A Review of the Samsung UN65HU7250 Curved 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz Smart LED TV
The Samsung HU7250 4K ultra HD TV is definitely one of Samsung’s better offerings in terms of a balance between excellent specs and overall pricing. Though not as exotic as some of the newer, more expensive Samsung 4K TVs like the HU9000, it offers an excellent quality that’s absolutely typical of this top-shelf brand and it manages to offer this quality at a very decent price.
Part of the manufacturer’s growing line of curved 4K TVs, the HU7250 offers a wide range of excellent picture enhancing features that include the company’s brilliantly functional upscaling engine for any non 4K content you watch. Also built into this model are technologies like the TV’s Ultra Clear panel for extra levels of picture clarity and of course the usual necessaries for modern 4K entertainment, including HEVC decoding, HDMI 2.0 and the HDCP 2.2 copy protection system.
The good are numerous and enticing with the HU7250. For starters, the TV offers some of the best in Samsung visual technologies without compromising too much given its mid-range price point.
With the HU7250, you get access to Samsung’s excellent Smart TV platform, Near UHD quality viewing of HD and even SD content with the particularly powerful internal upscaling engine and some of the best 4K content compatibility of any TV model from any brand on the market: Samsung’s 2014 and 2015 4K UHD TVs are designed not only to work with all the best and latest streaming 4K services, they’re also some of the only 4K TVs on the market which are currently compatible with newer VoD content subscriptions like M-Go and Comcast’s budding 4K service.
Other useful aspects of the Samsung HU7250 include the TV’s UHD dimming technology --which we’ll cover in more detail shortly—along with usability features like Samsung’s famous Smart TV platform and the associated Smart Hub 5 panel user interface for optimal entertainment content organization.
Finally, let’s get down to the bottom line of what’s really good about this TV. It is a thoroughly solid piece of 4K home entertainment hardware that offers performance which is superior to that of most UHD TVs on the market and definitely superior to that of most 4K TVs which cost less than $4000. Furthermore, it’s no wimp in the screen size arena; at 65 inches, you’re going to be enjoying a truly immersive viewing experience for a very reasonable price that’s well below the $2500 mark and much lower than the HU7250’s own former MSRP of $3,999.
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As for the bad aspects of the Samsung UNHU7250, they aren’t exactly major. This otherwise very solid 4K TV set offers a mostly superior performance that’s marred by just a few little details.
For starters, the one feature that really lags behind what it could be is the backlighting system. This is something we’ve mentioned about a number of other higher end 4K TVs fom the big name brands and it applies here as well. For a 2014 UHD TV that represents one of Samsung’s newer models and costs more than $2,000, the HU7250 could easily have been built with a full-array LED backlighting system……. But it wasn’t.
Instead, it features the distinctly inferior edge-lit LED backlight array that was more of a standard feature for older UHD TVs. If Vizio could manage full-array backlighting in its similarly sized P-Series 4K TV for a retail price of several hundred dollars less, Samsung should easily be able to do the same.
Finally, the curved screen of the HU7250 is more than anything else just a gimmick. It normally won’t produce the deep immersion that’s being hyped up about it but it adds too much to the price tag of the TV.
Our final thoughts on the HU7250 are that it’s definitely worth more now that its price has fallen to much more reasonable levels. Had you bought it just four or five months ago at its full suggested retail price, you’d definitely be getting less than stellar value for your money but now that it costs just above $2,000, it’s definitely a solid purchase even if it doesn’t have some of the more interesting features of other UHD TVs.
• Screen size: 64.5 diagonal inches
• Smart TV: Yes
• HEVC (H.265) Included: Yes
• HD to UHD upscaling: Yes
• HDCP 2.2 Compliance: Yes
• Refresh Rate: 120Hz native refresh rate
• Screen Lighting: Edge-lit LED backlighting with Local dimming
• Resolution: 3,840 x 2,160 pixels UHD
• Wireless Connectivity: Yes, includes built-in WiFi, Bluetooth and WiFi Direct
• Remotes: Smart Touch remote with voice recognition controls and touchpad
• Connectivity: 4 HDMI 2.0 ports, 3 USB, Ethernet, Component, mini jack audio out, RF in, Component/composite, optical digital audio output
• Sound: 10W+10W downfiring speaker with DTS Studio Sound and Premium Sound
• Dynamic Contrast Ratio: over 1 million
• Other Display Features: One Connect external box, Connectshare, Smart Evolution Ready, motion control
• TV weight with/without stand: 69.7 lbs/61.5 lbs
• Dimensions: 57.1" x 33.1" x 5.3" inches; With stand: 57.1" x 34.7" x 11.8" inches
• Processor: Quad core
The Samsung HU7250 may not be as feature packed a 4K UHD TV as some of its newer or more expensive Samsung cousins but it is still a Samsung 4K TV and as such it packs in plenty of rich extras that work to make your home entertainment experience into something more than ordinary.
For starters --and this is a feature the HU7250 shares with all newer Samsung TVs-- buying this TV over those of other brands gives you access to the broadest selection of 4K content sources such as these available movies. Why? Because while the HU7250 and its cousins can view all the same 4K content sources as those accessible to other UHD TV brands, there are certain sources of content that are available only to newer ultra HD Samsung TVs like the HU7250.
The two most notable examples are the M-Go 4K streaming service and Comcast’s Xfinity subscription, which includes 4K content. Granted, both are limited but they’re two extras that you won’t get with other 4K TVs quite yet!
Moving beyond content and into the HU7250’s special features, we can start off with the Smart TV and Smart Hub interfaces that this piece of home entertainment hardware has built into it. Both are excellent and creating a simple, intuitive user experience and could even be considered among the best on the overall market. The Smart Hub in particular delivers an excellent user experience in the way by which it organizes all of your favorite content, apps and other features into 5 easy to access panels. With these 5 panels alone, you can easily navigate through your collections of favorite shows, movies, music, social networks and a whole load of other apps and games.
Furthermore, we should also mention the S Recommendation engine that makes browsing your content even easier. This proprietary component of the Samsung 4K TV user interface intelligently personalizes your movie and TV show recommendations so that you not only get the content you’re more likely to enjoy based on past selections but can also access it simply by asking the TV to let you know what’s available by category.
Finally, among all the other numerous features of the Samsung HU7250, the Smart View 2.0 technology also deserves to be mentioned. This is also found in a number of other 4K models from assorted brands but that’s because it’s such a powerfully versatile feature. With Smart View 2.0, you can stream the HD and 4K content that’s playing on your HU7250 to nearby devices with their own wireless connections. These include laptops, smartphones, tablets and even PCs.
The Screen Mirroring feature of the HU7250 is the reverse version of Smart View 2.0. It let’s you take content from your smartphone, tablet or laptop and stream it to appear on your TV screen. This is particularly for viewing 4K YouTube videos in their original native resolution.
We can start this off with the Ultra Clear Panel technology, which is designed to absorb ambient light and thus reduce reflections to a bare minimum. This in conjunction with a few other aspects of the Ultra Clear technology results in a picture with some surprisingly deep, rich blacks and brilliant whites along with a superior contrast overall. For a TV without OLED or full array backlighting, the Ultra Clear does a remarkably good job of producing the above-mentioned contrast
The UHD upscaling engine on the HU7250 is also a noteworthy part of its visual specs, mainly because it works so remarkably well at its job. As many 4K TV owners know, not all upscaling systems are equally good at making HD content into something that looks more UHD. Luckily, this isn’t the case with Samsung’s engine. It really does deliver notable resolution improvements in HD content that will still likely be the majority of what you watch on this TV.
Then there are features like Wide Color Enhancer Plus and Clear Motion 960. The first of these two gives the HU7250 a superior range of colors delivered in a higher degree of vibrancy. While this certainly isn’t comparable to quantum dots, it is at least somewhat similar to the THX Certification that Sharp's Aquos 4K TVs come with in that it simulates the color of content as the director originally intended it.
Finally, the HU7250 comes with the usual visual specs like an ultra HD 4K resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, a 120Hz native refresh rate and a superbly high contrast ratio.
Like any 4K Samsung TV from late 2014, the HU7250 is one well connected machine. It features built-in WiFi, WiFi Direct, Bluetooth, Ethernet connectivity, four HDMI 2.0 ports, USB connections and of course is also HDCP 2.2 compatible.
Furthermore, the user interface of the HU7250’s OS is loaded with web-based apps and also offers a fully functional web browser based off the Mozilla Firefox browser.
Finally, there is the usual plethora of Component, mini jack audio out, RF in, Component /composite and optical digital audio output connections.
At a current retail price on Amazon.com (among others) of $2,197, the UNHU7250 is a reasonably priced choice for a Samsung 4K TV with a massive 65 inch screen. While the original MSRP and the actual retails price of just a few months ago for this TV were a bit steep considering what the model offers, the current retail price is not far off from being very decent.
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We’ve already mentioned the less than stellar qualities of the HU7250, such as the (already old) edge-lit LED backlighting system and the gimmicky curved screen that’s at least partially responsible for the retail price of this TV being higher than it needs to be.
However, there is one more negative feature that deserves mention. This is the TV’s sound system. Given that it consists of little more than two 10W speakers that have been slightly augmented with a few little extras, they’re not nearly as powerful as they could be and are in a rival 4K TV like one of Sony’s 65 inch Bravias.
• Feature packed for a relatively reasonably price
• Access to 4K content not available to other brands
• Ultra Clear Panel tech delivers surprising results
• Excellent Smart TV interface
• Excellent SD/HD upscaling engine
• LED backlighting needs upgrade to full-array
• Weak speakers for such a high-end brand of 4K TV
• Curved screen adds to price with little extra value