What is it?
Samsung H5500 Remote Control
Samsung Smart TV Apps
The out-of-the-box movie mode was pretty impressive for a low-ish end TV. There was a general excess of green energy in the greyscale and the Contrast control was set too high for the panel's capabilities, causing noticeable clipping of red but delta Errors were generally in the tolerable range. The colour performance was about as good but there were several saturation errors probably beyond fixing, given the lack of a colour management system. Also, as the colours varied between being either too bright, or too dim, there’s not much that could be done with the global colour decoding control either.
By ways of detailed calibration controls, there’s ‘only’ a two-point white balance option within the menus of the H5500 but that doesn’t really matter when you can achieve results as per below. It took just a matter of minutes to reduce greyscale errors to well under the perceivable limits and gamma also tracked very close to where we wanted. As stated above, there wasn’t a lot we could do with the colours but since the greyscale calibration helped bring all colour errors to under 3, it’s not something that’s a cause for concern. Not that we can imagine many owners will go to the trouble of having their H5500 professionally calibrated!
Samsung UE48H5500 Video Review
Samsung UE48H5500 Picture Quality
As we can see from the test results above, colour accuracy was also very impressive, which certainly helped to bring out all the detail in images as well as providing them with a very natural look. There’s an inherent sharpness to the H5500 owing to the panel structure, too, that many will really like and it certainly helps drag out every last element of high definition images. That said, thanks to very a competent scaling engine, standard definition images were handled sympathetically too and the H5500 has no issues with all the most relevant film cadences, so it’s a good choice for movie lovers.
Samsung H5500 – Any Issues?
You'll be hard pressed to find a more competent TV in this price category and there was little to nothing in the way of faults or distractions. Viewing angles aren’t especially generous, however, so anyone sitting 30-40 degrees off-axis from the centre of the screen won’t be seeing the same contrast-rich images as those more centrally positioned. We also noted just a very tiny amount of backlight spill, emanating from the top-right corner, but bright screen uniformity was top-notch with only the faintest amount of panel array banding sometimes spotted on panning scenes over pale colours. There was no nasty dirty screen effect however, which is something that’s almost routinely noticeable with LED/LCD TVs – even in those costing far more than the H5500.
- Great contrast
- Accurate colours
- Excellent smart features
- Superb price
- Prosaic design
- Viewing angles aren't wide
- Some minor light spill
Samsung UE48H5500 (H5500) TV Review
Is it worth buying?
We think Samsung's UE48H5500 is tremendous value. In sheer picture quality terms, it’s more than a match for many TVs costing considerably more with great blacks, fantastic colours and excellent screen uniformity. What it lacks is a fancy design, any 3D capability and a smart remote but there will be plenty of people willing to sacrifice those to grab themselves what amounts to a Best Buy. You do get a great range of Smart TV apps regardless of the low entry price and we can think of very few entry-level connected televisions that come anywhere near matching the H5500.
What else could I consider?
We’re scratching our heads here, in all honesty. About the closest we can get is the Panasonic 48AS640 but that will set you back quite a lot more cash, although you will get 3D to sweeten the deal. Perhaps you could also consider the LG 47LB700 which features both 3D and LG’s amazing webOS platform but, again, it’s a sizeable amount more in the shops. Failing that, take a look at our various Buyers Guides to find something that may tickle your fancy.
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