The RU7100 looks simple and unassuming, virtually indistinguishable from any budget TV with its half-inch flat black plastic bezels interrupted only by a small silver bar bearing the Samsung logo in the middle of the bottom bezel.
The TV sits on two equally bland V-shaped plastic legs colored a similar near-black dark gray as the frame. Picture quality to move you, made possible by a single chip that orchestrates color, optimizes high contrast ratio, and masters HDR
Samsung RU7100 Overview
The Samsung RU7100 offers shoppers a tempting mix of brand recognition, decent feature set, and affordable price, positioning it to stand out on store shelves as you look for something that’s not too expensive, but not too basic.
The Samsung RU7100 is this year’s follow-up to the 2018 Samsung NU7100, a smart 4K UHD TV that sells for less without sacrificing all of the great features Samsung offers on its more expensive models.
In our Samsung RU7100 review, it’s clear that this year’s iteration offers plenty to love, from its decent picture quality and sound to a smart TV experience that has most of the bells and some of the whistles, making it one of the best TVs for the budget shopper. Plus, it vies for the best 4K gaming TVs in addition to everything else you want from a smart TV.
Samsung Ru7100 Design
As the replacement to last year’s Samsung NU7100, it’s no surprise that the newer RU7100 sports a very similar design.
The overall look is fairly basic, with black plastic construction, from the 0.6-inch-thick bezels around the screen to the attached stand. The RU7100 chassis does benefit from Samsung’s design
Measuring 44.3 x 25.6 x 2.3 inches without the stand, the 50-inch RU7100 is fairly slim for an LCD TV, with a tapered design that makes the set look and feels sleeker than its 2.3-inch thickness might suggest.
Weighing 30 pounds, the 50-inch model is light enough that it could be assembled and set up by one person, but for larger sizes, you’ll definitely need a second person to help move and lift the TV.
Samsung Ru7100 Price and Availability
Our Samsung RU7100 review focuses on the 50-inch version of this TV, largely because it’s one of the top-selling models in the 7 series line of LCD TVs. But the RU7100 line ranges from 43 inches all the way up to 75 inches
From what we can glean from product specifications, product listings, and customer reviews, these various sizes should all offer nearly identical feature sets, picture quality, and overall quality of construction.
Any recommendations we make for this model should apply across the RU7100 line.
Samsung Ru7100 Ports
The RU7100 is outfitted with three HDMI ports, including one HDMI ARC port (short for Audio Return Channel) that can be used to connect a soundbar with a single connection. A pair of USB ports offer connectivity for flash drives or power for streaming devices, such as a Google Chromecast.
There’s an RF connector for connecting one of the best TV antennas, a shared component and composite video input, an optical audio port for older surround sound systems, and an Ethernet port for wired internet.
Built-in 802.11ac Wi-Fi is available for wireless network connectivity, and Bluetooth for connecting cordless headphones and speaker systems.
Samsung Ru7100 Performance
As one of Samsung’s most affordable 4K TVs, the RU7100 offers full 3840 x 2160 resolution, a 60Hz refresh rate, and decent picture quality.
When watching Spider-Man: Homecoming, the splashes of color in Peter Parker’s high school, such as brightly painted walls and lockers in the hallways or a large yellow screen in the shop class, all offered reasonably realistic vibrant shades.
Viewing scenes from Creed II, the RU7100 delivered fairly good color quality, especially bright colors.
Watching a training montage set in the desert, I was pleased to see blue skies and colorful objects offered up accurate, vivid hues.
Samsung Ru7100 Gaming
The RU7100 boasts one of our favorite Samsung features, automatic console detection, which senses when the game console is connected and powered on and then switches modes on its own.
That meant that when we fired up our Xbox One X for testing, the set changed from movie mode to game mode automatically.
Samsung also offers strong support for the various video formats offered by the Xbox. This includes 4K gaming at 60 hertz, as well as streaming support for 10-bit color at 24, 50, and 60 Hz.
HDR10 is supported for both streaming content and gaming but, being a Samsung TV, it does not support Dolby Vision even though the Xbox offers Dolby Vision formatted video streaming.
Samsung RU7100 Audio
The RU7100 has a pair of 10-watt speakers inside, delivering a total of 20 watts of power. That translates into great volume, getting loud enough to fill our test lab, and it even offered some unexpectedly hefty bass for a TV that has no subwoofer.
When we watched the final boxing match in Creed II, the result was fairly rich, offering clear dialogue, potent sound effects, and a robust, clear soundtrack as the score swelled with energy and tension throughout the fight.
The sound remained clear at louder volumes, keeping distortion to a minimum.
Samsung RU7100 Smart Features
Samsung’s smart features are some of the best in the industry, from the refined home screen and menus to Samsung’s robust app selection, and just about everything we like from Samsung’s more expensive QLED sets is in the NU7100.
While there is no built-in voice assistant sorry, Bixby you can pair the TV with one of the best Google Home speakers or best Alexa speakers, since the set is compatible with both.
You can also enjoy AppleTV and iTunes on the TV, thanks to Samsung’s exclusive apps.
Samsung’s basic remote, which comes with the NU7100, is a bit of a mess. Unlike Samsung’s more premium models, which have sleek designs and only as many buttons as necessary, this budget TV gets Samsung’s budget remote control.
The plastic remote feels very old-school, with big rubbery buttons for channel inputs, volume, and channel adjustments, contextual buttons, and media playback controls.
Frequently Asked Question
Is the Samsung RU7100 a good TV?
The Samsung RU7100 is an excellent example of this. This line of 4K TVs is very affordable at $399.99 for the 50-inch UN50RU7100FXZA we tested, but poor contrast performance and a limited color range can’t compare with similarly priced TVs from other manufacturers, like the Hisense H8 and the TCL 6-Series
Is the Samsung RU7100 Bluetooth?
The RU7100 runs on Samsung’s Tizen 5 OS. … It does support Apple AirPlay 2, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant, but does not have Samsung’s own Bixby voice assistant. The TV has Bluetooth to connect with a soundbar but cannot connect wireless with a mouse or keyboard.
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