Samsung 6000 and 7000 Series 4K UHD TV review
Are Samsung's low-end TVs worth buying?
- Competent quality when content quality is high
- 7000 Series is cheapest curved TV
- 6000 Series blacks are good
- Upscaling is poor
- Better-priced better alternatives
- Colours are just OK
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.
Price$ 2,199.00 (AUD)
Read more: Samsung 8000 and 9000 Series TVs review
The picture on the 7000 series feels very similar to the 6000... with all the foibles. Samsung calls the picture technology “Active Crystal Colour” but side by side with the 6000 series we couldn’t tell any significant difference. However, the lighting technology is different (it’s side-lit rather than rear-lit) which makes the screen thinner. However, this also means that black reproduction isn’t quite as good – letterbox bars were more noticeable due to light leakage.
Other than that most differences are external. It’s available in a flat panel variant at 49in (UA49KU7000W - $2,299), 55in (UA55KU7000W - $2,649) and 65in (UA65KU7000W - $4,499) or 55in (Reviewed - UA55KU7500W - $2,849) and 65in (UA65KU7500W - $4,799) curved.
The Styling more-resembles the top-end 9000 series in that its textured on the back and thin but there’s still no breakout box and all connectors appear at the back. Samsung’s One Remote is included which swaps out most buttons for a touch pad. It also works with other Samsung peripherals including sound bars and Blu-ray players. It can certainly be useful in keeping remote clutter down. However, the touch pad won’t be for everyone.
Basically, this is like an up-market 6000 series – the picture is basically the same but the extras are different.
Ultimately the Hisense range represents much better value... but only for the flat panels. While we have seen impressive versions of Hisense’s curved TVs they aren’t for sale in Australia. This means that Samsung’s 7000 Series TVs represent the cheapest way of getting a curved screen (they’re much cheaper than the 8000 series). If that’s important to you, then these are worth a look.
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