Samsung MU8500 Review

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Our Verdict

85%
85%
Awesome

All things considered, the MU8500 is really a great buy for the price. It comes with a great 4k LED display that offers a sharp image and great color and black levels. The sound volume could do with being a little louder, but that said, the sound quality is great when compared to most other TVs in this price bracket.

The TV is crammed with great Smart features and has more than enough inputs to keep the average family happy. Samsung is famed for producing high-quality TV’s that are crammed with all the best features for their price range. The MU8500 is a great TV for the price, so all you have to do is decide which size screen is best for your home.

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  • Picture Quality
    8
  • Sound Quality
    8
  • Design
    9
  • Smart Functions
    8.5
  • Inputs
    9

How does Samsung’s MU8500 stand up to the rest?

Samsung recently released the MU8500, a curved TV which is part of their 4K HDR TV Lineup Series 8 range. The MU8500 is a successor to Samsung’s highly popular KS8500 series which was the backbone of Samsung’s 2016 range. So let’s take a look to see just how well this new model lives up to all the hype.


Display

The Samsung MU8500 is available in 2 different sizes, 55 Inches, and 65 Inches. Both models feature a 4K (2160 x 3840) 120 Hz LED display that gives an excellent all round picture. It offers superb backlighting thanks to it being an edge-lit LED.

Honestly, the MU8500 display performance really is hard to tell apart from Samsung’s earlier MU8000 when compared side by side. It is able to produce an excellent black level, where no matter how bright or dark the background environment is, it continues to look great. The contrast ratios are excellent and help make this a really great option for those people who really want that perfect picture.

For brightly lit rooms, buyers will be happy with just how well the TV is able to combat unwanted glare and reflections just by turning up the brightness. The display has no issues with HDR or SDR content and does not appear to suffer from much in the way of motion blur.


Sound

All in all, the Samsung MU8500 produces a really respectable sound quality. It offers a really decent frequency response with about an average level of distortion. For those people wanting crystal clear sound, you will definitely be better off getting a good sound system, however.

At normal volume levels, the MU8500 performs well. It is a little quiet to be honest, something which might frustrate those viewers who like to listen to their TV at high volumes. Elderly persons might also not find the volume levels able to cope with their needs.


Smart Features

Smart Hub

The MU8500 uses Samsung’s Tizen smart TV platform, otherwise known as Smart Hub. Tizen is really user-friendly and easy to operate. Despite this, it still allows users to play with some pretty advanced settings and features as well. Tizen has a really well laid out interface and usually only requires a user to click one or two buttons to get any feature up and running.

It is even able to operate by voice command for those who can work out how to set this feature up. Once you get the hang of it, Tizen’s voice command will allow you to easily undertake actions on your TV that will make your life a whole lot easier than sticking to the remote.

So far as apps and features go, the MU8500 already has some of the most popular apps preinstalled. Apps such as Netflix, YouTube and Amazon can be loaded up with a few clicks of your remote, while users can choose to access the Google Play Store to download 100’s of others.


Inputs

Inputs

The MU8500 has a fairly respectable amount of inputs that should cater for all but the die-hard users. It has a relatively low input lag, which makes it an excellent PC option for most gamers, though those wanting the highest resolution graphics might be a little disappointed.

The MU8500 has the following inputs:

  • 4 HDMI
  • 3 USB
  • 1 Digital Optical Audio Out
  • 1 Tuner Cable

Design

Samsung really does make great looking TV’s and the MU8500 is no exception. The TV features a huge display that runs nearly all the way to the edges. It has a really sturdy and well-designed stand that also allows the power cable to run through it, preventing that awful problem of cables that look messy by seeming to trail off in every direction.

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