The UE50BU8000 is a 50 inch 4K TV from Samsung, launched in the year 2022. It features a 10-bit VA panel. It can display a maximum resolution of 3840 x 2160 with a refresh rate of 60 Hz and pixel density of 89 ppi.
After screen size and resolution, the next important feature to look for in a display is its Color Reproduction (defined by its color gamut specification).
This TV doesn't come with a color gamut specification, but don't worry, we have other means to guess that. Considering the TV features a big 50 inch screen, it won't come with a cheap panel, so here we can assume its equivalent sRGB coverage to be 90-100% or above. Undoubtedly The color quality on this TV will be Lifelike! Meaning it will produce color accurate images out of the box.
What Color Gamut means ?
Color gamut specification of a TV is a measure of the range of colors that the display can produce.
What this means is, it tells the ability of a display to produce accurate colors. A display with low color gamut coverage will miss out on some colors (such as deep red), the result would be a "washed out" picture quality.
It is specified in different units - sRGB,sRGB (standard RGB), NTSC, DCI P3 etc.
But you don't need to worry about that, below is a chart that will help you choosing a TV with good color accuracy.
Other than color accuracy, you should look at the static contrast specification as it impacts the picture quality substantially.
What is Static Contrast ?
There are 2 types of contrast specifications for a TV. Static and Dynamic. We are interested in static contrast ratio as dynamic doesn't matter much.
Static contrast specification tells the intensity of black levels. That is, a TV with SC ratio < 1000:1 will produce black images something like this:
Apart from this, such TVs are likely be prone to backlight bleeds that will rob your experience — as shown below.The image is an example of another display, it is not this one
Also note, static contrast ratio and resolution go hand in hand when it comes to details. To put it into perspective, a TV with low contrast ratio will show both dark gray and black as black, thus lesser detail overall.
This TV comes with a static contrast ratio of 8000:1., enough to display deep blacks and eye-catching visuals. The panel comes with local dimming technology which is a plus.
HDR is also supported on this TV in form of HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma), HDR10+, HDR and HDR10.
Coming to brightness, it is capable of producing a maximum luminance of 250 nits, which is powered by Edge LED backlight.
If you are planning to use your TV only for content consumption, you can ignore these specs. But if you are also planning to use the TV for playing games or use it as a PC monitor, you should take a TV that features the lowest input lag and response time.
The input lag on this TV is 8 ms and its minimum response time is N/A. For a TV, its the best you can get for gaming.
What is Input Lag and Why it matters ?
This lag is the latency at which key-presses or mouse movements changes the content of the TV. For casual Non-FPS games, input lag doesn't matter much.
Although for better experience, look for a TV that features an input lag and response time of less than 20ms.
Dimensions and Ergonomics
The TV measures 50 inches vertically and 44 inches horizontally. It is just 1 inches thick. It weighs 11.5 kilograms and an additional 0.3 kgs if you include stand. So plan your space accordingly.
Coming to ergonomics — VESA mount is supported on this TV with an interface size of 200 x 200 mm. Swivel, Tilt or Pivot features are not supported on this unit.
Hardware and Audio
The chipset of this TV is powered by 4-Core CPU. However, Samsung didn't provide any specification about the RAM on the TV's specsheet.
The UI on this TV is powered by Tizen 6.5 Operating System.
For display connectivity, Samsung has provided three HDMI 2.0 ports on this TV.
To connect USB devices, you will have two USB 2.0 ports. Other connectivity ports include — 1x Satellite In (F-type female), 1x Antenna (RF) (female), 1x CI+ 1.4 and 1x Ethernet RJ45.
For connecting to this TV wirelessly, the manufacturer has provided Wi-Fi (5Ghz + 2.5Ghz), Wifi-Direct, Bluetooth and DLNA.
Now, for audio, it is packaged with 2 x 10W speakers.
In terms of power consumption, it consumes 78 watts on average and 0.5 watts on standby.
Both 110V and 220V lines are supported on this unit.