Samsung UNF9000 series

The Good The Samsung UNF9000 series 4K/Ultra High Definition LED LCD TV delivers excellent picture quality with deep black levels, accurate color, effective video processing, and a uniform screen; 4K resolution provides some benefit with 4K PC games; upgradable One Connect box allows improvements to input suite and Smart TV; stunning minimalist design with thin bezel and low-profile stealth stand; mind-boggling feature list with touch-pad remote, IR blaster with cable box control, four pairs of 3D glasses, motion and voice command, and the industry's most capable Smart TV platform.

The Bad Exceedingly expensive and a poor value compared with 1080p TVs; improvements afforded by 4K resolution minimal to nonexistent; wide stand.

The Bottom Line Despite excellent all-around picture quality, the Samsung UNF9000 4K TV offers almost no improvement over cheaper 1080p TVs that cost much less.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 10.0
  • Features 10.0
  • Performance 8.0
  • Value 5.0
7.3 Overall

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Review

A great 4K TV you still shouldn't buy

Even if you can actually afford one, now is not a good time to buy a TV with 4K resolution. Hold off a few months and better ones will be announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, likely with actual HDMI 2.0 inputs, a wider range of screen sizes, and maybe even improved picture quality. They'll probably still be too expensive for mainstream consumption, but they'll be cheaper than the ones available now.

But if you just Want A 4K TV Now, Damn the Caveats! (™), the Samsung UNF9000 series is as a good choice as any. Its picture is superb for an LED-based LCD -- and LCD happens to be the only TV technology that can deliver 4K resolution to the market now. The F9000 offers best-in-class future-proofing, with Samsung's unique Evolution Kit option available to keep its processor, Smart TV suite, and inputs from going obsolete over the next few years.

Now, about those caveats. Anyone buying a 4K/Ultra High-Definition TV of 65 inches or smaller and expecting to see an improvement in detail -- or any other aspect of picture quality -- with normal HD sources will be disappointed. We tested the Samsung UNF9000 and Panasonic TC-P65WT600 extensively to look for any such improvement compared with a same-size 1080p TV, and it simply wasn't there.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $7,500
  • Brand Samsung
  • Type LED-LCD
  • Diagonal Class 65 in
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model Samsung UN65F9000

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