Samsung KU6290 Review

Strengths

  • Screen Reflection is not severe
  • Upscaling and conversion of lower HD and standard def to 4K is solid for the price point
  • Contrast and Color from front and centerGreat light flow through from LED edge lights
  • Web browser included
  • On-screen menu system is easy
  • Low input lag in game mode
  • Price/Value
  • Gaming Mode input lag (good TV for Gaming)
  • HDR Premium with Active Crystal Color for future proofing

Weaknesses

  • 60Hz TV, judder can be apparent with Automotion turned off especially with lower end resolutions
  • Automotion Plus “Telenovela” effect
  • Side Angle Viewing contrast and color saturation degrades
  • Aesthetic Appeal not a super high end look
  • Slow starting time on some Apps 6-12 seconds for some Apps like Netflix and Amazon Instant
  • Small selection of preset picture modes

Neutral

  • Screen Uniformity out of the box is good (it often does not last as the TV wears)
  • We noted no motion blur from high end signals 1080p, 720p, but some with standard def resolution

The KU6290 4K LED TV from Samsung is best priced 4K offerings from Samsung but still has ample some good features like Smart TV offerings, UHD Picture Dimming, a quad core processor, HEVC 4K streaming decoding, and a contrast enhancer. Though the 6300 has 4K UHD resolution, it rivals 1080p TVs of the same size from a year or two ago in price, one of its best features.

Picture Quality Rating: 86/100

“Samsung’s Semi clear coat screen on the KU6300 allows rich, accurate color”

As we’ve mentioned many times before, edge lit LED backlit LCDs are not the ideal picture technology (even in 4K), however Samsung’s semi clear coat screen is a big plus. Images are clear and color information is accurate. Over time, some light bleed is likely to occur – noticeable during very dark or black background scenes. Colors pop very well for an LED TV and Samsung has the brightest LEDs (peak Whites) in the industry if you need a very bright screen. The clear panel technology in this screen which helps to absorb ambient light is an excellent feature.

HD to UHD Upscaling and Conversion

“This 4K TV will not look better than a very good 1080p TV with standard and HD signals, but wait!, there are no more very good 1080p TVs.”

Generally, with scaling you get what you pay for. This is an area of great differentiation among 4K TVs. Some of the more expensive ones will have much better scalers. But, the KU6290 does a reasonably good job for the price point. Scaling is exceptionally important since most of the TV we watch these days is streaming from Amazon, Netflix, HBO…or 720p cable. A TV’s upscaling will never be able to make as much difference as the original signal source, but it can create cleaner, sharper image edges in the best case. The KU6290 does a good job presenting streaming and 720p signals. The scaler is not of the cheaper variety. This 4K TV will not look better than a very good 1080p TV with standard and HD signals, but wait!, there are no more very good 1080p TVs. The manufacturers stopped making them. While not the most robust scaler, the KU6290 gets a good score for the price of the TV.

LED Edge Backlight – A Standout Feature

The light flow through created by the Samsung LED backlights has been a major positive for the last couple of years and continues with this UHD offering. It’s one of the TVs best characteristics. Some complain that it can cause screen uniformity issues. To tone down the LED backlight from causing some uneven screen uniformity issues turn the backlight setting (found in the picture settings menu) down to a more reasonable level – around 80% is what we recommend. This will keep screen uniformity issues from arising and you still have plenty of brightness from this super bright LED TV. Having powerful LED backlighting in case you need it for super bright room conditions is a plus.

Side Angle Viewing – Much Room for Improvement

Color saturation and contrast do fade when viewing from off center though much more subtly than I expected. In fact, the untrained eye will likely not see much difference in contrast saturation until around 15 degrees off center. Early models of the 4K TVs from Samsung did not look this good from the side and were more in line with standard HD LED TVs. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a drawback, but not as pronounced as it once was. This was probably the single biggest drawback compared to OLED aside from the deeper blacks and richer colors on OLEDs.

PurColor Color System/Calibration

The KU6290 employs Samsung’s new Purcolor which is the lowest color gamut spec they offer for 2016/2017 and the differentiating spec between the KU290 and the KU7000 above it (with active crystal color). One thing we like about this TV though is color accuracy and ease of calibration to get a very passable picture. Click here for the calibrated picture settings.

Refresh Rate Concerns/Motion Blur

“The panel is only 60Hz, so judder may be apparent is some programming”

The native panel refresh rate is only 60Hz for the KU6290 so you will see some judder on those movie scenes with side to side panning. The backlight manipulated Motion Rate is 120. This is another compromise for a lower priced TV. This is not to be confused with fast action sports performance. Motion blur from sports is actually negligible if non-existent. It’s 24p material, movies where you will likely notice the judder the most. You can always add the Telenovela effect by using the Auto Motion Plus feature and get rid of some or all of the judder.

Quick Picture Calibration Settings

Quick Calibration:The following settings are for a medium to dark room light. Since calibrations can vary among different TVs even from the same model number, we no longer post the advanced 10 point White balance calibration settings. However, TV manufacturers have improved at providing a preset picture setting that is pretty close to D65 out of the box. The settings below will get you close. Try the Warm 2 setting and for a couple days to get used to it. If after a couple days picture images still seems to warm (reddish tones), change it to the Warm 1 mode. Also, if you are viewing in a brighter room environment, you may prefer the Warm 1 mode.

Picture Mode: Movie
Backlight18Sharpness10
Contrast98Color50
Brightness45TintG50/R50
Expert Settings
Digital Clean ViewOffGamma0
AutoMotion PlusOffRGB OnlyOff
Film ModeOffColor SpaceAuto
HDMI ColorMPEG Noise FilterOff
HDMI Black LevelAutoFilm ModeOff
Dynamic ContrastOffLED Motion PlusOff
Color ToneWarm 2

Notes:The Backlight setting is the easiest and quickest way to adjust for room light conditions. For brighter rooms move the setting up and darker rooms down. Game Mode may be enabled under Special Viewing Mode. The Digital Clean View mode may be utilized for lower quality and lower resolution content like 480p DVDs, non-HD cable, and streaming TV that is not HD quality.

Auto Motion Plus – Know When to Use this Feature

The Auto Motion Plus feature is something that comes as a blessing and a curse. By default it is set to On in all of the preset picture setting modes. You will likely want to turn it off for streaming content, DVDs, Blu-rays, and TV shows. The feature gives you a dreadful “Telenovela Effect”, making images look unrealistic by eliminating too much natural background blur. Turn it off in the Expert Settings menu and everything will be fine again. You’ll immediately see judder when you disable it, but your eyes will adjust momentarily. The features does not hurt good quality live sports programming so you may want to use it there. Another experiment you may want to try is using it with poor quality DVDs. It can help the viewing experience there, bringing these old movies to life. Just be familiar with how to s and it won’t be a problem.

Another possibly acceptable setting is enabling the feature using the Custom setting and using a low value on the De-Blur portion of the setting.

(Note: to get to the setting click on Menu, swipe across to Picture, Scroll down to Expert Settings and scroll down to AutoMotion Plus.)


Features Rating: 85/100

Samsung Smart Hub

The KU6290 does not get the top Samsung Tizen OS Smart Hub of the top models, but instead gets a similar Smart Hub suite to last year with the same basic design. Samsung hit the mark with their user interface and intuitive navigation. This time around you will see the Game tab as one of the major smart TV pages. The On TV page allows for individual logins. This means different members of the family can have different recommendation settings. This is a big plus for a home with multiple TV users. The Smart Hub for the KU6300 includes a full web browser.

Quad-core Processor

The quad-core processor greatly increases the speed of the Smart TV function and browsing. It is a welcome addition since processing speed and multitasking were slow before the upgrade to the quad-core.

Appearance and Design

The KU6290 has a nice design with a half inch border charcoal black matte frame surrounding the screen. The screen is 2.5” in depth so plenty thin for wall mounting. It’s no knockout design, but I like thee lines of the new stand. It’s also very sturdy while looking updated and modern.

Standard Remote

The KU6290 has a standard remote control with a 5-way controller for Smart TV controls.

Sound Quality

There is plenty of volume from the inbuilt 10w speakers. It’s not what I would call high quality defined audio, but it gets the job done.

Other Features

The KU6290 is DirecTV ready for 4K content. The TV has built in Wifi, and plenty of HDMI inputs (4) and 3 USB inputs. It also has mobile to TV mirroring and a Game Picture Mode for gamers. Though we were not able to test the HDR Premium picture, it’s nice to have some future proofing HDR compatibility included. This just means that it will be able to display some types of HDR content on the screen, even though the TV does not have a wide enough color gamut to capture all the nuances of HDR. There is a Game Mode for gamers. This is a good gaming TV with around 28ms input lag when Game Mode is enabled.

Features It Lacks

The UHD Dimming feature really does not quality as local dimming and does little to enhance contrast in various areas of the screen. The feature tends to darken the screen and is not a preferred feature to use. 3D is not included. 120Hz panel is not included. Even though the KU6290 has HDR compatibility, it does not have a very wide color gamut for enjoying the best benefits of HDR. Even though the KU6290 does a good job of up-conversion, it does not have a high end scaler. The KU6290 includes a scaled down version of Samsung’s Smart Hub rather than the top of the line Tizen OS.

Value Rating 94/100

As the lowest price Samsung 4K TV this year, value is an important aspect of this TVs appeal. The only feature dropped from the KU6300 above it is the Smart remote control. With the 65KU6290 you save $150 for taking the standard remote, which is a great deal. Pricing is very appealing.

UN65KU6290 – $1249Drop the Smart remote for a standard remote with the KU6290 and you save $150. What a deal on a 65 inch TV.

UN55KU6290 – At $789Less of a discount to the KU6300 for taking the standard remote. A great deal though for a 55 inch TV with these features.

Overall Rating 89/100

Quick Specs

  • Diagonal Screen Size – 65”
  • 4K UHD (3840 x 2160)
  • TV without stand: 65” Model 57.6″ x 33.2″ x 2.5″
  • TV with stand: 65” Model 57.6″ x 35.7″ x 14.5″
  • Contrast Enhancer
  • Motion Rate 120 (60Hz native panel with backlight scanning)
  • Speaker output power: 10W x 2
  • Quad Core Processor
  • Samsung Smart View (Mirroring)
  • MHL-compatible HDMI input for viewing photos/videos from a compatible smartphone on the TV’s screen
  • 3 HDMI, 2 USB Connections
  • Wi-Fi Built-in (802.11ac)
  • HEVC decoder included (for watching streamed 4K content)
  • Mobile to TV Mirroring; DLNA
  • Free downloadable apps for iOS and Android™ enable you use a compatible smartphone or tablet as a remote control
  • Other Dimensions: UN60KU6300 – 53.7″ x 33.6″ x 14.5″ with stand, 53.7″ x 31.1″ x 2.5″ without
    • UN55KU6290 – 48.9″ x 31.0″ x 12.2″ with stand, 48.9″ x 28.3″ x 2.5″ without stand
    • UN65KU6300 – 57.6″ x 33.2″ x 2.5″ without stand, 57.6″ x 35.7″ x 14.5″ with stand

Samsung UN55K6250 55 INCH 1080P SMART LED TV, CURVED SCREEN

samsung-ku6300

The Samsung UN55K6250 is the top of the line 1080p LED TV in the Samsung 2016 lineup. In fact it’s one of the only 1080p TVs Samsung is producing for 2016/2017. It has a few notable features such as the curved screen, Smart Remote control with swipe function and Micro Dimming Pro – a feature normally reserved for much higher priced TVs. The feature is active and increases contrast depending on the scene displayed on the TV. We give the feature a B rating generally as we have sometimes found it to be distracting due to a blinking effect when scenes make drastic changes in light. One feature downgrade from the H6350 series from last year is that the Motion Rate is reduced to 120 (60hz native panel) on this model from 240 clear motion rate in previous years. Motion rate is Sasmung’s term for enhanced Hz rate effect, created by the LED edge-lit backlight manipulation. It’s somewhat surprising to us that this has been reduced. Granted if the TV panel is actually 60Hz rather than 120Hz, at least the Auto Motion Plus feature will not be as distracting. But this lower Hz rate could cause some motion lag during gaming, fast motion movie scenes and sports.

samsung-ku6300

“The micro dimming pro feature was normally reserved for high end models”

Strengths

  • Bright LED edge backlighting
  • Curved panel with silver bezels make for an attractive appearance
  • Samsung Smart Hub offers a ton of apps and streaming media
  • Quad core processor improved performance operating the Smart Hub
  • Plenty of HDMI and USB inputs
  • Micro Dimming Pro contrast improvement
  • Light flow-through, creating colors and images that pop
  • Price/Value

Weaknesses

  • Side angle viewing contrast degrades quickly as the viewer moves from off-center. Some may believe the curved screen to help some with this.
  • Semi-matte screen finish seems dull compared to higher end clear coat displays
  • 60Hz native panel (120 Motion Rate) may see lag on some content

Picture Quality Rating: 83/100

The bright edge LED lighting makes for a brilliant picture and helps to balance out the downsides of the matte screen by providing more rich colors and a good deal of contrast. That said, from relatively close to front and center we felt the picture displayed was very good with lots of light flow-through to help with depth perception. Over time, you are likely to notice some “clouding” or backlight irregularities when displaying very dark or black scenes on the screen. This is more an ill-effect of backlit LED TVs in general than something particular to Samsung. The picture is remarkably similar to the J6300 from last year. The 55K6250 is loaded with tons of extra picture adjustment options, most of which aren’t terribly useful and are better off left unused.

Side Angle Viewing – Still Room for Improvement

The biggest problem with this TVs picture quality is the common curse of LED backlit LCD TVs. Color and contrast degrade pretty early at about 20 degrees off center and it quickly gets worse from there – even with the curved screen, although the curve in the screen can help curb the effect. The amount of “wash out” is also more severe than LED TVs with a clearer coat. Above and below off center viewing gave a similar result. This is important for those who plan on wall mounting the TV above eye level. Or for those with wide angles in their viewing room.

Game Mode – the Way to go for Gaming

Enabling the Game Mode for gaming is a must for competitive shooters and action gamers. The input lag is noticeably reduced. That really makes games like Battlefield and Call of Duty much more enjoyable and immersive. Game Mode features its own discrete picture settings, so take a moment to callibrate the picture settings and get them looking good again the first time you do it. Screen Fit is also one of the most important things to select so you don’t get overscan. A lot of the picture settings for games will be determined by personal preference. Just be sure the picture is bright enough for you. If not, turn the backlight setting up.

Quick Picture Calibration Settings

Quick Calibration:The following settings are for a medium to dark room light. Since calibrations can vary among different TVs even from the same model number, we no longer post the advanced 10 point White balance calibration settings. However, TV manufacturers have improved at providing a preset picture setting that is pretty close to D65 out of the box. The settings below will get you close. Try the Warm 2 setting and for a couple days to get used to it. If after a couple days picture images still seems to warm (reddish tones), change it to the Warm 1 mode. Also, if you are viewing in a brighter room environment, you may prefer the Warm 1 mode.

Picture Mode: Movie
Backlight18Sharpness10
Contrast98Color50
Brightness45TintG50/R50
Expert Settings
Digital Clean ViewOffGamma0
AutoMotion PlusOffRGB OnlyOff
Film ModeOffColor SpaceAuto
HDMI ColorMPEG Noise FilterOff
HDMI Black LevelAutoFilm ModeOff
Dynamic ContrastOffLED Motion PlusOff
Color ToneWarm 2

Notes:The Backlight setting is the easiest and quickest way to adjust for room light conditions. For brighter rooms move the setting up and darker rooms down. Game Mode may be enabled under Special Viewing Mode. The Digital Clean View mode may be utilized for lower quality and lower resolution content like 480p DVDs, non-HD cable, and streaming TV that is not HD quality.

Auto Motion Plus – Know When to Use this Feature

The Auto Motion Plus feature is something that comes as a blessing and a curse. By default it is set to On in all of the preset picture setting modes. You will likely want to turn it off for streaming content, DVDs, Blu-rays, and TV shows. The feature gives you a dreadful “Telenovela Effect”, making images look unrealistic by eliminating too much natural background blur. Turn it off in the Expert Settings menu and everything will be fine again. You’ll immediately see judder when you disable it, but your eyes will adjust momentarily. The features does not hurt good quality live sports programming so you may want to use it there. Another experiment you may want to try is using it with poor quality DVDs. It can help the viewing experience there, bringing these old movies to life. Just be familiar with how to s and it won’t be a problem.

Another possibly acceptable setting is enabling the feature using the Custom setting and using a low value on the De-Blur portion of the setting.

(Note: to get to the setting click on Menu, swipe across to Picture, Scroll down to Expert Settings and scroll down to AutoMotion Plus.)


Features Rating: 84/100

Smart Hub – Lots of Options

Samsung has cut down on the number of Apps in the Smart Hub, many are still buggy. Let’s face it though, you probably are only going to use the most widely used ones anyway. Believe it or not, when it comes to quality of free and paid apps, they beat out most of the competition. The Premium Apps such as the movie services, sports and music are also top notch and include the usual Netflix, You Tube (though we like Youtube through the browser better), Facebook (browser is better here too), Twitter, Vudu, Amazon, Hulu Plus. All of this and the web browser are powered by a quad core processor for increased speed.

Wifi and Web Browser Included

The built-in wifi connected to our network flawlessly and quickly. We had everything up and running in no time at all. The browser is slow to use with the 5-way controller on the remote but loads content quickly and the Wifi connectivity is just as strong as last year’s model.

Quad Core Processor

Samsung has realized that more power under the hood isn’t a bad thing. A quad core processor means that TV bootup time, app loading, and app performance are much speedier than before. A very welcome inclusion.

Design and Appearance

Though I’ve never been a fan of the “quadrapod” stand design, I do like the silver finish and curved screen as a nice twist on the traditional looks of a TV. It adds a nice modern flair. The depth is still slim at 3.9” even including the curve.

Value Rating: 93/100

The K6250 is one of my highest rated TVs of the year. It’s 1080p resolution really keeps the price down and you still get a very upgraded modern package. And let’s face it, 1080p is a great resolution and there is such limited 4K content out there I’m beginning to wonder if TV manufacturers ever should have made the assumptive leap to that resolution. The Smart remote is a great benefit as well.

UN49k6250 – $649

UN55k6250 – $749

Overall Rating: 86/100

Quick Specs

  • 54.6″ Diagonal Measurement
  • 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • 120 Motion Rate (panel 60Hz?)
  • Wide Color Enhancer Plus
  • Micro Dimming Pro
  • 2x 10 watt speakers
  • 3 HDMI, 2 USB inputs
  • Dimensions without stand (W X H X D): 48.8″ x 28.5″ x 3.9″
  • Dimensions with stand: 48.8″ x 31.0″ x 11.5″
  • Smart TV Features
  • Full Web Browser
  • Quad Core Processor

Samsung UN65MU7000FXZA TV Review

Samsung UN65MU7000FXZA
“Samsung’s Semi clear coat screen on the MU7000 allows rich, accurate color”

Strengths

  • Screen Reflection is not severe
  • Aesthetic Appeal – Good looking TV and stand
  • Upscaling and conversion of lower HD and standard def to 4K is solid for the price point
  • Contrast and Color from front and center of screen
  • Great light flow through from LED edge lights
  • Web browser included
  • On-screen menu system is easy
  • Low input lag in game mode
  • Black Uniformity is solid
  • Price/Value
  • Gaming Mode input lag (good TV for Gaming)
  • HDR Premium with Active Crystal Color for future proofing

Weaknesses

  • 60Hz TV, judder can be apparent with Automotion turned off especially with lower end resolutions
  • Automotion Plus “Telenovela” effect
  • Side Angle Viewing contrast and color saturation degrades
  • Slow starting time on some Apps 6-12 seconds for some Apps like Netflix and Amazon Instant
  • Small selection of preset picture modes

Neutral

  • Screen Uniformity (Grayscale) out of the box is good (but it often does not last as the TV ages)
  • We noted no motion blur from high end signals 1080p, 720p, but some with standard def resolution

The MU7000FXZA 4K LED TV from Samsung is one of the best priced 4K offerings in the marketplace. It has ample features like Smart TV and remote control, UHD Picture Dimming, 4K HDR Pro, 4K Color Drive, HEVC 4K streaming decoding, and a contrast enhancer. Though the 7000 has 4K UHD resolution, it rivals 1080p TVs of the same size from a year or two ago in price, one of its best features.

Picture Quality Rating: 88/100

As we’ve mentioned many times before, edge lit LED backlit LCDs are not the ideal picture technology (even in 4K), however Samsung’s semi clear coat screen is a big plus. Images are clear and color information is accurate. Over time, some light bleed is likely to occur – noticeable during very dark or black background scenes. Colors pop very well for an LED TV and Samsung has some of the brightest LEDs (peak Whites) in the industry if you need a very bright screen. The clear panel technology in this screen which helps to absorb ambient light is an excellent feature.

HD to UHD Upscaling and Conversion

“The panel is only 60Hz, so judder may be apparent is some programming”

Generally, with scaling you get what you pay for. This is an area of great differentiation among 4K TVs. Some of the more expensive ones will have much better scalers. But, the 7-series does a reasonably good job for the price point. Scaling is exceptionally important since most of the TV we watch these days is streaming from Amazon, Netflix, HBO…or 720p cable. A TV’s upscaling will never be able to make as much difference as the original signal source, but it can create cleaner, sharper image edges in the best case. The MU7000 does a good job presenting streaming and 720p signals. The scaler is not of the cheaper variety. This 4K TV will not look better than a very good 1080p TV with standard and HD signals, but wait!, there are no more very good 1080p TVs. The manufacturers stopped making them. While not the most robust scaler, the MU7000 gets a good score for the price of the TV.

LED Edge Backlight – A Standout Feature

The light flow through created by the Samsung LED backlights has been a major positive for the last couple of years and continues with this UHD offering. It’s one of the TVs best characteristics. Some complain that it can cause screen uniformity issues. To tone down the LED backlight from causing some uneven screen uniformity issues turn the backlight setting (found in the picture settings menu) down to a more reasonable level – around 80% is what we recommend. This will keep screen uniformity issues from arising and you still have plenty of brightness from this bright LED TV. Having powerful LED backlighting in case you need it for super bright room conditions is a plus.

Side Angle Viewing – Much Room for Improvement

Color saturation and contrast do fade when viewing from off center though much more subtly than I expected. In fact, the untrained eye will likely not see much difference in contrast saturation until around 15 degrees off center. Early models of the 4K TVs from Samsung did not look this good from the side and were more in line with standard HD LED TVs. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a drawback, but not as pronounced as it once was. This was probably the single biggest drawback compared to OLED aside from the deeper blacks and richer colors on OLED TVs.

Color Drive Pro/Calibration

The WU7000 employs Samsung’s new Color Drive Pro which is still a step down from the QLED models with Quantum Dot. But it’s a step above the MU6300 with a wider color gamut for potentially capturing more HDR color information. The MU7000 is has an average performance when viewing HDR material, it’s certainly a step behind some of the better models. One thing we like about this TV though is color accuracy and ease of calibration to get a very passable picture.

Refresh Rate Concerns/Motion Blur

The native panel refresh rate is only 60Hz for the MU7000, so you will see some judder on those movie scenes with side to side panning. The backlight manipulated Motion Rate is 120. This is another compromise for a lower priced TV. This is not to be confused with fast action sports performance. Motion blur from sports is actually negligible if non-existent. It’s 24fps material, movies where you will notice the judder the most. You can always add the Telenovela effect by using the Auto Motion Plus feature and get rid of some or all of the judder.

Quick Picture Calibration Settings

Quick Calibration: The following settings are for a medium to dark room light. Since calibrations can vary among different TVs even from the same model number, we no longer post the advanced 10 point White balance calibration settings. However, TV manufacturers have improved at providing a preset picture setting that is pretty close to D65 out of the box. The settings below will get you close. Try the Warm 2 setting for a couple days to get used to it. If after a couple days picture images still seems to warm (reddish tones), change it to the Warm 1 mode. Also, if you are viewing in a brighter room environment, you may prefer the Warm 1 mode.

Picture Mode: Movie
Backlight15Sharpness10
Contrast94Color50
Brightness45TintG50/R50
Expert Settings
Digital Clean ViewOffGamma0
AutoMotion PlusOffRGB OnlyOff
Film ModeOffColor SpaceAuter
HDMI ColorMPEG Noise FilterOff
HDMI Black LevelAutoFilm ModeOff
Dynamic ContrastOffWhite Balance
Color ToneWarm 2

 

Notes: The Backlight setting is the easiest and quickest way to adjust for room light conditions. For brighter rooms move the setting up and darker rooms down. Game Mode may be enabled under Special Viewing Mode. The Digital Clean View mode may be utilized for lower quality and lower resolution content like 480p DVDs, non-HD cable, and streaming TV that is not HD quality.

Auto Motion Plus – Know When to Use this Feature

The Auto Motion Plus feature is something that comes as a blessing and a curse. By default it is set to On in all of the preset picture setting modes. You will likely want to turn it off for streaming content, DVDs, Blu-rays, and TV shows. The feature gives you a dreadful “Telenovela Effect”, making images look unrealistic by eliminating too much natural background blur. Turn it off in the Expert Settings menu and everything will be fine again. You’ll immediately see judder when you disable it, but your eyes will adjust momentarily. The features does not hurt good quality live sports programming so you may want to use it there. Another experiment you may want to try is using it with poor quality DVDs. It can help the viewing experience there, bringing these old movies to life. Just be familiar with how to s and it won’t be a problem.

Another possibly acceptable setting is enabling the feature using the Custom setting and using a low value on the De-Blur portion of the setting.

(Note: to get to the setting click on Menu, swipe across to Picture, Scroll down to Expert Settings and scroll down to AutoMotion Plus.)

Features Rating: 88/100

Samsung Smart Hub

The Smart TV system works fast and efficiently with all the normal Smart TV options. The MU6300 does not get the top Samsung Tizen OS Smart Hub of the top models, but instead gets a similar Smart Hub suite to last year with the same basic design. Samsung hit the mark with their user interface and intuitive navigation. This time around you will see the Game tab as one of the major smart TV pages. The On TV page allows for individual logins. This means different members of the family can have different recommendation settings. This is a big plus for a home with multiple TV users. The Smart Hub for the MU6300 includes a full web browser.

Quad-core Processor

The quad-core processor greatly increases the speed of the Smart TV function and browsing. It is a welcome addition since processing speed and multitasking were slow before the upgrade to the quad-core.

Appearance and Design

The MU6300 has a nice design with a half inch border, but has a glossier finish and inexpensive look and feel to the bezel itself. This is one of the downgrades from the MU7000 above it in the lineup. It has just a bit more depth than the MU7000 at 2.5” and it does not taper from bottom to top like that unit. It has uniform depth. It’s no knockout design, but I like thee lines of the new stand. It’s also very sturdy while looking updated and modern.

Smart Remote

The MU6500 comes with a standard Smart Remote (TM1750A) which works well, but does not voice control.

Sound Quality

There is plenty of volume from the inbuilt 10w down-firing speakers. It’s not what I would call high quality defined audio, but it gets the job done. A sound bar would be a marked improvement.

Other Features

The MU6300 has built in Wifi, and plenty of HDMI inputs (3) and 2 USB inputs. It also has mobile to TV mirroring and a Game Picture Mode for gamers. Though we were not able to test the HDR Premium picture, it’s nice to have some future proofing HDR compatibility included. This just means that it will be able to display some types of HDR content on the screen, even though the TV does not have a wide enough color gamut to capture all the nuances of HDR. This is a good gaming TV with around 28ms input lag when Game Mode is enabled.

Features it Lacks

The UHD Dimming feature really does not quality as local dimming and does little to enhance contrast in various areas of the screen. 3D is not included. 120Hz panel is not included. Even though the MU6300 has HDR compatibility, it does not have a very wide color gamut for enjoying the best benefits of HDR. Even though the MU6300 does a good job of up-conversion, it does not have a high end scaler. The MU6300 includes a scaled down version of Samsung’s Smart Hub rather than the top of the line Tizen OS.

Value Rating 94/100

UN55MU6300 – $789. A smoking deal!

UN65MU6300 – $1169. A great deal, but I might prefer the MU7000 in this size due to appearance and glare.

UN50MU6300 – No price posted yet. Expect $689.

UN43MU6300 – $597. Has a lot of good features for this size TV at a very compelling price.

UN40MU6300 – $449. Same comment as the 43” size above.

Overall Rating 87/100

Quick Specs

  • 4K UHD (3840 x 2160)
  • Contrast Enhancer
  • 4k color drive pro
  • 4K HDR Pro
  • Motion Rate 120 (60Hz native panel with backlight scanning)
  • Speaker output power: 10W x 2
  • Quad Core Processor
  • Samsung Smart View (Mirroring)
  • MHL-compatible HDMI input for viewing photos/videos from a compatible smartphone on the TV’s screen
  • 3 HDMI, 2 USB Connections
  • Wi-Fi Built-in (802.11ac)
  • HEVC decoder included (for watching streamed 4K content)
  • Mobile to TV Mirroring; DLNA
  • Free downloadable apps for iOS and Android™ enable you use a compatible smartphone or tablet as a remote control