Four spankin' new 2011 TVs reviewed

Samsung UN55D8000 CNET rating: 4 stars out of

Samsung UN55D8000

CNET rating: 4 stars out of 5 (Excellent)

The good: The Samsung UND8000 series has a unique, visually stunning design that minimizes the frame around the screen for a nearly all-picture look. It produces deep black levels with accurate color, along with excellent video processing and improved 3D picture quality. The Smart Hub Internet portal boasts more apps and streaming services than the competition, along with a functional Web browser, and is easier to use thanks to the included dual-sided Bluetooth keyboard with a screen and QWERTY keyboard. Samsung includes two pairs of 3D glasses.

The bad: The UND8000 series is extremely expensive and exhibits poor screen uniformity with excessive brightness variation and banding. Details in shadows were obscured somewhat, and the glossy screen reflects a lot of ambient light. Smart Hub lacks Amazon Instant, its search is next to useless, and its interface can be cluttered and confusing.

The cost: $2,699.00 to $3,239.99

The bottom line: The Samsung UND8000 TV delivers best-in-class looks and features, but its picture quality--thanks to uneven screen uniformity--is ultimately not as good as that of many less expensive models.

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With the year well under way and the new 2011 models shipping, I thought it was time for a roundup of 2011 TVs we've reviewed so far. We've managed to get to four at this point, with many more waiting in the wings, but so far we've noticed a few trends. ©2014 CBS Interactive Inc., a CBS Company. All rights reserved. Used by permission

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