The Good The Samsung UNF8000 LED LCD TV delivers excellent picture quality with deep black levels, accurate color, effective video processing and a uniform screen; stunning minimalist design with hairline 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 Extremely expensive; wide stand; cable box control scheme still inadequate for heavy DVR users.
The Bottom Line The excellent yet expensive Samsung UNF8000 is a tour de force of LED LCD TV design, features, and picture quality.
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It might surprise you to learn that mighty Samsung, the dominant force in TVs for the last few years, has a less-than-dominant history in CNET TV reviews. The company's last two top-of-the-line LED LCD series, the UND8000 and , produced "just OK" picture quality on a level with many other makers' midrange sets that cost much, much less money. We expect high-end TVs to produce pictures that match their daring designs and kitchen sink features, and when they don't, .
Samsung's flagshipLED LCD for 2013, the UNF8000 series, lives up to its price tag. This TV is the complete package, a futuristic combination that oozes coolness. The company managed to outdo the beautiful styling of last year's model with an even more minimalist panel and stand -- it even shrunk the logo, a move that probably gave the marketing department fits. No other TV boasts a better feature set, in both quality and quantity, and while some of the myriad extras don't work as well as I'd like to see, the whole feels more thoughtful and well integrated than ever. The biggest improvement, however, came in the form of deep black levels and a uniform screen, both thanks to a well-implemented system that the company's less expensive TVs lack.
As usual the best plasmas still have it beat, but the only other 2013 LED we've placed in its picture quality league so far is the -- and fresh off a massive price drop, the Sony is also a comparable value. It's available only in one 55-inch size, however, and it can't compete with the Samsung's design, features, or sheer wow factor. If you're in the high-end TV market and don't want a plasma, the Samsung UNF8000 should be among the first on your list.
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