It’s dead Seb. Time for a new T.V. Samsung MU7000 – Unboxing and Early Experiences.

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It’s dead Seb! After nine years of faithful service, my Sony Bravia gave up the ghost. You kind of get used to your T.V and it isn’t something you really think about having to buy again. Well at the very least it is not something I ever thought of having to do again. It had become one of the more eternalised pieces of furniture, like my fridge. Every time I have moved house, it has been there.

Well onto a new T.V, just like turning a page.  I was looking for just a normal TV, not a smart TV. Something that doesn’t have a mic, the potential to be hacked,  does everything my other stuff does or tries to hold my hand while crossing every road. All I care about was decent picture quality, a 200hz refresh rate and a TV doing what a TV does.

Why do I want 200hz refresh rate? Well sometimes PC or console gaming is done on the TV, and you need a good refresh rate, or you get ghosting and other visual distortion joys. I’m not sure human eyes can see beyond 200hz refresh rate. I personally don’t notice any difference, so that is the hard criteria for me. I am not actively going to pay for beyond that, and I’m not going to buy a TV without it.

The criteria for a UHD TV with a resolution of 3840 X 2160 pixels is because I wanted to buy a bigger TV. My original TV was 1920 X 1080 pixels over a 40″ panel, which that did a marvellous job. If I got a HD TV with the same resolution, it would mean stretching those pixels and making them bigger to fit the larger 55″ panel. Whilst I think higher than 1920 X 1080 is kind of irrelevant on a computer monitor, it does kind of make sense on something like a large TV. I personally do find a UHD resolution or higher does make a difference on anything over 55″ screen, but you might not. So it is always best to eyeball a TV set in action before you buy it.

Sadly what I found after I began perusing TVs online and in stores (You really do have to look at them and decide in person I feel), was that if you want the higher end model,  they tended to be a smart TV. Ho Hum. But in the end, I decided, making the best of a bad situation that is ok. I just won’t connect the TV to the internet or activate its smart features. So easy solved. After much research and a price scouring, I went with a Samsung series 7 MU-7000 55″ UHD, which I picked up for $1300. If memory serves, it originally had a recommended retail price for about $2499 on release in 2017, so not minding last years TV that is a price win.

The most important specs:
Resolution: 3,840 × 2,160 pixels
Upscaling: UHD
Refresh Rate: 200hz
Panel: 54.5″ measured diagonally from corner to corner.
Height: 782.7mm
Width: 1226.1mm
Depth: 246.1mm
Weight Assembled: 17.9kg
Energy Consumption: 407KW/Year
HDMI Inputs: 4
USB Inputs: 3
Network Connections: Ethernet and Wifi.
Processor: Quad-Core
Smart TV: Yep it’s got everything you need, if you are looking for a smart TV. Browser, apps, microphone and Bluetooth etc….

Ok time to get this TV home. This is not one of those public transport adventures. Oh no, this is one of those can we get a 55″ TV into a small Yaris hatchback kind.

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It was a very tight fit. I am so glad my fiancée and I didn’t opt for anything bigger than a 55″ TV. I might have been walking home. Optimistically it wasn’t like transporting home the TV cabinet years ago where I was squished tightly in the back, and we had to run it through to the front passenger seat. Alright now let’s get this home an open.

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Opening the box time, this is always the exciting part. I mean I am still tad annoyed my old TV carked it, but oooo new TV.

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I am getting dejavu. See those little feet. They just clip together then click into the base of the TV, just like my Samsung computer monitor. I was a bit nervous when I first experienced this style of legs, but have grown to like their sleek, efficient design. Goes to show things that are aesthetically pleasing can be sturdy too. Now if you look at that little black box towards the back left of the TV cabinet. That is a Samsung one connect box that comes with the TV. All your cables connect in there, and a single cable goes onto connect to your TV. That little box makes life so much easier; I used to have to wrestle cables around the back of the TV. It was even worse on the old CR TVs (They way a Tonne).

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Cable management is neat. The connect one cable and power cable, run down the spine of the TV, alongside the base and are concealed inside the left leg. Black plates clip on the back of the TV to conceal the cables.

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It’s alive! It is stunning. We weren’t able to see free to air or videos being played on the screen in the shop. Instead, we got a rather amusing security feed run through it, which was rather comical watching a gazillion people running around on the screen. It was a bit like watching ants running around a very busy ants nest. This was a tick of approval in my book because there was no ghosting for any of the fast moving feed.

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The remote is a simple, sleek design. When I first saw it, I was kind of shocked. Where are all the buttons! After a moment of fiddling about with it, the remote is very intuitive and easy to use. Change channel or volume flick the rockers up and down, want the electronic TV guide, press in the channel rocker. Tired of navigating by hand and have setup the smart TV settings, press the mic button and tell it what you want.

So how do I feel after a couple of weeks of using this TV? I would have to say I have no complaints. The image is crisp with rich colours, and there has been no ghosting or any visual issues. Old content looks a little bit stretched, but that is to be expected. Not all TV shows were made HD back in the day, and I experience similar issues on my old TV. To the TVs credit, it seems to do a reasonable job of upscaling, and I don’t see any issues in the viewing experience of older content. The onscreen interface is very zippy and intuitive. Sound quality is good; there is a comfortable amount of bass with loud speakers. I almost don’t need the front facing surround sound speakers. This TV does everything I need, so I am very happy.

 

NZXT Noctis 450 – A New Era Begins

So I had a crazy adventure idea on public transport from the city to home… After much intensive research, great debate and a little hand wringing I decided on a computer case. Between the NZXT Noctis 450, NZXT Phantom 820, Corsair Graphite 760T and Corsair Crystal 570X, I finally chose to go with the Noctis 450. It’s sleek with plenty of fan space, including all the bells and whistles you would expect. Now I am getting dejavu of similar misadventures including the 25kg weight set, the cd stand from Ikea, the coffee machine and a mates weight set (I must be a masochist for weight sets).

What quickly became apparent on the way to the shop was that I was getting sick and that after I bought the case, a box fitting a 220mm X 567mm X 544mm case weighing 11kg is unwieldy in a crowd. But temperature spiking, I claimed my prize.

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I should have brought the car. I should have brought the car…

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So trekking through the suburb of ultimo with this box about a third of my height, I took a moments pit stop, then took on the densely packed pedestrian tunnel to the train station. A 2hr round trip and I got it home. Then the joy of opening the box began.

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I have to give NZXT their due, as the case was snug as a bug in its box with its two polystyrene guardians. Neither guardian appeared to have been felled in global transportation by violent postman, courier or sheer bad luck because we all know accidents happen. Now for a better look.
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I am keeping most of the plastic on because it is now time for it to go back in its box for a little while longer. I did have a quick moment of fun double checking my graphics card would fit into hard drive bay zones, but it is not quite time for my case to shine.

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This entry marks the beginning of a small pc construction series, as I go along the journey of building a new gaming rig. The Noctis 450 is a foundation stone. It looks sleek and starshipesque, which fits the bill for me. This is going to be a fun little project, so hopefully, you guys can gain something out of it too.

Collected components so far:
1X NZXT Noctis 450 Case
1X EVGA 850 P2
1X NVIDIA 970