Week One Review
“Why travel when you can see the world through your TV”
– Dad, 2014
Not everyone would agree with the above statement but when the Samsung 65H8000 arrived on the morning of 1 Nov 2014, I think I have to agree with my Dad.
What Is It?
The Samsung 65H8000 is a 65inch Curved TV that sits at the top of Samsung’s 2014 range. It is an extremely classy piece of hardware that promises to make awesome just about anything you can possibly throw at it (well… not physically of course). My coverage of this impressive TV would be over six weeks and I bring to you my Week One Coverage – First Impressions!
Why Does It Matter?
The Curved TV is Samsung’s answer at addressing the dilemma of the modern living room – what size should the TV be? Would a large TV be out of place in the relatively small living room of a typical Singaporean HDB flat? Based on my last 72 hours with the 65H8000, Samsung has provided a satisfactory solution – a Curved TV offering that sense of scale and immersion without overwhelming you or your living room.
At 65 inches, there is no doubt that the 65H8000 is a gigantic TV but it is definitely not hefty or bulky. Rather, it is a majestic piece of hardware. One of my favorite design aspects of the 65H8000 is none other than its fantastically thin black bezel. What it does is that it forms a faint border that does not distract one’s viewing experience. The curved screen sits on the Aero Stand – an effective yet elegant T-shaped stand that supports the TV with its curved silver legs. The 65H8000 is set to be one of the best looking pieces in any one’s living room.
Do not be deceived by its small size or apparent lack of buttons – the Samsung Smart Remote is an integral part of the 65H8000. Firstly, it possesses a built-in touchpad and a motion sensor. The touchpad allows the user to easily swipe and navigate the on-screen menus. The motion sensor allows you to use the Smart Remote like a pointer (think Nintendo WiiMote) to navigate the TV screen. Secondly, the Smart Remote also allows for voice activation so if you ever feel like speaking commands to your TV instead of trying to wave the remote like a wand, you have that option readily available. Lastly and perhaps more importantly, the Smart Remote is also a Universal Remote. It has worked seamlessly with my StarHub TV Set-top box and also my Sony PlayStation 4 for Blu-Ray playback.
The Image Quality
The best part about the 65H8000 is none other than its beautiful image quality. From StarHub HD TVB Dramas to Bluray movies, the 65H8000 rendered all the different scenes with such crisp detail. I started to notice details that I have never done before. Not only do the colors pop, the blacks are also inky without any loss of detail. For example, the snow particles in Disney’s Frozen never looked more intricate. Olaf, the lovable snowman, looked like he was right in front of you! As Elsa (Idina Menzel) belted out “Let It Go”, she also seems to be beckoning me to let go of my old TV and fully embrace the sheer beauty of the 65H8000.
Before and After – Concluding Thoughts
Coming from an old HD-Ready 42inch Plasma TV, the 65H8000 has made a significant difference to my living room in the last 72 hours. The increased screen size and much improved image quality have filled in all the former empty space around my old TV. Just like that poor actor shown on my old TV, I can’t imagine all that detail I have been missing out on. My first impressions of the 65H8000 have been extremely pleasant and I look forward to spending more time with this awesome TV with hopes that it’ll live up to its name as a top-of-the-line unit.
That’s all for now, folks! If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact me via Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. Please let me know if there’s any specific feature you would like me to test for you, I’ll do my best to get back to you. In the coming weeks, I’ll be doing specific Feature Spotlights and tests with other devices such as the AppleTV, Google Chromecast, Sony PlayStation 4 and the Nintendo WiiU. So Stay tuned as I bring you more details on the Samsung 65H8000!
It might be too early to say this but hey, I think I’m in love with my new TV!
Author’s note – This post is made as part of the Samsung Curved TV Opinion Leader Facebook Contest. Please note that all opinions expressed here are mine and do not represent Samsung.
Check out the Secret TV Log
The TV has also printed what seems to be like a journal or log of some sort. It seems like it is reporting on its first week?! I’ll try to post more whenever I get them but you can check out its first week report here (this is a parody!):