FXZA) variant of the Samsung 7 Series, and our review is also valid for the other sizes, which are listed below. A lot of variants of this TV exist, including the Samsung TU700D, which is a variant sold at Costco and Sam's Club, and the Samsung TU690T. 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. A Black Friday model is also sold as the 6 Series (UN70TU6980FXZA/UN82TU6980FXZA), and it's available in 70-inch and 82-inch sizes.

Note that with Samsung TVs, the four letters after the short model code (FXZA in this case) can vary between regions and even between different retailers. We expect them all to perform about the same, but there may be some minor differences between them, including the tuners included.

Size  US Model Short Model Code
43" UN43TU7000FXZA UN43TU7000
50" UN50TU7000FXZA  UN50TU7000
55" UN55TU7000FXZA UN55TU7000
58" UN58TU7000FXZA UN58TU7000
60" UN60TU7000FXZA UN60TU7000
65" UN65TU7000FXZA UN65TU7000
70" UN70TU7000FXZA UN70TU7000
75" UN75TU7000FXZA UN75TU7000
82" UN82TU7000FXZA UN82TU7000
85" UN85TU7000FXZA UN85TU7000

Our unit was manufactured in May 2020; you can see the label here.

Compared To Other TVs

Comparison picture

The Samsung TU7000 is an entry-level budget TV with okay performance. It performs very similarly to its predecessor, the Samsung RU7100, but the TU7000 has a few minor improvements, like a slightly better response time and lower input lag. It's a very basic TV with limited picture quality and few extra features, and even when you can find it on sale, it's usually not worth it. Better budget models, like the Hisense U6/U6K, are available from other budget brands.

For other options, check out our recommendations for the best TVs, the best budget TVs, and the best 4k gaming TVs.

Samsung CU7000/CU7000D
43" 50" 55" 58" 65" 70" 75" 85"

The Samsung CU7000/CU7000D and Samsung TU7000 are very similar TVs. The TU7000 has better contrast and color accuracy, while the CU7000 has slightly better peak brightness in both SDR and HDR, much better PQ EOTF tracking, and a faster response time. The CU7000's response time makes it the better choice for fast-moving action in games and sports; however, the slower response time of the TU7000 makes it better suited for watching movies as it has less stutter.

Samsung TU690T
43" 50" 55" 58" 60" 65" 70" 75" 85"

The Samsung TU690T is a variant of the Samsung TU7000, but there are a few surprising differences between them. The TU690T is a bit better overall and has a faster response time, with significantly less motion blur behind fast-moving objects, especially in bright scenes. The TU690T also offers better accuracy out of the box, and it can remove judder from 24p sources, so motion in movies is smoother.

Vizio V Series 2022
43" 50" 55" 65" 65" 70" 75"

The Vizio V Series 2022 and the Samsung TU7000 are both okay TVs. The Vizio is better in a few areas, like its peak brightness, reflection handling, color accuracy, and motion handling, and it has VRR support, so it's the better choice for gaming or using it in a well-lit room. However, the Samsung TV has better upscaling, which is important if you watch a lot of low-resolution content like DVDs.

LG UQ7590 [UQ75, UQ7570]
43" 50" 50" 55" 55" 65" 65" 70" 75" 86"

The Samsung TU7000 is better than the LG UQ7590 in most ways. The Samsung has a much higher contrast ratio and much better black uniformity, making it a significantly better choice for a dark room, as dark scenes look much better. The Samsung also gets brighter, so it can handle glare a bit better if you're in a room with lots of windows or bright lights. However, the LG has a much wider viewing angle, so it’s the better options if you regularly watch TV in a group setting.

Samsung AU8000
43" 50" 55" 60" 65" 70" 75" 85"

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.

Samsung NU6900
43" 50" 55" 65" 75"

The Samsung TU7000 and the Samsung NU6900 perform very similarly overall. The NU6900 gets a little brighter, but the TU7000 has a significantly lower input lag, making it a better option if you plan on using your TV for video games. 

TCL 5 Series/S555 2022 QLED
50" 55" 65" 75"

The TCL 5 Series/S555 2022 QLED is better than the Samsung TU7000. Blacks are deeper on the TCL due to its better contrast and an effective local dimming feature, so it’s better suited for a dark room. The TCL gets much brighter in SDR, so it overcomes glare better in a bright room. The TCL also gets brighter in HDR, supports a wider color gamut, and has better color volume, so colors in HDR content are more vibrant and lifelike, and highlights pop more than they do on the Samsung. When it comes to gaming, the TCL is also better due to its quicker response time and VRR support. 

Samsung CU8000
43" 50" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The Samsung TU7000 and Samsung CU8000 are very similar TVs with almost identical capabilities. Still, the Samsung TU7000 is much better than the CU8000 in dark rooms due to its superior contrast and vastly better black uniformity. Inversely, the CU8000 is a bit brighter than the TU7000 in HDR and SDR and has slightly better reflection handling, so it's better for moderately-lit rooms. It also has much better low-quality content smoothing than the TU7000, so low-bitrate streaming content looks better on the CU8000.

Hisense A6H [A6, A65H]
43" 50" 55" 65" 70" 75"

The Samsung TU7000 is slightly better than the Hisense A6H for most users. The Samsung has a much higher contrast ratio, resulting in deeper blacks in a dark room and better uniformity. On the other hand, the Hisense has a wider viewing angle, so it's a slightly better choice if you always watch TV with the lights on and have a wide seating arrangement.

Samsung Q60B [Q60, Q60BD] QLED
43" 50" 55" 60" 65" 70" 75" 85"

The Samsung TU7000 and the Samsung Q60B QLED are similar TVs, but the Q60B is better in some ways. The Q60B has a higher SDR peak brightness and better reflection handling, so it overcomes glare better in a bright room. The Q60B also gets brighter in HDR, supports a wider color gamut, and has better color volume, so colors in HDR content are more vibrant and lifelike, and highlights pop more than on the TU7000. However, the TU7000 has a faster response time, so it has less blur behind fast-moving objects on the screen.

Samsung TU8000
43" 50" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The Samsung TU8000 performs a bit better overall than the Samsung TU7000. It has a slightly higher contrast ratio, gets a little brighter, and can remove 24p judder from any source, unlike the TU7000, which can't remove any judder. The only area where the TU7000 significantly outperforms the TU8000 is gradient handling, as it has much less banding.  

LG UQ8000
43" 50" 55" 65" 70" 75" 86"

The LG UQ8000 and the Samsung TU7000 are similar TVs, but the LG is a bit better in a few ways. The LG has a wider viewing angle, so it’s the better choice for watching shows or sports in a group setting. The LG also has much better accuracy and does a better job smoothing out low-quality content, which is great if you mainly stream your favorite shows or movies. However, the Samsung has a higher contrast ratio and better black uniformity, so blacks are deeper than on the LG.

Sony X75K
55" 65"

The Samsung TU7000 and the Sony X75K are both decent TVs, and the best one between the two really depends on your viewing environment. The TU7000 is a better choice for a dark room, as it has much better contrast and dark scenes look better. On the other hand, the Sony is better for a moderately lit room, as it can get brighter to overcome glare.

Sony X80K/X80CK
43" 50" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The Sony X80K/X80CK is better than the Samsung TU7000 in most ways. The Sony gets brighter in HDR, supports a wider color gamut, and has better color volume, so colors in HDR content are more vibrant and lifelike, and highlights pop a lot more than on the Samsung. The Sony also gets brighter in SDR, so it overcomes glare better in a bright room. The Sony is better for watching shows or sports as a group because of its much wider viewing angle. However, the Samsung has much better contrast and black uniformity, so it's better for a dark room as blacks are much deeper than the Sony.

Hisense U6/U6H
50" 55" 65" 75"

The Hisense U6/U6H is better than the Samsung TU7000. The Hisense has a better contrast ratio and an effective local dimming feature, so it’s better for a dark room. The Hisense is also better for a brighter room since it gets brighter in SDR and has better reflection handling, so it’s much better at overcoming glare. The Hisense gets brighter in HDR, has a wider color gamut, and better color volume, so colors in HDR content are more vibrant and lifelike, and highlights pop more than they do on the Samsung. The Hisense is also the better option for gaming due to its VRR support.

TCL 6 Series/R655 2022 QLED
55" 65" 75" 85"

The TCL 6 Series/R655 2022 QLED is better than the Samsung TU7000. Blacks are deeper on the TCL due to its better contrast and a very effective local dimming feature, so it’s better suited for a dark room. The TCL gets significantly brighter in SDR, so it overcomes glare much better in a bright room. The TCL also gets a lot brighter in HDR, supports a wider color gamut, and has much better color volume, so colors in HDR content are more vibrant and lifelike, and highlights pop a lot more than they do on the Samsung. When it comes to gaming, the TCL is much better due to its quicker response time, HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, up to 4k @ 144Hz, and VRR support. 

Vizio V5 Series 2021
43" 50" 55" 58" 65" 70" 75" 85"

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 helping movie motion, which the Samsung can't do. 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.

TCL 4 Series/S455 2022
43" 50" 55" 58" 65" 75" 85"

The TCL 4 Series/S455 2022 and the Samsung TU7000 are very similar overall. The TCL is a bit more versatile, as it has more HDMI inputs than the Samsung so you can connect more devices. Both TVs deliver similar picture quality and motion handling, but the TCL can remove judder from 24p sources, like a Blu-ray player, so it's a bit better for movie lovers. On the other hand, the Samsung sounds better, so if you want to watch shows without a soundbar or separate speaker system, the Samsung is a bit better.

Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED
43" 50" 55" 58" 65" 75" 82" 85"

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 a faster response time, and its superior gradient handling results in less banding.

LG UP7000
43" 50" 55" 65" 70" 75"

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 a wider viewing angle, 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 they both come with simple remotes that don't even have voice control.

Vizio V Series 2020
40" 43" 50" 55" 58" 60" 65" 70" 75"

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.

Hisense U6G
50" 55" 65" 75"

The Hisense U6G is better than the Samsung TU7000. The Hisense has a better contrast ratio and a local dimming feature, so it’s better for a dark room. The Hisense is also better for a well-lit room since it gets a lot brighter in SDR and has better reflection handling, so it’s much better at overcoming glare. The Hisense gets brighter in HDR, has a wider color gamut, and better color volume, so colors in HDR content are more vibrant and lifelike, and highlights pop more than they do on the Samsung. The Hisense is also the better option for gaming due to its faster response time.

Hisense A6G
43" 50" 55" 58" 60" 65" 70" 75" 85"

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 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.

Samsung TU6980
70" 82"

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 gradient handling but has a significantly worse response time. 

LG UN7000
43" 49" 50" 55" 60" 65" 70" 75"

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 a wider viewing angle, and the LG has better reflection handling, which is great for well-lit rooms. 

LG UQ9000
43" 50" 55" 65" 70" 75"

The Samsung TU7000 is better than the LG UQ9000. The Samsung delivers much better picture quality, with a higher contrast ratio and better black uniformity. The Samsung also has a faster response time, so there's less blur behind fast-moving objects. The only real advantage of the LG is that the image remains accurate at a moderate angle, whereas the Samsung is best enjoyed facing it directly in front.

LG UN7300
43" 49" 50" 55" 65" 70" 75"

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 a better viewing angle at the expense of a lower contrast ratio. The Samsung, on the other hand, uses a VA panel, which has a much better contrast ratio but a narrower viewing angle. 

Samsung RU7100
43" 50" 55" 58" 65" 75"

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.

Insignia F50 QLED
50" 55" 65" 70"

The Insignia F50 QLED is slightly better than the Samsung TU7000. The Insignia is brighter, so it can handle more glare in a bright viewing environment. The Insignia also has a faster response time, resulting in smoother motion. Finally, the Insignia has a much wider color gamut and better accuracy out of the box. On the other hand, the Samsung TV is better at upscaling DVDs and has much better black uniformity.

Hisense H6570G
43" 50" 55" 65" 70" 75" 85"

The Samsung TU7000 is better than the Hisense H6570G. The Samsung has much lower input lag, a BFI feature to reduce motion blur, and 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.

Hisense U6GR
55" 65"

The Hisense U6GR is a better all-around TV than the Samsung TU7000. The Hisense delivers better picture quality because it gets brighter in SDR and HDR, and it has a decent full-array local dimming feature, which the Samsung doesn't have. The Hisense also has more gaming features like VRR support, and it has much better reflection handling. On the other hand, the Samsung doesn't have trouble upscaling 480p content like the Hisense.

Sony X750H
55" 65" 75"

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.

TCL 4 Series/S434 Android 2020
43" 50" 55" 65" 70" 75"

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 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.

Hisense H6510G
50" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The Samsung TU7000 and the Hisense H6510G are similarly performing TVs. The Samsung has much lower input lag and better color accuracy, and it gets a bit brighter. However, the Hisense has better reflection handling and better gradient handling.

LG UN6970
75"

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 a wide viewing angle, gets brighter, has better reflection handling, and has a quicker response time.

TCL 4 Series/S435 2020
43" 50" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The Samsung TU7000 is a bit better than the TCL 4 Series/S435 2020. The Samsung gets brighter, has a quicker response time, and has 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.

TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED
50" 55" 65" 75"

The TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED is much better than the Samsung TU7000. The TCL has better picture quality 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.

LG UN6950
43" 50" 55" 60" 65" 75"

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.

LG GX OLED
55" 65" 77"

The LG GX OLED is much better than the Samsung TU7000, 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 a much wider viewing angle and 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.

LG UM7300
43" 49" 50" 55" 65"

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 a wider viewing angle, 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.

TCL 4 Series/S446 2021
43" 50" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The Samsung TU7000 and the TCL 4 Series/S446 2021 are okay TVs. The units we tested have different panel types: the Samsung has a VA panel with high contrast, while the TCL has an IPS panel with a wide viewing angle, but there are variants with a VA panel instead. Although neither gets bright, the TCL is a better choice for rooms with a few lights around because it has better reflection handling. Both TVs flicker their backlight, which isn't ideal, but the Samsung flickers at 120Hz while the TCL flickers at 150Hz, which results in image duplication. The TCL also removes judder from 24p sources, which the Samsung can't do.

Sony X800H
43" 49" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The Sony X800H performs better for most uses than the Samsung TU7000, but they both use different panel types with different advantages and disadvantages. The Sony has a significantly better viewing angle thanks to its IPS panel, gets brighter, and 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.

LG CX OLED
48" 55" 65" 77"

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 a wider viewing angle. 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.

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Design
Design
Style
Curved No

The Samsung UN55TU7000FXZA has a surprisingly modern and clean design for a budget model. The bezels are extremely thin on all four sides and aren't distracting. On the other hand, the stand is very basic and doesn't prevent the TV from wobbling.

Design
Accelerated Longevity Test
Uniformity Pictures

After running on our accelerated longevity test for twelve months, this TV shows no signs of degradation and the brightness has remained roughly the same. The sides of the screen are significantly darker than the center, but this isn't caused by the longevity test and was present when we originally tested the TV.

Design
Stand

The stand is plastic and feels pretty cheap. It doesn't support the TV very well, as it wobbles quite a bit. 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"

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 200x200

The back of the Samsung UN55TU7000 is plastic and has the same etched horizontal texture as other recent Samsung TVs, like the Samsung TU8000. The inputs are side-facing and set into the back of the TV, so they're tough to access when the TV is mounted on the wall. Tracks are on the back of the TV for cable management, and clips are on the feet to hold them in place.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.35" (0.9 cm)

The bezels are surprisingly thin for a budget model and aren't distracting at all.

Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 2.32" (5.9 cm)
7.0
Design
Build Quality

The Samsung TU7000 2020 has decent build quality overall. It's mostly made of plastic, with few premium materials, and it has no significant or noticeable issues.

Picture Quality
7.0
Picture Quality
Contrast
Contrast
8,327 : 1
Native Contrast
8,327 : 1

The Samsung TU7000 Crystal UHD has decent contrast, resulting in fairly deep blacks in a dark room. However, it doesn't have a local dimming feature to improve dark scene performance, though, and blacks are raised a bit.

10
Picture Quality
Blooming

Since this TV lacks a local dimming feature, there's no blooming around bright objects in otherwise dark scenes. Since the entire backlight is always on at the same intensity, dark scenes show raised blacks when bright highlights are on the screen.

10
Picture Quality
Lighting Zone Transitions
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge
Dimming Zones Count Of Tested TV
N/A

This TV doesn't have a local dimming feature. The entire backlight is always on at the same intensity, so there's no distracting flicker or brightness changes as bright highlights move across the screen.

7.5
Picture Quality
Contrast And Dark Details In Game Mode

Switching to Game Mode doesn't make any difference in dark scene performance.

4.6
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
Hallway Lights (~1950 cd/m²)
196 cd/m²
Yellow Skyscraper (~700 cd/m²)
182 cd/m²
Landscape Pool (~300 cd/m²)
104 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
134 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
240 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
240 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
240 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
240 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
133 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
240 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
240 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
240 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
240 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.046

Unfortunately, the Samsung TU7000 2020 has bad peak brightness in HDR. Small highlights don't stand out at all, and it doesn't deliver anything close to a proper HDR experience.

These measurements are after calibrating the HDR white point with the following settings:

  • HDR Picture Mode: Movie (HDR)
  • Brightness: Max
  • Contrast: Max
  • ST. 2084: 0

4.7
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness In Game Mode
Hallway Lights (~1950 cd/m²)
198 cd/m²
Yellow Skyscraper (~700 cd/m²)
192 cd/m²
Landscape Pool (~300 cd/m²)
111 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
111 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
241 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
240 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
240 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
240 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
110 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
240 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
240 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
240 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
239 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.053

A very slight difference in HDR peak brightness exists when in Game Mode. Most scenes are slightly brighter than outside of Game Mode, but the difference is so minor that it's not noticeable.

7.2
Picture Quality
PQ EOTF Tracking
600 Nit Tracking Delta
0.0225
1000 Nit Tracking Delta
0.0224
4000 Nit Tracking Delta
0.0289

The Samsung TU7000 2020 has decent PQ EOTF tracking. Blacks are slightly raised, but outside of that, content is displayed darker than intended. It tone maps well near the TV's peak brightness, resulting in a slow roll-off with no loss of fine details in bright scenes.

5.6
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene Peak Brightness
233 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
130 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
250 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
249 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
249 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
249 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
128 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
249 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
249 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
248 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
248 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.047

This TV has sub-par peak brightness in SDR. 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, except for the 2% window, which is dimmer due to the TV's frame dimming. If you want something that gets brighter, check out the Hisense U6/U6K.

These measurements are after calibration with the following settings:

  • Picture Mode: Movie
  • Brightness: Max
  • Contrast: Default
  • Gamma: 2.2

6.8
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
No
DCI P3 xy
75.57%
DCI P3 uv
81.41%
Rec 2020 xy
54.48%
Rec 2020 uv
60.11%

The TV has an adequate color gamut. A wide color gamut is important for saturated, vibrant colors in HDR, but sadly, this TV can't display a wide color gamut. It has decent coverage of the DCI P3 color space used by most current HDR content, but its coverage of the wider Rec. 2020 color space is poor.

5.1
Picture Quality
Color Volume
1,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
33.3%
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
14.5%
White Luminance
141 cd/m²
Red Luminance
21 cd/m²
Green Luminance
88 cd/m²
Blue Luminance
6 cd/m²
Cyan Luminance
99 cd/m²
Magenta Luminance
29 cd/m²
Yellow Luminance
127 cd/m²

The Samsung 7 Series has inadequate color volume. It's mostly limited by the lack of a wide color gamut, but it displays dark colors well. 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.

7.0
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
3.71
Color dE
3.39
Gamma
2.23
Color Temperature
6,116 K
Picture Mode
Movie
Color Temp Setting
Warm 2
Gamma Setting
2.2

This TV has decent accuracy before calibration. Most colors and shades of gray are slightly inaccurate, and the warm color temperature results in a red/yellow tint. Gamma follows the 2.2 target fairly well, but dark scenes are too dark, and other scenes are slightly over-brightened. The Samsung TU690T variant of this model is far more accurate out of the box. If you don't plan on calibrating your TV and want better color accuracy, check out the Hisense U6/U6K instead.

9.1
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.35
Color dE
2.05
Gamma
2.22
Color Temperature
6,476 K
White Balance Calibration
10 point
Color Calibration
Yes

After calibration, the color accuracy is outstanding. Some inaccuracies still exist with reds and blues, and dark scenes are still too dark, but outside of that, the white balance and gamma are nearly perfect. The color temperature is much closer to our target of 6500K.

You can see our recommended settings here.

6.9
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
5.470%
50% DSE
0.197%
5% Std. Dev.
0.970%
5% DSE
0.094%

Unfortunately, the TV has just okay gray uniformity. The sides of the screen are noticeably darker than the center, and it has some dirty screen effect, which is distracting when watching sports.

9.1
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Std. Dev.
N/A
Native Std. Dev.
0.617%

Despite the lack of a local dimming feature, the TV has outstanding uniformity in near-black scenes. There is only some faint clouding throughout the screen and slight blooming around the test cross, but it's otherwise very uniform.

5.6
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
27°
Color Shift
39°
Brightness Loss
36°
Black Level Raise
15°
Gamma Shift
16°

Unfortunately, the Samsung TU7000 2020 has a narrow viewing angle. The image quickly loses accuracy and washes out as you move off-center, so it's not a good choice for a wide seating arrangement. If you want a similar TV with a better viewing angle, the LG UP8000 is a better choice overall.

6.9
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
6.2%
Indirect Reflections
0.8%
Calculated Direct Reflections
5.4%

This TV has just alright reflection handling. It's not very bright, either, so it looks best in a moderately lit or dark room. It's best to avoid placing it in direct sunlight or opposite a bright source of light.

6.8
Picture Quality
HDR Native Gradient
100% Black to 50% Gray
4.0
50% Gray to 100% White
8.0
100% Black to 50% Red
6.0
50% Red to 100% Red
10
100% Black to 50% Green
6.0
50% Green to 100% Green
6.0
100% Black to 50% Blue
6.0
50% Blue to 100% Blue
8.0

The TV's HDR gradient handling is alright. There's significant banding in dark grays and noticeable banding in greens, dark reds, and dark blues.

4.8
Picture Quality
Low-Quality Content Smoothing
Smoothing
3.0
Detail Preservation
9.0

The TV has poor low-quality content smoothing. Details are preserved well, but there's very little smoothing done that is causing noticeable macro-blocking. If you want a similar budget model with better processing, check out the Samsung CU8000 or the LG UR8000.

6.0
Picture Quality
Upscaling: Sharpness Processing

The TV's upscaling and sharpness processing is mediocre. Fine details are upscaled well enough for the most part, but the hardcoded text is a bit hard to make out.

These results are with the following settings:

  • Sharpness: 5
  • Picture Clarity: Off

Picture Quality
Pixels
Subpixel Layout
BGR
Type LED
Sub-Type
VA

This TV uses a BGR subpixel layout instead of the traditional RGB layout. For video content, it doesn't cause any issues, but if you're planning on using this TV as a PC monitor, it impacts text clarity with some text looking blurry. You can read more about this here.

Motion
6.9
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
6.3 ms
100% Response Time
18.5 ms

Unfortunately, this TV has a fairly slow response time, so it's not ideal for fast-paced action or gaming. This results in a more noticeable blur behind fast-moving objects. Like most VA panels, dark scenes have significantly slower response times, causing a black smearing behind dark objects. Unfortunately, this TV's backlight flicker causes duplications in motion. If you want a TV with better motion handling, consider the Vizio V Series 2022.

4.0
Motion
Flicker-Free
Flicker-Free
No
PWM Dimming Frequency
120 Hz

The TV uses pulse width modulation to dim its backlight. It flickers at 120Hz in 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. Since the flicker rate is slow, it will bother people who are sensitive to it. The Samsung TU7000's successor, the Samsung CU7000/CU7000D, is much better in this regard, so check it out if flicker bothers you.

Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Optional BFI
Yes
Min Flicker For 60 fps
60 Hz
60Hz For 60 fps
Yes
120Hz For 120 fps
N/A
Min Flicker for 60 fps in Game Mode
120 Hz

The Samsung TU7000 2020 has a backlight strobing feature, commonly known as black frame insertion, 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.

Motion
Motion Interpolation
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
Yes
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
No

This TV can interpolate lower frame rate content up to 60fps. It looks bad on our test pattern because of the backlight's 120Hz flicker; however, it's not as distracting in regular content. Some minor artifacts remain, but it works well overall with most content.

8.2
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
23.1 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
0.0 ms

Thanks to this TV's relatively slow response time, it has very little stutter when watching movies or other low frame rate content.

0
Motion
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, this TV can't remove judder from any source, which is surprising as the Samsung TU690T variant can. If you want a TV that does, consider the newer Samsung CU7000/CU7000D.

0
Motion
Variable Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
60 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
No
HDMI Forum VRR
No
FreeSync
No
G-SYNC Compatible
No
4k VRR Maximum
N/A
4k VRR Minimum
No VRR support
1080p VRR Maximum
N/A
1080p VRR Minimum
No VRR support
1440p VRR Maximum
N/A
1440p VRR Minimum
No VRR support
VRR + Local Dimming No Local Dimming

Unfortunately, the Samsung TU700D doesn't support any variable refresh rate technologies and has a limited 60Hz refresh rate. For better gaming performance, check out the Hisense U6/U6K.

Inputs
9.7
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
10.2 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
34.5 ms
1080p @ 120Hz
N/A
1080p @ 144Hz
N/A
1440p @ 60Hz
10.0 ms
1440p @ 120Hz
N/A
1440p @ 144Hz
N/A
4k @ 60Hz
10.3 ms
4k @ 60Hz + 10-Bit HDR
10.4 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
10.3 ms
4k @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
17.5 ms
4k @ 60Hz With Interpolation
34.2 ms
4k @ 120Hz
N/A
4k @ 144Hz
N/A
8k @ 60Hz
N/A

This TV has remarkably low input lag. It's extremely low when in Game Mode and 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.

7.1
Inputs
Supported Resolutions
Resolution 4k
480p @ 59.94Hz (Widescreen)
Yes
720p @ 59.94Hz
Yes
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
No
1080p @ 144Hz
No
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes (forced resolution required)
1440p @ 120Hz
No
1440p @ 144Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
No
4k @ 120Hz @ 4:4:4
No
4k @ 144Hz
No
8k @ 30Hz or 24Hz
No
8k @ 60Hz
No

This TV supports most common resolutions and can display proper chroma 4:4:4 at all supported resolutions, which helps with text clarity when using the TV as a PC monitor.

Inputs
PS5 Compatibility
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
No
1440p @ 120Hz
No
1080p @ 120Hz
No
HDR
Yes
VRR
No

Since this TV doesn't support any advanced gaming features, it can't take full advantage of the PS5. The Auto Low Latency Mode triggers Game Mode when the TV detects that you've launched a game from a compatible device.

Inputs
Xbox Series X|S Compatibility
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
No
1440p @ 120Hz
No
1080p @ 120Hz
No
HDR
Yes
VRR
No

As this TV doesn't support any advanced gaming features, it can't take full advantage of the Xbox Series S|X. The Auto Low Latency Mode triggers Game Mode when the TV detects that you've launched a game from a compatible device.

Inputs
Inputs Specifications
HDR10
Yes
HDR10+
Yes
Dolby Vision
No
HLG
Yes
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth
Yes (HDMI 1,2)
HDMI 2.1 Class Bandwidth
No
CEC Yes
HDCP 2.2 Yes (HDMI 1, 2)
ATSC Tuner
1.0
USB 3.0
No
Variable Analog Audio Out No
Wi-Fi Support Yes (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)
Inputs
Input Photos
Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI 2
USB 1
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

Unfortunately, this TV has limited connectivity. With no component or composite inputs, users with older devices need to use an external HDMI converter to use them with this TV.

Inputs
Audio Passthrough
ARC/eARC Port
eARC
eARC: Dolby Atmos Over Dolby Digital Plus
Yes
eARC: Dolby Digital Plus 7.1
Yes
eARC: LPCM 7.1 Over Dolby MAT
Yes
eARC: Dolby TrueHD 7.1
Yes
eARC: DTS:X Over DTS-HD MA
No
eARC: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1
No
eARC: LPCM Channels (Bitstream)
2.0
ARC: Dolby Digital 5.1
Yes
ARC: DTS 5.1
Yes
Optical: Dolby Digital 5.1
Yes
Optical: DTS 5.1
No

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 lets you send high-quality audio to a compatible receiver using an HDMI connection. The TV supports a wide variety of Dolby audio formats, and it can also pass through a DTS 5.1 signal through ARC, which is great, although it can't do the same through optical, nor does it support advanced DTS formats through eARC.

Sound Quality
7.1
Sound Quality
Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
84.76 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
2.84 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
2.93 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
3.95 dB
Max
85.9 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
3.67 dB

This TV has a decent frequency response. It's well-balanced overall, but like most TVs, it doesn't produce much bass. It doesn't get that loud either, so it's better suited for small and quiet environments.

6.7
Sound Quality
Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
0.197
Weighted THD @ Max
1.236
IMD @ 80
3.33%
IMD @ Max
7.05%

The distortion performance is okay. It sounds fairly clean at moderate volume levels, but it does distort a bit at max volume. Surprisingly, less distortion occurs in the higher frequencies when playing at max volume than at a moderate volume level.

Smart Features
7.5
Smart Features
Interface
Smart OS Tizen
Version 2020 (with reduced features)
Ease of Use
Easy
Smoothness
Average
Time Taken to Select YouTube
2 s
Time Taken to Change Backlight
7 s
Advanced Options
Many

Like all other Samsung TVs, the Samsung TU7000FXZA runs on Samsung's proprietary Tizen OS. As an entry-level model with a slower processor, Samsung has reduced the number of animations in the OS to improve overall performance. The interface is well-organized and easy to use.

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

Like most TVs on the market, ads appear on the home screen and within the app store, and unfortunately, they can't be disabled.

8.5
Smart Features
Apps and Features
App Selection
Great
App Smoothness
Average
Cast Capable
Yes
USB Drive Playback
Yes
USB Drive HDR Playback
Yes
HDR in Netflix
Yes
HDR in YouTube
Yes

The Samsung app store has most of the popular streaming services available, and they run smoothly for the most part.

6.0
Smart Features
Remote
Size
Medium
Voice Control
No
CEC Menu Control
Yes
Other Smart Features
No
Remote App Samsung SmartThings

The remote control is similar to previous entry-level models, with a few minor tweaks. Shortcuts to streaming services have been added, but otherwise, it remains unchanged, and there's no voice control.

Smart Features
TV Controls

A single button is located underneath the branding in the center of the TV, allowing you to control the power, switch inputs, adjust the volume, and change channels.

Smart Features
In The Box

  • Remote control
  • 2x AAA batteries
  • Power cord
  • User guide

Smart Features
Misc
Power Consumption 54 W
Power Consumption (Max) 111 W
Firmware 1115