A fantastic buy, with a huge screen, countless features and amazing visuals and audio
This curved 55-inch 4K HDR Smart TV from Samsung looks beautiful from every angle and really delivers the goods at the business end too. For less than a grand in the UK you can pick up a top television with an amazing 4K picture, well-balanced sound, and a wide array of great features.
The picture quality of the Samsung UE55KU6500 is on the whole extremely good. It delivers 4K content with the best of them, while Active Crystal Colour technology and Auto Depth Enhancer do a great job bringing vibrant, crystal clear imagery across all formats. You get a 20% wider spectrum of colour here than standard UHD, and pictures really do spring to life to wondrous effect. HDR Pro is one of the latest screen technology buzzwords and here it doesn’t disappoint, with blacks reaching levels of obsidian darkness and whites looking radiantly white. Standard HD images aren’t quite as jaw dropping but the 4K upscaler does well to give everything a satisfactory and impressive boost. Finally the screen keeps up brilliantly with even the fastest of action scenes, without even a trace of blurring.
There aren’t many Smart TVs with audio to match the imagery, but the UE55KU6500 makes a decent fist of it. The sound comes though clearly and with a satisfying level of balance. There’s a real purity and richness to the audio that manages to sustain itself even when faced with thunderous Hollywood soundtracks. It’s so decent you won’t have to buy a soundbar, although if top-level sound is essential to you the HDMI ARC, Bluetooth, and digital audio out connections allow you to connect all manner of third party speakers.
The UE55KU6500 comes with both Freeview HD and Freesat HD tuners to provide you with a great many free programmes to watch. It also has PVR for pausing and recording live TV (with a USB device – not supplied), the excellent Tizen OS, Smart Hub for Netflix, YouTube and Amazon, cloud-based gaming, SmartThings Ecosystem, a great little Smart remote (and a standard remote) and plenty more besides. Finally, it comes with three HDMI ports and two for USB.
- Really stunning delivery of 4K pictures
- Huge number of Smart TV features
- Excellent, well-balanced sound quality
- Slightly restricted viewing angle
- Could do with one more HDMI port
- No 3D or SCART
Why you should buy it: This television provides absolutely fantastic value for money. With a sumptuous 55-inch 4K screen, great sound and every feature imaginable, it comes highly recommended.