Samsung UN60JS7000 4K LED TV review

Samsung UN60JS7000 4K LED TV

MSRP $2,099.99

“Samsung’s JS7000 is a beautiful TV at a great price.”


  • Outstanding color

  • Uniform light

  • Respectable black levels

  • Supports HDR and WCG

  • Attractive design


  • Local dimming does not affect black levels

  • Narrow sweet spot

  • No motion or touchpad remote

The JS7000 may be a 2015 model and therefore considered “old” by tech-geek accounts, but if you need to buy a new set in 2016, I highly recommend grabbing them before they’re gone forever. It may be last year’s model, but it will outperform many 2016 TVs that will cost more.

The JS7000 series offers a huge bang for your buck in terms of image quality and screen size – a rarity indeed – plus future-proof folding elements that you’ll find hard to find in competing manufacturers.

Now comes the part where I usually say this review is about the other screen sizes in the series. Except this time I can’t say it. There is a difference between the 55″ version and the 50-60″ version in the JS7000 (maybe that explains why the 55″ is actually cheaper than the 50″ on Amazon right now) … more on that in a moment.

Out of the box

The JS7000 may not have all the flash of its superior super-models, but that doesn’t make it any less appealing. Its screen is flat, not curved. It has an impressively slim bezel, a surprisingly slim overall profile, and comes with what I think is a perfectly lovely desk stand. In other words, there’s a lot to love about how this TV will look in your entertainment space and, as far as I’m concerned, flashy accents are common in TV styling anyway; a timeless design is usually a better choice.

Functionally speaking, the JS7000 comes with a fair amount of anti-glare treatment on its screen. This is critical for any room where light enters through windows during typical viewing time and makes viewing much easier in environments that have a lot of indoor lighting around the room.

The JS7000 doesn’t come with a motion remote or a touchpad-style remote, which is likely a contributing factor to the device’s affordable price. I prefer vintage remotes anyway – anything you can equip with a backlight is a winner in my book – but I see value in being able to go through username and password entry a little faster with a more advanced remote.

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You won’t find any 3D glasses in the JS7000 box because the TV doesn’t support 3D. If you’re not aware, 3D TVs never took off because 3D at home brings more problems than benefits. Don’t worry, there’s plenty going on under the hood to dazzle you every time you turn on this TV.

Under the hood

As one of Samsung’s SUHD TVs, the JS7000 offers Wide Color Gamut (WCG) and High Dynamic Range (HDR) support, making it capable of handling the latest 4K Ultra HD content offerings from streaming services such as Amazon and Netflix. as well as the recently introduced Ultra HD Blu-ray discs. This is important because I, along with most of the video enthusiast community, feel that HDR and WCG offer more easily visible improvements over 1080p HD TVs than the added resolution of 4K on its own. That’s what I mean when I say “future proofed”. No technology is ever immune to future development, but this TV offers processing and display capabilities that many others don’t.

The JS7000 also has a full-array direct backlight system that results in more even brightness across the screen, and it also means the TV tends to suffer less from backlight blooming at its edges like edge-lit TVs do. However, the JS7000 does not have local dimming. I know, I know. Many review sites say it is, but I double-checked and found out that Samsung’s so-called “UHD dimming” isn’t hardware dimming that actually controls whether the individual LED backlights are lit or not. Instead, it’s a bit of software processing that, according to Samsung, is “picture optimization that enhances the detail of UHD resolution.” Fortunately, this does not result in a seriously compromised image. We will go into details later in the review.

In terms of TV processing – one of the most influential factors in a TV’s picture performance – the JS7000 is very good indeed.

On the software front, the JS7000 runs Tizen OS, Samsung’s proprietary tile-based smart TV system — one of the better options available today.

If you research this TV’s specs, you may notice that it’s listed as having a native 60Hz LCD screen with an “effective frame rate” of 120Hz. This can be a bit confusing, as many sites (including Digital Trends) will say that 120Hz is generally better than 60Hz. However, in this case, the JS7000’s motion blur is so negligible that it’s nothing to worry about. I’ve seen plenty of 120Hz TVs with far worse overall performance, so I’d encourage you to leave this metric aside for the purpose of measuring TV quality.

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Samsung JS7000 SUHD TVBill Roberson/Digital Trends

Bill Roberson/Digital Trends

Speaking of panels, I want to go back to something I teased at the top of this review: the 55-inch version of the JS9500 uses a different type of panel than the 50- and 60-inch versions that allow for a much wider viewing angle, but at the expense of black level depth. In short: the 50- and 60-inch versions will have better black levels, and color saturation may be even better, but if you move off-axis, things get blurry in a hurry. There is a narrow window for the best image quality.

The panel of the 55-inch model allows for much more sweetness, but the image will probably not be as sweet as the 50-inch and 60-inch models.


The JS7000 offers 4 HDMI 2.0 inputs – all of which are HDCP 2.2 compliant – which should allow for plenty of direct connections from game consoles, DVD/Blu-ray/Ultra HD Blu-ray players, cable/satellite boxes and even a set-top box. streaming – top box such as Roku, Apple TV or Amazon Fire TV.

For the purposes of our tests, we connected a TiVo Bolt 4K Ultra HD DVR, a Roku 4, and an Oppo BDP-95 Blu-ray player (Samsung’s UBD-K8500 Ultra HD Blu-ray player was not yet available at the time of testing) as external sources. We also accessed Netflix and Amazon Prime Video using the TV’s built-in apps.


When I sit down to evaluate a TV like the JS7000, I temper my expectations. This isn’t meant to be a videophile TV like Samsung’s JS9500 or JS8500 are designed to be. This is a TV meant to bring next-generation picture quality to the masses, so I expect some compromises and the occasional cut. But I kept thinking again and again: the picture quality of this TV is frighteningly good.

If you look very, very carefully, you can find the JS7000’s flaws. There is a bit of a halo around bright objects on an otherwise black background. Some items that should be black are sometimes just a shade of grey. And, as I mentioned before, the sweet spot is a little narrow for my taste. But beyond those small details, the JS7000 is stunning.

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I kept thinking again and again: the picture quality of this TV is frighteningly good.

Color expression is one of the strengths of this TV. I enjoyed the subtle differences in the shades of yellow, pink, green and purple. The brightness is also a big plus and it’s intense enough to fight a room saturated with sunlight while still looking vibrant. The TV also pulls off HDR pretty well, thanks in no small part to its high-brightness capabilities. And, as mentioned before, this TV was great for watching sports because there is virtually no motion blur. Movie watchers will also love it for minimal judder when watching 24 fps movies.

Perhaps equally important to note is that this TV didn’t do anything particularly bad. There were no annoying distractions that bothered me while watching any content. I just enjoyed watching TV whenever I sat in front of it, and that is perhaps the most important thing that can be said about TV.


You won’t get any praise from me about the sound quality of this TV, but I will say that it’s a big step up from many of the super-slim TVs I’ve reviewed over the past five or so years. The sound is perfectly acceptable for everyday viewing and can get quite loud without going into distortion territory. However, as always, if you want the truly immersive audio experience that a TV of this size deserves, it’s time to look at a soundbar or some sort of home theater system.


Every year, right after the holidays and as the Super Bowl approaches, I’m asked again and again to offer one TV model as a can’t-miss option. While I’m generally wary of saying that any tech product can be a one-size-fits-all solution, I didn’t hesitate to recommend Samsung’s JS7000 series. For me, it ticks all the boxes and is future-proofed well enough to remain relevant for years to come. As I said at the top of this review, if you’re looking for an affordable big screen TV, get the UN60JS7000 and never look back. You’ll be glad you did.

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