The Good The Samsung UNHU8550 4K LED LCD has an excellent picture with deep black levels, accurate color and solid uniformity with little blooming. It costs less than Samsung's curved 4K LED LCD and doesn't have the curve's picture-quality issues. Its styling is attractive and minimalist, with a nearly all-picture look. Its unique OneConnect upgrade path promises a semblance of future-proofing. The feature set is well-implemented and comprehensive, with best-in-class connectivity, a superb remote and just about every conceivable extra.
The Bad The HU8550 is relatively expensive, and the high resolution is very difficult to discern, especially with non-4K content.
The Bottom Line The Samsung HU8550 offers our favorite combination of picture quality and features in a 4K TV this year, making it a good value despite the high price.
Superb 4K picture doesn't come cheap
If you must have a 4K TV now, the Samsung UNHU8550 is the best overall choice.
Yes, it still costs hundreds more than non-4K LCD TVs, and the difference in extra detail between 4K and 1080p is still local dimming, leading to a better image regardless of resolution.at normal screen sizes and viewing distances. But unlike Samsung's flat 1080p TVs, this one incorporates the company's best picture-enhancing features, namely
That appears to be the trend among all LCD LCD TV makers,. They reserve their best picture quality for 4K TVs, so if you want a premium image, you'll generally have to get a 4K TV whether you can see the extra detail or not. That's similar to what happened with 3D TVs, and supports the trend that 4K is "just another feature" on TVs' seemingly endless lists of bullet points.