Samsung UN65F9000 Review: A High End, Low Cost option for the 4K TV Revolution
Want an awesome, high end 4K resolution TV for your home entertainment center without having to completely break the bank on buying it? The Samsung UN65F9000 might just be the ticket for you. At a lowest online price of just under $3000 dollars, it’s much more affordable than many other 4K alternatives and although in practical terms you won’t notice much difference between the UN65F and a high end 1080p/HD TV that would cost you at least $1500 less, the UN65F will definitely have you ready for the growth of 4K content.
Let’s cover the good and the bad behind the UN65F series of 4K TVs and come to a bottom line conclusion.
The image quality that comes with the Samsung UN65F9000 4K/Ultra High Definition LED LCD TV series is truly superb. Its 240 HZ refresh rate, edge-lit LED backlighting with micro dimming, 3840 x 2160 pixel resolution and quad core processors deliver exquisite visuals with brilliant colors, and seamlessly smooth video. While most current media content will look no better to your eyes than it would on an 1080p/HD screen, the UN65Fs 4K resolution also guarantees you full enjoyment of both 4K video games and media content as both expand onto the marketplace. Furthermore, the TVs independent, upgradable One Connect box and built in Evolution kit guarantee that your UN65F stays in line with the latest technological developments that Samsung puts on the market for at least a few more years.
There isn’t much that’s “bad” per se about the F9000, it is a truly high end TV with some awesome tech features. The problem is that in terms of value for dollars spent and practical value received, it still leaves a lot to be desired. Buying yourself one of these babies is still a lot cheaper than getting your hands on its bigger brother. However, for watching most regular content on the UN65F series, there’s little noticeable difference between 4K and 1080p/HD, which is still much cheaper.
If you want to be ready for the coming 4K revolution in content and gaming (at least according to some sources), then the F9000 is a pretty damn good option, even in terms of price. It’s made by one of the best manufacturers of 4K entertainment systems on the market and while it’s a lot more expensive than any 1080p HD TV, it’s still a great budget alternative to some of its even pricier cousins. However, if you just want to enjoy great film, game and video content on a budget, a 1080p/HD TV is probably your better option.
Samsung UN85S9 Specs
• Weight: 75.4 pounds, shipping weight 96 pounds
• Screen size: 65 inches, measured diagonally
• Dimensions: 68.4 in x 9.4 in x 38.2 in
• Smart TV: Yes
• 3D Capable: Yes, Active 3D
• 3D Glasses: includes 4 pairs
• Refresh Rate: high quality 240Hz refresh rate
• Screen Lighting: LED backlight technology with Edge-lit with micro dimming
• Resolution: 3840 x 2160 pixels
• Wireless Connectivity: Yes, includes Bluetooth, WiFi and WiFi Direct
• Remotes: 2, Smart Touch Remote Control with voice control and a classical button remote
• Connectivity Ports: 1 component video, 1 composite video, 1 MHL, 1 Ethernet, 4 HDMI and 2 4K compatible USB ports
• Speakers: 2 main channel speakers and 2 subwoofers, full surround mode
In terms of being ready for future upgrades, the UN65F9000 is one of the best options out there. Its ugradable One Connect box can be changed as connectivity technology improves (HDMI 2.0 for example) and the Evolution Kit option you get with your F9000 also guarantees that its processing, video and Smart TV systems will be kept up to date for several more years.
A whole list of interesting features are built into the TV itself. Some of these include S-Recommendation, which gives you entertainment content recommendations based on your viewing history, a complete and highly user friendly web browser, ultra slim design, Smart Interaction with gesture and voice control capacity and of course, full 3D capacity that also comes with 4 pairs of 3D glasses.
The Smart TV suite that comes with this and other Samsung TVs is also worth mentioning. It’s known for having some of the best content selection on the market and in terms of design its ease of use is superb.
At 3840 x 2160 pixels and with Ultra HD technology, the F9000 seriously kicks ass in the visual clarity department. Furthermore, its 240Hz refresh rate guarantees some truly excellent performance in terms of rendering smooth movement on the screen. This means that the TV is excellent when it comes to watching sports, action movies and playing high intensity video games. Built-in 3D technology combined with the glasses that come with the F9000 gives you access to 3D enabled video content and even allows for limited 2D to 3D conversion of regular video.
It’s worth noting that in terms of overall regular content viewing experience, you won’t notice much or any difference between the F9000s 4K technology and a 1080p/HD TV screen from an average viewing distance of 9 or 10 feet. Noticeable improvements only apply if you’re actually viewing 4K video content and games.
In terms of connectivity, the F9000 isn’t lacking in any meaningful way. It offers the One Connect box, which comes with three USB ports, 2 4K compatible USB ports, four HDMI ports and an optical digital output. There’s also a built-in MHL port for connecting your mobile devices and their content to the TV interface.
Finally, a full suite of web connectivity systems such as WiFi, WiFi Direct and Ethernet also come with the F9000.
It’s also worth mentioning that while the One Connect box on the F9000 is only compatible with HDMI 1.4, Samsung is planning a near future upgrade that will include HMDI 2.0 ports.
The price tag for the Samsung UN65F9000 is definitely not cheap but as far as 4K Ultra HD TVs go, it is pretty damn good deal. At just under $3,000 dollars, the F9000 will set you back a lot less than it’s bigger 4K cousins while still offering an enormous selection of features and a very respectable screen size.
There really isn’t much that’s not so great about the F9000. It offers a really powerful package of features, it’s an excellent 4K viewing platform and it’s designed to be upgraded enough to stay modern for at least a few more years. The only real sore point is the already mentioned fact that most people, watching normal video and gaming content, won’t notice any real difference between the 4K screen and a 1080p screen.
This means that if you’re not particularly sticky about being totally equipped for still relatively scarce 4K content, you really don’t even need to spend the $3000 dollars on this TV.
• Reasonable price tag for a 4K TV from one of the best manufacturers on the market
• 3840 x 2160 Ultra High Definition resolution on a very big screen
• Outstanding 240 Hz refresh rate, fantastic for games, sportscasts and action movies
• Full Smart TV package
• Evolution Kit that ensures several years of upgrades
• Full web connectivity and WiFi package
• Samsung’s awesome, user friendly web browser technology
• Quad core processor for excellent rendering and interface processing
• Full 3D capacity
• Powerful Speakers, subwoofers and surround sound
• Elegant, slim design
• Wait a little while longer for cheaper prices
• 1080p/HD is just as good for regular viewing
• steep price tag (if you just want HD TV)
• overly wide TV stand