The Samsung TU7000 is Samsungs entry level model for the year 2020. Today, we’re gonna see how it performs compared to their previous model from 2018, the NU6900 and see if there are any improvements or not.
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After that, we’re looking at the motion handling, input lag, and sound, and then we’ll wrap it up with an overview and quickly compare it to the Sony X800H. If you wanna skip right to our test results, checkout the links in the description below.
We bought the fifty five inch TU7000 to test, but it’s also available in many other sizes. We expect the other sizes to have very similar picture quality, but we have heard rumours that there is a chance that the 43 inch and 75 inch models are not using a VA panel.
The design of the TU7000 is basically identical to the TU8000. The main difference between the two? It’s really just the feet, and with the TU7000, you’ll notice that it’s not angling out as much as the TU8000, but it is still the same wide footprint.
Unfortunately, the stand is still a little wobbly. The good news? This year there’s no need for a screwdriver since the feet just pop right in. To control the TV there’s a single button placed directly underneath the Samsung logo which is at the centre of the TV.
With this one button, you can control the power, inputs, channels and volume, just like on the previous Samsung models from last year. The borders on the TV are pretty thin and won’t be distracting.
Taking a look at the side, you’ll notice that it’s not too thick, coming in at two point thirty-two inches. The borders match the TU8000 with the 3-sided bezel less design and if you look at the back, you are going to see that it has the same design etched onto it.
On the back of the TV you’re also going to see all the inputs. For the TU7000 all the inputs are pointed sideways. Here is where you’ll find 2 HDMI ports, 1 USB, an optical audio port, composite in, a tuner and an ethernet port.
Now, let’s talk picture quality. We’ll be comparing to currently available TVs but competing models might change as new TVs are released throughout the year. For an updated comparison with new models as we buy and test them, see the review page on our website which is linked below.
To start off with we’ll look at contrast ratio. This is the relative brightness of the brightest white areas versus the darkest black areas in a scene. It’s usually considered one of the most important aspects of picture quality, since a high contrast ratio helps dark scenes to appear more detailed without losing any details in the grey.
The contrast ratio is excellent and it’s to be expected on a VA panel. It’s about 5000:1, which will give you deep looking blacks, especially in a dark room. Unfortunately, this is only an edge lit TV and there isn’t any local dimming that would improve the contrast ratio.
If you were wondering what local dimming was, basically it’s a feature that allows the TV to control or turn off the backlight in different zones resulting in better blacks. Now on to viewing angles.
Having good viewing angles helps to keep the image accurate when viewed from an angle, which is important if you’re watching TV with a group of friends and family, or if your couch is positioned to the side of your TV.
Like many other VA panelled TVs, the TU7000 does a bad job in terms of viewing angles, the NU6900 was actually slightly better even. There’s a weird little bump around the 30-degree mark but it’s not something that is noticeable to the eye.
Moving on to the reflection handling. Good reflection handling is important for bright rooms that have a lot of sunlight or interior lighting, as ambient light can washout the picture or make it hard to see what’s happening on screen altogether.
The TU7000 performs pretty decent at handling reflections but you’ll want to avoid direct sunlight or bright lights as it won’t be able to cut those reflections out completely making it hard to see what is on screen.
Another important aspect of combating ambient light in bright rooms is having a bright screen. Unfortunately, the TU7000 doesn’t have a very good SDR peak brightness coming in at 233 nits. It is definitely much better suited for a darker room since it can’t get bright enough to beat those reflections.
The HDR peak brightness on this TV is also disappointing since it isn’t much brighter than the SDR peak brightness. The HDR peak brightness comes in at about 248 nits which is only 15 nits brighter than its SDR peak brightness.
Also important for HDR is the ability to take advantage of the wider color spaces that content can be mastered in. And sadly, like the NU6900 the TU7000 cannot display a wide color gamut and has a pretty mediocre color volume due to being limited by its color gamut.
It will do a good job of displaying dark colors thanks to its great contrast ratio. Now before going on to the results from our motion tests, we’re going to take a look at gray uniformity. We test the gray uniformity of each TV by taking two photos, one of a 50% gray slide and another of a dark 5% gray slide.
This is will show us if a display can produce the exact same color across the entire screen. Darker areas or blotches are known as the dirty screen effect and can be distracting when watching content with uniform colors such as sports or when playing video games.
Gray uniformity on this TV is only decent. You might notice some dark areas on the corners of the screen and a little bit of a dirty screen effect. Now to move on to motion. We are going to kick off this portion of the video with response time.
Basically, response time is just the average of the time it takes a display to transition from one color to the another. If your display has a high response time, its gonna result in blurry images when watching sports or playing video games.
Sadly, with the TU7000 the response time is mediocre, and you will see quite a bit of blur as well as some duplication trailing behind the moving objects that are on screen. For those who really care about the clearest motion, black frame insertion is a feature that flickers the backlight, reducing persistence blur.
Like the other Samsung’s from this year, BFI is enabled in the picture clarity menu as LED clear motion. You can see some duplication caused by strobe crosstalk, so it isn’t as good as some other TVs.
Unfortunately, like with some other Samsung TVs, the LED Clear Motion doesn’t work in game mode for low input lag. When in game mode the backlight flickers at 120Hz, and enabling LED Clear Motion doesn’t adjust this, so more duplication is noticeable, and the image isn’t as clear.
This might get fixed with a future firmware update though. Now for one of the most important aspects for gamers and that’s having a display with a low input lag. A low input lag would result in a very short amount of time between an input on a controller and the action appearing in game.
This is something that’s very important for those split-second decisions while you’re playing your favourite games. The TU7000 has excellent input lag and it is extremely low, making this one of the TVs best features.
The TV has to be in game mode if you want to receive the full benefit of the low input lag. It’s also nice to see that the TV supports Auto Low Latency Mode, which needs to be turned on by setting game mode to “auto” and activating Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC) So now on to the smart features.
Like other Samsungs, the TU7000 has the same Tizen smart interface which is smooth and user friendly. You have a great selection of apps to choose from and it now has the Apple TV app built in. You’ll find ads on the home menu, but you’ll have access to all the apps you’ll need to cut the cord or expand your media selection.
So, for sound, the TU7000 is a little better than the NU6900. The bass a little light, especially for gaming or watching movies and you will probably find that it doesn’t quite get loud enough. Like always, if sound is something that is important to you, a soundbar or speakers will definitely be a better option than relying on the speakers of the TV.
So overall, the TU7000 is an okay 4K TV. Keeping in mind that it is an entry level model, it does decent for most of our tests. It’s very similar to the NU6900 but slightly performs worse in our gray uniformity and SDR peak brightness test among a few others.
It does however have a lower input lag. Looking at the Sony X800H in comparison to the TU7000, you’ll notice that the Sony does have a better SDR peak brightness, gray uniformity, response time and color gamut but the Samsung still has a better black uniformity and contrast ratio.
So that’s it! What do you think of the TU7000? Are you thinking of buying one? Let us know what you think below. You can check out all the measurements on our website and if you’d like to receive early access to our latest results, be sure to check out our insiders program.
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