Samsung UN55B8000 LCD HDTV First Impressions Review
From our limited hands-on testing of the UN55B8000 at CES in Las Vegas, we were impressed with the display.
Tour & Design
The front of the UN55B8000 is a statement in minimalism; apart from a series of barely distinguishable touch controls on the bottom left corner and a rather demure Samsung logo at the bottom, there is nothing on the matte black bezel to distract from the image on the screen. In fact, the controls in the bottom left are very easy to miss, so Samsung is no doubt assuming that this will be mostly controlled from the remote.
The back of the UN55B8000 is a similarly minimalist statement as the front; only a handful of ports are on the right side of the back. The cable in the middle is a security cable that won't be present on the actual shipping units; it is there to stop people like us walking off with the TV from the CES show. The 4 screws are for the VESA mounting points, which allows the TV to be mounted on any standard wall mount. At the bottom, you can see the rotating stand.
The back of the UN55B8000
Because this TV is so thin, there isn't much room for any features on the sides. So, there aren't any; the sides are merely there to stop the front and back from bumping into each other.
The UN55B8000is extremely thin
The stand of the UN55B8000 is built around a simple pivot, where the TV rotates around a piece of transparent plastic. This adds to the stylish look; at first glance, it looks a bit like the display is hovering above the surface. For the wall mount solution, Samsung has a new wall mount that they claim reduces the gap between the wall and the TV to a paltry 0.6 inches, which will further enhance the stylish look of the TV.
*The stand for the UN55B8000 is a simple, elegant affair made of transparent plastic
*Samsung's new wall mount has a gap of just 0.6 inches between the wall and the TV
Overall, the Series 8 8000 is a very stylish display, with a clean, elegant design that is extremely appealing, in a subtle, understated way.