REVIEW / Samsung UE55ES7000

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Pierre-Jean Alzieu Published on July 23, 2012
Updated on December 4, 2013
Translated by Catherine Barraclough
 
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SPECIFICATIONS

  • Screen size 55 inches
  • Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • HD compatibility (1080i/720p) Yes
  • HD Ready certification Yes
  • Brightness NC
  • Contrast ratio NC
This model is the 55'' version of the 40'' Samsung UE40ES7000 TV that we tested in our labs. For more information about the ES7000, please therefore go to our review of the Samsung UE40ES7000.

Everything we said in the Samsung UE40ES70000 review holds true for this model—the only thing that's different is the screen size!

Sometimes manufacturers fit the different sized models of a given television with panels from different sources. In such cases, our comments are only valid for a specific size of a given TV, fitted with the panel that we originally tested. Contrast, black levels, colour fidelity and ghosting are all subject to change from one panel to another. When different panels are used, we'll be sure to let you know about it!

Manufacturers who do use the same panel in all the various sized TVs sold under a given model number can expect the same results across the whole range. The only factor that could be prone to slight variation is the brightness, producing a slightly different contrast. However, according to our own tests, and assurances from manufacturers, the results of one TV can accurately be applied to other sized models in the series when the same panel is used.
Our Recommended Settings

After trying and testing the various options in the internal menu, for watching films, we found the best settings were "Movie" mode with colour temperature set to "Warm 1". Users looking for super-smooth, fluid images should set "Motion Plus" to "Standard". This minimises judder without affecting image quality.

For low-resolution sources (DVD, SD TV, etc.), you're better off leaving upscaling to a latest-generation console (PS3, XBOX 360, etc.). If you don't have a console, try upping the sharpness setting to artificially increase image definition.

Our Readings (with the above settings):

Contrast: 3070:1
Black: 0.07 cd/m²
Gamma: 4.6 / 5
Delta E: 3.6
Average discrepancy across display: 8%
Viewing angles: 2.2 / 5
Power use: 163 W
Media player: 3.8 / 5

See also: How do we test TVs?

PROS

  • Good 3D picture quality
  • Accurate colours: average Delta E = 3.6
  • Good contrast: 3070:1
  • Effective motion interpolation
  • Low power use: 163 W
  • Practical touch-control remote
  • Media player supports loads of file formats

CONS

  • Slight clouding in the model we tested
  • Viewing angles are a bit tight
  • Glossy screen is prone to reflections

CONCLUSION 4/5

The Samsung ES7000 is a good TV. If, like us, you're not fussed about the motion and voice control systems, the ES6300 is a more affordable alternative that offers similar performances. Pickier users will no doubt prefer the slightly more accurate colours and marginally deeper blacks in this model, but the difference in quality is very slight.
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