- User friendly
- Low response time – great for gaming
- Good upscaling picture quality
- Great value for money
- Noticeable backlight bleed in dark rooms
- Very wide feet instead of central stand
- No scart connection
Full Review – Samsung UE40JU6000
The UE40JU6000 is Samsung’s entry level 4K UHD TV. The good new is that I reviewed what is likely one of the biggest rivals, the Panasonic TX-40CX400B, earlier this year so I have some experience with these low priced 4K TVs. Out of the box I hooked up my laptop via HDMI to play a 4K video and sat back to fine tune the image settings to my liking. With the amount of post image processing that goes on with modern day TV’s it’s always worth having a play around with the various settings to fine tune the image to your own liking. The 4K video test went very well with the highlight being how true the colours were to reality. The image was sharp and contrast really good with the bright whites. Where the TV lacked was dark scenes. I could make out all the detail but unless the brightness was turned right down the best the TV could handle was a very dark grey as opposed to a true black. Ona plus note the viewing angles are really good with only a slight loss of colour as you move to a very narrow angle.
The Samsung has an ultra clear panel so in my bright living room reflections are minimised and the contrast is increased. The image really stands out even in my bright living room and in these conditions the dark scenes are perfectly acceptable. The only downside to the bright panel is when viewing in a very dimly lit room. There is some backlight bleed through onto the screen; nothing major but is noticeable in dark surroundings. If you enable the micro dimming pro feature then it does make a small but noticeable difference under dim conditions. Remember this is one of the cheapest 4K smart TV’s on the market so you won’t be getting to best picture quality Samsung has to offer, but with that said it is very good for the price!
The UE40JU6000 uses Samsung’s UHD upscaling technology to bring all content up to the 4K resolution. Freeview HD channels upscale really well. Other standard definition TV channels also look good. The only noticeable issue was the really small text on the bottom of some adverts. After being upscaled so heavily it does have a slight fuzziness but the picture quality is good and that’s what counts. It’s noticeably worse than the 4K content I played but that’s to be expected. Overall I would say the Samsung upscales better than any competitor’s entry level 4K TV.
Finally I took a look at motion blur. There is the auto motion plus setting to artificially add frames to reduce blur but I found the TV was more than capable at it’s native panel frequency. The sports mode changes the picture settings so I decided to leave that switched off as I fine tuned the TV to suit my personal taste when setting it up. The TV handles motion really well making it a good 4K panel for sports or gaming.
Using the game mode to remove post image processing I measured the response time to be around 30ms. If you are after a TV for Xbox One or PS4 gaming then this should be at the top of your shopping list. The combination of upscaling picture quality, input lag, motion blur and price make this a top contender for the best gaming TV of 2015!
So to summarise, I would personally recommend this TV to anyone who is after a low cost 4K smart TV. It makes a great TV for bright rooms or gamers. The only instance that I wouldn’t pick up this TV is if it’s primary use would be in dim/dark conditions, in which case I would pick up a top end 1080p model such as the Sony KDL-40W705C instead. The Samsung UE40JU6000 is definitely superior to it’s closest competition, the Panasonic 400 series.
Sound is produced by the two 10W speakers, one in either side of the panel. The DTS premium sound 5.1 codec is used like in most Samsungs and produces clear, legible audio. I always give the built in speakers a full test and they perform above average for a flat panel LED TV. The audio does start to distort if you take it really high but for basic TV the quality is more than adequate. If you wanted to wall mount this TV in the kitchen you would have no issues following along whilst your extractor fan is whirring away in the background. If you are more about movies, a sports atmosphere or just like to be more immersed in what you’re watching then you should hook up an external sound system to give real depth and bass to the audio.
The UE40JU6000 runs the Tizen operating system and once hooked up to the home network via direct connection or wifi will give you access to a host of smart features. The smart hub will open up a selection of featured and recently used apps in a launch bar along the bottom of the screen. I have had a lot of experience with Tizen in the past but if you’re new user it’s one of the easiest smart TV operating systems to navigate. The TV is also equipped with a quad core processor that allows for responsive browsing and minimal load times.
The most notable network features are playback from other devices, TV on demand and network sharing. A host of apps come pre installed however you can download many more from the app store which is just a button press away. All of your on demand TV is available including BBC Iplayer, ITV Hub, 4OD, Demand 5, YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video and many more. Finally you can share music, pictures and video from your phone across the network directly to the TV so you don’t need to gather round a small phone screen when showing off the all important holiday photos.
As with any Samsung the UE40JU6000 is going to score well for usability. Out of the box the picture is a delight and further tweaks to get it just as you like are easy to do with the simple menu system Samsung have used for years. As for smart features I still rate the Tizen operating system as the best on the market with an intuitive layout and design. I’ve had experiences with every competitor from LG’s Web OS, Panasonic’s Mozilla and the Android alternatives from Sony but if I had to pick one for my non techy mother it would be Samsung everytime. The only “feature” you need to be careful of is the feet because it may be too wide for your TV unit.
All the basic features are there including USB playback and external recording, eco mode, sports and game modes and Samsung’s time shift. The number of HDMI ports(3) makes this an acceptable TV for the living room as some low cost panels on the market only have two. The TV is missing bluetooth connectivity for hooking up a soundbar without wires as well as twin tuners. There is a Freeview HD tuner built in but it does not contain a Freesat tuner. Overall though, if you consider this is a 4K Samsung smart TV for such a good price, the fancy extras shouldn’t be expected.