The UE55BU8500 is a 55 inch 4K TV from Samsung, launched in the year 2022. It features a 10-bit VA, IPS-ADS panel. The max. resolution it can display is 3840 x 2160 @ 60 Hz with a pixel density of 80 ppi.
After screen size and resolution, the next important feature of a display that will impact your viewing experience is its Color Gamut.
Samsung has not provided a color gamut rating for this TV. But don't worry, we have other means to guess that. Now, since the TV features amassive 55 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 is capable of producing color accurate images by default.
What is Color gamut ?
Color gamut specification of a TV is the measurement of the range of colors that the display can show.
What this means is, it determines the ability of a display to produce accurate colors. A TV 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(most popular), NTSC 1953, DCI P3 to name a few. It is upto the manufacturer which one they choose.
But don't worry, below is a chart that you can use to choose a TV with good color accuracy.
Now, after color gamut, the static contrast ratio of a TV has equally important role in picture quality.
Why its important?
A TV with low static contrast ratio will not produce deep enough blacks and can bleed backlight as shown in the images below:The image is an example of another display, it is not this one
The above TV's static contrast is 800:1. So make sure you get a TV with a static contrast of >= 1000:1. Ofcourse, More is better.
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, so lesser detail overall.
This TV comes with a static contrast ratio of 8000:1., good enough to produce deep blacks and eye-catching visuals. The panel comes with local dimming technology which is a plus.
HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma), HDR10+, HDR and HDR10 are also supported on this TV.
As for brightness, it is can produce a peak luminance of 250 nits. The backlight used on the panel is Edge LED.
If you are planning to use your TV just for content consumption, you can safely ignore these specs. But if you are also going to use the TV for gaming or use it as a PC monitor, make sure to get 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. So its a go-to TV if you are interested in gaming.
What is Input Lag and Why it matters ?
This lag is the amount of time at which key-presses or mouse movements changes the content of your display. For casual Non-FPS games, input lag doesn't matter much.
But ideally, look for a TV that has an input lag and response time of < 20ms.
Dimensions and Ergonomics
The width of this TV is 48.54 inches while its height is 30.48 inches. Speaking of thickness, it is 1 inches thick. Overall the TV weighs approximately 16.2 KGs (including stand). Without stand, it weighs 15.5 kgs. So plan your space accordingly.
Coming to ergonomics — If you plan to wall mount the TV, you can make use of the VESA mount provided with this TV, which by the way has an interface size of 200 x 200 mm. However, there is no Swivel, Tilt or Pivot feature support in this TV.
Hardware and Audio
The Samsung UE55BU8500 is powered by Quad Core CPU. However, we could'nt find any information on the total RAM on the TV's specsheet.
The UI on this TV is powered by Tizen 6.5 Operating System.
For display connectivity, there are 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.
Wireless connectivity options on the Samsung UE55BU8500 include a 5Ghz Wi-Fi, 2.5 Ghz Wi-Fi, Wifi-Direct, Bluetooth and DLNA.
The Audio unit of this TV is powered by 2 x 10W built-in speakers.
Now, coming to power consumption, this TV consumes 93 Watts on average and 0.5 Watts on standby.
For powering this unit, you'll require either a 110V or 220V outlet @ 50Hz-60Hz.