What is the Samsung UE65JU7000?
Design, Connections & Control
The JU7000 comes with the Mini Connect box, which is a stripped down version of the One Connect box included with the JS9500 and JS9000. The Mini version doesn’t include all the processing, so it isn’t such an easy upgrade path but it also doesn’t generate any heat, so there’s no need for fans. Using our Murideo Fresco Six-G, we tested and verified that all four HDMI ports are HDMI 2.0/HDCP 2.2 compliant, whilst there’s also support for ARC and MHL. You also get two USB 2.0 ports and a Toslink digital output plus the output port for the dedicated cable which connects the box to the TV itself.
As has become customary these last few years, this Samsung smart TV ships with a pair of remote controls in the box. One of them doesn’t really require any explanation – you’ve seen this sort of thing many times before – but the other is something far smarter. The smart controller is well made and fits comfortably in the hand and includes navigation buttons and a pointer for effective motion control of all the smart features, plus a range of genuinely useful voice controls that do actually work and save time. You just need to get over the fact your talking to a remote and you’ll be fine.
Features & Specifications
Samsung Smart TV
Picture Settings Out-of-the-Box
Picture Settings Video
Picture Settings Calibrated
As ever with Samsung TVs, the standard of video processing is very high and, believe it or not, even some of the standard definition material we watched on the JU7000 looked very presentable. Don’t expect it to perform miracles with some of the ultra-low bit rate material our broadcasters inflict upon us but a decent DVD passes mustard thanks to some top-notch scaling. The video deinterlacing of the Samsung JU7000 is also strong, which is of crucial importance with broadcast TV content although we still maintain that if you’re watching HD/1080i sports broadcasts, which is the best most people can watch unless they’re lucky enough to get BT Sport Ultra HD, the better 1080p TVs from years gone buy make a cleaner job of it. The necessity to scale and deinterlace simulatenously- with what is for UHD quite a low framerate - does take its toll although it remains perfectly watchable.
With that out of the way - and we don’t want to overstate it, just inform of the issue - the rest of what the Samsung UE65JU7000 had to offer was excellent. The colours are really pleasing and they combine with those good black levels and competent dimming system to produce very punchy pictures, whilst remaining natural. The JU7000 might not be HDR capable but it still has plenty of dynamic range and when we were watching some of the Ultra HD streams via Netflix and Amazon, there were times when we thought how could home video get any better? Ultra HD Blu-ray will, of course, be superior and High Dynamic Range will be the icing on the top but, for most people, 4K streaming will be more than accurate and, in most cases, better than anything they’ve ever seen, so far.
Input Lag & Energy Consumption
How future-proof is this TV?
|4K Ultra HD Resolution|
|Colour Space (percentage of DCI - 100% best)||82.5%|
|HDMI 2.0a Inputs|
|HDCP 2.2 Support|
|4K Streaming Services|
|Smart TV Platform|
|Picture Accuracy Out-of-the-Box (score out of 10)||7|
|What do these mean?|
- Good blacks & strong contrast
- Effective dimming
- Excellent Smart Features
- Cutting edge connectivity
- Nice stand
- Some banding on fast pans
- Not as future-proofed as some
Samsung UE65JU7000 (JU7000) 4K Ultra HD TV Review
Should I buy the Samsung UE65JU7000?At its current (December 2015) online price, the Samsung UE65JU7000 provides a compelling mixture of mostly great pictures, cutting edge smart TV features and the latest connectivity options. The design is clean and understated, too, and you get a swanky smart remote to bring you in to the next generation of control, with voice and cursor control making those smart features both easier to use and access.
The JU7000 provided a decent level of picture accuracy in the out-of-box Movie mode, although it could have been a little better, but thanks to the excellent calibration controls we could get this TV to a superb level of fidelity. Combine those natural colours with very good native contrast and an effective dimming system and you’re usually on to a winner, especially when the quality of video processing is as good as that Samsung provides; it’s also ultra-responsive for gamers with a very low input lag of 24 milliseconds.
The 65JU7000 wasn’t quite perfect, of course, and we were sometimes irked by a panel banding issue noticeable on some fast panning scenes so, for those that watch a large amount of sport, it might not be ‘the one’. One should also consider that if you really want to delve in to the next generation of home video, i.e. HDR and wider colour gamuts, then you need to be looking for something else. Overall, however, the Samsung UE65JU7000 delivers the goods on a scale grand enough to justify an AVForums Recommended Award.
What Else Could I Buy?There isn’t a better time to pick up a TV bargain, that’s for sure, so you have options, provided stock doesn’t run out. If you do want in on HDR - and all that stuff – you could check out the Hisense XT910. It has deeper blacks and a better dimming system, too, although we did feel the JU7000 produced better pictures overall but the prices are about level. If you’re quick, we’ve seen a Panasonic TX-65CR852B online for less than two grand, as well, and that boasts HDR support but no wider colour space. In both cases, the alternatives are curved but you can make your own mind up about that.
Contrast/Dynamic Range/Black Level
Picture Quality Out-Of-The-Box
Picture Quality Calibrated
Ease Of Use
Value for Money
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