What is the Samsung UE60F7000?
Design and Connections
The F7000 comes with two remote controls, the first of which is a standard black plastic affair, familiar from any number of Samsung TVs but slightly shrunken down to the proportions of your average Blu-ray player remote. Samsung would prefer you to use the included touch pad remote which uses RF to connect and includes basic controls along with a touch pad. There is also a built-in microphone which is used for voice control and definitely beats shouting across the room. We certainly found the touch pad useful for navigating the Smart TV System but despite offering a graphical representation of the full remote onscreen, we found that for basic controls the old school remote was a lot quicker and easier.
Within the Advanced Settings are all the key calibration controls, starting with Gamma which globally adjusts gamma across the entire image. Then there's a choice of a two-point White Balance control or a ten-point White Balance control which will allow for very accurate calibration of the greyscale. Finally, there's an option called Colour Space which gives you a choice between Auto, Native and Custom; if you choose Custom you have access to a full Colour Management System (CMS).
As we’d expect from a Samsung product, the U60F7000 performed superbly in this section of testing, with extremely competent deinterlacing and scaling of standard definition content, with clear and crisp reproduction of fine details and no unwanted ringing. The F7000 also had no problems detecting both 3:2 and 2:2 cadence correctly and, as long as the Auto2 Film Mode was selected, scrolling video text over film was also delivered perfectly. The UE60F7000 aced all the other tests as well, delivering an almost flawless performance in every regard. The quality of the video deinterlacing at 1080i50 was just as good as it was for standard definition and there were no apparent issues with 24p content. In fact we found the overall motion handling to be quite impressive for a LCD TV and we measured 400 lines of resolution on the FPD Benchmark test, so even fast moving sport looked quite good. Of course once you use Motion Plus the resolution increases to the full 1080 but it is quite aggressive so don’t use it with film content, we beg you.
For reasons best known to themselves, Samsung continue to hide the Game mode away in the General sub-menu within the System menu. We measured the input lag at 117ms without the Game mode activated but even with it on we were measuring the input lag at between 70 and 82ms, which is way too high for any serious gamer. By labelling the HDMI 1 input from the Source menu using the Tools button as 'PC', that clearly by-passed some additional processing and got the input lag down to around 45ms, which is OK but far from being the most responsive TV on the block for gamers.
- Standby: 0W
- Out-of-the-Box – Standard Mode: 96.5W
- Calibrated – Movie Mode: 88W
- Calibrated - 3D Mode: 132W
Audio and Features
Samsung UE60F7000 Picture Quality 2D
Whilst the 60F7000 generally put out superb pictures there were a couple of annoyances, not least of which was some very inconsistent light distribution causing darker scenes to be polluted with pools of bright light. We can tolerate this to a certain extent but when it’s covering about 40% of the screen it does begin to grate, quite quickly. This is a near flagship grade product, with a suggested retail price close to £3,000 so we would expect much better. The only other real gripe was with a bug with the Cinema Black feature that could cause graininess in the pictures and it’s something Steve Withers discovered months ago so really should have been addressed by now. We’re sure there are much better examples of the 60F7000 out there but getting even light distribution from edge-mounted LED lights, on a screen this size, is always going to be a challenge.
Samsung UE60F7000 Picture Quality 3D
- Impressive blacks and dynamic range
- Reference greyscale and colour after calibration
- Excellent video processing
- Quad-core processing
- Reference Smart TV System
- Beautiful design
- Built-in WiFi and camera
- Touch pad remote control
- Lots and lots of light pooling issues ruined all the good work
- Cinema black issue
Samsung UE60F7000 TV Review
Despite its rather large screen size, the Samsung UE60F7000 stills manages to carry off the sleek look by virtue of its micro-bezel and super-slim chassis and the effect is sure to wow your friends and family. The inclusion of the touch pad remote – as well as the standard number – is also a coffee table talking point and the full set of features that they both allow access too is mind-bogglingly expansive. To name but a few, the smart features extend to cover DLNA streaming, numerous Video on Demand services and integration with services to provide a content recommendation engine. And it all ticks over at a fair old lick thanks to quad core processing.
That same processor is also capable of handling all sorts of signals with total aplomb and even standard definition content could look quite palatable on the 60-inch screen. Thanks to some excellent calibration options, we were able to produce a superb degree of accuracy to the F7000’s images and, backed up by impressive dynamic range, pictures were breathtakingly detailed and vivid. But there was one party-pooper present in the form of ugly and uneven light distribution which frequently impinged on darker scenes. The same problems existed in 3D pictures too but we have to say, otherwise, the F7000 produces one of the best in-home three dimensional experiences on the market.
If you can bag yourself a Samsung 60F7000 with good screen uniformity, you’re on to a winner but the sample supplied here fell short of the mark we would expect from a top-tier product.
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