Samsung MU7000 Review

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Samsung MU7000

Samsung MU7000 Key Specs

Display Specs
Resolution 4K (2160 x 3840)
Screen Type Flat
Size Available 40 Inch (UN40MU7000), 49 Inch (UN49MU7000), 55 Inch (UN55MU7000), 65 Inch UN65MU7000)
Backlight Edge Lit
Local Dimming No
Features
Dimming Technology UHD Dimming
Black Essential Black Pro
Ultra Clear Panel Yes
Color Technology 4K Color Drive Pro
HDR 4K HDR Pro
4K Up-scaling UHD Up-Scaling
Motion rate Motion Rate 120 (60 Hz native)
Smart TV
Platform Tizen Operating System
Processor Quad Core
Key Apps Full Browser, Cloud Games, Smart View, and more
Remote Samsung Smart Touch Remote (TM1750A)
Connectivity
HDMI 3
USB 2
Ethernet 1
AV 1 (incl. adapter, shared)
Component 1 (incl. adapter, shared)
RF (Terrestrial  Cable) 1
Audio
Channel 2
Speaker Type Down Firing w/Bass Reflex
Total Power 20 watts

Picture Quality

As we know, a TV with good black uniformity and high contrast ratio is able to display blacks look really black. With about 6300:1 native contrast ratio, this means MU7000 can reach about 0.016 nits of black level. This is deep enough to make dark scenes look excellent on the screen MU7000, even when set in a dark room. On the other hand, what reached by MU7000 is also quite dark to show details of images in shadow of HDR images look very clear like what intended. As we know, to display dark scene of HDR 10 videos like what intended, a TV must reach 0.05 nits or darker of black level.

Samsung MU7000

While contrast ratio and black level of MU7000 is excellent for LED TV, peak brightness reached by Samsung MU7000 is not brighter than average. With only about 360 nits of peak brightness, this is only quite bright to make bright scenes looks excellent when set in a dark or moderately lit room, but when set in a brighter room, its peak brightness is not quite bright to muffle the glare. Additionally, the ability of MU7000 in reducing the reflection is also not so good when set in a bright room, so makes the reflections is more prominent than most of other TVs.  However, it is still far from 1000 nits as the minimum recommendation for displaying HDR 10 videos like what intended set by UHD alliance.

Motion Handling and 24p playback

While picture quality of Samsung MU7000 is very good for its class, its performance when handling motion blur and 24p movies is average. Its pixel response time is not as quick as most of other TVs. And of course, the result is also not as smooth as what offered by most Samsung MU7000of other TVs. When used for watching sport program or other fast moving images, in certain scenes, motion blur might be still slight noticeable in the form of faint trail behind fast moving object. But even so, this will not disturb your comfort when enjoying your favorites sport or other fast moving images. Additionally, the performance of Samsung MU7000 when playing 24p movies is not also so good.

Inputs/Outputs

Samsung MU7000Unlike most high end TVs where they are equipped with 4 HDMI ports and 3 USB ports, Samsung MU7000 is only equipped with 3 HDMI Ports and 2 USB ports. All of their HDMI ports already support the formats what required for this time like HDCP 2.2, CEC, Audio Return Channel, and more. In addition to USB and HDMI ports, there are also 1 Composite In (Shared), 1 Component In (Shared), 1 RF In (Terrestrial), Ethernet, and Digital Audio Out (Optical). With all inputs and outputs which provided, I think it is enough to cover most of your other electronic devices like Blu Ray Player, Digital Camcorder, DVD player, and more. Meanwhile, talking about its input lag, under “Game Mode” and “PC Mode”, Samsung MU7000 has very low input lag at any resolution.

Smart TV Platform

Like other models of Samsung’s 2017 4K TV lineup, Samsung MU7000 also features Tizen OS with Smart HUB as its smart TV platform. Additionally, it is also powered by a quad core processor, results in fast and responsive performance. Compared to last year model, it comes with new white theme and nicer animation that makes its appearance is more attractive.  Nevertheless, the interface is still simple and easy to navigate. At the bottom of the screen, there is a narrow bar that provides quick access to many of most popular apps and TV’s features. This allows you to access one of these apps without leaving the home screen. Once an app is launched, it has fast loading in time. There are most popular apps as the preinstalled like YouTube, Amazon Videos, Netflix, Web Browser, Cloud Games, and many more.

Samsung MU7000

POSITIVES

– High Native Contrast Ratio
– Deep Black Level
– Good Black Uniformity
– Support Wide Color Gamut
– Low Input Lag
– Attractive Tizen Os

NEGATIVES

– Poor Side Viewing Angle
– Peak brightness is not too bright

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