Samsung Series 8 LED TV UA55B8000

Posted on: 12/12/09 by Elijah Mendoza

Ladies and gentlemen, this is the wafer-thin, supermodel-sexy Samsung UA55B8000 the best piece of ass TV to ever sashay into our HQ. It's got everything from looks to performance prowess, and judging from what we saw, we're pretty sure we're in love.

Picture quality is brilliant on all fronts. Movies look sharper and brighter than usual, and color reproduction is simply superb. Everyone who chanced upon the UA55B8000 in our test lab mostly picky art directors and meticulous magazine-production experts noticed the richness of the screen. It had the truest blacks we've ever seen on a TV.

The same goes for high-definition games and videos. PS3 games look amazing from corner to corner with virtually no loss in detail. The full HD resolution (1920 x 2020 pixels), however, does not do well for older, less fluid-looking games like Heavenly Sword and Lair. For fast-paced, racing games like Sega Rally and Burnout Paradise, though, the UA55B8000 did great and even managed to give us the impression of actually looking through a real car windshield.

Image quality, however, isn't the only ace up this Series 8's sleeve. It also positions itself as a luxurious home appliance. It's marvelously thin at 29.9mm, rivaling most of today's laptop computers, and the design is elegant from front to back.


The remote is fairly easy to understand, although given the many bells and whistles, it may take some time for technophobes to understand all the functions. Same goes with the menus and sub-menus that go as deep as three levels on average.

Another unique feature of this series 8 TV is its PC-like powers. Via an ordinary ethernet cable, we were able to stream YouTube vids without the need for a computer. The USB ports are also there for a reason, we hooked up an external hard drive and the TV was able to recognize DivX, MP3, and Jpeg files with no problems whatsoever. It's like having a WD TV mini built into the TV.

If it sounds like we're raving, it's probably because we are. The only thing that really puts us off with this Series 8 telly is its claim of being an LED TV. While it may be true that the UA55B8000 uses LEDs for backlighting, it's still basically an LCD TV because it uses an LCD panel for a screen. LED TVs are the huge moving billboards you see along EDSA and in malls.

Nonetheless, this TV deserves to be on a class of its own. It may be sporting a six-figure price tag, but it's definitely worth every centavo that you spend on it. If you have 23,900,000 centavos to spend, that is.

Click here to see the Samsung UA55B8000 in the Buyer's Guide.


 

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  • Deep, rich colors
  • Thin and clean exterior
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  • Networking works but not as well as you might expect
  • Limited file formats recognized
  • Sloppy speakers
Bottom Line
  • The ultimate home-cinema display for your living room, bar none
Gold Award
Editor's Pick Yes
Price P239,000
Tech Specs
  • Screen
    • Type: LCD TV with LED backlight
    • Size: 55 inches
    • Resolution: 1920x1080 pixels (full HD)
    • Contrast ratio: 3,000,000:1 (dynamic)
    • Refresh rate: 200MHz
    • Response time: 3ms
    • Viewing angle: 178 degrees
  • Ports
    • HDMI: x 4
    • DVI: n/a
    • VGA: x 1
    • Component: x 1
    • Composite: x 1 (common use with component Y)
    • Audio: x 1 mini jack
    • Optical Audio: 1
    • USB: x 2
    • Card Reader: n/a
    • RF: x 1
    • Ethernet/LAN: x 1
  • Other connectivity options
  • Size: 1,322 x 307 x 860mm (with stand)
  • Weight: 29kg (with stand)


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COMMENTS


  1. Aldrich Barcenas: "While it may be true that the UA55B8000 uses LEDs for backlighting, it's still basically an LCD TV since it uses an LCD panel for a screen. LED TVs are the huge moving billboards you see along EDSA and in malls."

    Are you saying that there is a consumer grade LED Displays, similar to the ones displayed in Edsa? most LED TV are like typically designed like the one you mentioned. Except for OLED screens, which is not yet feasible for LCD displays as large as presented above, for now.


    December 12, 2020 at 3:19 am

  2. t3chieboi: aldrich: Sasmung is the only company that claims to have and LED TV. Sony also has a similar TV, but they only call it "an LCD TV with LED Backlight" precisely because when you say LED TV, you're referring to the large outdoor billboards.

    If you look closely at the huge LED TV billboard at the southbound lane of EDSA (nearthe Boni MRT Station) you'll see that it doesn't have a panel. It's literally made up of thousands of LED bulbs - that's why they're called LED TVs.

    OLED, on the other hand is a different breed altogether. The term "OLED", unlike "LED", does not refer to the backlight. OLED is the material used for the panel/screen itself so it deserves to be called as such. OLEDs emit their own light so they do not require backlighting.

    So to answer your question, no, there are no consumer grade LED TVs precisely because they're not feasible at such small sizes. If you're watching from a LED TV in your living room, you'll be able to see the bulbs at such a close distance. And can you imagine fitting 2 million LED bulbs (1920 x 2020 pixels) in 55 inches of screen space?
    December 12, 2020 at 6:50 am

  3. Kyle: Hi. Sorry if I'm nitpicking, but 239,000,000 centavos = Php 2,390,000.
    December 16, 2020 at 5:43 pm

  4. emendoa: oh yeah. sorry about that.
    December 17, 2020 at 9:18 am

  5. Rem: Samsung's Ads are misleading according to The Advertising Standards Authority in U.K. The ASA determined that the term "LED TV" can be used in the U.K., provided there is additional description to clarify that the TVs in question are using LED backlighting technology. (from CNET news.)
    May 19, 2020 at 3:13 pm

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