With the Samsung UNF5000 series of LED backlit HDTVs, you don’t get any of the high-end features that define the company’s many Smart TV models. You do, however, get an HDTV that delivers a sharp picture with a high contrast ratio, relatively dark blacks, and (mostly) accurate colors, all for a very affordable price. At $699.99 (direct), the 46-inch UN46F5000AF is certainly a good deal, but not quite as good as the more feature-rich UN46F5500AF, which offers networking capabilities and Web apps for only $50 more.
Editors’ Note: This review is based on tests performed on the Samsung UN46F5000AF, the 46-inch version of the series. Besides the screen-size difference, the 22-inch $199.99 (direct) UN22F5000AF is otherwise identical in features, and while we didn’t perform lab tests on this specific model, we expect similar performance.
Design and Features
There’s nothing flashy about the F5000, but it looks more expensive than its price tag would suggest. The 23.8-pound cabinet measures only 1.9 inches at its thickest point and uses thin, half-inch black bezels to frame the 1,920-by-1,080 panel. The cabinet can be hung on a wall or supported by its glossy black rectangular stand. The stand is fairly sturdy, but lacks a swivel mechanism.
This model only has two HDMI ports, which can pose a problem if you want to connect to multiple HD sources like a cable or satellite box, a Blu-ray player, and a gaming console. One of the HDMI ports sits on the right side of the cabinet facing out, along with a USB port and a coaxial antenna/cable connector. On the back of the cabinet, facing outward, are the second HDMI port, shared component/composite A/V ports, and digital and analog audio outputs. The F5000AF is not equipped with an Ethernet port, nor does it offer wireless connectivity or Web services.
The 7-inch remote is a standard wand with 43 buttons. It’s not as cool-looking as the Smart Touch remote that comes with the F8000 series, but its keys are backlit and the TV responds quickly to commands.
The F5000AF offers Dynamic, Standard, Movie, and PC-specific Entertain picture presets. Basic picture settings include Brightness, Contrast, Backlight, Color, Sharpness, and Tint. You can fine-tune your picture in the advanced menu, which gives access to White Balance, Gamma, Flesh Tone, Black Tone, and Color Space settings.
We tested HDTVs using a Klein K10-A colorimeter, DisplayMate diagnostics, and SpectraCal’s CalMAN 5 software. The F5000AF delivered an impressive peak brightness of 358.90 cd/m2 and a solid 0.034 cd/m2 black level reading. The resulting 10,555:1 contrast ratio isn’t quite as high as the Panasonic TC-L55ET60 (13,118:1), but it surpasses the Vizio M551D-A2R (7,145:1), and provided crisp highlight and shadow detail in the Caves segment of Planet Earth on Blu-ray.
Out of the box, color accuracy was respectable but not ideal. As shown on the chromaticity chart above, green and blue (represented by the colored dots) are very close to their ideal CIE coordinates (represented by the boxes), while red is slightly skewed. Fortunately, the warm reds do not result in oversaturated colors or red highlight tinting. Colors appeared uniform and well-defined on the DisplayMate Color Scales test and showed a good deal of pop while watching The Bourne Legacy on Blu-ray.
The F5000AF consumed an average of 92 watts of power while operating in Movie mode. That’s on par with similarly sized LED backlit-sets like the Samsung UN46F8000BF (88 watts) and the Toshiba 50L7300U (103 watts). You can knock that down to a very efficient 38 watts if you enable the Low Eco setting for a slightly darker picture, but the Medium and High Eco get too dim to be watchable.
Despite its low price, the Samsung UNF5000AF series offers up a quality picture with a high contrast ratio and good viewing angles. It eschews all the bells and whistles that you get with more expensive sets like the Samsung UN46F8000BF and the LG 55LA7400, and it has only two HDMI ports for using your media hubs of choice. As good a deal as the UN46F5000AF is, the UN46F5500AF gives you a lot more bang for your buck, including wired and wireless Ethernet, Smart Hub Web apps, and another HDMI port. For a bigger screen with 3D capabilities, check out our Editors’ Choice for mid-range HDTVs, the Vizio M551D-A2R.
|Video Inputs||Component, Composite, HDMI, USB|
|Diagonal Screen Size||22 inches|
|Pixel Refresh Rate Speed||120Hz|
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