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Samsung TU8500 Review Rundown

SamsungPublished on 22 Mar 2021Last Edited on 14 Nov 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Neoscore* 0%
  • Affordable price
  • Supports Tizen smart TV platform
  • Good HDR performance
  • Lacking in black level performance
  • Misses HDR10 and HLG support


Samsung TU8500 is part of Samsung's Crystal UHD range of smart TVs. The TU8500 sports a sleek, narrow-bezel design similar to the QLED models, even though conventional LCD panels are used. Like the QLED models, the TU8500 offers an Ambient Mode that allows it to work like a picture frame. Samsung's Tizen OS features the widest selection of apps on a TV, featuring the likes of Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+, Britbox, NOW TV, Apple TV, BT Sport and Apple Music.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.



Sentiment Score[*] 75%
Reviewers from t3 have found the following[***]:
With HD content in SDR, the TU8500's image has a bright overall picture level, with a satisfying level of pop. Step it up with native 4K, and the screen snaps into clearer focus. Black level performance and contrast are reassuringly convincing for the price. Sonic performance is fine straight out of the box.
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  • Excellent picture quality
  • Dolby Atmos support
  • Good sound
  • No Freeview Play
  • No HDR10+ support


Sentiment Score[*] 69%
Reviewers from techadvisor have found the following[***]:
The 50in UE50TU8500 reviewed here is widely available for £649 (having had £100 sliced off its launch price early on) It's also available in 43-, 55- and 65in screen sizes. Image quality impresses, albeit with caveats. HDR support covers HDR10+, regular HDR and HLG, but there's no support for Dolby Vision. The set's audio performance is scalable.
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  • Excellent picture quality
  • Dolby Atmos and HDR10+ support
  • Limited black level performance
  • No Dolby Vision


Sentiment Score[*] 74%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
Samsung’s TU8500 is an excellent option for those looking to break the bank. Crystal UHD is a clever bit of tech that aims to improve picture quality using a custom twin LED backlighting system. All services and apps are housed in a convenient launch bar with tiles for each service or menu screen. Sound quality is adequate, but the low end lacks subtle details and details can be lost in movies.
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  • Excellent picture quality
  • Crystal UHD looks great
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • No Dolby Vision
  • No 4K/120Hz gaming


Sentiment Score[*] 83%
Reviewers from whathifi have found the following[***]:
The TU8500 wants for nothing on the streaming front, despite its very low price. Now TV, BT TV and BT Sport give you contract-free access to Sky and BT's exclusive programming. Plex is great for local streaming of your own media files. Music and radio can be streamed via Spotify, Tidal, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Deezer, BBC Sounds and TuneIn. AirPlay 2 features, giving iOS users yet another method of getting content on to the TV.
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  • Clean, punchy picture
  • Impressive sound
  • Easy to set up and use
  • No Dolby Vision or HDR10+


2. ^ Samsung TU8500 review. techadvisor. 2020-06-29 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Samsung UE50TU8500 Review. trustedreviews. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Samsung UE50TU8500 review. whathifi. 2020-10-01 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
**. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.
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