A Review of the Samsung 4K SUHD JS7000 Series Smart TV – UN50JS7000, UN55JS7000, UN60JS7000
The JS7000 line of 4K TVs from Samsung is part of the company’s 2015 SUHD series TVs, and that right there should tell you a bit about just what kind of quality you can expect with this particular 4K TV.
The JS7000 series is only one of several SUHD lines which include the already reviewed JS8500, JS9000 and JS9500 4K ultra HD models and as such it shares a number of superb features in common with the rest of these TVs. Featuring a wide range of innovative new technologies, the JS7000 may not be the very best among these new 2015 4K UHD TVs that Samsung has now released but it’s definitely among the company’s better models and stands far ahead of many competitor models of equal size and newness.
Most importantly of all, despite the many top-shelf specs and cool new technologies it features, the JS7000 is one surprisingly affordable TV –particularly the 60 inch TV model we’re reviewing here.
It’s hard to know where to start describing all the great features this particular model comes with. It’s packed with both new Samsung display technologies that are exclusive to the company’s 2015 SUHD models and older, proven aspects of Samsung 4K television models that have won over buyers since they first emerged in the last couple of years.
For starters, the JS7000, like all of the SUHD 4K TVs, comes with the color enhancing power of Samsung’s own version of quantum dot nano-crystal display filtering. As one of the companies to pioneer QD, as quantum dots are known for short, Samsung has refined the technology nicely and the UN60JS7000 shows it at its best, particularly because this particular TV also comes with the full-array LED backlighting that works best with quantum dots, certainly better than edge-lit LED backlights like those found in the JS8500.
On top of the color enhancement provided by quantum dot nano crystal film, the JS7000 has its contrast, brightness and overall display quality further augmented by a whole host of unique technologies such as Dynamic Brightness, contrast enhancer, UHD dimming and a powerful quad core processor that delivers very quick image rendering even during fast action sequences. These are all integral parts of the SUHD line and they definitely make the JS7000 into a powerful model with their inclusion.
To round off the great aspects of the 7000, we can also include its excellent price and the comprehensive connectivity package and top-notch Smart TV platform with Smart View 2.0 built into the JS7000 for easier than ever before navigation.
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As we’ve noted in previous reviews of other SUHD models, there really isn’t anything that could be called outright bad about these TVs. As far as the current standards of 4K display technology go, the JS7000, like its cousins, truly is outstanding. Samsung’s entire SUHD line for 2015 represents what are quite possibly the best 4K TVs to be found today, with stiff competition from the LG OLED models and Sony’s very best 2015 4K X900 line TVs.
However, among its SUHD cousins, the UN60JS7000 is certainly one of the lower priced models and thus it lacks a few key features that would take it from great to absolutely outstanding.
First of all, this particular model only offers a 120Hz motion rate, instead of the 240Hz of almost all of the other major SUHD TVs. While most viewers won’t even notice the difference with this, it is something that can slightly affect how smoothly certain types of high speed high intensity action sequences flow on the screen.
Secondly, the quad core processor of the JS7000, while great, only offers half the power of the Octa-Core chipsets found in the JS 8500, 9000 and 9500 models from the manufacturer. This is also not something that should be a major issue but it might slightly affect the speed of the Smart TV platform and how easily 4K UHD content is rendered.
Finally, and this is hardly something we could have expected from one of the lower-priced SUHD models, but the 7000 doesn’t come with the full HDR-readiness currently found only in the JS9500 models from Samsung. This is the company’s much vaunted Peak Illuminator Ultimate feature.
With its price, specs and screen size, the JS7000 SUHD from Samsung is one of the best 4K TVs in its class on sale today. It not only offers an economical 4K TV package in general, it also comes with some of the best display technology on the market this year.
Screen size: 50 inch - UN50JS7000, 55 inch - UN55JS7000, and 60 diagonal inches - UN60JS7000.
Smart TV: Yes, with Smart Hub and built-in WiFi
HEVC (H.265) Included: Yes
HD to UHD upscaling: Yes, Samsung UHD upscaling
HDCP 2.2 Compliance: Yes, on all 4 HDMI ports
Refresh Rate: 60Hz (Effective)
Screen Lighting: full-array LED backlighting
Resolution: 3,840 x 2,160 pixels UHD
Wireless Connectivity: Yes, includes WiFi, Blue Tooth, NFC and Ethernet port
Remotes: Smart Touch Remote with voice control
Connectivity: 4 HDMI 2.0 ports, 3 USB 2.0, component, Digital Audio out, Composite, Ethernet
Contrast Ratio: 825:1
Audio: 20W (10W x 2) 2CH down firing speakers with DTS Premium Sound 5.1 and STS Studio Sound
60” model weight with/without stand: 42.3 lbs/48.5 lbs
Dimensions 60” model: with stand: 53.7" x 32.8" x 14.5", TV without stand: 53.7" x 31.1" x 2.5"
Processor: Quad-Core processor
Where to begin with the highlights of this particular 4K ultra HD TV? The UN50JS7000 comes with a number of the most powerful and crucial Samsung technologies that make the company’s 4K TVs so superb in general. These are all represented in the SUHD models and the UN50JS7000 is no exception.
For starters, the TV includes the entire Samsung Smart TV package with its Smart Hub and Smart View 2.0 connectivity offerings. The first of these offers a great central platform for storing and viewing your favorite apps and web content selections while the second, smart View, let’s you wirelessly share both HD and 4K video content between your TV and nearby mobile devices that are on, the same network. The S-Recommendation engine of the Smart Hub is also a useful bonus feature with its algorithm for remembering your personal preferences and delivering new content based on previous viewing habits.
Moving on, the UN50JS7000 also obviously comes with Samsung’s particularly high quality UHD Upscaling engine, which is known among 4K TV reviewers for being especially good at turning HD content into something that looks close to 4K in overall quality. The UHD Upscaling works particularly well with Blu-ray HD content that’s running on the TV and the final visual quality is quite honestly even clearer looking than the native 4K streams that Netflix delivers to this TV.
Also, and this might very well be one of the UN50JS7000’s single most important highlights, the display panel offers the luxury of full-array backlighting with local dimming. This feature isn’t even available in the company’s JS8500 4K TV (which costs more than the 7000) and the full-array is crucial to making the UN50JS7000’s contrast and color enhancement technologies work better. It’s good to see Samsung finally start installing this backlighting array type in its more affordable 4K models. It’s a long overdue feature for all new 4K models.
Finally, the nano crystal color of the SUHD line as whole is something that has to be seen to be appreciated. It really delivers a fine vibrancy and color saturation that puts the UN50JS7000 a cut above many competitor 4K TVs that come at the same price.
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There’s no denying it, the visual specs of the UN55JS7000 are definite winners, even by SUHD standards. This TV just about comes with everything you could want for an excellent 4K viewing experience which not only gives you the usual superb ultra HD resolution but also enhances the hell out of it with augmented contrast, color and brightness.
The 7000 doesn’t come with Samsung’s HDR-ready Peak Illuminator Ultimate technology, no, because this is exclusively the domain of the JS9500, the company’s flagship TV, but it still offers heightened contrast via its full-array LED backlighting, Contrast Enhancer technology and UHD Dimming, which can be highly localized along dozens of smaller zones across the screen. Furthermore, the UN55JS7000, like its pricier cousins, comes with Ultra Clear Panel technology, which minimizes glare even from very wide angles and works to absorb ambient light to a surprisingly high degree.
On the other hand, the viewing angles of the JS7000 aren’t known for being absolutely superb. In this one area, the otherwise highly competitive SUHD line as a whole doesn’t quite match the quality of LG’s OLED 4K TVs. But then, the OLED line from LG can’t match the particularly excellent LED brightness of the 2015 Samsung TVs.
The connectivity on the Samsung JS7000 delivers the whole nine yards, and we have no reason to expect anything less with this TV. The four HDMI 2.0 ports and 3 USB 2.0 ports give this model full multimedia accessibility with external video and media devices, while the HDCP 2.2 compatibility of the HDMI ports ensures that the JS7000 can view 4K content from a multitude of sources without copy protection problems.
The Smart TV platform and its Smart Hub also give you full access to thousands of online apps and a full-scale web browsing experience as long as you also have internet connectivity in your home (who doesn’t if they’re spending money on a 4K TV anyhow??) This connectivity means compatibility with the JS7000’s Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Video and Ultraflix apps and their individual selections of 4K ultra HD content.
Finally, the JS7000, like its other SUHD cousins, also comes ready for future connectivity changes thanks to its “Smart Evolution Ready” status.
One of the best features of the Samsung SUHD JS7000 is its remarkably affordable price for a SUHD TV that also comes with full-array LED backlighting. The 60 inch model we’re reviewing here is retailing for only $1,497.99 on Amazon.com as of this writing. The 50 inch UN50JS7000 is retailing for $997.99 and the 55 inch UN55JS7000 is retailing for $1,197.99.
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To very briefly summarize, the less than ideal features of the UN55JS7000 are not so much massive defects as things that we wish it also included. These include better off-angle viewing, an octa-core processor, HDR-readiness and a higher 240Hz motion rate instead of this model’s 120Hz.
• Superb color thanks to Quantum Dot nanocrystals
• Full-array LED backlighting
• Excellent connectivity
• Excellent Samsung contrast enhancement
• Samsung’s well-designed Smart TV platform
• Fantastic pricing
• No full HDR-readiness
• Poor off-angle viewing
• 120Hz motion rate
• Quad-core processor