When Samsung wheeled out its curved UHD (or Ultra HD, aka 4K—and hey, can we all decide on one name, please?) during its Monday press conference, we thought it was a show-off gimmick at best. Then we saw the U9000 Series of curved UHD LCD TVs on the show floor, and had to admit: They’re ridiculously cool. With a curved screen, each point is equidistant from your eyes, and the field of view seems wider than with a similarly sized flat panel. The 4K resolution is stunning and the colors are intense.
It comes in 78-, 65-, and 55-inch sizes—we prefer the 55-incher since it’s a more practical size for most people’s homes. And while prices—and release dates—haven’t been announced yet, obviously it’ll be the cheapest of the three. Better yet, Samsung’s UHD Evolution Kit future-proofs these TVs. You can pull off the TV's One Connect Box and swap in a new one that upgrades the processor and other key components, to keep up with evolving 4K standards, without having to buy a new TV. Now that’s smart—and of course it has impressive smart TV features as well.—Susie Ochs