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As the best tv for sports, this wall-mountable Samsung 8 Series UDH TV provides a defined, smooth display regardless of if you are watching SD or 4K content, thanks to the upscaling provided by the Crystal Processor 4K. The sleek frame of this TV means it has only a small border on the side, leaving you to focus on your favorite TV shows without being distracted by a thick bezel.

Why We Like It – Samsung 8 Series TV

With a screen size of 65 inches and a refresh rate of 60hz, the Samsung 8 Series TV offers crystal clear picture quality on its full HD LCD display.

Pros
  • Low Input Lag Perfect For Gaming
  • Dynamic Crystal Display
  • Both Bixby & Amazon Alexa Are Built-in To These Samsung TVs
Cons
  • Not A QLED TV

Performance (Display/Resolution/Refresh)

You’ll get the ideal picture whether you’re watching live TV shows or playing video games, thanks to the 4K UHD display. The Crystal display with HDR only has a refresh rate of 60hz, but gaming won’t be a problem as this TV automatically engages the gaming mode, which reduces input lag and prevents motion blur. It also uses Dolby Vision technology to achieve a better picture (another TV with Dolby Vision technology is the LG CX OLED). It doesn’t have an expanded viewing angle, but this shouldn’t be a major setback, simply because of the size of the screen.

Sound

The Samsung 8 Series TV has built-in speakers, but as usual, they receive mixed reviews. Thankfully, Samsung also sells this TV with a soundbar, so you get a choice between the internal speakers, the Q60T soundbar, the T450 soundbar, and the T650 soundbar. The TV has digital audio output and Bluetooth, but falls short vs. Samsung TVs with a 3.5mm jack, because the lack of a headphone output somewhat limits your audio options. Still, if you have connected devices via HDMI, this TV does support HDMI ARC, so you won’t be completely out of luck!

Smart Features

With built-in Amazon Alexa (another TV that works with Amazon Alexa is the Sony XBR65X900F), Bixby, and a smart interface powered by Tizen, this TV can easily be operated with or without the remote control. It has a wide variety of streaming service apps available to ensure you will never run out of content, in addition to the digital tuner. Even the video quality benefits from smart features, as non-4K content is upscaled to 4K-level with AI. It even has a web browser if you’d rather browse on the big screen than on your smartphone.

Ports & Expandability

This Samsung TV only has 3 HDMI inputs, unlike many other TVs that have 4, so if you want more you will have to purchase an HDMI splitter. It also has 2 USB ports, Bluetooth, and Digital Optical Out, but it lacks the standard 3.5mm headphone jack we’ve come to know and love. Oddly enough, it doesn’t have any Chromecast capabilities despite supporting Apple Airplay, but that shouldn’t be a huge issue because you can watch pretty much anything using the built-in apps.

Value

The Samsung 8 Series TV is much cheaper than other 65” TVs like the Sony A8H OLED, which costs a whopping $2,298.00! This TV will only set you back $677.99, making it a great deal for the price. It comes with a stand, but you can use it without stand via wall mounting (which will have to be purchased separately!). There isn’t a warranty offered, but you can get a 3-year protection plan for an additional $69.99. This TV receives good reviews, scoring 4.6 out of 5-stars based on 9,961 Amazon ratings.

Samsung 8 Series TV Wrap Up

If you’ve been looking for a large, 4K UHD TV for under $700, then the Samsung 8 Series TV has got you covered! This TV has built-in Alexa, a wide variety of available streaming apps, and a giant 65″ screen. We would have loved to see a headphone jack, Chromecast, or one more HDMI port, but these are all little things that can be worked around for a few extra dollars. Still, you get more than you pay for with this TV!

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Kevin Foley

Kevin Foley is a writer from Florida who specializes in working with small businesses regarding finance, marketing, & technology. When he's not working on a project for a client, he can often be found listening to podcasts, enjoying time outdoors, or planning his next big adventure

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