Samsung ES8000 reviewed: the next level of Smart

Voice recognition, motion control and great image quality

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Introduction

Manufacturers traditionally introduce their new televisions in the spring, and Samsung is no exception. We look at their new top model, the 55-inch version of the ES8000 that features voice recognition and gesture control.

Samsung has used consecutive lettering for its television the past few years, and the 2011 models received the letter D to indicate the model type. Logic dictates that this year's models will be the E series, but Samsung also decided to divide their product line for LCD-LED televisions into the more affordable EH series and the more expensive ES line. The top of the line is the ES8000, the direct successor to last year's D8000 models.


Samsung UE55ES8000

If we compare it to the previous generation the extremely thin edge around the screen has remained, and the LED backlights with micro-dimming also survived. The main difference to the exterior is the new U-shaped stand arching to the front and back. The top of the bezel has the camera and microphone built in. These are used for inputting voice and motion commands. As is expected with any top model, the ES8000 is not cheap. The model we tested has an average price of £2,359.


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