What Samsung’s 50-inch 7 Series 4K HDTV proves is that you don’t have to lavishly overspend—now just $350 at Best Buy—to get your hands on a solid set that will take care of all your TV-watching needs.
Sure, this particular ultra-budget-friendly model doesn’t necessarily have the wow factor of the Korean tech giant’s highly regarded QLED offerings, but know that it still packs in enough perks that it is definitely worth your time.
The set’s VA-LCD panel provides above-average picture quality with blacks that do get deeper than what you would expect from such a budget offering. The colors are mostly accurate and has a high native contrast. It also does a valiant job in supporting today’s must-have HDR content.
And if you find yourself often watching TV during the daytime or in a bright room, it may be in your best interest to purchase a heavy-duty curtain or blinds to reduce those annoying glares and reflections.
First introduced in 2015 after years of development, the Tizen OS looked to simplify the user interface and make it possible to more easily connect TVs to nearby Samsung smartphones, tablets, and smartwatches.
The vision was indeed there to make it into a strong competitor in the smart TV market—and Samsung desperately wanted the Tizen OS to be part of the mainstream and ultimately the “OS of everything.”
Much like its Korean archrival LG’s webOS platform, the Tizen has a pleasant stripped-down interface but it really lacks any real punch that is needed for today’s data-heavy streaming TV world.
The overall design of the 7 Series is quite pleasing for a budget model—as the ultra-thin bezel on all sides gives it a very clean appearance. Keep in mind that the TV’s legs, however, are set quite far apart, so if you’re using a TV stand or a table, make sure that it is long enough.
Ethen Kim Lieser is a Minneapolis-based Science and Tech Editor who has held posts at Google, The Korea Herald, Lincoln Journal Star, AsianWeek and Arirang TV. Follow or contact him on LinkedIn.