Samsung UN55B6000 LCD HDTV First Impressions Review
The biggest feature on the UN55B6000 is the new LED backlighting system.
Display Size & Technology
A 55-inch LCD panel with full HD resolution (1920 by 1080) is at the heart of the UN55B6000.
*The UN55B6000 uses a 55-inch LCD panel with LED backlights
Format & Resolution
The innovation for this model begins behind the screen: the display uses LED backlights placed around the edge of the screen to create the image. This has two advantages over the CCFL (Cold Cathode Florescent) lights used on most displays; LEDs use less electricity and don't contain mercury. So, Samsung claims that the UN55B6000 will use around 40% less electricity than a similarly sized model from their 2008 lineup, and the lack of mercury makes them easier to recycle and less likely to harm small furry things when you do throw them out to buy something bigger.
Brightness, Blacks & Contrast Ratio
because the UN55B6000 has not yet been released, Samsung has not revealed many details on the specifics of the specs. They didn't release any details of the black level or the contrast ratio the display will be able to achieve: we'll have to wait to get one of the models in for review before we can get any more specific.
Refresh Rate & Motion
The LN 55B6000 has Samsung's new 120Hz Auto Motion Plus processing, which they claim provides smoother motion and. The more expensive 8 series doubles this to run at 240Hz, but we haven't tested this yet, so we don't know how much of a difference the faster processing will make.
Again, Samsung did not provide any facts or figures for how the contrast and color holds up as the viewer moves away from straight in front of the display, but our brief examination of the pre-production unit on show at the CES show looked promising; we found that the contrast did start to fall off at about 40 degrees off axis, but it was still very viewable, and the color was still bright and very watchable at much wider angles.
We saw good, strong color in the pre-production unit that we looked at on the CES show floor, and Samsung is offering an extended color gamut that they call Wide Color Enhancer Pro. We weren't able to test this feature at the show.
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