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Samsung UE55BU8505: Adequate quality without being so demanding

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Samsung ‘s mid-range  has been surprising its users for some time, since they have been releasing new models frequently and each television is designed to cover the different needs that you may have. This year has not been the exception and we have witnessed the birth of eye-catching equipment that generates good feelings for people who have already purchased them. Today we want to talk about the Samsung UE55BU8505 that initially seems to offer a good value for money, although we are going to analyze it in more detail to find out.

Technical characteristics

SPECS
Make model Samsung UE55BU8505
Size 55″ (139.7cm)
Resolution 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels)
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Frequency 2,200Hz PQI
Backlight EdgeLED
SmartTV yes tizen
Integrated Wi-Fi Yes
Bluetooth Yes
3D Nope
usb recorder Yes
tuners
  • Analog (NTSC/PAL/SECAM)
  • DVB-T2
  • DVB-C
  • DVB-S2
Sound
  • 2 x 10W (watts)
  • 2.0CH
  • Adaptive Sound
  • Dolby Digital Plus
  • OTS-Lite
  • Q Symphony
Dimensions without stand (Height x Width x Depth) 709.2 x 1232.9 x 25.7mm
Dimensions with stand (Height x Width x Depth) 774.1 x 1232.9 x 149.1mm
Weight (Without / With stand) 15.5kg / 16.2kg
VESA compatibility Yes, 200 x 200mm
HDMI ports 3
USB ports two
other connectors
  • dlna
  • EthernetRJ45
  • Satellite input (F-type female)
  • optical audio output
  • Antenna (RF) (female)
IC+ Integrated Yes, v1.4
Energy Class Category G
Content / Accessories
  • Remote control
  • batteries
  • current cable
  • user’s Guide

 

Exterior design of the Samsung UE55BU8505

Samsung UE55BU8505 design

It looks attractive because of the aspect that it handles, which we have already seen in several models that have come out in the past

It seems a ban that this firm has unattractive designs, in fact, it already seems like a badge for the good aesthetics that we have seen in the different ranges, obviously the Samsung 55BU8505 is not far behind and continues to show an interesting aesthetic that looks good at a general level. .

We must take into account that it has a size of 55 inches, thus being the medium version, therefore, it easily fits in rooms  or  halls of different dimensions . In case you want an easier placement, the best option will be to acquire the VESA support.

Thus we can install it directly on the wall to get more out of the front that seems to us the most remarkable thanks to the thin frame that it integrates, which combines with a completely black chassis providing an elegant appearance that improves the presence from any angle.

Unlike other models, the rear part will not be a problem,  since we find a less voluminous space that allows us to enjoy a better elaboration . As the only negative point, we note that the construction is a bit weak, but it does not bother too much.

connectivity

It allows the use of three  HDMI 2.0 inputs that usually provide good performance when connecting consoles, computers and laptops, as well as includes the ALLM  and  eARC functions that improve the experience in certain content. It also includes two USB 2.0 ports  that are used to play and record content.

Other useful physical connections include the  Ethernet port ,  optical audio output  ,  satellite  input ,  and  antenna . By the way, it presents compatibility with second generation  DVB-T2/C/S2 , television tuners that allow a more complete tracking of terrestrial, satellite and cable channels.

The wireless theme is well covered with options that are sometimes not even seen in the high range. Here we find a  Wi-Fi Direct  connection to connect to the internet from a distance. Without a doubt, the most interesting thing is its  Bluetooth 5.2,  which improves a lot due to the included version.

Image quality and functions in general of the Samsung 55BU8505

The Samsung UE55BU8505 has a 4K resolution that offers four times more quality than Full HD, therefore, we enjoy precise details, which seek to show realistic scenes, although due to the Edge LED backlighting the quality ends up being a bit lower.

This causes local dimming to be low, resulting in inaccurate lighting that suffers in very dark or bright environments. Also consider that the black level is a bit bad, therefore, there will not be as much purity even in the whites as in upper panels.

The good thing is that it includes  VA  and  IPS that together greatly improve the image, since there will be better levels in terms of contrast and brightness, in addition, light leaks from the sides are minimal. Another major benefit is that viewing angles are improved and colors are vivid.

To continue improving the image, they implement interesting enhancement technologies such as  Contrast Enhancer ,  Dynamic Crystal Color  and  LED Clear Motion . There will be more options, but they usually do a similar job, so it’s not worth talking about them, but the quality improves a lot.

To everything already mentioned, add compatibility with  HDR10 ,  HDR10+  and  HLG , formats that work in essential parameters, yes, the content must be compatible otherwise we will not notice any improvement. For more fluid movements, it integrates  Motion Xcelerator .

Sound

It only has two speakers that provide a total power of 20W ,  something totally normal within the mid-range, yes, the content currently seems to require a little more quality so that there are no problems as it can happen with what this offers. TV.

The good thing is that they implement technologies such as  Adaptive Sound ,  Dolby Digital Plus  and  Q-Symphony that provide an immersive and precise experience. However, there is still a little to owe, so the best option ends up being to purchase an external sound system.

It is attractive to know that the Samsung 55BU8505 works with Tizen, a Linux-based system that has the advantages of optimization and security, although it does not include the most current version. Likewise, everything is organized so that navigation is more intuitive, so we can easily access the functions.

It has an extensive app store that has the most popular entertainment options, likewise, it allows voice control thanks to  Google Assistant ,  Alexa  and  Bixby . Thanks to  Apple AirPlay 2  we can transmit music, photos and videos from an iPhone, iPad or Mac.

It is a system that includes several exclusive functions that try to improve the user experience, as if that were not enough, it offers features for gaming, obviously the experience will not be incredible, but it does improve, especially if we compare it with some current models .

Availability and price of the Samsung UE55BU8505

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Samsung UE55BU8505: Pros and Cons

PROS:
  • Design
  • connectivity
  • acceptable image
  • enhancement features
  • voice control
  • Apple AirPlay 2
  • Price
CONS:
  • Backlight
  • Frequency
  • sound power
  • scaled
7.8TOTAL SCORE

 

Picture quality
7.5
connectivity
7.5
Sound
7
System / SmartTV
8
Design
8
Quality / price ratio
8.5
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