Samsung UN48J5000 Review – Affordable, but Quality and Nice-Sized TV

Samsung UN48J5000

Image Quality
Sound Quality
Ease of use
Price/Performance ratio
  • Nice dimensions
  • Great picture quality
  • Great price
  • No smart functionality
  • Pretty poor sound quality, especially when in a large room
The J5000 series coming from Samsung have already established their place as remarkable devices for those on a budget. What some users might find lacking with the series is the lack of certain functionalities and features that became a standard today.

However, with the gadgets that are available on the market today, users are able to overcome the lack of certain things. The minimalist design of the J5000 series deviates from standard Samsung’s design, which is a welcomed change as it’s a dash of fresh air.

Design and Key Features – More Than Satisfying

The UN48J5000 definitely delivers in terms of quality, especially for a TV within this price range. The minimalist design allows it to seamlessly blend into any room, while the large screen allows the user to view it from a “great” distance. The picture quality is very clear, thanks to the 1080p resolution and the 60 CMR (Clear Motion Rate) which provides an extremely clear moving picture.

The colors are vivid and true, making the picture appear very natural. Wide Color Enhancer can be thanked for this, as it is able to deliver a very diverse pallet of colors, widening them in order to provide you with a better presentation. Motion Blur is kept to a minimum, albeit perfection can’t be expected on this model. One of the downsides might be the sound. While the TV does feature DTS Premium Sound technology, the volume can be a bit low sometimes.

This can require an additional set of speakers if the TV is installed in a large room. For bedrooms and smaller rooms alike, the sound is nearly perfect and you will find no need for additional equipment. When it comes to the sheer sound quality, it is safe to say that it’s more than satisfying.

Who Should Buy It? – Great for Many People, Especially Gamers on a Budget

The UN48J5000 definitely has a broad audience which will recognize its appeal. Watching sports or movies will be more than enjoyable, as will playing video games. The only issue you might find with movies is the sound output.

Unfortunately, it’s not possible to get a truly immersive experience in a large room. The input lag is quite low and the motion blur is kept to a minimum as mentioned before, so for gamers on a budget, the UN48J5000 is the way to go. However, this model does not feature a Smart functionality nor can you connect to it via Wi-Fi. Considering the price of the model, you can easily use some of the streaming devices that are available on the market today in order to work around the lack of these features and grasp the full potential of the TV.

The ConnectShare feature allows you to play media directly from a USB. The issue is, there is only one USB slot available, so you will be required to plug it out and in quite often. 2 HDMI slots that are featured are enough for the majority of users, albeit those more demanding users will prefer more slots.