A superbly performing—and exceptionally inexpensive—Ultra HDTV that looks great with today’s 1080p content.Read the full review →
With all the features manufacturers have been putting into 4K sets, like curved screens and large speakers, it can be easy to forget that the heart of 4K is the picture. The Samsung U8550 series delivers a solid 4K experience without all the bells and whistles that would jack up the price.
The U8550 might not curve like the more higher-end U9000, but Reviewed.com says "trim bezels and a very narrow panel lend this television a modern air." The user interface is also attractive and easy to use, with LCD TV Buying Guide noting that it hits "the mark with ... user interface and intuitive navigation" and "Samsung really pays attention to the details," calling it "one of the best options for a good smart TV experience."
… show more So the design looks good and so does the interface, but what about the picture itself? Reviewed.com notes it exhibits "healthy black levels and bright, vibrant white levels" as well as "impressive shadows and satisfying highlights, thanks to the TV's Smart LED local dimming." Home Theater Review did note "some minor brightness-uniformity issues," but Reviewed.com says "its uniformity is much better than standard edge-lit LED performance" and overall, the U8550 "is a testament to what the newest models are capable of."
The Samsung U8550 may not deliver as good a picture as the U9000 or the Panasonic AX800, but for a price that's about $1000 cheaper, it's still a solid option.
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So unless you absolutely need the highest performance pedigree, the HU8550 is a decent 4K option. ... You'd be hard-pressed to notice a major difference in normal lighting conditions, though—and you'll definitely notice an extra $1,000 in your wallet.Read the full review →
If you want the best, most home-theater-worthy performance that Samsung has to offer in a flat LED/LCD, the HU8550 Series is the choice for 2014.Read the full review →
The HU8550 is a great television, and we at HD Guru award it 4 out of 5 Hearts.Read the full review →
An important thing to note is the flat design keeps the price down. You still get some of the best picture quality from an LED TV, and it's 4K. We have also seen that the differences a curved screen has are very minimal when it comes to viewing angles.Read the full review →
Great TV set for internet geeks and those who love to play with different features , like voice control or gesture mode . It is powerful to play 4k video and looks into the future. Very balanced Tv , but it is not ideal.Read the full review →