What is the Samsung UE40F8000?
Design and Connections
For anyone even remotely interested in getting a decent gaming response from the 40F8000, you will have to jump through a couple of hoops to get there. Even enabling the Game mode which is in the General sub-menu within the System menu isn’t enough as it still lags by around 77ms with it engaged. If you rename the HDMI input as 'PC', in the tools menu, the figure comes down to the far more respectable mid 40 millisecond range which should be tolerable for most.
- Standby: 0W
- Out-of-the-Box – Standard Mode: 59W
- Calibrated – Movie Mode: 52W
- Calibrated - 3D Mode: 85W
Samsung UE40F8000 Picture Quality 2D
So what’s not to like. Stuttering, for one, Steve Withers noticed some occasional issues with 1080p24 content (most Blu-rays) in his review of the 55-inch F8000 which don’t seem to have been ironed out in software revisions. In this review stint we also spotted some stop-starting with 50Hz material too, which was particularly evident with fast moving sports where a sudden change of pace in the action would leave Samsung’s motion processing found wanting. This is a long standing issue with the higher-tier Samsung LED TVs and almost certainly tied in to their Clear Motion Rate (CMR) technology, which is non-defeatable, and not tied in to the Motion Plus interpolation technology. We also spotted a little panel banding with pans over lighter colours but in the case of this panel, at least, instances were rare enough to be considered trifling.
Samsung UE40F8000 Picture Quality 3D
- Impressive blacks and contrast ratio
- Very good backlight uniformity
- Reference greyscale and colour after calibration
- Excellent video processing
- Comprehensive calibration controls
- Quad-core processing
- Well designed and responsive menu system
- Reference Smart TV System
- Very effective remote app
- Beautiful design
- Twin tuners for both Freeview and satellite
- Downward facing HDMI inputs
- Built-in WiFi and camera
- Occasional stuttering motion
- Undefeatable frame interpolation with 3D content
- The 'arc' stand can't be swivelled
Samsung UE40F8000 TV Review
Seeing as at the time of publishing it’s Wimbledon’s Finals weekend, it’s fitting that Samsung’s F8000 features a grand stand. The Arc Stand, as it’s known, is extremely elegant and truly gives the screen powers of levitation although, of course, it doesn’t swivel and you’ll need to ensure your unit can accommodate its full span. Other aids to an elegant install include a tidy-away concealing cover for the cables and HDMI inputs that face downwards. Clearly Samsung doesn’t want all their hard work in the design department spoiled by unsightly trailing cables and we applaud them for that. We’re not so keen that Samsung is trying to force our hand in to using the Smart Touch remote control by including only a downmarket standard alternative, however good it is. As we’re sure you’re all aware, Samsung’s Smart TV offering is incredible so we’ll not do it the injustice of a one sentence summary, instead there’s a full review of it here.
There wasn’t a great deal wrong with the UE40F8000’s picture prior to calibration but post tune, images were realised with an incredible clarity and realism. Samsung seems to have largely nailed the issues of uneven light spread in their flagship LED TVs and this only helps the already striking black levels deliver even more dynamic range, which the F8000 has an almost unnatural ability to hold on to in even the most challenging rooms. Slight quibbles in the picture quality department show up with some stuttering when motion suddenly changes pace, with 2D content, and some imposed and undefeatable motion processing with 3D content. Both of which are probably as a result of Samsung’s CMR processing, which still needs a little work, We’re at the nit-picking stage here, although the limited viewing angles are a genuine concern for those that can’t place the F8000 in the prefect spot.
Samsung’s 40F8000 is a flagship TV in every sense. It has the looks, packs in the features and delivers full-bloodedly on the picture quality front.
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