Samsung UN50H6350 Review (UN50H6350AFXZA)

50 inch 1080p 120Hz Smart LED TV

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Strenghts

Samsung UN50H6350 LED TV
  • Game mode reduces input lag down to acceptable levels
  • Thin bezels and profile make for an attractive appearance
  • 120Hz refresh rate reduces judder and motion blur for fast action and sports programming
  • Samsung Smart Hub offers a ton of apps and streaming media
  • Quad core processor has no problems operating the Smart Hub
  • Plenty of HDMI (4) and USB (3) inputs

Weaknesses

  • Side angle viewing degrades quickly as the viewer moves from off-center
  • Operation of the Smart Hub with the standard remote lacks the feel of the Touch remote; web browsing is much slower
  • Semi-matte screen finish seems dull compared to clear coat displays
  • Built-in sound quality is lacking

Picture Quality Rating: 85/100

This bright 50 inch edge lit LED TV provides a brilliant picture. The edge lighting also helps to balance out the downsides of the matte screen by providing rich colors and strong contrast. All of that said, from relatively close to front and center we felt the picture displayed was very good with lots of light flow-through to help with depth perception. The picture is remarkably similar to the F6300 from last year. A full 10-point white balance adjustment option that makes getting colors accurate easy with the right settings. The UN50H6350 has a retail price tag of $1,199. This is a good value considering the screen space and the sheer amount of features packed into this one. The 48 inch size is available for $200 less and presents an even stronger value if you don't mind losing 2 inches of screen space.

Samsung UN50H6350 LED TV
Color reproduction of the H6350 can be a touch over-saturated, but still looks excellent. Excellent darks and brights are seen here too

Side Viewing Angles

The biggest problem with this TVs picture quality. Color and contrast degrade pretty early at about 20 degrees off center and it quickly gets worse from there. The amount of “wash out” is also more severe than LED TVs with a clearer coat. Above and below off center viewing gave a similar result. This is important for those who plan on wall mounting the TV above eye level. Or for those with wide angles in their viewing room.

Game Mode - the Way to go for Gaming

Enabling the Game Mode for gaming is a must for competitive shooters and action gamers. The input lag went from a noticable 120ms down to 30ms with the flick of a switch. That really makes games like Battlefield and Titalfall much more enjoyable and immersive. Game Mode features its own picture settings, so take a moment to get the picture looking good again the first time you do it. Screen Fit is also one of the most important things to select so you don't get overscan. A lot of the picture settings for games will be determined by personal preference. Just be sure the picture is bright enough for you.


Features Rating: 87/100

Samsung UN50H6350 LED TV Smart TV
Here you can see the newest and extremely useful faeture of the Samsung Smart Hub. Split screen multitasking

Smart Hub - Lots of Options

Samsung still boasts the best selection of apps in their smart TV platform. When it comes to quality of free and paid apps, they beat out the competition as well. The Premium Apps such as the movie services, sports and music are also top notch and include the usual Netflix, You Tube (though we like Youtube through the browser better), Facebook (browser is better here too), Twitter, Vudu, Amazon, Hulu Plus. Allows tweets on right hand side of screen streaming while you watch programming. Allows that social aspect to see what others are thinking. All of this is powered by a quad core processor for excellent speed and performance.

Wifi and Web Browser Included

The built-in wifi connected to our network flawlessly and quickly. We had everything up and running in no time at all. The Web Browser on the 50H6350 defaults to a Bing search bar. The browser is slow to use with the 5-way controller on the remote but loads content quickly and the Wifi connectivity is just as strong as last year's stellar performing model.

Remote and Menu System

Samsung always has a very easy to use menu system that is very well organized. The layout presents tutorials beside various settings and information explaining some of the more complicated picture settings that you probably do not want to use, but may be curious about. Dedicated keys on the backlit remote take you to Smart TV options on the H6350.

Appearance


Samsung UN50H6350 LED TV Design and Appearance
The familiar quad leg desing of the H6350 isn't a stranger to mid-level Samsung LED TVs

The UN50H6350 makes use of the chrome colored Samsung quadrapod design that we have seen before. The matte silver finish on the quad legs is a nice touch. The bright reflective chrome stands are usually too much in our opinion. The bezels and profile are very thin to give the TV an attractive appearance. For those who don't like the look of the 4-legged stand, wall mounting is always a viable option.

Value Rating: 89/100

The UN50H6350 sells for $200 less than the H6400 series above it. That $200 can be spent on better speakers, a blu-ray player, or go towards a game console. That is, if the extra features like 3D and microdimming aren't important to you. Similar value TVs like the Vizio E480i-B2 sells for about $300 less, but you are going to miss out on picture quality and a stout smart TV experience.

Overall Rating: 87/100

Quick Specs

  • 49.5" Diagonal Measurement
  • 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • 240 Clear Motion Rate
  • Wide Color Enhancer Plus
  • 2x 10 watt speakers
  • 4 HDMI, 3 USB inputs
  • Dimensions without stand (W X H X D): 44.0" x 25.8" x 2.5"
  • Dimensions with stand: 44.0" x 28.9" x 12.1"
  • Weight without stand: 28 lb.
  • Weight with stand: 31.5 lb.


Jack Burden Jack Burden has been reviewing and writing reviews in the consumer electronics category for 7 years with CEAG. He considers grayscale gradation, film patterned retarders, and focus field drives to be fun topics. Read more about Jack
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