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Slick-looking Samsung TV can control your gear automaticallyThe Samsung KS8000 series has the unique ability to command devices plugged into it using the TV remote, without any programming hassle from you. But how good is the picture quality?
Hi everybody this is the Samsung UN65KS8000. It's a 65 inch size and the least expensive line at the companies high end SUHD TV's. Putting it in sort of a sweet spot on paper. In person, one of it's strong suites is design. From the sleek, excersin, chrome frame to the simple, easy to hold remote. Samsung thought this TV out very well. One thing that I love is that you can choose two different positions for the legs, toward the center for narrower furniture, or splayed wide for added stability. Another thing I love is that it's flat, not curved like many Samsung tvs. As you'd expect from Samsung, this set is packed with features, and one is really cool. The ability to control connected devices automatically. Just plug in your cable box, game console, ROKU, or other device and the TV recognizes it, names the input, and even programs that support mode to control it. It worked well for many devices but certainly not all the ones I tried. The Smart TV system is great with a solid selection of apps, the ability to surface individual shows on the Home page, and even the ability to control Samsung Smart Things, Smart Home devices like lights and the thermostat right from the screen. That function is coming later this summer with a free USB dongle. Fancy features are all well and good but image quality is the most important thing in HDTV. The KS5000 demonstrated great color, video processing, and screen brightness. But its overall picture quality fell short of the competition. It can't produce a really deep shade of black and the edges of the screen are brighter than the rest so it lacks the contrast and punch of recent 2016 sets I've tested from VIZIO and Sony. It's image is still very good, however. And, with it's unique features and styles, the Samsung KS8000 should appeal to plenty of mid to high-end tv shoppers this year. I'm David Katzmaier from CNN.