Samsung UN55JS8500 4K SUHD TV Review Part 2 - Product Photos

The Samsung UN55JS8500 4K SUHD TV - Official Image
The Samsung UN55JS8500 4K SUHD TV - Official Image. Image provided by Amazon.com
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Samsung UN55JS8500 4K LED/LCD SUHD TV - Front View

Samsung UN55JS8500 LED/LCD 4K SUHD TV - Photo - Front View
Samsung UN55JS8500 LED/LCD 4K SUHD TV - Photo - Front View. Photo © Robert Silva

The UN55JS8500 is a 55-inch 4K TV that is part of Samsung's SUHD TV product line. The set features an LED-edge lit panel and a stylish edge-to-edge screen design, with the connectivity you need plug in your Blu-ray Disc player, cable/satellite box, and other compatible external devices, as well as built-in Ethernet connection or convenient WiFi for access to internet streaming services and content stored on compatible home network-connected devices.

You can even browse the web using the provided remote or by plugging in a standard USB Windows Keyboard.

As a supplement to my review of the UN55JS8500, the following is a photo profile that provides more information on the TV's features, connections, and onscreen menu system.

To start of this photo look at the Samsung UN55JS8500 LED/LCD 4K SUHD TV is a front view of the set. The TV is shown here with an actual image (one of the 1080p test images available on the Spears & Munsil HD Benchmark Disc 2nd Edition - The image is upscaled from 1080p to 4K for screen display). The photo has been brightness and contrast adjusted in order to make the TV's edge-to-edge bezel design more visible for this photo presentation.

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Samsung UN55JS8500 LED/LCD 4K SUHD TV - Connections

Samsung UN55JS8500 LED/LCD 4K SUHD TV - Connections and Cables
Samsung UN55JS8500 LED/LCD 4K SUHD TV - Connections and Cables. Photo © Robert Silva

The connection arrangement provided on the Samsung UN55JS8500 is different than what you will find on most TVs.

On the left side of the photo above are the connections provided on the rear panel of the TV, which are arranged vertically and face out to the side.

Starting at the top is the Samsung EX-LINK port. This is a service port that allows technicians to access the internal hardware and firmware systems of your TV and perform any service procedures that cannot be performed by user installable firmware updates.

Just below the EX-LINK port is the first of 3 available USB ports, which can be used to access content on USB flash drives, external USB keyboards, digital still or webcams, and other compatible devices.

Continuing to move down is the One Connect Mini Connection port. This provides connection to an external One Connect Box (shown in the right photo).

Next is the built-in Ethernet/LAN port. This allows connection to a router that, in turn, allows the TV to access the internet and the rest of your home network. Also, the TV also provides built-in WiFi that performs the same task. You have the option of using either option to integrate the TV with the internet or a home network.

Next on the vertical row is a set of shared Component (Green, Blue, Red) and Composite Video inputs, along with associated analog stereo audio inputs (you need adapter cables that include standard connections on one end and a 3.5mm connector on the other, which are included in the Samsung UN55JS8500 TV package - shown in the right side photo on this page).

It is important to note that these inputs are provided for connecting both a composite and component video source. Since this group of inputs is shared, you cannot connect both a component and composite AV source (with audio) into the TV using these input at the same time. For more details, read my reference article: Shared AV Connections - What You Need To Know.

Continuing down is a 3.5mm audio output jack. This allows a two-channel analog audio connection to either an external audio system or a pair of headphones.

Finally, on the bottom of the vertical connection panel is the RF input connection. This for connection of an indoor/outdoor antenna, or the RF output of a cable/satellite box.

Now, moving to the center photo is a close-up look at the external One-Connect Box. This box provides all of the HDMI input connections (4 in total). These inputs allow the connection of an HDMI or DVI source (such as an HD-Cable or HD-Satellite Box, Upscaling DVD, or Blu-ray Disc Player). It is also important to note one of the HDMI is MHL-enabled, one is Audio Return Channel (ARC) enabled).

In addition to the HDMI inputs, there are also two additional USB ports (located on to end in this photo).

The large connector on the bottom left is the output connector that allows the One Connect Box to be joined with the TV.

Also, it is important to note that the space between the HDMI inputs and the One-Connect output is where the Digital Optical audio output for connection of the TV to an external audio system. Many HDTV programs contain Dolby Digital soundtracks than can take advantage of this connection option.

Finally, moving to the right photo, are provided by Samsung for use with the 3.5mm Composite/Analog Audio and Component video inputs on the UN55JS8500U shown in the photo.

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Samsung UN55JS8500 SUHD TV - Onboard Control w/Navigation Menu

Samsung UN55JS8500 SUHD TV - Onboard Control w/Navigation Menu
Samsung UN55JS8500 SUHD TV - Onboard Control w/Navigation Menu. Photo © Robert Silva

On this page is a look at the on-board control system provided on the Samsung UN55JS8500. The on-board control system consists of a single toggle button that performs the major control functions for on the TV.

On the left side is a photo of the actual toggle control and on the right is a look at its associated onscreen menu. To turn the TV on, you simply push the toggle button. The + and - buttons raise and lower the volume, and, along with left and right arrows provide navigation on on-board control menu display icons shown on the right.

The control icons are as follows: Center (power on/off), Top (Smart Hub access), Left Side (TV settings), Right Side (Source/Input Select), Bottom (Power Off), Return (Returns to previous function).

On the one hand, having a single toggle control does cut down on the number of buttons, but since the toggle is located on the back of the TV (near the size bezel), you have to reach behind the TV slightly to use it while at the same time leaning out so you can see the menu navigation screen from the front of the TV....For me this was definitely not user-friendly, but in the case of an emergency (misplacing or losing your remote control), it at least gives you access to basic TV functions.

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Samsung UN55JS8500 LED/LCD 4K SUHD TV - Remote Control

Samsung UN55JS8500 LED/LCD 4K SUHD TV - Remote Control
Samsung UN55JS8500 LED/LCD 4K SUHD TV - Remote Control. Photo © Robert Silva

Here is a close-up look at the main remote control provided with the Samsung UN55JS8500 TV.

Starting at the top is the TV power, source select, and menu access buttons.

The next section provides the Volume and Channel Scan controls, as well as a button that activates the onscreen pointer (works like a laser pointer) - which allows you to navigate through the TV's menu settings in that fashion.

Just below the Volume, Pointer, and Channel buttons is a more traditional menu navigation control that consists of cursors buttons that allow you move up and down and side-to-side through the onscreen menu system.

Continuing to move down is the return/exit button, a play/pause button (used for controlling playback of streaming, network, and USB content), and Extra Button (displays information about the current program being viewed).

The multi-colored button provides access to the TVs Smart Hub menu, which provides access to all of the TVs operation and content access features.

Finally, what cannot be seen in the photo, is that on the left side of the remote control there is a button that controls the Mute and Closed Caption functions of the TV.

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Samsung UN55JS8500 SUHD TV - Main Operational Menu Categories

Samsung UN55JS8500 SUHD TV - Operation Menu Categories
Samsung UN55JS8500 SUHD TV - Operation Menu Categories. Photo © Robert Silva

Here is a look at the On-Screen Remote Control Menu of the Samsung UN55JS8500.

Running across the top are the following categories:

  • Menu - This category takes you to all of the TV's Video, Audio, Network, Smart Hub, and Channel Setup menus.
  • Voice Recognition - Use the microphone built-into the provided Smart Remote Control, you can setup the TV to recognize voice commands.
  • Picture Size - This feature adjusts the Aspect Ratio.
  • Caption - Turns Closed Captioning On or Off for compatible content.
  • Network Settings - A shortcut the Network settings menu, which connects the TV to your home network and the internet.
  • 3D - Turns the 3D function on or off.
  • Info - Displays information about content that is currently being viewed. For example, for a TV program, it will show the channel, time, resolution, type of sound (Dolby, stereo, SAP), etc...
  • Guide - Displays the Guide screen, which is a listing of channels with associated content information.
  • Channel List - A straight listing of available TV channels.
  • Multi-Link Screen - Allows users to display as many as four sources on the screen at the same time. However, it is important to note that you cannot display two TV channels at the same time.
  • Sports Mode - Puts TV in a Vivid Picture Setting (max brightness, contrast, and color) and boosted sound output that is more suitable for sports viewing.
  • Extra - Provides access to additional features associated with content sources.
  • e-Manual - Provides Access to the online version of the UN55JS850 user manual.

The following are not shown in the photo but when you scroll the top bar left or right these added categories will appear:

  • Picture Mode - Shortcut to preset picture mode settings: Dynamic, Standard, Natural, Movie.
  • Speaker List - Selects between the TV's internal speakers or, if connected to a home theater receiver or soundbar, using that as​ a source for audio listening.
  • MTS - Allows you to change the broadcast audio to stereo, mono, or SAP (Second Audio Program) for analog channels.
  • Sleep Timer - Provides a timer that automatically turns the TV off after a user selected preset time.
  • Tools - Shortcut to the tools menu, which is an abbreviated version of the Main Menu, with includes the Picture Size, Network, Caption, 3D, Speaker setup, Sleep Time, and e-Manual submenus.
  • Source - Shortcut to input selection screen.
  • Power - Turns the TV off.

In addition to the menu that runs along the top of the screen, there is​ a visual keypad that is displayed. Since the provided remote control does not have its own keypad, this display provides that function - using the scroll buttons on the remote control navigate through the numbers and transport (play, pause) controls.

  • Colored Buttons (A = Red), B=Green, C=Yellow, D=Blue) - This feature provides some added features for specific selected sources, such as an additional way to display TV channel information.
  • Number Pad Position - Moves the number pad to the left or right.
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Samsung UN55JS8500 SUHD TV - Apps and Apps Store Menu

Samsung UN55JS8500 SUHD TV - Apps and Apps Store Menu
Samsung UN55JS8500 SUHD TV - Apps and Apps Store Menu. Photo © Robert Silva

Shown on this page is a look at the Apps Menu and Apps Store. This menu provides a central location for accessing and organizing all your internet apps.

The top photo shows the Apps that are considered the most popular. Other Apps categories include: What's New, Videos, Games, Lifestyle, Information, and Education.

You can select any of the Apps and place them in the My Apps category for even easier access.

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Samsung UN55JS8500 SUHD TV - Multi-Link Screen

Samsung UN55JS8500 SUHD TV - Multi-Link Screen
Samsung UN55JS8500 SUHD TV - Multi-Link Screen. Photo © Robert Silva

Another interesting display feature that Samsung provides on the UN55JS8500 is the Multi-Link Screen.

This feature allows users to watch a TV program (or other compatible source), manage select Apps, and browse the Web at the same time. Up to four 1080p sources can be displayed at the same time.

Shown in the above photo is an example of the Multi-Link Screen feature showing two sources displayed. On the left is the main menu of an OPPO BDP-103 Blu-ray Disc player, and, on the right is one of the UN55JS8500's Apps menus.

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Samsung UN55JS8500 SUHD TV - Screen Mirroring Setup Menu

Samsung UN55JS8500 SUHD TV - Screen Mirroring Setup Menu
Samsung UN55JS8500 SUHD TV - Screen Mirroring Setup Menu. Photo © Robert Silva

Shown on in the above photo is the Screen Mirroring (Miracast) setup screen. This screen guides you through three easy steps to set up the TV and a compatible smartphone so that you can view audio, video, and still image content that you may have stored on your phone and view it on the UN55JS850's large screen so you, your friends, or family can enjoy the show.

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Samsung UN55JS8500 SUHD TV - eManual Menu

Samsung UN55JS8500 SUHD TV - eManual Menu
Samsung UN55JS8500 SUHD TV - eManual Menu. Photo © Robert Silva

The final page in this photo profile of the Samsung UN55JS8500 shows the eManual access page. Instead of putting your reading glasses and paging through a printed user manual, you can see it all display on the large TV screen.

Final Take

Now that you've taken a look at close-up photos of some of the features and functions of the Samsung UN55JS8500, dig a little deeper with additional perspective in my  Review and Video Performance Test Results.

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