The Samsung U9000 has a lot of the elements that make for a good TV -- a nice design, stunning image and strong media features -- but a curved screen is not one of them.
At first blush the U9000 is a real looker that CNET calls "drop-dead gorgeous," with the curve adding a "unique, futuristic look" and Reviewed.com says it "looks stellar in a spacious, well-lit place." You can even wall-mount the TV, though Gizmodo Australia says "the bend makes the edges stick out further than flat panels, but not as much as you would think."
But while the U9000's design may look good, what really matters is the quality of the screen, and Reviewed.com says it's a "a brilliant performer when it comes to color production" and HD Guru finds it "nothing short of outstanding." How much of that amazing image is due to the curve? Well, while Gizmodo Australia says the "curve and the depth enhancer both serve to drag you into the image," CNET says it "didn't have any major effect on the picture aside from reducing reflections somewhat" and that in fact, the curve introduced a "slight bowtie shape."
Some other marquee features of the U9000 fared better -- while the apps include all of what Reviewed.com calls "the old guard" like Netflix and Hulu, it also adds "a whole host of new-and-improved games, plus a touchpad/cursor-equipped Samsung Smart Control that greatly improves the web browsing experience," and Gizmodo Australia says the Smart Hub UI is "a great way to give customers the content they want."
Though the curved screen and 4K resolution are the main selling points of this set, neither of those are reasons to buy it. Instead, buy it for its fantastic image quality packaged into a stunning form factor.
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