The Samsung TU8300 is a decent TV for most uses that performs very similarly to the Samsung TU8000 but features a curved screen. Unlike previous years, this is Samsung's only curved TV for 2020. Like most VA panel TVs, it has an excellent contrast ratio and great black uniformity, though unfortunately, it lacks a local dimming feature to help further improve blacks. It has outstandingly low input lag, but unfortunately, it doesn't support variable refresh rates and only has a 60Hz panel. Overall, while it doesn't perform much better than the 2019 Samsung RU7300 or the 2020 Samsung TU8000, it's a decent choice if you're looking for a curved TV.
The Samsung TU8300 is a decent TV for mixed usage. Its excellent contrast and great black uniformity make it an alright TV for watching movies. Its okay peak brightness helps it overcome glare while watching TV during the day. While it's good for video games thanks to its incredibly low input lag, unfortunately, its mediocre response time means there's some motion blur with fast-moving content. Finally, fans of HDR content will likely be disappointed by its low HDR peak brightness and lack of a wide color gamut.
The Samsung TU8300 is an okay TV for watching movies. It has deep and uniform blacks thanks in part to its outstanding contrast ratio, but unfortunately, it lacks a local dimming feature to further deepen any blacks. Gray uniformity is also only decent, and you may notice some dirty screen effect during panning shots.
The Samsung TU8300 is decent for TV shows. It does an excellent job at upscaling lower resolution content from a cable box, but unfortunately, it can't quite get bright enough to overcome glare in very well-lit rooms. Like with most VA panel TVs, it has poor viewing angles, which can be an issue if you like to watch TV while doing chores around the room.
The Samsung TU8300 is a satisfactory TV for watching sports. It does a decent job at handling reflections but unfortunately, its low response time and 60Hz panel mean that it isn't the best at handling motion. It also doesn't have very wide viewing angles, which could be an issue if you like to watch the game with a large group of people.
The Samsung TU8300 is a good TV for video games. Like with most recent Samsung TVs, it has incredibly low input lag, and its Black Frame Insertion feature helps with motion handling. Unfortunately, the response time is only mediocre, and it doesn't support any variable refresh rate technologies.
The Samsung TU8300 is only adequate for watching HDR movies. While its outstanding contrast helps movies look good in a dark room, it doesn't have a local dimming feature to further deepen blacks. Its HDR peak brightness is very low, and it doesn't support a wide color gamut, so HDR content won't look the way the creator intended.
The Samsung TU8300 is decent for HDR gaming. It has an excellent contrast, and very low input lag with HDR content, but unfortunately, the response time is only mediocre. HDR content also doesn't pop the way it should, due to its low peak brightness and lack of a wide color gamut.
The Samsung TU8300 is a decent TV to use as a PC monitor. It supports 4:4:4 chroma, and has incredibly low input lag. On the downside, its disappointing viewing angles means that the image looks washed out on the sides, especially if you try using a large screen up close as a monitor, though the curved screen should help with this slightly.
The Samsung TU8300 is the curved version of the Samsung TU8000. It's the only curved TV in their 2020 lineup and can be seen as the successor to last year's Samsung RU7300. It's one of the only curved TVs still available, but its main competitors with a regular flat screen are the Sony X800H, the Vizio V Series 2020, and the Hisense H65G.
The Samsung TU8300 looks almost identical to the 2019 Samsung RU7300. It has fairly thin bezels around the screen and the wide-set feet support the TV well. Due to the curved screen, the sides of the TV stick out quite a bit when wall-mounted.
The feet are very similar to the Samsung RU7300. They support the TV well, and there isn't too much wobble. Unfortunately, they're quite wide-set, so you'll need a large TV stand, though you should have no problem fitting a soundbar between them.
Footprint of the stand on the 55" TV: 38.4" x 10.2".
The back is the same as the Samsung RU7300. It's quite plain but with a horizontal texture etched into it. There are grooves along the bottom on the screen, as well as clips on the feet, for cable management.
The TV can also be VESA-mounted, but requires special spacers (included in the box) due to the curvature of the screen.
Due to the curvature of the screen, the TV is quite thick and sticks out a bit more when wall-mounted.
The Samsung TU8300 feels reasonably well-built, though it's not as good as the Samsung TU8000. There's quite a bit of flex in the plastic near the inputs, and with a hard enough push you can see the internal components.
The Samsung TU8300 has excellent contrast. Unfortunately, its native contrast ratio is quite a bit lower than both the Samsung TU8000 and the Samsung RU7300. There's also no local dimming feature to further deepen the blacks. It's worth noting that this can vary between units, and your experience may differ.
This TV doesn't have a local dimming feature; the video above is provided for reference only.
The SDR peak brightness of this TV is okay, and it can get brighter than both the Samsung TU8000 and the Samsung RU7300. The brightness is fairly consistent when displaying different content, though the 2% window is noticeably dimmer due to the TV's CE dimming (frame dimming), which can't be disabled. While the TV is bright enough to use in moderately well-lit rooms, it likely won't be able to overcome glare in very bright environments.
We measured the peak brightness after calibration, setting the Picture Mode to 'Movie', and its brightness to 'Max'.
If you don't care as much about image accuracy but want to get the brightest possible, we were able to get 345 nits by setting the Picture Mode to 'Dynamic'.
The Samsung TU8300 has disappointing HDR peak brightness. Small highlights are dimmed by the TV's frame dimming (CE dimming) feature, which unfortunately can't be disabled.
We measured the peak brightness before calibration, using the 'Movie HDR' Picture Mode with the contrast and backlight both at 'Max.'
The gray uniformity of this TV is only decent. The edges of the screen are darker than the center, and there's some noticeable dirty screen effect in the center, which is distracting during sports and panning shots. The uniformity is much better during darker scenes. This can vary between units, and your experience may differ.
As is common with most VA panel TVs, the Samsung TU8300 has disappointing viewing angles. The image becomes washed out and darker when viewed even slightly off-angle.
This TV has decent reflection handling. However, the curved screen causes reflections to be stretched out across the screen, which can be distracting.
The Samsung TU8300 has mediocre color accuracy out-of-the-box. The color temperature is much warmer than our target of 6500K, causing most colors to have a red/yellow tint. The white balance is also disappointing, causing grays to be inaccurate. While the gamma curve follows our target decently well, dark scenes appear too dark, while other scenes are slightly bright. Accuracy can vary between units, and your experience may differ.
After calibration, the color accuracy of this TV is remarkable. The color temperature is very close to our target, and most colors are accurate.
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.
Like with most Samsung TVs, 4k content looks outstanding, with no obvious issues or artifacts.
The EOTF doesn't follow the PQ curve well, so most scenes will be darker than they should, though they're brighter in 'Game' mode, as you can see here.
You can make HDR content brighter by setting the Picture Mode to 'Movie', Gamma ST.2084 to '+3', Advanced Contrast Enhancer to 'High' and the brightness, and contrast each to their max, as you can see here.
The Samsung TU8300's color volume is disappointing, due to its lack of a wide color gamut. It fails to produce a wide range of shades and colors, despite its excellent contrast.
The gradient handling of this TV is great, and it does a significantly better job than the Samsung TU8000. Overall, it's very similar to the Samsung RU7300, with some banding in all dark shades that shouldn't be too noticeable, except for when watching dark scenes. Unfortunately, while there's a Noise Reduction setting to help smooth out banding, it doesn't make a noticeable difference at all.
As is the case with most VA panel TVs, there are no signs of temporary image retention. It's worth noting that this can vary between units, and your experience may differ.
We don't expect VA panels to experience permanent image retention, as the VA panel in our long-term test appears immune.
The response time is only mediocre and unfortunately, is quite a bit worse than the Samsung TU8000. Due to the 240Hz flicker, there's noticeable duplications in the motion photo, and fast-moving objects will have a bit of blur trail.
This TV uses Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) to dim the backlight, except when at 100%. In 'Movie' mode, the backlight flickers at 240Hz, causing some duplications in motion, as seen in the response time motion photo.
Like many other Samsung TVs we've tested, the flicker frequency decreases to 120Hz in all other modes, except for Game Motion Plus with LED Clear Motion enabled, where it drops even lower to 60Hz.
The Samsung TU8300 has 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 RU7300. The BFI feature also darkens the screen a fair amount, though this is common.
The Samsung TU8300 can interpolate lower frame rate content up to 60fps by setting Picture Clarity to 'On' and Judder Reduction at '10'. Unfortunately, it automatically sets the backlight to flicker at 120Hz, and there are quite a few noticeable artifacts.
There's not much stutter on this TV when displaying lower frame rate content due to its slow response time.
The Samsung TU8300 can remove judder from 24p sources and native apps by disabling Picture Clarity, but not from a 60p or 60i source.
The Samsung TU8300 has a 60Hz refresh rate and doesn't support any variable refresh rate technologies.