Samsung UE40JU7000 – 3D Picture Quality
To some extent, the same applies here as with 2D viewing. So while the UE40JU7000 does an excellent job at 3D in terms of sharpness, brightness, colour-richness and well-controlled crosstalk ghosting noise, its small screen size diminishes the ability of the 3D pictures to pull you into the action.
Certainly, if I was buying this TV I’d be less inclined to find the extra cash for some 3D glasses than I would be with one of its larger siblings.
Samsung UE40JU7000 – Sound Quality
It’s always challenging to generate really convincing sound when you have little physical TV bodywork to play with as there is with the UE40JU7000. However, overall I was pretty happy with the clarity, vocal naturalism and precision that Samsung’s speakers deliver.
The only problems are that there’s been minimal attempt to introduce much bass to the soundstage, and that treble information can start to sound thin and harsh when the going gets tough.
Other Things to Consider
Impressively for its relatively low price, the UE40JU7000 ships with two remote controls. There’s a decent “normal” model, and a smaller “Smart” handset that does a mostly excellent job of providing a pretty effective “point and click” alternative to the usual button-based navigation controls.
Shifting our focus to gaming, the UE40JU7000 proves an excellent console/PC monitor.
Using the Game preset (unhelpfully tucked away in the General System menu, rather than with the other picture presets) and turning off any residual video processing yielded an input lag measurement of only 22ms. This is exceptionally low for a TV – especially a 4K UHD TV – and it means the UE40JU7000 should have minimal negative impact on your gaming performance.
Should I buy a Samsung UE40JU7000?
There aren’t many places you can turn right now to find a 4K UHD TV for less than £1,000, especially if you want that native UHD resolution to be joined by other, strong picture-quality attributes. So in that respect the UE40JU7000 doesn’t have much competition at all at the time of writing.
However, given that its small screen size limits the impact of its UHD resolution to some extent, then maybe that £850 budget would be better spent on a larger, good-quality Full HDTV, such as the Sony KDL-55W805C. Or, if you’re looking at a second-room TV, then a similar-sized but cheaper Full HD model could be an option.
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The UE40JU7000 is another exceptionally accomplished Samsung UHD TV. It has the secondary picture quality attributes needed to unlock UHD’s resolution benefits, and it also delivers one of the richest smart TV experiences around for less than a grand.
Score in detail
3D Quality 9
Smart TV 8
2D Quality 9
Sound Quality 7