The Samsung TU8000 is a decent TV, but it lacks some key features you might find in higher-end TVs. It has exceptional dark room performance thanks to its outstanding contrast ratio and remarkable black uniformity; however, it lacks a local dimming feature to further darken any blacks. It has decent reflection handling but struggles in rooms with direct light because it doesn't get bright enough to combat glare. It fails to display a wide color gamut for HDR content. The viewing angles are disappointing, so you lose image accuracy when viewing from the side. Most gamers should appreciate the incredibly low input lag and fairly quick response time, but unfortunately, it doesn't support any variable refresh rate (VRR) technology.
The Samsung TU8000 is a decent TV for most uses. With its outstanding contrast ratio and remarkable black uniformity, dark scenes in movies look great, but unfortunately, it doesn't support a wide color gamut for HDR movies. The viewing angles are quite disappointing, so it's not ideal for watching your favorite game or TV show in a wide seating arrangement. However, it's a good gaming TV due to its incredibly low input lag and fairly quick response time.
The Samsung TU8000 is a decent TV for watching movies. It has an outstanding contrast ratio and remarkable black uniformity, and even though there's no local dimming feature, dark scenes look great. This TV can remove judder from 24p sources and native apps, but not from 60i/60p sources such as cable boxes.
The Samsung TU8000 is decent for TV shows. It does a decent job of handling reflections, but it struggles in well-lit rooms because it doesn't get very bright. Unfortunately, it has narrow viewing angles, so you lose image accuracy if you're watching from the side. On the upside, it displays 720p and 1080p content, such as from cable boxes, well with no upscaling artifacts.
The Samsung TU8000 is decent for watching sports. It has a decent response time, and there's a Black Frame Insertion feature to help reduce motion blur. Unfortunately, there's visible dirty screen effect, which is distracting during sports, and the viewing angles are disappointing, so it's not suggested for watching the game with a big group of friends.
The Samsung TU8000 is good for video games. The input lag is incredibly low and the response time is decent, resulting in a responsive gaming experience. If you game in the dark, the contrast ratio is outstanding, so blacks appear as they should. It does a decent job at reflection handling, but if you game in really bright rooms, the reflections might be too distracting. Unfortunately, it doesn't support any VRR technology.
The Samsung TU8000 is okay for HDR movies. With an outstanding contrast ratio and remarkable black uniformity, dark room viewing is excellent. However, it doesn't support a wide color gamut for HDR content and doesn't get bright in HDR, so it can't display vivid colors as the creator intended them to be.
The Samsung TU8000 is decent for HDR gaming, as it has an incredibly low input lag with 10-bit HDR enabled and decent response time. Unfortunately, it doesn't support a wide color gamut, and its HDR peak brightness is poor, so you won't get an immersive HDR gaming experience. It also doesn't support any variable refresh rate technology.
The Samsung TU8000 is good for use as a PC monitor. It can properly display 4:4:4 chroma, which is important for reading text, and the input lag is incredibly low, so it responds quickly to your actions. Unfortunately, with disappointing viewing angles, you lose image accuracy if you place it in meeting rooms or if you sit close to it. However, you don't have to worry about the risk of permanent burn-in with static displays.
The Samsung TU8000 is a budget TV in Samsung's 2020 lineup. Samsung has shifted their lineup this year, so the TU8000's closest model from last year is the Samsung RU7100. It sits above the Samsung TU7000 and below the Samsung RU9000. The TU8000's main competitors are the Sony X750H, TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED, and the LG UN7300.
The Samsung 8 Series has an excellent design. It's the same as Samsung's entry-level TV in the QLED lineup, the Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED, except its borders are a slightly darker shade of gray. Overall, it has a simple and modern design with thin bezels. The feet are inserted into the TV itself, so you don't need to screw them on, and there are clips on the back of the feet for cable management.
The Samsung 8 Series has a similar stand to the Samsung RU7100. The feet are inserted into the TV but aren't reversible, and there's a clip on the back of them for cable management. The stand supports the TV well but there's still some wobble.
Footprint of the stand on the 55" TV: 40.2" x 9.9".
This TV is slightly thinner than the Samsung RU8000, and it shouldn't stick out too much when wall-mounted.
The Samsung TU8000 has a decent build quality. It looks a lot like the Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED, and it's made entirely out of plastic. The feet hold the TV well but there's still some wobble. It's well-made, and there aren't any obvious issues with the panel.
The Samsung TU8000 has an outstanding contrast ratio, which is expected from a VA panel. It displays deep blacks, but there's no local dimming feature to improve any blacks. Note that the contrast may vary between units.
There's no local dimming feature; the video above is provided for reference only.
This TV has mediocre peak brightness in SDR. It doesn't get bright enough to combat glare in well-lit environments, and small areas aren't as bright due to the aggressive frame dimming (CE). Luckily, its brightness remains consistent with larger areas.
We measured the brightness after calibration in the 'Movie' Picture Mode, with Gamma set to '2.2', and Brightness at its max.
If you want the brightest image possible, we reached 301 cd/m² in the 10% window in the 'Vivid' Picture Mode, with Advanced Contrast Enhancer and Brightness at their max, Gamma set to '2.2', and its slider at '+3'.
The Samsung TU8000 has poor HDR peak brightness. It surprisingly gets less bright in HDR than in SDR, and once again, small highlights don't get as bright. It fails to make vivid colors pop the way they should.
We measured the peak brightness in the 'Movie HDR' Picture Mode, with Gamma ST.2084 set to '0', and Contrast and Brightness at their max.
If you want to achieve the brightest image possible, use the 'Movie HDR' Picture Mode, with Advanced Contrast Enhancer, Contrast, and Brightness at their max. We reached 344 cd/m² in the 10% window. That said, we don't recommend using these settings, as it makes blacks look gray.
The Samsung 8 Series has okay gray uniformity, but this may vary between units. The edges of the screen are noticeably darker, and there's visible dirty screen effect in the center, which is distracting during sports or panning shots. However, the screen is more uniform in dark scenes.
Update 09/28/2020: Reuploaded the viewing angle video because the original video wasn't cropped properly.
As is the case with most VA panel TVs, the viewing angles are disappointing, and the image loses accuracy when viewed from the side. If you're looking for an IPS panel TV with wide viewing angles, then check out the Sony X800H.
The TV has remarkable black uniformity, but this may vary between units. There's some blooming around the center cross, but it's not very noticeable. Sadly, there's no local dimming feature to improve its uniformity.
The TV has decent reflection handling, similar to the Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED. It handles a moderate amount of light well but really struggles with direct sunlight on it.
The Samsung TU8000 has decent out-of-box accuracy. Most colors and shades of gray are inaccurate. The gamma curve doesn't follow the target well, so dark scenes appear darker than they should, and other scenes are much brighter. The color temperature is warmer than our target of 6500K, so most colors have a red/yellow tint to them. Color accuracy may vary between units.
Update 09/28/2020: We listed Auto-Calibration Function as 'Undetermined' because 2020 Samsung TVs aren't officially listed as compatible with CalMAN Auto Cal.
Post-calibration, the color accuracy is outstanding. Most colors are accurate, and the color temperature is very close to the target of 6500K. However, the gamma curve is slightly off the target, so most scenes might appear slightly darker than they should.
You can see our recommended settings here.
480p content, like DVDs, is upscaled without any issues or artifacts.
720p content, like cable TV, is displayed properly, with no sign of artifacts.
The Samsung 8 Series has an okay color gamut, but it fails to display a wide color gamut needed for HDR content. It has good coverage of the commonly-used DCI P3 color space, but it has disappointing coverage of the wider Rec. 2020.
The EOTF doesn't follow the target curve very well and most scenes are darker than they should be. The EOTF is similar in 'Game' mode, but scenes are even darker.
If you find HDR too dim, use the 'Movie HDR' Picture Mode with Advanced Contrast Enhancer, Contrast, and Brightness each at their max, and Gamma ST.2084 set to '+3'. We achieved a noticeably brighter image, as you can see in this EOTF.
The Samsung TU8000 has a mediocre color volume. Due to the lack of a wide color gamut, it fails to display colors at a wide range of luminance levels.
The TV has disappointing gradient handling. It struggles with all colors, but mainly darker ones. There's a Noise Reduction setting to help smooth out banding, but it doesn't help much, if at all. This is the worst banding we've seen on any TV, and we double-checked our results to confirm them.
Unlike most VA panel TVs, there's temporary image retention on the Samsung TU8000 immediately after a static image is exposed. However, it disappears quickly, and this may vary between units.
We don't expect VA panels to experience permanent image retention, as the VA panel in our long-term test appears immune.
The Samsung TU8000 has a decent response time. There's some overshoot causing motion artifacts, but it isn't very noticeable. This is an improved response time from the Samsung RU7100.
The Samsung TU8000 uses Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) to dim the backlight at any brightness setting below 100%. It flickers at a very high frequency of 600Hz, so it shouldn't be noticeable for most people. However, in 'Game' mode with Picture Clarity enabled, it flickers at 120Hz.
Like the Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED, the TU8000 exhibits strange behavior when displaying a single uniform color with the backlight flicker at 600Hz, causing a rolling effect from the bottom to the top of the screen, which you can see here.
There's an optional Black Frame Insertion feature to help reduce motion blur. You can enable it by setting LED Clear Motion to 'On'. Unfortunately, the flicker is always at 60Hz and its timing is off, resulting in duplication of the image, similar to the Samsung RU7100.
This TV can interpolate lower frame rate content up to 60fps. To use the motion interpolation feature, set Picture Clarity to 'On' and Judder Reduction to '10'. It automatically sets the backlight to flicker at 120Hz, which may cause some duplication, although there's less duplication than the Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED. There aren't many visible artifacts in most content.
You can see our motion interpolation settings here.
There's not much stutter on this TV when displaying lower frame rate content.
Update 08/03/2020:We've updated the TV to the latest firmware (Version 1301). The TV can now remove judder from 24p sources and from native apps, but only when Picture Clarity is disabled. It can't remove judder from 60i or 60p sources. The score has been adjusted accordingly.
This TV removes judder from native 24p sources, such as native apps. Picture Clarity must be disabled for it to work.