UHD (Ultra High Definition) televisions are the future and that future is here now. The Samsung UN50HU6950 50 inch 4K Ultra HD television is a prime example. I test drove this 50″ UHD Smart TV and reviewed the features of it. Let’s begin then.
Samsung UN50HU6950 Features
The most important part in learning about a piece of equipment is its features. The technical specifications are (and should be) the first and most important piece of information looked at. Here are the technical specs of the Samsung UN50HU6950 Smart TV. No matter what you might’ve read elsewhere, these specs are completely accurate.
- Screen size is 50” (49.5”)
- Aspect ratio is 16:9
- Screen resolution is 3840 x 2160 pixels
- Screen refresh rate is 120 Hz
- LED backlighting
- Smart TV with a multitude of applications
- Built-in Wi-Fi
- 4 HDMI inputs
- 1 Component video input
- 1 Composite video input
- 3 USB ports
- 1 Optical Digital Audio Output
- HxWxD (without stand) is 25 3/4” x 44 1/2” x 2 3/4”
- HxWxD (with stand) is 27 5/8” x 44 1/2” x 10 7/8”
- Weight with stand is 37.4 lbs
- Weight without stand is 30.8 lbs
- It’s wall mountable but bracket isn’t included
While many sites describe the Samsung UN50HU6950 television as having a 60 Hz refresh rate, this is NOT correct. The true native screen refresh rate is 120 Hz.
4K Ultra High Definition
4K, which is also known as UHD, is the future in high definition televisions. 4K is generally four times the standard resolution of 1080p HDTVs. This 50 inch Samsung TV brings the future here now. I tested the 4K capabilities of the Samsung UN50HU6950 and what I saw was remarkable. The crispness and clarity was beyond compare. Unfortunately, my cable provider (as well as most television providers) does not offer programming in 4K. However, I was able to view 4K programs by streaming YouTube videos through the Smart TV app. Also, Netflix offers some 4K programming through its streaming service. The only downfall is that you need to have a higher speed internet connection to stream 4K. Netflix requires a minimum of 20 Mbps in order to view such programs in Ultra High Definition.
The Ultimate Smart TV
This Smart TV is the latest and greatest of them all. Besides surfing the web, there are tons of built-in applications for services such as Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, Amazon, MLB At Bat, WWE Network, and so much more. Additionally, this TV has a quad core processor that enables its Multi-Link feature to shine. Multi-Link allows you to split your television screen into four quadrants. You can watch a television program, stream a video, browse the web, and check Facebook all at the same time.
Samsung’s AllShare Play lets you wirelessly access and stream content from any compatible Samsung device right onto the television. This screen sharing feature is pretty cool. Samsung seamlessly integrates the use of its phones and tablets with the use of this Smart TV. But of course, I do not own a Samsung tablet or smart phone so I was unable to test this feature.
The Remote and Sound
The sophistication of the remote is unbelievable. In the box, there’s a IR transmitter that plugs into the TV and sits in front of your cable box. This enables you to use one remote to control the television and your cable box. The remote features do not end there. The remote has voice recognition capabilities. You can tell the remote to change channels, launch apps, adjust the volume, and more. The remote also has a touch pad to allow you to easily navigate through the many different features of the television. Unfortunately this one feature was difficult to get adjusted to. This is the one feature I could do without since the touch pad is overly sensitive.
Sound quality is exceptional. You have to realize that these newer televisions are thin. It’s difficult for the manufacturer to include great sounding speakers in such a limited space. The sound was fine until the volume was raised to medium to high level. Then, a vibration was heard. I checked to see if it was perhaps the TV stand, loose connections, etc. However, I found the problem to be with the television itself. Now, this isn’t a deal breaker. Just when numerous amounts of bass are present, a vibration can be heard. I found a simple and cheap solution. The Samsung HW-F355 2.1 Channel 120 Watt Soundbar.
The Samsung HW-F355 Soundbar was a breeze to install. It consists of a soundbar that has 30 Watt x 2 speakers and a 60 Watt subwoofer. The great thing is that the Samsung UN50HU6950 is Bluetooth capable. Not only can you connect a bluetooth keyboard and mouse, you can connect bluetooth speaker systems. I just had to plug the subwoofer into the soundbar, then plug the power cord into the wall. The Samsung TV immediately recognized and connected to the Samsung Soundbar. Additionally, the television’s remote also controls the soundbar. When sound is coming out the soundbar, the television’s speakers are not in use so goodbye to bad vibrations.
This 50 inch Samsung UHD Smart TV was very easy to set up. The size itself is perfect for any size room, small to large. I found the best price available for the Samsung UN50HU6950 and provide the link below. I also have the link to the Samsung HW-F355 Soundbar. The soundbar is great for small to medium size rooms. Overall, I’m quite satisfied with this television. For the price, it’s a great buy. This television is future-proof and will amaze your family for years. I give the Samsung UN50HU6950 4.5 stars out of 5.