Samsung UN55ES8000 LED LCD HDTV Review$3,749.00
Resolution & Formats
The ES8000 supports all ATSC/NTSC resolutions and formats.
As you can see from the chart below, the UN55ES8000 offers a generous viewing angle of about 45° from center in either direction, giving it a total viewing angle of a little under 90°. While this isn't nearly as good as the average plasma, it's really very good for a TV using LCD technology, and will comfortably allow perfect contrast viewing for 5-6 people spread across a room, at least.
The ES8000 did alright on our motion performance tests. We were pleased to see a total lack of artifacts, though there were some problems with shape trailing and distortion during more complicated moving pictures. For the most part, objects such as framed pictures and hatched brickwork maintained their clarity, though there was some blurring. While the TV had no problem supporting the color and shape integrity of the objects in motion, it could have done a better job preserving the clarity of the images themselves.
The ES8000 has a very uniform, almost perfect screen on either a full black or full white scale. LCD TVs often suffer from problems with flashlighting at their corners or sudden jumps in gamma across the center areas of the screen, but the ES8000, impressively, suffered from none of these problems. It's deep and black across the entire screen, and uniformly white and smooth, when displaying black or white, respectively. To put it more simply, we were very impressed.