The Good The Samsung ES6500 is a decent performer with excellent design and a good mix of features. Colors are fairly accurate and vibrant. Shadow detail is very good, lending weight and texture to images.
The Bad Black levels are not up to par with the model it replaces, and uniformity is fairly bad.
The Bottom Line The Samsung UNES6500 is a well-featured midrange television with good color but otherwise ho-hum picture quality and value.
As we hurtle through the closing half of 2012, we reviewed most of the significant TVs of the year at CNET -- from the joyous highs of the Panasonic ST50 to the ignominious lows of the Panasonic DT50 and everything in between. In this case the in-between is the Samsung ES6500. While we still have a couple of Samsung stragglers to go, the one LED model we were really anticipating was the 6500, mainly because we liked the UND6400 so much last year.
But you know how it is: the more you look forward to something, the more likely it is you'll come away disappointed (Duke Nukem Forever, anyone?). While the 6500 is not the spectacular failure the long-vaunted return of the Duke was, it still doesn't live up to the promise of its predecessor.
While color is very good and almost a carbon copy of the previous model's, the 6500 just isn't as talented in other areas, and seems to follow a trend we've seen constantly this year: while plasmas are better and cheaper than ever; LCDs are often actually worse than in 2011.
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