Samsung 6000 and 7000 Series 4K UHD TV review

Are Samsung's low-end TVs worth buying?

Samsung 6000 and 7000 Series 4K UHD TV
  • Samsung 6000 and 7000 Series 4K UHD TV
  • Samsung 6000 and 7000 Series 4K UHD TV
  • Samsung 6000 and 7000 Series 4K UHD TV
  • Expert Rating

    3.00 / 5

Pros

  • Competent quality when content quality is high
  • 7000 Series is cheapest curved TV
  • 6000 Series blacks are good

Cons

  • Upscaling is poor
  • Better-priced better alternatives
  • Colours are just OK

Bottom Line

If you're desperate to buy into Samsung's Home Entertainment ecosystem these are usable, relatively-cheap options. But there's much better to be had elsewhere.

Would you buy this?

  • Price

    $ 2,199.00 (AUD)

Read more: Hisense Series 7 ULED 4K UHD TV review

Samsung 6000 Series Review

Samsung's 6000 series will please most people with its finest quality abilities.
Samsung's 6000 series will please most people with its finest quality abilities.

The lowest end of Samsung’s 4K range, is the 6000 series. This is not available as a curved model but flat-panel sizes come in 40in (UA40KU6000W - $1,399), 50in (UA50KU6000W - $1,899), 55in (Reviewed - UA55KU6000W - $2,199), 60in (UA60KU6000W - $2,999), 65in (UA65KU6000W - $3,899) and 70in (UA70KU6000W - $5,199) variants. It’s a bit thicker than all of the side-lit models but not by much. All connectors are in the back as with regular TVs and only Samsung’s basic, ugly "accessible" remote is available. We don’t actually miss the smart remote – give us buttons instead of touch-pads every day – but that comes down to personal preference.

When displaying the best quality 4K content, detail was generally very good. It uses Samsung’s previous-generation Purcolour technology which will be acceptable to most people for general viewing but, alongside the newer models, looks rather subdued. It was very good at displaying vibrant blues, though. However, the 6000 Series uses LED backlighting from the rear (not the sides) which allows for “local dimming.” This actually meant that in movies, letterbox bars stayed impressively black and that, remarkably, contrast was actually better than the more-expensive side-lit siblings.

The back-lit nature of the 6000 Series means contrast and blacks are actually better than many of Samsung's more-expensive TVs.
The back-lit nature of the 6000 Series means contrast and blacks are actually better than many of Samsung's more-expensive TVs.

Read more: Sony X9300D and X8500D UHD 4K TV review

Upscaling could be an issue. Even HD content could turn blocky and almost cartoon-like in some instances. Low quality cartoons saw characters surrounded by blocky artefacts. We see this everywhere to some extent but it’s mediocre on the 6000 series. Also, in areas of uniform colour, artefacting was an issue – big blocky patches of colour get distracting on screen. We’ve seen it before on cheaper TVs. Better TVs manage to show uniform colour.

Blocky artefacts and rough edges cause an almost cartoon-like effect when upscaling regular HD content.
Blocky artefacts and rough edges cause an almost cartoon-like effect when upscaling regular HD content.

However, sound was good and rounded and got loud.

Ultimately, while the prices are low, Hisense’s are much lower and quality and value is better across the board: the 70-inch model is $1,200 cheaper while other models are all a few hundred dollars cheaper. There’s no One Remote so fitting it in with other Samsung home-theatre products isn’t really an issue. This is an easy win for Hisense, which is better in every way.

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