Samsung UN65HU9000 Review: Reality Bending Curvature 4k TV, Awesome Resolution
Samsung’s UN65HU9000 tosses a new twist on 4K UHD TVs by introducing a cool looking and effective screen curvature onto the marketplace. According to the manufacturer, this is the future of television, and considering their pioneering efforts in selling LED LCD TVs by the ton as well as in introducing slim cabinets, bezels and advanced TV features such as voice/gesture control, we should give them the benefit of the doubt at least.
This is the first curved UHD TV on the market and pricewise, it’s a bit on the costly side, as you can expect.
The UNHU9000 comes in three sizes, 55” 65” and 78”. All of them have pretty much the same awesome features but the one we’re going to focus on here is the 65” model.
Overall, this is probably the best 4K TV on sale today. For a 65 inch set, the 9000 is surprisingly light on weight at only 68.3 pounds. When you compare this to the 85+ pounds of other Samsung, LG and Sony models of equal screen size, it’s a pretty impressive achievement.
While the refresh rate of the 9000 is only 120Hz, the quad core processors and overall efficiency of Samsung technology ensure that you still get an excellent level of motion rendering. A whole host of smart function features such as voice control, smart remote control and Smart TV work to make your user experience excellent and easy to handle.
Finally, the connectivity inputs and 3D accessories on this particular series are excellent and offer more than what you’ll get with many other 4K brands.
There isn’t much that can be called bad in any serious way about the UNHU9000. Some people might find the curved screen uncomfortable and odd but that’s simply a matter of getting used to it. Beyond that, there are still some small issues with image blurring right along the screen edges unless you’re viewing your content from in front of the TV. Finally, the price tag is quite steep, even for a 4K TV, but in this case you’re at least getting a truly unique device for your money.
It’s expensive but if you really want a 4K TV, then this is absolutely an excellent model, probably the best you can get your hands on right now.
Samsung UN65HU9000 Specs
• Weight: 68.3 pounds
• Dimensions: 57.1” x 12.9” x 35.1” inches
• Screen size: 65 inches, measured diagonally
• Smart TV: Yes
• 3D Capable: Yes, Active 3D
• 3D Glasses: 4 pairs of Active 3D glasses included
• Refresh Rate: 120Hz refresh with 1440 Clear Motion Rate
• Screen Lighting: LED Edge-Lit backlighting with Local Dimming
• Resolution: 3,840 x 2,160 pixeles UHD
• Wireless Connectivity: Yes, includes both built-in WiFi and an Ethernet port
• Remotes: one gesture powered “air mouse” Magic Remote
• Connectivity Ports: 4 HDMI 2.0 ports, 1 component, 2 composite, 1 Ethernet, 3 USB 3.0 ports, optical audio output, MHL adapter included too
• Speakers: Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse with MS11 MultiStream Decoder
There are a lot of highlights in the HU9000, and it’s hard to decide where to begin. For starters, there’s the already mentioned curved screen. This isn’t just a novelty design feature, it also serves the purpose of rendering a much deeper, clearer and bigger picture that feels downright panoramic at times. What really helps the curvature out is the massive investment Samsung makes in its visual rendering technology (more on that in “Visual Specs”).
Another excellent feature of the HU9000 –and all Samsung 4K TVs—is its Evolution Kit TV package, which comes as part of your purchase and guarantees both software and even hardware upgrades on your TV for years, thus guaranteeing that even if you buy now, you won’t be dealing with an obsolete TV set just a year or two down the road. The same applies to the HU9000’s One Connect box, which takes all the connection ports instead of the TV itself, and which itself can easily be replaced with a newer model when it comes out.
Other awesome features that come included are Smart TV, Smart Hub, S-Recommendation and Quad Screen. The first three are all Smart TV related elements that allow you to browse between apps, movies, TV shows and web content from a single multi-panel hub that intuitively organizes your favorite stuff for easy navigation. S-Recommendation then learns from your preferences and (as its name suggests) recommends new content based on your previous choices.
With the Quad Screen feature, you can separate your one gigantic 65 inch screen into 4 smaller ones, each being used to show different content at the same time.
Finally, we should also mention Samsung’s Smart Interaction engine, which lets you intuitively control your TV screen interfaces, games, web browsing and other content through hand gestures that the HU9000’s built in pop-up camera reads. More basic commands such as turning on/off, changing channels, recording etc. can also be controlled by voice command.
Just as is the case with the TV’s highlights, the visual specs are breathtaking and numerous. Samsung has really invested a lot of technology into this 4K TV series and it shows:
The essential visual specs of the HU9000 include a 64.5 inch screen size, 3840 x 2160 pixels of Ultra High Definition 4K resolution, a 120 Hz refresh rate with a 1440 clear motion rate and LED Edge-Lit backlighting with Precision Black Local Dimming and UHD Dimming Ultimate (more or less the same thing).
Other, additional and more exotic visual characteristics of the Samsung UN65HU9000 include UHD upscaling, Auto Depth Enhancer, UHD Dimming, Wide Color Enhancer Plus and PurColor.
UHD Upscaling is Samsung’s promise to make sure that any content, whether it be SD, HD or Full HD, can be viewed with full Ultra Hd 4K clarity on your TV screen thanks to a proprietary process of noise reduction and signal filtering. This is a toll order to fulfill as numerous other 4K TVs, even those made by Samsung, have often been unable to create meaningful differences for conventional HD content when presenting it on 4K screens.
Auto Depth enhancer automatically enhances parts of each image presented on your screen by analyzing them and adjusting contrast in a way that will create greater depth. This ties into the HU9000’s UHD Dimming technology, which also enhances image depth in your screen by automatically dimming LEDs behind darker areas of the screen. According to Samsung and numerous other reviews, this greatly reduces the Halo effect too.
PurColor and Wide Color Enhancer are complementary technological features that seek to dramatically expand the range of colors your screen shows, thus giving you a visual brilliance that’s completely on par with what was intended for the films, shows and games you play.
Like virtually all high end Samsung TVs, the HU9000 is loaded with plenty of both hardware and software based connectivity features.
For starters, the One Connect box is there and lets you simplify connections to your TV by inserting them into the ports on the box itself instead of directly to the back of the TV. Furthermore, because it’s an external connection box that connects to the HU9000 via a single cable, upgrading your connections down the road is much easier.
Connections that come standard in the HU9000 include 4 HDMI 2.0 ports, 3 USB ports that are 4K capable, built in WiFi, an Ethernet connection port and ports for composite and component. It also supports HEVC and HDCP 2.2 connections.
Because the HDMI ports are 2.0 compliant, they’ll let you have the latest and best digital audio/video interface between your HU9000 and the 4K or UHD content of your Blu-ray, DVD player, tablets, computers or satellite box.
Finally, the screen mirroring technology that comes with the HU9000 lets you wirelessly stream content from the TV screen to any other mobile media such as tablets, laptops and smart phones you might have in your home.
There’s no doubt about it, at $4,500 the UN65HU9000 is an expensive 65 inch 4K TV, even by the standards of its counterparts from Samsung itself and LG or Sony but it’s also probably the best of all the 4K 65 inch TVs on the market today. So if you really want a truly powerful 4K capable home entertainment platform, this gadget will give you your money’s worth. A comparable cheaper version is the Samsung UN65F9000 which costs $3,000.
There really isn’t much that’s not so great about the HU9000. Its price is decidedly steep and if you wait just a year or two, it will probably go down while features increase even more. Furthermore, some reviewers of the HU9000 have complained that its 3D functionality is choppy and even unwatchable.
On a final note, if you just want great HD entertainment value and don’t really care about still scare 4K content, then save at least $3000 dollars and get yourself a conventional 1080p/HD TV.
• Exquisite 4K/UHD picture quality
• Superb rendering of regular HD content
• Smooth motion rendering with the quad core processor
• Complete and advanced wireless and cable connectivity
• Extraordinarily light for its size
• Powerful package of interactivity features
• Includes advanced Smart TV and 3D viewing
• The Samsung Evolution Kit
• The easy to upgrade One Connect Box
• This is one expensive 4K TV
• Somewhat lackluster 3D Viewing
• 4K TVs are going to get cheaper, so wait a bit longer