Samsung 8000 and 9000 Series TVs review
Is it worth paying this much for TVs nowadays?
- Bright, vibrant colours
- Curved units available
- Mediocre upscaling
- Disappointing blacks
Samsung's top-end TVs will impress anyone when displaying high-quality content. The curved models can help deflect reflections in bright rooms too. But they're expensive and there's better value and performance elsewhere.
We’re noticing a sea-change here. While Samsung has delivered a huge range of choices it seems to be relying on its brand and the punchy colours of the 9000 Series to sell all of its TVs. The 7000 Series curved models are highlights as there’s nothing else to challenge them at that price. However, the curved models of the 8000 and 9000 Series are only really there for people who can’t afford an LG OLED TV (except for the $25K 88-inch variant which is King Kong awesome).
For everything else there’s Hisense. It rivals every flat-screen TV on the market for top-quality picture reproduction and colours and it’s more impressive at upscaling than Samsung’s (and LG's) TVs which is very important when watching real-world TV. Hisense's remote might not be as high-tech as the Samsung One remote but it’s very responsive and usable. We also prefer the Opera TV operating system which is better supported than Samsung’s Tizen - so there are more apps too.
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