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.
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.