Samsung TU7000 4K HDR TV Review

Samsung TU7000

UN55TU7000 2160p 60Hz Smart LED/LCD TV

Review Summary
Samsung TU7000

Product Name: TU7000FXZA

Product Description: 7 Series | 4K HDR | Ultra-fast Crystal Processor | Auto Game Mode | Tizen powered smart TV OS | Crystal Display

Brand: Samsung

  • Samsung UN55TU7000

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Model year: 2020

Screen size reviewed: 55”

Bottom Line:

Samsung’s TU7000 is a decent entry-level 4K TV. It offers very good contrast and black level performance. Color reproduction is also good, delivering tonally accurate and well-saturated colors. It offers a very good Tizen OS smart TV platform offering plenty of apps with an almost endless supply of entertainment options. It also provides good 4K and 1080p HD performance delivering sharp and detailed picture images with very good clarity.

The TU7000 does have its shortcomings in the areas of HDR performance which lacks in high peak brightness output and no wide color gamut for expanded color range. However, if these performance deficiencies won’t be an issue for you, then have a look at this otherwise solid performing 4K smart LED/LCD TV.


With stand: (W x H x D) 48.4″ x 30.6″ x 9.8″

Without stand: (W x H x D) 48.4″ x 27.8″ x 2.4″


With stand: 31.3 lbs.

Without stand: 30.6 lbs.

Warranty:  One year parts and labor


  • Very good contrast and black level performance
  • Delivers good picture detail and clarity
  • Color accuracy
  • Excellent gaming TV, very low input lag – approx. 9.5 ms
  • Good 4K upscaling of non 4K content


  • Contrast and color saturation loss at wide viewing angles
  • Limited HDR and peak brightness
  • No wide color gamut for HDR content
  • Only two HDMI inputs


Samsung’s standard lineup (basic models) for 2020 currently consists of four models. This could change as the year progresses as additional models may be added. However, this is only speculation on my part. In the meantime, the two latest basic models currently available are the TU8000 and the TU7000, the latter being the focus of this review.

The TU7000 is an entry-level 4K model and is available in a wide range of screen sizes which include: 43” ($299.99), 50” ($349.99), 55” ($399.99), 58” ($449.99), 65” ($549.99), 70” ($749.99), and 75 inches ($999.99).

Design & Features

Samsung TU7000 side view

Side view

The TU7000 is a good looking TV, especially for an entry-level model. Its overall appearance is sleek and well-refined with an ultra-thin bezel surrounding its semi-gloss coated screen surface. The slim bezel design that the TU7000 showcases was once only found on much more expensive models, but has now become commonplace on many of the flat panel designs currently being manufactured; this gives the TU7000 a much classier, and dare I say, expensive look.

The TU7000 uses edge-lit LED backlighting to illuminate the screen and doesn’t local dimming capability.

The TU7000 contains two solidly made feet that are easily inserted (pressed) into the bottom of the TV – no screws or tools required. The feet (stand) gives the TV very good stability with a minimal amount of wobble when I gently rocked the panel back and forth.

The TU7000’s panel depth is quite thin and measures approximately 2.4” deep. Overall, the TU7000 is solidly constructed and doesn’t appear or feel cheaply made.

Feature highlights:

  • Crystal Display – for crystal-clear colors that are fine-tuned to deliver a naturally crisp and vivid picture
  • Crystal Processor 4K – for 4K upscaling of non 4K content
  • Boundless Design – ultra-thin Bezel-less design appearance
  • Tizen powered smart TV OS
  • Auto Game Mode (ALLM) – automatically optimizes the screen and minimizes input lag, giving you more control. Enjoy a smooth gaming experience without motion blur and judder
  • HDR10+, HDR10 and HLG high dynamic range formats supported
  • PurColor color processing
  • Motion Rate 120 for motion blur reduction (60Hz refresh rate)
  • Basic remote – no voice recognition feature
  • Works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant devices
  • 802.11ac built-in Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth connectivity (ver. 4.2)


  • 2 HDMI 2.0b inputs – HDCP 2.2 compliant
  • 1 Digital optical output
  • 1 USB 2.0 input
  • 1 Ethernet port
  • 1 RF input for antenna/cable signals
  • Bluetooth wireless audio streaming to a compatible speaker or set of headphones
  • eARC – HDMI input #2


The TU7000 is a decent and solid performing TV – at least with the unit I used for this review. That doesn’t mean it didn’t have any performance issues, which it did. I’ll get to that in a moment. But first, let’s talk about what I did like about the TU7000. In my opinion and viewing observations with this TV, I felt its strongest picture quality attributes to be its contrast and black level performance. The contrast ratio was excellent which allowed for very good black level performance while viewing dark content.

Black screen uniformity was good on this display, showing an even tone of black across the entire screen. There was also very little blooming detected when viewing a white object set against a black screen. This TV will serve most viewers well while viewing in a dark room.

Although not great, color rendering was good on this TV without being calibrated. Colors were nicely saturated and tonally accurate. And I was generally pleased with the TU7000’s color presentation even though it doesn’t have wide color gamut capability which would have allowed this TV to display a wider color range when viewing HDR content.

Another area where the TU7000 delivered good performance was with detail and clarity. I was impressed with the amount of detail and clarity I saw for an entry-level TV when viewing 4K images. The images were sharp and refined allowing me to see fine detail in the images I viewed, whether they were close up shots of objects or outdoor shots of buildings or landscape foliage.

What I didn’t like or what could have been better with the TU7000’s performance:

As with most LED/LCD TVs, the TU7000 didn’t have good wide-angle viewing performance when viewing the TV at wide-angles. In fact, I felt it was slightly below what I would typically see with more costly TVs.

Motion handling was generally decent, however, you may experience some slight motion trails behind fast-moving objects depending on the content you are viewing.

HDR peak brightness is not very good on this TV and won’t give you the best performance when viewing HDR content. So this is something you should strongly consider if you want a TV that delivers high peak brightness which will allow for good to very good HDR performance. HDR performance was also hindered by this TV’s lack of wide color gamut capability.

SDR (standard dynamic range) or standard peak brightness is adequate enough (depending on your picture mode setting) to view this TV in all but the brightest of rooms that have lots of natural lighting, i.e., bright sunlight and glare. So keeps this in mind if your room setup has these extreme viewing conditions. has posted “real scene” SDR (standard dynamic range) peak brightness at 233 nits, and HDR (high dynamic range) peak brightness at 248 nits.

Sound quality – As with most budget flat-panel TVs, the TU7000’s sound quality isn’t great and is typical of what is usually found on TVs in this price class. The bass response is lean an doesn’t provide much impact. The midrange frequencies provide the most sound output delivering clear and clean sound. Dialog was discernable even at higher output levels. I do recommend a soundbar with this TV if you want to take your audio experience to the next level and enjoy much better sound quality.


If you’re looking for a decent performing 4K TV and not expecting it to do more than what it was designed for, then take a look at Samsung’s TU7000. For an entry-level model, it gets the job done with the exception of certain performance limitations, namely HDR, peak brightness output and wide color gamut capability. If these performance traits are important to you then I suggest you look elsewhere, such as a Samsung QLED model, that’s if you want to stay with the Samsung brand name.

Samsung TU7000 room view


You may also like this review of the Samsung QLED Q80T.

Check out Samsung’s complete lineup of their 2020 standard 4K TVs here.


  • Alexandre Métraux

    Hello, I read your 2 articles about the Samsung RU7100 (2019) and TU7000 (2020). I am currently hesitating between these 2 models because I cannot know which is the best. Is the 2020 model equivalent or better than the 2019 model in image quality? The number of HDMI port is not important to me … Thanks in advance!

    • Hi Alexandre,

      Even though I reviewed both models, I can’t tell you specifically which model has the best image quality without doing a side by side comparison which is not possible since I don’t have access to both TVs at the same time. And I can’t go off of memory alone. That being said, I have read info comparing the RU8000 (2019 model) and TU8000 (2020 model) stating that the RU8000 has better performance than the TU8000. So using this info as a guide, there is a strong possibility that the TU7000 will not perform as well as the RU7100.
      This is only speculation on my part.

      Hope this helps

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  • Will I be able to hard wire audio output to my amp as I can currently do with my Samsung mini-connector to RCA inputs?

    • Hi Kerry,

      If you are referring to a standard 3.5mm mini connector to RCA adaptor, then you won’t be able to connect your amp using your adaptor since the TU7000 doesn’t have an analog audio 3.5mm output port.

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  • Martin Goldenberg

    I have intermittent problems when I turn on the TV. Screen is blotchy and looks like infra red. I got a new cable box didn’t make a difference. wonder if its a power problem with optimum. It’s a brand new Samsung Tu7000 I only have it one week…Help

    • Hi Martin,

      Sorry to hear you’re having an issue with your TU7000. Try doing a “factory reset” within the TV’s menu. After doing a factory reset, do a power cycle by unplugging the TV from its power source (wall outlet, surge protector). If this doesn’t solve your issue, you most likely have a defective TV. I would then exchange it.

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  • I have a TU7000 just bought some days ago, there seems to be a lag when scrolling through channels, streaming services or any options on the screen. Did you experience this issue when performing your tests? Overall the TV is perfect for where I have it. I really enjoy the clarity and colors since I do have it in a room where not too much natural light comes through. The only issue I have is this darn lag. I’m considering exchanging maybe for the LG UM7300 which is still within my budget if this is lag issue is across all TU7000 units.

    • Hi Angel,

      I didn’t experience any lag time. I suggest you power cycle your video sources if you haven’t already done so. Also, do a factory reset on the TV from the TV’s menu and see if this helps your situation. Furthermore, double check your device connections.

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  • Regarding user bugs and issues, Samsung suggests making sure that your TV has the latest firmware. Apparently many user issues have been addressed in the more recent updates. If connected to the internet, you can update the firmware in the settings. Probably other offline ways as well, but I did not look them up.

  • Can I add apps such as YouTube TV, Disney+? I have the TU 7000 model

    • Hi Mary Rivera,

      Yes, you can add apps to the TU7000 including YouTube TV and Disney +. I have provided a link (here) to Samsung’s website to help you install apps.

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  • Hi Milton, my name is also Milton. Just wanted to say hi! I just bought this TV and stumbled across your review. Thanks for the insight Milton!

    • Hey Milton,

      Thanks for checking in. I don’t meet too many people with our namesake. Hope you’re enjoying your TU7000.

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  • what about sound quality

    • Hi Ed,

      As with most budget flat-panel TVs, the TU7000’s sound quality isn’t great and is typical of what is usually found on TVs in this price class. The bass response is lean an doesn’t provide much impact. The midrange frequencies provide the most sound output delivering clear and clean sound. Dialog was discernable even at higher output levels. I do recommend a soundbar with this TV if you want to take your audio experience to the next level and enjoy much better sound quality.

      I will add these comments to the review.

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  • Thank you for a great review. I have some questions.

    Would you recommend this tv for gaming?

    I have a PS4 and plan on getting a PS5.

    Would this tv be able to handle high performance consoles?

    If not what tv would you recommend?

    • Hi Jourdan Wells

      The TU7000 is a very good TV for gaming and provides excellent low input lag as I mentioned in the review. You should see good results when using a PS4 and the upcoming PS5 as well. The TU7000 doesn’t offer VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) technology which would enhance your gameplay. If you think you may want a TV with advanced gaming features like VRR, and you want to stick with the Samsung brand, then you will have to step up to the Q70T. You may also want to consider one of LG’s NanoCell 4K LED TVs that offer VRR.

      Thank you for your positive feedback on this review. Much appreciated.

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  • Can I connect this tv to my jbl professional eon one pro portable?

    • Hi Vincent,

      I’m not familiar with the JBL Professional Eon Pro Portable. So not sure if I can help answer this question with certainty, I did some quick research and found that the JBL device does have a pair of RCA inputs and one 3.5mm input. However, the TU7000 does not have outputs for either of these connections. So you would not be able to connect the TV to the JBL using those connections. But you may be able to pair the two devices using Bluetooth, but I don’t know for sure if they will pair with one another.

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  • I am 86 years old and hearing impaired. Recently, I saw a TV that had closed captions on all its stations. I want closed captions for dramas primarily, What can you suggest?

    • Hi Paul Jonson,

      All modern TVs have the ability to decode closed caption content. However, the TV show you are watching must be encoded with the captioning, or for live TV, a stenographer listens to the broadcast and types the words. All you have to do then is turn on the TV’s closed captioning function to see the captioning.

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  • My TCL Smart tv went black after purchasing it three years ago. I tried everything to get it to show a picture on the screen with no luck.
    We are seriously looking at a TU7000 Samsung. From what the salesman said the TCL will black out on you. Where the Samsung TVs are better quality and last longer. That does sound correct to you?
    Thanks, John Diaz

    • Hi John,

      Generally speaking, Samsung TVs are of better quality and reliability when compared to TCL models. However, over the past couple of years, TCL TV’s overall picture quality has improved (especially with their 6 and 8 Series) with the possible exception of DSE (Dirty Screen Effect) which can vary from unit to unit.

      I would also like to add that the issue you are having with your TCL TV after three years of use can and may happen with any brand, including Samsung. So, in my opinion, it would not be entirely accurate for anyone to single out TCL as the only manufacturer having this issue.

      Samsung’s TU7000 is an entry-level model so don’t expect great picture quality. In fact, in my opinion, and experience, TCL’s 6 Series has better overall picture quality than the TU7000.

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  • What is the basic difference between the TU7000 &TU8000? I am using a Net gear modem & a Orbi Router wireless. Is one better then the other for this set up. Also a conventional antenna. It is hooked up to a Toshiba Fire TV edition 43” which worked for about 2 years & now is not , they don’t know why . Thank you Milton

    • Hi Jim,

      The TU7000 and TU8000 have very similar picture quality with a slight edge going to the TU8000. I haven’t done a review of the TU8000, but according to info I have gathered, the TU8000 has slightly better contrast, color and detail. Featurewise, the TU8000 has additional features not found on the TU7000 and include: Ambient Mode, Game Motion Plus, better remote control, Bixby voice recognition built-in (on the TU7000 you must use external devices), a composite video input, 3 HDMI inputs (2 HDMI inputs – TU7000) and 2 USB inputs (1 USB input -TU7000).

      As far as modem and router connectivity, both TVs should achieve the same results. Conventional antenna hookup should also achieve the same results.

      Hope this helps.

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  • Hello Milton!

    I wanted to use this tv as a secondary monitor/screen for my laptop/workstation. Any pros/cons based on this specific model and what alternative TVs would be better geared for this purpose if this would not be recommended? It would be for general use, PowerPoints and video production.

    • Hi Greg,

      The TU7000 will do just fine as a secondary monitor for your laptop/workstation for the intended purpose you stated in your comments.

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  • I’m taking this TV abroad. Is it 110v-240v? In other words, can I plug it into an outlet in Europe as long as I change the prongs to fit into the outlet?

    • Hi Adam,

      According to Samsung support, this model does not have dual voltage capability. However, I have found info online that claims many past Samsung models do have dual voltage capability even though the back panel of the TV only states one type of voltage, ie 110/120 AC, but the power supply boards on the inside of the TV are engraved with the input as 100-240v 50/60Hz. I don’t know if that is the case with the TU7000. And I don’t suggest opening the back panel to find out. With that said, I would just go with the claim from Samsung stating it is rated for 110/120V only.

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  • Milton, I am looking to purchase a new TV (65 Inch or 55 Inch) and I have two Samsungs in mind. One is the Samsung NU6900 (2018 model) and the other is Samsung 7 series (2020 model). We will be just hooking up cable and VCR on this TV; no gaming will be done as gaming is on another TV. Which one would you recommend.

    • Hi Colleen,

      The TVs you are considering are both entry models and have very similar picture quality that I would consider decent. You mentioned you would be hooking up a VCR and I assume the VCR has composite outputs to connect to the TV. Neither the NU6900 nor TU7000 have composite inputs so you won’t be able to connect the VCR using that method. I would suggest using the Tuner connections on the VCR and TV to connect the VCR, but that will not work either since the VCR most likely puts out an analog signal whereas the TVs will only process a digital signal.

      Your only other option to connect the VCR to the TV is to use an RCA to HDMI HDMI converter like the one shown here
      That being said, either model would be fine for your intended purpose.

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  • I am in the process of cutting the cord to cable and moving to YouTube TV. You mentioned that you could add YouTube TV — does that eliminate the need for buying a Roku? And if so, for those purposes, is the Samsung remote as good as the separate Roku? — for example, the ability to use voice to change programs and channel.
    –and in this regard, is there any difference between the 7000 and the 8000?
    Thx for your help.

    • Hi Bob,

      As far as eliminating a Roku streaming device depends on whether or not you want to enjoy all of the program options Roku has to offer. I personally prefer the vast amount of content available on Roku when compared to Samsung’s smart TV platform. I also prefer to use a dedicated Roku remote when using the Roku smart platform since it was designed for that purpose and I like its user-friendliness and simplicity. The TU7000’s remote doesn’t have voice recognition control but the Roku remote does have a voice recognition feature (depending on which streaming player you buy) to access apps/content and control certain TV functions.

      The TU8000 does have a remote with a voice recognition feature. Other than that, the TU7000 and TU8000 provide the same smart TV features

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  • We have a TIVO Romaro that we love. Will it work with smart TV’s. This will be our first smart TV purchase.

    • Hi Darlene,

      Yes, your TIVO Roamio will work with smart TVs. You will still connect your antenna to the TIVO’s antenna input to receive Over-the-Air broadcast channels. And then use the HDMI output from the TIVO and connect to a smart TV.

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  • BestBuys site says this is “direct” lit, not edge lit, as you claim. Which one is it specifically? Also, BestBuy lists the remote as “Smart,” which I assume would be voice, and you say no. Again, any clarity?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Hi Matt,

      To the best of my knowledge, the TU7000 is edge-lit. Other sources also claim this TV uses edge-lit backlighting. As for the remote, I can assuredly say the TU7000 uses a standard remote with no voice control. The step-up TU8000, however, is supplied with Samsung’s “OneRemote” smart remote with voice control.

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  • Hi Milton,
    I recently bought an amplifier and speakers and need a new TV set for my family karaoke. Which TV would you recommend as we use Youtube as the source for our karaoke songs?
    Thanks for your time in advance. God bless your family and you!

    • Hi Richard,

      If YouTube will be the only or your primary use of the TV, then a basic entry-level model like the Samsung TU7000 will do just fine.

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      • Considering a TU 8000 Samsung. Don’t need many bells and whistles. However, It will be mounted on table or wall in newly constructed covered screened porch – 4 -feet + – and except for ambient air, will be dry. Any issues concern you?

        • Hi Steve,

          There are many things to consider when using an indoor TV for outdoor use. I have provided a link (click here) to an article regarding this issue. It reiterates my thoughts exactly.

          Thanks for your comments.

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  • My son has had his TV for about 4 months and when he turns it on it’s a black screen with a small picture of what looks to be possibly a USB hookup with a red triangular exclamation next to it. We have tried to reset it to factory setting but have been unsuccessful. All the TV is capable of is turning off/on with remote. I’ve tried to google the image he has but cannot find it anywhere. Please help…

    • Hi Lisa,

      Sorry to hear about your TU7000 issue. It sounds like you couldn’t do a factory reset because the screen is black, right?

      If there is a USB connected to the TV, remove it. Also, check and change the TV inputs from the remote control and see if you can get a picture from a different source.
      You can also try unplugging the TV for a few minutes and plugging it back in.

      You can also call Samsung customer support to see if they can help.

      If these steps don’t resolve your issue, you may have a defective TV.

      Hope this helps.

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