Hope you find my review helpful.
I spent close to 2 months searching and researching the best TV for my needs, which were:
PC Gaming (Low budget PC for emulation & 1080p pc games)
Watching movies (In a dark room)
Close viewing (Maximum 2m away)
I seriously went to town trying to find the right one for me, so rightly or wrongly I went for the Samsung UE55H6400AK. It's been close to a month now and I have to say I'm 90% happy with my choice. I think I'm the type of person that will always feel I could have got a better option
I find the picture quality simply amazing, BUT..... You do need a good source AND you need good calibration settings. For me the out of the box settings were great (I went from a 720 (I think) postage stamp to this 55" 1080 monster so anything was going to look amazing to me) Let me just say I will not be getting this TV calibrated, simply due to cost. I believe if I actually had the around £200 to get this done then I would have had more money to buy an even better spec TV in the first place. If I could afford it, I would get it done in a heart beat so don't get me wrong. So I have had the fun of googling the crap out it to try and find anyone and everyone's best suggestions. The difference between out of the box and the settings I've liked really is night and day, so I'm more then happy finding something that looked right to me and then adjusting slightly for personal preference.
The amount of different options and settings you get to use and change is wide and varied. I can see why it would be great for a pro to get an amazing picture out of this TV as well as easy for a non pro to completely F it up
This was my main reason for wanting a new TV. I have to say I'm very pleased with what this TV can can deliver. But my god it's been a steep learning curve. Full, Limited, Low, Normal RGB & HDMI Black Level - If anyone ever wanted to make their life more complicated then they just need add this to their lives lol I'm hoping I now have this worked out and understood, but it wasn't bloody easy
As far as the actual gaming goes I'm very happy. Setting the input name to PC and changing the picture settings makes for a great gaming experience in my view. Input lag isn't noticeable for me at all, unless game mode isn't on or PC isn't the selected input. But I'm not a FPS gamer anyway (which I believe this impacts the most), so for me not noticing it is great The picture quality of the games is outstanding, with this size screen as well you really get sucked in and immersed in the games.
I've had an LG 3D TV in a past life and loved the option, so it was a small part of getting this TV as well. It is however a little confusing and harder to use than the LG, but shouldn't be. Under 3D in the settings I have ( OFF, 2D to 3D, Side by Side, Over / Under ) which all seems fair and fine. BUT every time I want to watch something in 3D through my PC connected through HDMI I have to go into settings - 3D - then pick. I'm 99% I never had to do that with my LG, I would start playing something, the TV would recognize it and switch on to what ever 3D was needed. I've seen people elsewhere mention just turn your 3D on and it will work every time you start watching something - Great but this TV doesn't have an ON option, just OFF or permanently convert 2D to 3D which I don't want lol
3D Quality is what it is, great depth perception. I don't seem to mind the active glasses and the way they work. Some family members have said it makes them feel a little sick within 30 seconds of watching something, so I think that is hit and miss for everyone. There are some amazing YouTube clips out there to watch and see what can be achieved and some good films as well, so I am happy I have 3D back in my life lol
As mentioned in Picture quality, if you have the right source then watching movies are amazing. Blu-rays or complete images of blu-rays are a must. You can really tell the difference in sub bitrate material, especially in the dark scenes. So if you want to get the best out of this TV then you need to be watching blu-rays.
I've just hooked up sky HD as well and am very pleased with the picture quality so far. Been watching Wimbledon and all looks so clean and crisp. Can't wait to watch the football this evening and see how that looks. Standard sky is a different story, it is horrible lol But to be expected on a screen of this size and from a max of 2 meters away.
I did think I would have to send this TV back after 1 week as it started getting a technical issue (Not sure if anyone else has had this, couldn't find anyone after googling for it). The TV randomly god stuck in a boot loop, I didn't do anything different other then turn the TV on. After a couple of seconds this TV shows all the smart options across the bottom of the screen. I believe during the first 5 or so seconds the TV checks it's internet connection to bring all the smart options on line. With my TV, anywhere from 1 - 3 seconds into this check it would freeze and reboot. Constantly over and over and over again. It was very disappointing to see and was hating the thought of having to get it taken away and a new one delivered. I'm the type of person that likes to find solutions first, or at least have a crack myself. When I realized that this only seems to happen when the TV is checking it's internet connection I wondered what turning my router off would do, so not giving it an internet to connect to. Low and behold the TV turned on just fine. Hence this is why I came to the conclusion that some sort of TV on internet self check was making it reboot every time. Once on I reset the TV back to it's out of box state and missed out some internet options when setting it back up again. I again now have everything set up properly and haven't had the same issue again.
Like everyone has commented on, the stand for this TV is awful. Mine isn't even straight. If I get the TV squared to my wall the 'x' shaped stand is wonky and not squared off. I have slight OCD and have to close my eyes every time I look near it lol
I know this TV is getting on a bit now, but having read review after review of TV after TV and looking at the price for what your getting I think it's still a fantastic option for a lot of people. If your needs are somewhat in line with mine of course.
Why didn't I go for 4K??? I don't do Netflix, Amazon or BT - The options are simply too to limited right now. I have no need for it, even with my PC gaming. Like I said, low budget PC build. When I upgrade the PC in 2 - 3 years time I won't hesitate to upgrade to a 4K TV either.
Thanks for taking the time to read.
Samsung UE55H6400 User Review
UE55H6400AKReview of Samsung UE55H6400 LED LCD TV by Nick RiggedWin, Jul 6, 2016.This item was purchased for £629 from Argod in 2016. The reviewer still owns this product.
Contrast/Dynamic Range/Black Level9
2D Picture Quality9
3D Picture Quality8
Picture Quality Out-Of-The-Box7
Picture Quality Calibrated10
Ease Of Use10
Value for Money10