TECHTALK: Samsung’s Curved Ultra HD 4KTV reviewed

Samsung curved 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD TV
Samsung curved 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD TV
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The future is here, and it’s Ultra HD. Whether you fancy a curved TV for your next home cinema or you want to stick to flat, Ultra High Definition tellies are here to stay.

The so-called 4K sets can pump out four times the resolution of traditional Full HD, meaning much sharper, more detailed images.

Samsung UN55HU7250 Curved 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz Smart LED TV

Samsung UN55HU7250 Curved 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz Smart LED TV

But is it worth spending big on 4K, or should you stick to a Full HD set? And does the curve really improve the image? Tech Talk’s Alex Evans has got his hands on the latest Samsung Curved UHDTV - the 55-inch HU7200 - and put it to the test.

We tried out a 4K test clip and were stunned at the level of detail, far beyond what we’ve seen on any TV to date, with a high contrast, deep blacks and amazing sharpness.

But 4K content is currently thin on the ground. Some shops throw in a free 4K video pack, but 4K Bluray isn’t here yet, so the TV’s built-in Netflix is your only option - and even then, you need a fast internet connection.

But even current Bluray discs look brilliantly sharp, bright and crisp upscaled to 4K. Freeview HD doesn’t look as good as on a Full HDTV, but is still perfectly respectable.

The curve is what sets this TV apart. The panel bends inwards, like IMAX. In practice, I found it did make the edges of the image easier to take in and the picture more surrounding but, although it doesn’t damage the image, it’s not a huge difference.

The metallic finish, ultra-thin bezel and the striking curve ooze cool.

The TV is also packed with Smart features - built-in apps for movies, catch-up TV and web browsing are all present, as well as built-in games and Samsung phone connectivity.

Games performance is less impressive - there is a lot of lag unless you switch to Game Mode, which is much more playable but looks worse. Avid gamers will want to stick to a Full HD set for now.

Mixing superb styling with top-notch smart functionality, a gloriously sharp and bright picture and tons of features, Samsung’s Curved Ultra HDTV is a technical marvel.

There are some trade-offs - like games and lack of 4K content - but those with one eye on the future will get a fantastic, feature-packed set ready to dazzle with the next generation of films and TV for years to come.