Samsung UN55ES8000 LED LCD HDTV Review$3,749.00
Samsung’s ES8000 series is the company's high-end flagship for 2012, and it shows.
The amount of extra features and interfacing options on this TV are quite staggering: a traditional remote, Samsung's new smart remote, and an IR blaster all come in the box. Outside of the traditional remote infrastructure, the ES8000 series features voice and motion controls, as well as a built-in camera. These are, easily, the most daring new features on the HDTV market at the moment. To the best of our knowledge, no other company has yet attempted to integrate voice recognition and motion tracking software into a television. The ES8000 also boasts dual-core processors, which handle various tasks to boost its internet speed and browser interface, as well as speeding up most of its interface-based processes.
With all of this new and rather flashy technology, it seems more important than ever that this rather expensive high-end series from Samsung have the bite to match its bark: namely, whether it balances function with all of its form will determine if its really worth an MSRP just shy of $4000. At such a price, it's hard for a customer review to be unbiased--after all, if you spent that much on a TV, you'd want it to be the best of the best. Has Samsung jumped the gun on this technology, or is it truly the revelation of TV control that it ought to be?
After the usual battery of tests, we've discovered that not only has Samsung poured a lot of work and research into the ES8000's new interfacing features, they've also done an excellent job fine-tuning this TV's core performance. A splendid viewing angle, accurate color reproduction, and an impressive maximum contrast ratio ensure that the UN55ES8000 is a stronger core performer than previous years' flagships, on top of all the neat new stuff it does. For a more in-depth look at all of the innovative features this TV brings with it, check out all the details of Samsung's new, improved Smart TV Platform.