Product review: Samsung UE55KU6500


Are you after a new TV but want to keep the cost down with minimal quality sacrifice? Samsung’s mid-range curved UE55KU6500 could be a choice worth considering.

Samsung’s mid-range offering is ticking all the right boxes for most consumers, the KU6500 is an Ultra HD, HDR compatible, fully Smart, curved television, with enough bells and whistles to satisfy the majority of people. It boasts a brilliant screen that gives you fantastic colour contrast and sharpness using Samsung’s UHD dimming. I jumped straight into the nl_UE55KU6500SXXN_003_R-Perspective_blacklatest Smart control, Samsung’s Tizen interface. First of all, it’s had a facelift and is more fluid than ever. They have finally ditched a lot of the unnecessary mess, and sport all the main attractions, from Amazon and Netflix, all the way to the slightly more useless applications (such as ‘fireplace’, which is pretty self-explanatory).

I cranked up my 4K Netflix account and put on House of Cards. After a shaky start with our internet, the picture suddenly jumps up to 4K quality and it’s clear to see what you’re paying for. Even at 1080p the KU6500 fills in all the little gaps and gives you a truly fantastic picture. Pushing the limits a little further, I tuned the unit in and popped on some BBC HD. The KU6500 does a fantastic job, with minimal issues such as hazing or blurriness.

While the KU6500 is HDR compatible, it’s only an 8bit panel, so, unfortunately, is not capable of the full HDR10 that its bigger brothers from the KS range sport. Nor does this set benefit from the almighty Ultra HD Premium status. If all that is complete nonsense to you, please feel free to check our blog explaining HDR TVs and it will give you everything you need to know, or of course please feel free to call us.

8bit picture (left) vs 10bit picture (right)

I was honestly a little sceptical about what the newer KU6500 could offer over the previous JU6500, which was a similar unit, minus the HDR. After putting the two side by side, it’s clear Samsung have been doing their homework; the black levels are the most noticeably different, almost leaving its brother from last year in the dust. Motion remains more than satisfactory – hardcore motion junkies may be able to see just a little judder, but I’ve spent a good amount of time staring at this set, and as always, Samsung have really stepped it up a gear.

This is a very impressive set. If you’re after a big curved TV but wouldn’t quite consider yourself a massive movie buff, thus not exactly taking advantage of the slightly higher range, then this will be a perfect option for you. If the curve doesn’t quite tickle your fancy, then why not have a look at the UE55KU6400 or the Panasonic TX58DX750.

To find out more about the Samsung UE55KU6500, click here.

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Author: Garrett, Plymouth store