This article takes an up-close look at Samsung’s 55-inch 4K Ultra HD LED Smart TV. Highlights of this review include features, specifications, pricing, review of comparable models, pros and cons, and our team’s final verdict. Shopping for a TV for your home can be fun, but choosing the perfect one isn’t as cut-and-dry as it seems when considering all the varied features consumers can choose from these days.

Product Overview

This Samsung-model TV features 4K Ultra HD (UHD) with PurColor® technology and a UHD dimming-upscaling feature that allows for color details to be as enhanced as you want. At 54.6 inches in diameter, this Samsung TV is large enough to display a visually striking picture in virtually any area of your home and can also be mounted to the wall with relative ease, though it is recommended to utilize a professional installer for a TV of this size. In addition to making a great home TV, this model is also popular among commercial businesses that have lobbies, cafes, or waiting rooms.

Samsung UN55JU640DFXZA 55" Class 4K Ultra HD LED Smart TV
  • Beautifully Thin and Flat Design
  • Enjoy Fluid Picture Quality with Motion Rate 120
  • Vibrant PurColor Technology

Specifications

Samsung’s TV screen features full-array backlighting, and the entire UHD system provides an incredibly crisp picture with intense details. The TV’s contrast enhancer provides remarkable depth to the screen’s picture, while the screen’s Ultra Clear Panel reduces screen glare and reflections while absorbing ambient light. Due to the TV’s Smart TV functionalities, users can access their favorite programs, videos on demand, live TV, apps, and social media accounts all through the TV’s home menu screen. Samsung also threw in a full Internet browser, complete with a high-speed Quad-Core processor.

One notable feature of this Samsung-model TV is the ConnectShare™ feature, which allows users to import their music and videos onto the TV with a USB connection. This gives the Samsung TV a near computer-like level of operation and file sharing capability. This TV is also Energy Star® certified, making it a great choice for consumers who want to keep their home as energy-efficient as possible. Additionally, like most smart TVs on the market today, the Samsung TV comes with a standard power cable, eliminating chances for confusion during setup.

More specifications for the Samsung 55-inch Smart TV include:

  • Screen resolution: 3840 x 2160
  • Wi-Fi: Built-in
  • Audio system: Dolby MS11
    • Sound output (RMS): 20W (10W x 2)
    • Sound effect: DTS Studio Sound
    • Speaker type: Down Firing + Base Reflex (2CH)
  • Three HDMI ports
  • Two USB ports
  • Ethernet port
  • Dimensions (inches)
    • Without TV stand: 48.9 W x 28.3 H x 2.5 D
    • With TV stand: 38.9 W x 30.5 H x 8.9 D
    • Shipping size: 57.9 W x 32 H x 5.7 D
  • Weight
    • Without stand: 34.8 pounds
    • With stand: 41.2 pounds
    • Shipping weight: 51.1 pounds
  • Power supply (V): AC110-120V 60 Hz
  • Typical power consumption: 62W
  • Standby power consumption: 0.3W
  • Remote control type: Standard

Pricing

Stores such as Best Buy (online and in-store) and Amazon’s online platform are known to have exceptional deals on TVs of this caliber. Refurbished models are also available at Walmart, Fry’s Electronics, Sam’s Club, and eBay.

How It Compares

Although the Samsung 55-inch Smart TV is a tough one to beat in today’s market, there are several notable competitors that sell just as well. Take a look at our competitor picks below:

1. TCL 55S405 55-inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV

TCL 55S405 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV (2017 Model)
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): TV without stand: 49.1 x 28.5 x 3 inches, TV with stand: 49.1 x...
  • Smart functionality offers access to over 4,000 streaming channels featuring more than...
  • Pairs 4K Ultra HD picture clarity with the contrast, color, and detail of High Dynamic...

TCL’s 2017-model TV features a sleek, modern design as market-competitive as any other smart TV currently on the market. Additionally, thanks to the TV’s Roku™ application, users can access over 4,000 streaming channels and over 450,000 movies and TV episodes.

Price: Surprisingly, this TV can be found on Amazon brand new. This price doesn’t include expert installation, but if you need installation help, this price package is incredibly reasonable. The TCL-model TV can also be found at discount stores like Walmart for less, proving that even high-quality models can fit a modest budget.

Ease of Use: TCL-brand TVs are known for their user-friendly Roku™ interface, neatly organized ports, and simplistic remote controls. The 55S405 model lives up to the TCL standard with all these features. However, the relatively small number of ports compared to similar models leaves connectivity capabilities a bit stunted.

Assembly Time: Installation time for a TCL 55-inch TV is about the same as any smart TV of the same size, provided an appropriate TV wall mount was either purchased along with the TV or already on hand. Once the TV is mounted or set up in the desired area of your home, all that needs doing is plugging in the power cord and setting up your media accounts.

Build Quality: Although this TV boasts a sleek design and affordable 4K and HDR viewing, mediocre backlighting and less-than-perfect color quality leave quite a bit to be desired. TCL’s TV model is also lacking the Dolby™ Audio system most of its competitors have, but at the TCL’s price, these missing qualities are to be expected. Also, some users complained about the remote control’s lack of advanced features.

Warranty: This TV comes with a standard warranty of one year for parts and labor. Most TV buyers complain about warranties that are shorter than three years, which leaves us no choice but to declare this warranty offering subpar.

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2. LG Electronics 55UJ7700 55-inch 4K Ultra HD LED Smart TV


LG Electronics 55UJ7700 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2017 Model)
  • Dimensions (W x H x D with stand): 48.7" x 30.6" x 9.2"
  • Smart Functionality: Yes
  • 4K Ultra HD resolution

Key features on this 2017 LG model include webOS 3.5 Smart TV functions, which provide Netflix and other popular video streaming apps; active HDR with Dolby Vision™, and true color accuracy settings. This TV is also Energy Star® certified, making it an energy-efficient option worth considering.

Price: This LG-model TV sits firmly in the affordable category. Certain stores, such as Fry’s Electronics, have this model available for lower prices at times.

Ease of Use: Not only is LG’s Smart TV system relatively easy to use and highly connectible due to its four HDMI ports, but also the LG website features an abundance of documents and videos available for download, including operation guides, troubleshooting help, tutorials, and warranty information. This TV also features A La Carte Live TV service, which allows users to personalize and save their favorite channel lineups.

Assembly Time: If an appropriate TV wall mount was either purchased along with the TV or already on hand, installation time for an LG 55-inch will be roughly the same as any smart TV of the same size. Once the TV is mounted or set up in the desired area of your home, the user will need to plug in the power cord and set up their desired media accounts.

Build Quality: At first glance, LG’s 55-inch Smart TV looks to be of superior quality. When taking a closer look, we found this to be true: With a standard-quality screen resolution of 3480 x 2160; a refresh rate of 60 Hz, and sleek, lightweight dimensions, this TV model doesn’t skimp on quality in the slightest. The Ultra Surround-Sound, Hi-Fi audio system also points to this model’s high-quality build.

Warranty: With a standard warranty offering of one year for parts and labor, the LG-brand TV fares no better than the other TVs featured in this review. We’d love to see TVs of this caliber satisfy customers better by offering longer warranties.

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3. Sceptre C558CV-U Curved 55-inch 4K Ultra HD LED TV

Sceptre Curved 55-Inch 4K Ultra High Definition 3840 x 2160 UHD LED TV...
  • 55" 4K UHDTV Curved TV
  • Ultra High Definition 3840x2160
  • HDMI 2.0 & HDCP 2.2

As the only curved-screen TV featured in our review, Sceptre brings an air of unique, avant-garde luxury not often seen in this price range. This is the brand’s first curved TV attempt, and it appears they have nailed it—a huge advantage considering the growing popularity of curved-screen TVs.

Price: This model is available at a lower price than the SRP online. When considering Sceptre’s functionalities, large 55-inch diameter, and perfectly executed curved screen design, this TV is a great deal.

Ease of Use: The TV’s four HDMI ports, USB port, and smartphone connection capabilities were among the deciding factors in how easy this TV is to use for the average consumer. Users find the USB port especially popular, as it allows for easy music and picture sharing. Additionally, the TV’s onscreen display control settings are incredibly easy to master according to most reviewers.

Assembly Time: Like most Smart TVs, the Sceptre doesn’t have to be mounted on the wall. If wall mounting is desired, however, installation time for Sceptre’s 55-inch TV will be roughly the same as any smart TV of the same size, regardless of the screen’s curvature. After the TV is mounted or set up in the desired area of your home, all the user needs to do is plug in the power cord and set up their desired media accounts.

Build Quality: Due to a high number of buyers complaining about the poor sound quality compared to the TV’s excellent picture quality, we had to knock a star off our rating. Most users solved the issue of sound quality by incorporating speakers of their own. Other than the sound, however, users generally hold this TV in high regard.

Warranty: Like all the other TVs featured in our review, the Sceptre model comes with a limited one-year warranty for parts and labor. Most TVs of this caliber are lucky to get two-year warranties or higher. Regardless, we must admit we are disappointed with the short warranties featured on today’s average smart TV.

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Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Topnotch Screen Features
  • Sleek Design

Cons

  • Dark Angles
  • Difficult Picture Settings

Pros

Positives of the Samsung 55-inch LED Smart TV include its affordability and the TV’s color settings and screen capabilities being top-notch and easy to adjust. The glare-reducing Ultra Clear Panel is also very helpful for rooms that get a lot of natural light. Furthermore, users love being able to easily access their favorite programs such as video on demand, live TV, apps, and social media accounts via the TV’s home menu screen. Samsung’s full Internet browser, complete with a high-speed Quad-Core processor, is also seen as a remarkable bonus. Finally, the TV’s sleek and stylish design rivals that of more expensive models.

Cons

Despite the Samsung TV being among the best-rated on the market, it does come with its share of mild shortcomings. For instance, although the TV’s audio system is powered by Dolby™, there are no Dolby Vision™ capabilities compared to similar models in the Samsung’s price range. Some customers have also reported dark angles at certain viewpoints, difficulty adjusting picture settings, and the fact that customer service for troubleshooting issues can be lackluster. Additionally, the one-year parts and labor warranty will always leave much to be desired.

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TCL 55S405 55-inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV

LG Electronics 55UJ7700 55-inch 4K Ultra HD LED Smart TV

Sceptre C558CV-U Curved 55-inch 4K Ultra HD LED TV

Conclusion

Samsung’s 55-inch UHD 4K LED Smart TV makes an overall great impression with its extensive connectivity options, rich color display options, high-quality sound system, and energy efficiency. Although the warranty is subpar, we realize that most TVs are restricted under the same warranty standards. For that reason, we could only knock off so many points. Additionally, most reviewers found this TV remarkably easy to use, maintain, and program to their liking.

If you or someone you know has purchased this TV in the last year, please let us know your thoughts. We know that choosing a TV isn’t always easy, so we welcome and appreciate additional reviews to strengthen our own as long as the reviews we receive are objective, honest, and thoughtful.

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