Samsung UN48J5200 Review

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Samsung is one of the best-known TV makers, but its products tend to be pricier than budget brands such as Insignia and Vizio. The company's competitively priced J5200 line is an exception. The 48-inch Samsung UN48J5200 (starting at $498, Amazon) compares favorably to most budget TVs. An expert from Rtings.com says this model produces solid, uniform black levels, a struggle for many budget TVs. Its color accuracy is very good, which is fortunate because, as this reviewer notes, there aren't any controls for precise fine-tuning. The reviewer notes that on-screen motion looks smooth during movies, but there is noticeable motion blur during live sports and in video games, which is certainly a disappointment. Also, the J5200 has a pretty narrow viewing angle before the picture begins to look distorted. Still, the reviewer says the overall picture quality is quite good.

The Samsung UN48J5200 is a smart TV, but rather than using the popular Roku interface, Samsung relies on its own interface. It includes many popular apps and streaming services and works very well, according to reviews by several Amazon shoppers, who found it easy to use. Consumers echo the experts in declaring the quality of the video to be very good, noting the deep black levels and sharp, clear picture.

The Samsung J5200 series is available in 50-inch, 48-inch, 43-inch, and 40-inch sizes. The Samsung UN48J5200 is an LED TV with full 1080p HD and a 60 Hz refresh rate. This smart TV with built-in Wi-Fi supports wireless mirroring, so users can cast content from a smartphone to the TV. The UN48J5200 has only two HDMI ports, but it does have an Ethernet port, which most budget TVs lack. It also includes a component/composite port and a USB port.

For the most part, the Samsung J5200 is a good buy. Its color accuracy, black levels, and screen uniformity are points in its favor. It may not use the popular Roku interface, but Samsung's smart TV interface satisfies most users and is easy enough to manage. The only real drawback is occasional motion blur when watching sports or playing video games. For consumers who primarily watch movies and TV shows, that won't be much of an issue. But dedicated gamers and sports fans will probably want to choose a different TV.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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