Samsung UN65JS8500 4K Ultra HD TV Review

Samsung JS8500 Front View

A Quick Look at Samsung’s 4K SUHD 65″ JS8500 120Hz 3D Smart LED TV

Samsung’s SUHD models are the company’s best performing premium lineup of HDTVs. When first released, the SUHD Series only consisted of curved screen models which didn’t appeal to consumers that were interested in flat panel (non-curved) designs.

Fortunately, Samsung decided to release flat panel SUHD models for consumers that prefer this traditional display design. The JS8500 is part of this series and is Samsung’s best performing flat panel model, and shares this top position with the much more expensive 78″ JS8600. The JS8500 Series is available in 48″, 55″ and 65″ screen sizes.

Design/Features

JS8500 side view

Side View

Since the UN65JS8500 is part of the SUHD lineup, it contains most of the key performance features that are available in this series, with the exception of a few that are found in the curved SUHD models which include full-array backlighting, Precision Black Pro (JS9500 only) and X8 Octa-Core Processor.

I must point out, however, that the exclusion of the features mentioned above does not hinder the performance of the JS8500 which certainly provides excellent picture quality. More on this later.

The JS8500 represents a very handsome and eye appealing design. The silver bezel trim that surrounds the screen is reasonably thin and adds an attractive design element to the displays overall appearance.

The stand that supports the TV is fashioned in brushed silver and features a sleek T-shaped design which complements the TV’s display panel without drawing too much attention to itself. This stand also provides very good support for the TV and proved to provide sufficient stability for the display panel as I gently rocked it back and forth.

I normally don’t have much to say about the back panels of most HTDVs I review, but the JS8500 is one of those rare exceptions. I found the rippled, “yet smooth to the touch”, grey finish rear panel to be quite attractive and worth making a note of here.

Samsung JS8500 rear panel

Rear Panel

The 65″ glossy screen on this set is illuminated with edge-lit LED backlighting. Samsung has also incorporated local dimming in this backlighting scheme. This application uses Samsung’s Precision Black hardware-based local dimming and UHD Micro Dimming software-based dimming for increased contrast and black level performance. However, I must point out that this sort of local dimming is not nearly as effective as full-array backlighting with local dimming.

Other features include:

  • Nano-Crystal (quantum dot) color technology for enhanced color reproduction
  • HDR (High Dynamic Range) support for extended picture contrast and brightness with streamed and external HDR source
  • 10-bit display panel capable of displaying 10-bit content for increased color performance
  • A Quad-Core Processor for faster web browsing and enhanced media processing
  • HEVC/H.265 and VP9 encoding allows for 4K video streaming from service providers such as Netflix, Amazon Instant and YouTube
  • UHD 4K upscaling converts all non Ultra HD content to near 4K quality – this is ideal for viewing your 1080p blu-ray and standard DVD collection
  • Motion Rate 240 for motion blur reduction
  • Samsung Smart Hub smart TV platform with Tizen OS – this Smart Hub enables easy navigation and quick access to a variety of apps including Netflix, Vudu, HuluPlus, Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow and much more – this Smart Hub also offers a host of interactive capabilities

    Samsung Smart Touch Remote

    Smart Touch Remote

  • Smart Touch Remote – this compact remote’s built-in microphone is used to control the TV via voice commands, or the remote can be used like a mouse and simply point-and-click to operate TV functions.
  • Full web browser
  • Built-in 802.11ac Wi-Fi for a faster connection to your home network
  • Wi-Fi Direct which allows you to wirelessly connect to your mobile devices  without the use of a router
  • Direct TV RVU compatible
  • PlayStation Now PS3 game streaming
  • 3D capability – includes 1 pair of active 3D glasses

Connectivity

Samsung One Connect Mini

One Connect Mini

Many of the audio/video connections to this display are established via the included One Connect Mini. This box provides a single output proprietary connection directly to the display which will make for minimal cable clutter going to the back of the TV. The One Connect Mini contains as noted:

  • 4 HDMI 2.0a inputs (HDCP 2.2 compliant)
  • 1 Component video input (rear of TV)
  • 1 Composite video input (rear of TV
  • 3 USB inputs (1 on rear of TV)
  • 1 Ethernet input (rear of TV)
  • 1 RF input for antenna/cable/satellite (rear of TV)
  • 1 Digital optical audio output
  • 1 Stereo minijack output (rear of TV)

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