February 5, 2021
|Model Name||Price in Nepal||Additional benefits|
The Samsung RU7100 offers shoppers an enticing combination of brand awareness, good feature set and affordable price, positioning it as you search for something that is not too costly, but not too simple, to stand out on store shelves.
The Samsung RU7100 is the follow-up to the Samsung NU7100 2018, a smart 4K UHD TV that sells for less without losing all the great features this year.
|Price in Nepal||(43-inch): Rs. 110,690(49-inch): Rs. 168,990(55-inch): Rs. 183,900(65-inch): Rs. 289,990(75-inch): Rs. 699,990|
|Screen Size||50 inches|
|Resolution||3840 x 2160|
|HDR||HDR10, HLG, HDR10+|
|Refresh Rate||60 hertz|
|Ports||3 HDMI, 2 USB|
|Audio||20 watts, 2 channels|
|Smart TV||Software Smart TV with Universal Guide|
|Size||44.3 x 25.6 x 2.3 inches [w/o stand]|
|Weight||30 pounds [w/o stand]|
Not surprisingly, as a replacement for last year’s Samsung NU7100, the newer RU7100 has a very similar style. The overall look is fairly simple, from the 0.6-inch-thick bezels around the panel to the attached stand, with black plastic construction.
The RU7100 chassis benefits from the design aesthetics of Samsung, which adds a stylish texture across the back panel where a plain matte finish will be used for most inexpensive TVs.
The 50-inch RU7100 is fairly slim for an LCD TV, measuring 44.3 x 25.6 x 2.3 inches without the stand, with a tapered design that makes the set look and feel sleeker than its 2.3-inch thickness would imply. The 50-inch model, weighing 30 pounds, is light enough that one person could assemble it and set it up.
There are holes to fit a 200 x 200 millimeter VESA mount on the back of the set, to hang the TV on the wall, and a strip of deep channels running along the back of the cable management TV.
However, the right and downward-facing input panels of the set are inserted in such a way that the HDMI ports and other links would be essentially unreachable after wall mounting.
The RU7100 is equipped with three HDMI ports, including an ARC (short for Audio Return Channel) HDMI port that can be used to connect a single-connection sound bar. A pair of USB ports provide flash drive access, or streaming device control, such as a Google Chromecast.
For connecting one of the best TV antennas, there is an RF connector, a shared part and composite video input, an optical audio port for older surround sound systems and a wired Internet Ethernet port.
For wireless network access, built-in 802.11ac Wi-Fi is available, and for connecting cordless headphones and speaker systems, Bluetooth.
The RU7100 is equipped with three HDMI ports, including an ARC (short for Audio Return Channel) HDMI port that can be used to connect a single-connection soundbar. A pair of USB ports provide flash drive access, or streaming device control, such as a Google Chromecast.
For connecting one of the best TV antennas, there is an RF connector, a shared part and composite video input, an optical audio port for older surround sound systems, and a wired Internet Ethernet port. For wireless network access, built-in 802.11ac Wi-Fi is available, and for connecting cordless headphones and speaker systems, Bluetooth.
The RU7100 offers a full 3840 x 2160 resolution, a 60Hz refresh rate, and decent image quality as one of Samsung’s most affordable 4K TVs.
The quality of color reproduction is a bit of a surprise as our testing showed that only 96.3 percent of the Rec. is displayed by the RU7100. 709 color space, giving it a palette of colors more limited than we saw in the Samsung NU7100 review last year (98.4 percent )
The RU7100 provides surprisingly good brightness with edge-lit backlight and no local dimming, but overall, the quality of the HDR (high dynamic range) is limited. Although bright lights and highlights flared brightly, subtle details were often swallowed up by shadows.
Samsung also offers strong support for the different video formats that the Xbox offers. This includes 4K gaming at 60 hertz, as well as 10-bit color streaming support at 24, 50 and 60 Hz.
HDR10 is supported for both streaming content and gaming, but it does not support Dolby Vision, being a Samsung TV, even though Dolby Vision formatted video streaming is provided by the Xbox.
Lag times, according to our Leo Bodnar input lag tester, were also among the best we’ve seen, measuring just 12.9 milliseconds. That makes the Samsung RU7100 one of the most responsive sets that we’ve seen all year round, and a top gaming choice.
Inside, the RU7100 has a pair of 10-watt speakers, providing a total of 20 watts of power. That translates into great volume, getting loud enough to fill our test lab, and for a TV that has no subwoofer, it even offered some unexpectedly hefty bass.
Samsung’s basic remote comes with the NU7100. This budget TV gets Samsung’s budget remote control, unlike Samsung’s more premium models, which have sleek designs and only as many buttons as needed.
The plastic remote feels very old-school, with large rubbery buttons, contextual buttons and media playback controls for channel inputs, volume and channel adjustments.
But the bigger issue is the directional control, which uses a directional pad with five buttons. Although these buttons allow you to navigate through smart TV menus, placing the dedicated app buttons so close to these controls greatly increases the probability that you will accidentally hit the wrong button, jumping instead of the next intended item in the menu to an unwanted app.
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