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Samsung UND8000 SeriesThe Samsung UND8000 TV delivers best-in-class looks and features, but its picture quality--thanks to uneven screen uniformity--is ultimately a step backward from many less expensive models.
-Hi there, I'm David Katzmaier, senior editor at CNET and I'm with the Samsung UND8000 series. This is Samsung's most expensive LED TV for 2011 and can sure tell from looking at it. This TV is spectacular in person. The reason why is because it has this thin vessel around there to the screen. When first saw it, my though was "how can that affect the picture. Well, we'll get to that a little bit, but the design of this TV is stunning than any I've ever seen. It has also got this really sleek chrome coloring around the edge and this kind of funky fire stand, but of course if you want the full affect to that thin vessel, you got to hang this thing on the wall. The only real variation around the frame is the Samsung little bit here and the illumination on it can be turned on or off, so that's a good thing. Of course, seeing from the side, this TV is really thin about an inch and a half thick like a lot of the other LED TVs on the market. So, I told that what's stunning within the television. Despite that slim design, Samsung packed a whole bunch of features into this TV. It has 3D with picture adjustments and local dimming of the LED back light, but one of the more remarkable is external to the television is this remote control. It's a QWERTY keyboard on the back side that actually uses Bluetooth to communicate with the TV. There's also little screen here so you can see what you're typing and all post with more well featured remotes we've seen. Samsung also includes a smart TV hub on this 2011 model. The TV has a whole bunch of different apps and you can also check out Netflex or Hulu Plus. There's no amazon instant, but otherwise the selection is very good and we expect more apps to available in the future. There's also a pretty good web browser including on its TV. It's not quite snap compared to a laptop or even smart phone, but you can actually get some basic surfing done on this TV, but don't expect to stream video from sites like Hulu and Comedy Central. Samsung UND8000 is also a 3D model and Samsung includes a pair of glasses with this expensive TV, so it's a pretty perk. Connectivity on the back panel is pretty cramp, but they do manage to fit in 4 HDMI inputs, a PC input, and a component on AV although you need breakout cables to connect to those devices. Connectivity also includes built in Wi-Fi, which is a new perk this in one way. I really appreciate it especially with that internet functionality. The picture quality of the UND8000 has its strength. The real downside is the special uniformity. Across the screen, it does have a little bit of brightness variation and some bonding that we saw, which can read the summaries of picture, looking brighter or darker than the other. Specifically, the exterior 3rd of the screen are quite a bit brighter and that does show often some dark material. It also does tend to tinge those sides of the screen blue. On the flip side, it does have pretty darn good black labels on the middle of the screen and color accuracy measured very well. We also appreciate this TVs video processing in 3D, but at this price level really could not over the uniformity. That's a quick look at the Samsung UND8000 series and I'm David Katzmaier.