When we first tested Samsung’s KS7000, the all-important game mode wasn’t available when viewing HDR material, instead limiting the display to movie mode and a mammoth 117ms of input latency – and that was a massive shame. Samsung’s display technology is excellent, its HDR implementation has much to commend it, and in many other respects, both the KS7000 and its nearest US equivalent, the KS8000, are best in class in the mid-range market sector. Well, the good news is that game mode is now available with HDR via a recent firmware update, which means that you get all the benefits of Samsung’s technology with a class-leading 23ms of lag, regardless of whether you’re in HDR mode or viewing standard material.
Our experience suggests that there are still a few random firmware bugs that addressing – such as HDR sometimes being displayed as SDR. And there’s also the matter of the user having to manually adjust various settings when using game mode in combination with HDR to display this format correctly, making set-up more difficult than it need be (something we’ve addressed in a video further down this page). But in terms of price vs performance, the KS7000 now moves ahead of our previous mid-range pick – the .
Beyond these teething problems the KS7000 is a superb 4K display that offers up an enticing entry point into getting a quality HDR experience. In fact, for the money you are getting superb all round performance with low input lag no other manufacturer can match with their 2016 ranges when displaying HDR. As expected there are some caveats at the sub-£1000 price point, but these are things that apply to most TVs in the mid-range bracket, and can only be avoided by spending considerably more money on a flagship high-end display.