The Good The Samsung UE55H8000 produces beautiful pictures when viewed in brighter rooms, has an excellent smart TV system and its audio quality is good too. Its curvy nature and stylish design means it also looks the business.
The Bad It's hugely expensive (around £2,000) for a Full HD TV.
The Bottom Line Supremely stylish and bursting with features, the UE55H8000 produces excellent pictures, but it's very pricey for a Full HD model.
Samsung's curved TV is handsome but very expensive
Editor's note 1 May 2014: After the original version of this review was published, Samsung informed us it had sent us a pre-production sample. It has now sent us a final production sample to test and we have updated the review and score to reflect its performance.
The UE55H8000 is the range topper in Samsung's Full HD LED line-up this year, and although it's pricey, it still sits directly below the company's wallet busting Ultra HD sets. Its curved screen immediately makes it stand out from the crowd and Samsung also claims there are picture benefits to the curve, including improved viewing angles and better contrast.
It's packed with plenty of extras including micro-dimming for deeper black levels, 1,000Hz processing for smoother motion and Samsung has even improved this set's 3D support compared to last year's models, despite the fact interest in 3D seems to be on the wane. If you're not fussed about Ultra HD -- and there are reasons why you probably shouldn't be at this screen size -- then the H8000 looks like a tempting, albeit expensive option for AV connoisseurs.